1) In his first year of college at age 17, Edgar Allen Poe gambled away all of his scholarship aid, and often showed up in class drunk-even during examinations. In spite of his slovenly behavior, Edgar had the highest
grades in his class.
2) In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness. Therefore most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.
3) WD-40 stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt. That’s how many tries it took Norm Larsen, a chemist, to concoct a formula that would prevent corrosion by displacing water.
4) More than a third of the time, Icelanders don’t show up for work, which could account for why research also shows that Iceland is the world’s happiest nation.
5) Uma Thurman’s father was the first American to be ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk.
6) The prized Himalayan Gogi Berry contains, weight for weight, more iron than steak, more beta carotene than carrots, and more vitamin C than oranges.
7) By some unknown means, an iguana can end its own life.
8) Coco Chanel inadvertently started the trend for sun-tans in 1923 when she got accidentally burnt on a cruise, thus aiding America in developing much higher rates of sun cancer.
9) The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions, tsk, tsk.
10) The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.