The median age of the country of Niger is 14.8 years old. 50% of the population is under the age of 15.
2. Gunsmoke, the longest-running television series of the 20th century, was canceled so abruptly that CBS didn't even bother to tell the cast and crew. They read about it in trade publications the next day.
3. The Queen is above the law and cannot be charged civilly or criminally.
4. Politicians in ancient Rome kept slaves named "nomenclators", whose sole job was to remind their masters of the names and pertinent details of all the different people they met.
5. In 2003 an Ohio man was convicted of the murder of his family in California after an entomologist identified that some of the bugs caught in the radiator of his car were local to California, thus refuting the suspect's alibi.
Ken Osmond, Eddie Haskell from Leave It to Beaver movie, became a police officer for the LAPD and was shot three times while on a foot chase with a car thief. He was placed on disability and later retired after 18 years on the force.
7. “Killing Season” is a British medical term used to describe the time around August, when the newly qualified doctors join the National Health Service.
8. NOAA has had a 400 sq ft underwater research base for 30 years; long-term residents are called 'aquanauts'
9. Astronauts use liquid salt and pepper because the normal type would just float away and be a safety hazard.
10. OK Go wanted to distribute their album in the form of DNA and became the first band whose album was blocked by the FDA.
In Mississippi, punishable by jail time of not less than 30 days, it's illegal to have a second illegitimate child.
12. Sum 41's album, Chuck, was named after a peacekeeper that saved the band (by acting as a human shield) from mortar fire.
13. There is a program called Rigs-to-Reef that transforms old oil rigs into reefs, and that there are over 3800 oil rigs on the coasts of Texas and Louisiana.
14. Among other pranks, the pirate Benjamin Hornigold once captured a ship and its crew only to take their hats, telling them that they had gotten too drunk the night before and thrown them overboard.
15. Spain had a king named Charles II of Spain who was so malformed due to incest that he couldn't close his mouth and ended up destroying his entire dynasty.
Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American Oscar winner, was required to sit at a segregated table; her white agent, William Meiklejohn, sat at the same table. The hotel hosting the ceremony had a strict no-blacks policy but allowed McDaniel in as a favor.
17. Sword swallowing is not an illusion of any kind: the performer actually pushes the sword down their esophagus and into their stomach. 29 deaths resulting from sword swallowing have been reported since 1880.
18. In Polynesian mythology, Maui from "Moana" died when he was crushed to death inside of a toothed vagina after shapeshifting into a worm.
19. In the UK, a 2015 study found that among professed vegetarians, 39% admitted to having eaten a kebab while under the influence of alcohol.
20. Washing your hands with regular soap and water removes bacteria mechanically and is as effective as antibacterial soap.
21Dogs in Boulder
In Boulder, Colorado, dogs have "guardians" instead of "owners", the result of attempts to change rhetoric around pet relationships.
22. During the Prohibition era, the US Government made an exception for Whiskey to be sold through pharmacies. As a result, the Walgreens pharmacy chain grew from 20 retail stores to almost 400.
23. An Irish Antartic explorer Tom Crean along with Ernest Shackleton and two other men, sailed 1,500km in a lifeboat across the Drake Passage to save the lives of 22 men stranded on Elephant Island. It was known as one of the most extraordinary feats of seamanship and navigation in recorded history.
24. In August 2010, there was a traffic jam in China that was 100 kilometers long and lasted for ten days.
25. Boba Fett was almost Luke's uncle, but Lucas decided that'd be too "hokey."