1. 88% of businesses believe school leavers are unprepared for the world of work, according to a British Chambers of Commerce survey.
  2. Abraham Lincoln loved cats and once let one eat from the table during a formal White House dinner.
  3. During WWII, a British sailor escaped his submarine from depths of 270 feet (82 m) and managed to get to the surface and survive.
  4. The U.S. government gave Indiana University $1 million to study memes.
  5. Saddam Hussein's son owned an actual iron maiden and used it against people he didn't like.
  6. King Mithridates VI of Pontus was terrified of being poisoned, so he took small doses of various poisons throughout his life to develop immunity.
  7. The U.S. Navy was disbanded following the Revolutionary War and brought back years later largely to fight pirates.
  8. The first openly transgender athlete in a professional American sports team was Harrison Browne of the National Women's Hockey League.
  9. In Canada, due to a chronic shortage of coinage, playing cards were once used as currency.
  10. Vladimir Lenin spent 17 years out of Russia after he served 3 years in Siberia for being a revolutionary.
  11. France opened in 2016 what it claims to be the world's first solar panel road, in a Normandy village.
  12. On 14th July 1789, the date of the storming of the Bastille, King Louis XVI of France wrote in his diary "rien" (nothing).
  13. On average, New Yorkers save $1,160 a month and $13,926 annually by relying on public transportation.
  14. Jonathan Taylor Thomas, a famous 90s child actor, walked away from fame at the height of his career to study philosophy at Harvard.
  15. The father of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, was a unicyclist in a circus.
  16. The average Brit will spend one year and eight months of their life in a bad mood.
  17. Metrophobia is the fear of poetry.
  18. If Prince Charles becomes king, he will be the oldest monarch ever crowned in Britain.
  19. When Winston Churchill paid a visit to the U.S. in 1931, during the height of Alcohol Prohibition, he got around it after being hit by an oncoming car. The doctor prescribed him 6 shots of alcohol at mealtimes.
  20. Disney World is the second-largest purchaser of explosives in the United States, the first being the U.S. Department of Defense.
  21. All astronauts must learn how to speak Russian, and all cosmonauts must learn how to speak English.
  22. Beer cans in Japan have braille on them so blind people don't confuse alcoholic drinks with soft drinks.
  23. Five years before he won Wimbledon, Fred Perry was world table-tennis champion.
  24. Al Capone was expelled from school at the age of 14 for hitting a female teacher, and never went back.
  25. The average temperature of a beehive is the same as a human body. Bees flap their wings to regulate heat.
  26. When the Declaration of Independence was being drafted, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the word "sacred" be replaced with "self-evident" because he believed that the nation should be founded on reason, not faith.
  27. You can tell if a duck has bird flu by smelling its droppings.
  28. Drinking very hot beverages increases your risk of developing cancer.
  29. The Pentagon has over 5 million square feet of office space and 17 miles of corridors.
  30. Comparative analysis indicated that chimpanzees and bonobos show population-level right handedness, whereas gorillas and orangutans do not.
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