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Greenland voted to leave the European Union in 1985 and has not rejoined since.

Your tonsils can grow back if there was tissue left behind during the removal process. Sometimes it’s accidental, other times it’s left on purpose.

The sound of a Star Wars lightsaber was created by pairing together the sound of an idle film projector and

the buzz from an old TV set.

Hershey’s chocolate syrup, Ritz Crackers, DumDums, and Oreos are all suitable for vegans.

The world’s most remote ATM is run by Wells Fargo in the Antarctic. The ATMs serve around 1,200 residents

at the U.S. scientific facility.

The black-footed cat is the smallest wild cat, at

just 20 inches long.

When written down, the word “almost” is the longest

word in the English language to have all of its

letters in alphabetical order.

Instead of an agent, Bill Murray uses a 1-800 number where

you can leave a message for him if you want to

cast him for a movie or event.

The first Game Boy could run for a staggering 30 hours

on only two AA batteries!

Marvel’s Deadpool issue #27 holds the Guinness World Record for the most comic book characters on one cover.

Animal Planet aired two fake documentaries that “proved” mermaids exist. So many people thought it was real that the U.S. government issued an official statement about it.

In 18th Century England, having a pineapple was a symbol of wealth because of high import fees. They would be used as displays instead of being eaten.

Thomas Edison invented an electric pen in 1876 that was later adapted to become the first tattoo machine in 1891.

The only window that opens on the presidential car is the driver’s window, to pay tolls. It also has no keyholes, and only the Secret Service knows how to open the doors.

In the popular film, The Godfather, the word “mafia” is never said because the actual mafia commanded it.

The NYPD had a police officer follow Andre the Giant whenever he went out drinking. This was to make sure he didn’t get drunk and fall on anyone.

In Mississippi, it is considered a federal offense to Dine-n-Dash on a check that is over $25. In California, it is only petty theft.

During the first live iPhone presentation, Steve Jobs had to frequently switch phones behind his desk. Otherwise, it would run out of RAM and crash.

You can now get a headstone with a QR code. Called “Living Headstones”, they show pages with photos, video biography, and comments from loved ones.

While filming Dumb and Dumber, Jim Carrey had his crown temporarily removed – that chipped tooth is real and a

result of a childhood fight.

Ginger beer is brewed and fermented with ginger, while ginger ale is merely carbonated water flavored with ginger.

In the 1980s, the founder of Pringles, Fredric Baur, requested to be buried in a Pringles can. His children honored the request.

Humans specifically have eyes that face forward for the purpose of seeing in 3D. On the other hand, vegetarian dinosaurs such as the Triceratops had eyes that

looked out to the side so they could stay vigilant

watching for danger as they ate.

Spam mail got its name from the canned meat after a Monty Python skit that made fun of Spam as tasting “horrible and being ubiquitous and inescapable”.

The mayor of a historical district in Alaska is a cat named Stubbs. Mayor Stubbs drinks catnip-laden water from a wineglass every afternoon, at a local restaurant.

We feel “hangry” because it’s harder for us to control our emotions when our brains are low on glucose.

In Svalbard, a remote Norwegian island, it is illegal to die.

(This is because bodies are unable to be buried safely due to the permafrost on the ground. If you are about to die, they fly you back to mainland Norway to pass on there.)

Surgeons who play video games at least 3 hours a week perform 27% faster and make 37% fewer errors.

A Dutch start-up company has been able to start training wild crows so that they pick up cigarette butts and put them in bins for a peanut as a reward.

When cellophane was invented in 1908, it was originally intended to be used to protect tablecloths from wine spills.

George Miller – the person who created Mad Max is the same person who created Happy Feet.

Japan is facing a ninja shortage. There is a high demand for “ninja shows”, but it is a dying tradition and companies have trouble finding properly trained ninjas.

New Jersey had 4 Governors in the span of 8 days in early 2002. The shortest term of those was served by

John Farmer Jr. for 90 minutes.

On April 1, 2005, NASA pulled an April Fool’s prank telling the world that they had found water on Mars.

The Canadian government isn’t sure when Canada became a sovereign state. Its Supreme Court ruled that sovereignty occurred sometime between 1919 and 1931.

Abraham Lincoln loved cats and once let one eat from the table during a formal White House dinner.

