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These random fun facts of today will make you question everything you ever knew about the world.
You might find some to be hard to believe amongst fun facts.
#1. Billy goats urinate on their own heads to smell more attractive to females.
Generally they urinate on themselves in late summer through fall, and for humans, it’s not a pleasant smell.
Male goats are called Billy goats, or bucks .
#2. If Pinocchio says “My Nose Will Grow Now”, it would cause a paradox.
This is known as Pinocchio’s Paradox.
If you think about it, Pinocchio’s nose would have to grow to make his statement not a lie, but then it can’t grow otherwise the statement would not be a lie.
#3. There is a species of spider called the Hobo Spider.
Most bites from the Hobo Spider (Tegenaria agrestis) happen when the spider is accidentally crushed or squeezed by a human.
#4. Honeybees can recognize human faces.
We all thought that it was only large brained mammals could distinguish faces, but honeybees can do this as well!
And they see faces in a compilation of 5,000 individual images – kind of like pixels.
#5. The Battle of Hastings didn’t take place in Hastings.
The famous Battle of Hastings actually took place 7 miles from Hastings in a town that is today known as Battle. Fitting, right?
#6. A swarm of 20,000 bees followed a car for two days because their queen was stuck inside.
When the car parked, the thousands of bees swarmed onto the car and had to be taken off by beekeepers.
The next day, the bees were back on the car because the queen was still inside and the swarm had to be taken off again.
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#7. Bob Dylan’s real name is Robert Zimmerman.
His full name is actually Robert Allen Zimmerman – he started going by Bob Dylan early on in his career for no real reason. Simply because he wanted to!
#8. Did you know Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift away from each other.
This is a method mostly used by a mother and her pup to prevent them from separating.
#9. A crocodile can’t poke its tongue out.
This is because their tongues are attached to the roof of their mouths, crocodiles cannot stick their tongues out – although their very similar counterparts, alligators, can.
#10. A small child could swim through the veins of a blue whale.
If you consider how large a blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car, it’s no surprise that a small child, around 3-4 years old, could swim through the massive veins of a blue whale.
#11. Bin Laden’s death was announced on 1st May 2011. Hitler’s death was announced on 1st May 1945.
Both of these cruel leader’s deaths were announced on the same day, but due to the time difference, Bin Laden actually died on May 2nd. The announcement was made in the U.S. which was hours enough ahead to still be May 1st.
#12. The Hewlett-Packard’s (also known as HP) name was decided in a coin toss in 1939.
The name was always going to be a hyphenation of the two founders last names, so in order to decide between Hewlett-Packard and Packard-Hewlett, they flipped a coin.
#13. Would you believe that a woman tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Empire State Building. She jumped from the 86th floor but was blown back onto the 85th floor by a gust of wind.
Standing almost 1,500 feet tall, there’s no way anyone could survive that fall.
However, when Elvita Adams tried to kill herself by jumping, a strong gust of wind blew her to the floor below.
#14. J.K. Rowling chose the unusual name “Hermione” so young girls wouldn’t be teased for being nerdy.
Rowling says when she chose the name, she “didn’t want a lot of fairly hard-working little girls to be teased if ever the book was published.”
#15. Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight.
They thought it protected them from bad eyesight (or even blindness), seasickness, and drowning.
#16. Mike Tyson once offered a zoo attendant 10,000 dollars to let him fight a gorilla.
He tried to also bribe a zookeeper to let him fight a gorilla but the zoo attendant said no.
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#17. The first alarm clock could only ring at 4 a.m.
It was invented in 1787, Levi Hutchins needed a way to wake up in time for work, so he made the alarm clock.
It took almost 100 years for a wind up alarm clock to be invented that could be set to any time.
#18. There has never been a verified snow leopard attack on a human being.
Snow leopards are not aggressive towards humans.
They are very reclusive creatures, and even if they are disturbed, they are more likely to run away than to attack.
#19. ABBA turned down 1 billion dollars to do a reunion tour.
They turned it down because it wasn’t for them.
In 2000, ABBA was offered $1 billion dollars to reunite for 100 shows – which would have been $250 million per member.
#20. Did you know that Birds don’t urinate.
Birds actually converts nitrogen to uric acid.
They get rid of this uric acid through the same place as they get rid all their other waste – their anus.
#21. Dying is illegal in the Houses of Parliaments.
This has been voted as the most ridiculous law by the British citizens.
Strange as it is, this law is in place because anyone who dies in the Houses of Parliaments is entitled to a state funeral.
#22. The 20th of March is Snowman Burning Day.
This strange holiday was spawned by American and Swiss citizens to symbolize the end of the winter season.
#23. The most venomous jellyfish in the world is the Irukandji.
While it’s not the most deadly jellyfish, it is number two!
The tiny jellyfish is smaller than your fingernail and Its venom is 100 times more powerful than a cobra’s!
#24. Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.
