1000 Random & Interesting Facts About Literally Everything

1000 Interesting & Random Facts
Luke Ward
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There is a liquid that you can breathe in called perfluorohexane. Animals can be submerged in a bath of perfluorohexane without drowning.

Feeding curry to a sheep reduces the amount of methane in its farts by up to 40%.

During a conversation each speaker’s “turn” averages 2 seconds, and the pause in between only 200 milliseconds. That figure is nearly universal.

Cold showers have more health benefits than hot or warm showers. These include improving circulation, stimulating weight loss, and easing depression.

Despite being landlocked, Mongolia has a navy consisting of seven men and one vessel, the “Sukhbaatar III“, stationed on Lake Khövsgöl.

During the Second World War, German tank drivers would drive their vehicles over camel droppings, thinking it would bring them good luck.

In Alabama, it is illegal to participate in shooting, hunting, gaming, card playing or racing on Sundays. The fine ranges from $10 to $100.

Originally, bumper cars were not supposed to hit each other. Drivers were actually supposed to avoid crashing in spite of chaotic driving. The first company to patent a bumper car was in 1920 named Dodgem.

A woman was elected to the House of Representatives four years before women even won the right to vote.

In the Netherlands version of Sesame Street, instead of Big Bird, they have a blue bird named Pino. He was later established as Big Bird’s cousin.

The full Bible has been translated into over 3,000 languages. Among those include fictional languages like Elvish, Klingon and Na’vi.

The voice of Stargazer in Mass Effect 3 was done by Buzz Aldrin.

The first 4th of July celebration was in 1777.

Justin Bieber’s first tweet was at 8:27pm on May 11, 2009.

Snakes and lizards both molt out of their old skin as they grow. Investigators have come to the conclusion that dinosaurs may have also molted.

Zebras have only one toe on each foot.

Humans have been performing dentistry since 7000BC, which makes dentists one of the oldest professions.

Originally, the Pokémon Vulpix was going to be called “FoxFire”.

The first ever documented feature film was made in Australia in 1906.

Ancient Roman surgeons were trained to block out the screams of human pain.

William Hung, made famous for his appearance on American Idol singing “She Bangs“, is a 73rd generation descendant of Confucius.

From 1937 to 1953, NBC’s Today Show had a chimpanzee co-host named J. Fred Muggs. It is estimated he brought in the network around $100 million.

Because snow is composed of ice, it can be classified as a mineral. Water, however, does not fall under the same classification, and is not a mineral.

Of the 9,000 Blockbuster stores that existed in the early 1990s, at least 10 Blockbusters are open across the U.S. Seven of those are in Alaska.

There is a geocache on the International Space Station placed in 2008. It has since been visited four times by other astronauts.

The Vatican had music which was forbidden to be copied and was only played twice per year. It was secret for almost 150 years until a 14-year-old Mozart heard it and transcribed it from memory.

Canada eats more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.

Octopuses only touch in situations of mating or aggression. Female octopuses sometimes do both, strangling and eating the male after mating.

Scotland wanted to replicate the Parthenon bigger and cheaper in 1826. It was never completed and is now nicknamed “Scotland’s Disgrace”.

A French general gave John Quincy Adams a pet alligator. Adams kept it in one of the White House bathtubs and enjoyed showing it off.

In 1866, The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million by writing a check.

In the Philippines, you can buy spaghetti at McDonald’s, where they also sell a “McDo” piece of chicken.

Though most think it’s Italian, pepperoni is an American invention. The first use of the word dates back to 1919.

The pumpkin is a member of the cucurbit family, which are gourds, such as cucumbers and squashes.

Any prime number higher than three, when squared and subtracted by one, will always turn out to be a multiple of 24.

When dogs are first born, they are completely blind & cannot hear anything. The first sense which they develop is the sense of touch.

Margherita Pizza uses tomato, mozzarella, and basil toppings to represent the Italian national flag. It was originally to honor the Queen of Italy in 1890.

Sudan has more pyramids than any country with 255. They outnumber Egyptian pyramids by twice the amount.

