1. Hugh Jackman walked around the show floor of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con dressed as Wolverine, who he plays in the ‘X-Men’ film series, yet was almost completely unrecognized. One member of the crowd even complained that he was too tall to cosplay the character.
2. The NBA will no longer be testing for marijuana use in the off season.
3. During WW2, German scientists researched the possibility of putting a mirror into space to scorch cities. They figured it would take about 50 to 100 years to complete this “Sun Gun”.
4. The Aztecs regarded childbirth as a form of battle. Women who died during childbirth were thought to rise to one of the highest heavens, the same one as for male warriors who died in battle.
5. The movie industry is based in Hollywood because movie makers were trying to get away from Thomas Edison (based in New Jersey). He had patents covering virtually all of the movie making process, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California was known to rule against patent claims.
6. Gold can actually grow on trees. Deep root growth can “strike gold” and absorb it through a bio-chemical process and in turn deposit the mineral into the tree’s bark and leaves.
7. Dormice were considered a delicacy in Ancient Rome and still are in parts of Croatia.
8. For decades, the lead industry successfully blamed parents (specifically minorities) for child lead poisoning.
9. If you are a worker in Norway and you become unemployed, you will receive 87.6% of your previous salaries for 500 days.
10. The Roman Pantheon, built in 118 AD, is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world.
11. In the Philippines, there is an island called Luzon. On this island there’s a lake called Taal Lake. In this lake is an island called Volcano Island. On this island is a lake called Main Crater Lake. In this lake there’s an island called Volcano Point.
12. In 1961, Fidel Castro closed Cuban schools for a whole year and formed teachers into a “literacy army” with the goal to eradicate illiteracy. By the end of the year, 707,212 previously illiterate people had learned how to read.
13. South Korea went from a 22% literacy rate in 1945, to an 87% literacy rate in 1970.
14. In India, inmates take yoga to reduce their jail sentences and very few have resorted to crime after their release.
15. People in Oregon take yoga classes with goats; it is so popular that these classes have roughly 900 people on a waiting list.
16. After 1250 gallons of mayonnaise went bad at Michigan State University last year, the school’s Sustainability Officer used an anaerobic digester to turn it into energy and power part of the campus.
17. An underachieving junior from Princeton University successfully designed a nuclear bomb for a term paper in 1977. He got an A on the paper, but the FBI took it and classified it.
18. By using astronomy, we have guessed the date that Odysseus took back the throne of Ithaca as described in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’: April 16th, 1178 B.C.
19. There is an extensive Wikipedia article on what astronomy is like from a Martian POV.