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Banging your head against the wall for an hour burns 150 calories.
If you don't feel like losing brain cells, you might want to skip this calorie-burning idea.
A safer way to burn 150 calories would be to walk your dog for 45 minutes.
In Switzerland it is illegal to keep just one guinea pig.
While this might sound like an odd law to try and enforce, it makes perfect sense! Guinea pigs are social animals and easily feel lonely or depressed, which is basically a form of animal cruelty.
The real question you should be asking yourself is why isn't this a law everywhere?!
Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers.
If you've ever felt uncomfortable around feather comforters or pillows, this could be why! Pteronophobia is the fear of feathers tickling you. In extreme cases, it can also be about the fear of feathers in general.
Pteronophobia is composed of the Greek wordPtero, meaning "feather", andPhobia, meaning "fear".
Snakes can predict earthquakes.
Many animals are able to predict earthquakes with varying degrees of success. However, snakes are the most reliable, sensing earthquakes from up to 75 miles (121 km) away. You can even feel an earthquake five days before it actually happens!
When snakes feel an earthquake, they often leave their nests, even if it's too cold.
Crows often hold grudges against certain people.
Crows are excellent at recognizing people's faces and remembering people for a long time! This can either be a negative or a positive fact depending on how nice you are to them.
While crows can tell us apart, we would find it difficult to tell one crow from another.
The oldest "your mother" joke was discovered on a 3,500-year-old Babylonian tablet.
In 1976, archaeologists in Iraq discovered a tablet that has since been lost. But the researchers were able to analyze and translate the text from a photo of the tablet.
The results? We know the plaque does indeed contain jokes, but the full meaning has been lost in translation. The translated form of the oldest your mother joke in the world is: "... your mother is from the one who has sexual intercourse with her. What/who is that?
Do we understand? Not a chance, but we know a "your mom" joke when we see one!
Two infectious diseases have been successfully eradicated: smallpox and rinderpest.
Advances in medical science have enabled us to successfully eradicate smallpox. The last natural fall occurred on25. October, 1975.
The second disease eradicated by humans was rinderpest. This disease was commonly found in cattle and resembles measles. The last known case of rinderpest was in 2001.
Der 29. Mai ist offiziell „Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day“.
The roots of this strange-sounding holiday go back hundreds of years, beginning in the early 1900s. Back then, people didn't have refrigerators and instead hung a piece of cloth in their pantry. It is believed that this brought good luck, peace and prosperity to the household.
Tradition has been adapted over time to modern cuisine. Today, families around the world apillows on her fridgeevery year further29. May.
Cherophobia is the irrational fear of fun or happiness.
Do you hate everything fun? You might have cherophobia! People with this phobia tend to avoid any type of situation that others might consider funny or joyful.
For all you readers out there with cherophobia, please stop reading these fun facts now!
7% of American adults believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
I know seven percent doesn't sound like much, but it actually works for 16.4 million American adults. So it's an alarming fact when you think about it.
This shows that one in ten Americans has a flawed understanding of basic science or where their food comes from.
If you lift a kangaroo's tail off the ground, it cannot hop.
kangaroosUse their tails for balance when hopping. So if you raise their tail, they will lose their balance and fall over.
There are instances when kangaroos have lost their tails and are still able to move. But it took them a long time to get used to it, and they can only move small distances at a time!
Their tails aren't just for balance - they also act as a third leg, propelling them just as much as their legs do!
Bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun.
Philosophers have pondered the formbananasargue till the sun goes down why they're curved.
Bananas go through a process called "negative geotropism." This process causes the fruit to grow up towards the sun instead of towards the ground. This in turn gives the banana its familiar curved shape.
Most Koreans don't have armpit odor.
Research at the University of Bristol found that only 0.006% of the Korean population carries the ABCC11 gene. This gene is the cause of armpit odor.
In fact, the study found that most East Asians don't have this gene, but Koreans have the lowest numbers. While this may come as a surprise to us, it's not big news in Korea as deodorant isn't common there!
The original London Bridge is now in Arizona.
Originally built in 1831, London Bridge began to fall apart in the 1960s. As a result, the City of London decided to sell it and build another one. In 1963 the American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch bought the bridge. He disassembled it and shipped it piece by piece to the United States.
The bridge was moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. McCulloch founded Lake Havasu City and wanted the bridge to serve as a tourist attraction.
The reconstruction took three years. The attraction openedOctober 10, 1971, with fireworks, entertainment and celebrities.
Over the course of your lifetime, you'll produce enough saliva to fill 50 bathtubs!
The average person produces about one ounce (30 mL) of saliva every hour. That's 24.3 ounces (720 ml), or the saliva of a full bottle of wine, per day, averaging 69 gallons (263 liters) per year.
With an average global life expectancy of about 72 years, that means you'll produce an average of 4,968 gallons (18,936 liters) of saliva over your lifetime - enough to fill 50 bathtubs!
If Pinocchio were to say, "My nose will grow now," it would create a paradox.
As we all know, Pinocchio's nose gets longer when he's lying. But there is one phrase that Pinocchio could say that breaks this system, namely "my nose will grow now". This puzzle is known asPinocchio-Paradoxon.
If you think about it, Pinocchio's nose would have to grow for his statement not to be a lie. But then it cannot grow; otherwise the statement would not be a lie.
polar bearscouldeat up to 10 penguins in a single session…
...If they didn't live on opposite ends of the earth! Polar bears live in the Arctic, while most penguins, such as Adelie or Emperor penguins, live in the South Pole.
The average adult polar bear weighs 227 kg and eats around 20% of its total weight at each meal. Sopolar bearscan eat about 100 pounds (45 kg) of food at a time.
Adelie penguins weigh about 10 pounds, so a polar bear would need to eat ten to be full!
