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Thanks to the internet and the age of statistics, we now know more on every subject than ever before. Some of this information is less useful than others.

Here are 42 awesome (although not all that useful) facts about random stuff!


42. Astronomical

There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth.

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41. Hands Dealt

Nintendo was originally a playing card company.

Nintendo Characters - Facts About

40. Time Capsule

Ten percent of all the photos ever taken were taken in the past 12 months. We know, we have a hard time picturing it too.

Selfies - Facts About

39. Made Up Names

Shakespeare created the name “Jessica” for his play The Merchant Of Venice. In fact, over Shakespeare created over 1700 words, most of which are not names.

William Shakespeare - Facts About

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38. Connect Four

Armadillos always give birth to genetically identical quadruplets (which means they’re all the same sex). No one’s really sure why they do this.

Armadillo - Facts About

37. Plastic

There are more fake flamingos on Earth than there are real ones. Not a fact you want to tiptoe around.

Flamingos - Facts About

36. Superiority Complex

There’s enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of water.

Lake Superior - Facts About
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35. Cells

There are as many bacteria in your body as there are body cells. Hand sanitizer isn’t going to help you now.

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34. Twinning

The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days. The first twin was born three months premature. Better late than never.

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33. That’s Deep

The world’s deepest postbox is just off the coast of Susami Bay in Japan. It is 10 metres under water, and is used by divers to send waterproof postcards to their friends and family. A clerk checks the mailbox regularly to ensure all the postcards get to their destination. Sounds fishy to us.

Sunami Bay Post Box - Facts About

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32. Horsin’ Around

In 1923 jockey Frank Hayes won a race in New York despite being dead. He suffered a heart attack mid race, but he stayed on his horse long enough for his horse to finish the race.

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31. Tastes Like Lies

Everyone has a unique tongue print, much like fingerprints. Just don’t try to offer up your tongue print to authorities when they request fingerprints. And don’t lick the gun.

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30. To The Left

Most Muppets are left handed, because the Muppeteers are right handed and use their right hand for the Muppets’ head.

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29. Kangahooha

Female kangaroos have three vaginas. In fact, all marsupials share this three vagina structure. The two side vaginas take sperm up to the uteri (yes, they have 2; yes, the plural of uterus is uteri), and the middle one sends the baby joeys out into the world. We’re speechless too.

Kangaroo - Facts About
Sources: 1, 2, 3

28. Minty Burn

It costs the U.S. Mint nearly double the coin’s value to mint the penny and the nickel. In 2013, US taxpayers spent nearly $100 million to mint pennies and nickels. Maybe it’s time for some change.

penny - Facts About

27. Slowly

Not all light travels at the speed of light. The slowest we’ve measured light travelling was 38 mph.

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26. Cheesy

Casu Marzu is a Sardinian cheese that has live maggots in it. The cheese is eaten with the maggots still in it, and eaters often shield their eyes as the maggots can launch themselves up to five inches when they feel threatened. The cheese is considered unsafe to eat if the maggots have died. No cheese for us, thank you, we’re lactose intolerant.

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25. Visualize It

The northern Leopard Frog uses its eyes to help swallow its prey. It retracts its eyes into its body, helping push food down into its belly.

Northern Leopard Frog - Facts about

24. Splash Zone

The first person to urinate on the moon was Buzz Aldrin, shortly after stepping onto the lunar surface. Don’t worry, he did it in his high tech suit that was equipped for just a thing occur.

US Astronaut Buzz Aldrin - Facts About

23. Beardylocks

The man said to have the longest beard died in 1567, after tripping on his beard while escaping from a fire.

Guru Gobind Jayant - Longest Beard - Facts About

Guru Gobind Jayant, the man who currently has longest beard in the world, according to the Guiness World Book of Records.

22. Heads Up

Sigurd The Mighty was a ninth century Norse earl who was killed by a man he beheaded several hours earlier. He attached his enemy’s head on his saddle, and while riding, the decapitated head’s teeth grazed Sigurd’s leg. He died from the infection that it caused.

Sigurd the Mighty - Facts About
Sources: 1, 2, 3

21. Gieth Out Of Town

The Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads. All the buildings are connected through canals and bridges.

Giethoorn - Facts About

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20. Fizzle Out

Melting icebergs and glaciers make a distinct fizzing noise known as “bergy seltzer.”

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19. Bloody Falls

There is a glacier called “Blood Falls” because it regularly pours out red liquid that resembles blood. It’s actually just oxidized water.

Blood Falls - Facts About

18. Lost In Translation

There is an opera house on the US-Canada border. The stage is in Canada, while the audience is in the US, making every artist that performs there an international one.

Haskell Free Library and Opera House- Facts About

Haskell Free Library and Opera House.

17. Flake

The largest snowflake ever recorded was reportedly 15 inches across.

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16. Catastrophic

The “Cat Piano” was made in the 17th century and consisted of a what looked like a piano with several caged cats at the back end. Each key would drive a nail into the tails of the cats, causing them to meow at different pitches. This idea was far from purrfect, and didn’t survive the test of time.

Cat Piano - Facts About

15. Cap’n Who?

Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch. All of a sudden, Crunch is not the weirdest part of his name anymore.

Cap'n Crunch - Facts About
Sources: 1, 2, 3

14. Potty Training

Nearly 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets every year. We’d make a joke, but this is no time for toilet humour.

Iron Toilet - Facts About

13. Catchup

Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830s. Medicine for what? Bland fries?

Ketchup - Facts About

12. Double Crossed

Sean Connery wore a toupee in all his James Bond films. One more reason to split hairs about who the best Bond is.

Sean Connery - Facts About

11. Actopus

Nicholas Cage once bought an octopus because he believed it would help his acting.

Octopus Meme - Facts About

10. Hydrotherapy

Steve Jobs would unwind by soaking his feet in the Apple company toilets.

Steve Jobs - Facts About

9. Prip

Fredric Baur invented the iconic Pringles can. When he died, his ashes were buried in one. Sometimes the chips have a way of falling in all the right places.

Pringles - Facts About

8. Cookie Monster

The average person will likely eat over 35,000 cookies in their lifetime. Just make sure you don’t do it all in one sitting.

Cookies - Facts About
Sources: 1, 2, 3

7. Baby Shower

There is enough sperm in one man to impregnate every woman in America. Baby boomer would take on a whole new meaning if that were to happen.

Sperm - Facts About

6. Obscene

There is a town in Canada called “Dildo.” We’re not kidding, look it up.

Dildo Canada - Facts About

5. Open Up

It is physically possible to sneeze with your eyes open, and your eyeballs won’t “pop out,” as has been suggested on many playgrounds. Odds are that you can’t test this right now though, even if you wanted to. The body does have an automatic blink response that occurs whenever most people sneeze, which helps protect the eyeballs from germs.

4. Chimp Support

Human birth control pills work on Gorillas because our DNA is so genetically similar. What we want to know is… who figured this out?

Gorilla - Facts About

3. 1%

1% of all women can achieve full orgasm simply by stimulating their breasts. Remember, gentlemen, foreplay is important!

Woman Secret - Facts About

2. 420

The declaration of independence was written on hemp paper. You could say that those who authored the document had high hopes for its success.

Declaration of Independence - Facts About

1. Regal

All Swans in England are the property of the Queen. Remember that next time you’re across the pond and thinking of sneaking up on a swan.

Swans - Facts About

For the real factaholics, here are some awesome bonus facts:

 

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