200 Amazing World Facts

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1. There aren't any countries in the world that begin with the letter 'x'.
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2. "Armageddon," "Apollo 13," and "Around the World in 80 Days" are among the movies that NASA keeps aboard the International Space Station.
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3. A 12-year-old Norwegian boy once rescued his sister from a moose attack using skills he learned from World of Warcraft.
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4. If you spent one night in every single room available in all of the Disney World Resorts, it would take you 68 years to sleep in all of them
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5. More people died in Auschwitz than the British and American losses of World War Two combined.
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6. Worldwide, 25,000 people die from hunger a day - more than tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS combined.
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7. Rider Strong stole the leather jacket he often wore, from the set of "Boy Meets World" and it was later stolen from his car.
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8. 40% of all bottled water sold in the world is actually tap water.
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9. Walt Disney World Resort encompasses 30,500 acres, making it approximately the same size as San Francisco.
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10. According to the Arab League Educational Organization, 1 in 3 people in the Arab world are illiterate, including almost 50% of all women.
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11. Jericho is the oldest walled city in the world at 9,000 yrs old.
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12. Girls outperform boys in educational achievement in 70% of the world.
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13. Disney World is actually larger than 17 other countries.
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14. The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime
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15. Ramajit Raghav became the world’s oldest father at 96 years old.
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16. Siri states that the world will end in 2038.
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17. During the Second World War, Lucozade was made from conkers.
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18. Daniel Fishel, the actress who played Topanga on "Boy Meets World" got the part after the original actress was let go.
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19. Akon is the #1 selling artist for ringtones in the world.
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20. Ants make up 1/10 of the total world animal tissue.
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21. Iran has one of the largest rates of "brain drain" in the world. Up to 180,000 specialists and academic elite leave the country every year.
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22. Apple has a "secret police" called the Worldwide Loyalty Team that makes sure no employees leak something.
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23. Only 2,000 women in the world buy haute-couture dresses. It takes 2,200 seamstresses to make them.
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24. Don't broadcast every high and low of your life. Just live. Don't try to convince the world you have a life.
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25. If you earn £20,250 a year, you’re one of the world’s richest 1%.
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26. Queen Elizabeth II served as a mechanic and driver in World War II.
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27. Ferrari's 'prancing horse' logo was given to Enzo by Countess Baracca, whose late World War I flying ace son Francesco had used it as his emblem. Ferrari changed its background color from white to yellow, and created an icon.
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28. The best feeling in the world is knowing that you actually mean something to someone. This can literally add years to your life.
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29. A man in China hired virtual assassins to kill his son’s World of Warcraft character so he’d stop playing.
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30. Worldwide, women live an average four years longer than men.
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31. During the World War I, the British Army attempted to train seagulls to poo on the periscopes of enemy submarines.
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32. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the widest long span bridge and tallest steel arch bridge in the world, and the 5th longest spanning arch bridge according to Guinness World Records.
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33. There are 180,000 people over 100 years old in the world
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34. The world has two earthquakes every minute.
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35. Since 2012, 900 workers have died building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar— around 4,000 workers may die to complete it.
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36. St Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.
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37. World-renowned physicist and author Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook.
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38. Worldwide, there are 107 boy babies born for every 100 girl babies.
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39. 82% of people worldwide believe there should be strong laws banning torture.
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40. Michael Jackson holds the Guinness World Record for highest-earning deceased artist.
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41. Only a handful of people in the world have a condition called "super memory"
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42. There are 20 million sea containers in the world. The ships’ crews have no idea what is in them.
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43. Subway has 10,000 more locations than McDonald's worldwide.
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44. Muhammad is the most common first name in the entire world.
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45. North Korea hired Chinese actors to show up to the World Cup and cheer for their team in the stands.
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46. Half of all food is wasted worldwide.
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47. To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
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48. Walking to the edge of a flat Minecraft world would take 820 hours.
