1000 Random & Interesting Facts About Literally Everything

1000 Interesting & Random Facts
Luke Ward
|1h 40 mins read

No relationship is ever a waste of your time. If it didn’t bring you what you want, it taught you what you didn’t want.

The average person in France sleeps 8.83 hours per day, the most in the developed world.

Akon is the #1 selling artist for ringtones in the world.

Albert Einstein was married to his distant cousin; Elsa Einstein.

In the Pokémon games, Poliwag & Ditto have the same cry sounds.

The Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter movies is a real train in Scotland.

Einstein’s brain went missing when he died in 1955 and was lost for 23 years. The doctor who worked on his autopsy stole it and kept in a hidden cider box.

When you remember a past event, you are actually remembering the last time you remembered it, not the event itself.

At the 1936 Olympic games, competitors from Liechtenstein were shocked to discover their flag was the exact same as Haiti’s. Liechtenstein added a crown to their flag a year later.

Jada Smith formed a metal band called Wicked Wisdom in 2002, which is still active today.

In Zimbabwe it is illegal for citizens to make offensive gestures at a passing car.

The word “oxymoron” is itself an oxymoron. This is because it derives from Ancient Greek where “oxy” means sharp and “moros” means stupid.

“She sells seashells by the seashore” was written about a female paleontologist from the 1800’s. She actually sold dinosaur bones and fossilized shells.

Scientists have no idea how dinosaurs mated.

There is a Japanese villaige called Nagoro which has 35 inhabitants, but over 350 scarecrows!

Another term for your nieces or nephews would be “niblings”.

Daniel Radcliffe broke over 80 wands while filming the Harry Potter movies because he used them as drumsticks!

The “butterflies” you get in your stomach when you see someone you like is actually a stress response called adrenaline.

The insurance company backing the payouts for “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” sued the show for being too easy.

Jessie J’s full name is Jessica Ellen Cornish.

There is no federally declared official language for the U.S. English is only the official language of 32 states.

It requires seven to eight trees to provide enough oxygen for just one person per year.

There are more people in the U.K. than in Canada, Australia, Norway, and Iceland combined. The U.K population is over 65 million.

Walking uses a total of 200 muscles with every step you take.

Give something back to the Earth on March 12th – because it’s officially known as “Plant a Flower Day”.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the only film in the series not in the 50 highest-grossing films list.

The first known recipe of Angel Food Cake was published in 1878.

Arizona driver’s licenses don’t expire until you’re 65. You then have to renew in person every five years.

The name ASOS is an acronym for “As Seen On Screen”.

In general, people tend to read as much as 10% slower from a screen than from paper.

Rabbits can be literally “scared to death” if approached by a predator when they are totally unaware.

Pistanthrophobia is a common fear of trusting people due to past experiences with relationships gone bad.

September 3rd is International Bacon Day.

The same brain cycles that occur when asleep, still happen when you’re awake, but in smaller sections. Meaning, parts of your brain are always “falling asleep”.

One in every four cranes in the entire world is in Dubai.

The Lion King was originally called “King of the Jungle” before they realized that lions don’t actually live in jungles.

Several African countries don’t like second-hand clothes being imported to their countries because it is destroying their local textiles industry.

Pure cocoa can help prevent tooth decay. Naturally occurring chemicals in cocoa beans fight harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Baby rabbits are collectively known as litter.

All of the suits worn by Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother were tailored especially for the actor. After the series finale, he took some of them home.

Iceland has a dating app that stops you hooking up with your cousin.

NASA stands for “National Aeronautics and Space Administration”.

April 12th is known as “Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day”.

Every day in the U.S., more than 100,000 people get a speeding ticket.

Airport runway numbers actually indicate direction on a compass.

Suriphobia is the fear of mice.

The goliath frog is the largest frog in the world and can grow up to 12.5inch (32cm) in length, and weigh up to 7.2 pounds (3.3kg).

December 12th is Ding-A-Ling Day – a day to call friends and family that you haven’t spoken to in a while.

There are more volcanoes on Venus than any other planet within our solar system.

The age of the Universe is estimated to be 13.7 billion years. The oldest stars in the Milky Way, found in globular clusters, are 13.6 billion years old.

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.

Japanese people rarely leave rubbish on the streets. As a result, Japan doesn’t need janitors.

The costume designers for The Lord of the Rings worked for two straight years making custom armor. Just one Orc suit had 13,000 rings and took 3 days to make.

