1. The state of South Carolina gave Marilyn Manson US$40,000 not to play there, and schools in Florida threatened to expel students who attended his shows.
  2. Jack Daniels employees get a free bottle on the first payday of each month.
  3. People who stay up late tend to be risk-takers, a study found.
  4. When looking at a crowd, we can only recognize two faces at a time.
  5. Albert Einstein's last words were spoken in German to a nurse who didn't speak German and are lost for ever.
  6. 95% of Paraguayans are mestizos: people of mixed Spanish and Native-American ancestry.
  7. You can remove blood stains on clothes with Coca-Cola.
  8. Brain scans taken during a study showed that listening to poems activated parts of participants' brains that are not activated when listening to music or watching films.
  9. Friendships at work make the job more fun, enjoyable, worthwhile, and satisfying for employees, surveys found.
  10. Subway makes enough sandwiches in a year
    to wrap around the Earth 14 times.
  11. The last civil war casualty was Joshua Chamberlain, who died in 1914 from wounds he received at the Siege of Petersberg in 1864.
  12. North Korea's diplomatic mission to the UN has 1,300 unpaid NYC parking tickets going back to the 1990s, owing more than $156,000.
  13. Benjamin Franklin left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia $2,000 in his will, but they could not draw the full balance for 200 years. In 1990, the cities received $6.5 million.
  14. Switzerland, Sweden and The Netherlands were the most innovative countries in the world in 2017 according to the UN.
  15. It's unsafe for travellers to rely on ‘St Christopher' any more: he was removed from the calendar of saints in 1969.
  16. Children inherit four times as many new mutations from their fathers than their mothers, according to research.
  17. 6.7 million people were under correctional supervision during 2015 in the U.S. That's more than were enslaved in antebellum America and more than resided in the Gulag Archipelago at the height of Stalin's rule.
  18. More than half of U.S. troops overseas are stationed in just 4 countries: Japan, Germany, South Korea, and Italy.
  19. Unit 684 was a South Korean black-ops team of 31 convicted criminals whose mission was to kill North Korea's premier Kim Il-sung. They mutinied, hijacked a bus, and were shot by the army or committed suicide.
  20. DNA decays with increasing rapidity in the presence of heat, water, sunlight, and oxygen. Under the most ideal conditions, DNA can theoretically survive for a maximum of one million years.
  21. The real "Rich Dad" in the best-selling finance book "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" was a Hawaiian hotelier named Richard Wassman Kimi.
  22. The Japanese for ‘handbag' is handubagu.
  23. McDonald's "Super Sizing" started as a Jurassic Park merchandising tie-in.
  24. Before they reached international stardom, The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records, who rejected them saying they had "no future in show business."
  25. Before he was Wolverine on "X-Men" or a Broadway star, actor Hugh Jackman got fired from his cashier job at 7-Eleven.
  26. An investor in the initial public offering of Microsoft would have seen a return of 30,207%
  27. Before becoming an iconic thriller, Stephen King's first novel "Carrie" was rejected by 30 publishers, causing him to give up and throw it in the trash. His wife retrieved it and urged him to resubmit it.
  28. The first time comedian Jerry Seinfeld walked on stage at a comedy club he froze and was booed off stage.
  29. Humans don't understand competitive behavior until around the age of four.
  30. Writers are 121% more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder than those working in uncreative fields.
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