1000 Interesting & Random Facts

1000 Random & Interesting Facts About Literally Everything

Cookie Monster’s real name is Sid.

Comedian Mitch Hedberg never passed on a job, having been told “no” so often early in his career that he felt like if he didn’t say “yes”, he might not be given the opportunity to perform again.

At any given moment, there are 1,800 thunderstorms happening on Earth. This amounts to 16 million storms each year.

March 3rd is known as “What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day”.

While writing the famous song, “Hallelujah“, Leonard Cohen originally wrote 80 verses for the song which he sometimes interchanges in and out depending on where he’s playing.

People can suffer from a psychological disorder called Boanthropy that makes them believe they are a cow.

Hugh Jackman often will tell paparazzi where he is when he goes home to Australia so they can get their photos then leave him alone for the rest of his visit.

The “Lost” pilot was so expensive (over $10 million) that the Chairman of ABC was fired for green-lighting the project.

The largest living thing on earth is a giant sequoia named General Sherman.

Tupac was the first U.S. artist to have an album reach Billboard #1 while still in prison. It was his third studio album, titled “Me Against the World“.

If you multiply 1089 x 9 you get the exact reverse, 9801.

August 17th is known as Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Saturn is so big that Earth could fit into it whooping 755 times!

Rap God” by Eminem packs 1,560 words into a 6 min 4 sec song. It holds the world record for most words in a hit single.

A water dropwort is a highly poisonous plant. If it kills you, it can cause you to smile after you die. This is called a sardonic grin.

There is a British chocolate scientist who insured her taste buds for £1 million.

Kraft singles cannot be advertised as cheese because U.S. FDA standards states a food can only be identified as a cheese if it contains “at least 51% real cheese”.

When the Titanic sank in 1912, there were 3 dogs which survived. They had all been traveling with their owners in the First Class cabins.

China has a series of underground tunnels running 3,000 miles long. They are used to store and transport mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Pitbulls rank high among the most affectionate and least aggressive dogs. Pitbulls are only aggressive when forcibly trained as such; usually for illegal dog fighting.

Using tanning beds before age 30 increases your risk of developing melanoma by 75%. Tanning beds and lamps are the in the highest cancer risk category.

When Blackbeard captured ships, many of the African slaves on board would go on to become pirates. When he died, nearly one-third of his total crew were former slaves.

The Poodle is one of the cleanest breeds of dog, making them a great choice for people with pet allergies. They don’t moult much at all, and they rarely smell either.

Owls have specialized feathers where the edges protrude out to dissipate air flow. This means that they are able to fly silently and are highly deadly hunters.

A man, Ben Sliney, grounded 4,000 commercial planes across the United States on 9/11 due to the attacks – it was his first day on the job.

Elvis was originally blonde. He started dying his hair black for an edgier look. Sometimes, he would touch it up himself using shoe polish.

California law does not allow or prohibit lane splitting – when motorcycles from pass other vehicles within the same lane.

In California, you can get a ticket if you’re driving too slow.

Malta’s official language is Maltese; however the majority of the population also speaks English.

More civilians died in the Battle of Stalingrad than the nuclear atrocities at Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen in your body.

Both KitKat and Rolo is produced globally by Nestlé, except in the U.S. where it’s made by their competitor, Hershey’s.

When electricity was first installed in the White House in 1891, President Benjamin Harrison and his wife were afraid of electrocution because of the new concept. They refused to touch light switches so the staff had to turn the lights on and off for them.

35,000 hectares of peas are grown in the UK in a single year.

In 2007, a 1000-gallon inflatable swimming pool was stolen from someone’s back yard without a single drop of water being found!

Both U.S. and Soviet militaries have trained dolphins. They can be used for rescuing lost naval swimmers and locating underwater mines.

Being in a negative relationship can weaken your immune system.

October 19th is “Evaluate Your Life Day” – a day to think about your situation in life & wonder how it could be improved. Be sure to weigh the good and bad!

The total population of insects is estimated to be a billion times greater than that of the human population.

