1. In Old Norse, "Viking" denoted not a nationality, but occupation: a Viking was anyone who took part in an overseas expedition.
  2. Vienna's Vegetable Orchestra is an orchestra that plays music on vegetables. They've released several albums.
  3. Alligators don't get serious infections from cuts and bruises even while living in bacteria infested swamps. Their blood is effective against 23 types of bacteria, and fungi and viruses including HIV.
  4. A single Boeing 777 Engine delivers twice the horsepower of all the Titanic's steam engines combined.
  5. Airlines sell more seats than they have because only around 90% passengers will show up for a flight.
  6. An anonymous French urban artist, "Invader," has installed over 3300 Space Invaders mosaics in 65 cities all around the world since 1998.
  7. Venting your anger online only makes you angrier, a study found.
  8. Humans aren't nutritious, so ancient cannibals probably devoured humans for other reasons.
  9. Babies in Britain, Canada and Italy cry more than elsewhere, says an International study.
  10. The phenomenon where the shower curtain randomly clings to you, it's called the shower-curtain effect.
  11. United Airlines once sued a 22-year-old guy after he created a site to help people find cheaper flight tickets.
  12. The U.S.A. and Russia still have thousands of tons of chemical weapons.
  13. Author Ray Bradbury was so poor growing up that he borrowed the suit with a bullet hole his uncle was murdered in for his high school graduation ceremony.
  14. Fewer dopamine receptors in the brain are associated with a higher preference for sweets in adults of normal weight.
  15. The Republic of Benin was independent for less than a day.
  16. In the U.S., if you are delayed by an airline for more than 4 hours for actions within their control (overbooking), you are entitled to 4 times the face vale of the ticket, capped at $1300.
  17. When United Airlines broke a man's $4500 guitar and refused to pay for it in 2009, he wrote a protest song. Over the next 4 weeks, United's stock price fell 10%, costing stockholders $180 million.
  18. In 2011, North Korean researchers concluded that North Korea is the second happiest country in the world. The happiest is China.
  19. America's first female mayor was elected in 1887. A group of men nominated her as a prank, but she won over 60% of the vote.
  20. The name "Hotmail" was chosen because it contains HTML, and was originally styled "HoTMaiL."
  21. The "Lost" pilot was so expensive (over $10 million) that the Chairman of ABC was fired for greenlighting the project.
  22. Every Good Friday in the Philippines, they reenact the crucifixions of multiple people, and they are real.
  23. Joan Evans is the only person on Earth capable of balancing 237 pints of beer atop his head.
  24. A Mexican couple, Octavio Guillen and Adriana Martinez, was engaged for 67 years.
  25. Japan's Parasitological Museum is the world's only museum fully dedicated to parasites, hosting a collection of over 45,000 items.
  26. The Durian fruit, known as the world's smelliest fruit, is so stinky that in parts of Asia is not allowed to be taken on buses or into hotels.
  27. There are so many trees in London, it can be classified as a forest, according to a UN definition.
  28. There are now more millionaires in the United States than ever before.
  29. British researchers have found that taking a hot bath can actually burn as many calories as a 30-minute walk.
  30. "Frustration attraction" means that the individual who was dumped will love and lust for the person who dumped them even more.
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