Random Fun Facts That’ll Blow Your Mind
We’ve got 50 of random fun facts to keep you company and actually make your life better!
Amazing facts that make the world a stimulating and awe-inspiring place. Are you one of those people who are masters at collecting unexpected pieces of knowledge? If so, prepare to have your mind blown with these interesting fun facts that will amaze adults and kids alike.
So pull up a chair, get comfortable – and enjoy this awesome list of the top 50 most random and fun facts.
#1. Bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun.
Did you know Bananas go through a process called “negative geotropism.” Instead of growing towards the ground, they start growing towards the sun.
The fruit grows against gravity, which gives the banana its familiar curved shape.
#2. If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop.
The Kangaroos use their tails for balance whilst hopping, so if you elevate their tail, they would have no balance and fall over.
#3. Polar bears could eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting…
…If they didn’t live at opposite ends of the earth! Polar bears live in the arctic, whereas penguins usually live in Antarctica.
#4. Did you know King Henry VIII slept with a gigantic axe beside him.
This wasn’t the only lethal weapon he owned. King Henry VIII had a huge collection of weapons, which included 6,500 handguns.
#5. An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.
You should never underestimate an eagle!
#6. The Movie trailers were originally shown after the movie, which is why they were called “trailers”.
But the problem with the trailers showing after the film was that audience wouldn’t stay around to watch them, wich made the trailers rather ineffective.
#7. In the year 2017 more people were killed from injuries caused by taking a selfie than by shark attacks.
There was only 5 deaths due to shark attacks in 2017, which is lower than the average year.
The average amount of deaths caused by sharks is 6.
Worldwide, there was 35 deaths caused by taking selfies in 2017.
#8. Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.
Saint Lucia was actually discovered by the French after they were shipwrecked on the island and
they arrived on December 13th which is the feast day of Saint Lucy – hence, why they named it Saint Lucia!
#9. The United States Navy has started using Xbox controllers for their periscopes.
You read that right – because the control stick for periscopes is so complicated, using Xbox controllers reduces the learning time from hours to minutes.
#10. Did you know that the following can be read forward and backwards: Do geese see God?
This is what we call a “palindrome” sentence.
The word itself is from the Greek “palin” meaning “back,” and “dromos” meaning “direction.”
#11. A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.
You would think this would make them hard to spot, however since eggs are laid by the tens of thousands, it would be hard to miss a massive cluster of pea-sized octopuses!
#12. A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon.
In 1783, the first hot air balloon was launched carrying a sheep, duck, and a rooster.
The flight lasted for 8 minutes before landing safely with its passengers.
#13. In Uganda, around 48% of the population is under 15 years of age.
Of the 41 million inhabitants, nearly half of those are youths.
If you were to expand the age to just 30, that brings the percentage up to 77%!
#14. Did you know that the average male gets bored of a shopping trip after 26 minutes.
Funny enough, women don’t get tired of shopping until around 2 hours!
So next time you see a couple at a retail store with a bored looking boyfriend, you know they’ve been out for more than half an hour.
#15. In the 16th Century, Turkish women could initiate a divorce if their husbands didn’t pour coffee for them.
Today, this would be unheard of. But back then, coffee was an integral part of Turkish society. So much so, that it was “grounds” for divorce.
No one knows why exactly this was acceptable, but the fact remains that it was!
#16. Approximately 10-20% of U.S. power outages are caused by squirrels.
Yes they seem harmless and cute as they seem but these fuzzy little creatures aren’t as innocent as you think!
#17. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all banned in China.
Those aren’t the only ones either – over 8,000 domain names are blocked.
Other major banned social network sites include Pinterest and Tumblr.
#18. 95% of people text things they could never say in person.
Are you guilty of this? I know I am and i believe you are lol.
#19. There is a total of 1,710 steps in the Eiffel Tower.
Standing 108 stories tall, there are 1,710 steps to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
However, guests are only allowed to climb the stairs until the first platform.
From there, they must take a lift to the top.
#20. The Pokémon Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are based off of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
The third Pokemon of the Hitmons is also named after a martial artist.
Hitmontop is named after a lesser known martial artist, Larry Top.
#21. The Twitter bird actually has a name – Larry.
The name comes from Larry Bird, who is a famous Hall of Fame basketball player and the species of Larry the Bird still remains a secret!
#22. Octopuses have four pairs of arms.
The six of an octopus’ tentacles serve as arms, while the other two are their “legs.”
They use six tentacles just to eat!
#23. In the popular sitcom, Parks and Recreation, the writers had no idea Nick Offerman was a talented saxophone player when they wrote the Duke Silver plot line.
So it was said that Nick Offerman has played the saxophone his whole life, so when the writer wrote about his character being a secret jazz musician, the coincidence was perfect.
#24. The oldest “your mom” joke was discovered on a 3,500 year old Babylonian tablet.