Eye of newt, toe of frog, and wool of bat are just archaic terms for mustard seed, buttercup, and holly leaves.

Northern Korean people are legally only allowed to have one of 28 haircuts. Men and women can choose from 14 different styles.

Eating a banana can help to form a lining which prevents heartburn from getting worse.

The closest living relatives of hippopotamuses are whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The Great Wall of China is 3,728 miles long.

When Play Doh was first developed in the 1930s, it wasn’t a toy… it was a way to clean wallpaper.

In Ancient Bafia culture, one could purchase a wife for the price of thirty potato mashers.

In a human foot there are 26 bones.

Antarctica is the only continent that turtles don’t live on.

Warren Buffett eats at McDonald’s every single morning and only orders one of three things. It never costs him more than $3.17.

Psychopaths can only think of the possible positive consequences of their actions, not the negative ones.

Disney World is the second-largest purchaser of explosives in the United States, the first being the U.S. Department of Defense.

Hard cheeses have a longer shelf live than soft cheeses.

There were 19 living men in Austria found to be direct descendants of Ötzi the Iceman in 2013 determined by blood testing.

The Latin name for banana is “musa sapientum” which translates to fruit of the wise men.

July 3rd is International Plastic Bag Free Day – it’s a day about making a little change to make a big impact (for the better) in the future.

Coca-Cola owns all website URLs that can be read as ahh, all the way up to 62 h’s.

In 1907, a woman was arrested on a beach in Boston for wearing a one-piece swimsuit.

Mountain Dew is slang for moonshine. It was originally created as a mixer for moonshine and whiskey in Tennessee.

The center of a comet is called a nucleus.

A crocodile escaped out of a duffel bag onboard a flight in the Congo, causing everybody to go to the front of the plane. This caused the plane to crash, leaving only one survivor.

August 5th is known as National Underwear Day – the perfect day to add some new, confidence-boosting pieces to your underwear collection.

Sprite was manufactured as Coca-Cola’s response to the popularity of 7 Up.

The word “white” comes from the Indo-European root “kweit” meaning “to shine”.

Although many people think shaving causes the hair to grow back quicker, there is no scientific evidence for this.

In 1999, PayPal was voted as one of the top ten worst business ideas.

Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s son, wrote the theme song for the popular children’s cartoon, Arthur, when he was 26.

Cameron Dallas‘ middle name is Alexander.

Around 70% of people tilt their heads to the right rather than the left when kissing somebody else.

The name Milky Way derives from the Greek “galaxías kýklos” or “milky circle” due to its appearance as a dim milky band in the sky.

If your throat tickles, scratching your ear can make it go away.

A dog was the first living creature to be sent into space in 1957.

There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world.

Of the 70% of water covering the Earth only 3% of it is fresh, the other 97% of it is salted.

Baltimore is the largest independent city in the U.S. with a population of 621,849. Meaning, it is not part of any county.

Applying non-fat yoghurt to a sunburnt area is a natural way to deal with sunburn.

Humans cannot walk in a straight line without a visual point – When blindfolded, we will gradually walk in a circle.

Baby horses can walk and run after just a few hours of being born.

Even though smoking has been banned on airplanes, ash trays are mandatory on every plane. This is for safe disposal in case someone breaks the law.

79% of pet owners sleep with their pets.

Brussels Airport is the world’s biggest chocolate seller, selling over 800 tons of chocolate a year.

Although Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system, it is also the lightest planet!

The Apple Lisa was the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface (GUI) and a mouse.

When you have to make a choice, and every choice is a bad one, it’s called a zugzwang.

Victoria’s Secret was originally supposed to be a store for men to shop for their female partners without feeling embarrassed.

The mongoose is one of those rare animals that is immune to a snake’s venom.

Mulan has the highest kill-count of any Disney character, including villains, and was the first Disney Princess to be shown killing people on-screen.

In Greece, women are not legally allowed to wear high heels or tall hats in the Olympic Stadium.

Most catfish are normally active at night, however the Peppered Cory Catfish is active more often during the day.

There was a man in the late 1700’s who had such a constant and severe appetite, he was once kicked out from a hospital because they thought he ate an entire toddler.

Lake Superior contains 10% of the world’s freshwater. It is the size of South Carolina, and contains 2,900 cubic miles of water.

Erotomania is a psychological disorder where the sufferer has delusions that another person is in love with him or her.

Harry Burnett Reese, the founder of Reese’s chocolate, was a former shipping foreman and dairy farmer for Milton S. Hershey, the founder of Hershey’s chocolate.