There’s a town in the Oklahoma panhandle named “Hooker” and its slogan is “it’s a location, not a vocation”.

During 1943, U.S. officials imposed a short-lived ban on sliced bread as a wartime conservation measure.

It lasted less than 3 months.

The word robot comes from the Czech “robota”.

This translates into forced labor or work.

Dinosaurs would swallow large rocks which stayed in their stomach to help churn and digest food.

Eating grapefruit can restrict the effects of 43 different

kinds of medications.

As a child, Jet Li performed with the Chinese National Wushu Team for President Nixon. Nixon asked him to be his personal bodyguard, but he declined.

The little piece of paper sticking out of a Hershey’s Kiss is called a niggly wiggly.

When water freezes to ice cubes, it will take

up 9% more volume.

Houston is the most diverse city in the United States. As of 2010, 43.8% is Latino, 25.6% is White, 23.1% is Black,

and 6% is Asian.

May 29th is “National Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day“.

It is celebrated in Europe & USA to bring luck & wealth

to the household.

The first game to be played in space was Starcraft – Daniel Barry took it with him in 1999 on the Space Shuttle mission STS-96.

Every 10 years, the human skeleton repairs and renews itself. Essentially, you have different bones now than you did 10 years ago!

1912 saw the last Olympic gold medals made

entirely out of gold.

Invented in 1923, Q-Tips were originally called Baby Gays; then Q-Tip Baby Gays, then finally just Q-Tips.

The Q stands for quality.

The only difference between kosher salt and table salt is the grain size. Kosher salt is smaller, and they both come from underground salt deposits.

Mr. and Mrs. originated from using the words

master and mistress.

The spiked dog collar was invented by the Ancient Greeks to protect their dogs from wolf attacks.

Michael Jackson’s shiny glove was actually just a modified golf glove.

Alaska is the only state in America that can be typed on one row of a traditional English QWERTY keyboard.

December 3rd is known as “Roof Over Your Head Day” – a day to be grateful for what we have in life!

The Postal Service (an American indie pop supergroup) got its name based on the fact that they originally used USPS to send each other music tracks because of conflicting schedules

A woman faked her entire tragedy and the loss of her husband during the 9/11 attacks and became President of the Support Network in New York.

San Marino is the fifth smallest country in the world (and the third smallest in Europe).

Eminem’s mother filed an $11 million defamation lawsuit against him because of his lyrics about her. She settled for $25,000 and $23,354.25 of that went to her lawyer.

 

The highest recorded fall without a parachute happened in 1972 at 33,333 ft. The victim, Vesna Vulović was in the hospital for 16 months after the fall.

A mason in 1700’s Jerusalem left his wooden ladder behind after doing some work on a church and now it can’t be

moved without the agreement & permission of

six different Christian leaders.

In Switzerland, it is illegal to own just one guinea pig. This is because guinea pigs are social animals, and they are considered victims of abuse if they are alone.

Walter Hunt, a man from America, invented the

safety pin back in 1849.

The original name for Xbox was DirectXbox designed to show how Microsoft’s Direct X graphics could improve

the console market.

Nutella was invented during WWII when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.

The United States Department of Agriculture says the official definition of a sandwich is: “at least 35 percent cooked meat and no more than 50 percent bread”.

The Young America Township in Minnesota has a population of less than 1,000, but more than 20 zip codes.

Approximately 1 in every 2,000 babies already has a tooth when they are first born.

Before Apple bought Siri, it was originally going to be released as an app for Android & Blackberry.

An animal’s yawn is based on how large their brain is.

The bigger the brain, the longer they will yawn.

Soviet Russia needed lighthouses on their uninhabited Northern Coast, so they built automated lighthouses powered by small nuclear reactors.

Snakes can help predict earthquakes. They can sense a coming earthquake from 75 miles away, up to five

days before it happens.

The hand and footprints in front of the Chinese Theater tradition started accidentally when silent film actress, Norma Talmadge stepped on wet cement.

Not all hamsters are small. Although some hamsters are as small as 2-4 inches, the largest ones are

approximately 13 inches long.

The money for the Statue of Liberty came from fundraising from auctions, a lottery, and boxing matches in Europe and the U.S. The Statue cost the French about $250,000, which today would be over $5.5 million dollars.

