1. Albert Einstein was offered the role of Israel’s second President in 1952, but declined.
2. Karl Marx was once a correspondent for the New York Daily Tribune.
3. Kim Jong Il wrote six operas.
4. Ronald Reagan was a lifeguard during high school and saved 77 people’s lives.
5. England’s King George I, was actually German.
6. The Parliament of Iceland is the oldest still acting parliament in the world. It was established in 930.
7. The Anglo-Zanzibar war of 1896 is the shortest war on record lasting an exhausting 38 minutes.
8. A New Orleans man hired a pirate to rescue Napoleon from his prison on St. Helena.
9. In 1838, General Antonio López de Santa Anna (President of Mexico) had his leg amputated after his ankle was destroyed by canon-fire. He ordered a full military burial for it.
10. Arabic numerals (the ones used in English) were not invented by the Arabs at all – they were actually invented by Indian mathematicians.