Month: August 2017

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Studies have found that Millennials are the least religious generation in six decades, and possibly the United States’ whole history.

In a study, people from Ohio cursed the most, as compared to every other state in the U.S.

Actor Liam Neeson used to be a teacher, but got fired for punching a 15-year-old when the boy pulled a knife out in class.

A study claims that there are 3 types of selfie takers: communicators, autobiographers, and self-promoters.

Walt Disney himself voiced Mickey Mouse from his premiere in 1928 until 1946.

The “Bitcoin Faucet” website, created by former lead developer of Bitcoin, handed out 10,000 free bitcoins to visitors. That’s about $44 million today.

Estimates suggest the flooding caused by the tropical storm Harvey could destroy up to $20 billion in insured property, making it one of the costliest storms in US history.

Iceland has one of the largest gun ownership rates in the world and one of the lowest crime rates as well.

Mississippi elected the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress already in 1870.

The name “The First World War” was used as early as 1918, by a journalist who felt it would not be the last.

In 2017, Switzerland became the first European country to allow the sale of insect-based food for humans.

Steve Jobs got a new Mercedes every 6 months because a car didn’t need a license plate until it was 6 months old.

Chimps can play rock-paper-scissors at the same level as a 4 year old human child.

Every hour, at least 1 person is killed by a drunk driver in the U.S.

Classical Greek culture, which flourished during the 5th to 4th centuries BC, had a powerful influence on the Roman Empire and provided the foundation of modern Western culture.

350,000 Tweets are sent every minute.

Cows emit more methane than the oil industry and are a huge factor in global warming.

The Pentagon has a plan for combating a zombie apocalypse.

Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate birthdays because the only two accounts of birthday parties in the Bible ended in murder.

In 2006, a woman farted on a plane and tried to cover up the smell by lighting matches, causing an emergency landing.

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Although usually referred to in the singular, Bermuda consists of 181 islands.

The average Dutch person cycles around 1,000km annually.

More than a third of all sick leave is taken on a Monday, researchers found.

Henry VIII of England’s Buggery Act of 1533 made sodomy punishable by death.

A couple of teaspoons of Botox would be enough to kill everyone in the UK.

It is illegal to wear a bikini in Barcelona, except on the beach.

Aztec mothers who died in childbirth were regarded as highly as warriors who died in battle.

In 1853, the Venus de Milo statue was put on trial for nudity in Mannheim, Germany.

Shark Bay, Australia, is now called ‘Safety Beach’. It changed its name to attract tourists.

In 1853, the Venus de Milo statue was put on trial for nudity in Mannheim, Germany.

18.3% of Iceland’s population uses cannabis, placing them as the top marijuana consuming nation in the world.

When Muhammad Ali lost a fight against Larry Holmes, a 14-year-old Mike Tyson promised him that when he “got big” he would take down Larry Holmes for him. Six years later, he took Holmes down.

The main actor of “The Gods Must Be Crazy” was only paid $300, even though the film made over $60 million.

Rock Paper Scissors was invented in China, but popularized in Japan, where it’s called “Janken.”

The word “vodka” is a diminutive form of the Slavic word “voda” (water), interpreted as “little water.”

Saltwater crocodiles enjoy catching a wave and can travel hundreds of kilometres by “surfing” on ocean currents.

It is estimated that 9 out of 10 women in Mexico have been subjected to sexual violence, whether on the streets or at home.

‘Orchid’ actually means testicle.
The surgical procedure to remove one or more testicles is an ‘orchidectomy’.

In Aztec cities, chewing tzicli (chewing gum) in public identified a married or widowed woman as a prostitute and a man as a homosexual.

From 2000 to 2010, some 100,000 British people converted to Islam.