Automaker Volkswagen makes sausages.
Most people know Volkswagen for its iconic line of campervans, the station wagon or even theBeetle. A less well-known product from the Volkswagen plants are curry sausages.
But why on earth would Volkswagen do thatsausages? Well, VW built one of its factories in a remote location and decided to make its own food for the factory workers. Their sausages were so popular that Volkswagen ended up selling them commercially.
Fun Fact:Volkswagen's sausages are so popular that they bring in more sales than their cars!
Movie trailers were originally shown after the movie, which is why they are called "trailers".
The world's first movie trailer was shown in a theater in Harlem, New York in 1914. The trailer promoted an upcoming film starring Charlie Chaplain. The audience watched the trailer after the film ended.
The trailers shown after the film were ineffective as audiences didn't want to stay to see them.
Pizza Hawaii is a Canadian invention.
First things first: We're not debating whether or not ham and pineapple belong on a pizza.
Sam Panopoulos emigrated to Canada from Greece in 1954. He became a chef at Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario. In 1962, he had the idea of adding pineapple to canned pizza. Chinese sweet and sour cuisine was his inspiration for this strange combination.
The Hawaiian pizza was initially unpopular due to the unusually fruity ingredient. But once people tried it, the new topping soon became the mainstream choice around the world!
Pizza Hawaii has nothing to do with Hawaii. It's actually named after the brand of canned pineapple they originally used.
The smallest bone in your body is in your ear.
This tiny bone, known as the stapes, averages 0.09 × 0.11 inches (3 × 2.5 mm).
The stirrup is found in the middle ear of humans and many other animals. It plays an important role in transmitting vibrations from sounds to the inner ear.
Tennis players can be fined up to $20,000 for swearing at Wimbledon.
However, it doesn't stop there. If players swear once before or during a game, they will be fined and warned. If it happens the second time in a game, they may lose a point.
On the third, they can lose a game. Then they can finally lose the whole match if they swear four times!
Only 5% of the ocean is explored.
The ocean covers about 70% of the earth's surface and is much more difficult to explore than land.
Thanks to advances in sonar technology, up to 20% of the sea floor has now been mapped. The reason we have explored the ocean so little is that the technology needed has only developed in the last 100 years.
Most people fart about 14 to 23 times a day!
While passing wind can sometimes be embarrassing, it's perfectly natural. By knowing what you're eating, you can fart less often and prevent them from becoming stinky!
The foods most commonly associated with farting include beans, broccoli, milk, and corn. Other high-fiber foods like fruit, peas, or cabbage can increase the amount of gas you pass.
There is a species of spider called the hobo spider.
The hobo spider (Eratigena agrestis) can be found in various locations around the world. This includes Europe, Central Asia and parts of western North America.
This clever little creature does not live in a normal spider web. Instead, it builds a funnel of webs in the ground and waits for its prey to stumble into it.
A lion's roar can be heard 5 miles away.
A lion can roar up to 114 decibels, about 25 times louder than a gas-powered lawnmower.
Lions can roar louder than other big cats because of the shape of their vocal cords. This allows them to generate more noise with less effort.
St. Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.
The island has been continuously inhabited since at least 200 AD, but was not discovered by Europeans until the 16th century.
Der Legende nach erlitten französische Seefahrer Schiffbruch13th December, 1502, and was stranded on the island. Since December 13th is Saint Lucia's Day, they named the island in her honor.
The national animal of Scotland is a unicorn.
Unicorns have appeared in many cultures over the years, dating back to the Middle Ages. They are a symbol of purity, innocence and power in Celtic mythology.
Unicorns were first introduced into the royal coat of arms of Scotland around the mid-15th century. The unicorn was believed to be the natural enemy of the lion, which is the national animal of England.
Since the union of England and Scotland in 1707, the royal arms of the United Kingdom have included a unicorn and a lion. This shows the unity between the two countries.
Bonus fact:The unofficial national bird of Scotland is the golden eagle.
The United States Navy used Xbox controllers for their periscopes.
In 2018, the US Navy equipped its submarines with Xbox 360 controllers. Periscope joysticks are both expensive and difficult to master. So the US Navy started installing Xbox 360 controllers since they were much cheaper.
However, it's not just about the cost. Because many periscope operators have used Xbox controllers in the past, they can easily transfer their skills.
The following can be read forwards and backwards: Do Geese See God?
A palindrome is a word, sentence, or phrase that reads the same forwards and backwards. The word itself comes from the Greek words palin, meaning back, and dromos, meaning direction.
Palindromes have been around for thousands of years. The first known palindromes come from Egypt during the Greek occupation around 300 BC.
A baby squid is about the size of a flea when it is born.
When an octopus first lays its eggs, they are smaller than a grain of rice. The eggs are so delicate that they need constant monitoring.
When the baby octopuses emerge from their eggs, they come out fully formed but tiny. They weigh only 0.001 ounces (0.03 grams). You might think this would make them hard to see, but since eggs are laid in the tens of thousands, they're easy to spot!
A sheep, duck and rooster were the first passengers to take a ride in a hot air balloon.
In 1783 the first hot air balloon took off with a sheep, a duck and a rooster.
The Montgolfier brothers invented the hot air balloon in France. They began experimenting with balloons after seeing the heat of a fire lifting their laundry as it dried.
The inaugural flight took animal passengers as it was unknown how flying at high altitudes would affect humans. The flight was a complete success, the animals landed safely and largely unharmed. Although the sheep managed to land on the rooster.
In Uganda, around 48% of the population is under 15 years old.
Uganda has a total population of 44.3 million. Around 20 million people under the age of 15 live there.
Overall, 77% of the population is under 30 years old. One of the reasons why this figure is so high is that the population is growing rapidly. In 1950, just 5 million people lived in Uganda.
