1. In 1932, Thomas Earl, a zookeeper at the Cleveland Brookside Zoo, was fired from his job, then mauled by a brown bear and mistakenly shot by police.
  2. An unborn baby can taste what its mother is eating and develop a preference for the foods that she eats.
  3. Chocolate milk was invented in Jamaica.
  4. Ancient Egyptians used to wear hair extensions.
  5. The U.S. could feed 800 million people with the grain used to feed the country's livestock.
  6. Roman Emperor Tiberius banned kissing, believing it caused the spread of a fungal disease called mentagra (inflamed hair follicles).
  7. Albert Einstein walked 3 miles a day while Darwin went for three 45-minute walks every day.
  8. The most prolific mathematician of the 20th Century, Paul Erdos, used amphetamine to fuel 20-hour number benders.
  9. Celebrated inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla swore by toe exercises – every night, he'd repeatedly ‘squish' his toes, 100 times for each foot.
  10. After a waitress at a pizzeria helped a customer choose the numbers for a winning lottery ticket in 1984, he 'tipped' her $3,000,000, half of his prize money.
  11. The London Bridge built in the 1830s was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona.
  12. The South Pacific island of Vanuatu banned the imports of western junk food as a way to combat future health problems.
  13. 1% to 3% of the world population are short sleepers, people who live happily on just a few hours of sleep per night.
  14. Stealing someone else's idea without realizing you've done so is called "kleptomnesia."
  15. An estimated 50-80% of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface and the oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet.
  16. Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Bela Lugosi and Igor Stravinsky were all born in the same year: 1882.
  17. The Ottoman Empire's Sultan Ibrahim I had 280 of his concubines drowned in the ocean after one of them slept with another man.
  18. Afghanistan has been invaded by Greek, Arab, Mongol, Mughal, Persian, British, Sikh and Soviet forces. No invader has been able to control all of its regions at the same time.
  19. Plato was originally called Aristocles.
  20. Upon opening his crypt in 2017, Salvador Dalí's famous moustache remained in a perfect state after 28 years.
  21. The word "Afghanistanism", which means focusing on problems in distant parts of the world while ignoring local issues, was first used in 1948.
  22. Charles Darwin was the first to put wheels on an office chair, creating the modern office chair.
  23. The highest accuracy calculations at NASA use just 15 decimals of Pi.
  24. The artist formerly known as Prince was obsessed with lavender and that's how you knew he was entering a room: you would smell the lavender.
  25. The hum that comes from mains electricity provides forensic scientists with a date and time stamp on audio recordings.
  26. Dragonflies can get fat. They become less successful at finding a mate.
  27. The woman who made cannabis brownies famous by baking and distributing them to AIDS patients was actually called Mary Jane.
  28. Dumbo was the first Disney animated feature set in America.
  29. The Eskimo kiss –rubbing noses– is not a kiss. It's called a "kunik" and is an expression of affection, usually from an adult to its child. The Inuit kiss on the lips like everyone else.
  30. Notre Dame, one of Paris' oldest edifices, was almost demolished in the 19th century and was only saved by Victor Hugo, who planted it back in the public's hearts and consciousness through his novel.
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