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Similar to “fake news”, the “Lügenpresse” accusation was used by the Nazis to discredit unsupportive media outlets. Down syndrome has been disappearing in Iceland since prenatal screening tests were introduced in the early 2000s. Almost 100% of women who had a positive test for Down syndrome decided to terminate their pregnancy. Robert E. Lee himself, after the Civil War, opposed monuments, specifically Confederate war monuments. Sperm count in Western men has dropped over 50% since 1973. During Stalin’s three decades of rule, which ended with his death in 1953, an estimated 15 million to 30 million people were executed or died in labor camps or starved to death. Chewing gum became a truly global phenomenon during WWII when it was included in American GI rations. Taylor Swift has trademarked the phrases “this sick beat”, “party like it’s 1989,” and “Nice to meet you. Where you been?” A University of Bristol physicist determined that the optimum time to dunk a biscuit is 3.5 seconds. After the assassination of JFK, all three U.S. TV networks interrupted their regular programming to cover it for 4 straight days, the longest uninterrupted news event until 9/11. Apollo Astronauts couldn’t get life insurance. They made their own by autographing cards to be sold by their families if they didn’t return. The term “to masticate” comes from the Greeks, who used a resin made from the mastic tree to exercise their jaws. In the 60s, the Fisher Pen Company reportedly invested $1 million to create a “space pen,” one that could write upside-down, in frigid or roasting conditions. They sold 400 units to NASA and 100 to the Soviet Union. A British study found that one third of vegetarians eat meat when drunk. A grasshopper becomes more sociable if you stroke its hind legs. In Sweden, IKEA is pronounced “ee-kay-uh” not “eye-kee-ah”. The word is made up of the initials of the founder’s name and the village he grew up in. During Germany’s hyperinflation that peaked in 1923, a loaf of bread cost 428 billion marks and a kilo of butter would run you roughly 6 trillion. 90% of Britons eat pizza at least once a week. U.S. television networks allow alcohol to be advertised as long as no one in the commercial is actually drinking it. When the BBC World Service began in 1932, they warned listeners to keep their expectations low, saying “the programmes will neither be very interesting nor very good.” Before the assassination of President Kennedy, it was not a Federal offense to kill the President or Vice President of the United States.

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Marie Antoinette’s last words were “Pardon me, sir, I meant not to do it,” an apology to her executioner for stepping on his toes.

Ancient Egyptians had a 70% accurate method for detecting pregnancy: a woman would pee on some seeds. If they sprouted, she was pregnant.

The last car to have a cassette deck come standard was the Lexus SC430 in 2010.

Mice sigh up to 40 times an hour.

It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name a child Sandy, Elaine or Linda.

A group of ladybirds is called a loveliness.

The word ‘gasoline’ doesn’t come from ‘gas’. It comes from Cazeline – after John Cassell, who was the first to sell it commercially.

If the Earth had no atmosphere, the oceans would evaporate.

Years after the death of 15-year-old Nicole van den Hurk in Eindhoven, her stepbrother falsely confessed to killing her to get her body exhumed for DNA testing, thus leading to the arrest and prosecution of her attacker.

In the past five decades in the U.S., the number of food additives has skyrocketed from about 800 to more than 10,000.

1 in 14 doctors faces a malpractice suit in the U.S. every year, and almost every physician will face a malpractice suit during his career.

In the early 1800s, the average famous person became well known at age 43. By the mid-20th century it had dropped all the way to 29.

A woman named Glenda Blackwell once bought a scratch-off lottery ticket to prove to her husband that it was a waste of money and she ended up winning $1 million.

Germans pay cash in 80% of all transactions. In the U.S., it’s less than 50%.

Beethoven was a brilliant composer but struggled with sums and spelling his entire life.

Being a trash collector, logger, or fisherman is statistically more dangerous than being a police officer in the U.S.

Lack of sleep may shrink your brain.

Cuba has an active maximum wage law, where individuals cannot earn more than 20 U.S. dollars per month.

Costco doesn’t make money selling products, it makes all profits from membership fees.

The Netherlands has more bicycles than people, 1.3 per person.

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In 2015, a tiny Tokyo restaurant with only 9 seats became the first ramen restaurant in the world to obtain a Michelin star.

While 71% of Americans believe in hell, only 0.5% think that they are likely to end up there, a survey found.

Prostitutes in the Netherlands pay taxes.

In the European Union you are not allowed to skip your break if you are working more than 6 hours a day.

Since 1875, the exact weight of a kilogram has been defined by the International Prototype of the Kilogram, a cylinder that sits locked in an environmentally regulated vault outside Paris. Every 40 years, it’s removed and compared to a half-dozen copies around the world.

Harold Stassen, a former governor of Minnesota, sought the U.S. Republican Party’s Presidential Nomination 9 times.

Under Apartheid in South Africa, Filipinos were classified as black while Chinese were considered “non-white” and Japanese, Taiwanese and Koreans were “honorary whites.”

Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest.

A man called Michael Nicholson enrolled in school for 55 years straight, earning 30 degrees.

In 2012, the world’s first lab grown burger cost $325,000. By 2015, a lab grown burger only cost $11.36.

Across all the European countries fighting in WWII, only three national capitals were never occupied: Moscow, London and Helsinki.

Chuck Norris’ real name is Carlos Ray Norris.

Mozart kept a diary of every incident when he heard someone fart.

Hundreds of Jews from Amsterdam were fined for being late with their rent during their incarceration in World War II concentration camps.

There is a common Chinese idiom that states, “The ugly wife is a treasure at home.”

A sapiosexual is a person who is sexually attracted to intelligence in others.

Kummerspeck (‘grief bacon’) is German for the weight put on from eating too much when feeling sorry for yourself.

The London Underground trains were originally steam powered.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow caught fire in 1977. Sensitive information was stolen by several firefighters who were also KGB agents.