It was actually discovered in Iraq in 1976, however since then the tablet has been lost, but the text remains preserved.
#25. A flock of crows is known as a murder.
Some might say that a group of two crows is an attempted murder!
#26. Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula.”
The actual original name was quite a mouthful. It translates to “town of our lady the Queen of Angels of the River Porciuncula.”
Right now, Los Angeles is just “The Angels.”
#27. It snowed in the Sahara desert for 30 minutes on the 18th February 1979.
And so far, this is the only known time in history that it snowed in the Sahara!
Unsurprisingly, the snow melted away very quickly.
#28. An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged.
Our sense of taste is 80% made up of our sense of smell.
If you were to blindfold yourself and plug your nose, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between these three foods!
#29. Squirrels forget where they hide about half of their nuts.
although not all squirrels bury their nuts but the ones that do only recover around 26% of their nuts.
#30. Millions of birds a year die from smashing into windows in the U.S. alone.
The actual number is somewhere between 365 million and 988 million!
While the exact number of the bird population is uncertain, this comes out to about 2 to 10 percent of birds in the United States.
#31. Coca-Cola owns all website URLs that can be read as ahh, all the way up to 62 h’s.
A 2013 digital campaign by Coca-Cola spurred the company to purchase all 62 URL’s.
#32. Strawberries can be red, yellow, green or white.
This of course refers to the different maturity stages of a strawberry.
Before it’s ripe and red, it will be green. Yellow strawberries are a different type altogether – called Alpine Strawberries.
#33. Each year there are more than 40,000 toilet related injuries in the United States.
Some of these actually make sense, like a child of infant falling in and others are attributed to toilet seats falling down, or complications due to bowel movements.
#34. Mewtwo is a clone of the Pokémon Mew, yet it comes before Mew in the Pokédex.
Because Mewtwo was in the Pokémon game, but Mew was only acquired through events at the time, Mewtwo was given the number 150, while Mew is number 151.
#35. Four people lived in a home for 6 months infested with about 2,000 brown recluse spiders, but none of them were harmed.
While the brown recluse is one of three spiders in North America with venom that requires medical treatment, they are hardly ever aggressive.
#36. In Switzerland it is illegal to own just one guinea pig.
The Guinea pigs are social animals, and they are considered victims of abuse if they are alone.
But why isn’t this a law everywhere?!
#37. Did you know that Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers.
And it’s also a fear of feathers themselves. The word “ptero” is the Greek word for feather, and “phobia” is also Greek, meaning fear.
#38. Snakes can help predict earthquakes.
Snakes can sense a coming earthquake from 75 miles away (121 km), up to five days before it happens.
#39. 29th May is officially “Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day”.
This strange holiday spans back to the early 1900’s, where families would place a piece of cloth in their larders.
It’s celebrated in Europe and the U.S.A to bring luck & wealth to the household.
#40. Cherophobia is an irrational fear of fun or happiness.
That’s one phobia I wouldn’t like to have… it would probably mean they would fear these fun facts!
#41. The inventor of the Frisbee was cremated and made into a Frisbee after he died.
In 1948 Walter Frederick Morrison invented the Frisbee , which was originally called the Pluto Platter.
In 2010, at age 90 he died and his family cremated him and turned his ashes in to the Frisbee.
#42. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.
The average life expectancy is just over 70 years, which gives a maximum of 51,100 liters of saliva produced in an average lifetime.
An average human produces between 1 to 2 liters of saliva each day, which is a maximum of 730 liters per year.
This is more than enough to fill two swimming pools.
#43. Heart attacks are more likely to happen on a Monday.
This isn’t exactly a fun fact, but it is interesting! Heart attacks are increased by 20% on Monday’s.
The most common time for them to happen is between 4-10 a.m.
#44. Tennis players are not allowed to swear when they are playing in Wimbledon.
Thus because of this, line judges have to learn curse words in every language so they know when a player has violated the rules.
#45. The top six foods that make your fart are beans, corn, bell peppers, cauliflower, cabbage and milk.
It’s probably best if you avoid eating any of these if you’re going to swim or on a date.
#46. A lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away.
A lion can roar as loud as 114 decibels, which is roughly 25 times louder than a gas-powered lawnmower.
#47. A baby spider is called a spiderling.
Spiders aren’t cute, but this name kind of is! Spiderling is the official name for immature spiders.
spiderlings are often born in groups of thousands!
#48. Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch television for 3 hours.
Yup, that’s how important recycling is!
The average person has the chance to recycle 25,000 cans in their lifetime – that’s 75,000 hours of television!
#49. After the premiere of “16 and Pregnant,” teen pregnancy rates dropped.
The MTV may not have the most wholesome programs, but after the premier of this show, teen pregnancy dropped by 5.7% within 18 months of the show airing. awesome isn’t it?!
#50. Nearly 3% of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.
Because the temperature in the Antarctic is well below zero, the urine can’t evaporate and just combines with the glaciers.
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