1. The drugs used for a lethal injection in Texas cost $83.
  2. A cheetah can go from 0 to 40 mph in three strides.
  3. Fearing a German invasion, in 1940 Alan Turing converted his assets into silver ingots and buried them in Buckinghamshire. He spent the rest of his life failing to find them.
  4. When Pope John Paul II visited California, the Hollywood sign was changed to read "Holywood."
  5. Iceland has Europe's largest banana plantation.
  6. In 1984, a cult sprayed salmonella on doorknobs and food in a town in Oregon to poison people so they would be too sick to vote and the cult could take over the town. It was the largest biological attack in U.S. history.
  7. 27-year-old Cassie DePecol visited all 196 countries in 18.5 months. She broke two world records in the process.
  8. Skulls are like fingerprints. Frontal sinus print is found to be unique to a particular individual.
  9. "El Gordo" is the biggest galaxy cluster ever seen in the early universe.
  10. 64% of Americans allegedly prefer their cats' company to their significant others, a survey found.
  11. Dolphins intentionally chew on toxic pufferfish to get high.
  12. A former Macy's salesperson became Queen of Romania in 1948.
  13. There are around 600 gazetted places named after the Emu in Australia, including mountains, lakes, creeks and towns.
  14. The world record for a one-minute rainfall happened in Maryland in 1956, 1.23 inches of rain fell in Unionville.
  15. Japan officially recognizes Bitcoin as a method of payment but not as currency.
  16. While the U.S. generates 2/3 of its electricity from fossil fuels, South America generates 2/3 of it from renewable energy sources, making the continent a global leader in renewable energy.
  17. Dams don't last forever. Once they have exceeded their life span of 50 to 100 years, risk of the concrete deteriorating increases dramatically.
  18. Your hair contains traces of gold.
  19. Night owls are more likely to suffer from nightmares, surveys suggest.
  20. No one knows for sure why tennis points go 15-30-40, or even why 0 is called love.
  21. Rosa Parks was sitting in the colored section of the bus during the infamous incident in Montgomery; she was asked to vacate her seat, in the front row of the colored section, because the white portion of the bus was filled.
  22. Diphylleia grayi is know as a skeleton flower because its white petals go transparent when wet, but return to white when dry.
  23. Will Smith's first name is Willard, not William.
  24. Only 10%
    of women who have lumps will have cancer.
  25. 70% of all train journeys in England start or finish in London.
  26. Switzerland monitors its airspace around the clock but only intercepts illegal flights during office hours.
  27. In 2008 it was estimated that 80% of all businesses on the isle of Sicily were forced to pay a "protection fee" to the Mafia.
  28. Dolphins trained to kill for the Soviet navy were sold to Iran because they could no longer afford to feed it.
  29. Billy Mitchell, founding father of the U.S. Air Force, predicted in 1924 that air attacks would be made by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor.
  30. During the Vietnam War, Hugh Thompson Jr. order his men to turn their guns on American soldiers to protect Vietnamese civilians and helped put a stop to the My Lai Massacre.
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