1. Alfred Hitchcock created the horror masterpiece, Psycho, with the belief that people would see it as a comedy. “The content was, I felt, rather amusing and it was a big joke,” Hitchcock explained in tapes discovered in the BBC archives in 2014.
2. Execution by burning is prohibited in Islam
3. The Dalai Lama is almost a vegetarian. He alternates. While he advocates vegetarianism, if he is in the company of meat-eaters, he is happy to eat meat. The White House once offered him a vegetarian menu and he declined.
4. Corgis are stallions to fairies according to Welsh folklore.
5. If a Catholic priest reveals anything someone confessed to him for any reason at all, he is automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church and can only be forgiven by the Pope.
6. A chimpanzee figured out how to grab a peanut that was stuck in a fixed long tube by transferring water it collected in its mouth into the tube.
7. Laetiporus, a mushroom that grows in the wild tastes nearly same as chicken/fried chicken. It is also known as “fried chicken mushroom”.
8. The first pregnancy tests on record were in Ancient Egypt. Women would pee on a field of wheat and barley. If the wheat sprouted, it was going to be a girl. If the barley sprouted, it was going to be a boy. If neither sprouted, the woman wasn’t pregnant.
9. Some Catholics urged Pope Clement VII to ban coffee, calling it “devil’s beverage.” After tasting the beverage, the Pope is said to have remarked that the drink was “… so delicious that it would be a sin to let only misbelievers drink it.”
10. Bars in the Veltins-Arena, a major football ground in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, are interconnected by a 5 km long beer pipeline.
11. When a wasp stings you, it leaves a scent for other wasps to sting you as well.
12. A small lake in Africa killed 1,700 villagers and 3,500 livestock overnight when it suddenly released 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide, suffocating everything within 16 miles. Scientists still don’t know what triggered the event.
13. Liam Neeson was training to be a teacher until he punched a 15-year-old student in the face for pulling out a knife.
14. After the publication of 1984, George Orwell sent a copy to his high school French teacher, Aldous Huxley, who responded with a letter commending the book and contrasting it with his own Brave New World.
15. There was an experiment to teach dolphins English. A dolphin called Peter did actually learn a few words but actually fell in love with his teacher and also had sexual urges. Consequently, the experiment ended pronto but unfortunately the dolphin couldn’t cope and committed suicide.
16. In 1963, a 16-year-old sent a four-question survey to 150 well-known authors (75 of which replied) in order to prove to his English teacher that writers don’t intentionally add symbolic content to their books.
17. A third of all divorce filings of 2011 in the U.S. contained the word ‘Facebook.’
18. Einstein, as part of his divorce, offered his wife all the money he would get if he were to win the Nobel Prize. She accepted and years later he delivered on his promise when he won it.
19. Even when adjusted for inflation, the movie Titanic directed by James Cameroon cost more to make than the original Titanic ship.
20. During a 2014 concert, Kanye West halted the performance of “Good Life,” due to not the entire audience standing. The person he signaled out, was in a wheelchair.