1. Italy's PM Benito Mussolini tortured his enemies by forcing them to swallow massive doses of castor oil.
  2. Fidel Castro has said that he saved ten working days a year by not bothering to shave.
  3. More people go to church on Sunday in China than in the whole of Europe.
  4. If all the salt in the sea were spread evenly over the land, it would be 500 feet thick, about the height of a 40-story building.
  5. After two weeks of wear, a pair of jeans will have grown a 1,000-strong colony of bacteria on the front, 1,500–2,500 on the back, and 10,000 on the crotch.
  6. The US retail industry makes US$6.8 billion a year from gift cards that no one redeems.
  7. Humans have the same number of hair follicles as chimpanzees.
  8. Cows moo in accents specific to their region, just like humans.
  9. There are thought to be 100,000 uncharted mountains under the sea.
  10. 95% of all data in the world is still stored on paper. Most of it is never looked at again.
  11. 2,520 is the smallest number that can be exactly divided by all the numbers 1 to 10.
  12. There are 10 times as many stars in the known universe as there are grains of sand in the world.
  13. Beyonce Knowles is an 8th cousin, four times removed, of Gustav Mahler.
  14. The world collectively spends 500,000 hours a day typing Captcha codes.
  15. "Time"
    is the most
    commonly used noun
    in English.
  16. Author J. K. Rowling wrote the final chapter of the last Harry Potter book in 1990, 7 years before the release of the first book.
  17. Summer on Neptune lasts for 40 years, but the temperature is minus 328°F.
  18. The highest scoring word in Scrabble is oxyphenbutazone, worth 1,178 points.
  19. The second-largest lake in Bolivia is called Lake Poopo. It's not a freshwater lake.
  20. The strongest creatures on Earth are gonorrhea bacteria. They can pull 100,000 times their own body weight.
  21. More than 1 in 20 soccer injuries are caused by celebrating goals on the pitch.
  22. The smallest known dinosaur was about four inches (10 cm) tall and weighed less than a chihuahua.
  23. The whole of Liechtenstein can be rented for US$70,000 a night, for a minimum of two nights. It sleeps 900.
  24. In ancient Greek, the word "idiot" meant anyone who wasn't a politician.
  25. Slavery was not made a statutory offense in the UK until April 6, 2010.
  26. At least 99% of all the species that ever existed have left no trace in the fossil record.
  27. The International Space Station is as roomy as a five-bedroom house and travels at 17,500 mph.
  28. In 2010,
    the Catholic Church
    had an income
    of US$97 billion.
  29. Since at least the time of Pythagoras in 500 BC, no educated person believed the Earth was flat.
  30. In 2001, the World Christian Encyclopedia counted 33,830 different Christian denominations.
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