Snoop Dogg’s real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. His “Snoop Dogg” nickname came from his mother who thought he looked like Snoopy from the Peanuts.

When the historic Plaza Hotel in NYC opened in 1907, a room cost $2.50 per night, the same as $64.26 today. The Plaza now charges over $1,000/night.

Originally, the Eiffel Tower was going to be erected in Barcelona, but the project was rejected because citizens thought it was an eyesore.

The world’s longest place name has 85 letters & is located in New Zealand.

An amateur beekeeper and a group of scientists found that wax worms are capable of eating and breaking down plastic bags. The settings of a wax worm’s stomach can be recreated to safely dispose of plastic bags and bottles.

Long ago, people chewed on tree bark as a method of pain relief. Willow bark has a high amount of salicylic acid, an ingredient still used in aspirin today.

The oldest “your mom” joke was discovered on a 3,500 year old Babylonian tablet in Iraq in 1976. The tablet has since been lost, but the text remains preserved.

Kangaroos keep growing until they die. They are the world’s largest marsupial.

The flashes of colored light you see when you rub your eyes are called “phosphenes”.

A red blood cell takes only about 20 seconds to make a complete circuit through your body.

Iceland was chosen as the training ground for Apollo astronauts because it was the most “moonlike” surface.

A polygon with 30 sides is a triacontagon.

The shower-curtain effect is the phenomenon in which a shower curtain gets blown inward with a running shower. Scientists don’t know what causes this.

The KKK headquarters were purchased by the Catholic Church then turned into a church.

After a waitress at a pizzeria helped a customer choose the numbers for a winning lottery ticket in 1984, he “tipped” her $3,000,000 – half of his $6,000,000 prize money.

Jack Gilinsky is Jewish.

While most people think of Neil Patrick Harris as an actor, he is also a writer, producer, comedian, singer, and even amateur magician!

Part of the Falklands Islands is littered with leftover landmines from the Falklands War. This stretch of beach has become home to over 1 million penguins as they are too light to trigger the mines when walking on them.

Young Tyrannosaurus rex’s probably had a thin coat of downy feathers to stay warm. They did not need them as they got older due to their size.

The first jet aircraft was invented in Nazi Germany. Development started in 1936, but first takeoff occurred in 1939.

Vernor’s Ginger Ale is the oldest soda still being sold. It was created by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor, in 1866.

If you were to have your picture taken by the very first camera, you’d need to sit still for 8 hours.

Of the top 20 most watched TV broadcasts in the United States, 19 were Super Bowls, and the other was the 1983 finale of M*A*S*H.

English accounts for 50% of visited webpages, even though the amount of English users is only 26%. Russian accounts for the 2nd most visited pages at only 6%.

In season 5 of Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul (Jesse) was paid $150,000 per episode.

September 25th is known as “World Dream Day” – a day about chasing your dreams, no matter how big or small they may be!

The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded on June 6th, 1946.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

Since 1497, the United Kingdom has printed their laws on vellum, made from calf or goat-skin. They continue to do this in order to uphold the tradition.

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas wanted to make an animated Calvin and Hobbes movie. The author declined because he wanted to protect the integrity of the comic.

In New Delhi, if a tree falls sick, an ambulance is dispatched to treat them. This came into effect in 2009 and takes four people to do the job.

In 1998, David Bowie released an internet provider called BowieNet. Subscribers were offered exclusive content and a BowieNet email. It was shut down in 2006.

The 6th largest pyramid in the world is a Bass Pro Shops in the Memphis Pyramid. At 32 stories tall, it also has the tallest freestanding elevator in the U.S.

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.

Females are better at distinguishing colors, while males excel at tracking fast moving objects and discerning detail from a distance.

During the Aztec reign, a slave could be bought for 100 cocoa beans.

The average temperature of a beehive is the same as a human body. Bees flap their wings to regulate heat.

The famous Lacoste crocodile symbol was created in 1933, and was the first designer logo ever.