Selfies now cause more deaths than shark attacks. It is estimated there are 28 selfie related deaths per year, with the leading cause being heights.

Carrots have zero fat content.

Cards against Humanity bought an island in Maine to preserve wildlife. It is called Hawaii 2.

Leather products like handbags or shoes can be polished with the inside of a banana skin, simply rub it on and wipe off with a cloth.

“Death by PowerPoint” is a term relating to the intense boredom of useless PowerPoint presentations.

Intentionally farting on a California prison guard can get you an additional 11 years in prison.

Nearly every brand of hard liquor is vegan.

Giving up alcohol for just one month can improve liver function, decrease blood pressure, and reduce the risk of liver disease and diabetes.

The Cesky Terrier is the rarest breed of dog in the world. Around 350 of them exist in total worldwide.

Puma, cougar, and mountain lion are names for the exact same animal. The scientific name is puma, but they are more commonly referred to as cougars.

Kesha was an extra in Katy Perry’s music video for “I Kissed a Girl“. Katy had some of her friends in the video – among those, a then unknown Kesha.

In the Philippines, it is considered good luck if a coconut is cleanly split open without jagged edges.

One of Hitler’s favorite tunes to whistle was the very popular, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”

Jennifer Lopez was the first actress to have a movie and an album hit number one in the same week.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, there were 3 sailors trapped in the USS West Virginia who could not be rescued and it took 16 days for them to die.

Jack Daniel (the founder of the whiskey) died from kicking a safe. When he kicked it, he broke his toe which got infected. He eventually died from blood poisoning.

Clinomania is the excessive desire to lay in bed all day.

At his audition for The Office, John Krasinski told someone he was nervous about the producers ruining the show because of how great the British version was – little did he know, the person he was talking to was the show’s executive producer.

Hawaii’s state flag is the only U.S. state flag to feature the Union Jack upon it.

The radio took 38 years to reach a market audience of 50 million. The television took 13 years and the iPod only took 3 years to reach a market audience of 50 million.

If a snake has it’s head chopped off – that chopped-off head can still bite and unleash a huge amount of venom.

Instead of having an army, Andorrans all must keep a rifle. The law also says that police officers can offer up a firearm if the need arises.

Pope Francis used to be a nightclub bouncer.

King Kong was the first movie to ever have a sequel.

With the exception of a few organs, caterpillars liquefy almost completely while undergoing metamorphosis.

Sonic the Hedgehog is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest gaming character ever.

Each day, your mouth produces anywhere from 2 to 4 pints of saliva.

BTS was the first K-Pop group to get their own Twitter emojis.

The Green Lantern debuted in 1940, making the Lantern’s first debut only two years after Superman’s.

Gleeking is the act of stimulating the salivary glands underneath your tongue into spitting a concentrated jet of pure saliva.

Bill Gates house was designed using a Macintosh Computer.

Playboy has been publishing braille versions of their magazines since 1970, however no pictorial representations are included.

In 1986, a soviet Aeroflot pilot tried to land the plane blindly with all the windows curtained due to a bet with the co-pilot. He crashed and killed 70 of the 94 passengers on board.

26 is the atomic number of iron.

The swan has over 25,000 feathers on its body.

Biting someone with false teeth in Louisiana, USA, is considered aggravated assault.

Allodoxaphobia is the fear of opinions.

Temperature effects your attitude towards others. For example if you hold a warm coffee as opposed to a cold coffee, you are more likely to be more selfless towards others.

Male cats are called toms and females are called queens or mollies.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say there were three wise men, just three gifts.

When Kurt Russell smashed the guitar in “The Hateful Eight” he accidentally destroyed an irreplaceable 145-year old museum piece, instead of one of the replicas.

Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

Ladybugs bleed from their knees when threatened.

Butterflies have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, this is known as the exoskeleton.

The creators of the PNG image file format wanted it to be pronounced as “ping”.

Dogs can be allergic to humans – specifically, their dander. While being treated for this allergy, it can take up to 12 months for a dog to recover.

World Kindness Day falls on November 13th, and is a day to make the world a better place by showing just a little kindness to everybody.

Makeup has been used by women since before Cleopatra’s time. They would use berries and other fruits to give their faces some color.

85% of people have experienced a dream so real that they were not sure if it happened in real life or not.

When he was President, George H.W. Bush banned broccoli from Air Force One and the White House.

The British tried to invent a ship made out of wood pulp and ice during World War II. Called Project Habakkuk, it was shelved due to costs.

