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95 Facts That Are As Wildly Random As They Are Extremely Interesting


1.

Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830s.

an old picture of heinz ketchup building

2.

Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son, was in close proximity to three out of four presidential assassinations.

portrait of Robert Todd

3.

If you’re being violent or drunk in Japan the police will get a futon and roll you into a burrito.

an old man holding a drink

4.

All mammals take about 12 seconds to poop, regardless of size.

three cows eating grass

5.

Miami is the only major US city founded by a woman.

Julia Tuttle

6.

The story you’ve probably heard about lemmings jumping off of cliffs to their deaths FAKE.

a person floating from balloons on a cliff

7.

Anxious travelers can play with mini horses at a Kentucky airport.

three women sitting on a mini horse

8.

Coca-Cola cannot be bought or sold in North Korea.

two glasses of coca cola

9.

A game of golf was once played on the moon.

a full moon

10.

Lady Gaga once spent $50K on a ghost detector.

lady gaga

11.

Woodpeckers wrap their tongues around their brain to protect them during their high-speed pecks.

a woodpecker about to peck a tree

12.

Vending machines kill more people per year than sharks.

a man getting a snack from a vending machine

13.

Early in his career, Sylvester Stallone was so low on cash, he was forced to sell his dog, Butkus, for $40. When he landed Rocky, he bought the dog back for $15K and gave him a role in the movie.

sylvester stallone sitting on thestairs with his dog

14.

Human bodies contain small traces of gold.

a human heart statue in gold

15.

Male giraffes headbutt females in their bladder until they urinate. The male then tastes her pee to see if she’s ovulating.

a giraffe sticking it's tongue out

16.

Former One Directioner Liam Payne has a severe phobia of dirty spoons.

liam payne

17.

Sonic the Hedgehog’s middle name is Maurice.

a statue of sonic the hedgehog

18.

In Singapore, anyone caught chewing, importing, or selling gum could face a fine or jail time.

lebron james chewing gum

19.

Winnie the Pooh was banned from a Polish playground because he doesn’t wear pants.

winnie the pooh with the other characters from the cartoon "Winnie the Pooh"

20.

Until 2015 in the UK, the coloring in red skittles contained carmine, which derives from the crushed abdomen of female beetles.

skittles

21.

Jon Hamm was Ellie Kemper’s high school drama teacher.

jon hamm and ellie kemper

22.

Crows can hold grudges due to their ability to remember human faces, especially those who treated them badly.

a crow on a bench

23.

There’s a company that allows you to memorialize the body of a loved one in the form of a reef.

a reef

24.

The phrase “sweating like a pig” is technically impossible, because pigs can’t physically sweat.

a picture of pigs in a barn

25.

A blue whale’s tongue weighs more than most elephants.

a blue whale

26.

All of Tom Cruise’s ex-wives were 33 when they divorced the actor.

a photo of tom cruise and one of his ex wives

27.

Arsenic wafers were once eaten to improve skin and “facial disfigurements” like freckles and blackheads — well, until people realized it was slowly killing them.

a bottle of poision

28.

German chocolate cake was actually invented in Texas by a person named Mrs. George Clay.

a piece of german chocolate cake

29.

Nicolas Cage is known as an outlandish spender in Hollywood. Some of his past purchases include a $150,000 pet octopus, haunted houses, and shrunken pygmy heads.

nicolas cage

30.

Raw pistachios have been known to spontaneously combust when stored in large quantities.

Pistachios

31.

Although illegal and dangerous, it’s possible to walk from Russia to Alaska via the Bering Strait when it freezes in the winter.

a huge lake

32.

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

a barbie doll

33.

Owls don’t have eyeballs. Instead they have elongated tubes held by sclerotic rings. Owls can’t move their eyes around, which is why they have to move their entire head to look in different areas.

an owl

34.

In Japan, editors added a fifth finger to Bob the Builder’s hands, so viewers wouldn’t think he was associated with a feared Japanese mafia called Yakuza.

bob the builder

35.