Each day on Neptune lasts for around 16 hours, 6 minuets and 36 seconds.

“Infantry” sounds like “infant” as typically in ancient times an army’s infantry consisted of soldiers too young or too inexperienced to ride a horse and be part of the cavalry.

The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia.

Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.

In English, twelve is the largest number that has just one syllable.

Out of the 400 species of parrots, there is only one that can’t fly, called the Kakapo parrot.

Daniel Radcliffe was allergic to his Harry Potter glasses. He had an allergy to nickel, and they were quickly replaced with hypoallergenic specs.

Dogs with pointed and long faces tend to live longer than those which have flatter faces, such as pugs.

In 2005, Frito-Lay launched Cheetos Lip Balm, but it was quickly taken off the market due to its failure.

The average human heart beats 3.6 million times a year.

The average life expectancy of a toucan is a very impressive 20 years.

A standard 12oz jar of honey take 864 bees to produce.

7% of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. That works out to 16.4 million people.

Marie Antoinette’s last words were to her executioner after accidentally stepping on his foot, saying, “Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it”.

In Japan, many families eat a KFC for Christmas Dinner. Many people order their meals months in advance and queue for hours to collect them.

Arctic and Antarctic trace their names to the simple meanings of “Bears” and “Opposite the Bears”.

Your earlobes line up with your nipples.

Jupiter completes a rotation of the Sun every 11.86 years.

Hanson made a beer called “Mmmhops”. They give away a free song with every bottle.

Using a hands-free device to talk on the phone while driving is shown to be equally or more dangerous than driving drunk.

Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death.

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

The Monster in Frankenstein was never actually named, although the Monster itself proposed the name “Adam”.

At one point, 50% of the CD’s produced worldwide had an AOL logo on it. The cost for the marketing campaign was in the billions – and it worked.

There are 30 times more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way. It’s estimated that there are 100 billion stars, and 3 trillion trees.

The first spacecraft to visit Mars was Mariner 4 in 1965.

According to Biblical Scholars, Jesus was more than likely born in a cave not a stable as the tale says.

The process by which bread toasts is called the “Maillard Reaction”.

The front paws of a cat are different from the back paws. They have five toes on the front but only four on the back.

The word “barbarian” originally referred to people who don’t speak Greek. The Greeks thought people who spoke a foreign tongue sounded like they were saying “bar bar bar” all the time.

A group of horses will not go to sleep at the same time – at least one of them will stay awake to look out for the others.

Antimatter is the most expensive substance on earth. It costs roughly $62.5 trillion per gram, or $1.75 quadrillion per ounce.

The word “friends” is said in every episode of Friends.

Alongside Sudoku, chess has been named as one of the best ways to improve the mind and the memory.

In Utah, birds have the right of way on a highway.

Logan was the most complained about movie in the U.K. in 2017 as viewers felt that the movie was too violent for its 15 rating.

It was Nicholas Cage who first advised Johnny Depp to pursue a career in acting, during the mid-1980s.

Mercury and Venus are the only two planets in our solar system that do not have any moons.

Jellyfish are considered biologically immortal. They don’t age and will never die unless they are killed.

Extreme ironing is a sport in which people take ironing boards to remote locations and iron items of clothing. It originated in England.

Mickey Mouse was the first ever cartoon character to talk. In the 1929 episode, The Karnival Kid, Mickey’s first words were “Hot dogs!”

Bob Ross’s hair was naturally straight but he chose to get a perm so he could save money on haircuts when touring the US penniless in his mobile home. Bob actually hated his curly hair but kept it as it was iconic.

The longer you spend dating somebody before marrying, the less likely the marriage is to end in divorce.

It costs almost $290,000 per year in fees to run a hot dog cart near the Central Park Zoo in New York City. This does not include cart incurred costs.

Around 15% of active Twitter accounts are social bots. This means there are nearly 48 million accounts that are not controlled by humans.

Contrary to popular belief, only 45% of the London Underground is actually underground.

In 2013, a plant was genetically spliced that grew tomatoes above ground, and potatoes underground. It is called the TomTato.

