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!
There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth.
41. Hands Dealt
Nintendo was originally a playing card company.
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.
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.
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.
There are more fake flamingos on Earth than there are real ones. Not a fact you want to tiptoe around.
36. Superiority Complex
There’s enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of water.
There are as many bacteria in your body as there are body cells. Hand sanitizer isn’t going to help you now.
The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days. The first twin was born three months premature. Better late than never.
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.
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.
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.
30. To The Left
Most Muppets are left handed, because the Muppeteers are right handed and use their right hand for the Muppets’ head.
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.
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.
Not all light travels at the speed of light. The slowest we’ve measured light travelling was 38 mph.
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.
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.
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.
The man said to have the longest beard died in 1567, after tripping on his beard while escaping from a fire.
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.
21. Gieth Out Of Town
The Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads. All the buildings are connected through canals and bridges.
20. Fizzle Out
Melting icebergs and glaciers make a distinct fizzing noise known as “bergy seltzer.”
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.
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.
The largest snowflake ever recorded was reportedly 15 inches across.
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.
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.
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.
Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830s. Medicine for what? Bland fries?
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.
Nicholas Cage once bought an octopus because he believed it would help his acting.
Steve Jobs would unwind by soaking his feet in the Apple company toilets.
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.
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.
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.
There is a town in Canada called “Dildo.” We’re not kidding, look it up.
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?
1% of all women can achieve full orgasm simply by stimulating their breasts. Remember, gentlemen, foreplay is important!
The declaration of independence was written on hemp paper. You could say that those who authored the document had high hopes for its success.
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.
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