1. Texas has its own power grid to avoid dealing with the U.S. federal government.
  2. Britain boasts the largest Indian restaurant in the world, The Aakash, which can seat up to 750 people in one sitting.
  3. Switzerland only joined the United Nations in 2002.
  4. Meteorito is a Cabernet Sauvignon wine that was aged in a barrel with a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite for a year.
  5. For every dollar invested in sanitation and water, there is a $4.30 return in the form of reduced health care costs around the world.
  6. Alexandre Dumas, author of The Count of Monte Cristo, fought a duel when he was 23 years old, but his pants fell down in the midst of it.
  7. In Alaska, more than 80% of adults are registered as organ donors, while in New York, only 12% of adults are organ donors.
  8. The Battle of Waterloo didn't take place in the village of Waterloo but in the nearby villages of Braine l'Alleud and Plancenoit.
  9. The cross-eyed silent-film comedian Ben Turpin had his eyes insured for US$100,000 against uncrossing.
  10. The FBI was created under the tenure of attorney general Charles Joseph Bonaparte, the great-nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  11. The city of Surprise, Arizona was named by its founder who stated she "would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much."
  12. The Aztecs had penalties for being drunk which ranged from head-shaving to the death penalty.
  13. In Florida, executions are carried out by a private citizen who is paid $150 per execution.
  14. Marie Curie is the only person to ever win Nobel prizes in two different areas of science.
  15. The 1962 escape from Alcatraz, the only successful one, is still under investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service.
  16. The lifespan of a rock star is 25 years shorter than average.
  17. Houdini starred in five Hollywood movies and owned his own movie studio.
  18. 75% of people will suffer from hemorrhoids at some point in their lives.
  19. Eating excess calories stops the body's production of uroguanylin, a chemical that helps people feel full, so overeating begets overeating.
  20. The Kepler 11145123 star, discovered in 2016, is so perfectly spherical that it's the roundest natural object ever measured.
  21. Kevin Costner refused to star in the movie Platoon (1986) because he believed it was insulting to American soldiers, since his own brother was a Vietnam veteran.
  22. A resting manatee can stay submerged for 15 minutes, but must surface every 3-4 minutes while swimming.
  23. Turning back the giant hands on Big Ben's four clock faces takes an incredible 5 hours in total.
  24. The Zoo Hypothesis speculates that Aliens are secretly studying us from afar.
  25. Genetic and archaeological evidence suggests there were two distinct dog populations in the world, one in the east and one in the west, during the Palaeolithic.
  26. In the U.S., more than 60 million people are chronically infected with toxoplasma gondii, also known as the "cat poop parasite."
  27. Although he was a devoted pacifist, Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt, urging him to prioritize the development of an atomic weapon before Nazi Germany.
  28. The first Cannes Film Festival was called off after the screening of just one film due to the outbreak of WW2.
  29. Education in the Amish culture is stopped intentionally at the 8th grade.
  30. 2013 was the first year since 1432 that's a rearrangement of four consecutive numbers.
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