The money for the Statue of Liberty came from fundraising from auctions, a lottery, and boxing matches in Europe and the U.S. The Statue cost the French about $250,000, which today would be over $5.5 million dollars.

Not all hamsters are small. Although some hamsters are as small as 2-4 inches, the largest ones are approximately 13 inches long.

The hand and footprints in front of the Chinese Theater tradition started accidentally when silent film actress, Norma Talmadge stepped on wet cement.

Snakes can help predict earthquakes. They can sense a coming earthquake from 75 miles away, up to five days before it happens.

Soviet Russia needed lighthouses on their uninhabited Northern Coast, so they built automated lighthouses powered by small nuclear reactors.

Animal’s yawn based on how large their brain is. The bigger the brain, the longer they will yawn.

Before Apple bought Siri, it was originally going to be released as an app for Android & Blackberry.

Approximately 1 in every 2,000 babies already has a tooth when they are first born.

The Young America Township in Minnesota has a population of less than 1,000, but more than 20 zip codes.

The United States Department of Agriculture says the official definition of a sandwich is: “at least 35 percent cooked meat and no more than 50 percent bread”.

Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.

The original name for Xbox was DirectXbox designed to show how Microsoft’s Direct X graphics could improve the console market.

In Switzerland, it is illegal to own just one guinea pig. This is because guinea pigs are social animals, and they are considered victims of abuse if they are alone.

Walter Hunt, a man from America, invented the safety pin back in 1849.

The highest recorded fall without a parachute happened in 1972 at 33,333 ft. The victim, Vesna Vulović was in the hospital for 16 months after the fall.

A mason in 1700’s Jerusalem left his wooden ladder behind after doing some work on a church and now it can’t be moved without the agreement & permission of six different Christian leaders.

Eminem’s mother filed an $11 million defamation lawsuit against him because of his lyrics about her. She settled for $25,000 and $23,354.25 of that went to her lawyer.

San Marino is the fifth smallest country in the world (and the third smallest in Europe).

A woman faked her entire tragedy and the loss of her husband during the 9/11 attacks and became President of the Support Network in New York.

The Postal Service got its name based on the fact that they originally used USPS to send each other music tracks because of conflicting schedules.

December 3rd is known as “Roof Over Your Head Day” – a day to be grateful of what we have in life!

Alaska is the only state in America that can be typed on one row of a traditional English QWERTY keyboard.

Michael Jackson’s shiny glove was actually just a modified golf glove.

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

Mr. and Mrs. originated from using the words master and mistress.

The only difference between kosher salt and table salt, is the grain size. Kosher salt is smaller, and they both come from underground salt deposits.

Invented in 1923, Q-Tips were originally called Baby Gays; then Q-Tip Baby Gays, then finally just Q-Tips. The Q stands for quality.

1912 saw the last Olympic gold medals made entirely out of gold.

Every 10 years, the human skeleton repairs and renews itself. Essentially, you have different bones now than you did 10 years ago!

The first game to be played in space was Starcraft – Daniel Barry took it with him in 1999 on the Space Shuttle mission STS-96.

Houston is the most diverse city in the United States. As of 2010, 43.8% is Latino, 25.6% is White, 23.1% is Black, and 6% is Asian.

May 29th is “National Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day“. It is celebrated in Europe & USA to bring luck & wealth to the household.

When water freezes to ice cubes, it will take up 9% more volume.

The little piece of paper sticking out of a Hershey’s Kiss is called a niggly wiggly.

As a child, Jet Li performed with the Chinese National Wushu Team for President Nixon. Nixon asked him to be his personal bodyguard, but he declined.

Eating grapefruit can restrict the effects of 43 different kinds of medications.

Dinosaurs would swallow large rocks which stayed in their stomach to help churn and digest food.

The word robot comes from the Czech “robota”. This translates into forced labor, or work.

During 1943, U.S. officials imposed a short-lived ban on sliced bread as a wartime conservation measure. It lasted less than 3 months.

Abraham Lincoln loved cats and once let one eat from the table during a formal White House dinner.