In Indonesian, there is a word, “Jayus”, that means “A joke told so poorly, and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh”.

Overwhelmingly, red states have the highest rate of dog ownership while residents of blue states are more likely to keep a cat as a pet.

Frederick Douglass was the most photographed man of the 19th Century. He wanted to ensure an accurate depiction of Black Americans during the Civil War.

Apple seeds, cherry apricot, and peach pits contain cyanide, but it takes a large amount of each to actually make you sick or kill you.

In Australia, there are nearly twice the amount of kangaroos as there are humans.

There is an island called “Just Enough Room”, where there’s just enough room for a tree and a house.

15% of iPhone users use an iPhone with a broken screen.

Baby owls are called “owlettes”.

The EU didn’t want to showcase any country over another, so the architecture on each EU banknote was created by a computer to make neutral designs.

Elephants can die of a broken heart if their mate dies.

The average person takes 12 seconds to count to 24.

It’s Australian tradition to eat sausages at polling places on election day called Democracy Sausages. For many communities, this is the biggest fundraising event of the year.

For her part as June Boatwright in the 2008 movie “The Secret Life of Bees“, Alicia Keys learned to play cello within 4 weeks.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has such severe dyslexia that he didn’t read his first novel until he was 38.

Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was also the voice of Shredder from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a recognized phobia.

In Cambodia, rats are being trained to sniff out land mines. They can clear 200 square meters in less than 35 minutes, which usually takes 2-3 days with a de-miner.

10% of Filipinos (approximately 10 million people) live overseas. The country with the highest amount is the United States with almost 4 million Filipinos.

The collective name for a group of unicorns is called a blessing.

President Ulysses S. Grant was arrested while in office. He was charged, booked, and released for speeding on a horse, and had to pay a fine.

Paddington Bear has 2 birthdays (just like the Queen). Paddington celebrates his birthdays on 25th June & 25th December.

Dogs have a total of 42 teeth when they are fully-grown.

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”.

In the early 1900s, there was a pod of killer wales who helped humans hunt down other wales in Australia. They would do this for the fins and tongues of the captured whales as rewards and this agreement was known as “The Law of Tongue”.

During 9/11, some fighters took off without live ammo, knowing that to stop the hijackers; the pilots might have to crash their fighters into the planes.

In Halden prison in Norway, guards are encouraged to interact, play sports, and eat with the inmates. This is to prevent aggression and create a sense of family.

The Danish flag is the oldest current flag of a sovereign state. It was adopted in 1370 or earlier. The second oldest is Netherlands at 1572.

The entire world population could fit in Texas allotting 330 square feet per person. The area of Texas is about 262,000 square miles.

On average, 97 chickens are killed every 0.05 seconds worldwide.

When Michael Emerson was cast for the major television show Lost, he was only intended to be on for three episodes. However, the producers were so impressed with him, that they promoted him to a series regular.

Paul McCartney was only paid £1 for performing at the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremonies. He willingly donated his performance.

All of the sweaters Mister Rogers wore on his show were hand knitted by his mother. He said he loved wearing them because they always made him think of her.

The maximum recommended consumption for Monster Energy Drink is 16oz in Australia, but 48oz in the U.S.A.

Coca-Cola was first served in 1886. At that time, only 9 colas were served in an average day, 3,285 a year. Today, 19,400 Coke products are consumed every second.

Alexander Hamilton was shot and mortally wounded by Aaron Burr on the same spot that his son had been killed 3 years before, and by the same set of pistols.

Princess Peach didn’t move until 1988, designers believed it was too complicated to make her a movable character.

Medical errors are the 6th leading cause of the death in the U.S.

Nicki Minaj is acrophobic, meaning she is afraid of heights.

Ed Sheeran has a ketchup bottle tattooed on his arm.

After a Muslim astronaut had trouble figuring out how to fast for Ramadan in space, a booklet was written to explain how to observe Ramadan while in orbit.

Manatees can get frostbite in water below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20°C). Their fat is not designed to insulate them from the cold.