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49. The average age of a world country is 158 years old.
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50. There are at least 15 countries in the world with absolutely no armed forces.
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51. People who strongly believe that the world is fair are more likely to oppose legislation intended to help women or minorities.
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52. The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.
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53. The world currently produces enough food to feed everyone.
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54. All the chickens’ eggs produced in the world each year would make an omelette the size of Northern Ireland.
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55. 10% of all the photographs in the world were taken in the last 12 months.
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56. Wherever a leaf is in the world, its internal temperature is always 21oC.
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57. Until 2011, the Libyan flag was solid green - the only national flag in the world with just one color and no design
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58. In 2012, 20% of the world's top 20 snooker players were colour-blind.
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59. More than 10% of all marriages around the world are between first or second cousins.
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60. 3.9% of women around the world do not wear underwear.
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61. The World Health Organization has declared tanning beds to be as dangerous as mustard gas and arsenic.
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62. James Cook succeeded in circumnavigating the world on his first voyage without losing a single man to scurvy, an unusual accomplishment at the time.
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63. 1.5 million children die every year from diseases preventable by vaccines according to the World Health Organization.
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64. Siri sometimes states that the world will end in 2038.
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65. Worldwide, about 162 million adults use marijuana at least once a year, while 22.5 million use it daily.
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66. 40% of the world's land is in 6 countries.
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67. It is estimated that there is in excess of 3,000,000,000 bibles been sold throughout the world.
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68. Disney World is 20x larger than Disneyland.
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69. During the Second World War, the Polish army recruited a bear called Wojtek, a name which means ‘he who enjoys war’.
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70. Iran is the only country in the world where it is legal to sell your kidneys — the government regulates the market.
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71. People ages 18-33 are the most stressed individuals in the world. After the age of 33 stress levels tend to reduce.
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72. The world’s oceans contain 20 million billion tonnes of chlorine.
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73. People aged 18-33 are the most stressed individuals in the world. After the age of 33 stress levels tend to reduce.
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74. The dish of the world’s largest single-aperture radio telescope is large enough to hold the contents of 357 million boxes of cornflakes.
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75. Walt Disney World covers 40 square miles and is about the size of San Francisco, or two Manhattan islands.
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76. Chemicals caused female munitions workers in the First World War to give birth to yellow babies.
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77. The world's largest pearl weighs 14 pounds.
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78. Many prominent doctors from the world agree on the fact that laughing is a great way to reduce pain.
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79. According to Michael Burlingame, author of "The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln", Mary Todd used to beat the hell out of Abraham Lincoln.
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80. The best feeling in the world is knowing that you actually mean something to someone.
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81. Hand-washing could save more lives worldwide than any vaccine, according to a study by the World Health Organization.
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82. If the U.S. cut its military budget by 85% it would still have the largest military budget in the world.
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83. The first FIFA World Cup was held in Uruguay back in 1930 and only 13 countries participated.
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84. Dirty water kills more women worldwide than diabetes, AIDS, or breast cancer.
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85. If you have blue eyes, then you share a common ancestor with every other blue-eyed person in the world.
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86. Five babies are born every second worldwide.
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87. Having minimal social interaction with the outside world is equally harmful, to smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic.
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88. The Tyrannosaurus rex at the end of "Jurassic World" is the same exact one from the end of the original "Jurassic Park."
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89. Mohammed is the most common name in the world.
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90. Everything has it's purpose. Seek truth and understanding of the world around you.
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91. Worldwide, approximately 6% of divorced couples remarry the same person.
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92. The 100 richest people in the world earned enough money in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times.
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93. In ten minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.
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94. A study of 14,000 people around the world revealed that over half could not swim.
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95. 95% of the underwater world is yet to be explored.
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96. Cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths in the world.
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97. The World Health Organization says a healthy amount of sugar a day should be 25 grams, or one Snickers bar.
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98. People earning over £14,000 a year are among the richest 4% of the world.
