Some people travel to gain a better understanding of the world, but you don't necessarily have to go anywhere if it's knowledge you're after. All you need to do is to be more open, observant, and well read.
Inhale news, books, and engage in conversation, especially with people who are different from you, whenever possible. You'll discover that the world — which includes you and your immediate surroundings — are far more interesting than you might think.
Below, you'll find a variety of bizarre facts about history, pop culture, science, and so much more. Find out what you have to do in order to apply as the next presidential candidate, who rapper Jay Z shot when he was only 12, according to a personal confession, and a grittier alternative to tasseography, or tea leaf reading.
#1. We know that pearls can be formed in oysters, but how? These precious spheres are actually formed as a defense mechanism against foreign objects.
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#2. "Hydroxyzine" is the only word in the English language that uses X, Y, and Z in consecutive order.
#3. In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was shot by an unemployed saloonkeeper during a campaign stop, but the former president insisted on delivering his speech as scheduled.
#4. Over 9,000 FedEx trucks were used for the sole purpose of delivering "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" for its release on July 8, 2000.
#5. Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, was remembered for his extravagance. He had one coat with 123 diamond buttons.