The world really is a strange, strange place. They say that fact is often stranger than fiction, and when you take a look at some of the following facts we have lined up for you here – you’d probably be inclined to agree with them! These are facts, figures and stats which are always likely to make you say ‘WTF’ in your head!
Therefore, if you’re really looking to be fascinated by some of the strangest, most bizarre facts on the planet, you really have come to the right place. These WTF facts are great to share with family and friends – but some of the grosser topics might be worth holding onto outside of dinner party occasions! Here’s 31 WTF facts we just couldn’t believe.
In Turkey, during the 16th century, women could divorce their husbands if they failed to pour coffee for them!
Most people can potentially succumb to a weird condition called carotenemia. This is a reaction to eating so many carrots over a short period of time that your skin changes color! Carrots contain beta-carotene and if eaten in great quantity over a period of days, our skin tone can change.
Sleeping sea-otters are often seen to be ‘holding hands’. It is thought they is so that they don’t drift apart!
Octopuses do not have eight ‘legs’. The limbs are actually in pairs of four ‘arm’ like limbs and four ‘leg’ like limbs.
‘William Windsor’ was the name of a goat who ‘served’ in the 1st Battalion Infantry of the Welsh’. He behaved very badly during a ceremony to celebrate the Official Birthday of the Queen and so he was demoted from the rank of ‘ Lance Corporal’ to ‘Fusilier’!
People wishing to lose weight can burn 150 calories by banging their head against a wall for one hour! Please don’t try this one at home!
It’s hard to believe, but some people have a fear of ‘fun’! They are said to suffer from cherophobia.
If you want to stop a Kangaroo from hopping away, you can simply lift its tail! That way, it immediately loses balance and falls over! Again, DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!
Your brain is at least 60% fat and is the fattiest organ in your body.
Alaska has so many caribou, the total number outranks the people there!
‘Negative geotropism’ is the term associated with how bananas develop! Instead of hanging down, they try to lean towards the sun and that’s the reason they are curved in shape!
There is not much of a market for deodorant in Korea. Gene-triggering armpit odor is only present in 0.006% of the population!
Ever wondered how cats are able to warble so ‘wonderfully’? They have approximately 100 different vocal cords!
Weirdly enough, the country of Bangladesh celebrates six different seasons of the year. These are Grisma, Barsa, Sharat, Hemanta, Basanta… and Sh*t!
Believe it or not, butterflies in your stomach are sending you a message. This type of stomach flip is actually something of a distress signal, as it works in response to adrenaline.
Capitol Hill in Seattle used to play host to an odd drinks vending machine. This machine used to stock full of discontinued drinks! From 1990 to 2018, it readily served the locals. Weirdly enough, it disappeared in 2018, with a note claiming it was ‘out for a walk’.
Judges at Wimbledon’s famous tennis championship are provided with a list of swear words! The list details swear words and expressions from every participating nation, enabling the judges to identify any players who break the rules by swearing and penalize them accordingly!
Edgar Allan Poe, the iconic author of ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, led an odd life. However, his death is even weirder. No one was ever sure how he died, though he is said to have been found on the street, wearing clothing that wasn’t his own, in the last days leading up to his death.
A goldfish, when kept in a dark room, is likely to turn a white shade after a while.
The only country in the world named after a woman is Saint Lucia. It was given the name by the French people who were shipwrecked there on a French holiday, which happened to be the one commemorating ‘Saint Lucia’.
A sentence or word can be called a ‘palindrome’ when it can be read in both directions to give meaning. One such sentence is ’do geese see God’! Or, the word ’madam’ in itself is a palindrome word.
The bullfrog is not known to sleep. We can’t imagine living like that!
No animals other than human beings are allowed to visit Antarctica. This is because there are protections in place against animals spreading disease to local seals.
A pair of twins was, weirdly enough, born 87 days apart. The Elliot twins – Amy Ann and Kate Marie – were born on June 1st and August 27th, respectively.
The brain actively shuts down the part of your body that sneezes while you sleep.
There are only 12 letters, total, in the Hawaiian alphabet.
Iceland is well-known for its interesting traditions and beliefs! Believe it or not, more than half of people interviewed there in 1998 believed that elves existed.
France has very specific rules regarding the sale of local bread. Specifically, France’s Bread Law (1993) states that it cannot be sold with additives, and that it can’t be frozen beforehand.
Not all laughter comes at the expense of joking around. In fact, it’s thought that only 20% of all laughter we make comes after a joke or two!
Toy Story 2 very nearly didn’t happen at all – most of it was deleted by accident! Thankfully, someone had a backup in place, meaning the master copy could be replaced.
The hummingbird remains the only avian in the world that is able to fly backwards!
Do you have any interesting or fun WTF facts that we’ve missed? Share them here in the comments section below!