1. A grasshopper becomes more sociable if you stroke its hind legs.
  2. In Sweden, IKEA is pronounced "ee-kay-uh" not "eye-kee-ah". The word is made up of the initials of the founder's name and the village he grew up in.
  3. During Germany's hyperinflation that peaked in 1923, a loaf of bread cost 428 billion marks and a kilo of butter would run you roughly 6 trillion.
  4. 32% of journeys in Amsterdam are by bicycle, while in Copenhagen it's 35%.
  5. The Quandt family, one of the richest in Germany and the largest shareholder of BMW, took over scores of Jewish businesses and used tens of thousands of slave labourers at its factories during Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
  6. 90% of Britons eat pizza at least once a week.
  7. U.S. television networks allow alcohol to be advertised as long as no one in the commercial is actually drinking it.
  8. When the BBC World Service began in 1932, they warned listeners to keep their expectations low, saying "the programmes will neither be very interesting nor very good."
  9. Divers who recover golf balls from lakes make up to $150,000 per year.
  10. Before the assassination of President Kennedy, it was not a Federal offense to kill the President or Vice President of the United States.
  11. Only 2% of people in India define themselves as atheists.
  12. A survey of 1,000 U.S. adults found that 42% of respondents felt guilty for relaxing during their vacation time.
  13. "Euouae" is the longest word in the English language which is made up of nothing but vowels.
  14. There are only four artists who have achieved a Top 40 hit every decade since the 1980s: U2, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Weird Al Yankovic.
  15. 1 in 5 kidneys donated
    in the U.S.
    are thrown away because
    a suitable recipient can't be found.
  16. With a population density of 44,500 people per square kilometre, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is the most crowded city on the planet.
  17. Tutankhamun was the only ancient Egyptian who was mummified with an erect penis.
  18. The largest volcanic region on Earth is two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica, where at least 136 volcanoes are located.
  19. The site of Berlin's Tempelhof Airport was originally Knights Templar land in medieval Berlin, and from this beginning came the airport's name.
  20. Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother, was known as and is still called the "King of Rabbits" because he mispronounced the Dutch phrase "I am your king" and instead said "I am your rabbit" when he took over the Netherlands in 1806.
  21. France paid the highest taxes in Europe in 2016, with a real tax rate of 57.53%.
  22. Marie Antoinette's last words were "Pardon me, sir, I meant not to do it," an apology to her executioner for stepping on his toes.
  23. Ancient Egyptians had a 70% accurate method for detecting pregnancy: a woman would pee on some seeds. If they sprouted, she was pregnant.
  24. The last car to have a cassette deck come standard was the Lexus SC430 in 2010.
  25. Mice sigh up to 40 times an hour.
  26. It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name a child Sandy, Elaine or Linda.
  27. A group of ladybirds is called a loveliness.
  28. Iceland imports ice cubes.
  29. The word ‘gasoline' doesn't come from ‘gas'. It comes from Cazeline – after John Cassell, who was the first to sell it commercially.
  30. If the Earth had no atmosphere,
    the oceans would evaporate.
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