1. Paris, France, was the first western capital to have a mayor of African descent in 1879.
  2. In 2016, a man called Lawrence John Ripple robbed a bank and then waited in the lobby, later telling the investigators he'd rather be in jail than with his wife.
  3. Dogs can smell their owners from 11 miles away.
  4. People from Canada can order a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and have it shipped to them for free.
  5. According to a court document, Johnny Depp spends more than $2 million per month to maintain his lavish lifestyle.
  6. Netflix has been around longer than Google.
  7. More than one-quarter (28%) of Americans believe God played a major role in determining the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election.
  8. 18 U.S. states ban or restrict car sales on Sundays.
  9. The U.S. Navy produced six future presidents during World War II.
  10. Michelangelo kept working until the week he died at the age of 88.
  11. The U.S. military wanted the Golden Gate Bridge to be painted in stripes.
  12. As a youth, Malcom X got involved in drug dealing, gambling, prostitution and spent 6.5 years in jail.
  13. President Franklin D. Roosevelt kept a total of 11 dogs at the White House during his 12 years and one month in residence.
  14. The city of Edo formally changed its name to Tokyo, meaning "eastern capital", in 1868.
  15. Archaeologists estimate Stonehenge was home to 150 or more cremation burials from 3000 B.C. to 2300 B.C., and they've called it Britain's biggest known cemetery of the time.
  16. An 18-year-old William Shakespeare married an older woman who was three months pregnant at the time.
  17. Some historians believe that Columbus visited Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula in 1477 and there learned of Viking explorations of the New World.
  18. Iceland's population is smaller than that of Anaheim, California.
  19. On January 1, 1907 Theodore Roosevelt shook the hands of 8,510 people, setting a world record he held for over 70 years.
  20. Despite being incarcerated in internment camps, thousands of Japanese-Americans fought for America in WWII— they had their own fighting unit.
  21. The most expensive guitar ever sold was taken in 2005 for US$2.7 million at an auction in Qatar to raise funds for a charity helping tsunami victims.
  22. The world record in cycling backwards playing a violin is 60.45 kilometres in 5 hours 8 seconds.
  23. Snapchat founders had tried nearly 34 projects before coming up with the social network.
  24. There is no evidence that cursive has any benefits over other handwriting styles for the majority of children with normal development.
  25. Granite blocks used for the King's chamber of the Great Pyramid, weighing as much as 60 to 80 tons each, were quarried nearly 500 miles away.
  26. The most dangerous household item in a fire is a fridge-freezer.
  27. Since 1980, 3 million refugees have entered the United States, with 85,000 arriving between October 2015 and September 2016.
  28. Israel is the only country in the world to have a net gain of trees in the last 100 years.
  29. On the California side of the U.S.-Mexico border, there's a town called Calexico,
    and on the opposite side there's a town called Mexicali.
  30. Magellan's expedition took 3 years to circumnavigate the globe. The International Space Station does the same thing every 92 minutes.
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