1. 38% of American children under the age 12 who died in car crashes in 2013 were not wearing seat belts.
  2. Mozart wrote numerous letters, and even an entire song, focused solely on poop.
  3. 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.
  4. In 1846, California was ruled by Mexico and the settlers in protest declared the territory an independent country for only one month.
  5. From 1901 to 2012, 863 Nobel Prizes were awarded. Only 43 women were recipients.
  6. The Pentagon had separate bathrooms for blacks and whites when it opened in 1943.
  7. The thorny devil lizard drinks water through its skin and has a false head on the back of its neck to confuse predators.
  8. Stealthy Seagoers Octopuses are masters at flying under the radar, changing their coloration and texture to match their surroundings in seconds.
  9. Louis Armstrong was arrested at the age of 11 and learned music while in detention for 18 months.
  10. Al Capone never served in the army, even though he claimed his scars were war wounds.
  11. In 1571, the Spanish doctor Nicolas Monardes identified smoking tobacco as a cure for more than 20 ailments, including cancer.
  12. There's a brewery in Germany that's almost 1,000 years old. It has been in continuous operation since the year 1040.
  13. The moveable metal type was not first used for the Gutenberg Bible. Korean and Chinese books were produced the same way centuries earlier.
  14. Abraham Lincoln pursued for some time the idea of deporting freed slaves to Central America to help prevent racial strife in the U.S.
  15. The Mona Lisa hung on Napoleon's bedroom wall for years.
  16. There are 417 bridges in Venice and 72 of those are private.
  17. Like people, birds that live in the city are louder, meaner, and more stressed out than their country cousins.
  18. 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.
  19. J. R. R. Tolkien typed the entire 1,200-page manuscript of The Lord of the Rings trilogy with two fingers.
  20. No man-made object has survived on Venus for more than 127 minutes.
  21. A man in Washington State was jailed in 2017 after mistakenly texting instructions to kill his wife and daughter to his former boss rather than the hitman.
  22. The average incomes of British pensioners are higher than those of working-age Britons.
  23. The female market squid sometimes display fake testicles to avoid the advances of males.
  24. After the invention of the bicycle, the average distance between birthplaces of spouses in England increased from one mile to 30 miles.
  25. A bank robbery has to take place during office hours, otherwise it is recorded as a burglary.
  26. In 2011, United States business entities incurred $29 billion in direct costs because of patent trolls.
  27. Ashton Kutcher is the co-founder of Thorn, an international anti-human trafficking organization that works to address the sexual exploitation of children using software technology.
  28. Saudi Arabia has been ruled by the same family for longer than the United States has been a country.
  29. The most disproportionately common physical injury diagnosis in California is "Motor vehicle accident."
  30. The most disproportionately common physical injury
    diagnosis in Texas is "insect bite."
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