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Have you ever wondered how many times you’ve walked around the world? Or where your smallest bone is? And what is a Jesus Nut!?
Well, get your answers here, and so much more with these 200 random, fun facts that you will love to know!
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Banging your head against a wall for one hour burns 150 calories.
If you need to burn some calories and happen to be incredibly frustrated, why not have your cake and eat it, so to speak.
If you’re not too keen on losing brain cells in the process, you might want to give this one a miss.
A much safer option would be to take your dog for a walk for 45 minutes, which would also burn 150 calories.
You can also check out these other weird facts on ways to burn calories.
In Switzerland, it is illegal to own just one guinea pig.
While this may sound like an odd law to try and enforce, it actually makes perfect sense!
This is because guinea pigs are incredibly social animals.
If you kept just one guinea pig it would become lonely and depressed, which is actually considered to be animal cruelty these days.
The real question you should be asking is why this isn’t a law everywhere?!
Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers.
If you’ve ever felt strangely uneasy around feather blankets or pillows, this could be why!
Not only is this phobia the fear of being tickled by feathers, in extreme cases it can involve the fear of feathers in general.
The word Pteronophobia is made up of the Greek word ptero, meaning “feather”, and phobia, meaning “fear”.
Snakes are able to predict earthquakes.
Researchers in China have found that many animals are actually able to predict earthquakes to varying levels of success.
It’s come to light that snakes are the most reliable, sensing earthquakes from as far as 75 miles away (121 km).
What’s more impressive is that they can sense an earthquake as many as five days before it actually occurs!
When a snake senses an earthquake it will run (or slither, in this case) away from its nest, even in the darkest days of winter.
Why not check out these other interesting facts about snakes.
Crows often hold grudges against specific people.
It turns out that crows are actually very good at recognizing people’s faces, and have been found to remember people for a long time!
This can of course be both a negative and a positive fact, depending on how nice you are to them.
While crows can tell us apart, we would find it incredibly difficult to distinguish one crow from another.
Fun Fact: This is known as The Crow Paradox.
The oldest “your mom” joke was discovered on a 3,500-year-old Babylonian tablet.
The tablet was discovered during an archaeological dig in Iraq in 1976 but has unfortunately been lost since.
Fortunately, the tablet was photographed, so researchers were able to analyze and translate the text.
The results? Well, we can tell that the tablet does indeed contain jokes, but unfortunately, the full meaning has been lost in translation.
The translated form of the world’s oldest your mom joke is “…of your mother is by the one who has intercourse with her. What/who is it?”
Do we understand it? Not a chance, but we recognize a “your mom” joke when we see one!
Two infectious diseases have been successfully wiped out: Smallpox and Rinderpest.
Thanks to advances in medical science we were able to completely eradicate smallpox, with the last natural case occurring on October 25, 1975.
Smallpox causes breakouts of pus-filled blisters all over your body and in most cases were life-threatening, so the eradication was a monumental achievement.
The second disease to be eradicated, Rinderpest, is actually a disease found in cattle and is quite similar to measles.
The last known case of Rinderpest was in 2001.
May 29 is officially “Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day”.
The roots of this odd-sounding holiday go back hundreds of years, starting in the early 1900s.
People in the 1900s didn’t have refrigerators of course and instead would hang a piece of cloth in their larders.
It’s believed that doing so brought luck, peace, and prosperity to your household.
The tradition has been adapted over time to fit the modern kitchen, with families all over the world placing a pillow on top of their fridge every year on May 29th.
Read more about Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day right here!
Cherophobia is the irrational fear of fun or happiness.
Do you absolutely hate all things fun? You might have Cherophobia!
People with this phobia are known to avoid any kind of situation that might be classified by others as fun or joyful.
The word Cherophobia is made up of the Greek words chero, meaning “to rejoice”, and phobia, meaning “fear”.
For any readers out there with Cherophobia, please stop reading these fun facts now!
We can’t imagine the psychological pain you’ve gone through by reading this far already.
7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
I know seven percent doesn’t sound like a lot, but that actually works out at 16.4 million American adults.
This is a truly disturbing fact when you think about it.
This shows that nearly one in ten Americans has a deeply flawed understanding of basic science, as well as a clear lack of understanding of where their food comes from!
Next, they’ll claim that bacon grows on trees!
If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop.
Kangaroos use their tails for balance whilst hopping, so if you elevate their tail, they would have no balance and fall over.
There are known cases where kangaroos have lost their tails and can still move around, but it took them a long time to adjust, and can only move small distances at a time!
This is because their tails aren’t just for balance – they also act as a third leg, propelling them forward just as much as their legs do!
Don’t miss these other fun facts about kangaroos.
Bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun.
Talk about a mind-bending fact!
Long have philosophers pondered the humble banana, arguing until the sun goes down as to why they’re curved.
It turns out that bananas go through a process called “negative geo-tropism”, which causes them to grow upwards towards the sun instead of towards the ground.
This in turn gives the banana its familiar curved shape.
Love bananas? You’ll go bananas over these fun facts about bananas!
Most Korean people don’t have armpit odor.
Studies conducted by the University of Bristol found that only 0.006% of the Korean population have the ABCC11 gene, which is the cause of armpit odor.
In fact, the study found that most East Asians don’t have this gene; Koreans just have the lowest numbers.
While this may be surprising to us, it’s obviously been known for a while in Korea, as deodorant isn’t commonly found there!