It was sold in Brussels, Belgium for 400 francs just a few months before his death, Van Gogh sold his painting “The Red Vineyard.”
#25. There is official Wizard of New Zealand.
In 1990, the Prime Minister of New Zealand appointed Ian Brackenbury Channell, who was an old friend, as the Wizard of New Zealand. He is even given an annual stipend.
#26. Queen Elizabeth can’t sit on the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones.
Queen Elizabeth visited the set of Game of Thrones, but because of an obscure rule, she wasn’t allowed to sit on it – the ruling monarch can’t sit on a foreign throne, even if it’s fictional, apparently.
#27. Did you know a company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!
The dishes can be kept for months as long as they stay dry!
Not only do they make plates out of wheat, but spoons, bowls, and chopsticks as well.
#28. The average person walks the equivalent of five times around the world in their lifetime.
Assuming the average person lives until they’re 80, they will walk about 110,000 miles in their lifetime.
The circumference of the equator is 24,900 miles.
#29. Nutella was invented during WWII, when hazelnuts were mixed into chocolate to extend chocolate rations.
The final Nutella product was created by his son who decided to perfect the recipe.
#30. Michael Jackson offered to make a Harry Potter musical, but J.K. Rowling rejected the idea.
Rowling defended herself because she says she turned down a lot of adaption opportunities, and Michael Jackson’s just so happened to be one of them.
#31. According to Genesis 1:20-22 the chicken came before the egg.
Genesis verses state that God created birds – not eggs that would hatch into birds.
#32. The world record for stuffing drinking straws into your mouth at once is 459.
Manoj Kumar Maharana, from India, broke the world record on 28th August 2017 for stuffing 459 drinking straws in his mouth at once!
In order to break it, he had to keep them in his mouth for at least 10 seconds.
#33. In 2011, more than 1 in 3 divorce filings in the U.S. contained the word “Facebook.”
References to social networks are on the rise when it comes to divorce cases, as well as child custody cases.
#34. Honeybees can get drunk on fermented tree sap.
It does affects bees in a similar way that alcohol affects humans, causing flying accidents and making it difficult to get back to the hive.
#35. Dolly Parton lost in a Dolly Parton look-alike contest.
Dolly Parton entered a Dolly Parton themed drag queen contest, did her hair and makeup more dramatically, and not only lost, but received the least applause.
#36. Tears contain a natural pain killer which reduces pain and improves your mood.
It’s actually an endorphin, which is why you can tend to feel better after a good cry!
So next time you feel the need to break down, don’t be shy!
#37. Did you know that George W. Bush was once a cheerleader.
He was even promoted to head cheerleader!
Bush was a cheerleader in High School, and continued to be one while he attended Yale.
#38. Madonna suffers from brontophobia, which is the fear of thunder.
Madonna is so scared of it that she has been known to frequently check weather reports before shows.
#39. In total, there are 205 bones in the skeleton of a horse.
Horses have just about the same number of bones in their skeleton as we do!
Even though they are much greater in size to humans (we have 206)
#40. Samuel L. Jackson requested a purple lightsaber in Star Wars in order for him to accept the part as Mace Windu.
Jackson wanted to be able to find himself on screen in big fight scenes, so he managed to get George Lucas to approve his request.
#41. During your lifetime, you will spend around thirty-eight days brushing your teeth.
This equals out to about 35.5 days in total.
At about two minutes per day, this equates to 0.1% of your life!
#42. Kleenex tissues were originally used as filters in gas masks.
The actual Kleenex product we know of today evolved from that by accident.
#43. In 1998, Sony accidentally sold 700,000 camcorders that had the technology to see through people’s clothes.
These cameras had special lenses that use infrared light meant to be used as night vision, but it also allowed you to see through some types of clothing.
#44. Ronald McDonald is “Donald McDonald” in Japan because it makes pronunciation easier for the Japanese.
Often, Japanese people are surprised to learn he has a different name everywhere else. Ever since the first McDonald’s opened in Japan in 1971, the mascot has been called Donald McDonald.
#45. Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th
A few number of famous people are stricken with this absurd phobia, such as Franklin Roosevelt, and surprisingly enough, Stephen King.
#46. While trying to find a cure for AIDS, the Mayo Clinic made glow in the dark cats.
They used this protein to find out if their tests worked: if the animal glowed, the outcome was successful.
#47. 7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
I know 7% doesn’t sound like a lot, but that actually works out at 16.4 million American adults.
#48. Banging your head against a wall for one hour burns 150 calories.
You can actually walk your dog for 45 minutes, which also burns 150 calories – and is much less painful.
#49. Most Korean people don’t have armpit odor.
It is said that only 0.006% of the Korean population have the ABCC11 gene, which is the cause of armpit odor.
As a result deodorants are rarely sold in Korea.
#50. Only 5% of the ocean has been explored
Alongside this only 1% of the seabed has been discovered and explored.
Sea exploration and mapping didn’t truly start until the 1960s due to the lack of technology beforehand.