Some facts are serious. Some are fascinating. Others are downright strange! Then, there are those facts which are just fun to read about. These are the facts that you might share with your friends, or at dinner parties, or just to break the ice. The world is a lot weirder than we actually give it credit for. Therefore, here’s a stack of interesting facts you can take away and use to your heart’s content. They are plucked completely at random, so don’t try and find any kind of pattern here! Let’s dive into the fun world of interesting facts and see what we can learn about.
No matter the hairstyle and no matter the thickness, the average human being has around 100,000 hairs growing on their head at any one time. In fact, you lose some every day without noticing. Don’t let it worry you!
What’s a ‘spaghetto’? It’s one strand of spaghetti!
The states of the USA make use of most letters of the alphabet in their names, collectively. However, not one state possesses the letter ‘Q’.
While we may not really know what fingerprints actually do, humans aren’t the only creatures to have them. Many of our ape cousins possess them, too – as do koalas, believe it or not.
Want to know if you’re likely to experience an earthquake? Talk to a snake. Snakes have a sixth sense when it comes to Earth tremors, so much so that they can predict them up to five days before they actually occur.
How do you store your eggs? Plenty of us put them in the fridge, but many people don’t. However, in the US, they have to be refrigerated due to how their shells are washed.
Ever eaten a peanut? It’s not actually a nut at all, and neither are walnuts and pistachios. Nuts have hard shells which can separate from their interior.
There is a species of hummingbird so small, people sometimes mistake it for a bug or insect. The species in question is the bee hummingbird, and it’s around 6cm long, making it the smallest bird on the planet.
It’s illegal to fell cacti in the state of Arizona! That’s because the state treats them like protected growths, and you could face a spell in prison if you are caught.
It’s best to let these prickly plants keep growing on their own.
There is a word in the English language which is so long, it would take you nearly four hours just to pronounce it. It’s a type of protein, and it has almost 190,000 letters.
We’re known to salivate a lot, but did you know that in your life, you will likely produce enough saliva in your mouth to produce over 50,000 litres? That’s enough to fill a swimming pool or two.
Very random this, but should you ever find yourself part of the British Royal Family, you might have to give up your favourite board game. British Royals are forbidden from playing ‘Monopoly’!
Star Wars wasn’t a runaway success when it first launched in the late 1970s. In fact, it only opened in around 32 cinemas across the US.
Statistically, you are probably more likely to win an Olympic medal than you are to win the lottery jackpot. Better start training now!
If you thought mammals birthed big litters, have you ever met an octopus? The aquatic species can lay up to 56,000 eggs in a litter at once.
Right now, around 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk.
How did Ludwig Van Beethoven manage to compose so many symphonies after going deaf? He found that, if he bit down onto metal, which attached to a piano he was sitting at, he could hear the notes he was playing.
While many countries run to the Gregorian calendar as standard, Ethiopia actually has thirteen months a year. As a result, it is around seven and a half years behind the rest of the world!
Strawberries, much like peppers, come in red, green and yellow. Some are even grow white! However, green strawberries are merely the red fruits we know and love, just not ripe.
We prefer ours to be red…
In the US, the Tooth Fairy pays around $3.70 per tooth to children who lose their milk teeth.
More people speak English in China than speak English in the whole of the US!
Women feel pain worse than men due to the number of nerve receptors they have in their body. However, they actually have higher pain thresholds, too.
Any Hollywood buffs wanting to contact actor Bill Murray will have to leave a message on his unique 1-800 number. It’s supposedly notoriously hard to reach him.
Think you talk a lot? You probably don’t. We only speak for around ten minutes per day, total, on average.
There is a town in Nebraska, US, which has only one resident. She holds the post of Mayor in Monowi!
3D printing is actively being used to help deliver tools to astronauts. Personnel at NASA on Earth can simply send instructions electronically for items to print and build up in the heavens.
If you have a string of pearls you really want to get rid of, they will likely dissolve in everyday vinegar.
JK Rowling passed her original idea for the hugely popular Harry Potter series of books around 12 different publishers before someone finally accepted her brief. Therefore, it just goes to show – persistence will pay off in the end!
Unlike many other big cats, Cheetahs are unable to roar. Perhaps they don’t need to – they’re quick enough to catch their prey from a standing start!
If you’re a pig farmer in France, you’ll be arrested if you name any of your brood ‘Napoleon’.
The US military is known to spray their medics during training with a foul-smelling liquid. This, it’s stated, is said to help them adjust to the potential smells they’ll face while attending to the injured in warzones.
