1. Belgium was the first country in the world to ban landmines in 1995.
  2. Bonobos prefer sharing their food with strangers. They do it to extend their social network.
  3. Google headquarters is called "The Googleplex", which comes from the word "googolplex", meaning a 1 followed by one hundred 0s.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. People who were born deaf still have some type of inner voice.
  7. By 2050, the average American will be of mixed race.
  8. In more than half of U.S. cities, it is illegal for homeless people to sit or lay on the sidewalk.
  9. There is a movie called "Rubber" and it's about a car tire that kills people.
  10. 35 years after leaving school, the majority of people can still identify 90% of their classmates.
  11. In 2007, Scotland spent £125,000 devising a new national slogan.
    The winning entry was: "Welcome to Scotland."
  12. An estimated 410,000 people were exposed to asbestos, a toxic substance, at WTC in 9/11. Nearly 70% of rescuers have lung problems.
  13. 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.
  14. Mike Tyson became a boxer because a bully killed his pigeon.
  15. Texas produces the most wind power of any U.S. state.
  16. The original TRON movie (1982) was not considered for a visual effects Oscar because the Academy felt the filmmakers had cheated by using computers.
  17. 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.
  18. IBM sold a smartphone with a touchscreen display input that could send emails and run third party apps already in 1994.
  19. The Jonah complex is the fear of success which prevents self-actualization.
  20. Only 17% of 11 to 38-year-olds experience no mental disorders, according to a study in New Zealand.
  21. In 1989, a new Blockbuster store was opening in America every 17 hours.
  22. "Sesame Street" has won 167 Emmys and 8 Grammys. An estimated 77 million Americans watched the show as children.
  23. Scientists usually omit left-handed people from tests because their brain works differently.
  24. There is a castle in Scotland that looks like a giant pineapple.
  25. Tear gas is banned for use in international warfare, but is still legal to use in the U.S.
  26. In 18th century Paris, it was fashionable to wear hats and umbrellas with lightning rods attached.
  27. All octopus species are venomous to humans, but only one is deadly.
  28. A lion's life expectancy is much lower than that of the antelopes it chases.
  29. Santa Muerte (Saint Death) is worshipped in Mexico by those who believe ‘god helps the good, the devil helps the bad'.
  30. Female adders can go 18 months without eating.
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