1. The most comprehensive pure linguistic Chinese-language dictionary, records more than 23,000 head Chinese characters and gives over 370,000 definitions.
  2. Before the current era of commercial skyscrapers, there was an era where the tallest buildings were Christian churches and cathedrals (c. 1250–1901).
  3. In the Psycho movie, Alfred Hitchcock achieved the sound of stabbings in the iconic shower scene by stabbing through countless melons to find the perfect one for the scene.
  4. A woman's hippocampus —central to memories, mood, and emotions—grows in sync with estrogen levels as she goes through her menstrual cycle.
  5. In 1993, a company attempted to launch a giant billboard into low earth orbit. From earth, the billboard would look almost as big as a full moon. After the project was canceled, a bill was introduced that banned any further space advertising.
  6. Hearing is the fastest human sense. A person can recognize a sound in as little as 0.05 seconds.
  7. In 1999, Coca Cola invented a vending machine that could adjust its prices based on the temperature, allowing it to hike up the price of a Coke on a hot summer day.
  8. Eating an early dinner, or just skipping it altogether, may increase the amount of fat a person burns at night, a study found.
  9. On November 9th, 2016, the most searched "How Did..." question on Google was "How did Trump win?"
  10. There are 189 things named after George Washington: 1 state, 7 mountains, 8 streams, 10 lakes, 33 counties, 9 colleges, and 121 towns and villages.
  11. The city of Oatman, Arizona, hosts a Solar Egg Frying Contest every 4th of July.
  12. Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning “little armored one.”
  13. When spun on a table, a U.S. ‘Lincoln Memorial' one-cent coin will land on tails 80% of the time.
  14. At 10,582sq km in size and about 100km across, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia – the world's largest salt flat – is roughly the size of Jamaica.
  15. Just 0.21% of the U.S. total population live in its capital city, the lowest percentage in the world.
  16. You can get tetanus a not just from a rusty nail but also from a perfectly clean one. It is caused by bacteria commonly found in soil, dust and animal feces.
  17. In 2014, a man from Arizona stole a diamond worth US$160,000 and traded it for US$20 of weed.
  18. The Axeman of New Orleans, a murderer who terrorized the city in 1918 and 1919, spared any home that was playing jazz, his favorite music.
  19. A honeybee has the same amount of hairs as a squirrel: 3 million.
  20. Fruit flies use hairs on their head and thorax to catapult dust off of them at accelerations of up to 500 times Earth's gravity.
  21. The names of the English rivers Avon, Axe, Esk, Exe and Ouse all mean ‘river' or ‘water' in various ancient languages.
  22. The McHotDog is a hot dog available at McDonald's in Japan.
  23. The female panda may only be fertile for a few days each year but during this period she will mate dozens of times with multiple males.
  24. The Star Wars lightsaber sound was made by combining the hum of an idle film projector and the buzz from an old TV set.
  25. Six-pack abs indicate nothing about your strength, your flexibility, your stamina, your speed, or your overall level of health.
  26. A bottlenose dolphin may use its tail flukes to flip a fish out of the water, and then retrieve the stunned prey.
  27. Amsterdam alone has 350 outdoor festivals every year.
  28. A zoo in Japan once spent four years trying to mate a pair of hyenas before realizing they were both males.
  29. One prevailing theory as to why butt hair exists is that there's simply
    no significant evolutionary pressure against butt hair.
  30. The only father-daughter collaboration to hit number one on the Billboard pop chart was “Something Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra in 1967.
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