Margherita Pizza uses tomato, mozzarella, and basil toppings to represent the Italian national flag. It was originally to honor the Queen of Italy in 1890.

When dogs are first born, they are completely blind & cannot hear anything. The first sense which they develop is

the sense of touch.

Any prime number higher than three, when squared and subtracted by one, will always turn out to be a multiple of 24.

Sudan has more pyramids than any country with 255. They outnumber Egyptian pyramids by twice the amount.

The pumpkin is a member of the cucurbit family, which are gourds, such as cucumbers and squashes.

Though most think it’s Italian, pepperoni is an American invention. The first use of the word dates back to 1919.

In the Philippines, you can buy spaghetti at McDonald’s, where they also sell a “McDo” piece of chicken.

In 1866, The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million by writing a check.

A French general gave John Quincy Adams a pet alligator. Adams kept it in one of the White House bathtubs and enjoyed showing it off.

Scotland wanted to replicate the Parthenon bigger and cheaper in 1826. It was never completed and is now nicknamed “Scotland’s Disgrace”.

Octopuses only touch in situations of mating or aggression. Female octopuses sometimes do both, strangling and eating the male after mating.

Canada eats more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.

The Vatican had music that was forbidden to be copied and was only played twice per year. It was secret for

almost 150 years until a 14-year-old Mozart heard it and transcribed it from memory.

There is a geocache on the International Space Station placed in 2008. It has since been visited four times by other astronauts.

Of the 9,000 Blockbuster stores that existed in the early 1990s, at least 10 Blockbusters were open across the U.S. in 2017. Seven of those were in Alaska. In 2021, only 1 is left and it is located in Bend, Oregon.

Because snow is composed of ice, it can be classified as a mineral. Water, however, does not fall under the same classification and is not a mineral.

From 1937 to 1953, NBC’s Today Show had a chimpanzee co-host named J. Fred Muggs. It is estimated he brought in the network around $100 million.

William Hung, made famous for his appearance on American Idol singing “She Bangs“, is a 73rd generation descendant of Confucius.

Ancient Roman surgeons were trained to block out the screams of human pain.

The first-ever documented feature film was made in Australia in 1906.

Humans have been performing dentistry since 7000BC, which makes dentists one of the oldest professions.

Snakes and lizards both molt out of their old skin as they grow. Investigators have come to the conclusion that dinosaurs may have also molted.

Zebras have only one toe on each foot.

The voice of Stargazer in Mass Effect 3 was

done by Buzz Aldrin.

The first 4th of July celebration was in 1777.

The full Bible has been translated into over 3,000 languages. Among those include fictional languages like

Elvish, Klingon, and Na’vi.

In the Netherlands version of Sesame Street, instead of Big Bird, they have a bluebird named Pino. He was later established as Big Bird’s cousin.

A woman was elected to the House of Representatives four years before women even won the right to vote.

Justin Bieber’s first tweet was at 8:27 pm on May 11, 2009.

Originally, the Pokémon Vulpix was going to be called “FoxFire”.

Originally, bumper cars were not supposed to hit each other. Drivers were actually supposed to avoid crashing in spite of chaotic driving. The first company to patent a bumper car was in 1920 named Dodgem.

In Alabama, it is illegal to participate in shooting, hunting, gaming, card playing, or racing on Sundays. The fine ranges from $10 to $100.

During a conversation each speaker’s “turn” averages 2 seconds, and the pause in between is only 200 milliseconds. That figure is nearly universal.

Cold showers have more health benefits than hot or warm showers. These include improving circulation, stimulating weight loss, and easing depression.

Despite being landlocked, Mongolia has a navy consisting of seven men and one vessel, the “Sukhbaatar III“, stationed on Lake Khövsgöl.

Since 1990 the United States has added more acres of forest than it has lost, with almost 20 million new acres of forest land added in the last 2 decades.

There is a liquid that you can breathe in called perfluorohexane. Animals can be submerged in a bath of perfluorohexane without drowning.

The Shawn Mendes EP reached Number 1 on iTunes in 37 minutes.

Whenever Charles Dickens was away from home, he would always realign the bed he was sleeping in to face Northwards, as he felt that this fostered and unlocked his creativity.

