1. 99% of people with Down syndrome said that they were happy with their life in a 2011 survey.
  2. Canada is just 1.5% larger in land than the U.S.A.
  3. The ukulele was not invented in Hawaii but rather in the Portuguese Island of Madeira.
  4. Japan's criminal courts have a 99% conviction rate.
  5. Volkswagen sold more sausages than cars in 2015
  6. The world record for the most naked people on a rollercoaster is 102.
  7. It costs less that $1 a year to keep your smartphone charged up.
  8. Researchers from NASA say the perfect nap lasts for 26 minutes.
  9. Billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty installed a pay phone at his mansion for guests to use so that he would not be billed for their calls.
  10. The world's first weather map, published in The Times on 1st April 1875, gave the weather for the previous day.
  11. In Russia, Jews were believed to have a a secret vegetable they eat so they don't become alcoholics. Anti-semitism was justified because they refused to share their "magic vegetable."
  12. Feudal Japan lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.
  13. The German Chocolate Cake was named after an American baker by the name of Samuel German, not the country of Germany.
  14. The oldest bathtub yet discovered is in the Queen's bathroom in the palace of Knossos on Crete, dating from 1500BC.
  15. The word "White" comes from the Indo-European root kweit meaning "to shine."
  16. The flags of Chad and Romania are identical.
  17. The study of flags is called vexillology.
  18. Underneath the avenues and boulevards of southern Paris, France, there are ossuaries holding the remains of more than six million people.
  19. It is believed that London's Big Ben was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works, whose name is inscribed on the bell. Others attest that the bell was named after Ben Caunt, a champion heavyweight boxer.
  20. Moscow's Red Square's name has nothing to do with communism or with the color of many of its buildings. It derives from the word 'krasnyi', which once meant 'beautiful.'
  21. Brazil's capital, Brasilia, took just 41 months to build, from 1956 to 1960.
  22. Ukraine is Europe's largest country,
    not counting Russia which is also part of Asia.
  23. Indonesia banned kissing in public in 2004.
  24. Belgium was the first country in the world to ban landmines in 1995.
  25. Bonobos prefer sharing their food with strangers. They do it to extend their social network.
  26. Google headquarters is called "The Googleplex", which comes from the word "googolplex", meaning a 1 followed by one hundred 0s.
  27. When President Harry S. Truman visited Disneyland in 1957, he refused to come aboard the popular Dumbo attraction. Truman, a Democrat, didn't want to be seen riding in the symbol of the Republican Party.
  28. The inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, has one regret: adding the double slash "//" to URLs. In retrospect, he says, it was totally unnecessary.
  29. People who were born deaf still have some type of inner voice.
  30. By 2050, the average American will be of mixed race.
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