1000 Random & Interesting Facts About Literally Everything

Written By:
Luke Ward
Last Updated:
Reading Time:
1h 40 Minutes
Filed Under:
Random Facts
In 2018, The Fact Site celebrated its 10th birthday by publishing this list of 1,000 interesting facts.

The world’s first motel is in San Luis Obispo, which was built in 1925. When opened, it cost $1.25 for a two-room bungalow with a kitchen and a private adjoining garage.

Scotland was one of the few countries able to hold off being conquered by the Romans in the first century A.D.

I Will Always Love You was originally written and recorded in 1973 by Dolly Parton. It was written as a farewell to her mentor of seven years.

“Opposites attract” is a common myth. People are actually attracted to people who look like family members or those with a similar personality type.

Llamas can be used as guards against coyote attacks on sheep herds. Studies have proven that just one guard llama is an effective protector and can even kill the attacking coyotes.

The unique smell of rain actually comes from plant oils, bacteria, and ozone.

Vanilla flavoring is sometimes made with the urine of beavers.

If you heat up a magnet, it will lose its magnetism.

The most expensive virtual object is “Club NEVERDIE” in the Entropia Universe which is worth $635,000. It was originally bought at $10,000.

Cruise ships have morgues that can store up to 10 bodies at once. The average amount of people that die on cruise ships per year is 200.

Birds are the closest living relatives of crocodilians, as well as the descendants of extinct dinosaurs with feathers. This makes them the only surviving dinosaurs.

Small as they may be, ladybugs have a unique smell that humans are incredibly sensitive to.

During WWII, a U.S. naval destroyer won a battle against a Japanese submarine by throwing potatoes at them. The Japanese thought they were grenades.

The Marshal Mathers foundation for at-risk and disadvantaged youth was founded by Eminem.

A man with severe OCD and a phobia of germs attempted to commit suicide with a gun to his head. Instead of killing him, the bullet eliminated his mental illness without any other damage.

Since 1955, 50% of the population of Niger is consistently under 16 years old. The total current population is 21,600,000.

The author of Mary Had a Little Lamb, Sarah Josepha Hale, is most responsible for the creation of Thanksgiving being a national holiday.

The oldest unopened bottle of wine was found in a Roman tomb that is over 1,650 years old.

Chicken Run is the highest-grossing stop motion animated film, even beating The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Nobody knows how the Academy Awards came to be referred to as the Oscars. The earliest mention was 1932, and was made official in 1939.

More tornadoes occur in the United Kingdom per square mile than any other country in the world.

Owners of personalized license plates in Uganda are facing a tax increase of over 300%, which will raise the tax from $1,498 to $5,992.

Popularized by the Shakespeare play, many people think Julius Caesar’s last words were “And you, Brutus?” In reality, he said “You too, my child?”

Times Square was originally called Longacre Square until it was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly built Times Building.

Daniel Craig was an anonymous Storm Trooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Originally, he denied his cameo and claimed he wouldn’t bother being an extra in a movie.

Queen Elizabeth has a personal net worth of 425 million dollars. That includes the $65 million Sandringham House and $140 million Balmoral Castle.

Although there is currently no drug proven to make someone tell the truth, some countries like Russia, Canada, and India use truth serums.

Only primates, humans, and opossums have opposable thumbs. Out of these, the opossum is the only one with no thumbnail.

One of the World Trade Center’s was built to be 1,776 feet tall on purpose to reference the year the Declaration of Independence was signed.

The word “kimono”, literally means a “thing to wear”. Ki is “wear”, and mono is “thing”.

There is a statue of Tesla in Silicon Valley that radiates free Wi-Fi. It was done as an homage to his vision for wireless communication.

It snows metal on planet Venus! There are two types that have been found, galena and bismuthinite.

Tic Tacs got their name from the sound they make when they are tossed around in their container.

Only official members of federally accepted Native American tribes may legally possess or collect eagle feathers. If a normal citizen has one, it is illegal.

By the time they have been retired for 2 years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.

500 seeds of 5 different types of seeds were taken into orbit around the moon and later planted around the U.S. as well as a few countries. They were called Moon Trees.

