1000 Random & Interesting Facts About Literally Everything

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In 2018, The Fact Site celebrated its 10th birthday by publishing this list of 1,000 interesting facts.

That’s right, you didn’t misread; here we have one thousand random and interesting facts about literally everything you could think of!

Here at The Fact Site, we’re celebrating our 10th birthday, and we wanted to celebrate hugely!

So we’ve spent months researching the biggest & best list of interesting, random facts, all for you – for free!

One thousand may seem like a lot – that’s because it is! If you don’t have time to read them all now, bookmark us and visit whenever you like!

Before you start, here’s a quick video with our 5 favorite interesting facts from this list!

Anyway, let’s get started with these 1000 facts!

The scientific term for brain freeze is “sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.”

Canadians say “sorry” so much that a law was passed in 2009 declaring that an apology can’t be used as evidence of admission to guilt.

Back when dinosaurs existed, there used to be volcanoes that were erupting on the moon.

The only letter that doesn’t appear on the periodic table is J.

One habit of intelligent humans is being easily annoyed by people around them, but saying nothing in order to avoid a meaningless argument.

If a Polar Bear and a Grizzly Bear mate, their offspring is called a “Pizzy Bear.”

In 2006, a Coca-Cola employee offered to sell Coca-Cola secrets to Pepsi. Pepsi responded by notifying Coca-Cola.

There were two AI chatbots created by Facebook to talk to each other, but they were shut down after they started communicating in a language they made for themselves.

Nintendo trademarked the phrase “It’s on like Donkey Kong” in 2010.

Daniel Radcliffe was allergic to his Harry Potter glasses.

Harry Potter wearing his glasses

He had an allergy to nickel, and they were quickly replaced with hypoallergenic specs.

Also, did you know that his glasses had no lenses? This was to stop the reflection from anything happening behind the scenes. The glass lens was added in post-production.

The famous line in Titanic from Leonardo DiCaprio, “I’m king of the world!” was improvised.

A single strand of Spaghetti is called a “Spaghetto.”

Hershey’s Kisses are named after the kissing sound the deposited chocolate makes as it falls from the machine on the conveyor belt.

Princess Peach didn’t move until 1988, designers believed it was too complicated to make her a movable character.

To leave a party without telling anyone is called in English a “French Exit.” In French, it’s called a “partir à l’anglaise,” to leave like the English.

If you cut down a cactus in Arizona, you’ll be penalized for up to 25 years in jail. It is similar to cutting down a protected tree species.

The Buddha commonly depicted in statues and pictures is a different person entirely. The real Buddha was actually incredibly skinny because of self-deprivation.

In Colorado, USA, there is still an active volcano. It last erupted about the same time as the pyramids were being built in Egypt.

The first movie ever to put out a motion-picture soundtrack was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

If you point your car keys to your head, it increases the remote’s signal range.

If you point your car keys to your head, it increases the remote's signal range.

This works by using your brain to act as a radio transmitter.

Fruit stickers are edible, though the same as any fruit; washing prior to eating is recommended. The glue used for them is regulated by the FDA.

The scientific name for Giant Anteater is Myrmecophaga Tridactyla. This means “ant eating with three fingers.”

Astronaut is a compound word derived from the two Ancient Greek words “Astro,” meaning “star,” and “naut” meaning “sailor.” So astronaut literally means “star sailor.”

The flashes of colored light you see when you rub your eyes are called “phosphenes.”

At birth, a baby panda is smaller than a mouse.

Iceland does not have a railway system.

The largest known prime number has 17,425,170 digits. The new prime number is 2 multiplied by itself 57,885,161 times, minus 1.

Forrest Fenn, an art dealer, and author hid a treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains worth over 1 million dollars. It still has not been found.

The lead singer of The Offspring started attending school to achieve a doctorate in molecular biology while still in the band. He graduated in May 2017.

The world’s largest grand piano was built by a 15-year-old in New Zealand.

The world’s largest grand piano was built by a 15-year-old in New Zealand.

The piano is a little over 18 feet long and has 85 keys – 3 short of the standard 88.