In the United States, each person owns an average of seven pairs of blue jeans. That’s one for every day of the week!

There’s very little evidence the TSA has ever stopped a terrorist or found a real bomb. When tested, they failed to find fake weapons and bombs 95% of the time.

Feeding curry to a sheep reduces the amount of methane in its farts by up to 40%.

During the Second World War, German tank drivers would drive their vehicles over camel droppings, thinking it would bring them good luck.

The atomic number of zinc is 30.

In order to keep Nazis away, a Polish doctor faked a typhus outbreak. This strategy saved 8,000 people.

One of the smartest bird species is the magpie. They can even recognize themselves in mirrors.

Barry Manilow wrote many famous jingles for companies like McDonald’s, State Farm, and BandAids.

The manager of Guinness started the Guinness Book of World Records when he got annoyed that he couldn’t find out what the fastest game bird was ever recorded.

Cats which have blue eyes for the duration of their lives are likely to be deaf.

Elephants think people are cute, the same way people think puppies or kittens are cute.

High heels are nothing new to the world. In the 18th Century, they were fashionable even for children.

The number of stars on the EU flag doesn’t represent anything. 12 stars were chosen as a number with no political association and as a symbol of unity.

Tom Hanks had an asteroid named after him which was called “12818 tomhanks“.

Madagascar got its name when Marco Polo misspelled the name Mogadishu, the Somali port with which Marco Polo had confused the island. The name stuck and the island was christened to the name in 1500.

Albert Einstein had mastered calculus by the tender age of 15.

The tall chef’s hat is called a toque.

MIT, often cited as one of the world’s most prestigious universities, puts almost all of its course materials online for anyone to access for free.

The longest Cricket Test match lasted over 12 days between England and South Africa. It only ended because the English team would have missed their boat home.

Bubble wrap was originally invented to be wallpaper. The creators tried to make plastic wallpaper with a paper backing, but it came out with plastic backing.

Facebook will track and record nearly everything you do if you browse the web while logged in to your Facebook account.

Roughly 33% of cats are not affected by catnip. The euphoric reaction commonly associated with catnip is hereditary.

The first X-rated animated movie was Fritz the Cat. It is still the most successful independent animated feature to date.

Scrappy-Doo, widely considered to be one of the most hated characters in fiction, has not appeared in an animated Scooby-Doo production since 1988 due to audience backlash.

The 1831 London Bridge was sold in 1962 when it

needed to be replaced. It was bought by

Lake Havasu City, Arizona, to help tourism.

Captive tigers in the U.S. alone outnumber the amount of wild tigers worldwide.

Ron Swanson’s character on Parks and Recreation is based on a real person – a woman who works in a high bureaucratic position who is also anti-government.

The first Primark store opened in Dublin in June 1969 under the name Penney’s.

In Bruges, Belgium, there is an underground pipeline that runs 2 miles to transfer beer from a brewery to the bottling plant.

The collective group of lemurs is called a conspiracy.

The logo on the Red Bull cans are not cattle, but a type of bovine called a “gaur”.

Meghan Trainor has Nyctophobia, which is a

huge fear of the dark.

In 2014, Princeton researchers determined that Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2017.

“Time anxiety” occurs in a person when they are perpetually afraid of being late, or of others being late.

Ant queens can live for up to 30 years.

Orlando Bloom has swinophobia, which is a fear of pigs!

Eight of the ten largest statues in the world are of Buddha’s.

Garrett McNamara holds the record for the largest wave ever surfed, set in 2011 in Nazare, Portugal. The wave was 78 feet tall.

A recently discovered deep-sea snail, the Scaly-Foot Gastropod, has a shell that is impressively developed. So much so, that the U.S. military is trying to use its design to inspire defensive layers in military armor.

So far, two diseases have successfully been eradicated: smallpox and rinderpest. The last case of smallpox was in 1977, and the last of rinderpest was in 2001.

By applying even pressure on an egg, it is nearly impossible to break the shell by squeezing it.

The military has used silly string to detect tripwires in Iraq. Before entering a room, they can squirt it inside. If it hangs in the air, it may have revealed a wire.

Mob boss Vincent Gigante used to wander around

New York in his bathrobe to convince the police he was

insane and avoid capture.

