1. Morgan Freeman is a trained ballet dancer.
  2. When Mao Zedong visited the U.S.S.R. in 1949, Stalin had special toilets installed in order to secretly collect and analyze Mao's poop.
  3. John Lennon once almost beat a man to death.
  4. Cuba offered to pay a US$270 million Soviet-era debt to the Czech Republic entirely in rum.
  5. Mozart sold more CDs in 2016 than Beyonce did.
  6. 80% of the Louvre's visitors only come to the museum to see the Mona Lisa.
  7. Yawning and stretching at the same time is called "pandiculating."
  8. A dead gecko can stay stuck to the wall for half an hour.
  9. The Battle of Bunker Hill
    in fact took place on Breed's Hill.
  10. In some remote Indian villages, babies are dropped from the tops of temples and caught by adults below—it's believed to bring good health.
  11. During the 1970s, the CIA experimented with a tiny spy drone called the inectothopter as a discreet way of collecting audio intelligence.
  12. Brazilian free-tailed bats reach speeds of up to 100 miles an hour in little bursts, faster than any other bird or bat previously recorded.
  13. More U.S. teens smoke marijuana than cigarettes or e-cigs, a survey found.
  14. Cuba is often called "El Cocodrilo", Spanish for alligator, which is what the island looks like from an aerial view.
  15. A protest in Rome, Italy, against the war in Iraq involved around 3 million people and was listed in the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records as the largest anti-war rally in history.
  16. In 2015, over 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses—the most ever.
  17. Arthur Boycott, a pupil at Hereford Cathedral School, checked out a school library book. His granddaughter returned it 120 years later.
  18. In order to combat obesity, France banned free refills at fast food restaurants in 2015.
  19. 5 to 6 billion years from now, as the Sun becomes a red giant, Saturn's moon Titan will become warm enough for life to possibly evolve in manner similar to Earth.
  20. The Aurora Ice Hotel in Alaska was made entirely of ice. Ice walls, ceiling, beds, bar, barstools, even martini glasses were made of ice. It was closed by the fire marshall for not having smoke detectors.
  21. The band Bloodhound Gang recorded a track called "The Ten Coolest Things About New Jersey". The "song" consists of ten seconds of silence.
  22. The annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand provides food and drink to the local monkey population, more than 2000, thanking them for drawing tourists to the town.
  23. In the 90s, the Pentagon considered developing a chemical that caused bad breath (halitosis), making it easy to identify guerrillas trying to blend in with civilians.
  24. Ronald Reagan's
    pet name for
    Nancy Reagan
    was ‘Mommy Poo Pants'.
  25. It would take 225 million years to walk a light year.
  26. Fried tarantulas are a delicacy in Cambodia.
  27. Nearly two-thirds of the Great Wall of China have been damaged or ruined.
  28. Long-term stays in space reveal issues with bone and muscle loss in low gravity, immune system suppression, and radiation exposure.
  29. Unlike lions, tigers live solitary lives and mark their territories to keep others away.
  30. Chinese scientist Tong Dizhou cloned the first fish in the 1960s, but the Maoist government forced him to abandon his research and become a janitor during the Cultural Revolution.
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