1. Benjamin Franklin invented a mechanical arm for reaching books on high shelves.
  2. 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.
  3. While hibernating, the groundhog's heartbeat slows from 80 beats per minute to 5 beats per minute.
  4. The Twister game was originally called Pretzel.
  5. A 2018 law in France allows citizens to make mistakes in good faith on documents without being punished.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. The album "Jazz from Hell" by Frank Zappa was sold with a "Parental Advisory" sticker despite being completetly instrumental.
  9. 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.
  10. Rock band Oasis were named after a leisure centre in Swindon.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Montana became, in 2018, the first state to make net neutrality mandatory.
  14. 1 in 6 U.S. millennials now have savings of $100,000 or more, according to a new Bank of America survey.
  15. It would cost you only about US$140 a year if you ate ramen for every meal.
  16. "The Matrix" movie took five years to write.
  17. U2 singer Bono's stage name comes from the Latin term "Bono Vox" which means "Good Voice."
  18. 90% of Chinese teenagers and young adults suffer from myopia (short-sightedness).
  19. In much of the U.S., it is illegal to buy a new car from the manufacturer.
  20. 3 out of 4 teenage girls feel depressed after looking at a fashion magazine for only 3 minutes, according to a study.
  21. The average person pees about 6 times a day.
  22. 75% of all suicide attempts are by self-poisoning with drugs, and 97% of those cases survive.
  23. Intel employs a "futurist" whose job is to determine what life will be like 10-15 years in the future.
  24. More than $80 of every $100 of wealth created in 2017 went to the richest 1%.
  25. According to the Washington Post, Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims in his first year.
  26. Until three million years ago, whales were less than 30 feet long.
  27. 420,000 people die annually from tainted food.
  28. Cuba bans statues of living Cubans.
  29. 85% of Vakkaru Island in the Maldives is made up of fish faeces.
  30. 50% of US territory is under the sea.
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