1. The first plastic Christmas trees were produced by a toilet brush manufacturer. They used the same bristles, they just dyed them green.
  2. In Coober Pedy, Australia, over half of the population lives in caves carved underground to stay away from the heat.
  3. The highest-value notes issued by the Bank of England are Giants (£1 million) and Titans (£100 million).
  4. There is no such thing as a vegetarian snake. Snakes eat nothing except other animals.
  5. Lamas in ancient Tibet were boiled in butter before being embalmed.
  6. U.S. presidents earn less salary now than any time in American history, at just US$400k per year.
  7. All Las Vegas city facilities ―from government buildings to streetlights― run entirely on renewable energy.
  8. In Norway, no one can disguise their earnings, as every citizen's tax returns are made available for everyone else in the country to inspect.
  9. The average Briton has 174,000 sixth cousins, enough to fill Wembley stadium twice over.
  10. More people die in car crashes each year in the U.S. than in other high-income countries.
  11. The bigger an animal's brain, the longer it will yawn.
  12. Every week, London Underground escalators travel the equivalent of twice around the world.
  13. In Spain, Belgium, Portugal and France everyone is automatically an organ donor, unless they refuse beforehand.
  14. Nikola Tesla could not stand the sight of pearls, to the extent that he refused to speak to women wearing them.
  15. The Swiss Deaf Association chose "Donald Trump" as their 2016 sign of the year.
  16. Anti-venom for poisonous bites in U.S. hospitals can cost tens of thousands of dollars while the same drug in Mexico costs hundreds of dollars.
  17. Some of the gifts the U.S President has received from foreign countries over the years includes 300 pounds of raw lamb, a puppy, 2 pandas, and a copy of the Witcher 2.
  18. Amish religious customs forbid mustaches because of their association with the military.
  19. The co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous believed LSD could be used to cure alcoholics and claimed it cured his depression.
  20. Morgan Freeman is a trained ballet dancer.
  21. When Mao Zedong visited the U.S.S.R. in 1949, Stalin had special toilets installed in order to secretly collect and analyze Mao's poop.
  22. John Lennon once almost beat a man to death.
  23. Cuba offered to pay a US$270 million Soviet-era debt to the Czech Republic entirely in rum.
  24. Mozart sold more CDs in 2016 than Beyonce did.
  25. 80% of the Louvre's visitors only come to the museum to see the Mona Lisa.
  26. Yawning and stretching at the same time is called "pandiculating."
  27. A dead gecko can stay stuck to the wall for half an hour.
  28. The Battle of Bunker Hill
    in fact took place on Breed's Hill.
  29. In some remote Indian villages, babies are dropped from the tops of temples and caught by adults below—it's believed to bring good health.
  30. During the 1970s, the CIA experimented with a tiny spy drone called the inectothopter as a discreet way of collecting audio intelligence.
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