1. If you count the number of seconds that pass between a flash of lightning and the crack of thunder that follows it, and divide it by five, that's how many miles away you are from where lightning just struck.
  2. Before he was the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau worked as a nightclub bouncer and a snowboarding instructor.
  3. Duncan Toys Co went bankrupt after a judge ruled "yo-yo" had become too ingrained in common speech to remain trademarked.
  4. German pharmaceutical firm Bayer was forced to give up its rights to the Aspirin and Heroin trademarks in the Treaty of Versailles, in 1919.
  5. "Percussive maintenance" is the term for hitting something until it works.
  6. "100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See," starring John Malkovich and directed by Robert Rodriguez, won't be in theaters until 2115.
  7. The smell of a man is as stressful to mice as a three-minute swim. The smell of women doesn't bother them.
  8. Since 1948, 100 planes have gone missing in flight and never been recovered.
  9. Bart Simpson's prank calls to Moe were actually based on real calls two guys did to bar owner and heavyweight boxer Louis "Red" Deutsch. The calls have been recorded.
  10. Thomas Jefferson believed the Constitution should expire every 19 years and be replaced with a new one more suitable for the current generation.
  11. Taking a shower or washing dishes during a lightning storm is not recommended. A lightning strike can be conducted from many miles away through a water pipe.
  12. Lobsters listen with their legs.
  13. "Whatever" is the most annoying word, a U.S. poll found in 2016 for the eight year in a row.
  14. Hurricane Katrina caused an 85% reduction in the amount of babies named Katrina.
  15. Table beer (1.5% alcohol) was served in Belgian schools until the 1980s.
  16. Salvador Dalí's moustache was found intact in the "10 past 10" position he liked, after his body was exhumed.
  17. Between the years of 2009 and 2014, 4,183 people in U.S. prisons were held past their release dates for no reason.
  18. The first sketch for the design of the Mini was drawn on a napkin in Switzerland.
  19. In 1986, Ronald Reagan vetoed an anti-apartheid legislation enacted by the U.S. congress to impose sanctions against South Africa and stop apartheid.
  20. One of the main attractions in Pyongyang's Zoo, in North Korea, is a chimpanzee that smokes a pack of cigarettes a day.
  21. Tom Cruise split with all 3 of his wives when they were 33.
  22. There are no reported cases of runners dying of dehydration during marathons, but there are plenty of cases of runners dying from water intoxication.
  23. A record $4.79 billion was spent on 14,591 soccer player deals globally in 2016, according to FIFA. That's about $328,000 per average deal.
  24. Max Factor, an early 20th-century makeup artist to Hollywood actors, coined the noun "makeup."
  25. In Quito, Ecuador, a group of vigilantes known as "Acción Ortográfica Quito" go around correcting all the bad grammar they find in graffiti.
  26. Surfing will make its debut as an Olympic sport in Tokyo 2020.
  27. Italy's highest court ruled in 2016 that stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime.
  28. 20% of women experience foot pain after just 10 minutes of wearing high heels.
  29. Migrating to another country increases the amount of dopamine in the brain, putting immigrants at higher risk for developing schizophrenia.
  30. Retroviruses, the virus family that includes HIV, are nearly half a billion years old.
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