The Canadian government isn’t sure when Canada became a sovereign state. Its Supreme Court ruled that sovereignty occurred sometime between 1919 and 1931.

On April 1st, 2005, NASA pulled an April Fool’s prank telling the world that they had found water on Mars.

There’s a town in the Oklahoma panhandle named “Hooker” and its slogan is “it’s a location, not a vocation”.

Japan is facing a ninja shortage. There is a high demand for “ninja shows”, but it is a dying tradition and companies have trouble time finding properly trained ninjas.

New Jersey had 4 Governors in the span of 8 days in early 2002. The shortest term of those was served by John Farmer Jr. for 90 minutes.

George Miller – the person who created Mad Max is the same person who created Happy Feet.

Surgeons who play video games at least 3 hours a week perform 27% faster and make 37% fewer errors.

There were only 9 developers on the team for GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64, and only one of them had ever worked on a video game before.

When cellophane was invented in 1908, it was originally intended to be used to protect tablecloths from wine spills.

A Dutch start-up company have been able to start training wild crows so that they pick up cigarette butts and put them in bins for a peanut as a reward.

We feel “hangry” because it’s harder for us to control our emotions when our brains are low on glucose.

The mayor of a historical district in Alaska is a cat named Stubbs. Mayor Stubbs drinks catnip laden water from a wineglass every afternoon, at a local restaurant.

Spam mail got its name from the canned meat after a Monty Python skit that made fun of Spam as tasting “horrible and being ubiquitous and inescapable”.

Humans specifically have eyes that face forward for the purpose of seeing in 3D. On the other hand, vegetarian dinosaurs such as the Triceratops, had eyes that looked out to the side so they could stay vigilant watching for danger as they ate.

In the 1980’s, the founder of Pringles, Fredric Baur, requested to be buried in a Pringles can. His children honored the request.

You can now get a headstone with a QR code. Called “Living Headstones”, they show pages with photos, video biography’s, and comments from loved ones.

While filming Dumb and Dumber, Jim Carrey had his crown temporarily removed – that chipped tooth is real and a result of a childhood fight.

Ginger beer is brewed and fermented with ginger, while ginger ale is merely carbonated water flavored with ginger.

During the first live iPhone presentation, Steve Jobs had to frequently switch phones behind his desk. Otherwise, it would run out of RAM and crash.

In Mississippi, it is considered a federal offense to Dine-n-Dash on a check that is over $25. In California, it is only a petty theft.

The NYPD had a police officer follow Andre the Giant whenever he went out drinking. This was to make sure he didn’t get drunk and fall on anyone.

In the popular film, The Godfather, the word “mafia” is never said because the actual mafia commanded it.

The only window that opens on the presidential car is the driver’s window, to pay tolls. It also has no keyholes, and only the Secret Service know how to open the doors.

Thomas Edison invented an electric pen in 1876 that was later adapted to become the first tattoo machine in 1891.

Animal Planet aired two fake documentaries that “proved” mermaids exist. So many people thought it was real that the U.S. government issued an official statement about it.

In 18th Century England, having a pineapple was a symbol of wealth because of high import fees. They would be used as displays instead of being eaten.

Marvel’s Deadpool issue #27 holds the Guinness World Record for the most comic book characters on one cover.

Instead of an agent Bill Murray uses a 1-800 number where you can leave a message for him if you want to cast him for a movie or event.

When written down, the word “almost” is the longest word in the English language to have all of its letters in alphabetical order.

The black-footed cat is the smallest wild cat, at just 20 inches long.

The world’s most remote ATM is run by Wells Fargo in the Antarctic. The ATMs serve around 1,200 residents at the U.S. scientific facility.

The first Game Boy could run for a staggering 30 hours on only two AA batteries!

Hershey’s chocolate syrup, Ritz Crackers, DumDums, and Oreos are all suitable for vegans.

The sound of a Star Wars lightsaber was created by paring together the sound of an idle film projector and the buzz from an old TV set.