Fun Fact: Only 2% of Europeans don’t have this gene!
The original London Bridge is now in Arizona.
The London Bridge, originally constructed in 1831, was starting to fall apart by the 1960s.
As a result, the City of London decided to sell it and build another.
It was taken apart in 1963 after being bought by American oil tycoon Robert P. McCullogh and shipped to Arizona.
It was put back together piece by piece in Lake Havasu City, a city founded by McCullogh himself, serving as a tourist attraction.
The reconstruction took three years and was completed in 1971.
You can read more fun facts about Arizona here!
During your lifetime you will produce enough saliva to fill 50 bathtubs!
The average person produces just over an ounce (30 ml) of saliva every hour.
This might not seem like much, but it adds up over time!
To give you a better idea, that’s 24.3 ounces (720 ml) or one full wine bottle’s worth of saliva a day, which is an average of 69 gallons (263 liters) per year.
The average global life expectancy is about 72 years, which means that you produce an average of 4,968 gallons (18,936 liters) of saliva in your lifetime.
That’s enough to fill 50 bathtubs!
If Pinocchio said “My Nose Will Grow Now” it would create a paradox.
As we all know, whenever Pinocchio lies his nose grows longer.
There is but one sentence out there which Pinocchio could say which breaks this system, which is “my nose will grow now”.
If you think about it, Pinocchio’s nose would have to grow to make his statement not a lie, but then it can’t grow otherwise the statement would not be a lie.
Fun Fact: This conundrum is known as the Pinocchio Paradox.
Polar bears could eat as many as 10 penguins in a single sitting…
…If they didn’t live at opposite ends of the earth!
Polar bears live in the Arctic, whereas the most common penguin in the world, the Adélie penguin, lives in Antarctica.
An adult polar bear normally eats about 20% of its total weight.
The average adult polar bear weighs 500 pounds (227 kg), which means it eats about 100 pounds (45 kg) every time it sits down to eat.
The average Adélie penguin weighs around 10 pounds (4.5kg), so a polar bear would have to eat ten to be full!
Fun Fact: This means that a polar bear could comfortably eat a child!
Car manufacturer Volkswagen makes sausages.
Most people know Volkswagen for their iconic line of campervans, the Kombi, or even the cute little Beetle.
A lesser-known product that comes out of Volkswagen’s factories is sausages! Specifically, currywurst sausages.
Now why in the world would Volkswagen make sausages?
Well, one of their factories was built in quite a remote location, so they decided to make their own food for the factory workers.
Their sausages were apparently quite popular, as they ended up being sold commercially.
Fun Fact: Volkswagen’s sausages are so popular that they bring in more revenue than their cars!!
Movie trailers were originally shown after the movie, which is why they were called “trailers”.
The world’s first movie trailer was shown at a theater in Harlem, New York, in 1914.
The trailer, which promoted an upcoming movie featuring Charlie Chaplain, was shown after the movies which were shown at the theater.
The problem with the trailers showing after the film was that audience wouldn’t stay around to watch them, making the trailers rather ineffective.
Eagles can hunt down a young deer and fly away with it.
Eagles are apex predators, which means that they live at the top of their ecosystem’s food chain.
To live at the top of the food chain they obviously have to be pretty big and powerful, so powerful that they can carry any prey they hunt down to a more convenient location where they can safely feast upon it.
Eagles on average are able to carry a maximum of about four to five pounds (1.8 – 2.2 kg). Young deer, known as fawns or calves, weigh between four to eight pounds (1.8 – 3.6 kg).
Need I say more? Never underestimate an eagle!
The smallest bone in your body is in your ear.
This tiny bone is on average just 0.09 × 0.11 inches (3 × 2.5 mm) in size.
It is called the stapes because it looks quite similar to a stirrup, which in Latin is Stapes.
Found in the middle ear of both humans and many other animals, the stapes play a vital role in transferring vibrations from sounds into the inner ear.
Tennis players can be fined up to $20,000 for swearing while playing at Wimbledon.
That’s not all, though. If players swear just once before or during a match, they are fined and given a warning.
The second time it happens in one match they may lose a point, on the third they may lose a game, and they can lose the whole match if they swear four times!
Only 5% of the ocean has been explored.
The ocean covers some 70% of the Earth’s surface, and it is understandably much harder to explore than land.
As much as 20% of the ocean floor has now been mapped, thanks to advancements in sonar technologies.
Speaking of technology, one reason we have explored so little of the ocean is that we only developed the technology for doing so within the last 100 years!
Most people fart around 14 to 23 times a day!
While farting may sometimes be embarrassing, it’s perfectly natural.
That being said, watching what you eat can help prevent farting as often, as well as preventing them from being too smelly!
The foods most linked to farting include beans, broccoli, milk, corn, high-fiber foods such as fruit or peas, and cabbage.
There are of course more, but these are some of the worst offenders!
There is a species of spider called the Hobo Spider.
The hobo spider (Eratigena agrestis) can actually be found in many places across the world, from Europe to Central Asia, as well as some parts of North America!
This crafty little critter doesn’t live in a standard spider web; instead, it constructs a funnel made of web in the ground and waits for its prey to stumble into it.
A lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away.
To be more specific, a lion can roar as loud as 114 decibels, which is roughly 25 times louder than a gas-powered lawnmower.
Lions are able to roar much louder because their vocal cords are shaped differently, allowing them to produce more noise with less effort.
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Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.
