Every year Mariah Carey earns £376,000 (approx $485,000 USD) in royalties from "All I want for Christmas"
2. Instead of an agent, Bill Murray uses a 1-800 number where you can leave a message for him if you want to cast him for a movie or event.
3. Billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty has a pay phone installed at his mansion for guests to use so that he would not be billed for their calls.
4. Cashew nuts are actually seeds and not nuts, but grow outside of the fruit which is called a cashew apple.
5. Agreeableness is the best personality indicator for sustaining a loving relationship.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years.
7. When IBM executives first met Bill Gates of Microsoft in 1980, he was so young-looking that they thought he was the office boy.
8. The drink called "Punch" has no relation to punching and instead comes from the Sanskrit for "Five", since it was made with five ingredients in India.
9. The selective admissions process at universities was originally designed during the early 20th century to discriminate against Jews.
10. In Pompeii around 2000 years ago, "Beware Of The Dog" mosaics were used near the entrances to houses, much like modern day signs serving the same purpose.
The 'National Enquirer' was the most reliable news source during the O. J. Simpson murder trial. According to a Harvard law professor who gave the media an overall failing grade, the 'Enquirer' was the only publication that thoroughly followed every rumor and talked to every witness.
12. Jellyfish live in every ocean and have survived five mass extinctions, for possibly 700 million years or more, despite most of them lacking specialized digestive, osmoregulatory, central nervous, respiratory, or circulatory systems.
13. AIDS denial in South Africa resulted in an epidemic that resulted in an estimated 300,000 deaths.
14. The Nazis during World War 2 formed a plan called 'Operation Bernhard' in which they were to crash England's economy by counterfeiting £132 million and dropping it over England by planes. This would be worth £8.3 billion today.
15. Long ago, people chewed on tree bark as a method of pain relief. Willow bark has a high amount of salicylic acid, an ingredient still used in aspirin today.
Asbestos was used as fake snow in early Hollywood in films such as, "The Wizard of Oz."
17. In feudal Japan lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.
18. In 2006, amateur German radio operators managed to receive radio signals from the Voyager 1 space probe, which at that time was 14.7 billion km away.
19. The first firecrackers originated when Chinese villagers burned green bamboo, which grows so fast that air pockets get trapped inside of it and explode with a loud bang when heated.
20. The fossa is a large carnivore and a top predator in Madagascar, but it isn't a cat. It is more closely related to the mongoose family. It's scientific name is derived from the fact that it has a concealed anus.
21Blood alcohol content
Out of eleven recorded cases of people who had blood alcohol content higher than 1%, five cases are from Poland.
22. The word “Barbarian” originally referred to people who didn’t speak Greek, because the Greeks thought people who spoke a foreign tongue sounded like they were saying “bar bar bar” all the time.
23. Airedale Terriers carried messages for soldiers during World War 1 and were very dedicated to their duties. One named 'Jack' ran through half a mile of enemy fire. He made it to headquarters with his jaw broken and one leg badly splintered and died just after delivering his message.
24. Comedian Mitch Hedberg never passed on a job, having been told “No” so often early in his career that he felt like if he didn’t say “Yes,” he might not be given the opportunity to perform again.
25. In 2004, the Beslan School Massacre took place in Russia where 1100 people were taken hostage by Muslim extremists. The extremists had a standoff with Russia for 3 days. It ended with 333 casualties.