1. The man who invented the water bed was unable to patent it because it had already appeared in science-fiction novels.
  2. The world has
    2 earthquakes every minute.
  3. Almost 1,600 Saturns could fit inside the Sun.
  4. Bears do not urinate while they hibernate. Their bodies convert urine into protein and use it as food.
  5. The British submarine HMS Artful can stay submerged for 25 years without having to surface for air.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Gambling in Finland is controlled by the government and all of the profits go to charity.
  10. 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.
  11. Public transport is entirely free for residents of the Estonian capital, Tallinn.
  12. Teens who wake up almost every night to check social media are three times more likely to be tired at school, a research found.
  13. 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.
  14. Winston Churchill was a supporter of the Eugenics movement and mass sterilisation before the First World War.
  15. It's estimated that 1 in 4 Alabamians are functionally illiterate, meaning they can't read, write, or do basic math.
  16. 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.
  17. There is a Boston-based band known as "Anal Cunt," or A.C. for short.
  18. There are 5 to 7 calories in a teaspoon of semen.
  19. Despite weighing up to 750 kg (1653 lb), the colossal squid
    only requires around 30 grams (1.1 oz) of food a day.
  20. Before 1917, members of the British Royal Family had no surname, but only the name of the house or dynasty to which they belonged.
  21. An Air India ground crew member died after he was sucked into the engine of a parked plane preparing for departure at Mumbai airport in 2015.
  22. The Who, the rock band, was originally called The High Numbers.
  23. Mitsubishi had to change the name of its Pajero model in Spanish-speaking countries, where it means "wanker."
  24. Dildo is a town on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.
  25. Scientists believe there is a ninth planet in our solar system that is roughly 10 times larger than Earth. They haven't been able to locate it yet but they know it's there because of its gravitational effects on other objects.
  26. 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected by climate change.
  27. India's Chennai airport ceiling
    has fallen down 66 times in the past few years.
  28. In the US, 70% of workers are not engaged or actively disengaged, the cost of which is a productivity loss of around $500 billion per year.
  29. George W. Bush used nicknames on everyone, calling Tony Blair "Landslide", Silvio Berlusconi "Shoes" and Jonathan Horn "Horny."
  30. The "IKEA effect" is the tendency for people to place a disproportionately high value on objects that they partially assembled themselves, such as furniture from IKEA, regardless of the quality of the end result.
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