1. There are around 600 gazetted places named after the Emu in Australia, including mountains, lakes, creeks and towns.
  2. The world record for a one-minute rainfall happened in Maryland in 1956, 1.23 inches of rain fell in Unionville.
  3. Japan officially recognizes Bitcoin as a method of payment but not as currency.
  4. 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.
  5. Dams don't last forever. Once they have exceeded their life span of 50 to 100 years, risk of the concrete deteriorating increases dramatically.
  6. Your hair contains traces of gold.
  7. Night owls are more likely to suffer from nightmares, surveys suggest.
  8. No one knows for sure why tennis points go 15-30-40, or even why 0 is called love.
  9. 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.
  10. Diphylleia grayi is know as a skeleton flower because its white petals go transparent when wet, but return to white when dry.
  11. Will Smith's first name is Willard, not William.
  12. Only 10%
    of women who have lumps will have cancer.
  13. 70% of all train journeys in England start or finish in London.
  14. Switzerland monitors its airspace around the clock but only intercepts illegal flights during office hours.
  15. 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.
  16. Dolphins trained to kill for the Soviet navy were sold to Iran because they could no longer afford to feed it.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. In German slang, the @ symbol is called a klammeraffe or “spider monkey.”
  20. St. Clare of Assisi is the Catholic Church's patron saint of television.
  21. By the end of his brilliant and tortured life, inventor Nikola Tesla was penniless and living in a small NYC hotel room.
  22. 87% of Americans can be uniquely identified using only three bits of information: ZIP code, birth date, and gender.
  23. Under the original terms of the U.S. Constitution, the President could not choose his vice president, instead it was the candidate with the second most votes.
  24. The Ache tribe of Paraguay believe that babies inherit the characteristics of all the men who have had sex with the mother during pregnancy.
  25. In 1997, Pope John Paul II decided that St. Isidore of Seville would be the patron saint of the Internet and computer repairmen.
  26. Every nation in the world allows its residents to divorce under some conditions except the Philippines and the Vatican City.
  27. More than 22 million tons of salt are used to melt ice on roads in the U.S. every year. That's about 137 pounds of salt for every American.
  28. The extraordinary Bourtange star fort in the Netherlands was constructed in 1593 during the time of the Eighty Years' War. It later became a village and now a Museum.
  29. In 1998, Burger King announced the "Left-Handed Whopper", where all the condiments were rotated 180° to suit the left-handed people. It was an April's Fool hoax but people eagerly tried to order it the next day.
  30. Snake wine is an alcoholic beverage produced by infusing whole snakes in rice wine or grain alcohol, which is considered an important curative according to Traditional Chinese medicine.
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