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99. Walking corpse syndrome is the rare condition where people believe they are dead.
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100. 53% of the flags in the world contain blue.
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101. The original purpose of the United Nations was to win the Second World War.
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102. Mohammed is the most popular name in the world.
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103. 77 percent of Americans are unaware that "the Internet" and "the World Wide Web" are not the same thing.
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104. The most popular first name in the world is Muhammad.
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105. Chipotle buys more naturally raised meat than any other company in the world.
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106. The largest sperm bank in the world does not accept donations from redheads because of ‘insufficient demand’.
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107. Only 11% of the world is left-handed.
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108. For one of the most popular cleaning tips ever, fill a spray bottle with white vinegar to clean chrome and stainless-steel fixtures.
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109. Worldwide social media revenue will reach $29B by 2015
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110. A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
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111. Pavarotti holds the world record for the most curtain calls: he bowed 165 times over the course of an hour.
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112. Big Ben holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower.
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113. The sparrow was imported to New York in 1850 to deal with an excess of treeworms
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114. Brain scans have shown that we do not experience the world continuously, but in rapid snapshots.
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115. Trust is the easiest thing in the world to lose, and the hardest thing in the world to get back.
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116. In Beijing, there was a traffic jam that lasted over 9 days.
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117. In 1941, there were only 11 democracies in the world.
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118. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
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119. Child soldiers participate in about three quarters of all the ongoing conflicts in the world.
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120. In the Second World War, British troops were issued with three sheets of toilet paper a day; American soldiers got 22.
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121. Chessington World of Adventures has banned animal-print onesies to stop the animals there getting confused.
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122. In the 1980s, the KGB had a propaganda campaign to convince the third-world that the CIA created the AIDS virus.
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123. About 1 million people have been infected with Zika, and the World Health Organization believes that number will eventually reach 4 million.
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124. There is a condition called Exploding Head Syndrome.
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125. A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talked to each other instead of talking about each other.
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126. There are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world every year!
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127. If the world was scaled down to 100 people, 48 would live on less than $2 per day.
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128. The world's fastest omelette cooker can make 427 omelets in 30 minutes.
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129. The world’s best-selling genre of literature is self-help books.
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130. According to a Pew survey, by 2050, just 13% of people in the world will say they are religiously unaffiliated.
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131. The world’s first GPS shoes are activated by clicking the heels three times.
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132. Uruguay is, by population, the smallest country to win a FIFA World Cup.
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133. The Tommy Gun was shipped out only two days before World War I ended.
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134. 205 new countries would exist if all the active separatist movements around the world succeeded.
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135. Hero Syndrome is the condition where a person will intentionally create a dangerous situation just so they can 'be a hero' and resolve it.
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136. 'Jurassic World' currently ranks as the third highest grossing film in history, taking in nearly $1.7 billion at the global box office.
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137. The most beer-drinking country in the world is the Czech Republic with a per capita beer consumption of almost 40 gallons a year.
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138. It has been estimated that there are only 250 sets of identical twins married to identical twins in the world.
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139. The first person to go over Niagara falls was Annie Edson-Taylor.
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140. If you can afford to eat 3 meals a day for 3 weeks straight, you are in the top 15% of the richest people in the world.
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141. The first Cannes Film Festival closed after only one night due to the outbreak of the Second World War.
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142. In the Second World War, Ribena was such an important source of vitamin C that two fake Ribena factories were built to confuse German bombers.
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143. Robert De Niro used to be part of a New York Street gang.
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144. One in five marriages in the world are between first cousins.
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145. Deliveries by pigeon post during the Second World War were 95% successful.
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146. During world War II, Uncle Ben's was the exclusive supplier of rice to the U.S. Armed Forces.
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147. are your arms Disney World because being in them is the happiest place on earth...
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148. During World War II, M
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149. One-third of girls in the developing world are married before the age of 18 – 1 in 9 are married before the age of 15.
