1. Housing a prisoner in California costs $75,560. That's more than a year at Harvard.
  2. The British pound is the world's oldest currency still in use: it's 1200 years old.
  3. The Persian famine of 1917 and 1918 caused deaths by starvation, and cholera, of 4 to 10 million people in Iran.
  4. During the Great Depression, the U.S. deported around 1 million Mexicans.
    An estimated 60% of them were U.S. citizens.
  5. During WW2, an Italian doctor prevented Nazis from taking Jewish patients by claiming they suffered the fictitious 'K Syndrome'. He saved 45 lives.
  6. In 1956, the U.S. exploded atomic bombs near a few beers to see if they are safe to drink. They are indeed.
  7. Stephen D Unwin, a PhD in theoretical physics, wrote a book where he calculated the probability that God exists: 67%.
  8. In 1988, a man named Robert W. Faid published a book mathematically "proving" that the Antichrist was Mikhail Gorbachev, with odds of exactly 710,609,175,188,282,000 to 1. He later won an Ig Nobel prize for it.
  9. Rock star Ozzy Osbourne once joined a Christian protest march against himself outside of one of his concerts.
  10. The UK continues printing and storing its laws on vellum, made from calf or goat-skin.
  11. Each square foot of Jackson Pollock's painting "No. 5, 1948" is worth over $4 million.
  12. Some tribes in the Himalayas use the smoke from burning millipedes to treat hemorrhoids.
  13. Humans are not at the top of the food chain but near the middle, on a level with pigs and anchovies.
  14. Most of the first 30 Catholic Church popes died violently.
  15. According to TSA rules, you can get drinks through a U.S. airport security if they're frozen solid.
  16. The 1967 film "Young Americans" is the only movie to receive an Oscar at the Academy Awards, only to have it taken away a few weeks after the ceremony.
  17. In 1824, Andrew Jackson won the popular vote and got the most votes in the electoral college, but lost the U.S. presidential election anyway.
  18. Soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, most known as Pelé, was named after Thomas Edison.
  19. James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. President, was morally opposed to slavery, but believed it was protected by the Constitution, so he continuously brought slaves with his own money in order to free them.
  20. Shakespeare and Pocahontas were alive at the same time.
  21. Most reality show contracts take away the cast's right to sue if they're portrayed inaccurately.
  22. Snapchat's mascot has name: Ghostface Chillah.
  23. When the Arctic Monkeys started their band none of them knew how to play instruments.
  24. In 30 of the world's countries (15%), their heads of state are required to have a particular religious affiliation.
  25. In 1900, all the world's mathematical knowledge could be written in about 80 books; today it would fill more than 100,000.
  26. The first violence of the French Revolution took place at a luxury wallpaper factory.
  27. The world's first organ transplant was performed by Indian doctors, who used skin grafts to repair injuries as early as 800 BCE.
  28. Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body's blood vessels, just like Viagra.
  29. Ancient Greeks wouldn't eat beans as they thought that they contained the souls of the dead.
  30. The Burj Khalifa is so tall that residents above the 80th floor have to wait 2 to 3 minutes longer to end Ramadan.
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