1. President Donald Trump asked the Guggenheim Museum to lend him a Van Gogh for the White House. Their counter-offer: a solid gold toilet.
  2. The first female state senator elected in the United States was a Mormon polygamous wife who ran against and defeated her own husband.
  3. When a mom feels depressed, her baby's cells might feel it, too. At just 18 months old, young children can show biological evidence of added stress.
  4. During WW2, Churchill wore a specially designed onesie, which he called his ‘Siren Suit'.
  5. Cheese triggers the same part of the brain as hard drugs, researchers found.
  6. The word ‘swansong', a final act or gesture before death or retirement, arose from an ancient belief that swans are mute all their lives but sing a beautiful, mournful song just before they die.
  7. Alternative names proposed for Canada in 1867 were Borealia, Cabotia, Transatlantica, Victorialand and Superior.
  8. In Sweden, there's a shopping centre dedicated entirely to repaired and up-cycled goods.
  9. Cities account for 80% of the world's GDP.
  10. Even a short, one-time burst of exercise can boost parts of the brain responsible for executive function such as decision-making and focus, a research paper found.
  11. In the 1800s, ducks were called ‘arsefeet' because their feet are so close to their bottoms.
  12. The world's billionaires made enough money in 2017 to end extreme poverty seven times over.
  13. A male cheetah can make a female ovulate by barking at her.
  14. Only 41% of items on to-do lists are ever actually done.
  15. In 1568, the Catholic Church condemned the entire population of The Netherlands to death for heresy.
  16. In 1932, Winston Churchill went to a hotel in Munich two days in a row to have tea with Hitler. Hitler stood him up both times and the two men never met.
  17. A bird caused the Large Hadron Collider to be turned off in 2009 after it dropped a piece of baguette into it.
  18. There are enough nuclear shelters in Switzerland to house the entire population.
  19. Benjamin Franklin invented a mechanical arm for reaching books on high shelves.
  20. At least an hour of physical activity a day may be required to offset the harmful effects of sitting at a desk for 8 hours.
  21. While hibernating, the groundhog's heartbeat slows from 80 beats per minute to 5 beats per minute.
  22. The Twister game was originally called Pretzel.
  23. A 2018 law in France allows citizens to make mistakes in good faith on documents without being punished.
  24. The shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of killing U.S. President John F. Kennedy, was the first known human killing seen live on TV.
  25. There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover the entire land mass of North and South America to a depth of 30 centimetres (12 in).
  26. The album "Jazz from Hell" by Frank Zappa was sold with a "Parental Advisory" sticker despite being completetly instrumental.
  27. The U.S. may have adopted the metric system if pirates hadn't kidnapped the French scientist sent to help Thomas Jefferson persuade Congress to adopt the system.
  28. Rock band Oasis were named after a leisure centre in Swindon.
  29. Star Wars Composer John Williams has the record for most Oscar nominations from a living person, averaging one nomination a year since his first in 1967.
  30. The "Share a Coke" campaign --where Coca-Cola replaced its name on bottles with people's first names-- increased Coca-Cola's U.S. sales by more than 2%, reversing more than 10 years of decline in Coke consumption in the U.S.
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