Twitter’s iconic bird logo has a name – Larry.
The London Bridge you see today isn’t the one that originally stood in the city. In fact, an older incarnation of the bridge was actually dismantled and shipped abroad to Arizona, US!
75% of the Sahara Desert has no sand in it whatsoever. In fact, you are most likely to find stone and gravel.
Switzerland is very protective of people experiencing neighbourly noise. In fact, it’s against the law to flush a toilet, if you live in a flat, after 10pm.
Switzerland also has a curious law regarding guinea pigs. It’s illegal for you to buy and own just one. This, according to science and indeed Swiss law, is because the pets can get very lonely!
If you want to crush grapes to make a whole bottle of wine, on average, you will need around 700 of them.
Jupiter, the huge gas giant in our solar system, has a big, red spot. However, scientists believe that the spot appears to be shrinking, but at the same time, it’s getting taller. Quite how this is possible – your guess is as good as ours.
Do you ever go to the cinema looking forward to seeing trailers for future releases? In years gone by, you would actually have to wait until the end of the movie to see them. Nowadays, most people wait until the end of a movie just to see a few extra Easter Eggs.
The US Department of Defence buys more explosives than anywhere else in the country, but who’s in second place? That’s because of all the fireworks they buy for their big celebrations each year!
If you escape prison while in Mexico, you won’t be reprimanded a second time if you are caught. You won’t even have to spend additional time in jail. You’ll simply have to go back and finish the sentence you started.
It’s likely that footprints left on the Moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin could remain there for tens of millions of years.
You’re unlikely to sink into lava – if you fell into a volcano, you would float, due to lava’s incredible density.
Believe it or not, there is more than one type of grass. In fact, there are more than 6,000 species!
There is a man called Tim Storms who is able to make a note so deep, and so low, that even he can’t hear it. Human hearing is only so adaptable. Tim is able to produce a note that’s only audible to specific species of animal!
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was a trained graphic designer, and actually produced the band’s iconic logo. Queen guitarist Brian May, meanwhile, is a doctor in astrophysics, and actively campaigns against badger culling in the UK.
There seems to be a fear or phobia for most things, even one for long words. But what is the phobia of long words called? Cruelly, it’s known as hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.
China’s government is known for its extensive censorship systems. So much so, that they have even censored the word ‘censorship’.
At the time of writing, Facebook has over two billion users worldwide and counting.
The biggest desert in the world isn’t made of sand. In fact, you’ll find it out in Antarctica!
The world’s biggest snowflake ever recorded was around 38cm in diameter.
While many people are able to type as quickly as 150 words per minute, the QWERTY keyboard we all know and love was built to slow down typewriter jams. Can you imagine how quick we’d all be at typing if we used a different system altogether?
Dolphins are known for being incredibly smart – however, pink Amazon dolphins may actually be smarter than any of us. It’s thought that they have 40% more brain capacity than humans!
Sesame Street’s iconic biscuit-munching beast Cookie Monster has a given first name – Sid.
Chainsaws were actually invented to help during childbirth. Thankfully, we have moved onto more enlightened times!
Sloths, known for their extreme lethargy and lack of speed, are also hardly likely to digest quickly, either. They are known to still be digesting food two weeks after they first ate it.
High heels are extremely fashionable in the modern age, but they have been around since the 1700s. In fact, they were first developed for men, and there were even some children’s shoes made along the way.
Think you’re doing your bit for the environment by using paper in your shopping bags rather than plastic? You’re not. In fact, it probably makes the same amount of difference. If you can, order online and ask for no bags!
Ostriches‘ eyes are, on the whole, bigger than their brains.
Babies won’t have kneecaps, or at least the foundations for them, for some time. As with the fontanelle in a baby’s skull, it will take time for infant bone to grow and cover the knee.
Bananas grow in a very strange way. They actually point towards the sky when they grow, which is why they are grown upside-down from trees. This sun-pointing is, of course, why you end up with bananas which are amazingly curvy.
banana tree flower blooming
The US is actively fighting against deforestation, and in the past 30 years, there have been more acres of new forest grown than lost.
There are plenty of tyre specialists out there, but which company actually exports the most tyres per year? Believe it or not, Lego – who produces more tyres for their toys and kits than any other manufacturer on the planet.
Cows are deadlier to humans than sharks, on average. There are around 20 people killed by cows each year, compared to very few killed by sharks!
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