Jennifer Lawrence learned how to skin a squirrel for her role in Winter’s Bone.

Jennifer Lawrence on a red carpet

36.

The first college football game was played on Nov. 6, 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton (formally known as the College of New Jersey). Rutgers won.

Rutgers football uniform helmets

37.

Flamingos can only eat when their heads are upside down, due mainly to the structure of their beaks.

a group of flamingos

38.

Before deciding on the name Google, the popular search engine was called BackRub.

three computers showing the google homepage

39.

Pound cake got its name because the original recipe for the dessert required one pound of each ingredient.

a plate of pound cake

40.

Before her rise to fame, Madonna worked at Dunkin’ Donuts. She was later fired for squirting jelly on a customer.

Madonna

41.

Walt Disney actually hated the character Goofy, calling him a “stupid cartoon.”

goofy from "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse"

42.

Thailand holds an annual Monkey Buffet Festival where residents of Lopburi honor the 3,000 monkeys that live near the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple by providing 4.5 tons of fruit, vegetables, and treats for them to eat.

a monkey

43.

Shredded cheese packages typically contains cellulose (also known as wood pulp or sawdust) to prevent them from clumping.

a bowl of shredded cheese

44.

Shakira’s school teacher told her she was bad at singing and banned her from choir. Her classmates stated she sounded like a goat.

Shakira performing on stage

45.

Dr. Seuss created Green Eggs and Ham because his publisher bet him he couldn’t write a book shorter than The Cat in the Hat.

dr. seuss holding a copy of The Cat in the Hat

46.

The Yoruba people of Nigeria are known for giving birth to more twins than anywhere else in the world — 50 per 1,000 births.

the nigerian flag

47.

Paul Newman taught Jake Gyllenhaal how to drive.


48.

Ears of corn typically have an even number of rows — most have an average of 16.

a child eating an ear of corn

49.

Jack Nicholson grew up believing his mom, June, was his sister, and that his grandmother, Ethel May, was his mother.

Jack Nicholson wearing glasses

50.

Long before New York received its iconic nickname “The Big Apple,” it was known as New Orange.

the statue of liberty

51.

The word “podcast” is a portmanteau — a combination of the words “iPod” and “broadcast.” The term itself was actually created by accident in 2004.

A hand holding a Classic silver iPod

52.

The first text message sent to a cellphone happened almost 30 years ago (!) — in 1992 — and the message sent was “Merry Christmas.”

Teenage boy sending text message on mobile phone

53.

In 1953, Swanson was basically forced to invent TV dinners because they had around 260 tons of leftover frozen Thanksgiving turkeys and needed a way to get rid of them.

A color photo from the 1950s of a housewife opening her freezer and pulling out a Swanson TV Dinner

54.

In 2002, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the first TV show to ever use “google” as a verb.

Two screenshots from Buffy of Willow asking Buffy "Have you googled her yet?" and "It's a search engine"

55.

In 2005, Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” became the first song to sell a million digital downloads.

The single cover for Hollaback Girl featuring a collage of scenes from the music video for it

56.

The word “meme” isn’t new, and was first coined in 1976 by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene — albeit, it did have a bit of a different meaning.

The meme of Fry from Futurama squinting his eyes

57.

Douglas Hofstadter’s Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought was the first book ever sold on Amazon in 1995.

The cover for the book

58.

McDonald’s created Chicken McNuggets because of changing dietary habits in the late ’70s (aka people — because of health concerns — were eating less red meat and were eating more chicken).

A photo of a woman's hand pulling a Chicken McNugget out of a open McNugget box

59.

It wasn’t until the Great Depression that movie theaters began selling popcorn as a snack to eat during movies.

With eyes glued to the screen, a young boy eats a bag of popcorn while attending a Saturday matinee at the movie theater

60.

The first Disney Channel Original Movie was 1997’s Northern Lights, starring Diane Keaton.

Diane Keaton in a blonde bob cut sitting on a bed next to a little boy looking at her

61.

