- Germany had highest numbers of asylum requests in 2015
2) Lighting hasn’t brought down a plane since 1963, due to careful engineering that lets the electric charge of a lightning bolt run through the plane and out of it
3) For many Icelanders, WW2 is actually known a “the blessed war” because the country has the war to thank for its independence
4) When Steve Jobs was at his deathbed, he asked for five different oxygen masks so that he could choose the one with the best design.
5) If you want to learn about monsters and ghouls in real life, you can get a PhD in Parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh.
6) In 1916, there was a proposed Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would put all acts of war to a national vote. Anyone voting “yes” would have to register as a volunteer for service in the army.
7) An IKEA in the Netherlands had to cancel their 1 euro breakfast special because it attracted too many customers and caused traffic jams on the highway.
8) After just under a year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly’s gene expression changed significantly and it’s different to his identical twin brother’s DNA.
9) Amazon’s largest warehouse is the size of 17 American football fields.
10) When you first meet people it is common to forget their names – a phenomenon called the ‘next-in-line’ effect. This is because people are too worried about themselves, and what they’ll say next, to focus on remembering the names of people they’re introduced to.