On average, men get bored after 26 minutes of a shopping spree.
Women, on the other hand, only get tired after about 2 hours of shopping! Additionally, it was found that eight out of ten men hate shopping with their partner.
Men who are promised a treat at the end of a joint shopping spree are more likely to pretend that shopping with their partner is longer fun.
Im 16thIn the 19th century, Turkish women could initiate divorce if their husbands did not provide enough coffee.
That would be unthinkable today, but coffee was an integral part of Turkish society back then. It was in the 15thcentury and up to the 16thThey have mastered the art of coffee for centuries.
Coffee apparently became so popular that it became "a reason for divorce." No one knows exactly why this actually came into force, but the fact remains that it did!
Recycling just one tin can saves enough energy to watch TV for 3 hours.
Recycling is so important! In fact, recycling an aluminum can into a new one requires only 5% of the energy it would take to make a regular can.
The average person has the chance to recycle 25,000 cans in their lifetime - that's 75,000 hours of television!
After the premiere of16 and pregnant, Teenage pregnancy rates fell.
MTV may not have the healthiest of shows, but teenage pregnancies fell 5.7% within 18 months of the show's premiere.
While this sounds like a success story, the TV show has been criticized for glorifying teenage pregnancy. Instead of focusing on real issues, they focus more on the drama between the parents.
Squirrels cause about 10-20% of US power outages.
As harmless and cute as they seem, these fluffy little creatures aren't as innocent as you think!squirreltend to chew things, but combine this with power lines and there will be a problem.
Power outages caused by squirrels are much smaller and easier to fix than a power outage caused by a storm, as there is generally only one wire to fix - there's only so much damage one squirrel can do!
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are banned in China.
Known as the "Great Firewall of China," online restrictions and censorship within his country are widespread. Other major banned social networking sites include Pinterest and Tumblr. They're not the only ones either; over 8,000 domain names are blockedChina.
That doesn't mean people in China can't be social over the internet. There are several popular and Chinese-owned social media companies, such asTick Thank you, Weibo and WeChat.
95% of people write things they could never say in person.
There's something about saying things over text rather than in person that allows us to speak more honestly. Even if it's a bit too honest sometimes! This often ends in tricky situations, but it also has its advantages...
Psychologists have found that texting allows their patients to open up to them more. They still speak face-to-face with patients, but for some it can help with their progress.
Honey bees can recognize human faces.
For a long time we believed that only large-brained mammals could distinguish faces. But the humble honey bee shook this theory!
Bees can distinguish between many different flowers, so it has been theorized that they could tell humans apart. Scientists discovered that honey bees can recognize a familiar face even days after being trained to do so.
Fun Fact:Bees see faces in a composite of 5,000 frames — something like pixels.
The Battle of Hastings did not actually take place in Hastings.
1066, dieBattle of Hastingswas fought between the English forces under King Harold Godwinson and the Norman and French troops under William the Conqueror.
The battle is now widely known as a pivotal point in the Norman conquest of England. Despite the name, the actual battle took place 7 miles (11 km) from Hastings, in a town now known as Battle.
Human blood cells have different lifespans.
Red blood cells circulate in the human body for about four months. In comparison, white blood cells range from a few hours to several days.
Platelets circulate in the body for about nine days. Platelets are cells that keep our blood circulating, and they join when they find damaged blood vessels.
A swarm of 20,000 bees chased a car for two days because their queen was stuck in it.
A 68-year-old grandmother was quite surprised while returning from a wildlife sanctuary when a queen bee was trapped in her car. She parked her car to go shopping and returned to a car covered in bees! The bees were safely removed from the car and the beautiful 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 all the way home.
This time they were all removed and fortunately didn't come back!
Eating carrots can turn your skin orange.
Carrots are full of the natural coloring agent beta-carotene. This pigment gives carrots their bright orange color.
If you eat too many carrots, the beta-carotene can enter your bloodstream. This would give your skin an orange glow!
The medical name for this condition is carotenemia. While it's not among the best things, it's generally harmless.
Bob Dylan's birth name was Robert Zimmerman.
When Bob Dylan was fresh out of high school, he chose the stage name Elston Gunn, but it didn't last long. He went by his first and middle names, Robert Allen, for a while, but that didn't feel right either.
Eventually he came across the name Bob Dylan and officially changed his name further to that2. August, 1962. No one knows why he chose that name, but many people, including Dylan himself, have told different stories over the years.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
Crocodiles cannot stick out their tongue because it is attached to the palate.
While this doesn't seem very practical, it's actually quite handy for crocodiles. That means they can't bite their tongues while snapping their powerful jaws together!
Sea otters hold hands when they sleep to keep them from drifting apart.
While it may look like a fewOtterBeing adorable is actually a life-saving strategy! This technique is most commonly used on mothers and their pups (that's a baby otter!)
Another way to stay still in choppy seas is to hold on to long strands of seaweed growing from the ocean floor.
A small child could swim through the veins of a blue whale.
We all know blue whales are huge, but this puts them in a whole new perspective! The largest animals on earth, blue whales can grow up to 30 m in length and weigh up to 150 tons (152,407 kg).
Their hearts are also apparently huge, about the size of a small car. No wonder a three or four year old can easily swim through the massive veins of a blue whale!
The word "y'all" dates from at least 1631.
Like it or not, the shortening of y'all to y'all is here to stay. For a long time it was believed that the term came into use sometime in the 18th centurythor 19thCenturies, but actually it has been used for much longer.
In 1631, in a book on Ethiopian history, the English scholar William Lisle wrote:
"The captive men of strength I gave you, the weaker ones have sold, and you know it's true."
JK Rowling chose the unusual name "Hermione" so young girls wouldn't be teased for being nerdy.
JK Rowlingcame up with the name Hermione from a character in William Shakespeare's "A winter night's fairy tale.”
