1000 Interesting & Random Facts

1000 Random & Interesting Facts About Literally Everything

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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.

Websters 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.

If you add up 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, weights 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.

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.

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 bath robe to convince the police he was insane and avoid capture.

The military has used silly string to detect trip wires 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-Food 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 researches 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 off 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 effected 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 for 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.

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

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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