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.

Bi-weekly has two different definitions: Twice a week, or once every two weeks.

Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, which drew more visitors to see the empty space than the actual painting.

There is an insurance policy issued against alien abduction. Around 50,000 policies have been sold, mainly to residents of the U.S. and England.

Volvo invented the three-point seatbelt, then gave the invention away for free. They decided it was too important of an invention to keep to themselves.

In 2005, Connecticut was accidentally issued an Emergency Alert to evacuate the entire state. Only about 1% of the people actually tried to leave.

An 18-year old with dwarfism played the 8-year-old Grinch in The Grinch (2000). He passed away two years after the film was released.

Rebecca Felton was the first woman to ever serve for the United States Senate – but she only served for one day.

Webster’s Dictionary accidentally had a word that didn’t exist in it for five years – “Dord”.

Amber-colored rear turn signals are statistically proven to reduce collisions by about 28%.

Roselle, a guide dog, lead her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs during 9/11. The descent took about an hour and they both safely made it out.

It is thought by Russians that eating ice cream will keep you warm.

Somebody hid an episode of South Park inside Tiger Woods 99 as an Easter egg, causing EA to do a massive recall.

Madagascar once was a stomping ground for lemurs which were the size of today’s gorillas.

Underneath the streets of Beijing, there are over a million people who live in nuclear bunkers.

The full name of the famous Chuck E. Cheese’s mouse is Charles Entertainment Cheese.

The American roulette wheel is different from the European wheel. The American one has 2 green spaces while the European one only has 1. Although on both, if you add up all the numbers on a roulette wheel, you will get 666.

The day after Thanksgiving is called “Brown Friday” by plumbers in America because it is their busiest day of the year.

The wife of Anthony Perkins, the original Norman Bates, Berry Berenson died as a result of being a passenger on one of the 9/11 planes.

The thumbs-up sign is believed to have originated from Chinese pilots. It was used to communicate with the ground crew before take-off.

In Toy Story 2 in the scene where Buzz gives a speech in front of the American flag, the flag was edited to be a globe for release in non-American countries.

The tallest mountain in our solar system, Olympic Mons, is 3 times taller than Mount Everest.

Batman and Predator exist in the same fictional universe. Since 1991, they have been featured together in three comic books.

A study from Harvard University finds that having no friends can be just as deadly as smoking. Both effect levels of a blood-clotting protein.

In South Dakota, you can get a driver’s permit at age 14 with parental consent. Once you turn 16, you can get your license.

The Backpack Kid’s real name is Russell Horning.

In 2017, Adidas sold over 1 million pairs of shoes made from recycled ocean plastic, each pair taking 11 plastic bottles to make.

The British Pound is the world’s oldest currency still in use at 1,200 years old. The pound has been an identity as a symbol of British sovereignty.

The world’s smallest mammal, a Bumblebee Bat, weighs about the same as a U.S. dime. Native to Myanmar and Thailand, these bats are endangered.

As of December 2018, The Itchy & Scratchy Show that takes place within The Simpsons has 107 episodes.

Will Smith owed $2.8 Million to the IRS and almost went bankrupt, just before he signed the contract for The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

The Great Pyramid of Giza actually has eight sides, rather than four. All of the other pyramids have just four sides.

English is not native to the British Isles. It was brought to Britain in the mid 5th to 7th Centuries by German, Danish, and Dutch settlers.

When we’re born, the only innate fears we have are the fear of falling, and the fear of loud sounds. All other fears are learned.

In Korea, there is a breed of dog called a Sapsali which was originally thought to banish ghosts and evil spirits.

Qantas Airways once powered an interstate flight on cooking oil. This marked Australia’s first commercial flight using sustainably derived biofuel.

Berries are simple fruits stemming from one flower. This means that pineapples, bananas, watermelon, pumpkins, and avocados are berries.

One horse can have approximately 15 horsepower. Horsepower is about 746 watts. The term was coined in the late 18th Century.

The Leaning Tower of Piza is tilted because of the soft soil that it’s built on – which has also protected it from at least 4 powerful earthquakes.

All the paint on the Eiffel Tower weighs the same as ten elephants. It gets repainted every seven years without closing to the public.

All new FBI special agents and intelligence analysts are required to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

While dinosaurs roamed the earth, they lived on every continent including Antarctica.

The blue whale’s heart is the size of a VW Beetle and weighs up to 1,000 lbs (453 kg).

One of the most widely used symbols for medical assistance is actually the Swiss flag and not a medical symbol.

Until 2007, slavery was legal in Mauritania. Even still, 1-4% of the population is still living as slaves.

A man named Ronald MacDonald robbed a Wendy’s in 2005.

The longest unbroken alliance in world history is between England and Portugal. It has lasted since 1386, and still stands today.

Before finally being accepted, J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter pitch was rejected by 12 publishers.

The Japanese term for a Shotgun Wedding is “Dekichatta kekkon”, which literally translates to “oops-we-did-it-marriage”.