The island has actually been continuously inhabited since at least 200 AD but wasn’t discovered by Europeans until the 16th Century.
Legend has it that on December 13, 1502, French sailors were shipwrecked and became stranded on the island.
As December 13 is Saint Lucy’s Day, they named the island in honor of her.
If you’re planning a vacation, why not check out these random fun facts about Saint Lucia!
A baby spider is called a spiderling.
If you think spiders are creepy, wait until you see a baby spider!
Officially known as spiderlings, they are often born in groups of thousands at a time!
One of the creepiest things you could possibly ever witness is a wolf spider and its spiderlings, as this motherly arachnid carries her young on her back!
Check out these eight creepy facts about spiders.
The United States Navy uses Xbox controllers for their periscopes.
In 2018, the first US Navy Submarine equipped with Xbox 360 controllers was brought into commission.
You read that right – because the control stick for periscopes is both phenomenally expensive and difficult to master, the US Navy has begun to install Xbox 360 controllers as they are much cheaper.
It’s not just about cost, though – many periscope operators have previously used video game controllers in the past and can transfer their skills to the job at hand.
The following can be read forward and backward: Do geese see God?
Any word, sentence, or phrase which can be read the same forwards and backward is known as a palindrome.
The word itself is from the Greek words “palin” meaning “back”, and “dromos” meaning “direction”.
Palindromes have been around for thousands of years already with the first palindromes invented in Egypt during the Greek occupation around 300 BC.
Fun Fact: The man credited with writing the first palindromes was executed for writing a palindrome that insulted his king!
A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.
When an octopus lays its eggs they are smaller than a grain of rice, and are so delicate they have to be constantly watched over.
When the baby octopuses emerge from their eggs they come out fully formed, but tiny!
So tiny, that they weigh just 0.001 ounces (0.03 grams).
You would think this would make them hard to spot, however since eggs are laid by the tens of thousands they are easily spotted!
A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first passengers to take a trip in a hot air balloon.
You read that right – in 1783, the first hot air balloon was launched carrying a sheep, duck, and a rooster.
The hot air balloon as we know it today was invented by the Montgolfier brothers in France, who began to experiment with the idea after seeing some of their laundry being lifted by the heat of a fire it was drying on.
The inaugural flight took animal passengers as it was unknown how flying at altitude would affect us.
The flight was a complete success and the animals landed, safe and mostly unharmed other than a few kicks the sheep managed to land on the rooster.
In Uganda, around 48% of the population is under 15 years of age.
Uganda has a total population of 42.7 million inhabitants, meaning there are around 20 million people under the age of 15 living there.
If you were to expand the age to just 30, that brings the percentage up to 77 percent.
One of the reasons this number is so high is that the population is rapidly expanding, as there were just 5 million people in Uganda in 1950.
The average male gets bored of a shopping trip after 26 minutes.
On top of this, it’s been found that eight in ten men hate shopping with their partner.
Meanwhile, women don’t get tired of shopping until around 2 hours have passed!
Interestingly, it was also found that men who are promised some sort of treat at the end of the joint shopping trip were more likely to at least pretend to enjoy shopping with their partner.
So next time you see a couple at a retail store with a bored-looking boyfriend, you know they’ve been out for more than half an hour.
In the 16th Century, Turkish women could initiate a divorce if their husbands didn’t provide them with enough coffee.
Today, this would be of course be unheard of. But back then, coffee was an integral part of Turkish society.
It was introduced into the country in the 15th Century, and by the 16th Century, they had mastered the art of coffee.
Coffee became so popular, it seems, that it became “grounds” for divorce.
No one knows why exactly this actually came into law, but the fact remains that it was!
Recycling just one tin can saves enough energy to watch television for 3 hours.
Yup, that’s how important recycling is! In fact, recycling an aluminum can into a new one takes just 5% of the energy required to produce one normally.
The average person has the chance to recycle 25,000 cans in their lifetime – that’s 75,000 hours of television!
Fun Fact: Every three months the US throws away enough aluminum that if recycled could be used to build the US’ entire fleet of commercial airplanes!
After the premiere of 16 and Pregnant, teen pregnancy rates dropped.
MTV may not have the most wholesome programs, but after the premiere of this show, teen pregnancy dropped by 5.7% within 18 months of the show airing.
While this is certainly a success story, the TV show has been criticized for making teenage pregnancy look more glamorous than it really is.
Instead of focusing on the very real issues such as cleaning up poop, they focus attention more on the drama between the parents.
Approximately 10-20% of US power outages are caused by squirrels.
Harmless and cute as they seem, these fuzzy little creatures aren’t as innocent as you think!
Squirrels have a tendency to chew things, which is of course perfectly natural.
Combine this with something unnatural, such as a power line, and you’ve suddenly got a problem.
Fortunately, squirrel-induced blackouts are much easier to fix, as there’s only so much damage one little squirrel can do.
These blackouts also tend to be much smaller than one caused by a storm as there is much less to repair – generally just one cable.
Check out these other amazing facts about squirrels!
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are all banned in China.
Known as the “Great Firewall of China”, China’s restriction and censorship of the internet within its country is truly expansive.
Those aren’t the only ones either – over 8,000 domain names are blocked.
Other major banned social network sites include Pinterest and Tumblr. This doesn’t mean that people in China can’t be social over the internet.
Instead, a number of Chinese-owned and approved social media companies including TikTok, Weibo and Wechat have become wildly popular.
