1. Jack Kerouac typed his novel "On the Road" on a 120-foot roll of paper in 3 weeks.
  2. An artificial intelligence system developed by Google and the University of Oxford can lip read better than humans.
  3. Walruses have the longest total gestation period of any seal: up to 16 months.
  4. Italy has the biggest gender gap when it comes to carving up chores. Italian women clock up 21 hours more per week than men on housework.
  5. In 1949, a flock of starlings perched on the minute hand of Big Ben, slowing it by 4.5 minutes.
  6. In 2014, Hawaii attempted to combat homelessness by providing one way tickets back to the mainland for any homeless person who wanted one.
  7. A Pythagorean cup will automatically empty itself if you fill it too much.
  8. The term "Hippie" is derived from the term "Hipster," which described jazz fans in the 1940's. Hipsters were known for pot smoking and sarcasm.
  9. Extreme weather disasters now affect over 170 million people every year, up from 60 million just three decades ago.
  10. The special forces unit that rescued Captain Phillips was the same unit that killed Osama Bin Laden two years later.
  11. "Stranger Things" was rejected 15 to 20 times by different networks before Netflix picked it up.
  12. Only three known mammals experience menopause: orcas, short-finned pilot whales and humans.
  13. Yeast are more closely related to humans than to bacteria.
  14. An unclaimed land between Serbia and Croatia is home to one man's libertarian dream, Liberland, a country with no compulsory taxes, no gun control and Bitcoins as currency.
  15. When Christopher Columbus needed a place to store his loot, he went to the Banco di San Giorgio in Genoa, Italy, the world's first public modern bank.
  16. Spiders can tune the strings in their webs to transmit specific messages.
  17. The greenest, safest and most productive buildings in the U.S. are airports, followed by government offices and hospitals.
  18. In Japan, there's a museum of rocks that look like faces.
  19. Phoenix, Arizona, used to be named Pumpkinville.
  20. No sitting U.S. president has visited Antarctica.
  21. Fewer than 26% of eligible American voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
  22. Bill Gates' net worth is 4.5 times as large as North Korea's estimated GDP.
  23. 93% of dog owners in the U.S. say their dog has made them a better person in at least one way, a study found.
  24. Elvis Presley once lived next to an Orthodox rabbi and his wife. On the Saturday sabbath, he ran errands and turned electronics on and off for them.
  25. In 2012, a Hong Kong business tycoon offered a US$65 million reward for any man who can woo and marry his lesbian daughter.
  26. 80% of people are dissatisfied with their jobs.
  27. Couples in which one partner spends 10+ hours more than usual at work divorce at twice the average rate.
  28. More than 13 million working days are lost every year because of stress-related illnesses.
  29. Cats are such picky eaters because they are naturally driven to eat foods with a preferred ratio of protein to fat: 1 to 0.4.
  30. Firefighters in Dubai use jetpacks to tackle blazes in high-rise buildings.
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