1. There was a "Beard Tax" in Russia, during Peter the Great's Reign, paid by anyone who had a beard.
  2. Ants can lift objects 50 times their own body weight.
  3. Spanish rice is unknown in Spain.
  4. The word "coffee" comes from the Arabic for "wine of the bean".
  5. Cockroaches are among the world's fartiest species.
  6. After watching Star Wars, James Cameron decided to quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry.
  7. Christmas was illegal in the U.S. until 1836 as it was considered an Ancient Pagan Holiday.
  8. Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.
  9. The scientific name for the Western lowland gorilla is Gorilla gorilla gorilla.
  10. Snakes can have two heads and fight each other for food.
  11. Lobsters breathe with the gills at the base of their legs.
  12. After Christianity, the largest religious affiliation in the U.S. is Judaism.
  13. "Muhammad" was the most common baby boy name in England and Wales in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
  14. Sandra Bullock won the Oscar and the Golden Raspberry (for worst film) in the same weekend. She collected both.
  15. There's an iPhone App That Helps You Cuddle with Total Strangers.
  16. When George Washington died, Napoleon ordered 10 days of mourning in France.
  17. Microsoft gave the domain Bob.com to a guy named Bob in exchange for Windows2000.com.
  18. 35% of American workers said they would forgo a pay raise in exchange for having their boss fired.
  19. One woman dies
    every hour
    in India because of
    dowry-related crimes.
  20. Saudi Arabia, a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council, punished 2,000 people with the death penalty since 1985.
  21. 50% of Internet users will quit waiting for a video to load after 10 seconds.
  22. Four Japanese scientists measured the amount of friction between a shoe, a banana skin and the floor: it's 0.07.
  23. August 2014 was the warmest August ever recorded globally.
  24. Angelina Jolie's breast cancer announcement doubled the number of women being tested in its first few months.
  25. Bees
    can be trained
    to detect
  26. In the U.S., you are twice as likely to commit suicide than be murdered by someone else.
  27. The average driver in the U.S. will spend about US$22,000 on gas during their car's lifetime.
  28. The FBI has a Twitter slang dictionary.
  29. Americans are as likely to be killed by their own furniture as by terrorism.
  30. A woman can get pregnant while she is already pregnant.
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