Your tonsils can grow back if there was tissue left behind during the removal process. Sometimes it’s accidental, other times it’s left on purpose.

Greenland voted to leave the European Union in 1985 and have not rejoined since.

Every second, the human eye moves about 50 times.

There’s a reply to the saying “Liar, liar, pants on fire” – It’s “I don’t care, I don’t care, I can buy another pair”.

Only 2% of the world’s population has green eyes.

The A.D. and B.C. system was not proposed until 525 A.D. by a monk. However, it was not widely used until the 9th Century.

Daniel Radcliffe had the same stunt double for the first six Harry Potter movies – until the double was paralyzed from an accident on set during filming of the 7th movie.

“Tater Tots”, a registered trademark, originally failed because people thought the product was too cheap. Popularity rose after the price was raised.

Movie theaters make roughly 85% of their profit off concession stands. This is because ticket revenues have to be shared with the movie distributors.

By mixing nonoplatelets from carrots and other root vegetables, concrete mixtures can be significantly strengthened, meaning less cement is needed to achieve the same effect.

Honey, and items immersed in honey, can be preserved for centuries. The long shelf life is due to an enzyme found in the stomachs of bees.

Credit card EMV chip technology has been around since 1986. It was first implemented in France, with Germany following shortly after.

The odds of being born on 29th February are 1 in 1461.

People who donate blood in Sweden are sent a text message each time their blood saves a life.

In the U.S., around ¾ of all houses possess at least 1 jar of peanut butter.

30 of the first 31 popes were murdered. Most of them were martyred, but not all causes of their deaths are known.

The average U.S. household has 300,000 things, from paper clips to ironing boards. U.S. children make up 3.7% of children on the planet but have 47% of all toys and children’s books.

The commonly known phrase “to a T”, means something that fits just right. Interestingly enough, this expression derives from a similar phrase “to a tittle”, which is a small mark that is used in spelling norms, like the dots of i’s or j’s, or an accent mark.

Both Motel 6 and Super 8 got their names from the original prices of the rooms. Motel 6 started at $6 in 1962, and Super 8 at $8.88 in 1974.

About 25% of all blood from the heart goes into the kidneys.

In Israel, it is illegal to bring bears to the beach.

Rednex, the band who remixed and popularized Cotton Eye Joe, is not Southern, but Swedish. They all have Southern sounding stage names.

BuzzFeed sponsored content costs about $20,000 for five or six “articles”.

Comets only reflect 4% of the light that falls on them, the rest is absorbed.

The name for the shape of Pringles is called a “Hyperbolic Paraboloid”.

Writing down your worries before taking an exam can help combat test anxiety, improve performance and boost your test scores.

The highest body count in film history goes to “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” with 836 on-screen deaths.

There is an uninhabited island in the Bahamas known as Pig Beach, which is populated entirely by swimming pigs.

While filming Rocky IV, Lundgren hit Sylvester Stallone for real and he ended up in the hospital for nine days.

For almost 15 years, Vermont was technically its own country before joining the United States in 1791. It had its own coins and postal service.

An adult’s kidney weighs about 5 ounces (142 grams) and is the size of a fist.

Without saliva, humans are unable to taste food.

The German Autobahn has no speed limits because Western Germany saw them as a Nazi relic. This became effective in 1972.

If you ate nothing but rabbit meat, you would die from protein poisoning. This would be a mixture of too much protein and an absence of fat in the diet.

The loudness of a monkey is relative to the size of its testicles. Researchers found that the smaller the testicles, the louder the monkey.

Every Pixar movie contains a reference to the Pixar movie that comes after it.

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.

There exists a plankton, Dinoflagellates, which if consumed, reverses your feeling of hot and cold – as well as hallucinations. Symptoms can last from weeks to years.

Red pandas have no living relatives – they aren’t even related to giant pandas.

After Christianity, the largest religious affiliation in the U.S. is Judaism.

Ewok Jerky was a popular snack across the Outer Rim in the Star Wars Universe.

