1. The word pencil comes from a Latin word meaning "small penis."
  2. Hummingbirds have 2,000 meals a day and hibernate every night.
  3. The Aztecs sacrificed 1% of their population every year, or about 250,000 people.
  4. In 1672, an angry mob of Dutchmen killed and ate their prime minister.
  5. 90% of everything written in English uses just 1,000 words.
  6. Nigeria makes more movies every year than the US.
  7. The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics cost more than the previous 13 Olympics combined.
  8. Most astronauts become two inches taller in space.
  9. 27,000 trees are felled each day for toilet paper.
  10. The average number of readers of any given published scientific paper is said to be 0.6.
  11. The city of Melbourne, Australia, used to be called Batmania.
  12. The first Olympian disqualified for "banned substances" just had two beers to calm his nerves before the pistol shooting in 1968 Mexico Games.
  13. In the last 60 years, over 23,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea. Only two South Koreans have gone to the North.
  14. Powerful acids in snakes' stomachs mean they will explode if given Alka-Seltzer.
  15. 40% of all bottled water sold in the world is tap water.
  16. Believing You've Slept Well, Even If You Haven't, Improves Performance.
  17. It takes the average McDonald's employee 7 months to earn what a CEO makes in an hour.
  18. Over 6 milligrams of gold are lost every year from a Wedding Ring just by wearing it.
  19. 1 in 4 Americans thinks God helps decide the outcome of football games.
  20. Kim II-Sung, founder of North Korea, was born on the day the Titanic sank.
  21. There is at least 10 times as much crime on TV as there is in the real world.
  22. Starbucks
    offers
    87,000 different
    drink combinations.
  23. The Malay word for water
    is "air."
  24. Boring, Oregon is a "sister community"
    with Dull, Scotland.
  25. Angel Falls in Venezuela is 17 times higher than Niagara.
  26. A quarter of all Americans did not read a single book in 2013.
  27. Crickets hear through their knees.
  28. Nearly 6,000 people per year get hurt or die in the UK after tripping over their trousers or falling down stairs while pulling them up.
  29. The electric chair was invented by a dentist, Dr. Alfred P. Southwick.
  30. In "Silence of the Lambs", Hannibal Lector never blinks.
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