31. An African tribe in Namibia still wears Victorian clothes, a style of former German occupiers that they’ve made their own – Source

32. Hippopotamus’s milk is pink. – Source

33. After having his hat shot from his head, bullets tear through his coat, and two horses shot from under him George Washington was able to ride 40 miles through the darkness to summon reinforcements while suffering from a severe case of dysentery. – Source

34. President James A. Garfield likely died of starvation after doctors insisted he be fed rectally after an assassination attempt. – Source

35. When U.S. space shuttles started linking up with Russia’s Mir in 1995, both sides owed a small debt to the KGB. it was the KGB that successfully stole the U.S. designs in the ’70s and ’80s, unintentionally laying the groundwork for the compatibility between the U.S. and Russian systems. – Source 14. If you have no debts and $10 in your pocket, you have more wealth than 25% of Americans. – Source

36. Pete Dawkins is a man who won the Heisman Trophy at West Point in the 50s, received a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford, fought in Vietnam and rose to the rank of Brigadier General, and now works as an executive on Wall Street. – Source

37. The octopus is so intelligent, that the UK considers them honorary vertebrates for the purposes of animal cruelty laws. – Source

38. When police raided a dog fighting ring in South Carolina, 8 suspects attempted to flee the scene. One of the suspects was taken into custody after one dog chased him and “took him down.” The dog then escaped. – Source

39. Birth rate in Japan is one of the lowest of any country to the point that the sales of adult diapers is greater than the sales of baby diapers. – Source

40. After the fall of the USSR, the Lithuanian Basketball team could not afford jerseys for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The Grateful Dead became their financiers. – Source

41. The observable universe is far too small to contain an ordinary digital representation of Graham’s number, assuming that each digit occupies one Planck volume. – Source

42. Sweden’s recycling program is so successful that they are asking Norway for their trash to power their own Waste-to-Power plants because they don’t have enough non-recycled waste. – Source

43. A 17-year old boy in China sold his kidney on the black market to afford an iPhone and iPad – Source

44. When 6-year old Adam Walsh (the son of America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh) was murdered in 1981, the police investigation was so inept that they lost the bloodstained carpet from the suspect’s Cadillac, the machete used to decapitate Walsh, and eventually, the car itself. – Source

45. During the filming of The Grinch, Jim Carrey took counseling from a Navy SEAL to learn torture-resistance techniques to handle the extensive makeup. – Source

46. Australia has claim to the largest territory of Antarctica, which is only a couple of million square kilometers smaller than the Australian continent itself. – Source

47. Ben L. Salomon was A dentist in the US Army who during World War 2 was shot 24 times while defending an aid station from the Japanese. Although he killed up to 98 attackers, allowing the wounded to be evacuated, his Medal of Honor was delayed because medical officers were not supposed to bear arms against the enemy. – Source

48. It is a myth that NASA spent millions of dollars producing the space pen while soviet astronauts simply used a pencil. – Source

49. The U.S. government at every level is prohibited by law from assisting the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. ASPA, nicknamed “The Hague Invasion Act,” also authorizes the president to use military force against the ICC in order to free a US citizen from prosecution. – Source 44. The Netherlands are at a war with water; they have to constantly pump water (usually with windmills) back into the North Sea, or else it could engulf the entire country. – Source

50. 32 years after Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, Burr’s wife left him. Her divorce attorney was Alexander Hamilton Jr. – Source

51. In the Philippines, there’s banana ketchup. During WW2 there was a shortage of tomatoes and had to use bananas as a replacement to replicate ketchup. It’s made from mashed banana, sugar, vinegar, and spicesSource

52. Since the 11th century, there have only been two cases of British royal marriages where the couple has been unrelated. – Source

53. In the 1920s, as a joke, newly hired engineers at General Electric would be told to develop a frosted lightbulb, which the experienced engineers believed to be impossible. In 1925, newly hired Marvin Pipkin got the assignment and astonished his peers by succeeding. – Source

54. Scientists say caesarian births are “affecting human evolution” because women with narrow hips are spreading this genetic predisposition to their daughters. – Source

55. Black holes are so dense that a black hole with the mass of Earth would be the size of a marble. – Source

56. The Electric Light Orchestra’s first album was released in the U.S. under the title “No Answer” because a record company secretary rang to find out the title and when she was unable to get through left a note saying, “No Answer”. – Source

57. Thomas Jefferson could read and write in 6 languages Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, and English. Post death, a number of books, dictionaries, and grammar manuals also suggest he knew Arabic, Gaelic, and Welsh. – Source

58. Robin Williams only made $75,000 for voicing the Genie in Aladdin, which went on to gross over $200 million domestically. “Disney later sent him a Picasso painting as a way of thanking him for his work.” – Source

59. Once an Icelandic horse leaves Iceland, it can never return. – Source

60. In 1960, Singapore’s birth rate was 5.4, so the government introduced a policy to stop parents from having more than 2 kids. The fertility rate dropped to 1.44, below replacement rates so the government reversed its policy. The fertility rate has never restored back to replacement levels since. – Source

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