1. 75% of the U.S. public say that Christians who commit violence aren't really Christian, while just 50% say the same about Muslims who commit violence.
  2. There are now more U.S. states that have completely legalized cannabis than states that completely ban it.
  3. Marco Polo's trip across Asia spanned 24 years and he didn't travel alone; he went with his father and uncle.
  4. Richard Milhous Nixon (who resigned when facing impeachment) and William Jefferson Clinton (who faced an impeachment trial in 1998) are the only US Presidents whose full names contain all the letters to spell the word ‘criminal'.
  5. At 16, Walt Disney quit school and, with false documents, joined the WWI Red Cross Ambulance Corps and was sent to France.
  6. Many of the rulers of Ancient Egypt were overweight and suffered from diabetes.
  7. Sales Tax Rate (VAT) in Bhutan stands at 50%.
  8. The age where half the U.S. population is younger than you and half is older than you is 37.
  9. All tortoises are in fact turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises.
  10. Salvador Dalí made a painting for the prisoners at Rikers Island (NY), which hung in the prison dining room for 15 years. In 2003, the painting was stolen by 4 guards.
  11. Nearly 1 in 100 people around the world have been forced from their homes.
  12. Christopher Columbus was not a scholarly man and yet, he learned Latin, Portuguese, and Castilian, and read widely about astronomy, geography, and history.
  13. 38% of American children under the age 12 who died in car crashes in 2013 were not wearing seat belts.
  14. Mozart wrote numerous letters, and even an entire song, focused solely on poop.
  15. In Hong Kong, more than 300,000 domestic helpers – mostly Filipina and Indonesian women – work up to 18-hour days, 6 days a week, for just HK$4,310 (US$ 555) a month.
  16. In 1846, California was ruled by Mexico and the settlers in protest declared the territory an independent country for only one month.
  17. From 1901 to 2012, 863 Nobel Prizes were awarded. Only 43 women were recipients.
  18. The Pentagon had separate bathrooms for blacks and whites when it opened in 1943.
  19. The thorny devil lizard drinks water through its skin and has a false head on the back of its neck to confuse predators.
  20. Stealthy Seagoers Octopuses are masters at flying under the radar, changing their coloration and texture to match their surroundings in seconds.
  21. Louis Armstrong was arrested at the age of 11 and learned music while in detention for 18 months.
  22. Al Capone never served in the army, even though he claimed his scars were war wounds.
  23. In 1571, the Spanish doctor Nicolas Monardes identified smoking tobacco as a cure for more than 20 ailments, including cancer.
  24. There's a brewery in Germany that's almost 1,000 years old. It has been in continuous operation since the year 1040.
  25. The moveable metal type was not first used for the Gutenberg Bible. Korean and Chinese books were produced the same way centuries earlier.
  26. Abraham Lincoln pursued for some time the idea of deporting freed slaves to Central America to help prevent racial strife in the U.S.
  27. The Mona Lisa hung on Napoleon's bedroom wall for years.
  28. There are 417 bridges in Venice and 72 of those are private.
  29. Like people, birds that live in the city are louder, meaner, and more stressed out than their country cousins.
  30. One of the first woman in the world to receive an academic degree and the first to receive a Ph.D. degree did it in 1678 in Padua, Italy.
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