Cap’n Crunch has a full name — it’s Horatio Magellan Crunch.

A box of Cap' N Crunch

62.

The urban legend about the ghost of a boy appearing in Three Men and a Baby actually started after the film was released on home video.

A screen shot from Three Men a Baby which features the Ted Danson cutout in the window

63.

An extinct species of monkey crossed the Atlantic on its own.

Monkey eating a banana

64.

Mars constantly makes a humming noise.

A digitized Mars

65.

When plants are under attack from insects, they let out aromas that warn other plants and entice the insects’ predators.

A rainforest

66.

It’s likely that more than 11 species of fish can walk on land.

Cute fish

67.

Over 1,000 years ago, Puebloans in modern-day New Mexico survived droughts by melting ancient ice in the depths of caves.

A rock formation in New Mexico

68.

There was a badger-like animal 66 million years ago, and scientists named it Adalatherium, which means “crazy beast.”

a badger

69.

In the past couple decades, supermassive black holes in distant galaxies have launched jets of material.

A computer rendering of a black hole

70.

Some hummingbirds use colors we can’t see to find food.

A hummingbird at a flower

71.

There is a giant lakebed a mile under northwest Greenland.

An aerial shot of mountains in Greenland

72.

A 550-million-year-old fossilized digestive tract was found in Nevada, making it the oldest known digestive tract ever.

A fossil

73.

On average, lightning strikes Earth 100 times each second.

Lightning over a populated area

74.

And lightning strikes over 100 million times a year in the tropics.

One strike of lightning

75.

A Cuvier’s beaked whale can stay underwater for at least 3 hours and 42 minutes.

A Cuvier's beaked whale

76.

Babies’ brains are wired to see faces and places.

A baby smiling

77.

Through sensing electrostatic fields, bumblebees can tell if another bee has visited the flower they’re at in the past couple of minutes.

A bumblebee on a flower

78.

There are four buried lakes on Mars.

A view of Mars from a telescope

79.

Modern humans reached westernmost Europe 38,000 to 41,000 years ago — 5,000 years earlier than we thought.

An aerial view of Sete Cidades, Portugal

80.

The oldest known species of pythons were in Germany.

A python coiled around a branch

81.

A gas associated with living organisms is in Venus’s atmosphere.

A computer rendering of Venus

82.

Some bats make different kinds of sounds to talk about different subjects, like food or sleep.

A group of bats flying

83.

There’s a blue fruit that gets its color from its fat.

The blue fruit

84.

Tectonic plates became a thing over four billion years ago — at least a billion years earlier than we thought.

a picture of earth from space

85.

The New Guinea Singing Dog isn’t extinct.

The New Guinea Singing Dog lying down

86.

An animal in Antarctica hibernated over 250 million years ago, which is the oldest evidence of a hibernation-like state.

Northern Antartica

87.

There’s a coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef that’s taller than the Empire State Building.

A colorful area of the Great Barrier Reef

88.

Duckbilled dinosaurs were present in Africa, and they swam from Europe or Asia.

A 3D rendering of dinosaurs on a beach

89.

Tropical songbirds reproduce less during droughts.

A colorful bird on a branch

90.

There were periods of extreme cold in Ancient Rome, and it was caused by a volcano eruption in Alaska.

A volcano in Alaska

91.

Earth’s continents were submerged 3.8 billion years ago.

North America from Space

92.

After sea turtles lay eggs, they create decoy nests to fool predators.

A sea turtle swimming

93.

One of the Popes tried to ban sneezing.


cvberdemon.tumblr.com

94.

Cappuccino drinks are named after Italian friars, specifically the hoods of their robes.


feenyxblue.tumblr.com

95.

And lastly, there is water on the moon.

A full moon

Were there any facts here that completely surprised you? Feel free to let us know in the comments!

This post contains content from Andy Golder, Brian Galindo, Hope Lasater, Morgan Murrell, and Terri Pous. It was compiled by Salimah McCullough. 




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