1. President Franklin D. Roosevelt kept a total of 11 dogs at the White House during his 12 years and one month in residence.
  2. The city of Edo formally changed its name to Tokyo, meaning "eastern capital", in 1868.
  3. 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.
  4. An 18-year-old William Shakespeare married an older woman who was three months pregnant at the time.
  5. Some historians believe that Columbus visited Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula in 1477 and there learned of Viking explorations of the New World.
  6. Iceland's population is smaller than that of Anaheim, California.
  7. On January 1, 1907 Theodore Roosevelt shook the hands of 8,510 people, setting a world record he held for over 70 years.
  8. Despite being incarcerated in internment camps, thousands of Japanese-Americans fought for America in WWII— they had their own fighting unit.
  9. 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.
  10. The world record in cycling backwards playing a violin is 60.45 kilometres in 5 hours 8 seconds.
  11. Snapchat founders had tried nearly 34 projects before coming up with the social network.
  12. There is no evidence that cursive has any benefits over other handwriting styles for the majority of children with normal development.
  13. 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.
  14. The most dangerous household item in a fire is a fridge-freezer.
  15. Since 1980, 3 million refugees have entered the United States, with 85,000 arriving between October 2015 and September 2016.
  16. Israel is the only country in the world to have a net gain of trees in the last 100 years.
  17. 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.
  18. Magellan's expedition took 3 years to circumnavigate the globe. The International Space Station does the same thing every 92 minutes.
  19. Modesto, California was named after its founders who were too modest to name it after themselves.
  20. The historical Buddha was not obese. The "chubby Buddha" or "laughing Buddha" is a 10th-century Chinese folk hero by the name of Budai.
  21. Rats and mice alone eat or spoil 20 percent of the world's food supply.
  22. The French military actually has the best military record in Europe. Out of 168 battles fought since 387BC, they have won 109, lost 49 and drawn 10.
  23. Migrants committed 142,500 crimes in Germany during the first six months of 2016.
  24. Cockburn
    is a town on the border of South Australia.
  25. Worldwide, people consume 500 extra calories a day from sugar, which is roughly the amount of calories needed to gain a pound a week.
  26. Jihadists killed 94 people inside the United States between 2005 and 2015. During that same time period, 301,797 people in the U.S. were shot dead.
  27. Many farmers use llamas to guard their livestock from predators.
  28. As a war correspondent during the Boer War, Winston Churchill was paid £10k a month in today's money.
  29. George Washington is also known as the "Father of the American Foxhound," and kept more than 30 of the dogs.
  30. 2.9 million
    breast cancer survivors are alive in the U.S. today.
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