The world is a pretty strange place; things often don't happen according to plan, and weird coincidences are generally the norm. With this in mind, it's not surprising that there would be unexpected facts about everything from pencils, to history, to science, and everything in between. The following 100 facts have been handpicked to educate and amuse; read on to find out more about this amazing world and the people that inhabit it.
Did You Know
Mind Blowing Facts
- The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9,000 years old!
- A coyote can hear a mouse moving underneath a foot of snow.
- Bolts of lightning can shoot out of an erupting volcano.
- New York drifts about one inch farther away from London each year.
- A U.S. dollar bill can be folded approximately 4,000 times in the same place before it will tear.
- A sneeze travels about 100 miles per hour.
- Earth has traveled more than 5,000 miles in the past 5 minutes.
- It would take a sloth one month to travel one mile.
- 10% of the World’s population is left handed.
- A broken clock is right two times every day.
- According to Amazon, the most highlighted books on Kindle are the Bible, the Steve Jobs biography, and The Hunger Games.
- Bob Marley’s last words to his son before he died were “Money can’t buy life.”
- A mole can dig a tunnel that is 300 feet long in only one night.
- A hippo’s wide open mouth is big enough to fit a 4 foot tall child in.
- Chewing gum while you cut an onion will help keep you from crying.
- If you were to stretch a Slinky out until it’s flat, it would measure 87 feet long.
- Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer
- There are more collect calls on Father’s day than on any other day of the year
- Drying fruit depletes it of 30-80% of its vitamin and antioxidant content
- A 2010 study found that 48% of soda fountain contained fecal bacteria, and 11% contained E. Coli.
- 9 out of 10 Americans are deficient in Potassium.
- Blueberries will not ripen until they are picked.
- About 150 people per year are killed by coconuts.
- Ketchup was used as a medicine back in the 1930’s.
- Honey never spoils.
- The FDA permits up to 5 whole insects per 100 grams of apple butter.
- A hardboiled egg will spin, but a soft boiled egg will not.
- Avacados are poisonous to birds.
- Chewing gum burns about 11 calories per hour.
- Studies show that eating spicy food can help you live longer.
- The word “gorilla” is derived from a Greek word meaning, “A tribe of hairy women.”
- Prisoners in Canadian war camps during WWII were treated so well, that a lot of them didn’t’ want to leave when the war was over.
- Gorillas burp when they are happy
- In New York it is illegal to sell a haunted house without telling the buyer.
- In 2006 someone tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. The price got up to $3,000 before eBay shut it down.
- It is considered good luck in Japan when a sumo wrestler makes your baby cry.
- A man from Britain changed his name to Tim Pppppppppprice to make it harder for telemarketers to pronounce.
- A woman from California once tried to sue the makers of Cap’n Crunch, because the Crunch Berries contained “no berries of any kind.”
- Apple launched a clothing line in 1986. It was described as a “train wreck” by others.
- In Japan, crooked teeth are considered cute and attractive.
- A Swedish woman lost her wedding ring, and found it 16 years later- growing on a carrot in
- Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
- Cockroaches can live for several weeks with their heads cut off, because their brains are located inside their body. They would eventually die from being unable to eat.
- Scientists have tracked butterflies that travel over 3,000 miles.
- To produce a single pound of honey, a single bee would have to visit 2 million flowers.
- The population is expected to rise to 10.8 billion by the year 2080.
- You breathe on average about 7,000 times a year
- More than 60,000 people are flying over the United States in an airplane right now.
- Hamsters run up to 8 miles at night on a wheel.
- A waterfall in Hawaii goes up sometimes instead of down.
- A church in the Czech Republic has a chandelier made entirely of human bones.
- Under the Code of Hammurabi, bartenders who watered down beer were punished by execution
Did You Know
- If 33 million people held hands, they could make it all the way around the equator.
- Earth is the only planet that is not named after a god.
- The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in court.
- You are born with 300 bones, but by the time you are an adult you only have 206.
- A ten gallon hat will only hold ¾ of a gallon.
- Just like fingerprints, everyone has different tongue prints.
- ATM’s were originally thought to be failures, because the only users were prostitutes and gamblers who didn’t want to deal with tellers face to face.
- Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions. The word “run” comes in close second.
- A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.
- One fourth of the bones in your body are located in your feet
- 111,111,111 X 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
- Blue-eyed people tend to have the highest tolerance of alcohol
- Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so that they do not drift apart.
- The Golden Poison Dart Frog’s skin has enough toxins to kill 100 people.
- The male ostrich can roar just like a lion.
- Mountain lions can whistle.
- The giraffe’s tongue is so long that they can like the inside of their own ear.
- Cows kill more people than sharks do.
- Cats have 32 muscles in each of their ears.
- Butterflies taste their food with their feet.
- A tarantula can live without food for more than two years.
- The tongue of a blue whale weighs more than most elephants!
- Ever wonder where the phrase “It’s raining cats and dogs” comes from? In the 17th century many homeless cats and dogs would drown and float down the streets of England, making it look like it literally rained cats and dogs.
- It takes about 3,000 cows to supply enough leather for the NFL for only one year.
- Male dogs lift their legs when they are urinating for a reason. They are trying to leave their mark higher so that it gives off the message that they are tall and intimidating
Mind Blowing Facts
- A flea can jump up to 200 times its own height. That is the equivalent of a human jumping the Empire State Building.
- There are 5 temples in Kyoto, Japan that have blood stained ceilings. The ceilings are made from the floorboards of a castle where warriors killed themselves after a long hold-off against an army. To this day, you can still see the outlines and footprints.
- There is a snake, called the boomslang, whose venom causes you to bleed out from every orifice on your body. You may even turn blue from internal bleeding, and it can take up to 5 days to die from the bleeding.
- A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber.
- Saturn’s density is low enough that the planet would float in water.
- 68% of the universe is dark energy, and 27% is dark matter; both are invisible, even with our powerful telescopes. This means we have only seen 5% of the universe from earth.
- The founders of Google were willing to sell Google for $1 million to Excite in 1999, but Excite turned them down. Google is now worth $527 Billion.
- In the past 20 years, scientists have found over 1,000 planets outside of our solar system.
- There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.
- If a pregnant woman has organ damage, the baby in her womb sends stem cells to help repair the organ.