1. Feudal Japan lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.
  2. The German Chocolate Cake was named after an American baker by the name of Samuel German, not the country of Germany.
  3. The oldest bathtub yet discovered is in the Queen's bathroom in the palace of Knossos on Crete, dating from 1500BC.
  4. The word "White" comes from the Indo-European root kweit meaning "to shine."
  5. The flags of Chad and Romania are identical.
  6. The study of flags is called vexillology.
  7. Underneath the avenues and boulevards of southern Paris, France, there are ossuaries holding the remains of more than six million people.
  8. It is believed that London's Big Ben was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works, whose name is inscribed on the bell. Others attest that the bell was named after Ben Caunt, a champion heavyweight boxer.
  9. Moscow's Red Square's name has nothing to do with communism or with the color of many of its buildings. It derives from the word 'krasnyi', which once meant 'beautiful.'
  10. Brazil's capital, Brasilia, took just 41 months to build, from 1956 to 1960.
  11. Ukraine is Europe's largest country,
    not counting Russia which is also part of Asia.
  12. Indonesia banned kissing in public in 2004.
  13. Belgium was the first country in the world to ban landmines in 1995.
  14. Bonobos prefer sharing their food with strangers. They do it to extend their social network.
  15. Google headquarters is called "The Googleplex", which comes from the word "googolplex", meaning a 1 followed by one hundred 0s.
  16. When President Harry S. Truman visited Disneyland in 1957, he refused to come aboard the popular Dumbo attraction. Truman, a Democrat, didn't want to be seen riding in the symbol of the Republican Party.
  17. The inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, has one regret: adding the double slash "//" to URLs. In retrospect, he says, it was totally unnecessary.
  18. People who were born deaf still have some type of inner voice.
  19. By 2050, the average American will be of mixed race.
  20. In more than half of U.S. cities, it is illegal for homeless people to sit or lay on the sidewalk.
  21. There is a movie called "Rubber" and it's about a car tire that kills people.
  22. 35 years after leaving school, the majority of people can still identify 90% of their classmates.
  23. In 2007, Scotland spent £125,000 devising a new national slogan.
    The winning entry was: "Welcome to Scotland."
  24. An estimated 410,000 people were exposed to asbestos, a toxic substance, at WTC in 9/11. Nearly 70% of rescuers have lung problems.
  25. Warren Buffet filed his first tax return at age 13 to report income from his paper route, and claimed a $35 deduction for use of his bicycle.
  26. Mike Tyson became a boxer because a bully killed his pigeon.
  27. Texas produces the most wind power of any U.S. state.
  28. The original TRON movie (1982) was not considered for a visual effects Oscar because the Academy felt the filmmakers had cheated by using computers.
  29. Within 6 months of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Brazil's Maracana Stadium was abandoned, had its power cut off, was invaded by worms and was missing nearly 10% of the stadium's 78,000 seats.
  30. IBM sold a smartphone with a touchscreen display input that could send emails and run third party apps already in 1994.
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