There is a town in India called Santa Claus.

“Darth Vader” is derived from Old Dutch, meaning “Dark Father”.

In the original Psycho movie, the blood in the famous shower scene was actually chocolate syrup.

There are more storms on Mars when the planet is closer to the sun.

False eyelashes were invented in 1916, when a producer wanted to enhance an actresses’ eyes in a movie. The lashes were made of human hair.

The word “Gymnastics” linguistically means “to train naked”. It is derived from the two Ancient Greek words “gumnasía” (athletic training, exercise) and “gumnós” (naked). This is because many Greek athletes would train naked for the Olympic games.

In the film Star Wars Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith, every single one of the Clone Troopers was produced using CGI effects.

You’re not allowed to swear if playing in Wimbledon. Because of this, line judges have to learn curse words in every language.

It is illegal to play a musical instrument in the Northern Territory, Australia, for the purpose of annoying other people.

Bob Marley’s last words were “Money can’t buy life”.

America consumes almost 50% of the world’s chocolate.

A study at Florida State University discovered that playing Portal 2 is better for your brain than brain-training games like Lumosity.

People who eat breakfast feel better both mentally and physically throughout the day.

The original Xbox contained edited snippets of actual transmissions from the Apollo missions.

When Pink Floyd designed the “Animals” album cover, the inflatable pig tied to the power station broke free, causing Heathrow Airport to cancel all their flights.

In 2007, Scotland spent £125,000 devising a new national slogan. The winning entry was: “Welcome to Scotland”.

“Schnapsidee” is the German word for a ridiculous idea that only sounds good when you’re drunk.

Forgiveness is the number one trait linked to happiness in humans.

The police in Belfast, Northern Ireland, used music from an ice-cream truck to calm down angry teen rioters. The music diffused a tense situation, but the officers were reprimanded for it.

Ralph Lauren’s real name was Ralph Lifshitz.

In the 1830s, then ruler of Egypt Muhammad Ali Pasha wanted to disassemble the Giza Pyramids and use them as pre-cut building materials. Thankfully, the Quantity Surveyor for the project fudged the figures and made it look like it would cost too much to save them.

Pantheism is belief that God did not create the universe, but rather the universe is God.

By using big data, Wal-Mart determined that people stock up the most on strawberry Pop-Tarts and beer before a hurricane.

The most used hashtags on Instagram are #love, #instagood, #me, #cute and #follow.

Cats can hear ultrasound.

Anna Bagenhold fell through a frozen stream while she was skiing and was stuck for over an hour. She made a full recovery and became the person to survive the lowest body temperature ever recorded at 56.7 F (13.7 C) even though she was clinically dead.

Aggressive sitting is a sport. It originated in Berlin no later than 2008. You can purchase a special stool for this sport for around 70 dollars.

The whole Harry Potter series contains 199 chapters, 4,224 pages and 1,090,739 words and has been made into 19 hours and 39 minutes of film.

Daniel Radcliffe identifies as Jewish, and his mother is Jewish too.

The distance from your wrist to your elbow is the same length as your foot.

A group of parrots is known as a pandemonium of parrots.

On average, PewDiePie receives around 2 million YouTube views on each video after only 24 hours of uploading them.

When Jay-Z was 12, he shot his older brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry. He later referenced it in a song, titled “You Must Love Me“.

In Ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a woman was a symbolic declaration of love, and to catch it was to show acceptance of that love.

The average computer user blinks seven times a minute, the normal rate is twenty times per minute.

If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will become pale.

Worldwide cucumber production was 57.5 million tons in 2010 alone, with 40.7 million tons of the production and export happening in China.

When tea started being sold in bags, originally it was intended to be removed from the bags by customers, but they found it easier to brew the tea still in the bag.

If the electors of the Holy Roman Emperor did not vote within 30 days, they were only allowed to eat bread and water, and forbidden to leave the city.

A woman once tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Empire State Building. She jumped from the 86th floor but was blown back onto the 85th floor by a gust of wind.

