1. Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.
  2. Matt Le Blanc was down to his last $11 when he landed his role on 'Friends'.
  3. People experience better sleep during the new moon and worse sleep during a full moon, a study found.
  4. American commuters collectively waste 5.5 billion hours per year in traffic, releasing into the atmosphere an unnecessary 56 billion pounds of CO2.
  5. New Zealand was undiscovered and completely devoid of human beings no more than 800 years ago.
  6. Some snakes survive for up to two years without a meal.
  7. Blue whales can get a tan.
  8. The NAZI banned and burned copies of the book "Bambi" because it was made by a Jewish author.
  9. Left-handed people are affected by post-traumatic stress far more than those who are right-handed, a research revealed.
  10. Magellanic penguins always return to same mate after solo journeys totalling 200,000 miles.
  11. Tanning beds are banned in Australia.
  12. It takes 3 years of higher education to become a police officer in Norway. Graduates get a bachelor's degree in "Police Studies."
  13. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles per hour. Each one takes 500 years to decompose.
  14. The world collectively spends 500,000 hours a day typing Captcha codes.
  15. Jamaica, Colombia and St Lucia are the only countries where a woman is more likely to be a boss than a man.
  16. Jack Daniels employees get a free bottle on the first payday of each month.
  17. In Florida, it's against the law for a person to appear in public clothed in liquid latex.
  18. The 1999 Ig Nobel Peace Prize went to the inventors of cars with flamethrowers, used to prevent carjacking.
  19. The man who was believed to have introduced HIV to North America, sometimes called "Patient Zero", was actually not the initial source of the virus on this continent, recent research shows.
  20. All octopus species are venomous to humans, but only one is deadly.
  21. Working past age 65 is linked to longer life, a study found.
  22. It's not illegal to go topless in NYC.
  23. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title and faced a 5 year prison term for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War. "I ain't got no quarrel with those Vietcong," he said. "They never called me n****r."
  24. It's estimated that between 1981 and 1994, Princess Diana spent over US$2 million dollars on clothes.
  25. Iceland's last McDonald's burger was sold in 2009. You can watch it decompose online.
  26. When Michael Jackson was 21, he wrote a personal note promising to re-invent himself as the greatest entertainer of all time.
  27. John Lennon once almost beat a man to death.
  28. Popsicles were originally called "Eppsicles" after their inventor Frank Epperson. His children came up with the more famous name.
  29. The Kepler 11145123 star, discovered in 2016, is so perfectly spherical that it's the roundest natural object ever measured.
  30. The name Texas is based on the Caddo word
    ‘tejas' meaning "friends" or "allies."
  31. The U.S. Navy was disbanded following the Revolutionary War and brought back years later largely to fight pirates.
  32. Argentina was the first
    country in Latin America
    to legalize
    same-sex marriage in 2010.
  33. A beach was stolen from Jamaica in 2008. The 500 truckloads of sand are still missing to this day.
  34. Vegetarianism was banned
    for decades after the Bolshevik revolution in the Soviet Union.
  35. The first non-white NBA player was Japanese and joined the NBA the same year Jackie Robinson broke the racial barrier in baseball.
  36. Theodore Roosevelt read one book every day.
  37. Abortion Kills More African-Americans Than the Seven Leading Causes of Death Combined.
  38. Mick Jagger was a porter at a mental hospital before being famous.
  39. Elvis Presley was a karate black belt.
  40. Throughout his life, Beethoven suffered from deafness, colitis, rheumatism, typhus, skin disorders, abscesses, ophthalmia, inflammatory degeneration of the arteries, jaundice, chronic hepatitis, and cirrhosis of the liver.
  41. There are more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than right-handed people, a study found.
  42. Winston Churchill's daughter, Diana, committed suicide. She worked at a suicide prevention center.
  43. 6 in 10 Americans favor the death penalty for convicted murderers.
  44. Just 1 in 4233 U.S. high school football players actually make it to the NFL.
  45. If a Q-Tip breaks off inside your ear canal, it can lead to fatal otogenic meningitis and brain abscess.
  46. Max Planck's physics professor advised him against going into physics, saying, "in this field, almost everything is already discovered." He went on to become the initial founder of quantum theory.
  47. Unlike lions, tigers live solitary lives and mark their territories to keep others away.
  48. 1 in every 8 deaths on earth are linked to air pollution, a study says.
  49. There are 40 extant species of dolphins.
  50. In 1754, Ursulina de Jesus, a woman from Sao Paulo, was accused of interfering with her husband's fertility by the use of magic. She was executed by burning in public.
  51. The Japanese for ‘handbag' is handubagu.
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