The tongue is the only muscle in one’s body that is attached from one end.

There is a company in Japan that has schools that teach you how to be funny. The first one opened in 1982. About 1,000 students take the course each year.

The Lego Group is the world’s most powerful brand. There are more Lego Minifigures than there are people on Earth.

The Bagheera kiplingi spider was discovered in the 1800s and is the only species of spider that has been classified as vegetarian.

There is a boss in Metal Gear Solid 3 that can be defeated by not playing the game for a week; or by changing the date.

The Roman – Persian wars are the longest in history, lasting over 680 years. They began in 54 BC and ended in 628 AD.

Elvis was originally blonde. He started coloring his hair black for an edgier look. Sometimes, he would touch it up himself using shoe polish.

If you translate “Jesus” from Hebrew to English, the correct translation is “Joshua.” The name “Jesus” comes from translating the name from Hebrew to Greek, to Latin, to English.

Ed Sheeran bought a ticket to LA with no contacts. He was spotted by Jamie Foxx, who offered him the use of his recording studio and a bed in his Hollywood home for six weeks.

German Chocolate Cake is named after an American baker by the name of Samuel German.

German Chocolate Cake is named after an American baker by the name of Samuel German.

It has no affiliation with the country of Germany.

The first service animals were established in Germany during World War I. References to service animals date as far back as the mid-16th Century.

An 11-year-old girl proposed the name for Pluto after the Roman god of the Underworld.

The voice actor of SpongeBob and the voice actor of Karen, Plankton’s computer wife, have been married since 1995.

An Italian banker, Gilberto Baschiera, is considered a modern-day Robin Hood. Over the course of 7 years, he secretly diverted 1 million euros to poorer clients from the wealthy ones so they could qualify for loans. He made no profit and avoided jail in 2018 due to a plea bargain.

Octopuses and squids have beaks. The beak is made of keratin – the same material that a bird’s beak and our fingernails are made of.

An estimated 50% of all gold ever mined on Earth came from a single plateau in South Africa: Witwatersrand.

75% of the world’s diet is produced from just 12 plants and five different animal species.

The original Star Wars premiered on just 32 screens across the U.S. in 1977. This was to produce buzz as the release widened to more theaters.

The British government coined the slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry on,” during World War 2 in order to motivate citizens to stay strong.

Apple paid a couple $1.7 million dollars for their plot of land, which was only worth $181,700.

Apple paid a couple $1.7 million dollars for their plot of land, which was only worth $181,700.

While Apple was building a huge data center in the middle of North Carolina, they wanted to occupy the area of a couple that had lived there for 34 years. When the couple refused to leave, Apple paid them $1.7 million dollars for their land.

Tirana, the capital of Albania has a lot of things in common with other European capitals – except one.  It’s one of two capitals without a Mcdonald’s. The second is Vatican City.

Sour Patch Kids are from the same manufacturer as Swedish Fish. The red Sour Patch Kids are the same candy as Swedish Fish, but with sour sugar.

The largest Japanese population outside of Japan stands at 1.6 million people who live in Brazil.

IKEA is an acronym that stands for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, which is the founder’s name, the farm where he grew up, and his hometown.

In 2009, Stephen Hawking held a reception for time travelers but didn’t publicize it until after. This way, only those who could time travel would be able to attend. Nobody else attended.

Violin bows are commonly made from horse hair.

There are less than 30 ships in the Royal Canadian Navy which are less than most third-world countries.

Larry the Cable Guy’s real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney. His notable Southern accent is fake – he was born and raised in the midwest, not the South.

The youngest Pope in history was Pope Benedict IX, who was 11 years old at the time of the election. He is also the only person to have been the Pope more than once.

There were only 9 developers on the team for GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64.

Goldeneye 007 - Nintendo 64

Only one of the developers had ever worked on a video game before.

The game received multiple year-end awards, including the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Games Award in 1998 and four awards from the inaugural AIAS Interactive Achievement Awards.

Costa Coffee employs Gennaro Pelliccia as a coffee taster, who has had his tongue insured for £10 million since 2009.