95% of people text things they could never say in person.
There’s something about saying things over text instead of in person that allows us to say a lot more, and speak a little more honestly – if a little too much at times!
While this often ends up in sticky situations, it has its benefits too…
Psychologists have found that their patients are able to open up to them more by texting.
They still talk face-to-face with patients but find it really helps with their progress.
Honeybees can recognize human faces.
For a long time now we thought that only large-brained mammals were able to distinguish faces, but that theory has been wildly shaken up by the humble honeybee!
As bees are able to distinguish between many different flowers it was theorized that they may be able to tell people apart.
Through rigorous scientific testing, it was discovered that honeybees could recognize a familiar face days after being trained to do so.
Fun Fact: Bees see faces in a compilation of 5,000 individual images – kind of like pixels.
The Battle of Hastings didn’t actually take place in Hastings.
The famous Battle of Hastings was fought between the English forces under King Harold Godwinson and the Norman and French forces under William the Conqueror back in 1066.
The battle is known well today as the deciding point in the Norman Conquest of England.
Despite being called the Battle of Hastings, the actual battle took place 7 miles (11 km) away from Hastings in a town that is today known as Battle. Fitting, right?
While trying to find a cure for AIDS, the Mayo Clinic made glow-in-the-dark cats.
By attaching some form of easily identifiable marker to a gene scientists are able to determine whether it has been successfully been introduced into an animal’s DNA.
In 2011 scientists at the Mayo clinic used a fluorescent protein from a specific jellyfish when testing an anti-FIV (the cat equivalent of AIDS) gene.
The tests were a success, but the cats did end up glowing in the dark.
In fact, even the offspring of these cats glow in the dark! Their success is just one step along the way to a final cure for AIDS.
A swarm of 20,000 bees followed a car for two days because their queen was stuck inside.
A 68-year-old grandmother got quite the surprise on her return from a visit to a nature reserve.
It seems that somehow a queen bee was curious and got trapped in her car.
On her way home she parked her car to go shopping, only return to a car covered in bees!
The bees were safely removed from the car, and the lovely old lady made her way home.
Much to her surprise, the bees were back the next day! It seems that the queen bee was still inside, and the bees followed her the whole way home.
This time, they were all removed, and they, fortunately, didn’t return!
Eating carrots can turn your skin orange.
When the phrase “there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing” was coined, the creator obviously didn’t know much about carrots!
Carrots are full of a natural pigment called beta-carotene, which gives them their vibrant orange color.
It turns out that if you eat too many carrots the beta-carotene can enter your bloodstream, giving your skin an orange glow!
The medical name for this condition is carotenemia, and while alarming, it is fortunately generally harmless!
Bob Dylan’s birth name was Robert Zimmerman.
It turns out that Bob Dylan isn’t the only stage name that he has gone by either.
When he was fresh out of high school he had already chosen to be called Elston Gunn when he was on stage, but this didn’t stick for long.
For a while, he simply went by his first and middle names, Robert Allen, but that didn’t feel right either.
Eventually, he came upon the name Bob Dylan, which he changed his name to officially on August 2, 1962.
No one actually knows why he chose this name, but many people, including Dylan himself, have told different stories over the years.
A crocodile can’t poke its tongue out.
Because their tongues are attached to the roof of their mouths, crocodiles cannot stick their tongues out – although their very similar counterparts, alligators, can.
While this may seem more useless than useful, it’s actually quite convenient for crocodiles – they can’t bite their tongues while snapping their powerful jaws together!
Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift away from each other.
While it may look like it’s just a couple of otters being adorable, it’s actually a life-saving strategy!
This technique is most commonly seen with mothers and their pups (that’s a baby otter!).
Another way they stay still in choppy seas is by grabbing onto long strands of kelp that grow up from the seabed.
If you love this fact, check out these 15 otterly awesome facts about otters!
A small child could swim through the veins of a blue whale.
We all know that blue whales are absolutely huge, but this puts it into a whole new perspective!
The largest animals on the planet, blue whales can grow as large as 100 feet (30 m) long and weigh up to 150 tons (152,407 kg).
Their hearts are obviously huge too, about the same size as a small car.
This makes it no small surprise that a small child of three or four could swim with ease through a blue whale’s massive veins!
The word “y’all” dates back to at least 1631.
Whether you like it or not, the shortening of “you all” to “y’all” is here to stay.
For a long time, it was thought to have originated sometime in the 18th or even 19th centuries, but it turns out that it’s been in use for much longer.
In 1631, the English scholar William Lisle wrote the following in a book he wrote on Ethiopian history, of all things:
“The captive men of strength I gave to you, the weaker sold, and this y’all know is true”.
J.K. Rowling chose the unusual name “Hermione” so young girls wouldn’t be teased for being nerdy.
When J.K Rowling set about to choose a name she looked for one which is much less commonly used.
Eventually, she came upon the name Hermione, which she took from a character in William Shakespeare’s “A Winter Night’s Tale”.
Rowling says when she chose the name, she “didn’t want a lot of fairly hard-working little girls to be teased if ever the book was published”.
Hewlett-Packard’s (also known as HP) name was decided in a coin toss in 1939.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard met in the early 1930s while studying Engineering and quickly became solid friends.
They both worked a number of postgraduate jobs before starting their own company, where they operated out of a tiny garage.
In 1939 they cemented their partnership and made a decision regarding the company’s name – it would simply be the hyphening of their two surnames.
