1. While filming "The Wizard of Oz," 16-year-old Judy Garland was put on a diet of chicken soup, coffee, and 80 cigarettes a day.
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  2. A report found that the free weights at the gym have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.
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  3. When you first meet people it is common to forget their names - a phenomenon called the ‘next-in-line' effect. This is because people are too worried about themselves, and what they'll say next, to focus on remembering the names of people they're introduced to.
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  4. Until 1948, 7-Up contained "lithium citrate", a mood stabilizer used to treat bipolar disorder.
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  5. Actor Frankie Muniz suffers from long term memory loss and doesn't remember being on Malcolm in the Middle.
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  6. Pirates probably didn't wear eyepatches because of a missing eye; it's much more likely that they were keeping one eye ready to see in darkness, so that they could adjust quickly when going below deck.
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  7. In the late Middle Ages, books were so valuable that libraries would chain them to the bookcase. This was widely practiced until the 18th century.
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  8. The first woman to cycle round the world learnt to ride a bike a few days before she set off.
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  9. 37% of Brits believe their jobs are meaningless and do not contribute to the world.
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  10. The Museum of Bread Culture in Ulm, Germany, has a collection of over 18,000 objects, none of which is bread.
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  11. When Czechoslovakia split, it split not only the country, but also the national anthem,
    which had verses both in Czeck and Slovak language.
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  12. Three of the four members of Metallica divorced their wives during the recording of The Black Album due to its troubled production.
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  13. A cyberchondriac is someone who scours the Internet looking for details of their illnesses.
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  14. Cologne was originally produced as protection against the plague. It was widely believed that bad-smelling air spread the disease.
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  15. A study using MRI scans showed that the brains of people who exercise moderately look 10 years younger than those who don't.
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  16. Installed in 1410, the world's oldest astronomical clock still in operation is in Prague.
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  17. 90% of Korea's shamans are women.
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  18. The world's most expensive perfume is Clive Christian No 1 Passant Guardant. It costs $143,000 for 30ml and comes in a flask studded with 2,000 diamonds.
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  19. Scientists at the University of Alberta spent seven years working out that human urine contains 3,079 different chemical compounds.
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  20. Studies have suggested that losses are, psychologically, twice as powerful as gains. So winning $100 feels as good to us as losing $50 feels bad.
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  21. 80% of mass shooters showed no interest in violent video games, a researcher found.
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  22. Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State, because one of them couldn't get into medical school and the other couldn't sell enough pottery.
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  23. Research has shown that dogs actually like the silly, high-pitched voice their owners use to talk to them.
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  24. Dostoevsky wrote The Gambler to pay off his gambling debts.
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  25. During the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to set aside their differences if the world was ever invaded by aliens.
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  26. Sweden has a ski-through McDonald's
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  27. The film Jaws is based on a Peter Benchley novel. When he couldn't think of a title, his father suggested 'What's That Noshin' On Ma Leg'.
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  28. Mantis shrimps' eyes are more evolved than those of humans: they have four times as many colour receptors and can see UV, visible and polarised light.
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  29. 1 in 3 children can use a tablet before they can speak, a survey found.
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  30. 66%
    of Millennials in the U.S. have no money saved for retirement.
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