1. Costa Rica became in 2012 the first Latin American country to ban hunting as a sport.
  2. Dinosaurs didn't roar; they may have mumbled with their mouths shut, research suggests.
  3. Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins.
  4. The Canadian Province of Alberta has been rat-free for over 50 years.
  5. Pelota purépcha, is one of many pre-Hispanic games Mexico hopes to revive, like hockey but played with a flaming ball.
  6. Indonesians are the world's shortest people.
  7. The Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica took Isaac Newton 2 years to write. It was the culmination of more than 20 years of thinking.
  8. As a result of the Holocaust, about 20% of Italian Jews lost their lives.
  9. Denmark charges a tax of 150% on all new car purchases.
  10. From 12 March 1944, Britain barred all travel to Ireland in order to prevent the leaking of the date of the D-Day landings.
  11. Inside the Berlin Wall ended up the ironically-named the Church of Reconciliation. GDR authorities ordered the church to be dynamited in 1985.
  12. About 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
  13. Some captive female sharks have been known to reproduce without the aid of a male, essentially cloning themselves.
  14. A refereeing decision in a soccer match between Argentina and Peru in 1964 led to a riot in which 300 fans were killed.
  15. Only 1600 victims were identified of the 2749 present when the Twin Towers collapsed on 9/11.
  16. African elephants can disperse — with their dung — over 2000 seeds of diverse plants per square kilometre, every day.
  17. Tumucumaque National Park, situated in northwestern Brazil inside the Amazon Rainforest, is the world's largest tropical forest park. It's bigger than Belgium.
  18. In 1492, the Catholic monarchs of Spain issued a decree banning all Jews. Sultan Bayezid, a Muslim, then sent the Ottoman navy to rescue them.
  19. Japanese Death Row inmates are not told their date of execution. They wake up each day wondering if it might be their last.
  20. 160,000 U.S. children miss school every day due to a fear of bullying.
  21. Traces of nicotine and cocaine were found in Egyptian mummies.
  22. Fidel Castro banned The Beatles and other bands in Cuba in 1964. He changed his mind two years later.
  23. 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.
  24. A zeptosecond, a trillionth of a billionth of a second, is the smallest division of time that has been observed.
  25. Home-brewed liquor, or moonshine, accounts for almost 30% of the world's alcohol drinking.
  26. We can't digest grass because our bodies don't have what it takes to break down the cellulose found in the plant.
  27. The railroad worm, actually a beetle, catch their prey by 'switching off' the yellow lights, leaving the red ones that millipedes can't see.
  28. JFK was the first President to have been a Boy Scout.
  29. 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.
  30. It took J.K. Rowling 6 years to write the "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"
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