In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10-hour “movie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film.

The popular LMFAO group who created the viral hit, Party Rock Anthem, is made up of an uncle-nephew duo.

50% of apartments in Los Angeles don’t come with a fridge. This is legal, as fridges are considered an “amenity”, and therefore landlords are not required to provide one.

Norway has a 25-year statute of limitation on murder. This means if the murder happened more than 25 years ago, they cannot be charged.

Several of the facts on Snapple caps have been found to be outdated, incorrect or exaggerated.

Both of the drummers from Queen and Duran Duran had the same name – Roger Taylor.

There is a company in the U.K. that offers “being hungover” as a valid reason for calling off work. They are allotted four hungover days per year.

The majority of blind people in the U.S. and the U.K. cannot read braille. Statistically, less than 1% of blind in the U.K., and under 10% in the U.S.

It’s not just humans who are right or left-handed. Most female cats prefer using their right paw and males are more likely to be left-pawed.

Over 290 people have died climbing Mount Everest since 1922. Most deaths occur because of avalanches, and not all bodies have been recovered.

There are only two countries in the world that have the color purple in their flags: Nicaragua and Dominica.

A bolt of lightning can reach 53,540 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun, which is 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is a village in Russia called Tsovkra where every resident can tightrope walk. It is a tradition that dates back over 100 years but no one knows how it started.

When Shakira was in second grade, she was rejected by the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded like a goat.

Four of the top seven highest-grossing films of all time were released in 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Jurassic World, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Four Nile crocodiles have been found in Florida. They are the second-largest crocodile and are more dangerous than the native crocodiles and alligators in Florida.

Julius Caesar’s only son, Caesarion, was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Even though Cleopatra swears he is Caesar’s son, Caesar never officially acknowledged him.

The quietest room in the world in Minnesota is measured in negative decibels – so quiet that you can hear your own heartbeat and your bones moving.

“Tsundoku” is a Japanese word for the habit of buying too many books, letting them pile up in your house, and never reading them.

The Guinness World Record for the time longest spend searching for the Loch Ness Monster is held by Steve Feltham who camped at Loch Ness for 25 years.

Brain fibers lose 10% of their total length every decade. They can shrink even more so under acute stress.

Chewing gum boosts mental proficiency and is considered a better test aid than caffeine – but nobody knows why.

Per capita, the happiest countries in the world also rank highest in terms of consumers of antidepressants.

Even though Irish is the official language of Ireland, Polish is more widely spoken.

There’s a bar in Yukon that serves a “Sourtoe cocktail”. It consists of a shot of whisky with a human toe floating in the glass. An estimated 60,000 people have had it.

The Stockholm archipelago has more islands than the Pacific Ocean at around 30,000.

Pope Francis has been given many extravagant gifts over the years, and one of them was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. However, rather than keeping it for his own pleasure and adventures, he sold it off and used the money to benefit homeless people.

In Japan, Domino’s started testing pizza delivery via reindeer in 2016.

The motto on the United Kingdom’s Royal Coat of Arms is in French. The motto is “Dieu et mon droit”, which means “God and my right”.

The average household income of the top 1% in the United States is $1,260,508 per year.

Disney sold the streaming right for the original Star Wars films in 2016 to Turner until 2024. Disney has since decided to start a streaming service and has tried asking for the rights back, but Turner refuses every time.

Gaming-related accidents increased by 26.5% during the first 5 months of Pokémon Go being released. This included 2 deaths and $25.5 million in damages.

Helen Keller was related to Robert E. Lee. Her paternal grandmother was second cousins with him.

During the 1908 Olympics in London, the Russians showed up 12 days late due to the fact that they were using the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.

Non-violent attempts to escape Mexican prisons are not punished because “it’s human nature to want freedom”.

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

On one slow news day on April 18, 1930, a BBC radio announcer blatantly said “there is no news”.

If you cut a starfish, it won’t bleed – it doesn’t have blood! Rather, they circulate nutrients by using seawater in their vascular system.

