1. In 2008, a man named Mike Merrill sold shares of his life for $1 and gives up decisions to his shareholders. He's up to $4.60 a share.
  2. The Sex Pistols' first concert is closer in time to Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony than to us.
  3. There are enough diamonds in existence to give everyone on the planet a cupful.
  4. German Submariners had the highest casualty rate of all forces in WW2: 70% died in service.
  5. A study found that pizza and compliments motivate employees better than cash. Money fades more quickly than a sense of appreciation.
  6. The scent of watermelon is hard to replicate due to the unstable nature of aldehydes, the compounds responsible for the fruit's sweet smell.
  7. Orangutans can use prior experiences to conjure up mental images about new situations, an ability believed to have evolved only in humans.
  8. A study found that people who enjoy doing laundry are less likely to experience sock loss.
  9. The rules of golf once provided that if your ball hit your opponent, he would lose the hole.
  10. Clams can live for more than 400 years.
  11. "Home parties" made Tupperwares popular.
  12. Tutankhamun's parents were brother and sister.
  13. The dialling code for Russia is 007.
  14. Nearly one in four American adults under the age of 65 has medical debt.
  15. Research shows that in terms of bite attacks against people, dachshunds, or wiener dogs, are more aggressive than pit bulls.
  16. Instagram data shows that Californians post the most driving selfies of any state population, while Mississippians post the least.
  17. The first stroke Michael Phelps learned as a kid was the backstroke, because he was afraid to put his head underwater.
  18. In 2009, a woman was fined $1.9 million for illegally downloading 24 songs. That's $80,000 per song.
  19. Jesse Owens real name was "J. C. ", but due to his strong southern accent people thought his name was Jesse.
  20. In 2012, a man tried to pay $137 traffic ticket with 137 dollar bills folded into origami pigs, delivered in two Dunkin Donuts boxes.
  21. The Nazis used captured civilians, who were chased across minefields, to detonate the explosives.
  22. The T-shirt was invented in 1904 and marketed to bachelors who couldn't sew or replace buttons.
  23. John Quincy Adams, the 6th U.S. President, took the presidential oath of office not after placing his hand on a Bible but upon a book of law.
  24. Lenin's testament stated that Stalin should be immediately removed from power because he couldn't be trusted to "use authority with caution."
  25. There is a "white man" café in Tokyo, where Japanese ladies ring a bell to summon tuxedo-wearing caucasians who respond with “yes, princess?” and serve them cake.
  26. Reindeer are one of the only mammals that can see UV light, allowing them to see lichen, polar bears against the snow, and urine trails.
  27. Wealthy ancient Egyptians slept with neck supports rather than pillows to preserve their hairstyles.
  28. The most disproportionately common physical injury diagnosis in New York is "knee injury."
  29. During the American Civil War, free black woman Mary Bowser took a job as a servant in the Confederate White House and served as a Union spy.
  30. Vatican City is one of six countries worldwide that ban abortion completely, even if the mother's life is in danger.
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