101 Random Facts That’ll Blow Your Mind

From the “wow, that’s hard to believe” to the outright weird

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What’s the most random fact you know? Here’s 101 of them compiled in one handy list. This is totally ripped off from a viral tweet by Brittany Packnett Cunningham.

  1. The phone company Nokia originally sold toilet paper.
  2. The act of touching glasses to cheers comes from medieval suspicions of poisoning each other, so you would slam mugs together to spill each others drinks into your own to show trust you weren’t trying to kill them.
  3. Dimes have 118 ridges on the edge.
  4. There is a frequency of sound that humans technically can’t hear but can still sense and is a very common cause of claims a location is haunted.
  5. The Basque language, spoken by fewer than a million people in Europe, is completely unrelated to any other European language. It is, as far as anyone can tell, completely unrelated to *any* other language.
  6. Catherine Hickland was married to and divorced David Hasselhoff (who played Michael Knight) before marrying and divorcing Michael E. Knight.
  7. The word gym comes from gymnasium… which comes from the Greek work “gymnos”… meaning naked. That’s because everyone exercised naked back then.
  8. A group of Jellyfish is known as a Smack.
  9. Owls can swim.
  10. There were provisions in medieval Germany for women to fight in judicial duels vs male accusers if they had no man to champion them. They were allowed to wield several rocks in a long sack and the man had to be buried up to his hips in the ground.
  11. The phenomena of tree leaves dying but staying on the branches is called Marcescence.
  12. Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond went to high school together and sang in the same choir.
  13. Male kangaroos have two penises.
  14. The kneecap is the only floating bone in the body.
  15. The smell before a rainstorm is called petrichor and it’s caused by a bacteria called geosmin.
  16. The percentage of water on the planet mirrors the percentage of water in the human body.
  17. The medication protamine is made from salmon sperm (reverses heparin anticoagulant).
  18. Women used to be discouraged from riding trains, because they traveled at such high speeds and men were afraid their uteruses might fly out.
  19. Identical twins can have the exact same DNA, but completely different fingerprints.
  20. It is still illegal to tie a camel to a telephone pole in some states.
  21. The number of possible unique sequences of a deck of playing cards is a bigger number than the number of seconds since the big bang (13.7 billion years).
  22. Omphaloskepsis is the practice of attempting to achieve nirvana through the contemplation of one’s own navel.
  23. Shakespeare was born and died on the same day.
  24. All mammals, no matter the size, take roughly the same amount of time to relieve their bladders. Human, dog, or elephant, same amount of time.
  25. The bus number hijacked in speed was 2525.
  26. When a male penguin falls in love with female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble to present to her.
  27. Bulls can’t see red….the capes are red to hide the bleeding from the matador in the event he gets injured.
  28. If you lift a kangaroos tail off the ground it can’t hop.
  29. The average woman eats a pound of lipstick in her lifetime.
  30. Harry S. Truman’s middle initial didn’t stand for an actual name.
  31. Rabbits can’t swim.
  32. The middle layer of kit-kats are made up of other kit-kat bars.
  33. The paper in a Hershey’s kiss is called a nigglywiggly.
  34. If you happen to find yourself trapped in an avalanche, spit. Whatever way it runs, dig out in the opposite direction, which will be up!
  35. Mormons don’t drink or smoke because Joseph Smith’s wife was tired of cleaning spilled liquor and tobacco spit after the men had meetings.
  36. Pluto and Russia are roughly the same size.
  37. A flea can live up to one year without feeding.
  38. Earmuffs were invented by a 15 year old.
  39. Before 1913, parents could mail their kids to Grandma’s — through the postal service.
  40. Hippos milk is pink.
  41. The average woman uses her height in lipstick every 5 years.
  42. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is ‘screeched.’
  43. In dogs with floppy ears, the little pockety spot in the back of the ear is called: Henry’s Pocket.
  44. Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. were born less than six months apart.
  45. Snails are hatched.
  46. On average 20 people die each year from tipping over a vending machine on to them.
  47. The Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I is the first person known to have given his betrothed a diamond engagement ring, in 1477.
  48. Porcupines float in water.
  49. Brushing your teeth is the only time you can regularly clean your skeleton. They aren’t bones, but are part of the skeletal system.
