Ants leave maps for other ants when they walk.
Ants leave pheromone trails when they walk as maps for other ants to follow, meaning they can travel the fastest route to food or their hive.
The more ants that walk that route, the stronger the map is for others to follow.
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The smallest bone in your body is in your ear.
The stapes is a bone in the middle ear of humans that which helps conduct sound vibrations for identification.
It is only roughly 0.04 inch (1mm) in size.
People with brain damage can suffer from “joke addiction”.
A study by neurologists showed that some patients who suffered from brain trauma and have developed damage on the right-hand side of their brain have a compulsive obsession to tell jokes which they find hilarious, whilst not finding other peoples’ jokes funny.
Most Korean people don’t have armpit odor.
Only 0.006% of the Korean population have the ABCC11 gene, which is the cause of armpit odor.
As a result deodorants are rarely sold in Korea.
Captive pandas sometimes fake pregnancies.
Pandas sometimes carry on showing symptoms synonymous of early pregnancy after noticing their preferential treatment, such as private accommodation, air conditioning and extra food.
Bonus fun fact: In captivity, giant pandas can live up to 35 years old, but only 15 years in the wild.
There is a sea slug that is part animal and part plant.
The Elysia Chlorotica, a green sea slug, is the first animal ever discovered to create chlorophyll like a plant.
This makes it capable of photosynthesis, meaning it is part animal and part plant.
The common cold comes from camels.
Scientists studying a deadly disease transmitted from camels also found camels contain the pathogens from which the common cold was born.
Camels are able to transmit diseases to humans and this is where they believe the common cold originated.
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You can fire a gun in space.
Modern firearm ammunition contains its own oxidizer, a chemical which triggers the explosion of gunpowder that fires a bullet.
This means that the oxygen-free vacuum of space wouldn’t stop a gun from firing, as no atmospheric oxygen is required.
Ketchup was a medicine in the early 1800s.
In 1834, American Dr. John Cooke Bennet added tomatoes to ketchup, adding many vitamins and antioxidants to the sauce.
He then branded it as a medicine to cure Diarrhea, Indigestion, Jaundice and Rheumatism.
Only 5% of the ocean has been explored.
Alongside this only 1% of the seabed has been discovered and explored.
Sea exploration and mapping didn’t truly start until the 1960s due to the lack of technology beforehand.
The word “emoji” comes from the Japanese words “e” and “moji”, which mean “picture” and “character”.
The link to the English words “emotion” and “emoticon” are purely coincidental.
Grapes are fatally toxic to cats and dogs – even in small amounts.
Despite lots of research into the matter, the exact agent in grapes that causes their toxicity to dogs and cats is still unknown.
All that is known is that they cause acute kidney failure quickly followed by death in dogs and cats.
The Louvre in Paris is so large that it would take 100 days to look at each piece.
It’s so large and full of so much art that it’d take a person 100 days to look at each individual piece for 30 seconds 24/7. Crazy stuff.
In the 18th Century Smallpox scars would get you a job.
By having Smallpox scars it showed that you had already had Smallpox so employers didn’t have to worry about you getting it and taking time off work.
Before 1913, you could legally mail a baby.
Mailing children became a common practice in rural America as the price of postage for a child was cheaper than the price of child’s train or bus ticket.
Thank God this one’s not legal anymore!
The original London Bridge is now in Arizona.
It was taken apart in 1963 and shipped overseas before being reassembled piece by piece.
This was to help bring people to the new, developing town.
By 400BC, Persian engineers mastered the technique of storing ice in the middle of desert summers.
This was done through the use of subterranean storage space and thick, heat-resistant construction materials.
Kit Harrington is related to the man who invented the flush toilet, and one of the Gunpowder Plot perpetrators.
Kit Harrington (Jon Snow from Game of Thrones) is a descendent of Sir John Harrington (on his father’s side), inventor of the flushing toilet, and also Robert Catesby (on his mother’s side) who tried to blow up Parliament with Guido Fawkes.
The word “burrito” means “little donkey” in Spanish.
This is because a burrito can carry many things just like a donkey can.
Hawaiian pizza is a Canadian invention.
