1. Some Orthodox Jewish married women wear a wig of natural or synthetic hair to cover their real hair in order to conform with a modesty requirement of Jewish law.
  2. The U.S. Secret Service has its own flag.
  3. The world economy falls short of $227 billion every year from lost productivity among adults who need glasses.
  4. The blobfish is actually a normal looking fish, it just decompresses when you take it out of extreme depths.
  5. The deadliest James Bond was Pierce Brosnan, who killed an average of 33.8 people per movie.
  6. "Fremdscham" is the German word for being embarrassed for someone else.
  7. Sony makes more money as an insurance company in Japan than selling electronics.
  8. If a potato is exposed to light while growing, it will turn green and become poisonous.
  9. The Netherlands surrendered to Nazi Germany after just 5 days.
  10. In the 18th century, tobacco was used for ‘rectal inflation': blowing smoke up the anus to resuscitate the drowned.
  11. Frogs find their way back to their breeding grounds by following the smell of the pond's algae.
  12. Plants can suffer from sexually transmitted diseases.
  13. Harry Houdini could pick up pins with his eyelashes and thread a needle with his toes.
  14. A leech can take up to 200 days to digest a meal.
  15. Lobsters don't scream in pain when you cook them. The noise you hear is air that has been trapped in the stomach and forced through the mouth.
  16. River snails and a parasite prevented a Chinese invasion of Taiwan in 1949.
  17. Scotland has more than 400 words and expressions for "snow."
  18. Roundabouts reduce fatalities from accidents by 90%. They also lower wait times and save on gas.
  19. 2.5 billion people are living with poor vision unnecessarily because they do not have corrective eyewear.
  20. "Placenta" comes from Latin, meaning "cake."
  21. Astronauts don't snore in space.
  22. Until the 1920s, television was also known as Hear-seeing, Seeing by Wireless, Optiphone, Farscope and the Electric Telescope.
  23. Research shows that people can handle two tasks at a time, but they make three times as many errors when a third task is added.
  24. When Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates, he demanded they increase his ransom.
  25. "L'esprit de l'escalier" is a French term for thinking of a witty comeback after it's too late.
  26. The actors who played brother and sister on "Dexter" began dating, fell in love, got engaged, got married, and got divorced, all while continuing to play brother and sister on TV.
  27. Eating pizza regularly reduced the risk of developing oesophageal cancer by 59% in a study.
  28. The Mexica, founders and dominant group of the Aztec Empire, were one of the first people in the world to have mandatory education for nearly all children, regardless of gender, rank, or station.
  29. 93% of Indians work in informal, off-the-books jobs, and get paid in cash.
  30. Italian is attractive to the ear because it benefits from a very high number of words that end in vowels, and few words with many consonants in a row, creating an open sound that makes it perfect for singing.
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