Love learning about the weird history, fascinating science, and crazy coincidences that make up our collective human experience? Then you came to the right place with these seventy-seven bizarre, fascinating, and simply amazing facts:
Vending machines kill 4 times as many people as sharks per year.
Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.
Psychology is the brain trying to comprehend itself.
The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
A TI-83 calculator has six times more processing power than the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.
Humans shed 40 pounds of skin in their lifetime, completely replacing their outer skin every month.
More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed every year from using equipment meant for right-handed people.
The average adult human has two to nine pounds of bacteria in his or her body.
Starfish can re-grow their arms. In fact, a single arm can regenerate a whole body.
Google's founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999—but Excite turned them down.
The total weight of all the ants on Earth is greater than total weight of all the humans on the planet.
Velociraptors were slightly bigger than chickens.
In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teenagers thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.
Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to "have a ball after I’m gone."
If "The Simpsons" aged normally, Bart would now be older than Marge was in the first season.
Facebook engineers originally wanted to call the "Like" button the "Awesome" button.
The population of Ireland is still 2 million less than it was before the potato famine, 160 years ago.
There's a basketball court above the Supreme Court. It's known as the Highest Court in the Land.
If the human brain were a computer, it could perform 38 thousand-trillion operations per second. The world’s most powerful supercomputer, BlueGene, can manage only .002% of that.
Multiple "Marlboro Men" have died from lung cancer.
Seahorses are monogamous life mates and travel in pairs, holding each other’s tails.
The oldest person on Earth was born closer to the signing of the United States Constitution than to today.
There is a garbage swirl in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas.
The delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention spent much of their time getting drunk. One surviving document is a bill for a party on September 15th, 1787, two days before the signing of the Constitution. Items on the bill were: 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of Claret, 8 bottles of whiskey, 8 bottles of cider, 12 bottles of beer, and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch. All of this for 55 people.
You have a 1 in 200 chance of being related to Genghis Khan.
When your mother was born, she was already carrying the egg that would become you.
Jousting is the official sport of the state of Maryland.
"Rain of fish" is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the Honduran city of Yoro.
It takes a photon 200,000 years to travel from the core of the Sun to the surface, then just a little over 8 minutes from the Sun’s surface to your eyeball.
The first Native Americans to help the Pilgrims, named Samoset and Tisquantum ("Squanto"), could both speak English before having met the settlers.
Of all the people in history that have reached 65 years of age, half of them are living right now.
A mosquito has 47 teeth.
The USA is an older country than Germany.
The longest interval between the birth of twins is 87 days.
More people in the world currently suffer from obesity than from hunger.
The New York Yankees have won as many World Series as the next four closest teams combined.
A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a ballpoint pen.
A large percentage of the budget for Monty Python and the Holy Grail was donated by members of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
Human fingers are so sensitive that if your fingers were the size of Earth, you could feel the difference between a house and a car.
Half of all humans who have ever lived have died from malaria.
While working on Pac-Man, video game designer Tohru Iwantani was allegedly inspired by the shape of a pizza with one slice removed.
The average hummingbird's heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute.
Along with the five traditional senses of sound, sight, touch, smell and taste, humans have 15 “other senses.” These include balance, temperature, pain and time as well as internal senses for suffocation, thirst, and fullness.
Cookie Monster's real name is Sid.
Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.
The Dancing Plague of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Germany, where people danced without rest for a month straight.
In 30 minutes, the human body gives off enough heat to bring a gallon of water to a boil.
An adult is made up of 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms. For perspective, there’s a ‘measly’ 300,000,000,000 (300 billion) stars in our galaxy.
Prairie dogs say hello with kisses.
Airplane food isn't very tasty because our sense of smell and taste decrease by 20 to 50 percent during flights.
Some of the first examples of graffiti come from 1st century Pompeii, where messages like “I don’t want to sell my husband” and “Successus was here” were written on walls.
54 million people alive right now will be dead within 12 months.
A Blue Whale's heart is the size of a VW Beetle and large enough that you could swim through it's arteries.
Goats have rectangular pupils.
Sloths will mistakenly grab their arms instead of the branches of a tree, which can lead to fatal falls.
Two-thirds of Africa is in the Northern Hemisphere.
Dolphins have names for each other and can call out for each other specifically.
In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans annually.
Wilford Brimley was Howard Hughes' bodyguard.
Jupiter and Saturn have diamond rain.
Cleopatra lived closer in time to the first Moon landing than to the building of the Great Pyramid.
There are more atoms in a single glass of water than glasses of water in all the oceans of the Earth.
Just before the Nazis invaded Paris, H.A. and Margret Rey fled on bicycles. They were carrying the manuscript for Curious George.
Cotton Candy was invented by a dentist.
There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.
Bubble wrap was originally designed to be used as wallpaper.
In the mid-1980s, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas was the voice of Charlie Brown's sister Sally.
You replace every particle in your body every seven years. You are literally not the same person you were 7 years ago.
The probability that you in any glass of water will find at least 1 molecule of water once drunk by Cleopatra is practically 100%.
Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.
All of the gold mined in the history of the world would fit into a 20x20x20 meter cube.
The world's longest musical piece lasts 639 years.
Neptune was the first planet to get its existence predicted by calculations before it was actually seen by a telescope.
90% of the world’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.
You're more likely to become the President than you are to win the lottery.