Retired Canadian cook Sam Panopoulos was the first person to put pineapple and ham on a pizza together, and marketed it as a Hawaiian pizza in the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario.
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Every year, the Netherlands sends Canada 20,000 tulip bulbs.
This is done as a way of thanking Canada for their role in liberating the Netherlands from Axis occupation during World War II.
Jupiter has a “lost” moon.
The planet’s outermost moon, S/2003 J 2, was discovered by scientists in 2003, but hasn’t been spotted since then and is considered as lost.
How embarrassing, to lose a moon!
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Famous French painter Claude Monet was only rich because he won the lottery.
Like most other artists of his time, Monet was dirt poor. And, like most dirt-poor people, he played the lottery.
His luck changed when he won 100,000 Francs and lived a life of luxury and wealth after this.
Before alarm clocks were affordable, there were professional “Knocker Uppers” to wake people up for work.
This was something that started during the industrial revolution in Britain, and carried on in some places until the 1970s.
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s life was saved by a random toilet break.
During his World War II service, LBJ was due to fly in the observation seat of the B-26 bomber Wabash Cannonball. However, he was replaced when he had to go to the toilet before take-off.
The Wabash Cannonball was shot down during that flight over New Guinea with no survivors.
The coloring of Gizmo’s fur from The Gremlins matches Steven Spielberg’s dog.
Spielberg, who executive produced the film, requested the effects team make Gizmo’s fur orange and white to match his beagle, Chauncey.
Japanese people use more paper for manga than toilet roll.
Crazy as though it may sound, this is 100% true – especially as most modern Japanese toilets feature bidet washing facilities rather than toilet paper.
Some insects and small birds see the world in slow motion.
This is because they process information so quickly that they perceive time as though it was in slow motion. The reverse is found in bigger animals, which process information more slowly.
Chickens are the closest living relatives to the T-Rex.
This was discovered through the intricate reconstruction of the avian genome structure, which discovered that the chicken lineage most closely resembles that of the king of the dinosaurs.
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Adult Mayflies have no functional mouth.
Because of this, they die of malnutrition. This is an evolutionary occurrence that happens so ageing mayflies don’t pass on genetic defects to the next generation.
M&M’s turned down product placement in ET.
They were offered the chance to feature as the titular alien’s favorite candy by Steven Spielberg, but they turned the offer down as they believed the movie would bomb.
Instead, the then-unknown Reece’s Peanut-butter Cups were used and this catapulted their product to its current heights.
There is a type of mouse that howls to defend its territory.
Known as The Grasshopper Mouse, this fierce little rodent has a main diet of scorpions, centipedes and other scary creepy crawlies, and it marks and defends its territory by howling loudly.
The words “laser” and “radar” were originally acronyms.
They stood for “Light Amplifications by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” and “Radio Detection And Ranging” respectively.
Men are 23% more likely to be left-handed than women.
This means that being a left-handed lady is incredibly rare, seeing as only 10% of the world’s population are left-hand dominant.
In Japan, girls buy boys gifts on Valentine’s Day.
One month later, on March the 14th, the Japanese celebrate “White Day”, which is when boys will buy gifts for the girls who gave them gifts on Valentine’s Day.
This happened because of a printing error by a chocolate company in their initial promotions for Valentine’s Day.
Over one quarter of the world’s hazelnuts are used to make Nutella.
Each year, roughly 365 million kilos – the rough weight of the Empire State Building – of Nutella is consumed.
Because of the world’s huge Nutella consumption, the Italian company Ferrero buys one quarter of the globally produced hazelnuts each year.
Seeing Eye dogs can poop on command.
This is part of the rigorous training they must undergo, and is essential so that their blind owners know when to pick up their poop.
A black cat called Luna once saved her owners from a house fire.
Despite being widely considered unlucky, this particular black cat was a lucky omen for its family of owners when it woke one them by biting her feet as the house caught ablaze.
Luna’s owner, Emily, was able to safely evacuate her entire family – Luna included – before the house burnt to the ground.
Scientists put fake tails on chickens to understand how T-Rex might have walked.
As the closest living relative to a T-Rex, any practical testing falls to the humble chicken.