Rowling wanted to use a name that is not commonly used. She said that when choosing the name, she "I didn't want a lot of pretty hardworking little girls to be teased if the book ever gets published.”
The Hewlett-Packard (aka HP) name was decided in a 1939 coin toss.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard met while studying engineering in the early 1930s. A few years later, they started their own company, operating out of a tiny garage. In 1939 they consolidated their partnership and decided on the company name. It would simply be the separation of their two surnames.
They tossed a coin to determine the order in which their names would be presented. The winner would make the final choice. Dave Packard won the coin toss, but he preferred the Hewlett-Packard sound, so they stuck with it!
There are a total of 1,710 steps in the Eiffel Tower.
With a height of 108 stories, this is iteiffel toweris one of the most famous landmarks in Europe. The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 and was the tallest building in the world until 1930. So it's no surprise that it's often found on people's bucket lists!
To reach the top of this 324 m high marvel you have to climb 1,710 steps. However, guests are only allowed to climb the stairs up to the first platform. From there you have to take the elevator to the top.
The Pokémon Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are named after Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
The two fighting Pokémon Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan have been present in the games since their debut on the Game Boy. Since Pokémon is a Japanese creation, most creatures' original names were quite different.
As Pokémon were introduced to the western world, their names were also westernized. So these Pokémon were named after internationally renowned martial artists.
The third Pokemon in the Hitmons, Hitmontop, is also named after a martial artist - Larry Top.
Pigs are considered the fifth smartest animal in the world.
Ah, pigs. They roll around in dirt and filth, eating any leftovers and, to some, quite tasty.
But that's not all; It turns out that they are incredibly intelligent! Pigs are better at solving puzzles than chimpanzees, and they have some of the best long-term memories known in animals.
Pirates wore earrings because they believed they would improve their eyesight.
In fact, there are many reasons why pirates wore earrings... Some pirates used jewelry for earrings from distant lands. This was to show how far they had traveled.
Pirates believed that the precious metals in their earrings were magical and would protect or improve their eyesight. They also believed that earrings could help with seasickness and protect them from drowning.
The original name of Los Angeles is The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Los Angeles de Porciuncula.
Spanish colonists founded the city now known as Los Angeles in 1769. And in 1781, another group of 44 settlers made the new town their home.
The Spanish governor called the city "The People of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula". In English this means “The City of Our Lady Queen of Angels of Porciuncula”.
Since the name is quite long, it was shortened until it finally became Los Angeles. So now Los Angeles is just The Angels.
The Twitter bird actually has a name - Larry.
WhenTwitterwas founded in 2006, its logo was bought by a stock image website. The bird logo has undergone small changes to its appearance over the years since. It wasn't until the 2010s that a Twitter contributor revealed that his real name was Larry.
Twitter has since confirmed this, stating that the name comes from Larry Bird, a famous Hall of Fame basketball player. Larry the Bird's species remains a mystery!
Octopuses actually have six arms and two legs!
Animals that walk on two limbs use their lower two to walk and the upper two to manipulate objects. It seems that squid also prefer some of their tentacles in a similar way.
Six of an octopus' tentacles are used in the same way we would use our arms, and are used for eating, for example. Octopuses use their remaining two tentacles to walk, making them like legs.
Unlike humans, squid don't prefer one side over the other. So there are no left or right tentacles for an octopus!
Sponge cake got its name because the original recipe included a pound of butter, sugar, flour, and eggs.
The simple measurements made the recipe easy to remember. Few people could read back then, so an easy-to-remember recipe was key.
A pound of each ingredient would have made the cake big enough to feed several families. Portions have been adjusted over time to make the cakes smaller and lighter, but the name stayed the same.
Bonus fact:The German chocolate cake has nothing to do with Germany. A Texan invented the cake and used baking chocolate named after the creator, Sam German.
There are only two known cases of snow falling in the Sahara.
February 18th, 1979, was a special day for the residents of Ain Sefra, a town in Algeria on the edge of the Sahara.
It was special because it was the first time in living memory that snow had fallen in the Sahara. It snowed for 30 minutes before the average temperature rose, and the snow melted quickly.
Since then there has only been one case where it happened again19. December, 2016.
Mike Tyson once offered a zoo keeper $10,000 to fight a gorilla.
In the '90s, Mike Tyson was a true force to be reckoned with. Tyson had already bribed a zookeeper to open the zoo just for himself and his then-wife Robin Givens.
During this visit he made his outlandish request. He told the guard to "open the cage and let me smash that silverback's snot box." Luckily for everyone involved, the zoo keeper denied his request.
ABBA turned down $1 billion to do a reunion tour.
At the height of their success in 1979, ABBA was one of the biggest pop bands in the world. Three years later, the group broke up after the divorce of two of its members.
In 2000, ABBA was offered $1 billion to reunite for 100 shows - that would have been $250 million per member. When asked why they wouldn't accept the offer, they simply replied:"It's a hell of a lot of money to say no, but we've decided it's not for us."
Abraham Lincoln fed his cat with a gold fork.
Abraham Lincoln was known as an animal lover, but his love for cats took it to the next level!
The Lincoln family often ate with their cat, Tabby, at the White House dining room table. And during a formal White House dinner, Abe fed Lincoln Tabby with a gold fork off the table.
Lincoln's embarrassed wife said it was "embarrassing in front of their guests.' The President replied: 'If the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it's good enough for Tabby.”
The first alarm clock could not ring until 4 o'clock in the morning.
While alarm clocks and clocks have been around for a long time, combining the two is a much more recent invention! Levi Hutchins created the first mechanical alarm clock in 1787. He did so because he was determined to wake up at 4am - before sunrise - no matter what day it was.
