1. In the 1950s and 1960s, the CIA funded American modern art in order to fight Communism.
  2. In Japan, people do not have signatures, they use stamps called Hanko, and every individual in Japan has one.
  3. In 1923, the sheet music for ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas' sold 1,000 copies a day.
  4. From 1953 to 1964, the CIA conducted completely uncontrolled tests in which they drugged people unknowingly, then followed and watched them without intervening.
  5. Flamingos can sleep in ponds that freeze around their legs at night, drink boiling water, and survive conditions that expose them to arsenic and poisonous gases.
  6. Nutella has very few hazelnuts. It is 58% sugar and is 32% fat, most of which is palm oil.
  7. In 2015, a tiny Tokyo restaurant with only 9 seats became the first ramen restaurant in the world to obtain a Michelin star.
  8. While 71% of Americans believe in hell, only 0.5% think that they are likely to end up there, a survey found.
  9. Prostitutes in the Netherlands pay taxes.
  10. In the European Union you are not allowed to skip your break if you are working more than 6 hours a day.
  11. Since 1875, the exact weight of a kilogram has been defined by the International Prototype of the Kilogram, a cylinder that sits locked in an environmentally regulated vault outside Paris. Every 40 years, it's removed and compared to a half-dozen copies around the world.
  12. Harold Stassen, a former governor of Minnesota, sought the U.S. Republican Party's Presidential Nomination 9 times.
  13. Under Apartheid in South Africa, Filipinos were classified as black while Chinese were considered "non-white" and Japanese, Taiwanese and Koreans were "honorary whites."
  14. Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest.
  15. A man called Michael Nicholson enrolled in school for 55 years straight, earning 30 degrees.
  16. In 2012, the world's first lab grown burger cost $325,000. By 2015, a lab grown burger only cost $11.36.
  17. Across all the European countries fighting in WWII, only three national capitals were never occupied: Moscow, London and Helsinki.
  18. Chuck Norris' real name is Carlos Ray Norris.
  19. Mozart kept a diary of every incident when he heard someone fart.
  20. Hundreds of Jews from Amsterdam were fined for being late with their rent during their incarceration in World War II concentration camps.
  21. La Sagrada Familia, in Spain, will take longer to complete than the Great Pyramid of Egypt.
  22. There is a common Chinese idiom that states, "The ugly wife is a treasure at home."
  23. A sapiosexual is a person who is sexually attracted to intelligence in others.
  24. Kummerspeck (‘grief bacon') is German for the weight put on from eating too much when feeling sorry for yourself.
  25. The London Underground trains were originally steam powered.
  26. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow caught fire in 1977. Sensitive information was stolen by several firefighters who were also KGB agents.
  27. Spain has more tourists than residents. 75 million people visited Spain in 2016, while only 46 million people live there.
  28. In 2012, a cat named Orlando beat top investment bankers in a year long investment competition, which he chose by throwing his favorite mouse toy at a grid to select companies to invest in.
  29. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that tomatoes were vegetables.
  30. Russian President Boris Yeltsin's first question when he met President Clinton in 1995: "Do you think O.J. did it?"
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