Johnny Cash took only three voice lessons before his teacher advised him to stop taking lessons and to never deviate from his natural voice.

There is an island called “Just Enough Room,” where there’s just enough room for a tree and a house.

People who post their fitness routine on Facebook are more likely to have psychological problems.

Medieval chastity belts are a myth. A great majority of examples now existing were made in the 18th and 19th centuries as jokes.

Nowadays, millionaires with just $1 million aren’t considered wealthy anymore by most Americans. Now, the typical American sees at least $2.4 million as wealthy.

Hanna-Barbera pitched The Flintstones to networks for 8 weeks before it was finally picked up. It became the first-ever animated show to air during primetime.

There is a company that sells mirrors that make people look 10 pounds thinner. Overall, the mirrors have contributed to 54% of total sales for retailers that use them.

There’s no period in “Dr. Pepper.” It was removed because the old logo font made it look like “Di: Pepper.”

There is an underwater version of rugby, unsurprisingly called “underwater rugby.”

There is an underwater version of rugby, unsurprisingly called "underwater rugby".

It is a contact sport between 2 teams of 6 competing underwater in a pool to score goals while freediving.

Standing around burns calories. On average, a 150-pound person burns 114 calories per hour while standing and doing nothing.

Although GPS is free for the world to use, it costs $2 million per day to operate. The money comes from American tax revenue.

In World War II, Germany tried to collapse the British economy by dropping millions of counterfeit bills over London.

The human eye is so sensitive that, if the Earth were flat and it was a dark night, a candle’s flame could be seen from 30 miles away.

When Space Invaders was created, Tomohiro Nishikado left in the lag caused by more invaders on the screen in order to create greater difficulty in the games.

The color red doesn’t really make bulls angry; they are color-blind.

65% of autistic kids are left-handed, and only 10% of people, in general, are left-handed.

In 2007, Scotland spent £125,000 devising a new national slogan. The winning entry was: “Welcome to Scotland.”

Until 2016, the “Happy Birthday” song was not for public use. Meaning, that prior to 2016, the song was copyrighted, and you had to pay a license to use it.

When mice live in the wild, they typically only live for about six months.

When mice live in the wild, they typically only live for about six months.

This is mostly due to the fact that they’re a good source of food for other animals. However, in a controlled environment, like being kept as a pet, they can live up to two years.

There is a punctuation mark used to signify irony or sarcasm that looks like a backward question mark ⸮

Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.

Researchers have found that flossing your teeth can help your memory. Flossing prevents gum disease, which prevents stiff blood vessels, which cause memory issues.

A cluster of bananas is called a “hand.” Along that theme, a single banana is called a “finger.”

The Hobbit has been published in two editions. In the first edition, Gollum willingly bet on his ring in the riddle game.

For nearly 60 years, Texas didn’t have an official state flag between 1879 & 1933. During that time, the Lone Star flag was active but the unofficial flag.

A wildlife technician, Richard Thomas, took the famous tongue twister, “how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” and calculated a rough estimate of what the answer would actually be. It came out to be around 700 pounds.

Red Solo cups are a common souvenir to bring back from the United States. The novelty comes from the cups being used in many party scenes in movies.

Swedish meatballs originated from a recipe King Charles XII brought back from Turkey in the early 1800s.

Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.

Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.

The country was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French.

Those cute furry bits inside a cat’s ear are called “ear furnishings.” They ensure that dirt doesn’t go inside and also helps them to hear well.

Scientists discovered sharks that are living in an active underwater volcano. Divers cannot investigate because they would get burns from the acidity and heat.

There are times when Pluto is closer to the Sun than Neptune – one of these timelines was from 1979 to 1999.

There is a town in Nebraska called Monowi with a population of one. The only resident is a woman who is the Mayor, Bartender, and Librarian.

The Ethiopian calendar is 7.5 years behind the Gregorian calendar due to the fact that it has 13 months.

In 1994, the company that had a patent on GIFs tried to charge a fee for using GIFS. The PNG was invented as an alternative, and the company backed down.

China is spending $3 billion dollars to build panda-shaped solar farms in order to get more young people interested in renewable energy.

