Tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton contribute 50% to 85% of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.
27. The Torch Lake which is often compared to the Caribbean is located in Michigan and is one of the clearest lakes in the world.
28. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and can grow roughly 0.9 meters in a day if presented with the appropriate conditions.
29. Like Smallpox, Polio is on its way out with only 22 cases worldwide in 2017.
30. The idea for the Tenacious D song "Tribute" came about after Jack Black showed Kyle Gass the Metallica song "One" and claimed it was the best song in the world.
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Up to 1 billion birds are killed per year in collisions with buildings. It is the second greatest human-caused source of bird deaths (pet and feral cats kill more).
32. In 1997, a physics student demonstrating the Leidenfrost effect by holding liquid nitrogen in his mouth accidentally swallowed the substance, resulting in near-fatal injuries. This was the first case in the medical literature of liquid nitrogen ingestion.
33. In the "The Last of the Meheecans" episode of South Park, the couple that takes in Butters Scotch as an immigrant worker name him "Mantequilla", which means butter in Spanish.
34. One of the key differences between monkeys and apes is how they sleep. Monkeys sleep in an upright position and have a light sleep. Apes like to lie down and enter into a deep sleep. The deep sleep in apes is believed to have improved cognitive ability in them.
35. English pirate Blackbeard and his crew would lock themselves in the hold of the ship and light pots of sulfur to see who could last the longest without suffocating.
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche criticised antisemitism and German nationalism, believing in his final years he was "a pure-blooded Polish nobleman, without a single drop of bad blood, certainly not German". He claimed he and Germany were great thanks to "Polish blood in their veins" and wanted "all antisemites shot".
37. The BBC used the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony during World War 2 because it simulated the Morse Code "V" for Victory.