So researchers from the University of Chicago and University of Chile found that chickens with raised tails walk vastly different over chickens with natural tail features, showing them how a T-Rex would have walked.
Mock naval battles were sometimes held in Rome’s Colosseum.
Often thought of as the home of just the gladiatorial games, the Romans would sometimes flood the Colosseum with water from a nearby aqua-duct and hold full-scale mock naval battles for entertainment and to test out new technologies and tactics.
Male cats have longer tails than female cats.
On average, male cats have a tail of 11 inches, whereas female cats have a tail of roughly 9.9 inches on average.
During WWII, The British Navy destroyed French vessels after France fell to Germany.
The British feared the French naval vessels would bump up the numbers of the Axis fleet, so they sailed to Algeria and destroyed them whilst they were at anchor, killing 1,300 French sailors.
The first death in the American Civil War was a horse.
In fact, the only casualty during the Battle of Fort Sumter – the war’s first battle – was the poor confederate officer’s trusty steed.
Johnny Cash has a species of tarantula named after him.
Scientifically named “Aphonopelma johnnycashi”, this tarantula was discovered in 2015 near Folsom Prison, California, and was named after Johnny Cash in honor of his song Folsom Prison Blues.
The word “disaster” means “bad star” in Ancient Greek.
This is because back in Ancient Greek times, astrology was often used as a means of predicting things such as the weather, or natural events like earthquakes.
So by seeing a “bad star” it would mean a calamity was inbound.
The start-up sound for Window 95 was made on an Apple Macintosh computer.
It was created by composer Brian Eno specifically on a Mac as he’d never used a PC – because he doesn’t like them. Ironic.
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In the 18th Century, Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin were both defeated at chess by a machine.
The machine was called the Mechanical Turk.
It was however, later revealed to be a very elaborate hoax, with a highly-skilled chess master hiding inside the “machine” and moving the pieces against the opponent.
The world’s loudest bird call can be heard from half a mile away.
That’s 0.8 kilometers away! This piercing call belongs to the Three-wattled Bellbird, and what’s more is that they have different sounding calls in different countries, like regional accents.
At one point, you could invest money in Somali Pirates.
By investing in the Somali Pirates, you would receive a cut of their loot if their plundering was successful.
Steve Irwin has a snail named after him.
Scientifically called the “Crikey steveirwini”, scientists discovered this rare species of tree snail in 2009.
They named it in honor of the late explorer as its shell was khaki in color, like the Crocodile Hunter’s signature outfit.
Sierra Leone is the world’s roundest country.
And it sits not too far from Egypt, which is the world’s squarest country.
The word “y’all” dates back to 1631.
It was first used by English scholar William Lisle when he wrote “The captive men of strength I gave to you, the weaker sold; and this y’all know is true”.
In Ethiopia, there is a place known as ‘The Gateway to Hell’.
This place is one of Earth’s hottest places and its air is toxic to humans.
Scientists have been able to find organisms living inside its acid pools that can survive without oxygen.
There is a nut on a helicopter called the ‘Jesus Nut’.
The ‘Jesus Nut’ is the nut that fixes the rotor blades to the helicopter.
It is called a ‘Jesus Nut’ because if it fails then all that’s left to do is pray to Jesus!
Eating carrots can turn your skin orange.
Called carotenemia, this can happen if you eat three large carrots or more every day for a long period of time.
This is because the carrots give the body too much beta-carotene, which causes the changing color of your skin.
QWERTY keyboards were originally supposed to slow down typing.
This was by spacing out commonly used letters so that the typewriters they were fitted to wouldn’t jam as often.
You get Goosebumps when you’re scared to make you look bigger.
This harks back to cave man days when the best way to fend off a predator was by looking scarier than that predator.
That’s why your hairs stand on edge when you get Goosebumps, so you look bigger and scarier.
Katy Perry and My Chemical Romance have done song covers for The Sims.
When you hear your Sims singing along in their made up little Simlish language, those songs are actually covers recorded by the famous artists who originally sang them just for the purpose of the games.
Russia was founded by a group of Viking traders called the Rus.
They initially settled the land to create a series of trading towns between their Scandinavian home and the Byzantine Empire.
Car manufacturer Volkswagen makes sausages.