Mercury and Venus are the only two planets in our solar system that do not have any moons.

The average American child is given $3.70 per tooth that falls out.

To properly write adjectives in order, you would list them by amount, value, size, temperature, age, shape, color, origin, and material.

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Luke Ward
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85 Comments

  1. Absolutely Amazing, I looked at these very day when I was done with work in theater and now it’s over, I don’t know what I’ll look at know.

  2. I timed myself and it took only 2 hours and 41 minutes to read these amazing facts
    I may only be 17 but the saying knowledge is power is nothing but true I read all kinds of facts daily but the one about reading 10%slower of a screen than a page isn’t true for me because I’m a very fast reader and with a screen i dont have to take the time to turn the pages 2 dumb facts about me is that i read the whole percy Jackson series in 3 day and I’ve also stopped an online stopwatch at 00:00:00:02 not very fun but still lol

  3. Hi i think there very interesting i read all of them took me 3 hours :D

  4. I liked them a lot. I can’t say which is my favorite, because I don’t really remember any. Lol.

  5. I read these when I was in a teams meeting lol. Thanks for the facts!

  6. Well-researched brilliant facts.. thoroughly enjoyed your compilation of facts. Thank you folks!

  7. Oh my gosh these facts are soooo amazing! there are an abundant number and they teach me so much about the little things in life. anyone need a recommendation its DEFINITELY this site :)))))

  8. i read all of the facts and laughed at most of them worlds best site :)

  9. over two days, i read all 1000 facts, cant remember one but i read them :)

  10. I read them all over a couple of sleepless nights with my baby. Thanks for giving me something more interesting to do than repeatedly scrolling through Twitter :-)

  11. My name is Levi, I though I was the only one with that name except for Levi Strauss, and the company Levi jeans right now i’m wearing a Levi shirt and are all the facts great i have a lot of time to burn and idk ( i donk know ) are they all great and also is there actually duplicates or are those just haters

  12. It literally took me less than 6 hours to read all the facts and they were amazing. If I’m honest, I skipped some of them, but the one’s I read were interesting and fun to learn. I know I wont remember them, but if someone mentions about facts I would definitely recommend this site!

  13. I very much enjoyed reading all 1000! I even researched many of them and learned a lot along the way!

  14. Seriously, it only took me 30 minutes to read them…

  15. I definitely learned more here than i did in 12 years of school

  16. I believe a new largest prime number has been found now for #27

  17. I read everything from 1 to the very end, because i was using it for a count on Twitter, and i wish it could have been 5000, i would have still read all, now i need 4000 more facts.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  18. This is really awesome..!! I love all the facts above. Good work kep going..!!

  19. I did read ALL of them! My coworkers and I now know so much more! lol

  20. These facts were sorta fun

    But did you know that once you die your whole life flashes through your eyes?

    Jkjk I don’t know if this is true.

  21. Fact number 335 doesn’t work with the number 9. 9×9 is 81 minus 1 is 80 which isn’t a multiple of 24.

  22. I think so the page was more useful and we need some images for each of the facts. So, that we can easily understand it. That’s all for it. Nothing much important for all. Thank you for your time.

  23. I work at an outbound call center and a lot of clients do not pick up the phone so I discovered this website and kept it open on the side of my screen, and read every single fact in a course of 3 days. Thank you so much for allowing me to stay interested throughout my whole shift! Amazing Work. Sometimes I would get to curious and wanted more info and google some of the facts to read more about them. And I can confidently say this page is completely accurate with every fact.

  24. ununquadium
    The Letter Q
    Note that the letter “Q” does not appear in any official element names. Temporary element names, such as ununquadium, contain this letter. However, no element name starts with Q and no official element name contains this letter.Dec 1, 2019

  25. I loved reading this so much. I search facts everyday because I am SOOOO bored all the time, I just needed a long list of facts to read. I read them all and they were all crazy and bizzare. Thanks for saving me from boredom.

  26. I read all these facts every tuesday and thursday in the info station in class(computer lab). I look up weird facts all the time and this was PERFECT! It kept me busy from playing Google snake over and over. Thanks for saving me!!!