Garlic is known to attract leeches.

In 1992, a shipping crate containing 28,000 rubber duckies fell overboard. They washed up around the world for the next 20 years.

After the release of the 1996 film Scream, which involved an anonymous killer calling and murdering his victims, Caller ID usage tripled in the United States.

Aeroflot Flight 593 crashed because the pilot let his kids fly the plane, who unknowingly disengaged the autopilot function. The crash killed everyone on board.

It takes Uranus 84 years to orbit the Sun once.

A 26 sided shape is known as a rhombicuboctahedron.

Mob boss Vincent Gigante used to wander around New York in his bathrobe to convince the police he was insane and avoid capture.

The military has used silly string to detect tripwires in Iraq. Before entering a room, they can squirt it inside. If it hangs in the air, it may have revealed a wire.

By applying even pressure on an egg, it is nearly impossible to break the shell by squeezing it.

So far, two diseases have successfully been eradicated: smallpox and rinderpest. The last case of smallpox was in 1977, and the last of rinderpest was in 2001.

A recently discovered deep-sea snail, the Scaly-Foot Gastropod, has a shell that is impressively developed. So much so, that the U.S. military is trying to use its design to inspire defensive layers in military armor.

There are over 6,000 known species of grass.

The total weight of all air on Earth is 11 quintillion pounds.

“Time anxiety” occurs in a person when they are perpetually afraid of being late, or of others being late.

Ant queens can live for up to 30 years.

In 2014, Princeton researchers determined that Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2017.

Orlando Bloom has swinophobia, which is a fear of pigs!

Eight of the ten largest statues in the world are of Buddha’s.

Meghan Trainor has Nyctophobia, which is a huge fear of the dark.

Garrett McNamara holds the record for the largest wave ever surfed, set in 2011 in Nazare, Portugal. The wave was 78 feet tall.

The logo on the Red Bull cans are not cattle, but a type of bovine called a “gaur”.

In Bruges, Belgium, there an underground pipeline that runs 2 miles to transfer beer from a brewery to the bottling plant.

The collective group of lemurs is called a conspiracy.

The first Primark store opened in Dublin in June 1969 under the name Penney’s.

Ron Swanson’s character on Parks and Recreation is based on a real person – a woman who works in a high bureaucratic position who is also anti-government.

Captive tigers in the U.S. alone outnumber the amount of wild tigers worldwide.

The 1831 London Bridge was sold in 1962 when it needed to be replaced. It was bought by Lake Havasu City, Arizona, to help tourism.

Scrappy-Doo, widely considered to be one of the most hated characters in fiction, has not appeared in an animated Scooby-Doo production since 1988 due to audience backlash.

The first X-rated animated movie was Fritz the Cat. It is still the most successful independent animated feature to date.

Roughly 33% of cats are not affected by catnip. The euphoric reaction commonly associated with catnip is hereditary.

Facebook will track and record nearly everything you do if you browse the web while logged in to your Facebook account.

Bubble wrap was originally invented to be wallpaper. The creators tried to make plastic wallpaper with a paper backing, but it came out with plastic backing.

The longest Cricket Test match lasted over 12 days between England and South Africa. It only ended because the English team would have missed their boat home.

MIT, often cited as one of the world’s most prestigious universities, puts almost all of its course materials online for anyone to access for free.

Albert Einstein had mastered calculus by the tender age of 15.

Madagascar got its name when Marco Polo misspelled it. The name stuck and the island was christened to the name in 1500.

Tom Hanks had an asteroid named after him which was called “12818 tomhanks“.

The number of stars on the EU flag doesn’t represent anything. 12 stars were chosen as a number with no political association and as a symbol of unity.

High heels are nothing new to the world. In the 18th Century, they were fashionable even for children.

Elephants think people are cute, the same way people think puppies or kittens are cute.

Cats which have blue eyes for the duration of their lives are likely to be deaf.

The manager of Guinness started the Guinness Book of World Records when he got annoyed that he couldn’t find out what the fastest game bird was ever recorded.

Barry Manilow wrote many famous jingles for companies like McDonald’s, State Farm, and BandAids.

One of the smartest bird species is the magpie. They can even recognize themselves in mirrors.

In order to keep Nazis away, a Polish doctor faked a typhus outbreak. This strategy saved 8,000 people.

The atomic number of zinc is 30.

The tall chef’s hat is called a toque.

There’s very little evidence the TSA has ever stopped a terrorist or found a real bomb. When tested, they failed to find fake weapons and bombs 95% of the time.

In the United States, each person owns an average of seven pairs of blue jeans. That’s one for every day of the week!

Whenever Charles Dickens was away from home, he would always realign the bed he was sleeping in to face Northwards, as he felt that this fostered and unlocked his creativity.

The Shawn Mendes EP reached Number 1 on iTunes in 37 minutes.

Since 1990 the United States has added more acres of forest than it has lost, with almost 20 million new acres of forest land added in the last 2 decades.

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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.

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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!

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