100 Strange But True Facts That Will Shock You

100 Strange but True Facts that Will Shock You
Luke Ward
|10 mins read

What’s the weirdest fact you know of?

We bet it’s not as strange as any of these! You might think these facts sound totally false, but trust us, they’re totally true!

So, if you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, why not check out these 100 strange but true facts that will shock you!

Donkey Kong got his name because his creator believed “donkey” meant “stupid” in English and wanted to convey the impression that the character was a “Stupid Ape”.

More than 1/5 of all the calories consumed by humans worldwide is provided by rice alone.

People can suffer from a psychological disorder called Boanthropy that makes them believe that they are a cow. They try to live their life as a cow.

The name for the shape of Pringles is called a “Hyperbolic Paraboloid”.

There is a McDonald’s in every continent except Antarctica.

Mr Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on TV.

A duel between three people is actually called a truel.

The stage before frostbite is called “frostnip”.

The two tiny holes in every BIC pen is to ensure that the air pressure is the same both inside and outside the pen, which helps the ink flow to the tip.

In South Korea there is an emergency number (113) to report spies.

Japan is facing a ninja shortage. There is a high demand for “ninja shows,” but it is a dying tradition and companies have trouble time finding properly trained ninjas.

The process by which bread toasts is called the “Maillard Reaction”.

“Weird Al” Yankovic wrote “Albuquerque” to be as a joke specifically to “annoy people for 12 minutes.” It ended up becoming one of his most popular songs.

Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was not a man in a suit, it was actually a giant puppet.

Sonic the Hedgehog’s full name is actually Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog.

Even though Froot Loops are different colors, they all have exactly the same flavor.

The first roller coaster was used to transport coal down a hill. After people found that it could reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour, tourists asked to ride on it for a few cents.

Most toilet paper sold for home use in France is pink.

Marmite was one of most confiscated items at airports from the U.K. – to overcome this issue, Marmite made smaller ones for traveling.

Warner Bros cancelled “Home Alone” because they didn’t want to spend $14 million on it. 21st Century Fox continued the production, and the film grossed $476 million worldwide.

Cards against Humanity bought an island in Maine to preserve wildlife. It is called Hawaii 2.

In 1862, the King of Siam offered Abraham Lincoln many elephants on the grounds that a “Country as great as the United States should not be without elephants.” Lincoln politely declined.

The television was invented only two years after the invention of sliced bread.

Bullfrogs do not sleep.

The dark region on the north pole of Pluto’s moon, Charon, is called Mordor.

Eight of the ten largest statues in the world are of Buddhas.

In 2015, a silver coin with Superman on the heads side was made which is legal tender in Canada. There was only 350,000 produced.

It took the creator of the Rubik’s Cube, Erno Rubik, one month to solve the cube after he created it; as of June 2018 the world record is 4.22 seconds.

Japanese square watermelons are ornamental plants and are not edible.

Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.

Ketchup originated in China as a boiled-down brine of pickled fish and spices called “ke-chiap”.

In Morse Code -.- means k.

In 2005, a fortune cookie company called Wonton Food Inc. correctly foretold lottery numbers, resulting in 110 winners and an investigation. No fraud was involved.

Two PlayStation 1 games, FIFA 2001 and Gran Turismo 2, has scratch & sniff discs. The FIFA 2001 smelled like a soccer field, while Gran Turismo 2 smelled like car tires.

Mexico’s presidential palace is 14 times larger than the White House, and started allowing visitors for the first time in 2018.

Boeing uses potatoes to test their in-flight Wi-Fi, as they reflect and absorb the signals similarly to people. The project is called Synthetic Personnel Using Dialectic Substitution- or SPUDS.

In 2014, Sony made a cassette tape that can store 185TB of data!

The collars on men’s dress shirts used to be detachable. This was to save on laundry costs as the collar was the part that needed cleaning the most frequently.

There’s a flower that smells like chocolate! Native to Mexico, this dark red flower is not edible. It is called “cosmos atrosanguineus” or “chocolate cosmos.”

In 2014, a missing woman on a vacation in Iceland was found when it was discovered that she was in the search party looking for herself.

If you sneeze while traveling at 60 mph your eyes are closed for an average of 50 feet.

Your tonsils can grow back if there was tissue left behind during the removal process. Sometimes it’s accidental, other times it’s left on purpose.

Alligators will give manatees the right of way if they are swimming near each other.

Crystal – the monkey from The Hangover 2 and Night at the Museum has her own IMDB page!

Although the TV show “Friends” is based around life in New York City, the entire show was filmed in California.

Magpies are considered one of the most intelligent animals in the world, and the only non-mammal species able to recognize itself in a mirror test.

Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, Trivago, Travelocity, and Orbitz are all owned by the same company, Expedia Inc.

The world record for the longest human chain (holding hands) is 652.4 miles and it consisted of 5 million people in Bangladesh as part of a campaign.

Baked beans are actually not baked, but stewed.

Rowan Atkinson – also known as Mr. Bean – is the voice of Zazu in The Lion King.

The most popular item at Walmart is bananas. They sell more bananas than any other single item they have in stock.