Although the saltwater crocodile has the highest recorded bite force in any animal, the muscles to open its mouth are weak. Its mouth can be shut with a couple layers of duct tape.

John Steinbeck was born on February 27th, 1902. He wrote 27 books including Of Mice and Men.

In over 35 British divorce cases in 2012 alone, the video game “Football Manager” was cited.

The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

The last picture taken of John Lennon while he was alive had his killer in the frame.

Gasping for air in a high altitude environment, plus UV light reflecting off snow will cause the roof of your mouth to get sunburnt.

Tutankhamun’s parents were brother and sister.

A bottle of Coca-Cola has a PH scale of 2.8, and could dissolve a nail in just 4 days.

The Titanic was about three times bigger than Noah’s Ark, with a volume of 4.6 million cubic feet.

The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated the same year Nintendo was founded and Adolf Hitler was born: 1889.

The largest snowflake in the world was found in 1887 it was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.

China banned Back to the Future because it contained time travel.

Donald Trump owns and operates around 18 golf courses around the world.

January 10th is “Peculiar People Day” – a day to celebrate those of us who are a little quirky, weird or eccentric.

Aaron Carpenter got verified on Instagram on 29th April 2015.

The U.S. government gave Indiana University $1 million to study memes.

Cards Against Humanity celebrated Black Friday by digging a hole as long as people donated. They raised over $100k.

Coca-Cola was the first drink that was ever consumed in space.

Enceladus, one of Saturn’s smaller moons, reflects 90% of the sunlight, making it more reflective than snow.

God is the only Simpsons character who has five fingers. The rest of the characters are only seen with four.

In India, the flying of a kite is illegal under a 1934 law, which classes kites as an aircraft.

The very first bottle of Dr Pepper was sold in America on the 12th January, 1885.

“Finger Lickin’ Good” had a bit of a mishap when translated to Chinese for their first KFC outlets in the country, the famous phrase became “eat your fingers off”.

Giraffe hearts pump twice as hard as a cow’s heart, in order to get blood to its brain.

Nike was founded on January 25th 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight.

The “Pinky Promise” originally indicated that the person who breaks the promise must cut off their pinky finger.

The television was invented only two years after the invention of sliced bread.

Drinking water and staying hydrated will help the fluids in your sinuses from becoming sticky, which causes more snoring.

In feudal Japan, lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.

In 2015, Ariana Grande won two MTV Millennial Awards for the “Global Instagrammer of the Year” and “International Hit of the Year” with her single “One Last Time“.

The word “peacock” does not actually apply to both the male and female birds. It’s only the males that are called peacocks, while the females are called peahens. Together, the collective name for them is “peafowl”.

Evangeline Lilly is a notoriously bad driver. She has been in at least 8 car accidents, and none of them were with another car.

In 1993, Aleksandr A. Serebrov took his Game Boy to space. Later, it was auctioned for $1,220 and is said to have orbited earth 3,000 times.

The patterns on a giraffe are totally unique – no two giraffes are ever the same.

Geomelophagia is someone who has the urge to eat raw potatoes.

Drink green tea before bed to burn calories while sleeping. Green tea will also increase your metabolism.

As of May 2015, 2.3 Million Americans still subscribed to AOL Dial Up Internet.

The average inmate at Alcatraz read 75-100 books per year.

There are computers designed for Amish people, with selling points like “No internet, no video, no music”.

LegoLand Billund opened on the 7th June 1968, and attracted over 3,000 visitors on the first day!

Overall Subway, actually has more chains than the fast-food juggernaut, McDonald’s.

In 1911, Bobby Leach was the 2nd person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He died 15 years later from slipping on an orange peel and getting gangrene.

In Texas, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department it is legal to kill Bigfoot if you find it. It would be considered a non-protected nongame animal.

During 1922 & 1933, The Coca-Cola Company was offered a chance to buy the Pepsi-Cola company, and it declined on three separate occasions.

Putting your phone in airplane mode will stop ads while playing games.

Cardi B’s birth name is Belcalis Almanzar.

A group of whales is called a pod.

Bumblebees have hair on their eyes.

The word “Android” means a human with a male robot appearance.

Triton, one of Neptune’s moons, is gradually getting closer to the planet it orbits.

The Earth is the only planet in our solar system not named after either a Greek or Roman God.

Kiss means “pee” in Swedish.

In New Jersey, it’s illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a violent crime.

The most leaves ever found on a single clover is 56.

