1. 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.
  2. Viagra can make your pee turn blue.
  3. Illiteracy and poor vision are related. 3 in 4 illiterate adults failed one or more parts of a vision screening, a report found.
  4. In 2012, Google acquired Motorola for around $12.5 billion, only to sell it to Lenovo two years later for just $2.9 billion.
  5. 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."
  6. 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.
  7. Sleeping under a weighted blanket can help reduce insomnia and anxiety.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A former Macy's salesperson became Queen of Romania in 1948.
  11. There are over 30 places in the world named "Paris."
  12. Catholic priest Joseph Müller was sentenced to death for telling a political joke in Nazi Germany.
  13. In Japan, there are cafes where you can hang out with owls.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. At age 22, Walt Disney was fired from a Missouri newspaper for "not being creative enough."
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Jack Daniels employees get a free bottle on the first payday of each month.
  21. People who stay up late tend to be risk-takers, a study found.
  22. When looking at a crowd, we can only recognize two faces at a time.
  23. Albert Einstein's last words were spoken in German to a nurse who didn't speak German and are lost for ever.
  24. 95% of Paraguayans are mestizos: people of mixed Spanish and Native-American ancestry.
  25. You can remove blood stains on clothes with Coca-Cola.
  26. 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.
  27. Friendships at work make the job more fun, enjoyable, worthwhile, and satisfying for employees, surveys found.
  28. Subway makes enough sandwiches in a year
    to wrap around the Earth 14 times.
  29. The last civil war casualty was Joshua Chamberlain, who died in 1914 from wounds he received at the Siege of Petersberg in 1864.
  30. 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.
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