1. Japanese Death Row inmates are not told their date of execution. They wake up each day wondering if it might be their last.
  2. 160,000 U.S. children miss school every day due to a fear of bullying.
  3. Traces of nicotine and cocaine were found in Egyptian mummies.
  4. Fidel Castro banned The Beatles and other bands in Cuba in 1964. He changed his mind two years later.
  5. The founder of FedEx served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War and was awarded a Bronze Star, Silver Star and two Purple Hearts.
  6. A zeptosecond, a trillionth of a billionth of a second, is the smallest division of time that has been observed.
  7. Home-brewed liquor, or moonshine, accounts for almost 30% of the world's alcohol drinking.
  8. We can't digest grass because our bodies don't have what it takes to break down the cellulose found in the plant.
  9. The railroad worm, actually a beetle, catch their prey by 'switching off' the yellow lights, leaving the red ones that millipedes can't see.
  10. JFK was the first President to have been a Boy Scout.
  11. When electricity was installed in the White House, President Benjamin Harrison and his wife, Caroline, were scared to use the light switches for fear of getting shocked.
  12. It took J.K. Rowling 6 years to write the "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"
  13. A study indicates that dolphins talk to each other in sentences.
  14. Some Greenland sharks alive today were born before the English Civil War.
  15. Fruit flies take their time over difficult decisions.
  16. Abraham Lincoln was the first U.S. President born outside of the original 13 colonies.
  17. Blackbeard's ship had 40 cannons on it, making it one of the most dangerous pirate ships ever.
  18. Researchers say right-hand dominance in Neanderthals suggests that, like humans, they also had the capacity for language before they went extinct around 30,000 years ago.
  19. The word "Britain" is derived from "Pretain" meaning "painted", originally because the Britons had tattoos.
  20. Blue whales can eat half a million calories in a single mouthful.
  21. If vegetarianism was adopted by 2050, it would stave off about 7 million deaths per year, experts estimate.
  22. There are about 42 million prostitutes in the world.
  23. The gene that gives you six fingers is a dominant trait.
  24. In the U.S., an average family of four emits more greenhouse gases because of the meat they eat than from driving two cars.
  25. The middle finger has been used as a derogatory gesture for at least 2400 years.
  26. Favorable views of the U.S. around the world rose from a median of 51% in George W. Bush's final year in office to 66% during Obama's final 2 years.
  27. German citizens can travel to 177 territories without a visa nor a visa given on arrival, the most in the world.
  28. The Mongol Empire at maximum extend included more than a fifth of the entire world.
  29. Fidel Castro led Cuba for five decades and was the world's third longest-serving head of state, after Britain's Queen Elizabeth and the King of Thailand.
  30. Jousting is the official sport of Maryland.
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