1. 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.
  2. Switzerland, Sweden and The Netherlands were the most innovative countries in the world in 2017 according to the UN.
  3. It's unsafe for travellers to rely on ‘St Christopher' any more: he was removed from the calendar of saints in 1969.
  4. Children inherit four times as many new mutations from their fathers than their mothers, according to research.
  5. 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.
  6. More than half of U.S. troops overseas are stationed in just 4 countries: Japan, Germany, South Korea, and Italy.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The real "Rich Dad" in the best-selling finance book "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" was a Hawaiian hotelier named Richard Wassman Kimi.
  10. The Japanese for ‘handbag' is handubagu.
  11. McDonald's "Super Sizing" started as a Jurassic Park merchandising tie-in.
  12. Before they reached international stardom, The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records, who rejected them saying they had "no future in show business."
  13. Before he was Wolverine on "X-Men" or a Broadway star, actor Hugh Jackman got fired from his cashier job at 7-Eleven.
  14. An investor in the initial public offering of Microsoft would have seen a return of 30,207%
  15. 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.
  16. The first time comedian Jerry Seinfeld walked on stage at a comedy club he froze and was booed off stage.
  17. Humans don't understand competitive behavior until around the age of four.
  18. Writers are 121% more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder than those working in uncreative fields.
  19. 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.
  20. The U.S. Secret Service has its own flag.
  21. The world economy falls short of $227 billion every year from lost productivity among adults who need glasses.
  22. The blobfish is actually a normal looking fish, it just decompresses when you take it out of extreme depths.
  23. The deadliest James Bond was Pierce Brosnan, who killed an average of 33.8 people per movie.
  24. "Fremdscham" is the German word for being embarrassed for someone else.
  25. Sony makes more money as an insurance company in Japan than selling electronics.
  26. If a potato is exposed to light while growing, it will turn green and become poisonous.
  27. The Netherlands surrendered to Nazi Germany after just 5 days.
  28. In the 18th century, tobacco was used for ‘rectal inflation': blowing smoke up the anus to resuscitate the drowned.
  29. Frogs find their way back to their breeding grounds by following the smell of the pond's algae.
  30. Plants can suffer from sexually transmitted diseases.
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