To decide on the order in which their names would be presented they flipped a coin, with the winner given the final choice.
Dave Packard actually won the coin toss but preferred the way Hewlett-Packard sounded and so they stuck with that!
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There are a total of 1,710 steps in the Eiffel Tower.
Standing 108 stories tall, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in Europe, if not the globe.
It was constructed in 1889, and until 1930 it was the tallest building in the world.
To get to the top of this 1,063 feet (324 m) tall marvel you have to climb 1,710 steps. However, guests are only allowed to climb the stairs until the first platform.
From there, they must take an elevator to the top.
The names of the Pokémon Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are based on Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
Players new and old would be familiar with the two fighting-style Pokémon Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan, who have been present within the games since their debut on Gameboy.
As Pokémon is a game out of Japan, the original names were quite different.
When the game was introduced to the western world their names needed to be westernized, so it was that they were named after internationally famous martial artists.
The third Pokémon of the Hitmons, Hitmontop, is also named after a martial artist – Larry Top.
If you love Pokémon, you’ll love these fun facts about the original 151 Pokémon.
Pigs are considered to be the world’s fifth-smartest animal.
Ah, pigs. They roll around in muck and filth, eat any scraps left around for them, and they are frankly quite delicious.
That’s not all, though, as it turns out that they’re incredibly intelligent!
They have in some cases been found to be smarter than dogs, they can solve puzzles better than chimpanzees and they have some of the best long-term memories known in animals.
Pirates wore earrings because they believed they improved their eyesight.
In fact, there are many reasons why pirates wore earrings…
Some sailors would adorn their ears with trinkets from faraway lands to show how well-traveled they were.
Pirates were known to believe that the precious metals in their earrings had magical properties and could protect them from and even cure bad eyesight.
Also, pirates were known to believe that earrings could aid in seasickness, as well as preventing them from drowning.
Los Angeles original name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula.”
The city that is now known as Los Angeles was first founded by Spanish colonists in 1769.
It wasn’t until a few years later, in 1781 when another group of 44 settlers made the new town their home.
The Spanish governor gave it its name, El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula, or “The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciúncula”.
As the name is quite a mouthful, it became shortened over time until it finally became Los Angeles. Now, Los Angeles is just “The Angels.”
The Twitter bird actually has a name – Larry.
Not everyone likes Twitter, but few can be found who dislike its logo and mascot, a cute little blue bird.
When Twitter was founded in 2006 their logo was simply purchased from a stock image website, with small changes to its appearance in the years since.
It wasn’t until the 2010s that it was revealed by a Twitter employee that it’s actually called Larry.
Twitter has since confirmed this, as well as the fact that the name comes from Larry Bird, who is a famous Hall of Fame basketball player.
The species of Larry the Bird still remains a secret!
Octopuses actually have six arms and two legs!
Like all other animals that walk on two appendages, we use the bottom two for walking and the top two for manipulating objects.
It seems that octopuses also favor some of their tentacles in a similar way.
Six of an octopuses tentacles are used in the same way we would use our arms and are used for purposes such as eating.
The remaining two tentacles are used for walking, which makes them just like legs.
Unlike humans, octopuses do not favor one side over the other, so there’s no such thing as being left or right-tentacled!
In the popular sitcom Parks and Recreation, the writers had no idea Nick Offerman was a talented saxophone player when they wrote the Duke Silver plotline.
While many of Ron Swanson’s activities such as woodworking are based on Nick Offerman’s real hobbies and interests, the writers had absolutely no idea he played saxophone.
This was rather fitting given the nature of Duke Silver.
There are only two times that we know of that snow fell in the Sahara desert.
February 18, 1979, was a special day for residents of Ain Sefra, a town in Algeria at the edge of the Sahara desert.
It was special because, for as long as anyone can remember, it was the first time snow could be seen falling in the Sahara desert.
It snowed for just 30 minutes, and the snow of course rapidly melted.
Since then there has been just one case of it happening again, on December 19, 2016.
Mike Tyson once offered a zoo attendant 10,000 dollars to let him fight a gorilla.
Back in the 90s, Mike Tyson was a true force to be reckoned with, but even he might not have been able to stand up against an adult male gorilla!
Tyson had already bribed a zoo attendant to open the zoo just for himself and his then-wife, Robin Givens.
It was during this visit that he made his outlandish request – demanding the attendant “to open the cage and let me smash that silverback’s snot box”.
Fortunately for everyone involved the zoo attendant declined his request.
ABBA turned down 1 billion dollars to do a reunion tour.
At the height of their success in 1979, ABBA was one of if not THE biggest pop band in the world.
Three years later the group split up, following the divorce of two of their members.
In 2000, ABBA was offered $1 billion dollars to reunite for 100 shows – which would have been $250 million per member.
When asked why they wouldn’t accept the offer, they simply said “it’s a hell of a lot of money to say no to, but we decided it wasn’t for us”.
Captive pandas may sometimes fake pregnancies.
It’s been claimed that pandas sometimes carry on showing symptoms synonymous with early pregnancy after noticing their preferential treatment, such as private accommodation, air conditioning, and extra food.
While the original claims have been largely discredited, stating that it wasn’t so much as a choice but due to hormonal changes, it’s quite fun to imagine pandas cheating the system for better food!
Fun Fact: In captivity, giant pandas can live up to 35 years old, but only 15 years in the wild.