A 26 sided shape is known as a rhombicuboctahedron.

It takes Uranus 84 years to orbit the Sun once.

Aeroflot Flight 593 crashed because the pilot let his kids fly the plane, who unknowingly disengaged the autopilot function. The crash killed everyone on board.

There are over 6,000 known species of grass.

The total weight of all air on Earth is 11 quintillion pounds.

After the release of the 1996 film Scream, which involved an anonymous killer calling and murdering his victims, Caller ID usage tripled in the United States.

Garlic is known to attract leeches.

The longest unbroken alliance in world history is between England and Portugal. It has lasted since 1386, and

still stands today.

Until 2007, slavery was legal in Mauritania. Even still, 1-4% of the population is still living as slaves.

A man named Ronald MacDonald robbed a Wendy’s in 2005.

Before finally being accepted, J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter pitch was rejected by 12 publishers.

The Japanese term for a Shotgun Wedding is “Dekichatta kekkon”, which literally translates to “oops-we-did-it-marriage”.

In 1992, a shipping crate containing 28,000 rubber duckies

fell overboard. They washed up around the world

for the next 20 years.

One of the most widely used symbols for medical assistance is actually the Swiss flag and not a medical symbol.

While dinosaurs roamed the earth, they lived on every continent including Antarctica.

All new FBI special agents and intelligence analysts

are required to visit the United States Holocaust

Memorial Museum.

The blue whale’s heart is the size of a VW Beetle and weighs up to 1,000 lbs (453 kg).

All the paint on the Eiffel Tower weighs the same as ten elephants. It gets repainted every seven years

without closing to the public.

The Leaning Tower of Piza is tilted because of the soft soil that it’s built on – which has also protected it from at least 4 powerful earthquakes.

One horse can have approximately 15 horsepower. Horsepower is about 746 watts. The term was coined in the late 18th Century.

Berries are simple fruits stemming from one flower. This means that pineapples, bananas, watermelon, pumpkins, and avocados are berries.

Qantas Airways once powered an interstate flight on cooking oil. This marked Australia’s first commercial flight using sustainably derived biofuel.

In Korea, there is a breed of dog called a Sapsali which was originally thought to banish ghosts and evil spirits.

When we’re born, the only innate fears we have are the fear of falling, and the fear of loud sounds. All other fears are learned.

The Great Pyramid of Giza actually has eight sides, rather than four. All of the other pyramids have just four sides.

The world’s smallest mammal, a Bumblebee Bat, weighs about the same as a U.S. dime. Native to Myanmar and Thailand, these bats are endangered.

As of December 2018, The Itchy & Scratchy Show that takes place within The Simpsons has 107 episodes.

Will Smith owed $2.8 Million to the IRS and almost went bankrupt, just before he signed the contract for The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

English is not native to the British Isles. It was brought to Britain in the mid 5th to 7th Centuries by German, Danish, and Dutch settlers.

The British Pound is the world’s oldest currency still in use at 1,200 years old. The pound has been an identity as a symbol of British sovereignty.

In 2017, Adidas sold over 1 million pairs of shoes made from recycled ocean plastic, each pair taking 11 plastic bottles to make.

The Backpack Kid’s real name is Russell Horning.

In South Dakota, you can get a driver’s permit at age 14 with parental consent. Once you turn 16, you can get your license.

A study from Harvard University finds that having no friends can be just as deadly as smoking. Both effect levels of a blood-clotting protein.

Batman and Predator exist in the same fictional universe. Since 1991, they have been featured together in three comic books.

The tallest mountain in our solar system, Olympic Mons, is 3 times taller than Mount Everest.

In Toy Story 2 in the scene where Buzz gives a speech in front of the American flag, the flag was edited to be a globe for release in non-American countries.

The thumbs-up sign is believed to have originated from Chinese pilots. It was used to communicate with the ground crew before take-off.

The wife of Anthony Perkins, the original Norman Bates, Berry Berenson died as a result of being a passenger on

one of the 9/11 planes.

The American roulette wheel is different from the European wheel. The American one has 2 green spaces while the European one only has 1. Although on both, if you add up all the numbers on a roulette wheel, you will get 666.

The day after Thanksgiving is called “Brown Friday” by plumbers in America because it is their busiest day of the year.

