1. In many Israeli schools, algebra is taught without the use of the symbol "+" as it looks like a Christian cross. They use an inverted "T" instead.
  2. More money was spent buying Central Park land than all of Alaska.
  3. The first issue of Playboy, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot. It sold over 50,000 copies.
  4. The first dinosaur to be named was called "Scrotum humanum" because of the found bone's resemblance to a pair of human testicles.
  5. A man can get physically stuck inside a woman during sex. It's usually caused by vaginal spasms.
  6. There's a Museum of Broken Relationships in Croatia. You can go and leave there personal objects left by former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions.
  7. In 2011, Hugh Hefner saved the iconic 'HOLLYWOOD' sign by donating the final $900,000 needed to buy the land before being bought by mansion developers.
  8. When Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver, he walked home, saw two doctors, but there was no surgeon to remove the bullet. The doctors left him alone smoking his pipe in his room. He died two days later.
  9. Kenny G, the American saxophonist, used to be South Korea's tourism ambassador.
  10. 99% of the microbes inside us are unknown to science.
  11. Shirley Temple always had exactly 56 curls in her hair.
  12. Will Ferrell was a mall Santa before he became famous.
  13. On surveys, happiness follows a generalized U-shape over the course of people's life, with high degrees of happiness in their late teens and early 20s, and from there down until the 50s, then going up again.
  14. Viagra can make your pee turn blue.
  15. Illiteracy and poor vision are related. 3 in 4 illiterate adults failed one or more parts of a vision screening, a report found.
  16. In 2012, Google acquired Motorola for around $12.5 billion, only to sell it to Lenovo two years later for just $2.9 billion.
  17. After his very first performance, Elvis Presley's manager Jimmy Denny said, "You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."
  18. TV show "The Sopranos" was so accurate that when the FBI listened to wiretaps, the real mob would be discussing the show and thought they had somebody on the inside. They couldn't believe how accurate the show was.
  19. Sleeping under a weighted blanket can help reduce insomnia and anxiety.
  20. Billionaire Howard Hughes bought the small Silver Slipper casino for the sole purpose of moving its trademark neon silver slipper. Visible from Hughes' bedroom, it had apparently kept him awake at night.
  21. Olympic medals and the bonuses that the U.S. Olympic Committee awards athletes for landing one of the top spots, all count as taxable income to the IRS.
  22. A former Macy's salesperson became Queen of Romania in 1948.
  23. There are over 30 places in the world named "Paris."
  24. Catholic priest Joseph Müller was sentenced to death for telling a political joke in Nazi Germany.
  25. In Japan, there are cafes where you can hang out with owls.
  26. The Simpsons released an album in 1990 and the lead single "Do the Bartman" was a worldwide hit. It was co-produced by Michael Jackson, who also provided background vocals and was a big fan of the show.
  27. In 1923, Babe Ruth set the record for the most home runs in a season, while also striking out more than any other player in Major League Baseball.
  28. At age 22, Walt Disney was fired from a Missouri newspaper for "not being creative enough."
  29. A study showed that it's not necessary to run, swim or work out at the gym. Household chores such as vacuuming or scrubbing the floor, or merely walking to work provide enough exercise to protect the heart and extend life.
  30. If you're an artist or a scientist, you'll be most likely to have your biggest creative breakthrough in your late-30s, according to a study of scientific innovators and Nobel Prize winners.
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