The first alarm clock could only ring at 4 am.
While alarms, and clocks, have been around for a long time, the combination of the two is a much more recent invention!
The man responsible for creating the first mechanical alarm clock, Levi Hutchins, did so as he was determined to wake up before sunrise, no matter what day it was.
So it was that in 1787 he created an alarm clock that would chime at 4 am.
His invention worked perfectly, for him at least. He was so happy, in fact, that he never bothered to patent his device or sell it commercially.
It took another 60 years for a wind-up alarm clock to be invented that could be set to any time.
Some insects and small birds see the world in slow motion.
This is because they are able to take in more information per second than other, larger animals.
This allows them to move so rapidly and with such precision, which is vital to escape from predators.
They process information so quickly that they perceive time as though it was in slow motion.
Fun Fact: It’s been found that the opposite is true for larger animals, with giants such as elephants taking a lot more time to take in information and act upon it.
A goat called William Windsor served as a Lance Corporal in the British Army.
William “Billy” Windsor I served in the 1st Battalion Infantry Unit of The Royal Welsh between 2001 and 2009.
He was briefly demoted to fusilier after “unacceptable behavior” at the Queen’s Official Birthday celebrations, before regaining his rank as Lance Corporal.
Billy was not the only animal, and will certainly not be the last to serve in the Royal Welsh, as the tradition goes back to 1844.
Following Billy’s retirement, he has since been replaced by a younger goat named William Windsor II.
The most venomous jellyfish in the world is the Irukandji.
The Irukandji are actually a few different species of box jellyfish, which are commonly found in the waters off Australia’s coast.
Despite being the most venomous jellyfish in the world, they’re actually not the most dangerous.
The more lethal species of jellyfish are actually also box jellyfish, but are larger and are able to administer their venom much more rapidly.
Despite this, the Irukandji is still something that should be avoided at all costs – something which is rather difficult as they’re smaller than your fingernail!
Another reason to steer clear of them is that their venom is 100 times more powerful than a cobra’s!
March 20th is known as Snowman Burning Day.
The first-ever Snowman Burning Day was celebrated on March 20, 1971, at Lake Superior State University in Michigan.
This bizarre-sounding celebration was inspired by the Rose Sunday Festival in Germany.
In the original Rose Sunday Festival, a parade passes through town, and the mayor would make an agreement with the children of the town.
If they promise to be well behaved and study well that year, then he will order a “snowman” made out of straw to be burned.
This symbolizes the beginning of spring.
If you’re wondering how you actually burn a snowman, we have more fun facts about Snowman Burning Day here!
Queen Elizabeth II can’t sit on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones.
Queen Elizabeth II visited the set of Game of Thrones, but because of an obscure rule, she wasn’t allowed to sit on it – much to the disappointment of all present.
It turns out that there’s an old and relatively irrelevant rule which states that the ruling monarch can’t sit on a foreign throne.
Despite this throne being a work of fiction, the queen is obviously a stickler for the rules and declined to rest her royal buttocks on the Iron Throne!
There is an official Wizard of New Zealand.
In 1990, the Prime Minister of New Zealand appointed Ian Brackenbury Channell, who was an old friend, as the official Wizard of New Zealand.
He is even given an annual stipend. Known simply as “The Wizard”, he is known to be quite outspoken on social issues.
He was even given the Queen’s service medal for his lifelong service to the community.
An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged.
It’s commonly known now that at least 80% of our sense of taste actually comes from our sense of smell.
Because of this, if you were to block the sense of smell many things actually would taste the same, or at least pretty close.
In this case, it’s been tested on many different people who were blindfolded and had their noses plugged.
The results? The participants couldn’t distinguish between the three, other than from their texture!
It’s a common misconception that Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.
Just a few months before his passing, Van Gogh sold his painting “The Red Vineyard”.
Many claim this to have been the only painting he sold in his lifetime, but this is far from the truth.
The reality is that he definitely sold a number, one to a Parisian art dealer and another to a gallery in London.
He also exchanged many paintings throughout his life with friends in return for art supplies, or even food.
The closest accurate claim to the common myth would be that he only ever made one major sale, The Red Vineyard.
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A company in Poland makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!
The dinnerware is made out of wheat bran, which is part of a grain of wheat’s kernel.
The reason they make plates out of wheat bran to start with is that it’s not just edible – it’s completely biodegradable too!
While plastic dinnerware may take centuries to decompose, if it’s made out of wheat bran it can take just thirty days – say goodbye to feeling guilty about using disposable dinnerware!
At the moment they make plates, bowls, and even cutlery – all of which can withstand high temperatures and wet foods.
The average person walks the equivalent of five times around the world in their lifetime.
Unless you’re a bit of a couch potato, you will on average walk around 7,500 steps per day.
Assuming the average person lives until they’re 80 it works out that you will walk about 110,000 miles (177,027 km) in your lifetime.
The circumference of the Earth at the equator is 24,900 miles (40,072 km).
So providing you’re an average person, who takes average strides and lives an average length of time, then it’s entirely possible to walk the equivalent of five times around the Earth!
Michael Jackson offered to make a Harry Potter musical, but the offer was rejected.
Michael Jackson, like many others around the world, was a bit of a Potterhead.
He saw the opportunity to turn the books into a musical and pitched the idea to J.K Rowling.
For better or worse, Rowling just didn’t see it as something that would be incredible and rejected it.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Rowling defended her decision, saying she turned down a lot of adaption opportunities, and Michael Jackson’s just so happened to be one of them.