Italy built an entire courthouse to prosecute the Mafia. They charged 474 members in a trial that lasted from 1986-1992. To date, it was the biggest trial in the world.

Doug Engelbart created the very first computer mouse from wood in 1964.

The smallest thing ever photographed is the shadow of an atom.

Despite Mercury being the closest planet to the Sun, Venus is the warmest planet.

There are no visual difference between male and female herons.

Cranes are built using cranes.

In the popular 2014 movie “Godzilla“, the Godzilla portrayal was only seen for about 8 minutes in the entire film.

In every scene of Fight Club, there is a Starbucks coffee cup.

It snowed in the Sahara desert for 30 minutes on the 18th February 1979.

PewDiePie supported his YouTube channel by selling hot dogs. His persistence paid off when in 2012 his YouTube channel garnered over one million subscribers.

Approximately 1,000,000 dogs in the U.S. are named as the heirs of their owners’ wills.

It takes longer to drown in saltwater than in freshwater. Because of this, around 90% of drownings occur in freshwater.

Employees at MillerCoors get three free cases of beer each month, in addition to having access to beer and cider on location after a work day.

Steven Spielberg was executive producer of The Animaniacs.

Kanye West’s song “Hey Mama” was dedicated to his mother, who died in 2007 after complications with plastic surgery.

More than 90% of survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks delayed evacuation to save their work, shut down computers, change shoes, or visit the bathroom.

Queen Elizabeth saved up post-war clothing ration coupons in order to pay for her wedding dress in 1947.

Sweden has the most islands in the world, with 221,800 islands.

Although dingoes are about the same size as a Springer Spaniel, they are brave enough to target an adult kangaroo when hunting in packs.

If you keep smelling something that is not really there, you may be experiencing the earliest symptoms of schizophrenia.

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

Since the death penalty was restored in 1976, the states of Washington and New Hampshire have returned to hanging as an available method of execution.

Even though drugs are officially illegal in the Netherlands, it is legal to be under the influence of any drug to encourage people to seek medical help.

The first world leader to create a YouTube channel was the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair who made his account in 2007.

Rick Astley has his own brand of beer. It was a collaboration between him and the Danish micro-brewery Mikkeller; it’s a red lager with “a hint of ginger”.

The total spend on adult Halloween costumes each year in America is $1.5 billion.

When double rainbows occur, the colors of the second arc are always reversed.

Bookworms are actual insects that bore holes in books. A major book feeding insect is a paper louse which feeds on microscopic mold in poorly kept books.

3 inches of ice can support one person, on foot. 4 inches can support a group of people, single file. 36 inches can support up to 110 tons of weight.

January 17th is known as “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day”.

Dinosaurs that could run using just two legs are referred to as bipeds.

Russia has the most man-made satellites in orbit with 1,324. There is a total of 2,271 and U.S. is in second place at 658.

The most difficult Chinese character requires 62 total strokes to write. The word itself, “biang” holds no meaning.

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

A certain type of box jellyfish’s venom will make you feel a strong sense of anxiety and sense of impending doom, and possibly thoughts of suicide. These symptoms can last up to two weeks.

The island in Lake Bled is the only natural island in Slovenia.

In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush the toilet after 10pm.

If sheep have long tails when they are born, the tails are cut off in order to prevent infection.

The name for a collective group of rhinoceroses is called a crash.

Because of the Electoral College, a presidential candidate can win with only 23% of the popular vote.

There was a snail glued to a specimen card in the British Museum mid-1800s. It spent four years glued there before scientists realized it was still alive.

August 21st is Senior Citizen’s Day – a day to honor the older generation.

William Shakespeare had a curse engraved on his tombstone to prevent anyone from moving his bones.

Acetaminophen, one of the most popular pain-killers, restrains masculinity and dulls emotions. It had been rejected in 1887 for its side effects, then approved in 1955.

The Twenty One Pilots fan base is known as the Skeleton Clique.

A man who was hanged for his part in the Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot had his skin removed and it was used to bind a book that listed his offenses.

Valentine’s Day in South Korea is a little different. Only women give gifts, not men.

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