12% of the world’s total languages are found in Papua New Guinea, which has over 820 indigenous languages. There are more languages on this island than in any other country.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Washington state was at Ice Harbor Dam at 118 °F (47.8 °C) on August 5, 1961.

In efforts to undercut the Dreamcast’s sales of the upcoming SEGA release, Sony announced the PlayStation 2 and exaggerated its performance capabilities.

Nepal has the most mathematical flag in the world. It even has an article in its constitution that details the steps of drawing the flag.

Mount Rushmore cost less than one million dollars to construct. It took 14 years to build – from 1927 to 1941 and took 400 workers.

Samsung means “three stars” in Korean. This was chosen by the founder because he wanted the company to be powerful and everlasting like stars in the sky.

On average, 46.1% of Americans have less than $10,000 in assets when they die.

While shedding, geckos will eat their skin in order to prevent predators from finding and eating them more easily.

Bees actually have knees. The expression comes from the fact that they store large build-ups of pollen in hairy baskets on their knees.

Between North and South Korea lies 155 miles of no man’s land where hundreds of rare animal species thrive.

While watching a Merry-Go-Round from a bench in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, Walt Disney was struck with inspiration for the creation of Disneyland.

There is a Scottish tartan designed for Mars exploration. It was officially registered in 2016 to be worn during Mars science, exploration and outreach activities.

Santa Claus was issued a pilot’s license from the U.S. government in 1927. They also gave him airway maps and promised to keep the runway lights on.

When you exercise, the burned fat metabolizes to become carbon dioxide, water, and energy. Meaning: you exhale the fat that you lose.

The word “velociraptor” comes from the Latin words “velox” which means swift, and “raptor” which means robber. Literally – speedy robber!

The largest stadium in the world is the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in North Korea. It can hold up to 114,000 spectators. It covers 51 acres and is 197 feet tall.

Polar bears often hunt walruses by simply charging at a group of them and eating the ones that were crushed or wounded in the mass panic to escape. Direct attacks are rare.

The group of spikes at the end of stegosaurid tails are called the “thagomizer”. They had no distinct name until the term was coined in 1982 by a cartoonist.

There is a correlation between pulling an all-nighter and snapping out of depression. This is because the brain gets more active the longer it goes without sleep.

Adult cats only meow at humans, not other cats. Kittens meow to their mother but once they get a little older, cats no longer meow to other cats.

When shuffling a deck of cards, the number of possible arrangements is approximately 8×1067. That’s more than the number of stars in the observable universe.

There is a United Arab Emirates’ territory inside an Oman’s territory that itself is inside the United Arab Emirates country. It is called Madha village.

Disappointment Island is an uninhabited island in New Zealand. Over 65,000 pairs of white-capped albatross live there. In 1868, a steel tanker crashed on the island which killed 68 people, leaving the 15 survivors waiting 18 months to be rescued. In 1907, another ship ended up crashing there and 12 men drowned.

During the entire run of Gilligan’s Island, it was never revealed if “Gilligan” was his first or last name.

When Jorge Garcia first got the part on LOST as Hurley, he lost a total of 30 pounds in weight before filming started.

Videogames have been found to be more effective at battling depression than therapy.

Next Page

About The Author

Luke Ward
Luke Ward

Luke Ward is the founder of The Fact Site. He's a professional blogger & researcher with over 11 years’ experience in fact finding, SEO & web design. In his spare time he loves to travel and drink coffee.

Fact Check

Here at The Fact Site, we have a team dedicated to checking our content for accuracy. Occasionally we may get things wrong, or information becomes outdated. If you believe something to be incorrect, please leave us a message below.

88 Comments

  1. I read them all, and I can’t wait until y’all add another thousand facts to this website!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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

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

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

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

  8. 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 :)))))

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

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

  11. 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 :-)

  12. 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

  13. 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!

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

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

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

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

  18. 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.

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

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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!!!

  28. 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

  29. 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.

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

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

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

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

  34. 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.

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

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

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

  38. 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

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

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

  41. 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!

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

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

  44. 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.

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

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

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

  48. ‘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.

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

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

  51. 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.

  52. Paul you seriously gonna make a comment about that

  53. 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

  54. 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.

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

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

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

Leave a Comment