Not only that, they make more revenue from their sausage sales than they do from their car sales!
Walt Disney World is the second-largest buyer of explosives in the U.S.
They are second only to the U.S. Department of Defense, purchasing the majority of their explosives in the form of fireworks.
John F. Kennedy was buried without his brain.
This was initially a great mystery in life, with the official story being that JFK’s brain was just ‘lost’ during his autopsy.
However, in 2018 newly released U.S. Government documents revealed that his younger brother, Robert ‘Bobby’ Kennedy, had the brain secretly destroyed to ensure it was never displayed in a museum.
The air in the subway is 15% human skin.
As humans are constantly shedding skin, and the subway is an environment full of recycled air, it should come as no surprise that 15% of the air you’re breathing on the Subway is the skin of those around you. Gross.
In 1969, people on a hijacked plane thought they were on a prank hidden-camera show.
This was because the presenter of prank show Candid Camera, Allen Funt, was on the fateful plane when it was hijacked.
This led people to believe that they were on the show themselves and it was all a big joke!
In 1977, scientists received a signal from deep space.
Known as the ‘Wow!’ signal, this strong narrowband signal lasted only 7 seconds, and to this day, scientists still don’t know what it was or where exactly it came from.
Cockroaches can live for weeks without their heads.
Their severed head can survive for several hours on its own – more if it’s refrigerated.
The headless cockroach only dies due to starvation.
A person adds 37 million bacteria to a room every hour.
This might sound really gross – especially for you germaphobes (sorry!).
However, most of the bacteria spikes in a room coming from a person result from stirring up the room’s current bacteria, as well as adding your own.
When you eat oysters raw, they’re still alive.
Oysters must be alive when caught to be sold for eating purposes.
Oyster fishermen test oysters to make sure they’re still living by tapping their shells and seeing if they close up.
Lobsters have teeth in their stomach.
Instead of chewing with their mouths, they swallow their food whole and chew it when it’s in their tummies.
Not only that, but lobsters also have two stomachs!
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In 1912, a French orphanage held a raffle, with babies as the prize.
The orphanage’s management had consulted the Parisian authorities before the raffle, and did carry out an investigation of the winners to make sure they were suitable parents for the prize babies.
Mosquitos are the world’s deadliest animal.
Because of the fact that they spread many blood-borne diseases such as Malaria, Dengue Fever and the West Nile Virus, they are responsible for the deaths of millions of people each year.
Farm-raised salmon are dyed pink.
The normal color of farm-raised salmon is actually gray.
Salmon farmers add a chemical called canthaxanthin to their food to dye their meat pink. Canthaxanthin is linked to retinal damage in humans.
If you fell into a volcano, you’d float on the lava instead of melting.
This is because the molten goo’s density is so thick that you would just land on it and ‘float’ until you burst into flames.
The average person produces about half a pint of sweat each day from their feet.
With 250,000 sweat glands, it’s no surprise that feet are one of the body’s sweatiest parts!
Pigs are very smart animals.
They are smarter than dogs, they can solve puzzles better than chimpanzees and they have some of the best long-term memories known in animals.
In fact, pigs are considered as the world’s fifth-smartest animal.
It takes 600 cows to make one season’s worth of NFL footballs.
The Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ohio has been the NFL football supplier since 1941 and makes more than 2 million footballs of different types each year.
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Prisoners at Alcatraz were given the luxury of hot showers.
This was a comfort not often given to prisoners in many prisons at the time.
However the management at Alcatraz afforded their prisoners hot showers to stop them from becoming acclimatized to cold water, which would aid their escape from the island.
You can get a McDonald’s Gold Card that entitles you to free food for life.
Amongst the members of this very exclusive club are Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.
Another man with a Gold Card is everyday hero Charles Ramsey, who ditched his half-eaten Big Mac to rescue three kidnapped women.
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The German Government thanked David Bowie for helping break down the Berlin Wall.
This was because Bowie’s iconic performance of his hit-song Heroes was hailed as a catalyst to the Berlin Wall being demolished.
Upon his death in 2016, the German Government issued a statement thanking David Bowie for helping bring down the wall.
The compound used to make dynamite is used for treating heart problems.