  50. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
  51. Dolphins meet with friends and pass around a pufferfish to chew on & get high.
  52. Unripe pineapples are toxic.
  53. The 8 second rule for picking up food that falls on the floor, then eating it came from Genghis Khan.
  54. Mulan has the highest kill count of any Disney character.
  55. The Goodyear Blimp is the official bird of Redondo Beach, California.
  56. That there are more insects in the world than grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth.
  57. Hemoglobin can be found in turnips.
  58. Madam Marie Curie’s notebooks are radioactive and still will be for another 1500 years. They are stored in a lead box.
  59. The dot above an “i” (or “j”) is called a tittle.
  60. When hippos are upset their sweat turns red.
  61. When scanning a barcode it’s actually scanning the white lines not the black lines.
  62. The arctic woolly bear moth caterpillar freezes and revives for 7 or more years before becoming a moth. Then it procreates and dies.
  63. Chicken McNuggets only come in 4 shapes.
  64. Wombat poop is naturally cubed.
  65. Elephants only have 4 teeth.
  66. Turtles breath through their butts.
  67. Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing.
  68. Only 2% of the population have green eyes.
  69. The last movie to be released on VHS was Viggo Mortensen’s ‘A History Of Violence.
  70. Oxford is older than the Aztec empire.
  71. The reason liquid medicine tastes awful is because research showed that consumers don’t think good tasting medicine is effective.
  72. Sloths don’t fart.
  73. The plural of octopus is from the Greek root so it’s “octopodes”; the only other English word with this plural form is “clitoris”, so “clitorides”.
  74. There’s actually no such thing as “centrifugal force” in the physical world. It’s just the name we gave to the *perceived* outward pressure created by combining forward inertia with centripetal force.
  75. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear just so they can very clearly hear you but still ignore you.
  76. Humans can’t sneeze while sleeping. If someone sneezes while sleeping, they’re pretending. All they are doing is eavesdropping on your conversation.
  77. Japan’s war time emperor, Hirohito Was THE world’s leading authority on jellyfish during the 20th century He personally built a body of knowledge that is still widely used by marine biologists today.
  78. M*A*S*H lasted three times longer than the Korean war.
  79. Mountain Dew was created specifically as a mixer for whiskey.
  80. It take 600 cows to make one season worth of NFL footballs.
  81. There is a species of parasitic barnacle that infects male crabs and gives them a sex change.
  82. Koreans use metallic chopsticks because the affluent people of old used silver ones to detect poison in food as they reacted with the poison and changed appearance.
  83. A platypus doesn’t have a stomach.
  84. The British accent (i.e., “received pronunciation”) was invented in the late 18th century by the emerging wealthy merchant class to distinguish themselves from other commoners. It was literally a made-up accent for rich people.
  85. Bluetooth technology is named after Harald Bluetooth, a king of Denmark and Norway in the 900s. Danish developers not only named the technology after King Harald, but the Bluetooth symbol on our phones is the rune that translates to his name.
  86. The US interstate system was made for military transport not domestic use.
  87. There’s a species of lizards that has both genitalia. There’s almost no males so the females evolved to the point that they become males during mating season to reproduce with females.
  88. Hello Kitty is 5 apples tall and is not a cat. she’s a little girl from England.
  89. Katy Perry has a cat named Kitty Purry.
  90. An octopuses’ esophagus runs through it’s brain and it’ll literally explode if it eats something too big.
  91. Ostriches are one of the few birds that have penises and get erections, but their erectile tissue is engorged with lymph rather than blood.
  92. Abstemious and facetious are the only words in the English language with all the vowels in alphabetical order.
  93. A group of zebras is referred to as a dazzle.
  94. If a man takes a pregnancy test and it comes out positive, he likely has testicular cancer.
  95. When Steven Spielberg was making Jurassic Park, no one knew, as they don’t now, what a dinosaur sounds like. The sound that they used is augmented audio from the orgasm of a giant tortoise.
  96. Walruses can perform self-fellatio.
  97. Psycho is the first American film to show a toilet on screen.
  98. Dogs will almost always shit with their spines aligned to a north-south axis.
  99. Green, yellow, red, and orange bell peppers are all the same pepper, just at different stages of development.
  100. Clams, scallops, mussels, and oysters have anywhere from 40–200 eyes and they’re all blue.

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