There is actually a difference between coffins and caskets – coffins are typically tapered and six-sided, while caskets are rectangular.

“Strategic incompetence” is the art of avoiding certain tasks by pretending you don’t know how to do them.

A 23 sided shape is called an Icosakaitrigon.

Turkeys aren’t just for Christmas. June is National Turkey Lover’s Month.

When Pablo Picasso died in 1973, he was the richest artist in history.

The inventor of Vaseline, Robert Chesebrough, ate a spoonful of the stuff every single day.

“Led Zeppelin” originally wanted to be called “Lead Zeppelin” but they felt that “thick Americans” would pronounce the word wrong.

The serial number on Darth Vader’s suit of armor was E-3778Q-1.

More than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving.

Liège, Belgium tried to use 37 cats to deliver mail in the 1870’s. Most of the cats took up to a day to deliver the mail, and the service was short lived.

A females heart is smaller than a males by about 25%. Because of this, the female heart has to beat around six times more than a male heart to pump the correct amount of blood around the body.

In 1325, two Italian city states fought over a bucket which resulted in 2,000 deaths. It started when two soldiers stole a bucket from a well from the city center.

In 2000 the first permanent crew inhabited the International Space Station (ISS), and have been there ever since.

Turkey vultures use defensive vomit to get rid of any disturbing animal. They can propel their vomit up to 10 feet.

During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in Berlin Zoo.

Peaches are the third most popular fruit grown in America.

Emilie de Ravin‘s biggest TV role as Claire Littleton on the hit show “Lost“, loves peanut butter – which is unintentionally ironic because Emilie is allergic to peanuts. In reality, her biggest weakness is actually chocolate.

Jupiter has 69 moons. A few are 12-37 miles in diameter, but most are barely 1 mile in size. Jupiter itself is 317 times the mass of the Earth.

In a survey, 33% of dog owners admitted to chatting over the telephone to their dogs.

Losing Weight is the most common New Year’s resolution.

A sunset on Mars is blue.

In “Part 1” of the Battlestar Galactica mini-series, there is a scene where Serenity, the ship from Firefly, can be seen flying through the sky.

The smallest possible measurement of length is known as the Planck Length. Anything smaller than this would break everything we understand about physics

The social media website, MySpace, was founded in 2003, and sold for $580 million in 2005. At this time, it was the most visited social networking site in the world, and even surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States!

One of the earliest depictions of dreadlocks dates back to 1600 BC to the Minoan Civilization, one of Europe’s earliest civilizations, who lived in what is now known as Greece.

The most expensive domain name ever sold was cars.com for an astonishing $872.3 million.

Polygamy is the practice of having more than one husband or wife at the same time. Polygyny is where a man is married to more than one woman, and Polyandry is where a woman is married to more than one husband.

As of September 2016, the Giant Panda was downgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable” on the Global List of Species at Risk of Extinction.

The world’s oldest surviving bank is “Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena”, which was founded in 1472, and is currently Italy’s 3rd largest bank.

The letter Z is the least frequently used letter in written English. It is more common in American English than in British English due to spellings differences.

The cardboard holder that you often get around a takeaway cup of coffee is called a “zarf”.

The logo for the Monster energy drink cans is not an M as most believe, but are claw marks from a monster ripping through the can. In 2014 a YouTube video gained an international audience when they claimed that each segment of the claw mark looks like the Hebrew symbol for the number six, making the logo into 666, the number of the Beast.

The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was in 2005, and weighed 2,020 pounds, or just over 916kg.

The Triangle took nearly 100 years to become a popular orchestral instrument.

The first computer virus ever created was called Creeper, back in 1971. Shortly after this virus was created, Reaper was created as the world’s first anti-virus.

The earliest mention of the mythical creature, the Unicorn, dates back from as far as 2700 BC in Asia, and was described as a creature of great power and wisdom.

The oldest webcam stream online today is The San Francisco FogCam, and has been operational since 1994.

In Japanese legend, it is said that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods.

Doggerland is the area of land connecting Great Britain to continental Europe. It was flooded by rising sea-levels (6500-6200 BC), turning Great Britain into an island.

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  1. Killua Zoldyck 12 January 2021

    I read these when I was in a teams meeting lol. Thanks for the facts!

  2. Huy Nguyen 5 December 2020

    How come there is only 100 not 1000?

    1. Huy Nguyen 5 December 2020

      Oh, there is a net page ._.

  3. Nate H 2 December 2020

    I read all of these in like 2-4 hours lol

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