1. The town of Whynot, North Carolina has its name because as residents were arguing over a name for the town, someone stood up and said "Why not name the town Why Not and let's go home?" And so they did.
  2. In order to fight discrimination, California law requires certain entertainment websites like IMDB to remove an actor's age or birthday upon request.
  3. Only about 4% of people seeking treatment for spider bites actually have confirmed spider bites, a U.S. study found.
  4. Lions cuddle to build and maintain relationships with one another.
  5. A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that, while men were attracted to nice-seeming women upon meeting them, women did not feel the same way about nice men.
  6. In 1956, a scientist imported African honeybees to South America. Some of them escaped and bred with European honeybees in the wild, giving rise to a hybrid species: killer bees.
  7. The temperatures near the site of the bomb blast during the Hiroshima explosion were estimated to be 300,000°Celsius (540,000°Fahrenheit). That's 300 times hotter than the temperature bodies are cremated at.
  8. Roman emperor Hadrian, in 117 AD, declared attempted suicide by soldiers a form of desertion and made it a capital offense.
  9. Temperatures in the Namib desert can reach as high as 60°C during the day and below 0°C at night.
  10. There are more stars in the universe than words ever uttered by all the humans who ever lived.
  11. In Ancient Greece, the normal size of a jury was about 500 people.
  12. Classical music played in restaurants increases the amount people spend on wine, a study found.
  13. Muslim-majority countries account for 75% of all fatalities from terrorist attacks from 2001 to 2015. The U.S. and Europe account for just 2.2%.
  14. Strawberry leaves can be used to relieve gastrointestinal distress and joint pain. They also contain iron, calcium and vitamin C.
  15. Novelist Guy de Maupassant denounced the Eiffel Tower as a "useless and monstrous" structure. He liked to eat his meals in the restaurant at the tower's base, as it was the only place where he didn't have to look at it.
  16. Leonardo Da Vinci was an accomplished lyre player.
  17. Even without moving their eyes, some birds have a 360-degree field of view.
  18. Hugging a loved one releases the hormone oxytocin that lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety and can even improve your memory.
  19. Earth's Northern Hemisphere is 1.5 °C warmer than the Southern Hemisphere.
  20. Rome, Italy, has 2,500 free-flowing drinking fountains.
  21. Saddam Hussein told guards he once burned hundreds of his son Uday's luxury cars as punishment for killing several people at a nightclub.
  22. It's estimated that 1,000 additional deaths occurred in the months following 9/11 because Americans chose to travel by car instead of by plane.
  23. Singer Billy Joel never sells front row seats in order to see the real fans right in front of him. He gives them away to random people in the cheap seats so that front row isn't always just wealthy people.
  24. Myopia is about twice as common in Jews than in people of non-Jewish ethnicity.
  25. 94% of terrorist attacks carried out in the United States from 1980 to 2005 have been by non-Muslims, according to the FBI.
  26. Bitcoin can handle 3 to 7 transactions per second, while Visa can handle more than 24,000 transactions per second.
  27. An elephant's skin can be up to 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) thick but is so sensitive it can feel a fly landing on it.
  28. In Nepal, Mount Everest is known as Chomolungma, meaning "Goddess Mother of Mountains."
  29. The Icelandic for 'sleep' is sofa.
  30. In 2005, a psychologist and an economist taught a group of monkeys the concept of money. Soon, the monkeys engaged in prostitution.
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