The full name of the famous Chuck E. Cheese’s mouse is Charles Entertainment Cheese.

 

Underneath the streets of Beijing, there are over a million people who live in nuclear bunkers.

Madagascar once was a stomping ground for lemurs which were the size of today’s gorillas.

Somebody hid an episode of South Park inside Tiger Woods 99 as an Easter egg, causing EA to do a massive recall.

It is thought by Russians that eating ice cream will keep

you warm.

Amber-colored rear turn signals are statistically proven to reduce collisions by about 28%.

Webster’s Dictionary accidentally had a word that didn’t exist in it for five years – “Dord”.

Roselle, a guide dog, lead her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs during 9/11. The descent took about an hour and they both safely made it out.

Rebecca Felton was the first woman to ever serve for the United States Senate – but she only served for one day.

An 18-year old with dwarfism played the 8-year-old Grinch in The Grinch (2000). He passed away two years after the film was released.

In 2005, Connecticut was accidentally issued an Emergency Alert to evacuate the entire state. Only about 1% of the people actually tried to leave.

There is an insurance policy issued against alien abduction. Around 50,000 policies have been sold, mainly to residents of the U.S. and England.

Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, which drew more visitors to see the empty space than the actual painting.

Bi-weekly has two different definitions: Twice a week, or once every two weeks.

Volvo invented the three-point seatbelt, then gave the invention away for free. They decided it was too important of an invention to keep to themselves.

Videogames have been found to be more effective at battling depression than therapy.

When Jorge Garcia first got the part on LOST as Hurley, he lost a total of 30 pounds in weight before filming started.

Disappointment Island is an uninhabited island in New Zealand. Over 65,000 pairs of white-capped albatross live there. In 1868, a steel tanker crashed on the island which killed 68 people, leaving the 15 survivors waiting 18 months to be rescued. In 1907, another ship ended up crashing there and 12 men drowned.

During the entire run of Gilligan’s Island, it was never revealed if “Gilligan” was his first or last name.

Adult cats only meow at humans, not other cats. Kittens meow to their mother but once they get a little older, cats no longer meow to other cats.

There is a correlation between pulling an all-nighter and snapping out of depression. This is because the brain gets more active the longer it goes without sleep.

 

The group of spikes at the end of stegosauridae tails are called the “thagomizer”. They had no distinct name until the term was coined in 1982 by a cartoonist.

Polar bears often hunt walruses by simply charging at a group of them and eating the ones that were crushed or wounded in the mass panic to escape. Direct attacks are rare.

There is a United Arab Emirates’ territory inside an Oman’s territory that itself is inside the United Arab Emirates country. It is called Madha village.

The largest stadium in the world is the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in North Korea. It can hold up to 114,000 spectators. It covers 51 acres and is 197 feet tall.

The word “velociraptor” comes from the Latin words “velox” which means swift, and “raptor” which means robber. Literally – speedy robber!

When you exercise, the burned fat metabolizes to become carbon dioxide, water, and energy. Meaning: you exhale the fat that you lose.

Santa Claus was issued a pilot’s license from the U.S. government in 1927. They also gave him airway maps and promised to keep the runway lights on.

There is a Scottish tartan designed for Mars exploration. It was officially registered in 2016 to be worn during Mars science, exploration and outreach activities.

While watching a Merry-Go-Round from a bench in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, Walt Disney was struck with inspiration for the creation of Disneyland.

Between North and South Korea lies 155 miles of no man’s land where hundreds of rare animal species thrive.

Bees actually have knees. The expression comes from the fact that they store large build-ups of pollen in hairy baskets on their knees.

While shedding, geckos will eat their skin in order to prevent predators from finding and eating them more easily.

On average, 46.1% of Americans have less than $10,000 in assets when they die.

Samsung means “three stars” in Korean. This was chosen by the founder because he wanted the company to be powerful and everlasting like stars in the sky.

Mount Rushmore cost less than one million dollars to construct. It took 14 years to build – from 1927 to 1941 and took 400 workers.

Nepal has the most mathematical flag in the world. It even has an article in its constitution that details the steps of drawing the flag.

In efforts to undercut the Dreamcast’s sales of the upcoming SEGA release, Sony announced the PlayStation 2 and exaggerated its performance capabilities.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Washington state was at Ice Harbor Dam at 118 °F (47.8 °C) on August 5, 1961.

