Facts

by | Aug 23, 2017 |

Here are a few more interesting facts we’ve collected from around the interwebs.

If you put your finger in your ear and scratch, it sounds just like Pac-Man.

The YKK on your zipper stands for “Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikigaisha.”

Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa.

Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barbara Walters were born in the same year, 1929.

The name Jessica was created by Shakespeare in the play Merchant of Venice.

Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.

Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.

Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.

The toy Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Woody from Toy Story has a full name too — it’s Woody Pride.

And while we’re at it, Mr. Clean’s full name is Veritably Clean.

Oh, and Cookie Monster’s real name is Sid.

Carrots were originally purple.

The heart of a blue whale is so big, a human can swim through the arteries.

Vending machines are twice as likely to kill you than a shark is.

Home Alone was released closer to the moon landing than it was to today.

Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire.

Not once in the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme does it mention that he’s an egg.

France was still executing people with a guillotine when the first Star Wars film came out.

Armadillos nearly always give birth to identical quadruplets.

Betty White is actually older than sliced bread.

The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

A strawberry isn’t a berry but a banana is.

So are avocados and watermelon.

New York City is further south than Rome, Italy.

North Korea and Finland are separated by one country.

Mammoths went extinct 1,000 years after the Egyptians finished building the Great Pyramid.

There are more fake flamingos in the world than real flamingos.

Nintendo was founded as a trading card company back in 1889.

If you shrunk the sun down to the size of a white blood cell and shrunk the Milky Way Galaxy down using the same scale, it would be the size of the continental United States.

Will Smith is now older than Uncle Phil was at the beginning of The Fresh Prince.

The show The Wonder Years aired from 1988–1993 and covered the years 1968–1973. Today, in 2014, if one were to make a similar show, it would cover the years 1994–1999.

Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.

A thousand seconds is about 16 minutes.

Honey never spoils. You can eat 32,000-year-old honey.

There’s enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of water.

There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S.

For every human on Earth there are approximately 1.6 million ants. The total weight of all those ants is approximately the same as the total weight of all the humans on Earth.

An octopus has three hearts.

The CEO of Food For The Poor is named Robin Mahfood.

One in every 5,000 babies is born with a condition known as “imperforate anus.” This means the baby is born without an anus and has to have one created manually in the hospital.

You can’t hum while holding your nose.

It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter.

If a piece of paper were folded 42 times, it would reach to the moon.

The pyramids were as old to the Romans as the Romans are to us.

If you dug a hole to the center of the Earth and dropped a book down, it would take 42 minutes to reach the bottom.

There are 10 times more bacteria in your body than actual body cells.

And 90% of the cells that make us up of aren’t human but mostly fungi and bacteria.

Turtles can breathe out of their butts.

The dot over an “i” is called a “tittle.”

At the time the current oldest person on Earth was born, there was a completely different set of human beings on the planet.

And at the time you were born, you were briefly the youngest person in the entire world.

High fives weren’t invented until 1977

Maine is the closest US state to Africa

It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter

The entire state of Wyoming only has two escalators

Almost as many people were killed by guillotine in Nazi Germany as in the French Revolution

Horses can’t vomit

The filling in between the wafers in a Kit Kat is…other Kit Kats

A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus

Can openers weren’t invented until 48 years after the invention of cans

The founder of Match.com lost his girlfriend to a guy she met on Match.com

Many militaries across the world, from Russia to the United States, make use of combat dolphins

There once was a chicken in Colorado who survived for 18 months… after his head was cut off

Although they look fluffy and light, the average weight of a cumulus cloud is estimated to be a staggering 1.1 million pounds! That’s the equivalent of more than 100 elephants floating in the sky

If you drop Silly Putty from high enough, it will shatter

From the time it was discovered to the time it was stripped of its status as a planet, Pluto hadn’t made a full trip around the Sun

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