1. Classical music played in restaurants increases the amount people spend on wine, a study found.
  2. Muslim-majority countries account for 75% of all fatalities from terrorist attacks from 2001 to 2015. The U.S. and Europe account for just 2.2%.
  3. Strawberry leaves can be used to relieve gastrointestinal distress and joint pain. They also contain iron, calcium and vitamin C.
  4. Novelist Guy de Maupassant denounced the Eiffel Tower as a "useless and monstrous" structure. He liked to eat his meals in the restaurant at the tower's base, as it was the only place where he didn't have to look at it.
  5. Leonardo Da Vinci was an accomplished lyre player.
  6. Even without moving their eyes, some birds have a 360-degree field of view.
  7. Hugging a loved one releases the hormone oxytocin that lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety and can even improve your memory.
  8. Earth's Northern Hemisphere is 1.5 °C warmer than the Southern Hemisphere.
  9. Rome, Italy, has 2,500 free-flowing drinking fountains.
  10. Saddam Hussein told guards he once burned hundreds of his son Uday's luxury cars as punishment for killing several people at a nightclub.
  11. It's estimated that 1,000 additional deaths occurred in the months following 9/11 because Americans chose to travel by car instead of by plane.
  12. Singer Billy Joel never sells front row seats in order to see the real fans right in front of him. He gives them away to random people in the cheap seats so that front row isn't always just wealthy people.
  13. Myopia is about twice as common in Jews than in people of non-Jewish ethnicity.
  14. 94% of terrorist attacks carried out in the United States from 1980 to 2005 have been by non-Muslims, according to the FBI.
  15. Bitcoin can handle 3 to 7 transactions per second, while Visa can handle more than 24,000 transactions per second.
  16. An elephant's skin can be up to 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) thick but is so sensitive it can feel a fly landing on it.
  17. In Nepal, Mount Everest is known as Chomolungma, meaning "Goddess Mother of Mountains."
  18. The Icelandic for 'sleep' is sofa.
  19. In 2005, a psychologist and an economist taught a group of monkeys the concept of money. Soon, the monkeys engaged in prostitution.
  20. Today's average American woman weighs as much as the average 1960s man.
  21. The U.S. joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations that aren't part of the Paris agreement to limit carbon emissions.
  22. If you deprive a fruit fly or a fish of sleep, it will try to catch up the next day.
  23. Butterflies have 4 eyes, bees have 5 eyes, most spiders have 8 eyes and Caterpillars have 12 eyes.
  24. A human eye can detect a candle flame 1.7 miles (2.76 km) away.
  25. After dissecting cadavers, Leonardo Da Vinci replaced the muscles with strings to see how they worked.
  26. A bird's feathers weigh more than its entire skeleton.
  27. In 1859, daredevil Charles Blondin walked across Niagara Falls on stilts.
  28. Beijing is the world's most expensive city for renters: a house rent is, on average, 1.2 times higher than the average salary, according to a 2016 report.
  29. Elon Musk nearly died in 2000 from a malaria infection following a trip to Brazil and South Africa.
  30. The word "Lego" is derived from the Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". The word "lego" also means "I put together" in Latin.
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