1. The average Dutch person cycles around 1,000km annually.
  2. Henry VIII of England's Buggery Act of 1533 made sodomy punishable by death.
  3. A couple of teaspoons of Botox would be enough to kill everyone in the UK.
  4. It is illegal to wear a bikini in Barcelona, except on the beach.
  5. In 1853, the Venus de Milo statue was put on trial for nudity in Mannheim, Germany.
  6. Aztec mothers who died in childbirth were regarded as highly as warriors who died in battle.
  7. Shark Bay, Australia, is now called 'Safety Beach'. It changed its name to attract tourists.
  8. 18.3% of Iceland's population uses cannabis, placing them as the top marijuana consuming nation in the world.
  9. 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.
  10. The main actor of “The Gods Must Be Crazy” was only paid $300, even though the film made over $60 million.
  11. Rock Paper Scissors was invented in China, but popularized in Japan, where it's called "Janken."
  12. Saltwater crocodiles enjoy catching a wave and can travel hundreds of kilometres by "surfing" on ocean currents.
  13. It is estimated that 9 out of 10 women in Mexico have been subjected to sexual violence, whether on the streets or at home.
  14. 'Orchid' actually means testicle.
    The surgical procedure to remove one or more testicles is an 'orchidectomy'.
  15. In Aztec cities, chewing tzicli (chewing gum) in public identified a married or widowed woman as a prostitute and a man as a homosexual.
  16. From 2000 to 2010, some 100,000 British people converted to Islam.
  17. More than a third of all sick leave is taken on a Monday, researchers found.
  18. The word "vodka" is a diminutive form of the Slavic word "voda" (water), interpreted as "little water."
  19. In 1916, the German Empire allowed citizens to take passport photos with their dogs.
  20. It is possible to age a lobster by counting the rings on its eyestalks.
  21. In 1986, a Soviet pilot made a bet with his co-pilot that he could land the aeroplane with an instrument-only approach, with no visual contact with the ground. He crashed the plane, killing 70 of the 94 passengers and crew on board.
  22. North Korea donated $500,000 to Japan after the country was devastated by the 2011 earthquake.
  23. Black Sabbath's eponymous debut album was released on Friday the 13th, 1970.
  24. 24 is the age you're most likely to shop at IKEA, according to a study.
  25. Finland's passport became a flipbook when it was redesigned in 2012. It features a moose that walks across the page as you thumb through it.
  26. Oscar Wilde was tried in 1895 for gross indecency over a relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, and sentenced to two years in prison with hard labour.
  27. Homosexuality was against the law in Britain until 1967.
  28. 42% of of highly-mobile and regular home workers worldwide suffer from insomnia, as opposed to 29% of regular office workers, according to a UN study.
  29. The Kindlifresser, or "Child Eater", is one of oldest statues in Bern, Switzerland, and nobody is sure why it has a baby half stuffed into his mouth, and three more over its shoulder.
  30. Hydra are believed to be biologically immortal, meaning, they don't age.
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