  27. I actually read them all. I do fact searching all the time. And only a few on this site have been proven untrue. Not false but the facts were not all there

  28. If you want to point out errors that is fine but do it properly, simply state the mistake, and ask them to fix it, nothing more to it.

  29. I was very bored with life today. Thanks for entertaining me for a few hours!

  30. Fact #604
    Someone raised a point that the phrase “more than likely” suggests #604 is not a fact.
    What do you think?

  31. I read every single one. They were entertaining. Thank you, great work.

  32. These facts are really fun to read and share with my friends, thanks for everything you do!!!

  33. I like these facts, and the secret of long and happy life has been discovered by Ph.D. Allen Omton and Serge Dobrow. They found the hidden in human’s mind internal program that needs to be activated to keep you out of suffer and death.

  34. Where?! Which one! I’ve looked through 3 times and still can’t find the duplicate!

  35. Read all 1000 facts. Here’s a fact. There are actually 999 as one fact is there twice.

  36. I read every single one of them but my favorite one is fact #1000 :o

  37. I love these facts I read them cause my phone is glitching up so I can’t get youtube or any games so this is my favorite thing to do

  38. Read them all over 2 nightshifts. It turns out that I am a philomath! There’s your 1001st fact!!

  39. As of 2019 Pewdiepie now has over 100 million subscribers on YouTube.

  40. So Im a student and im in high-school and I have been reading this for over 2 weeks now! Every day reading it whenever I’m down with everything because one of my teachers got my computer restricted and I quickly opened this before they restricted me. Thank you for all of the fun. I’ve read through every single one. Thank you so so much. It is 9:51 as I click enter (its 9:50 now) thank you though. You got yourself a follower!

  41. I read all and i noticed only one was repeated (took me 3 days to complete all 1000 facts).

  42. I definitely read them all! They’re really interesting and I spent a lot of time looking through them

  43. I definitely read them all. There were a couple duplicates though. I believe there are some that are now very recently outdated. Either way, I did learn a little bit. Some of them I already knew, others, I had no clue about.

  44. Yes I did read everyone of them. A very interesting read. Thanks.

  45. I read all 1000 facts,fun and interesting stuff,where can I get more?

  46. Not exactly 1000 facts. Some have duplicates but I still love to read it.

  47. ‘The line, “Born and raised in South Detroit” in Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” actually refers to Canada, not Michigan.’

    Not accurate. That’s just some comment the singer later made about how some people told him technically there is nowhere called “South Detroit” and direct south of the actual city center of Detroit is Windsor so remarked that he found out that’s “actually Canada”

    But it was a nonsensical statement being made against the lyric to begin with…just because a direct line south from what is considered the center doesn’t mean there isn’t a south side to Detroit, and many cities don’t have official “North/South/East/West” named areas…it’s just a colloquial term to mean which side of the city…and of course there is such a thing as the south side of Detroit.

    The singer meant the city of Detroit when he made it, and picked that “side” of the city because the lyrics flowed. And that’s 100% sensible…making a bunch of weird twists to say “that’s actually Windsor” is not.

    Very weak fact.

  48. This was a good place to find interesting facts!

  49. I read all 1000. took me a little under 16 hours.

  50. I think that ALL animals, not just dinosaurs, that run on two legs are called “bipeds”. And yes, zebras only have one toe on each foot, but I think that ALL horses are that way.

  51. Paul you seriously gonna make a comment about that

  52. I read them all, I have a ton of free time in class, and its amazing. I love being able to tell my selfie obsessed friends that selfies kill more people than sharks.

    It took me about four days lol

  53. I use this site at work, becuase I like to write unusual facts for my co workers for the day. I work as a Night Audit so I turn the systems for the next day and will write statistics for the day along with a fact. This has been very helpful.

  54. There is one that makes no sense because of a misspelling or grammatical error. But great list! I Really learned a lot!

  55. Thank you for all of the facts, I feel like one of these may help me in a quiz haha :)

  56. Ahhh nooo!! We double (and triple) checked for duplicates! If you let me know what the duplicate facts are I’ll change them!

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