More Colombians die every year from American tobacco than Americans die from Colombian cocaine.
There's a prison in Brazil that allows inmates to pedal stationary bicycles providing electricity to a nearby city in exchange for reduced sentences.
The flamingo can only eat when its head is upside down.
When the D-Day forces landed Hitler was asleep. None of his generals dared send re-enforcements without his permission and no-one dared wake him.
Austrian physicist Friedrich Hasenohrl published the basic equation E = mc2 a year before Einstein did.
The average women in Bolivia Indonesia and Guatemala is short enough to be considered a Dwarf (4'10 or under).
Benjamin Franklin was an advocate of "air baths" during which he would spend up to an hour reading or writing in his house completely naked.
The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand was constructed with 1 million bottles of Heineken and a local beer.
United Artists offered Stallone up to US$340 000 to sell them the rights to the screenplay of Rocky if he agreed to not star in the movie. He refused.
Portions of Anne Frank's diary were removed because she described her intimate parts.
There is no single food that provides all the nutrients that humans need except for breast milk.
Every day of the year, 100 whales are killed by whale fisherman.
At least 1.1 million Jewish children were murdered during the Holocaust.
You're more likely to get struck by lightning in Texas than find in-person voter fraud.
Google got its name by accident. The founders misspelled "googol" which refers to the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes.
Johnny Appleseed planted apples so that people could use apple cider to make alcohol.
It's illegal for drug companies to advertise directly to consumers almost everywhere in the world except in the U.S. and New Zealand.
Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails.
Landlocked Bolivia maintains a standing navy in preparation for the day it reconquers coastline lost to Chile in the 19th Century.
One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.
There's a town in Spain where 700 people share the surname "Japon" as they are descendants of 17th-century samurais who stayed there after an embassy returned to Japan.
In Aspen Colorado you can have a maximum income of $104 000 and still receive government subsidized housing.
Because of the rotation of the earth an object can be thrown farther if it is thrown west.
The word "Dinosaur" comes from the ancient Greek and means "terrible lizard".
When the first prototype of Apple's iPod was shown to Steve Jobs he dropped it in an aquarium and used the air bubbles to prove there was empty space and it could be made smaller.
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Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch TV for 3 hours.
When Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon he carried with him a piece of the Wright brothers' first airplane.
15 billion cigarettes are smoked worldwide every day.
Lack of sleep can cause weight gain of 2 pounds (0.9 kg)in under a week.
Skunks can accurately spray their smelly fluid as far as ten feet.
In ancient Rome when a man testified in court he would swear on his testicles.
After Michael Jordan scored a game-high 69 points teammate Stacey King quipped "I'll always remember this as the night that Michael Jordan and I combined to score 70 points."
The cities of Aachen Regensburg Frankfurt-am-Main Nuremberg Weimar Bonn and Berlin have all been capitals of Germany.
All Pakistani passports bear the inscription "This passport is valid for all countries of the World except Israel."
For every 1 million tons of oil shipped about 1 ton is spilled.
There is a gypsy tribe in India that celebrates death as one of the happiest events in their lives while treating births with great grief.
Koalas are excellent swimmers.
A blue whale's heart can be as large as a car.
A man who survived the sinking of a ship in 1871 was finally able to overcome his fears and decided to sail again in 1912: he died in the sinking of the Titanic.
More people in the world are suffering from obesity than from hunger.
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