His invention worked perfectly, at least for him. In fact, he was so happy that he never patented his device or sold it commercially.
It took another 60 years before a wind-up alarm clock was invented that could be set at any time.
Some insects and small birds see the world in slow motion.
This is because they can take in more information per second than other, larger animals. It allows them to move quickly and precisely, which is essential for escaping predators.
They process information so quickly that they perceive time as in slow motion.
Fun Fact:In some larger animals it is the other way around. For example,elephantsSpend much more time absorbing and responding to information.
A goat named William Windsor served as a Lance Corporal in the British Army.
William "Billy" Windsor I served in The Royal Welsh's 1st Battalion Infantry Unit between 2001 and 2009. Billy was not and certainly will not be the only animal to serve in the Royal Welsh, as the tradition dates back to 1844.
After Billy's retirement, he was replaced by a younger goat named William Windsor II.
The most venomous jellyfish in the world is the Irukandji.
The Irukandji are a few different species of box jellyfish commonly found in the waters off the Australian coast. Although they are the most venomous jellyfish in the world, they are not the most dangerous.
The deadlier species of jellyfish are also box jellyfish, but are larger and can deliver their venom much faster.
Still, you should avoid the Irukandji at all costs, which is quite difficult as they are smaller than your fingernail! Another reason to stay away is that their venom is 100 times more potent than that of a cobra.
March, 20ththis known as Snowman Burning Day.
The Snowman Burning Day was celebrated for the first timeMarch, 20th, 1971, an der Lake Superior State University in Michigan.
Rose Sunday festival inspired this bizarre-sounding celebration in Germany.
The original Rose Sunday festival saw a parade through town and the mayor made an agreement with the town's children. If they promised to be good and study well this year, he would have a straw "snowman" burned.
Queen Elizabeth II was not allowed to sit on the Iron ThroneGame of Thrones.
Queen Elizabeth II visited theGame of Thronesseated, but she couldn't sit on it because of an obscure rule. An old and relatively irrelevant rule says: "The reigning monarch cannot sit on someone else's throne."
Although this throne is a fiction, the Queen was a stickler for rules and refused to sit on the Iron Throne!
There is an official magician of New Zealand.
In 1990, New Zealand Prime Minister Ian appointed Brackenbury Channel, an old friend, as the official magician of New Zealand.
He even receives an annual stipend. Known simply as "The Wizard," he's quite outspoken on social issues.
He was even awarded the Queen's Medal of Service for his lifelong service to the community.
An apple, a potato, and an onion all taste the same when eaten with a stuffy nose.
At least 80% of our sense of taste comes from our sense of smell. Because of this, if you blocked the sense of smell, many foods would taste the same, or at least fairly similar.
In this case, it was tested on many different people with blindfolds and stuffy noses. The results? The contestants couldn't tell the three apart except by their texture!
The longest word you're likely to encounter in everyday life is "uncharacteristic."
At 20 letters, it is uncharacteristically far from being the longest word in the English language.
However, a study of 1.7 million examples of everyday English found it to be the longest you're likely to encounter on a daily basis.
A company in Poland makes tableware out of wheat so you can eat your plate!
They make plates out of wheat bran because not only is it edible; It's also completely biodegradable! Say goodbye to the guilt of using disposable tableware!
Plastic tableware can take centuries to decompose, but it only takes thirty days when made from wheat bran.
The company makes plates, bowls and even cutlery that can withstand high temperatures and wet food. Unfortunately, the dining table is not edible.
The average person walks around the world five times in their lifetime.
If you're not a couch potato, you'll average about 7,500 steps a day. The average person lives until they are 80 years old, so it is expected that you will walk about 110,000 miles (177,027 km) in your lifetime.
The scope ofEarthat the equator is 24,900 miles (40,072 km).
Assuming you're an average person, walking average steps and living an average time, it's entirely possible to walk around the world five times!
Michael Jackson offered to do a Harry Potter musical, but the offer was turned down.
Michael JacksonHe, like many others around the world, was a bit of a Potterhead. He saw an opportunity to adapt the books into a musical and suggested J.K. Rowling pitched the idea. Willy-nilly, Rowling didn't see it as something incredible and dismissed it.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Rowling defended her decision, saying, "turned down many options for customization, and Michael Jackson happened to be one of them.”
The world record for putting straws in one's mouth at once is 650.
on25.8On May 15, 2018, Nataraj Karate broke the Guinness World Record by stuffing 650 drinking straws in his mouth at once! Karate broke the world record in Tamil Nadu, India, making him the second consecutive Indian to achieve this.
He had to keep the straws in his mouth for at least 10 seconds to break the record. This is the seventeenth time this record has been broken!
Nutella was invented shortly after World War II because chocolate was so expensive.
Chocolate availability was scarce at the time, with most of the world's armies issuing chocolate rations to their soldiers. The lack of supply prompted many to try creative new approaches.
In 1946, Pietro Ferrero created a spread made from tiny amounts of chocolate and copious amounts of inexpensive hazelnuts. While it wasn't a new idea, it was its formula that made it a lot more affordable for regular people!
Ferrero's son created the definitive Nutella product and perfected the formula in 1964.
North Korea has its own space program.
North Korea's space program attracted international attention in 1998 when a satellite launch failed to reach orbit. Since then there have been four launches, the last in 2016.
The two satellites that actually reached orbit both failed. However, accNorth Korea, all launches were great successes.
According to Genesis 1:20-22, the hen came before the egg.
The age old question seems finally to be answered, and who answered it? The Bible!
The Book of Genesis states that "God created all living things." It is even stated that he created all birds and instructed them to go out and breed.
How are birds increasing in number, you might ask? By laying eggs! Well, that fact only applies if you believe in God, but it's still a pretty good answer!
Ants leave cards for other ants as they walk.