The original Star-Spangled Banner was sewn on the floor of a brewery in Baltimore in 1813 by Mary Pickersgill and her daughter.

Cucumber can actually cure bad breath. A slice pressed to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds with your tongue allows the phytochemicals to kill the problematic bacteria.

Wonder Woman has a black sister, Nubia. She was sculpted from black clay like Diana was sculpted from white clay.

Dartmouth’s unofficial mascot is a beer keg called “Keggy the Keg”. Created in 2003, it was initially controversial but is now part of the Dartmouth culture.

27,000 trees are cut down every day to supply the world’s toilet paper.

According to scientists, the weight of the average cumulus cloud is 1.1 million pounds.

Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.

The first band to ever perform live on all seven continents was Metallica.

November 17th is known as “Unfriend Day”. On this day you should unfriend anybody who you don’t know or speak to.

A 2017 survey found Paraguay to be the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row.

In a few Appalachian forests there are fireflies that glow blue for up to a minute instead of flashing yellow.

Space suits take 5,000 hours to make, costs 1 million dollars, weighs about 110 pounds, and has 11 layers of material.

There are more than 70 species of mushroom that glow in the dark.

There is a Guinness world record for the longest amount of time needed to create an official government – it is held by Belgium.

Dylan Dauzat’s fans call themselves “Dylanators”.

Some butterfly species are extremely fast; the Skipper Butterfly can fly faster than a horse can run.

Canadian law requires citizens answer a math question when entering sweepstakes. This is done to add some aspect of skill to the contest.

The Empire State building only took a littler over a year to build (410) days and it was 12 days ahead of schedule when completed.

Neptune was the first planet to be found through mathematical predictions rather than telescopic location.

Foxes have whiskers on their legs. This helps them with their bearings, especially when it’s dark outside.

The call of a Kookaburra is used as the stock jungle sound effect in many movies and shows set in the jungles of Africa or South America, even though they are only in Australia and New Guinea.

Deep snow can sometimes appear blue in color because the extra layers of snow create a filter for light.

Crows can remember the faces of individual humans. They can also hold a grudge.

In 1942, a 12-year-old lied about his age to join the Navy. He became a decorated war hero at age 13 but was thrown out of the Navy after his mom found out.

A Brussels airline flight to Vienna was aborted because the pilot was attacked in the cockpit. The attacker was a passenger’s cat.

The least common day to be born on is 22nd May.

Reindeer are one of the only mammals that can see UV light.

Angelina Jolie performed her own stunts whilst filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

As per the Shark Tank contract, if you mention the name of any company you own, then Shark Tank automatically owns 5% of that company or gets 2% of the lifetime profits.

Because of its unique tilt, a single night on Uranus lasts for 21 years.

Alaska is the state which produces the most serial killers.

There is such an expansive collection of books under the British library in their archive, that if a person could read 5 books per day it would take the 80,000 years to complete.

The King of Macedon threatened Sparta with “If I bring my army into your land, I will raze your city”. The Spartans replied: “If”. No attempt was made to capture the city.

85% of Valentine’s Day Cards are bought by women.

Chocolate ice cream has been proven to significantly reduce emotional and physical pain.

Due to paralytics administered, if you wake up during surgery, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell anyone.

In America it is a federal crime to use your roommate or friend’s Netflix account.

Volkswagen owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati and Porsche.

Facebook causes you to overestimate how happy your friends are and, in turn, makes you more depressed.

Gatorade was invented to help the Florida Gators Football Team stay hydrated.

When Nike first started, it was called Blue Ribbon Sports. The name was changed in 1971.

28 is the atomic number of Nickel, and the atomic mass of Silicon.

The modern salute is believed to be derived from the way in which French Knights would greet each other by lifting the visors of their helmets.

In 1937, a major fire broke out at the Fox Film studios in New Jersey. The fire destroyed 75% of their movies, including most of their silent films.

Fungus are more closely related to animals on a genetic level than they are to plants.

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