1. 1 in 12,000 hedgehogs is born albino due to a mutation in its genes.
  2. An Egyptian pilot deliberately crashed his plane in 1999 as an act of revenge, killing 217 people on board.
  3. Spain changed many of its street names from those of male fascists to those of influential women.
  4. Denver voters passed in 2016 a proposition allowing people to consume marijuana in public spaces that get the OK from neighbors.
  5. In February 2006, the phrase "to understand and protect the home planet" was quietly removed from NASA's official mission statement.
  6. Eating pasta that has been cooked, cooled, and then reheated is significantly healthier than eating it freshly cooked because it turns into “resistant starch,” reducing blood glucose levels by half.
  7. Stephen Hawking doesn't believe we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping "beyond our fragile planet."
  8. Domino's Pizza co-founder traded his shares for a Volkswagen.
  9. Hot dogs were of the first food eaten on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. ate hot dogs on their 1969 journey.
  10. Many cinemas in Denmark show Danish subtitles on Danish films, because of difficulties understanding different dialects.
  11. Some tarantulas will keep frogs as "pets" to protect their eggs from insects.
  12. Tommy Tucker was a squirrel who became a celebrity in the U.S., touring the country wearing women's fashions while performing tricks and selling war bonds during WW2.
  13. An estimated 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in shelters every year.
  14. In the 1830s, Ohio and Michigan almost went to war over an eight-mile-wide strip of land.
  15. A fake U.S. Embassy operated in Ghana for about a decade, issuing false visas and other documents until it was discovered in 2016.
  16. Louis Chevrolet, the founder of Chevrolet, died bankrupt and poor working as a mechanic for the company he started.
  17. The term "sniper" comes from how hard it is to shoot the snipe bird.
  18. Wyoming granted women's suffrage 50 years before the 19th amendment, and refused to join the Union without maintaining their women's right to vote.
  19. Researchers have found that optimism is a teachable skill and that you can be the one to teach yourself.
  20. In 2013, a British man died after downing more than US$54,000 worth of pure liquid meth from a bottle he thought contained fruit juice.
  21. Britney Spears is controlled by a court-approved conservatorship since 2008, meaning she has no control over her finances or her personal life.
  22. Twitter has enough money in the bank to run for 412 years with current losses.
  23. Frank Sinatra never formally learned how to read music.
  24. A study found that right-handed individuals have better oral hygiene and the lower incidence of caries because of their better manual dexterity and brush efficiency.
  25. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon, claimed that "Aliens have contacted humans several times”.
  26. Papua New Guinea is the world's most expensive place to take a shower, with the cost of a typical 8-minute rinse approaching US$3.50. That's 70% of an average person's daily income.
  27. The Eiffel Tower is not fully illuminated 24/7. Since 2013, it shuts off the lights at 1AM to conserve power.
  28. Tupac Shakur's godmother was convicted of killing a police officer, escaped prison, and fled to Cuba where she has been living since 1979.
  29. The oldest known customer service complaint —which was about inferior copper ingots— was written on a clay tablet in Mesopotamia 4000 years ago.
  30. The man who invented the McDonald's Big Mac burger in 1967, Michael "Jim" Delligatti, died in 2016, aged 98.
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