1. The first American woman to win an Olympic event received a porcelain bowl instead of a gold medal.
  2. After a neo-Nazi group adopted a half-mile stretch of highway in Missouri, the state renamed it to the "Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway."
  3. The world record for the most candles ever put on a birthday cake was 50,151.
  4. Kenya has an ice hockey team.
  5. A single ounce of gold can be beaten into a sheet covering nearly 100 square feet, or drawn out into 50 miles of gold wire.
  6. It's illegal in Iceland for parents to threaten children with fictional characters.
  7. At almost 169 feet, the world's tallest waterslide, located in Kansas City, is taller than Niagara Falls.
  8. The modern world's first international sporting fixture was a cricket match played in 1844 between Canada and the USA. Canada won by 23 runs.
  9. According to his wife Mary, Abraham Lincoln's hobby was cats.
  10. Apollo astronauts trained in Iceland because it was felt that the terrain would most resemble the surface of the moon.
  11. Sweden makes biofuel from dead rabbits.
  12. Of the 142 million deaths caused by an ideology in the 20th century, 94 million were due to communism.
  13. Female students in China outperform men to such an extent that some universities have introduced a male quota.
  14. Babies cannot recognise themselves in a mirror until they are at least 18 months old.
  15. Shakespeare's signature is worth more than US$5 million.
  16. Congo the chimp was a famous abstract painter in the 1950s who sold paintings to Picasso, Dalí and others for up to US$26,000.
  17. Americans wasted US$2 billion in 2015 putting premium gasoline into cars that don't need it.
  18. Norway had a "butter crisis" in 2011. 250 grams (8.8 oz) of butter cost US$50.
  19. Over 200 women have run for President of the United States.
  20. Pantone 448 C, the "world's ugliest color" according to research, is used by many European countries on their tobacco products to dissuade people from smoking.
  21. Queen Elizabeth II has ruled the UK for over 25% of the time the U.S. has been a country.
  22. 46% of American adults believe that the world is less than 10,000 years old, a 2012 survey found.
  23. The epitaph on poet Charles Bukowski's tombstone reads "DON'T TRY."
  24. Most of the genetic changes and muscle memory spurred by exercise are lost by a month or two of no training, a study found.
  25. Pianos can have upwards of 12,000 individual parts.
  26. Albert Einstein cheated on his wife, belittled her scientific achievements, and refused to help out around the house and made her sign a contract in which she would agree to leave the room or stop talking if he told her to.
  27. Queen Elizabeth taught herself to shoot in the grounds of Buckingham Palace during the WW2, in case a German parachutist attacked.
  28. Many non-Western cultures view female obesity as a sign of health and vitality, and, before the 1800s, so did Americans.
  29. 20% of people in the UK believe they have a food allergy, but only 2% actually do.
  30. Serial art vandal Hans-Joachim Bohlmann has caused over 138 million euro in damages by attempting to destroy famous artworks by such artists as Rubens and Rembrandt.
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