If you’re bored and have some time to kill, then why not check out this amazing list of random facts.
Let’s get smarter!
1. Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.
2. In the UK, it is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day.
3. Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers.
4. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
5. A flock of crows is known as a murder.
6. “Facebook Addiction Disorder” is a mental disorder identified by Psychologists.
7. The average woman uses her height in lipstick every 5 years.
8. 29th May is officially “Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day“.
9. Cherophobia is the fear of fun.
10. Human saliva has a boiling point three times higher that of regular water.
11. If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop.
12. Hyphephilia are people who get aroused by touching fabrics.
13. Billy goats urinate on their own heads to smell more attractive to females.
14. The person who invented the Frisbee was cremated and made into frisbees after he died.
15. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.
16. Polar bears can eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting. (If they lived in the same place)
17. King Henry VIII slept with a gigantic axe beside him.
18. Bikinis and tampons invented by men.
19. An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.
20. When a male penguin falls in love with female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble to present to her.
21. New Zealand will deny people residency visa’s if they too high of a BMI and there are cases where people have been rejected because of their weight.
22. Whenever a pregnant women suffers from organ damage like heart attack, the fetus sends stem cells to the organ helping it to repair.
23. It is illegal to climb trees in Oshawa, a town in Ontario, Canada.
24. Brown eyes are blue underneath, and you can actually get a surgery to turn brown eyes blue.
25. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.
26. A bolt of lightning is six times hotter than the sun.
27. When a person cries and the first drop of tears come from the right eye, its happiness. if it from left eye, it’s pain.
28. Only 2% of Earth population naturally has green eyes.
29. Having bridesmaids in a wedding wasn’t originally for moral support. They were intended to confuse evil spirits or those who wished to harm the bride.
30. According to a study by the Economic Research Service, 27% of all food production in Western nations ends up in garbage cans. Yet, 1,2 billion people are underfed – the same number of people who are overweight.
31. Camels are called “ships of the desert” because of the way they move, not because of their transport capabilities. A Dromedary camel has one hump and a Bactrian camel two humps. The humps are used as fat storage. Thus, an undernourished camel will not have a hump.
32. In the Durango desert, in Mexico, there’s a creepy spot called the “Zone of Silence.” You can’t pick up clear TV or radio signals. And locals say fireballs sometimes appear in the sky.
33. Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T.
34. Bill Gates’ first business was Traff-O-Data, a company that created machines which recorded the number of cars passing a given point on a road.
35. Uranus’ orbital axis is tilted at 90 degrees.
36. The final resting-place for Dr. Eugene Shoemaker – the Moon. The famed U.S. Geological Survey astronomer, trained the Apollo astronauts about craters, but never made it into space. Mr. Shoemaker had wanted to be an astronaut but was rejected because of a medical problem. His ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft before it was launched on January 6, 1998. NASA crashed the probe into a crater on the moon in an attempt to learn if there is water on the moon.
37. Outside the USA, Ireland is the largest software producing country in the world.
38. The first fossilised specimen of Australopithecus afarenisis was named Lucy after the palaeontologists’ favorite song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” by the Beatles.
39. Figlet, an ASCII font converter program, stands for Frank, Ian and Glenn’s LETters.
Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
40. Every year about 98% of atoms in your body are replaced.
41. Hot water is heavier than cold.
42. Plutonium – first weighed on August 20th, 1942, by University of Chicago scientists Glenn Seaborg and his colleagues – was the first man-made element.
43. If you went out into space, you would explode before you suffocated because there’s no air pressure.
44. The radioactive substance, Americanium – 241 is used in many smoke detectors.
45. The original IBM-PCs, that had hard drives, referred to the hard drives as Winchester drives. This is due to the fact that the original Winchester drive had a model number of 3030. This is, of course, a Winchester firearm.
46. A toaster uses almost half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
47. A baby spider is called a spiderling.
48. You cannot snore and dream at the same time.
49. The following can be read forward and backwards: Do geese see God?
50. A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.
51. A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon.
52. In Uganda, 50% of the population is under 15 years of age.
53. Hitler’s mother considered abortion but the doctor persuaded her to keep the baby.
54. Arab women can initiate a divorce if their husbands don’t pour coffee for them.
55. Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch TV for 3 hours.
56. Smearing a small amount of dog feces on an insect bite will relieve the itching and swelling.
57. Catfish are the only animals that naturally have an odd number of whiskers.
58. Facebook, Skype and Twitter are all banned in China.
59. 95% of people text things they could never say in person.
60. Mount Everest is pronounced as Eve-rest, not Ever-est , as it is named after George Everest.
61. All pandas in the world are on loan from China.
62. When howling together, no two wolves will howl on the same note, instead, they harmonize to create the illusion that there are more of them than there actually are.
63. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
64. India’s “Go Air” airline only hires female flight attendants because they are lighter, so they save up to US$500,000 per year in fuel.
65. At room temperature, the average air molecule travels at the speed of a rifle bullet.
66. The most common color for highlighters is yellow because it doesn’t leave a shadow on the page when photocopied.
67. The Bermuda Triangle has as many ship and plane disappearances as any other region of the ocean.
68. Dolphins recognise and admire themselves in mirrors.
69. On December 23, 1947, Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., held a secret demonstration of the transistor which marked the foundation of modern electronics.
70. The wick of a trick candle has small amounts of magnesium in them. When you light the candle, you are also lighting the magnesium. When someone tries to blow out the flame, the magnesium inside the wick continues to burn and, in just a split second (or two or three), relights the wick.
71. Ostriches are often not taken seriously. They can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.
Seals used for their fur get extremely sick when taken aboard ships.
72. Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.
73. Guinea pigs and rabbits can’t sweat.
74. The pet food company Ralston Purina recently introduced, from its subsidiary Purina Philippines, power chicken feed designed to help roosters build muscles for cockfighting, which is popular in many areas of the world.
75. According to the Wall Street Journal, the cockfighting market is huge: The Philippines has five million roosters used for exactly that.
76. Sharks and rays are the only animals known to man that don’t get cancer. Scientists believe this has something to do with the fact that they don’t have bones, but cartilage.
77. The porpoise is second to man as the most intelligent animal on the planet.
78. Young beavers stay with their parents for the first two years of their lives before going out on their own.
79. Skunks can accurately spray their smelly fluid as far as ten feet.
80. Deer can’t eat hay.
81. Panphobia is the fear of everything… which is a pretty unlucky phobia to have.
82. An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged.
83. George Washington grew marijuana in his garden.
84. A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!
85. The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.