1. There is a specific clause in The Simpsons' contract that the network can't give notes, make cuts or exert creative control over episodes, meaning the producers have free rein to poke fun of FOX itself.
  2. It takes ten times as much energy to
    heat water as it does to heat iron.
  3. Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years, to the day, after Galileo died.
  4. Nobody won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1914-1916, 1918, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1939-1943, 1948, 1955-1956, 1966-1967 and 1972.
  5. When the first McDonald's drive-through in Kuwait opened, the queue was seven miles long.
  6. 95% of people don't wash their hands long enough to kill germs before leaving a public toilet.
  7. In 2014, the International Space Station had to move 3 times in order to avoid being hit by space junk moving at 17,000 mph.
  8. Most people in the 18th century only had a proper wash twice a year.
  9. Avocados are toxic
    to horses.
  10. Airlines all over the world are flying 10% slower than they did in 1960 to save on fuel costs.
  11. In 1859, a moral panic swept America over young people playing too much chess.
  12. In French, Hungarian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Latvian, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin and Tagalog, the words for ‘time' and ‘weather' are the same.
  13. 75% of Americans dreamt almost always in black and white in 1940, while today is just 12%.
  14. There are about 459 "cancer villages" in China, small communities near polluting factories where cancer rates have soared far above the national average.
  15. Using your non-dominant hand for mundane tasks, like eating or opening doors, for two weeks can improve your self-control.
  16. Heartbroken that, for days, he was unaware of his wife's death, Samuel Morse decided to explore a means of rapid long distance communication and ended up inventing the single-wire telegraph and the Morse Code.
  17. Wilmer Valderrama purchased the Vista Cruiser used on "That '70s Show" for $500 when the series ended.
  18. When a North Korean merchant vessel was attacked by Somali pirates in 2007, an American destroyer came to their aid. This event led to rare pro U.S. statements from the North Korean media.
  19. Michael Jackson's estate continues to allocate 20% of his posthumous earnings to various charities, as specified in his will.
  20. Hitler was a big tax evader, and was even fined by his own government over it in 1934. He then got the tax department to declare him exempt from taxation.
  21. In 2012, a Swedish man survived for two months in a car that had been snowed over. He ate only snow, and survived due a "igloo effect".
  22. The green falling code in "The Matrix" movie is just loads of sushi recipes.
  23. An estimated 400,000 people died building the Great Wall of China.
  24. More than 1 million Holocaust victims remain unidentified.
  25. Army cutworm moths are up to 70% fat.
  26. There is a Guinness World Record for ‘most matchsticks extinguished with the tongue'.
  27. Iceland lost most of its trees more than a thousand years ago,
    in the hands of Viking settlers who razed the forests.
  28. Twins live longer than non-twins.
  29. Sean Connery cleaned coffins before being famous.
  30. Ethiopia has a space programme.
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