1. The CIA uses board games to train spies.
  2. Customs agents at JFK Airport confiscate anywhere from 400 to 600 pounds of fresh food every day from people entering the U.S.
  3. In 2016, an Australian soccer fan tricked his wife into naming their daughter after his favorite team, Arsenal, by suggesting the name "Lanesra."
  4. Rats have near-death experiences.
  5. In Sweden, you can buy toilet paper called Kräpp.
  6. Ravens suffer from paranoia.
  7. Three of the world's rivers are legal persons: they have guardians and are treated as minors in court.
  8. Norwegian passports display the aurora borealis under a UV light.
  9. Fish can see 70 times further in air than in water.
  10. Sylvester Stallone was a lion cage cleaner before being famous.
  11. Iran women's national soccer team fielded up to 8 men awaiting sex change operations in 2015.
  12. 20 babies born in Britain since WWII have been named Adolf.
  13. People in the most successful marriages spend an average of 5 more hours a week being together and talking, marriage researcher John Gottman found.
  14. Flies drink alcohol when they are sexually frustrated.
  15. In 2017, Australian scientists discovered 50 new species of spider in one 10-day research trip.
  16. In 1948,
    only 2%
    of British households
    had a fridge.
  17. Spiders eat twice as much animal prey as humans do in a year, and even exceeds that of whales.
  18. Vitamin B6 helps you remember your dreams.
  19. Since 1953, the regional bank Credito Emiliano in Italy has accepted a curious collateral for small-business loans: giant wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
  20. Japan has blue traffic lights in some areas because historically the Japanese used the same word for green and blue.
  21. Catalonia has declared independence four times in history, since 1641.
  22. In 2016, a 91-year-old woman filled out a crossword that turned out to be $116,000 artwork in a German museum.
  23. British trains cost 5 times more than ones in Europe.
  24. Research has found that fathers who use cocaine prior to conceiving a child have sons who struggle to make new memories.
  25. Author Stephen King didn't tell his kids bedtime stories. He made them tell him stories.
  26. On a typical day along the U.S.-Mexico border, Customs and Border Protection seizes an average of 7,910 pounds of drugs.
  27. Hugh Hefner worked as a copywriter for Esquire magazine, from where he resigned in Jan 1952 after being denied a $5 raise. 11 months later, he published the first issue of Playboy.
  28. The Palace of Parliament in Romania is the world's largest administrative building. The cost of heating and electric lighting alone exceeds $6 million per year, as much as the cost for a medium-sized city.
  29. Islam is the world's most common state-endorsed religion, with 27 countries.
  30. Chinese immigration was made illegal in the U.S. from 1882 to 1943.
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