12% of the world’s total languages are found in Papua New Guinea, which has over 820 indigenous languages. There are more languages on this island than in any other country.

If you cut a starfish, it won’t bleed – it doesn’t have blood! Rather, they circulate nutrients by using seawater in their vascular system.

On one slow news day on April 18, 1930, a BBC radio announcer blatantly said “there is no news”.

The line, “Born and raised in South Detroit” in Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” actually refers to Canada, not Michigan.

Non-violent attempts to escape Mexican prisons are not punished because “it’s human nature to want freedom”.

Helen Keller was related to Robert E. Lee. Her paternal grandmother was second cousins with him.

During the 1908 Olympics in London, the Russians showed up 12 days late due to the fact that they were using the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.

Gaming-related accidents increased by 26.5% during the first 5 months of Pokémon Go being released. This included 2 deaths and $25.5 million in damages.

Disney sold the streaming right for the original Star Wars films in 2016 to Turner until 2024. Disney has since decided to start a streaming service and has tried asking for the rights back, but Turner refuses every time.

The motto on the United Kingdom’s Royal Coat of Arms is in French. The motto is “Dieu et mon droit”, which means “God and my right”.

The average household income of the top 1% in the United States is $1,260,508 per year.

In Japan, Domino’s started testing pizza delivery via reindeer in 2016.

Pope Francis has been given many extravagant gifts over the years, and one of them was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. However, rather than keeping it for his own pleasure and adventures, he sold it off and used the money to benefit homeless people.

The Stockholm archipelago has more islands than the Pacific Ocean at around 30,000.

There’s a bar in Yukon that serves a “Sourtoe cocktail”. It consists of a shot of whisky with a human toe floating in the glass. An estimated 60,000 people have had it.

Even though Irish is the official language of Ireland, Polish is more widely spoken.

Per capita, the happiest countries in the world also rank highest in terms of consumers of antidepressants.

Chewing gum boosts mental proficiency and is considered a better test aid than caffeine – but nobody knows why.

Brain fibers lose 10% of their total length every decade. They can shrink even more so under acute stress.

The Guinness World Record for the time longest spend searching for the Loch Ness Monster is held by Steve Feltham who camped at Loch Ness for 25 years.

“Tsundoku” is a Japanese word for the habit of buying too many books, letting them pile up in your house, and never reading them.

The quietest room in the world in Minnesota is measured in negative decibels – so quiet that you can hear your own heartbeat and your bones moving.

Four Nile crocodiles have been found in Florida. They are the second-largest crocodile and are more dangerous than the native crocodiles and alligators in Florida.

Four of the top seven highest-grossing films of all time were released in 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Jurassic World, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Julius Caesar’s only son, Caesarion, was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Even though Cleopatra swears he is Caesar’s son, Caesar never officially acknowledged him.

When Shakira was in second grade, she was rejected by the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded like a goat.

There is a village in Russia called Tsovkra where every resident can tightrope walk. It is a tradition that dates back over 100 years but no one knows how it started.

A bolt of lightning can reach 53,540 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun, which is 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are only two countries in the world that have the color purple in their flags: Nicaragua and Dominica.

Over 300 people have died climbing Mount Everest since 1922. Most deaths occur because of avalanches, and not all bodies have been recovered.

It’s not just humans who are right or left-handed. Most female cats prefer using their right paw and males are more likely to be left-pawed.

The majority of blind people in the U.S. and the U.K. cannot read braille. Statistically, less than 1% of blind in the U.K., and under 10% in the U.S.

There is a company in the U.K. that offers “being hungover” as a valid reason for calling off work. They are allotted four hungover days per year.

Both of the drummers from Queen and Duran Duran had the same name – Roger Taylor.

Several of the facts on Snapple caps have been found to be outdated, incorrect or exaggerated.

Norway has a 25-year statute of limitation on murder. This means if the murder happened more than 25 years ago, they cannot be charged.

50% of apartments in Los Angeles don’t come with a fridge. This is legal, as fridges are considered an “amenity”, and therefore landlords are not required to provide one.

The popular LMFAO group who created the viral hit, Party Rock Anthem, is made up of an uncle-nephew duo.

