1. Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, sold Alaska to the U.S.A., fearing the remote colony would fall into British hands if there were another war.
  2. Only 6 of the 23 crocodilian species are considered dangerous to adult humans.
  3. A UK survey found that more than half of couples do not consumate their marriage on their wedding night, mostly because the groom is too drunk.
  4. The odds of any given person becoming a saint are 1 in 20,000,000.
  5. In 1944, Jewish prisoners at a Nazi site in Lithuania dug a 115-foot-long-escape tunnel with only their hands and spoons in three months.
  6. In Los Angeles, there's a glass slide that sits 1,000 feet above the ground on the side of the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi.
  7. In 2008, a man named Mike Merrill sold shares of his life for $1 and gives up decisions to his shareholders. He's up to $4.60 a share.
  8. The Sex Pistols' first concert is closer in time to Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony than to us.
  9. There are enough diamonds in existence to give everyone on the planet a cupful.
  10. German Submariners had the highest casualty rate of all forces in WW2: 70% died in service.
  11. A study found that pizza and compliments motivate employees better than cash. Money fades more quickly than a sense of appreciation.
  12. The scent of watermelon is hard to replicate due to the unstable nature of aldehydes, the compounds responsible for the fruit's sweet smell.
  13. Orangutans can use prior experiences to conjure up mental images about new situations, an ability believed to have evolved only in humans.
  14. A study found that people who enjoy doing laundry are less likely to experience sock loss.
  15. The rules of golf once provided that if your ball hit your opponent, he would lose the hole.
  16. Clams can live for more than 400 years.
  17. "Home parties" made Tupperwares popular.
  18. Tutankhamun's parents were brother and sister.
  19. The dialling code for Russia is 007.
  20. Nearly one in four American adults under the age of 65 has medical debt.
  21. Research shows that in terms of bite attacks against people, dachshunds, or wiener dogs, are more aggressive than pit bulls.
  22. Instagram data shows that Californians post the most driving selfies of any state population, while Mississippians post the least.
  23. The first stroke Michael Phelps learned as a kid was the backstroke, because he was afraid to put his head underwater.
  24. In 2009, a woman was fined $1.9 million for illegally downloading 24 songs. That's $80,000 per song.
  25. Jesse Owens real name was "J. C. ", but due to his strong southern accent people thought his name was Jesse.
  26. In 2012, a man tried to pay $137 traffic ticket with 137 dollar bills folded into origami pigs, delivered in two Dunkin Donuts boxes.
  27. The Nazis used captured civilians, who were chased across minefields, to detonate the explosives.
  28. The T-shirt was invented in 1904 and marketed to bachelors who couldn't sew or replace buttons.
  29. John Quincy Adams, the 6th U.S. President, took the presidential oath of office not after placing his hand on a Bible but upon a book of law.
  30. Lenin's testament stated that Stalin should be immediately removed from power because he couldn't be trusted to "use authority with caution."
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