Sunsets on Mars are blue.

“lbs” comes form the Latin word “libra” which means “pound”.

The small indents in the bottom of frozen pizzas are there to prevent air bubbles forming inside the dough.

The term “footage” comes from films being measured in feet, when being edited in the early days of film making.

In 2005, Mark Zuckerberg unsuccessfully tried to sell Facebook for $75 million. Back then it was called TheFacebook.

There is an opposite of albino animals, which aren’t white, but black. These are known as Melanistic animals.

In 2016, a student left a pineapple in an art museum in Scotland. Two days later, it had been placed in a glass case as part of an exhibition.

The first film with a $100 million budget was True Lies, which was made in 1994.

“Digging a hole to China” is theoretically possible if you start in Argentina.

Researchers found fossils of a “Mega Penguin” that stood over 6 feet tall and weighed in at over 250 pounds.

Strawberries can also be white or yellow, and some can even taste like pineapples!

The term “brah” is Hawaiian pidgin, short for brahdah (brother), and was popularized by surf culture.

As of 1998, over 50% of Iceland’s population believed in the existence of elves.

The Boston Marathon didn’t allow female runners until 1972.

When watermelons are grilled or baked, they lose their granular texture and can even be used as meat substitute, a “watermelon steak”.

Nebraska’s official state slogan is “Nebraska: Honestly, it’s not for everyone”.

Some cat breeds (called “puppy cats”) are bred specifically to exhibit dog-like behavior.

In October 2015, United Airlines made a man with Cerebral Palsy crawl off one of its flights. The flight attendants just watched as he struggled.

“Bluetooth” technology was named after a 10th Century king, King Harald Bluetooth. He united Denmark and Norway – just like the wireless technology united computers and cell phones.

All dogs are banned from Antarctica since April 1994. This ban was made because of concern that dogs might spread diseases to seals.

There’s a sport called “squirrel fishing” in which participants try to catch squirrels and lift them into the air by using a nut on a fishing pole.

In Slovakia they have Christmas Carp that live in the family bathtub for a few days before they are eaten.

Banks have therapists known as “wealth psychologist” who help ultra-rich clients, who are unable to mentally cope with their immense wealth.

In 1999 hackers revealed a security flaw in Hotmail that permitted anybody to log into any Hotmail account using the password “eh”. At the time it was called “the most widespread security incident in the history of the web”.

A small population of Mammoths survived on the Wrangel Island until 1650 BC, about 900 years after the construction of The Great Pyramid of Giza were completed.

The office Treasurer of the United States has been held by women since 1949.

The Flintstones was the most profitable network cartoon franchise for 30 years, that’s before The Simpsons came along.

The University of Minnesota is older than Minnesota the state itself!

Tickling has been divided into two types. Knismesis refers to “light feather-like” tickling and gargalesis refers to “harder laughter-inducing” tickling.

As of 2019, the site MySpace still gets 8 million visitors per month!

C-3PO and R2-D2 had their own 1985 single season 13 episode spin-off TV series called Star Wars: Droids. The season shown the adventures of R2-D2 & C-3P0 before they joined Luke Skywalker.

People don’t sneeze in their sleep due to their brain shutting down the reflex.

Your nose is always visible to you. Your mind ignores it through a process called Unconscious Selective Attention.

Sudan has more pyramids than any country with 255. They outnumber Egyptian pyramids by twice the amount.

The word “Jurassic,” which we so often associate with dinosaurs, comes from the Celtic word for “forest”.

The brain is our fattiest organ, being composed of nearly 60% fat.

Guy Fawkes is the reason guys are called “guys”.

February used to be the last month of the year, which is why it has the shortest number of days.

Lego toys are a better investment than stocks, bonds, or gold.

A Canadian company started selling fresh air in a can as a joke, then Chinese consumers made it real paying up to $20 a can.

In September 2007, a guy named Kevin Shelley broke 46 wooden toilet seats with his head in one minute to create a world record.

College of the Ozarks doesn’t charge tuition. Instead, students work on campus at least 15 hours a week, and have two 40-hour work weeks.

The Japanese have a work philosophy called “kaizen,” where people constantly seek to find ways to improve methods instead of just doing it the same way.

For every child born in Wales since April 2014, the Welsh Government have donated a fruit tree to Ugandan families, to celebrate the birth or adoption of every child.

Restaurants can sing “Happy Birthday” now because the copyrights claims are invalid. Judge George H. King ruled that a copyright filed in 1935, granted only the rights to specific piano arrangements of the music, not the song itself.

Tyromancy is the practice of predicting the future with cheese.

Shoe shops used X-Ray machines to measure shoe sizes in the 1940’s before the risks of X-Rays were fully understood.

Iguanas have three eyes. Two normal eyes and a third eye on top of their head that only perceives brightness.

Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) in London is leaning over so much it can now be seen with the naked eye. In 4,000 years it will be at the same angle as the tower in Pisa is now.

You’ve reached the end of these 100 strange but true facts – did you learn something new? If you need more weird facts, check out this list of 1000 random facts!

Your nose is always visible to you, but your brain ignores it through a process called Unconscious Selective Attention.