1. 1 in 50 Americans claims to have been abducted by aliens.
  2. West Side Story was originally called East Side Story.
  3. Pigeons can tell the difference between impressionist paintings by Monet and cubist works by Picasso.
  4. Pepsi was originally called "Brad's Drink".
  5. 98% of the 7 billion billion billion atoms in the human body are replaced every year.
  6. Bank of America
    was originally
    Bank of Italy.
  7. Actor Richard Gere's middle name is Tiffany.
  8. In Afghanistan and Iraq, it took 250,000 bullets to kill each insurgent.
  9. China
    is the world's
    largest supplier of
  10. Liechtenstein, the world's 6th-smallest country, is the world's largest exporter of false teeth.
  11. In Switzerland, it is illegal to keep just one guinea pig.
  12. The same man invented heroin and aspirin in the same year: Felix Hoffman, 1897.
  13. The water in a blue whale's mouth weighs as much as its entire body.
  14. Potatoes were illegal in France between 1748 and 1772.
  15. Aerosmith has made more money from Guitar Hero than from any of their albums.
  16. "Ferrari"
    as a last name
    is the Italian equivalent
    of "Smith".
  17. Google intends to scan all known existing 129 million unique books before 2020.
  18. In 1903, its first year of trading, Gillette sold just 168 razor blades.
  19. The color Orange is named after the Orange fruit, but before that, it was called geoluread (yellow-red).
  20. There was
    no word for
    in ancient Greece.
  21. On her 120th birthday, the oldest person ever recorded said: "I only have one wrinkle and I'm sitting on it."
  22. The technology behind smartphones relies on up to 250,000 separate patents.
  23. The human brain takes in 11 million bits of information every second, but is aware of only about 40 bits.
  24. If you drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take you about 42 minutes to get to the other side.
  25. 10% of US electricity is made from dismantled atomic bombs.
  26. A day's worth
    of Twitter posts
    would fill a
    10-million-page book.
  27. The Queen of the UK is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth's land surface.
  28. In 2013, North Korea's president killed his own uncle by throwing him naked into a cage with 120 starving dogs.
  29. 1 in 3 Adults in the World is overweight or obese.
  30. In 2013, an Italian man under house arrest asked to go to prison to escape his wife.
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