The world record for stuffing drinking straws into your mouth at once is 650.
On August 25, 2018, Nataraj Karate broke the Guinness World Record for stuffing 650 drinking straws in his mouth at once!
Karate broke the world record in Tamil Nadu, India, making him the second Indian in a row to break the world record.
In order to break the record, he had to keep the straws in his mouth for at least 10 seconds.
This makes the seventeenth time that this record has been broken so far!
Nutella was invented just after WWII ended because chocolate was so expensive.
The availability of chocolate was so low because most of the world’s armies issued a ration of chocolate to their soldiers.
The lack of supply led many to try creative new approaches.
One such person who sought a solution to the chocolate crisis was Pietro Ferrero.
He came up with an idea in 1946 for a spread made of very small amounts of chocolate and plenty of inexpensive hazelnuts.
His idea wasn’t actually new, but his formula was, making it much more affordable to regular folk!
The final Nutella product was created by his son who pushed the formula to perfection in 1964.
In 2011, more than 1 in 3 divorce filings in the US contained the word “Facebook”.
Back in 2011, social networks such as Facebook were taking the world by storm, and many new users of the platform were quite unaware of the true consequences of their online actions.
Little did they know that pretty much anything you post online is there to stay, even if you delete it!
References to social networks are on the rise when it comes to divorce cases, as well as child custody cases.
According to Genesis 1:20-22, the chicken came before the egg.
The answer to the age-old question seems to have been finally answered, and it’s come from the last place anyone would think to look – the Bible!
In the Book of Genesis, it clearly states that God created all living things, and even goes on to specify that he created all birds and then instructed them to go out and increase in number.
How do birds increase in number you may ask?
By laying eggs! Now, this theory only holds up if you believe in God, but it’s still a pretty great answer!
Ants leave maps for other ants when they walk.
Ants leave trails of pheromones when they walk as maps for other ants to follow, meaning they can travel the fastest route to sources of food or to their hive.
The more ants that walk that route, the stronger the map is for others to follow, so even if a few ants get temporarily lost they will generally find their way back home.
The amazing thing is that the ants don’t smell the pheromones, but detect them with their antennae!
Tears contain a natural painkiller, which reduces pain and improves your mood.
The next time you find yourself a bit sad and close to tears, maybe it’s time to stop holding them back and just let it all out!
The explanation for it is all a bit scientific, but basically, it comes down to the fact that emotional tears (unlike tears you may shed because your eye is irritated) contain endorphins.
Endorphins are our body’s natural painkillers and mood-improvers.
So next time you feel the need to break down, don’t be shy!
It’s a common misconception that squirrels forget where they hide about half of their nuts.
You may have seen the facts that squirrels forget where they hide half of their nuts circulating the internet, but it turns out this is simply just not true.
The reality is that squirrels are actually very good at remembering where they stash their food.
The reason that this theory is widely believed is that they often don’t go to collect all their nuts, but this isn’t because they don’t remember where they put them.
This is actually because they will always prepare for the worst-case scenario.
So they generally stash away much more food in case of a long winter or in the case that other animals dig up a few of their stashes!
Male cats have longer tails than female cats.
This isn’t because of anything special, though – instead male cats have longer tails simply because they are, on average, larger than female cats.
Cats’ tails are generally proportional to their body, so a larger body means a larger tail.
On average male cats’ tails measure around 11 inches (28 cm) whereas female cats’ tails average out to be around 9.9 inches (25 cm) long!
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Dolly Parton lost in a Dolly Parton look-alike contest.
Dolly Parton once entered a Dolly Parton-themed drag queen contest on a whim and was quite surprised by the result.
While many of the other participants had spent months or even years fine-tuning their costume and make-up, Parton decided to enter in the spur of the moment.
She did her hair and makeup more dramatically, and not only lost but ended up receiving the least applause!
Fun Fact: Dolly Parton said that if she were born a man she would likely have done drag!
George W. Bush was once a cheerleader.
What’s most surprising about this fact is that George W. Bush wasn’t the only US president to have been a cheerleader in his youth!
In 1963 he attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
And it was there that he was photographed wearing a short skirt and false breasts stuffed down his sweater to cheer on his school’s team.
While this was actually intended to mock the other school’s team, it makes for a great story!
In total, there are 205 bones in the skeleton of a horse.
While horses may be much larger than us simple humans, they actually have a very similar number of bones to us, with humans having 206 bones.
We suppose this only leaves us with one question – what bone do we have which horses don’t?
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Coca-Cola once bought all the website URLs that can be read as ahh, all the way up to 62 h’s.
In 2013, Coca-Cola tried to win over millennials with a digital campaign, as they found that sales to this demographic were lower than others.
The websites which they created were full of animated games, interactive gifs, and videos, with the “ahh” in the URL standing for “the sound a smile would make if it made sounds”.
While their ad campaign ended up being a huge success, it seems that the websites have since been deactivated.
You can read more cool facts about Coca-Cola here!
Each year there are more than 40,000 toilet-related injuries in the United States.
This may come as a bit of a shock to you, but injuries of this sort are much more common than you would think!
Some injuries are actually rather unsurprising, such as children or infants falling off the toilet.
But then there are other injuries, like the toilet physically collapsing due to the weight of the person sitting on it.
Strawberries can be red, yellow, green, or white.