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150. The UK is the first country in the world to allow the creation of babies from the DNA of three people.
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151. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, holds the Guinness World Record for most published author.
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152. Britons are the most lactose-tolerant people in the world.
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153. Five years before he won Wimbledon, Fred Perry was world table tennis champion.
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154. People in the Pokémon world eat Pokémon, since those are the only animals in that world.
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155. In the last 3,500 years, there have been only been about 230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.
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156. According the the New York Times, 17% of people regret getting a tattoo.
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157. There are at least 600 men in the world with two penises.
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158. When Columbus ‘discovered’ the New World, there were at least 50 million people living in the Americas.
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159. Being ignored by someone whose attention means the world to you is the worst feeling.
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160. There is a website that takes your photo and finds people around the world who look like you.
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161. Taylor Lautner was a junior world karate champion for several years running.
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162. In 2014, more people watched the League of Legends Championship than the World Series, NBA Finals, BCS Championship, or the Final Four.
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163. The first pyramids were built while the woolly mammoth was still alive.
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164. For one moment in time, you were the youngest person in the world.
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165. When I talk to you, the rest of the world disappears.
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166. Conservatives are more likely to be happier than liberals because they are less likely to recognize injustice in the world.
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167. Most of the world's people must walk at least 3 hours to fetch water.
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168. In 2012, the fifth-oldest tree in the world was burned down by a crystal-meth addict.
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169. The longest cave in the world is the 'Mammoth Cave System' in the USA at 560,000 mtrs deep.
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170. Hero Syndrome is the condition where a person will intentionally create a dangerous situation just so they can "be a hero" and resolve it.
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171. In the ancient world, the concept of race did not exist.
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172. Nearly 50% of the world?s scientists are assigned to military projects.
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173. In 2003, the Polynesian island of Niue created an all-island WiFi network, creating the first nationwide, free WiFi network in the world.
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174. After 9/11, only 18 people were pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center alive.
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175. Russia and Japan are still technically at war because both countries still haven't signed a peace treaty to end World War II.
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176. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
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177. North Koreans watched the FIFA 2014 World Cup on a 24-hour delay.
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178. The oldest living thing in the world is a type of Mediterranean seagrass that is up to 200,000 years old.
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179. Worldwide, nine Viagra tablets are dispensed every second.
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180. Osama - The best Hide-and-go-Seek player the World has ever seen.
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181. Don't depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.
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182. The oldest person in the world dies, on average, every 8 months.
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183. The Vietnam War cost the U.S. $2,204 per person; the Korean War, $2,266 per person; and World War II, $20,388 per person.
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184. The strongest animal in the world is the rhinoceros beetle. It can lift 850 times its own weight.
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185. All the ants in the world weigh about the same as all the people.
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186. 1 in 3 women worldwide have been abused by their panthers.
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187. In Beijing, among third children, almost three baby boys are born for every baby girl.
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188. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water.
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189. During the First World War, German and Russian troops agreed a ceasefire and joined forces to fend off attacks by wolves.
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190. Theres an app called fling like snapchat but send it to 50 random people in the world, pretty cool.
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191. To make them less conspicuous, white horses in the British army in the First World War were dyed brown with food colouring.
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192. Only 5 white rhinos are left in the world.
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193. There was a traffic jam in Beijing that lasted over 9 days
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194. Disney World is second only to the U.S. Military when it comes to purchasing explosives in the United States.
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195. Diego Maradona played in four World Cup tournaments for his country, Argentina.
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196. Of the Seven Wonders of the World, 3 fell due to earthquakes, 2 due to fires, 1 probably never existed, and only one stands today.
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197. The richest 85 people in the world have as much money as the poorest 3.5 billion.
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198. Your dreams can often be used to unlock subconscious feelings about the world and those around you.
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199. According to a study, liberals favor CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and The New York Times as news sources.
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200. The orangutan has the longest childhood dependence on the mother of any animal in the world.

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