1000 Random & Interesting Facts About Literally Everything

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    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.

    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 in 1932 and was made official in 1939.

    More tornadoes occur in the United Kingdom per square mile than in 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 II 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 Centers 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 that 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 longest time spent 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 by 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 that 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 is 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 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.

    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 in 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, led 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 affect 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, watermelons, 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 to 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 is 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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