This doesn’t just include the different maturity stages of a strawberry, though, but let’s talk about that first.
For those who’ve only ever experienced strawberries already picked and packed into punnets, strawberries aren’t red when they start growing.
Instead, they start off green and turn to red as they ripen.
Yellow or white strawberries, on the other hand, are actually just different species of strawberries!
Mewtwo is a clone of the Pokémon Mew, yet it comes before Mew in the Pokédex.
It’s something that goes against logic at first, but there are some pretty solid reasons behind the decision.
While the game’s original programmers knew that Mewtwo was a clone of Mew, others did not.
They kept Mew a secret, and as such had to list Mewtwo first so as to not have a strange gap in the Pokédex.
Mew itself was only able to be acquired in the original Red and Green Pokémon through special events.
Because of this, Mew is the only original Pokémon to be left out of the Pokérap!
Four people lived in a home for 6 months infested with about 2,000 brown recluse spiders, but none of them were harmed.
If you have arachnophobia, just stop reading this, please. Just stop.
When the Barger family moved into an old limestone house in Kansas City they had no idea what they were getting themselves into.
Sure, they spotted a few spiders, but they didn’t start paying attention until they came upon a brown recluse spider, a highly venomous spider that is claimed to be the cause of tens of thousands of bites yearly.
After spotting one, they found more and more – and hunting them became a game of sorts, where they spent up to two hours every night searching for them.
Over a six-month period, the Barger’s collected 2,055 brown recluse spiders, capturing 37 spiders in just one night!
It turns out that brown recluse spiders are not anywhere near as harmful as they’re claimed to be, as they weren’t bitten even once!
Madonna suffers from brontophobia, which is the fear of thunder.
While this may sound more like a fear of brontosauruses, that’s actually because the “bronto” part in both words means thunder!
Anyway, Madonna’s fear is a very real and often crippling condition.
In fact, she’s so scared of lightning and thunder that she has been known to frequently demand regular weather reports before her shows.
Fun Fact: The fear of thunder is also known as astraphobia, astrapophobia, keraunophobia, or tonitrophobia.
In June 2017, the Facebook community reached 2 billion active users.
This was quite the milestone for the social network, as it doubled in size in a five year period!
Since then, Facebook’s growth has slowed quite dramatically, with around 2.6 billion users actively accessing the network in 2020.
One reason for this is simply that there are only so many people in the world – and with over 2.6 billion users that’s already more than one-third of the world’s population!
Samuel L. Jackson requested a purple lightsaber in Star Wars in order for him to accept the part as Mace Windu.
Samuel L. Jackson is a bit of a self-professed geek, so it came as no surprise that he made a personal appeal to George Lucas to cast him in the prequels.
Jackson wanted to be able to find himself on screen in big fight scenes, so he made a special request to Lucas.
Lucas originally declined, stating that lightsabers could only be blue, green, or red – fortunately for fans of the purple lightsaber, he eventually changed his mind!
Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th.
Friday the 13th is mostly considered as being unlucky within Western culture, and may even have roots going back to Norse mythology.
Whatever the actual origin of this superstition, it was well established by the 20th Century that any Friday which happened to fall on the 13th of any month would inherently be full of misfortune.
It’s so commonly held, that there’s even a phobia of it.
The phobia itself is connected to Triskaidekaphobia, which is the fear of the number 13 – something which President Theodore Roosevelt and Stephen King both share!
You can find out more fun & crazy facts about Friday the 13th here!
Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.
The Kleenex brand is actually a part of a larger company, Kimberly-Clark, which started out as a paper mill in the late 19th Century.
With the outset of WWI and the first large-scale use of gas in warfare, there was suddenly a serious demand for literally any solution that could be found.
Enter the Kleenex tissue, a newly developed thin cotton-like material made from wood pulp.
One of the first uses of the tissue was as a replaceable filter in gas masks, making it a life-saving invention!
In 1998, Sony accidentally sold 700,000 camcorders that had the technology to see through people’s clothes.
It turns out that Sony’s mistake was rather innocent, as the cameras were simply designed to be able to capture footage better in the dark.
Either way, as soon as they realized their error they attempted to recall all the cameras, making it their largest product recall to date.
The camcorders were able to see through clothes as they were equipped with the ability to record in infra-red.
It was soon discovered that by using the camera on this setting during the day one could see through someone’s outer layer of clothing and see their underwear – how scandalous!
During your lifetime, you will spend around seventy-nine days brushing your teeth.
As everyone should very well know by this point, it’s incredibly important to look after your teeth.
The first step towards this is brushing them twice a day, for two minutes at a time.
Now, the average life expectancy in the US is about 79 years.
Four minutes of brushing a day over the course of a year is 1,460 minutes, which is just over one day of tooth brushing every year.
So, if you live for 79 years, then you’ll brush your teeth for a total of seventy-nine days!
This is, of course, based on the recommended time you should be brushing your teeth for – which you are doing, right?
Ronald McDonald is “Donald McDonald” in Japan because it makes pronunciation easier for the Japanese.
When McDonald’s opened their first restaurant in Japan, they realized they had a problem.
To simplify the issue, it comes down to the fact that the letters “r” and “l” in English are rather difficult for Japanese speakers to pronounce.
As such, they decided it would be easier for all if they simply changed the mascot’s name to “Donaudo Makudonarudo”, or Donald McDonald.
What do they call the Hamburglar, you may ask? Hanbaaguraa!