Ants leave trails of pheromones as they walk as maps for other ants to follow. This means they can take the fastest route to food sources or their hive.
The more ants follow this route, the stronger the map for others to follow. Even if a few ants get lost temporarily, they usually find their way home.
The amazing thing is that the ants don't smell the pheromones, they perceive them with their feelers!
Tears contain a natural pain reliever that relieves pain and improves your mood.
Next time you're close to tears, don't hold back and just let it all out!
The explanation lies in the fact that emotional tears contain endorphins, which are our body's natural pain relievers and mood enhancers.
Saturn is the only planet in our solar system that can swim in water.
Although Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system, it is also the lightest.
Saturn could float in water because it's basically a giant ball of gas. However, the real fact here is that you would need a huge bathtub!
Fun Fact:A year on Saturn equals 29,457 Earth years or 10,759 Earth days.
Male cats have longer tails than female cats.
Male cats have longer tails simply because they are larger on average than femalescats. Cat tails are generally proportional to their body, so a bigger body means a bigger tail.
On average, male cat tails measure around 28 cm, while female cat tails are around 25 cm long!
Dolly Parton lost in a Dolly Parton look-alike contest.
Dolly Parton once entered a Dolly Parton-themed drag queen contest and was quite surprised by the result. Many of the contestants had spent months or even years refining their costumes and makeup. But Parton decided to jump in spontaneously.
She did her hair and make-up more dramatically than usual. Not only did she lose, she also got the least applause in the end!
George W. Bush was once a cheerleader.
The most surprising thing about this fact is that George W. Bush wasn't the only US President who was a cheerleader in his youth!
In 1963 he attended Phillips Academy in Andover,Massachusetts. During the school year, he was photographed in a short skirt and fake boobs tucked into his sweater to cheer on his school's team.
Although this was originally intended to taunt the other school's team, it makes for a great true story!
There are a total of 205 bones in a horse's skeleton.
Duringhorsesmuch taller than us, they only have one less bone than we do, whereas the human body has 206 bones.
We suppose we are left with only one question: what bone do we have that horses don't have?
Coca-Cola once bought all website urls that can be read as ahh up to 62h.
In 2013, the soft drink manufacturer tried to win over millennials with a digital campaign. Coca-Cola created websites full of animated games, interactive GIFs and videos.
The "ahh" in the URL stands for "the sound a smile would make if it made noise".
Although their advertising campaign was a huge success, the websites have since been taken down.
There are more than 40,000 toilet-related injuries in the United States each year.
It may come as a bit of a shock to you, but injuries of this nature are far more common than you think!
Some injuries wouldn't win a Nobel Prize, like children falling off the toilet. But then there are other funny incidents like the toilet collapsing due to the weight of the person sitting on it.
Strawberries can be red, yellow, green, or white.
Most people don't experience strawberries until after they've been picked and punted. However, strawberries are not red when they start to grow. Instead, they start out green and turn red as they mature.
Yellow or white strawberries, on the other hand, are a completely different type ofstrawberries!
Walt Disney World is the second largest buyer of fireworks in the United States.
While this fact might seem shocking at first glance, it's not really a surprise when you dig deeper. There are six Walt Disney Worlds in total, and most of them have nightly fireworks.
Some shows cost as much as $50,000, making Disney World spend at least $50 million on fireworks over the course of a year!
Four people lived in a house infested with over 2,000 venomous spiders for six months.
When the Barger family moved into an old limestone home in Kansas City, little did they know what they were getting into. They saw a few spiders, but they didn't start paying attention until they encountered a highly venomous spider. The brown recluse spider is said to be the cause of tens of thousands of bites annually.
For six months, the Bargers spent up to two hours every night looking for them. As a result, they collected 2,055 brown recluse spiders and caught 37 spiders in just one night!
It turns out that brown recluse spiders aren't nearly as harmful as they say, given that they haven't even been bitten!
Madonna has brontophobia, which is the fear of thunder.
While it may sound like a fear ofBrontosaurus, the word “bronto” comes from ancient Greek and means thunder.
Whatever the case, Madonna's anxiety is a real and often debilitating condition. In fact, she's so afraid of thunder and lightning that she demands 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 a milestone for the social network as it doubled in size in five years! Since then, Facebook's growth has slowed dramatically. The social network had around 2.6 billion active users in 2020.
So that's more than a third of the world's population regularly checking their Facebook.
Samuel L. Jackson asked for a purple lightsaberwar of starsto take on the role of Mace Windu.
Samuel L. Jackson is a self-confessed geek, so it came as no surprise that he asked George Lucas to cast him in the prequels.
Jackson wanted to find himself in big fight scenes on screen, so he made a special request to Lucas.
Lucas initially declined, stating that lightsabers could only be blue, green, or red. But luckily for fans of the purple lightsaber, he eventually changed his mind!
Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13thth.
Friday the 13ththconsidered unlucky in western culture, its roots stretching back to Norse mythology.
It was on the 20ththcentury that every Friday that happens to fall on the 13ththof each month would be naturally full of unhappiness.
The phobia itself is linked to triskaidekaphobia, which is the fear ofNumber 13.
Kleenex wipes were originally used as filters in gas masks.
The Kleenex brand is part of a larger company, Kimberly-Clark, which began as a paper mill in the late 1800sthCentury.
With the first large-scale use of gas in warfare during World War I, there was suddenly a strong demand for a solution.
Enter Kleenex tissue, a newly developed thin, cotton-like material made from wood pulp. One of the fabric's first uses was as a replaceable filter in gas masks, making it a life-saving invention!
In 1998, Sony accidentally sold 700,000 camcorders that could see through people's clothing.
Sony designed the cameras to record better in the dark. So your mistake was actually innocent.
