1. Since 1998, the Middle East is experiencing its worst drought in 900 years.
  2. In 1941, there were only 11 functioning democracies in the world.
  3. Picasso painted using ordinary house paint.
  4. If they were countries, the Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Shandong, Henan, Sichuan and Jiangsu would be among the world's 20 most populous.
  5. One-third of the population of China can't speak Mandarin, the country's official language.
  6. American bullfrogs' eyes have special retinas. The top half sees in daylight, the bottom sees into the water in infrared.
  7. In 2017, Tesla, Inc. became the second most valuable car company in the U.S., ahead of Ford Company, even as it's still losing money.
  8. The families of more than 30 victims of the Columbine High School massacre were given shares in a $2,538,000 settlement by the families of the perpetrators.
  9. In 1860 there were 4 million slaves in the U.S.
  10. Mexicans have the highest average annual hours worked in the world.
  11. The leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the U.S. is Cancer.
  12. Only 1 in 10 breast cancers are genetic.
  13. U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Martin van Buren, and Dwight Eisenhower all had red hair.
  14. Over 50 women were elected for president or prime minister in modern history.
  15. The founder of the Mother's Day later fought to have it abolished.
  16. "Death by powerpoint" is a term relating to the intense boredom of useless powerpoint presentations.
  17. Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" is beloved in his homeland, Sinaloa, for bringing jobs and investing back into the state.
  18. Political prisoners in the former East Germany provided some of the labor that helped Ikea keep its prices so low.
  19. Bitcoin is the world's biggest cryptocurrency but there are now close to 800 digital currencies work around US$96 billion total.
  20. U.S. President George W. Bush choked on a pretzel in 2002, passed out briefly and fell to the floor from a couch, bruising his lip and scuffing his cheek.
  21. The percentage of Americans who define themselves as lonely doubled from 20% to 40% since the 1980s.
  22. More than 300 people have gone from Sweden to fight for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, making it per capita one of the biggest exporters of jihadists in Europe.
  23. A 2017 survey found Paraguay to be the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row.
  24. For over 1,000 years, a horn has been blown in Ripon, UK, every night at 9pm in the four corners of the town square. It is allegedly the longest running unbroken daily ritual in the world.
  25. Selfie sticks are banned from all Disney theme parks.
  26. Almost all the Botox in the world is made in a single factory in Westport, Ireland.
  27. Ephebiphobia is the fear of young people.
  28. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who created Sherlock Holmes, was a founder and the first goalkeeper of soccer club Portsmouth FC.
  29. The Bank of England has an inflation calculator that goes all the way to 1209.
  30. Soccer player Pelé has his own day every year in Santos, Brazil. On November 19, Pelé day remembers the date of his 1,000th goal.
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