1. Mississippi elected the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress already in 1870.
  2. The word "weather" originally just meant "wind."
  3. The name "The First World War" was used as early as 1918, by a journalist who felt it would not be the last.
  4. The only native land mammal when humans arrived to Iceland was the Arctic fox.
  5. In 2017, Switzerland became the first European country to allow the sale of insect-based food for humans.
  6. Steve Jobs got a new Mercedes every 6 months because a car didn't need a license plate until it was 6 months old.
  7. Central Park was officially home to 25 residents in the New York City Census of 2010.
  8. Chimps can play rock-paper-scissors at the same level as a 4 year old human child.
  9. One of Thomas Edison's oddest inventions was a voice-driven sewing machine operated by blowing into a mouthpiece. It never caught on.
  10. Iceland's last McDonald's burger was sold in 2009. You can watch it decompose online.
  11. In 1992, a group of French youths removing graffiti from a cave
    accidentally erased a painting of a bison that was 15,000 years old.
  12. Although usually referred to in the singular, Bermuda consists of 181 islands.
  13. The average Dutch person cycles around 1,000km annually.
  14. Henry VIII of England's Buggery Act of 1533 made sodomy punishable by death.
  15. A couple of teaspoons of Botox would be enough to kill everyone in the UK.
  16. It is illegal to wear a bikini in Barcelona, except on the beach.
  17. In 1853, the Venus de Milo statue was put on trial for nudity in Mannheim, Germany.
  18. Aztec mothers who died in childbirth were regarded as highly as warriors who died in battle.
  19. Shark Bay, Australia, is now called 'Safety Beach'. It changed its name to attract tourists.
  20. 18.3% of Iceland's population uses cannabis, placing them as the top marijuana consuming nation in the world.
  21. When Muhammad Ali lost a fight against Larry Holmes, a 14-year-old Mike Tyson promised him that when he "got big" he would take down Larry Holmes for him. Six years later, he took Holmes down.
  22. The main actor of “The Gods Must Be Crazy” was only paid $300, even though the film made over $60 million.
  23. Rock Paper Scissors was invented in China, but popularized in Japan, where it's called "Janken."
  24. Saltwater crocodiles enjoy catching a wave and can travel hundreds of kilometres by "surfing" on ocean currents.
  25. It is estimated that 9 out of 10 women in Mexico have been subjected to sexual violence, whether on the streets or at home.
  26. 'Orchid' actually means testicle.
    The surgical procedure to remove one or more testicles is an 'orchidectomy'.
  27. In Aztec cities, chewing tzicli (chewing gum) in public identified a married or widowed woman as a prostitute and a man as a homosexual.
  28. From 2000 to 2010, some 100,000 British people converted to Islam.
  29. More than a third of all sick leave is taken on a Monday, researchers found.
  30. The word "vodka" is a diminutive form of the Slavic word "voda" (water), interpreted as "little water."
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