The camcorders could see through clothing because they could capture infrared images. But during the day you could see through someone's outer layer of clothing! As soon as Sony realized their mistake, they attempted to recall all of the cameras, making it their largest product recall to date.
Over the course of your life, you spend about 79 days brushing your teeth.
It's common practicebrush your teethtwice a day for two minutes each time. Four minutes of brushing per day for a year is 1,460 minutes, which equates to just over one day of brushing per year. So if you live for the average US life expectancy of 79 years, brush your teeth for a total of seventy-nine days!
This is based on the recommended amount of time you should brush your teeth - which you're doing, right?
Ronald McDonald is called "Donald McDonald" in Japan because it makes it easier for the Japanese to pronounce it.
When McDonald's opened its first restaurantJapan, they realized they had a problem. The letters "R" and "L" in English are quite difficult to pronounce for Japanese speakers.
So McDonald's decided it would be easier for everyone if they changed their mascot's name to "Donaudo Makudonarudo," or Donald McDonald.
How do you call the Hamburglar, you might ask? Hanbaaguraa!
The average person makes about 1,140 telephone calls each year. Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards. If you had enough water to fill one million goldfish bowls, you could fill an entire stadium. Mary Stuart became Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old.What is the weirdest fun fact you know? ›
- The dot over a lowercase i and j has a name! ...
- Water makes different sounds depending on its temperature! ...
- McDonald's invented a sweet-tasting type of broccoli! ...
- Rabbits can't be sick! ...
- Humans are the only animals that blush! ...
- The hashtag symbol has a fancy term!
- It is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow. ...
- A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
- A shrimp's heart is in its head.
- It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
- A teaspoonful of neutron star. ...
- Metals that explode when in contact with water. ...
- Hawaii is moving closer to Alaska by 7.5cm every year. ...
- Sunflowers are known as hyperaccumulators. ...
- A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head.
- Animals that lay eggs don't have belly buttons.
- Mr. ...
- Boanthropy is the psychological disorder in which patients believe they are a cow.
- Camels have three eyelids.
- There is a McDonalds in every continent except Antarctica.
- Mosquitos are attracted to people who just ate bananas.
- You typically only breathe out of one nostril at a time. ...
- "Vegetables" don't really exist. ...
- More people drown in fresh water than in salt water. ...
- Your brain uses up around 20 percent of your body's blood and oxygen. ...
- Ravens' moods are affected by others.
- There is an ancient book full of strange symbols no one can translate. ...
- In 1872 a ship was discovered floating in the ocean with no signs of its crew or passengers! ...
- The Tower of London is haunted by lots of ghosts. ...
- A dead Pope was once put on trial.
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year. (This never happened back when we used feather quills on parchment.) On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.Did you know rare facts? ›
- Grapes light on fire in the microwave. ...
- There are almost 8 million possible seven-digit phone numbers per area code. ...
- Spaghetto, confetto, and graffito are the singular forms of spaghetti, confetti, and graffiti. ...
- McDonald's once created bubblegum-flavored broccoli.
About 75% of your brain is made of water. Your heart beats about 115,000 times a day. Jupiter is the fastest spinning planet in the solar system. The nearest star to Earth is 4.2 light-years away.
- 1) It snows in the Sahara Desert. ...
- 2) There are only two countries in the world where Coca Cola does not exist. ...
- 3) Sudan has the most pyramids in the world (not Egypt) ...
- 4) Colombia's brightest rainbow is in its river.
Though you probably learned that one day on Earth is 24 hours, it actually takes the planet 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4.0916 seconds to rotate on its axis. This is the difference between a solar day and a sidereal day—a solar day is 24 hours, whereas a sidereal day is roughly four minutes shorter.What are 10 crazy facts? ›
- The Queen Owns all the Swans and Dolphins! ...
- There is a Village Called Dull. ...
- Urine Used To Be A Detergent. ...
- Apple Pips Are Poisonous! ...
- These Creepy Coffins Were Found on Arthur's Seat! ...
- You Can't Hold Your Nose and Hum. ...
- There is a Fish with Legs. ...
- The Bayeux Tapestry is 70 Metres Long!
- Humans are the Only Animals That Enjoy Spicy Foods. ...
- Humans Are Also the Only Animals Whose Brains Shrink. ...
- Potato Chips Cause More Weight Gain Than Any Other Food. ...
- That Fish is Probably Labeled Wrong. ...
- Bananas Can't Reproduce. ...
- It's Impossible to Hum While You Hold Your Nose.
- Your eyes blink around 20 times a minute. ...
- Your ears never stop growing!
- Earwax is actually a type of sweat! ...
- The tongue is covered in about 8,000 taste-buds, each containing up to 100 cells helping you taste your food!
- You produce about 40,000 litres of spit in your lifetime.
1) Women have a keener sense of smell than men; 2) Brown eggs are not more nutritious than white eggs — it just means they came from a difference breed; 3) 20% of all airline passengers catch a cold after a two-hour flight!What is the weirdest human body fact? ›
One of the weird facts about the human body is that our lungs are the only organs that float on the water. This is because our lungs contain 300 million balloon-like structures known as alveoli.Did you know facts for 7 year olds? ›
Each of your hands has 14 finger bones. After about age 30, people start shrinking – they get a bit shorter every year. People can go without drinking water for as long as a week without dying. They can go without food for about a month.What are some facts about 25? ›
25 is the sum of the five consecutive single-digit odd natural numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. 25 is a centered octagonal number, a centered square number, a centered octahedral number, and an automorphic number. 25 percent (%) is equal to 14.What are some cute facts? ›
- Trees can make friends and talk to each other. ...
- The oldest “Your Momma” joke dates back 3,500 years. ...
- Humpback whales have recovered 30 percent of their population. ...
- Sea otters hold hands so they don't drift apart. ...
- The actors who played Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married in real life.
