1. Ronald Reagan almost died on the set of the 1951 comedy "Bedtime for Bonzo" when his costar—a chimp—strangled him by pulling on his tie.
  2. No one has ever gotten a perfect score on the gaokao, the 9-hour Chinese college entrance exam.
  3. Only great apes (including humans), a single Asiatic elephant, dolphins, orcas, and the Eurasian magpie have been found to recognize themselves in the mirror.
  4. The "high place phenomenon" is the sudden urge to jump off a high place, such as a bridge.
  5. In 2016, a UPS driver who spotted "call 911" written on a package helped police free a woman who was being held captive in her own home.
  6. Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids.
  7. Mathematician Kurt Gödel lived on a diet of baby food, laxatives and butter.
  8. Houseflies live for 25 to 30 days, not 24 hours.
  9. George Harrison was the first Beatle to go vegetarian.
  10. Dalmatians are white at birth. Their first spots usually appear within 3 to 4 weeks after birth
  11. When Facebook acquired Instagram for about $1 billion, the company had just 13 employees.
  12. Espresso has more caffeine per unit volume than most coffee beverages, but because the usual serving size is much smaller, the total caffeine content is less than a mug of standard brewed coffee.
  13. Genghis Khan gave his opponents a chance to submit and sign a treaty; if they refused, he conquered them by murder.
  14. Patrick Stewart was so skeptical about the success of "Star Trek" that he didn't unpack his bag for six weeks.
  15. In many parts of Africa, the snake is looked upon as the incarnation of deceased relatives.
  16. It is legal in 43 U.S. states to sue former inmates for the cost of their incarceration.
  17. Columbia University accidentally sent out acceptance emails to 277 prospective graduate students in 2017, and then revoked them in a follow-up email a little more than an hour later.
  18. If it ever went up for sale, the White House would cost anywhere from $90 to $369 million.
  19. Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin was only 53 years old when he died in 1924 after a series of strokes.
  20. Muhammad Ali's great grandfather was an Irish immigrant who settled in Kentucky in the 1860s.
  21. 75%
    of the population of Venezuela lost at least 19 pounds in 2016 due to a lack of proper nutrition amid an economic crisis.
  22. About 30% of solar radiation is reflected back to space and the rest is absorbed by oceans, clouds and land masses.
  23. Issac Newton invented the ridges along the edges of coins, still in use today, to prevent theft.
  24. Shakira recorded her very first album when she was only 13. It was made up entirely of songs that she had written between the ages of 8 and 13.
  25. To prepare for his role in the film 'The Mask of Zorro', Antonio Banderas practiced with the Olympic fencing team in Spain for 4 months.
  26. Victorian families often kept hedgehogs in kitchens as a form of pest control, as they eat insects.
  27. The Inca Empire existed for only 95 years.
  28. Mageirocophobia is the fear of having to cook.
  29. Some people never develop fingerprints.
  30. The old word for a kiss on the hand is "baisemain."
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