5. Barcelona is home to hundreds of playgrounds for seniors. The spaces are meant to promote fitness and combat loneliness in elderly citizens.
6. In Switzerland, it’s illegal to own only one guinea pig.
7. After leaving office, Ronald Reagan was offered the role of Hill Valley’s mayor in Back to the Future III.
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8. Foreign Accent Syndrome is a rare side effect of brain trauma. Patients speak their native language in a foreign accent.
9. Queen Elizabeth II has had over 30 corgis in her lifetime.
10. Relative to their bodies, Chihuahuas have the biggest brain in the dog world.
11. The “mystery” flavor of Dum Dums is a combination of the end of one batch of candy and the beginning of another.
12. A banana is a berry.
13. In 1971, a Dallas man named Mariano Martinez invented the frozen margarita machine. The 26-year-old was inspired by the Slurpee machine at 7-Eleven.
14. In 2016, a rogue bloodhound named Ludvine joined a half-marathon in Alabama. She ran the entire 13.1 miles and finished in 7th place.
15. The Library of Congress regularly receives requests for books that don’t exist. The most common is the President’s Book of Secrets, from the 2007 movie, National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
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16. In 2014, Tinder made its first match on the continent of Antarctica. Not surprisingly, both parties involved were research scientists.
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17. When times get tough, elephants will comfort each other by stroking loved ones with their trunks and emitting small chirps.
18. A double rainbow occurs when sunlight is reflected twice inside a raindrop. If you look closely, you can see that the colors of the secondary rainbow appear in reverse order.
19. There’s a Nikola Tesla statue in Palo Alto that provides free Wi-Fi.
20. The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships are held in Finland. One winner (not pictured) said he prepared for the event by “mainly drinking.”
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21. In the ’50s, Marilyn Monroe promised nightclub owner Charlie Morrison she’d be in the front row every night if he booked Ella Fitzgerald. He agreed, and she was true to her word. “After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again,” Fitzgerald said. “She was an unusual woman—a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”
22. Frank Sinatra has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for film, one for music, and one for television.
23. One April day in 1930, the BBC reported, “There is no news.” Instead they played piano music.
24. Continental plates drift as fast as fingernails grow.
25. Elvis Presley’s manager sold “I Hate Elvis” badges as a way to make money off of people who weren’t buying his merchandise.
26. LEGO has a temperature-controlled underground vault in Denmark with nearly every set they’ve ever made.
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27. A reindeer’s eyes change color through the seasons. They’re gold during the summer and blue in the winter.
28. An avocado never ripens on the tree, so farmers can use trees as storage and keep avocados fresh for up to seven months.
29. At the Humane Society of Missouri, kid volunteers comfort anxious shelter dogs by reading to them.
30. In The Empire Strikes Back, an extra can be seen running with what appears to be an ice cream maker. The character became legendary among fans, and was eventually given a name (Willrow Hood) and a backstory.
31. Salvador Dali avoided paying restaurant tabs by using checks. He would draw on the back as the waiter watched, knowing no one would ever cash the art.
32. China owns all of the pandas in the world. They rent them out for about $1 million a year.
33. In season two of The Joy of Painting, Bob Ross created a monochromatic landscape for a viewer who was worried that his color blindness would prevent him from being able to paint.
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