Fleas can jump 350 times its body length. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards. Crocodiles cannot stick their tongue out. Starfish do not have a brain.
The ocean covers more than 70 percent of the earth's surface. About 94 percent of the earth's wildlife is found in the ocean. More than 70 percent of the earth's oxygen is produced by the ocean. Five percent of the land belonging to the United States is surrounded by the ocean.What fun fact should I give? ›
- The story of your first date.
- The worst job interview experience you ever had (and what you learned from it)
- An embarrassing story from your teenage years (don't act like you don't have one)
- A time your biggest fear (something silly, like bugs) made you act irrationally.
- Competitive art used to be in the Olympics. ...
- A chef's hat has exactly 100 pleats. ...
- "OMG" usage can be traced back to 1917. ...
- Some cats are actually allergic to humans. ...
- The majority of your brain is fat. ...
- Oranges aren't naturally occurring fruits.
Roughly 74 percent of the universe is “nothing,” or what physicists call dark energy; 22 percent is dark matter, particles we cannot see. Only 4 percent is baryonic matter, the stuff we call something. 2 And even something is mostly nothing. Atoms overwhelmingly consist of empty space.Did you know facts about food? ›
- During 1800s, it was believed that ketchup has medicinal qualities. ...
- Chicken contains 266 percent more fat than it did 50 years ago. ...
- The most stolen food in the world is 'cheese'. ...
- Peanuts can be used to make dynamite. ...
- Chocolate was once used as currency.
Saturday takes its name from Saturn, the Roman god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal, and liberation. What is this? Generally speaking, many of the days of the week were renamed from the Roman calendar to the Germanic calendar after the Germanic deities instead of the Roman ones.What is a fun fact about 43? ›
- 43 = 41 + 2.
- 43 = 11 + 13 + 19.
- 43 = 2 + 11 + 13 + 17.
- 43 = 3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 17.
100 is a perfect square number and its square root is 10. 100 is the basis of percentages ("per cent" meaning "per hundred" in Latin), with 100 percent being a full amount. There are 100 pennies in one dollar.What are some facts about 60? ›
It is the smallest number divisible by the numbers 1 to 6: there is no smaller number divisible by the numbers 1 to 5 since any number divisible by 2 and 3 must also be divisible by 6. It is the smallest number with exactly 12 divisors. It is the smallest number that is the sum of two odd primes in six ways.
- 10 is a natural number.
- 10 is an even number.
- 10 is a composite number.
- 10 is the sum of the first four consecutive whole numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 and of the first three prime numbers 2, 3, and 5.
- The oceans produce the majority of the oxygen on Earth. ...
- Soil is full of life. ...
- Bananas are radioactive. ...
- Water can exist in three states at the same time. ...
- Helium has the ability to work against gravity. ...
- Humans have inherited genes from other species. ...
- Human Body. ...
- Animals and Insects.
- Glaciers and ice sheets hold about 69 percent of the world's freshwater. ...
- The fastest gust of wind ever recorded on Earth was 253 miles per hour. ...
- Recent droughts in Europe were the worst in 2,100 years. ...
- The best place in the world to see rainbows is in Hawaii.
Most insects hatch from eggs. Pigs can't look up into the sky - it's physically impossible. The shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its whole brain.What is a cute random fact? ›
- Trees can make friends and talk to each other. ...
- The oldest “Your Momma” joke dates back 3,500 years. ...
- Humpback whales have recovered 30 percent of their population. ...
- Sea otters hold hands so they don't drift apart. ...
- The actors who played Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married in real life.
Humans shed 40 pounds of skin in their lifetime, completely replacing their outer skin every month. More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed every year from using equipment meant for right-handed people. The average adult human has two to nine pounds of bacteria in his or her body. Starfish can re-grow their arms.What is a random useless fact? ›
In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year. (This never happened back when we used feather quills on parchment.) On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.How do you find random facts? ›
- The Fact Site.
- WTF Fun Fact.
- Fact Retriever.
- Space Facts.
- So True Facts.
- Today I Found Out.
You are about 1cm taller in the morning when you first get up than when you go to bed. This is because during the day the soft cartilage between your bones gets squashed and compressed. 8.What is an easy fun fact? ›
About 75% of your brain is made of water. Your heart beats about 115,000 times a day. Jupiter is the fastest spinning planet in the solar system. The nearest star to Earth is 4.2 light-years away.
The happiest moments in life are the birth of a first child, your wedding day and the birth of grandchildren according to new research out today.Did you know facts about time? ›
Over a billion years ago, a day on Earth lasted around 18 hours. Our days are longer now because the moon's gravity is causing Earth's spin to slow down. In Earth's earlier days, the moon wasn't as far away, which caused Earth to spin much faster than it currently does. Longer days also mean shorter years—kind of.Did you know facts about human? ›
More than half of your bones are located in the hands, wrists, feet, and ankles. Every second, your body produces 25 million new cells. That means in 15 seconds, you will have produced more cells than there are people in the United States. The largest bone in the human body is the femur, also known as the thigh bone.What is a useless object? ›
rubbish. noun. something that is useless, of no value, or of very low quality.What is a fact about Tuesday? ›
Tuesday is named after Tiw, the Norse god of single combat, victory and glory, and Tiw is associated with Mars, the Roman god of war, hence the day being known as 'Mardi' in French, 'Martes' in Spanish and 'Martedi' in Italian. Tuesday is considered to be an unlucky day in the Greek and Spanish-speaking worlds.What are some fun facts about 46? ›
46 is the largest even integer that cannot be expressed as a sum of two abundant numbers. It is also the sixteenth semiprime. Since it is possible to find sequences of 46+1 consecutive integers such that each inner member shares a factor with either the first or the last member, 46 is an Erdős–Woods number.