1. There were once 9 subspecies of tigers: Bengal, Siberian, Indochinese, South Chinese, Sumatran, Malayan, Caspian, Javan and Bali. The last 3 are extinct, one is extinct in the wild, and the rest are endangered.
  2. The African grey parrot Alex was said to have the intelligence of a human 5-year-old.
  3. Amazon.com sold its first book in July 1995: "Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies."
  4. Some users of antidepressant Clomipramine have found that it causes the strange side effect of orgasms after yawning.
  5. Jean Cousin has been said to have discovered the New World in 1488, four years before Christopher Columbus, when he landed in Brazil around the mouth of Amazon, but this remains unproven.
  6. Research shows that, for luxury brands, the ruder the sales staff, the higher the sales.
  7. In A.D. 77, Pliny the Elder, an adviser to Roman emperors and the author of at least 75 books, published the first encyclopedia, Natural History.
  8. In 2012, the New Zealand government took legal action to prevent a couple calling their child "Anal."
  9. Piranha soup is a popular aphrodisiac in Brazil.
  10. The IKEA store on "Calle Me Falta un Tornillo" ("I've Got a Screw Loose Street") in Valladolid, Spain, is hard to find because people keep stealing the street signs.
  11. The first chewing gum made by William Wrigley Jr (in 1892) was given away free with his baking powder.
  12. The trap-jaw ant has the fastest bite in the world: its jaws close 2,300 times faster than a blink of an eye.
  13. The man who invented the water bed was unable to patent it because it had already appeared in science-fiction novels.
  14. The world has
    2 earthquakes every minute.
  15. Almost 1,600 Saturns could fit inside the Sun.
  16. Bears do not urinate while they hibernate. Their bodies convert urine into protein and use it as food.
  17. The British submarine HMS Artful can stay submerged for 25 years without having to surface for air.
  18. All telephone service in the US and Canada was silenced for one minute on August 4th, 1922 to mark the funeral of Alexander Graham Bell.
  19. The 1950s sleeping pill thalidomide, which caused 10,000 babies to be born with severe deformities, was tested on animals prior to its commercial release.
  20. The US Food and Drug Administration endorses the use of animal tests on cosmetics to "assure the safety of a product or ingredient." American women use an average of 12 personal care products per day.
  21. Gambling in Finland is controlled by the government and all of the profits go to charity.
  22. The Stoned Ape Theory, a controversial theory from Terence McKenna, states that a lot of our advanced human evolution came as a result of the ingestion of magic mushrooms by our primate ancestors.
  23. Public transport is entirely free for residents of the Estonian capital, Tallinn.
  24. Teens who wake up almost every night to check social media are three times more likely to be tired at school, a research found.
  25. In 1969, a drunk Richard Nixon ordered a nuclear strike on North Korea for shooting down a spy plane. Henry Kissinger intervened and made him sober up before deciding.
  26. Winston Churchill was a supporter of the Eugenics movement and mass sterilisation before the First World War.
  27. It's estimated that 1 in 4 Alabamians are functionally illiterate, meaning they can't read, write, or do basic math.
  28. Benjamin Franklin proposed a phonetic alphabet that got rid of the letters C,J, Q, W, X, and Y, but the American public refused to adopt it.
  29. There is a Boston-based band known as "Anal Cunt," or A.C. for short.
  30. There are 5 to 7 calories in a teaspoon of semen.
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