1. Beethoven was a brilliant composer but struggled with sums and spelling his entire life.
  2. Being a trash collector, logger, or fisherman is statistically more dangerous than being a police officer in the U.S.
  3. Andorra is run by two co-princes: the president of France and the Bishop of Urgell.
  4. Lack of sleep may shrink your brain.
  5. Cuba has an active maximum wage law, where individuals cannot earn more than 20 U.S. dollars per month.
  6. Costco doesn't make money selling products, it makes all profits from membership fees.
  7. The Netherlands has more bicycles than people, 1.3 per person.
  8. The Indonesian word for water is air.
  9. The extinct Ubykh language, spoken in the Caucasus until 1992, holds the record for most consonants: it had 83 but only two vowels.
  10. You would have to click a mouse ten million times to burn a single calorie.
  11. The average intelligence of humans has risen 20 IQ points since 1950, a study found.
  12. Bears have favorite trees and will walk for miles just to scratch their backs on them.
  13. Professional baseball players have an average visual acuity of 20/12, much better than the "good" 20/20 vision most people have.
  14. Ph.D. students display twice as many symptoms of psychiatric disorders, such as depression, than other people.
  15. During the 1912 Olympics, a Japanese athlete abandoned the marathon but failed to notify race officials. They considered him missing until 1967, when they found out he was alive, making his final time at 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, and 8:32:20.3.
  16. When the coronation ceremony of King Oyo, of the Toro Kingdom in Uganda, began, the 3-year-old slid off the throne, ran away, and hid in his mother's lap.
  17. 52% of employees in the U.S. would leave their current job if they got a better offer.
  18. The Queen of the Netherlands is Argentinian.
  19. The Soviet Union created a fake mental disorder (Sluggish Schizophrenia) to arrest anyone who criticized the leadership until the 1970s.
  20. At least two-thirds of wisdom teeth extractions are unnecessary.
  21. The piano is only a few decades older than the U.S.A.
  22. Saint Thomas More is the patron saint of statesmen and politicians.
  23. In the 1950s and 1960s, the CIA funded American modern art in order to fight Communism.
  24. In Japan, people do not have signatures, they use stamps called Hanko, and every individual in Japan has one.
  25. In 1923, the sheet music for ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas' sold 1,000 copies a day.
  26. From 1953 to 1964, the CIA conducted completely uncontrolled tests in which they drugged people unknowingly, then followed and watched them without intervening.
  27. Flamingos can sleep in ponds that freeze around their legs at night, drink boiling water, and survive conditions that expose them to arsenic and poisonous gases.
  28. Nutella has very few hazelnuts. It is 58% sugar and is 32% fat, most of which is palm oil.
  29. In 2015, a tiny Tokyo restaurant with only 9 seats became the first ramen restaurant in the world to obtain a Michelin star.
  30. While 71% of Americans believe in hell, only 0.5% think that they are likely to end up there, a survey found.
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