1King Louis IX
King Louis IX, who died in 1270, is the only French monarch venerated as a saint. He invited beggars to eat with him at his table daily and replaced trial by combat with evidence-based trials.
2. Grateful Dead played the final concert at the iconic Winterland venue in San Francisco on New Years Eve 1978 which lasted over 8 hours. The guests were treated to a hot buffet breakfast at dawn when the show ended.
3. California generates so much solar energy that it has to pay other states to take the excess so that their power lines don't overload.
4. Most people who can touch-type greater than 70 words per minute with greater than 90% accuracy, also can't correctly recite from memory the layout of their keyboard.
5. The median age of people who watch cable news is more than 60 years old.
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In France, it is illegal for restaurants to offer unlimited free refills of sugary drinks.
7. The official manner of address for the President of the United States could have been "Highness" or "Majesty", if not for George Washington consenting that the final title be simply "Mr. President."
8. During a UK tour in 2011, Drake spent an ‘‘obscene amount of money’’ on first editions of children’s classic books ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and ‘Winnie the Pooh’.
9. Jay-Z released "Glory" on January 9, 2012, a song dedicated to his first child, Blue Ivy Carter. Because Blue's cries were included at the end of the song and she was officially credited on the song as "B.I.C", at two days old she became the youngest person ever to appear on a Billboard chart.
10. Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on the planet, capable of reaching speeds around 200 mph.
During the industrial revolution, some children in U.K. were so poor that their schools had to lend them shoes and stamp them with a warning not to pawn them off for money or food.
12. Singer-songwriter Tori Amos received a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University at the age of 5. She is the youngest person ever to have been admitted. At the age of 11, she was expelled for what Rolling Stone described as "musical insubordination."
13. With an average of 7 children per family, the Amish are among the fastest-growing populations in the world.
14. Between 1907 and 1922, American-born women who married non-citizens automatically lost American citizenship. In 1917, hundreds of American women who had married German men were forced to register with the government as 'enemy aliens.'
15. Amethyst was considered one of the five most precious gemstones, alongside diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald. When large deposits were found in Brazil, the value of amethyst plummeted, and today it is considered only semiprecious.
The Babylonians actually discovered Trigonometry about 1,500 years before the Greeks. Not only were their tables more accurate because of their base-60 numerical system (which made thirds more accurate), but their approach using ratios is something relatively novel to us even today.
17. In 2015, it was announced that Alexander Hamilton would be replaced on the $10 bill by the portrait of an as yet undecided woman, starting in 2020. However, due to the surging popularity of Hamilton, a hit Broadway musical based on Hamilton's life, in 2016 this decision was reversed and Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill, and instead a woman will appear on the $20 bill.
18. Kidney transplants do not replace the old diseased kidneys but instead adds 1 or more kidneys in the lower abdomen of the body.
19. In 2012, a tourist in Iceland was arrested for running naked around the Prime Minister’s office. He explained that he had been tricked by some Icelandic girls who told him that it was tradition to run around naked on the Prime Minister's lawn.
20. The most powerful radio station ever built was so strong that locals could hear the radio in pipes, bedsprings, and pots and pans. It was located in Ohio and its broadcast covered the eastern half of the United States.
21Prehistoric rock art
Prehistoric rock art in the Saharan desert indicates that there were ancient hallucinogenic mushroom cults as far back as 9,000 years ago. The mushrooms were used in rituals of a mystical-religious nature, with drawings of Gods draped with the venerated mushrooms appearing repeatedly.
22. Peter Jackson has a secret passage in his house that leads to an underground reconstruction of Bag End.
23. In the late Middle Ages, a man accused of murder fought the victim's dog in a trial by combat. As the dog's jaws were around his throat, he confessed and was hanged.
24. Chinese dumplings are called "Peking ravioli" in the Boston area because when Joyce Chen opened her Chinese restaurant in Cambridge she thought it would sound more appealing to the large Italian population in the area.
25. Prior to 1963, it was not uncommon for students in the United States to be required to read from The Bible as part of their elementary education. A lawsuit that went all the way to the Supreme Court, ended the practice that year.