Nitroglycerin, the thing dynamite is made from, is used to treat problems like lack of blood flow to the heart.
Fun Fact: It is also used to treat heart attacks in Emergency Rooms.
Sometimes earthquakes naturally cause lights to appear.
Previously believed to be caused by birds, planes, and sometimes UFOs – these natural lights are actually caused by the electrical properties of certain rocks in certain settings.
They can appear as many different types of colors and shapes.
Nikola Tesla once paid for a hotel bill with a ‘death ray’.
As most people know, Nikola Tesla was a) a genius and b) dirt-poor. So when his hotel bill was overdue, he gave the employees a ‘death beam’ contained in a box.
He told employees not to open the box due to the danger, so it was forgotten about.
When it was rediscovered and opened it contained only old, harmless electrical parts.
Freddie Mercury designed the Queen logo himself.
The front man and performer extraordinaire was also a talented graphic designer, having a degree in the subject.
He made the ‘Queen Crest’ as a compilation of the zodiac symbols of all four members.
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The world’s biggest epidemic started in America and killed over 100 million people.
Starting in 1918, this pandemic claimed the lives of more people than both the war deaths of World War I & II.
It is largely unknown and largely unreported at the time due to the ‘Sedition Act’ and to “keep up public moral”.
The Empire State Building cost nearly 1/3 less than budgeted.
The original cost of the project was supposed to be $60m, but it actually only cost $40,948,900.00 to construct.
Cats don’t naturally meow.
Meowing is an addition to a cat’s vocabulary made almost entirely to communicate with humans.
David Hasslehoff has a crab named after him.
The deep-sea Hoff Crab is so named because it has a dense covering of satae (hard bristles) on its shell, which looks like David Hasslehoff’s hairy chest.
Ernest Hemingway loved cats.
He had a polydactyl (multi-toed) cat called Snow White, and his old house in Florida is now a museum full of about 40 – 50 descendants of Snow White.
Despite only being 3% of your body weight, the Brain consumes about 20% of your calorie intake.
This 20% energy usage is only for regular functions, and doesn’t account for mental activities like studying or doing puzzles.
Crows can hold grudges against specific individual people.
Crows can very easily distinguish humans apart from each other, whereas humans find it nearly impossible to tell crows apart.
Fun Fact: This is known as The Crow Paradox.
A goat called William Windsor served as a Lance Corporal in the British Army.
William ‘Billy’ Windsor was part of 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.
Early helicopters had wooden rotor blades.
This was because, before the invention of fiberglass, wood was used due to the fact that it was lightweight, strong and resistant to fatigue.
Tomato ketchup has lots of health benefits.
It reduces the risk of prostate cancer, increases sperm count, cuts cholesterol and improves your eyesight.
On Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, a person could fly by attaching wings to their arms.
This is because the atmosphere is so thick and the gravity is so low, that it you flapped wings attached to your arms you could fly like a bird.
Research shows that everyone has up to 6 doppelgängers.
It has even been found that people of different genders can be doppelgängers of each other.
Furthermore, there is only a 9% chance that you will meet one of your doppelgängers in your lifetime.
Canada has the world’s smallest jail.
Located in Rodney, Ontario, this teeny tiny jail is only 15 feet by 19 feet and only contains two cells.
Popcorn is the healthiest cinema snack and has serious health benefits.
Eating popcorn builds bone, muscle and tissue, as well as aiding digestion and being good for your teeth.
You can have your ashes turned into a firework.
There is global company called Heavens Above Fireworks who perform the task of turning you into a firework once you die, so you can go out with a bang.
Russia defrosted some prehistoric worms, and two woke up.
Collected from the permafrost in the Arctic, the two worms were among 300 defrosted for analysis in 2018.
After they thawed out, two of the worms started moving and eating. One is 32,000 years old, and the other is 41,700 years old.
A 12-year-old French boy once faked his kidnapping to get out of going to the Dentist.
After being found in a village 100 miles from his home, the young boy lied to the police and said he’d been kidnapped, even going so far as to describe his kidnapper’s distinctive cheek scar.
After the police searched for a month and re-questioned the boy, he confessed to faking it to get out of a dentist appointment.
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