1. 80% of people living in rural areas in developing countries rely on traditional plant-based medicines for basic healthcare.
  2. Up to 1.5 billion people still do not have access to reliable phone services.
  3. AIDS is now the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa.
  4. 1 in 5 people in the world still lacks access to modern electricity.
  5. From July to November, the Caño Cristales River in Colombia gets 5 different colors: yellow, green, blue, black and red.
  6. The average employee in Italy works just 20 hours per week, one of the lowest amount in Europe.
  7. Sweden has tax breaks on repairs to clothes, bicycles, fridges and washing machines.
  8. Despite being a 177 m (581 ft) tall structure in the middle of central London, the location of the Post Office Tower was a national secret for years.
  9. Most of the tallest buildings in the world are in China.
  10. After developing a passion for aviation while in Europe, magician Harry Houdini was one of the world's first private pilots.
  11. You can buy eel flavored ice cream in Japan.
  12. Women who get breast implants are 3 times more likely to commit suicide.
  13. The original recipe for margherita pizza was for a tri-colour version of the Italian flag basil (green), tomatoes (red) and mozzarella (white).
  14. We don't actually know for certain whether the T-Rex was warm or cold blooded.
  15. Seven people have keys with the power to restart the World Wide Web in the event of a catastrophic event.
  16. In 2016, a woman in China got her 20 boyfriends to gift her an iPhone 7S each, then sold them all and bought a house.
  17. Nikola Tesla once wrote a letter to the Red Cross saying he recieved a message from another planet.
  18. Nixon's administration had a statement prepared in case the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the moon.
  19. The astronauts in the Challenger Explosion survived the initial explosion and were alive for nearly three minutes, until the cabin crashed into the ocean at a speed of 200 mph.
  20. John C. Beale, a man who pretended to be a CIA secret agent, flew around the world on first-class flights, stayed in high-end hotels and cost the taxpayers almost US$900,000.
  21. In 1984, a boy wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan asking for federal funds to clean his bedroom after his mother called it a "disaster area."
  22. 5,840 people in the United States have a last name that ends with their first name, with Donald MacDonald being the most common.
  23. Estonia became the first nation to hold legally binding general elections over the Internet in 2005.
  24. Amsterdam has a "Night Mayor."
  25. New York nightlife is a US$10 billion per year industry.
  26. Most Medieval Europeans were illiterate and needed visual reminders of hell to get them into church, so gargoyles were invented.
  27. A rare tumor called a "limbal dermoid" can cause hair to grow out of a person's eyeball.
  28. People who frown in photos are 5 times more likely to get a divorce than those who smile, research says.
  29. The invention of Glow sticks was based on the work of scientist Edwin Chandross. He didn't know his work was being used for parties until 2013.
  30. The Taj Mahal's white marble exterior is gradually turning yellow due to high levels of air pollution.
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