The smell of freshly-cut grass is actually a plant distress call due to trauma.
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The most profitable area of a store is the checkout line.
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The first computer mouse was made out of wood.
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Frogs find their way back to their breeding grounds by following the smell of the pond's algae.
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Panda researchers have to wear panda costumes to work with cubs.
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Listening to music while working out measurably improves physical performance.
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The world's busiest air route is between Seoul and Jeju Island.
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Homer Simpson once had a theory that the universe was shaped like a donut. The theory has some validity, according to cosmologists.
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One of Richard Nixon's re-election slogans in 1972 was "You Can't Lick our Dick."
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Until the 19th century, the English word for actors was "hypocrites."
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The company which maintains Big Ben has staff on 24-hour call should something go wrong.
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IKEA consumes
1% of the Earth's
wood supply
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A day on Venus
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Couples in which one partner spends 10+ hours more than usual at work divorce at twice the average rate.
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Amazon employed over half a million workers in 2017.
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The word "volcano" originally comes from the name of the Roman god of fire, Vulcan.
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The monarch of Norway's title is "Norway's King" rather than "King of Norway", signifying that he belongs to the country and not vice versa.
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In 2013, after more than 20 years of soda being America's number one beverage, water has taken over as Americans' favorite drink.
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Ancient Romans were a very bath-loving people. They typically frequented public baths once a day.
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One of Thomas Edison's oddest inventions was a voice-driven sewing machine operated by blowing into a mouthpiece. It never caught on.
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53% of the people on the Titanic could have survived using the lifeboats. Only 31% did.
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Alfred Nobel, of the Nobel Prize, lost his brother to an accident at his lab. They were working with liquid nitrogen and attempting to create a more stable explosive. Nobel was able to complete his research after the accident and invented dynamite.
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There's a Twitter account that narrates WW2 in "real-time."
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The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year.
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A man named Jack Ass tried to sue TV show and movie "Jackass" for US$10 million.
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Michael Jackson's estate continues to allocate 20% of his posthumous earnings to various charities, as specified in his will.
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There's a "DUMB Starbucks" where every product has the word "dumb" in front of it.
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You are required to show up to vote in Australia. If you don't, you'll face a fine.
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Director Guillermo del Toro owns a house called 'Bleak House' in which there's a room with a never-ending rainstorm projected onto all windows and audio to match. He often uses this room to write.
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Half of all women who die from homicide are killed by their current or former husbands or partners.
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Neptune was mathematically predicted before it was directly observed, based on the orbit of Uranus.
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Anne Frank was born Annelies Marie Frank on June 12, 1929.
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Chinese soldiers stick needles into their shirt to keep ideal postures during military parades.
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On April 1, 1974, black smoke was seen rising from Mount Edgecumbe, a volcano in Alaska. When a Coast Guard pilot came closer to investigate, he found 70 tires burning and the words "APRIL FOOL" spray painted into the snow.
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More than 13 million working days are lost every year because of stress-related illnesses.
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Vending machines kill 13 people per year.
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Iran is the only country in the world where it is legal to sell your kidneys. The government regulates the market.
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The static on TV is referred to as "myrornas krig" in Sweden, meaning "war of the ants."
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A bird caused the Large Hadron Collider to be turned off in 2009 after it dropped a piece of baguette into it.
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Newsweek magazine was sold by the Washington Post Co. for $1 in 2010.
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The world's first labour strike was held on the site of a pyramid.
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"F*ck your ancestors to the 18th generation" is a Chinese insult, due to the high respect for one's ancestors.
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A rare Apple-1 computer built in Steve Jobs' garage in the summer of 1976 was sold at an auction in 2014 for US$905,000.
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There are between 2.9 million and 5.8 million unique users using a cryptocurrency wallet, most of them using bitcoin, according to a research produced by Cambridge University in 2017.
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43%
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported in 2010 that 97,123 animals suffered pain during experiments while being given no anesthesia for relief.
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The longest interval between the birth of twins is 87 days.
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s last public speech foretold his death.
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Cupcakes can be as addictive as cocaine.
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All blue eyed people can be traced back to one person who lived near the Black Sea almost 10,000 years ago.
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Ruth Lawrence, a child prodigy, passed the Oxford University math exams at age 10, coming first out of all 530 candidates, and then completed the degree a year early by age 13.
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