1. Genghis Khan gave his opponents a chance to submit and sign a treaty; if they refused, he conquered them by murder.
  2. Patrick Stewart was so skeptical about the success of "Star Trek" that he didn't unpack his bag for six weeks.
  3. In many parts of Africa, the snake is looked upon as the incarnation of deceased relatives.
  4. It is legal in 43 U.S. states to sue former inmates for the cost of their incarceration.
  5. 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.
  6. If it ever went up for sale, the White House would cost anywhere from $90 to $369 million.
  7. Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin was only 53 years old when he died in 1924 after a series of strokes.
  8. Muhammad Ali's great grandfather was an Irish immigrant who settled in Kentucky in the 1860s.
  9. 75%
    of the population of Venezuela lost at least 19 pounds in 2016 due to a lack of proper nutrition amid an economic crisis.
  10. About 30% of solar radiation is reflected back to space and the rest is absorbed by oceans, clouds and land masses.
  11. Issac Newton invented the ridges along the edges of coins, still in use today, to prevent theft.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Victorian families often kept hedgehogs in kitchens as a form of pest control, as they eat insects.
  15. The Inca Empire existed for only 95 years.
  16. Mageirocophobia is the fear of having to cook.
  17. Some people never develop fingerprints.
  18. The old word for a kiss on the hand is "baisemain."
  19. 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.
  20. There are now more U.S. states that have completely legalized cannabis than states that completely ban it.
  21. Marco Polo's trip across Asia spanned 24 years and he didn't travel alone; he went with his father and uncle.
  22. 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'.
  23. At 16, Walt Disney quit school and, with false documents, joined the WWI Red Cross Ambulance Corps and was sent to France.
  24. Many of the rulers of Ancient Egypt were overweight and suffered from diabetes.
  25. Sales Tax Rate (VAT) in Bhutan stands at 50%.
  26. The age where half the U.S. population is younger than you and half is older than you is 37.
  27. All tortoises are in fact turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises.
  28. 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.
  29. Nearly 1 in 100 people around the world have been forced from their homes.
  30. Christopher Columbus was not a scholarly man and yet, he learned Latin, Portuguese, and Castilian, and read widely about astronomy, geography, and history.
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