In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10-hour “movie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film.

500 seeds of 5 different types of seeds were taken into orbit around the moon and later planted around the U.S. as well as a few countries. They were called Moon Trees.

By the time they have been retired for 2 years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.

Only official members of federally accepted Native American tribes may legally possess or collect eagle feathers. If a normal citizen has one, it is illegal.

Tic Tacs got their name from the sound they make when they are tossed around in their container.

It snows metal on planet Venus! There are two types that have been found, galena and bismuthinite.

There is a statue of Tesla in Silicon Valley that radiates free Wi-Fi. It was done as an homage to his vision for wireless communication.

The word “kimono”, literally means a “thing to wear”.

Ki is “wear”, and mono is “thing”.

Only primates, humans, and opossums have opposable thumbs. Out of these, the opossum is the only one with no thumbnail.

Queen Elizabeth has a personal net worth of 425 million dollars. That includes the $65 million Sandringham House and $140 million Balmoral Castle.

Although there is currently no drug proven to make someone tell the truth, some countries like Russia, Canada, and India use truth serums.

Daniel Craig was an anonymous Storm Trooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Originally, he denied his cameo and claimed he wouldn’t bother being an extra in a movie.

Times Square was originally called Longacre Square until it was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly built Times Building.

Popularized by the Shakespeare play, many people think Julius Caesar’s last words were “And you, Brutus?” In reality, he said “You too, my child?”

Owners of personalized license plates in Uganda are facing a tax increase of over 300%, which will raise the tax

from $1,498 to $5,992.

More tornadoes occur in the United Kingdom per square mile than any other country in the world.

Nobody knows how the Academy Awards came to be referred to as the Oscars. The earliest mention was 1932, and

was made official in 1939.

Chicken Run is the highest-grossing stop motion animated film, even beating The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The oldest unopened bottle of wine was found in a Roman tomb that is over 1,650 years old.

The author of Mary Had a Little Lamb, Sarah Josepha Hale, is most responsible for the creation of Thanksgiving being a national holiday.

Since 1955, 50% of the population of Niger is consistently under 16 years old. The total current population is 21,600,000.

A man with severe OCD and a phobia of germs attempted to commit suicide with a gun to his head. Instead of killing him, the bullet eliminated his mental illness without any other damage.

The Marshal Mathers foundation for at-risk and disadvantaged youth, was founded by Eminem.

During WWII, a U.S. naval destroyer won a battle against a Japanese submarine by throwing potatoes at them. The Japanese thought they were grenades.

Small as they may be, ladybugs have a unique smell that humans are incredibly sensitive to.

Birds are the closest living relatives of crocodilians, as well as the descendants of extinct dinosaurs with feathers. This makes them the only surviving dinosaurs.

Cruise ships have morgues that can store up to 10 bodies at once. The average amount of people that die on cruise ships per year is 200.

The most expensive virtual object is “Club NEVERDIE” in the Entropia Universe which is worth $635,000. It was originally bought at $10,000.

Vanilla flavoring is sometimes made with the urine of beavers.

If you heat up a magnet, it will lose its magnetism.

The unique smell of rain actually comes from plant oils, bacteria, and ozone.

Llamas can be used as guards against coyote attacks on sheep herds. Studies have proven that just one guard llama is an effective protector and can even

kill the attacking coyotes.

“Opposites attract” is a common myth. People are actually attracted to people who look like family members, or those with a similar personality type.

I Will Always Love You was originally written and recorded in 1973 by Dolly Parton. It was written as a farewell to her mentor of seven years.

Scotland was one of the few countries able to hold off being conquered by the Romans in the first century A.D.

The world’s first motel is in San Luis Obispo. Built in 1925. When opened, it cost $1.25 for a two-room bungalow with a kitchen and a private adjoining garage.

To properly write adjectives in order, you would list them by amount, value, size, temperature, age, shape, color, origin, and material.

The average American child is given $3.70 per tooth that falls out.

Mercury and Venus are the only two planets in our solar system that do not have any moons.

Saint Lucia is the only country in the world

named after a woman.

The country was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse

by the French.

Red Solo cups are a common souvenir to bring back from the United States. The novelty comes from the cups being used in many party scenes in movies.