77 Amazing Facts That Will Make You The Most Interesting Person In The Room

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:

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Vending Machine Facts

Vending machines kill 4 times as many people as sharks per year.

Pringle's Inventor Funeral

Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

Amazing Facts About The World

Psychology is the brain trying to comprehend itself.

How Many Questions The Average Four Year Old Acts

The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.

Amazing Facts

A TI-83 calculator has six times more processing power than the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.

Skin Shed By Humans

Humans shed 40 pounds of skin in their lifetime, completely replacing their outer skin every month.

Left Handed Deaths

More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed every year from using equipment meant for right-handed people.

Bacteria In The Human Body

The average adult human has two to nine pounds of bacteria in his or her body.

Starfish Regeneration Fact

Starfish can re-grow their arms. In fact, a single arm can regenerate a whole body.

Selling Google

Google's founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999—but Excite turned them down.

Weight Of Ants On Earth

The total weight of all the ants on Earth is greater than total weight of all the humans on the planet.

Size Of Velicoraptors

Velociraptors were slightly bigger than chickens.

Amazing Facts About Sherlock Holmes & Winston Churchill

In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teenagers thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.

Janis Joplin's Will For Her Friends

Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to "have a ball after I’m gone."

If The Simpsons Aged

If "The Simpsons" aged normally, Bart would now be older than Marge was in the first season.

Facebook Like Button

Facebook engineers originally wanted to call the "Like" button the "Awesome" button.

Population Of Ireland

The population of Ireland is still 2 million less than it was before the potato famine, 160 years ago.

Supreme Court Basketball Court

There's a basketball court above the Supreme Court. It's known as the Highest Court in the Land.

Amazing Facts The Computing Power Of The Brain

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.

Marlboro Men Dying Of Lung Cancer

Multiple "Marlboro Men" have died from lung cancer.

Sea Horse's Life Partners

Seahorses are monogamous life mates and travel in pairs, holding each other’s tails.

Oldest Person On Earth

The oldest person on Earth was born closer to the signing of the United States Constitution than to today.

Pacific Garbage Swirl

There is a garbage swirl in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas.

Drinking At The Constitutional Convention

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.

Relation To Genghis Khan

You have a 1 in 200 chance of being related to Genghis Khan.

The Egg You Became

When your mother was born, she was already carrying the egg that would become you.

The Official Sport Of Maryland

Jousting is the official sport of the state of Maryland.

Rain Of Fish

"Rain of fish" is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the Honduran city of Yoro.

Photons In The Sun

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.

Native Americans Spoke English

The first Native Americans to help the Pilgrims, named Samoset and Tisquantum ("Squanto"), could both speak English before having met the settlers.

The Amount Of People Over 65

Of all the people in history that have reached 65 years of age, half of them are living right now.

Mosquito Teeth

A mosquito has 47 teeth.

USA Versus Germany

The USA is an older country than Germany.

Twins Separation At Birth

The longest interval between the birth of twins is 87 days.

Obesity In The World

More people in the world currently suffer from obesity than from hunger.

New York Yankees Championships

The New York Yankees have won as many World Series as the next four closest teams combined.

Mouse Size Fact

A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a ballpoint pen.

Monty Python Budget

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 Money

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

Human Finger Sensitivity

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.

Malaria Deaths

Half of all humans who have ever lived have died from malaria.

The Inspiration For Pacman

While working on Pac-Man, video game designer Tohru Iwantani was allegedly inspired by the shape of a pizza with one slice removed.

Hummingbird Heart Rate

The average hummingbird's heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute.

Human Senses

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.

Amazing Facts Cookie Monsters Real Name

Cookie Monster's real name is Sid.

Human DNA Shared With Bananas

Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.

Dancing Plague

The Dancing Plague of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Germany, where people danced without rest for a month straight.

Human Body Heat Amazing Facts

In 30 minutes, the human body gives off enough heat to bring a gallon of water to a boil.

Atoms In A Human Adult

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.

How Prairie Dogs Say Hello

Prairie dogs say hello with kisses.

Fascinating Facts About Airplane Food

Airplane food isn't very tasty because our sense of smell and taste decrease by 20 to 50 percent during flights.

The First Examples Of Graffiti

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.

How Many People Die Every Year

54 million people alive right now will be dead within 12 months.

Amazing Facts Blue Whale Heart

A Blue Whale's heart is the size of a VW Beetle and large enough that you could swim through it's arteries.

Goats Pupils

Goats have rectangular pupils.

Sloth Fails

Sloths will mistakenly grab their arms instead of the branches of a tree, which can lead to fatal falls.

Geography Of Africa

Two-thirds of Africa is in the Northern Hemisphere.

Dolphin Names

Dolphins have names for each other and can call out for each other specifically.

Amazing Facts New York City Biters

In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans annually.

Howard Hughes Bodyguard

Wilford Brimley was Howard Hughes' bodyguard.

Diamond Rain

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.

Curious George History

Just before the Nazis invaded Paris, H.A. and Margret Rey fled on bicycles. They were carrying the manuscript for Curious George.

Who Invented Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy was invented by a dentist.

Cars Versus People In Los Angeles

There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.

Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap was originally designed to be used as wallpaper.

Fergie In Charlie Brown

In the mid-1980s, Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas was the voice of Charlie Brown's sister Sally.

Becoming A Different Person Every 7 Years

You replace every particle in your body every seven years. You are literally not the same person you were 7 years ago.

Amazing Facts Who Drank Your Water

The probability that you in any glass of water will find at least 1 molecule of water once drunk by Cleopatra is practically 100%.

Amazing Facts Nutella

Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.

All The Gold In The World

All of the gold mined in the history of the world would fit into a 20x20x20 meter cube.

The World's Longest Musical Piece

The world's longest musical piece lasts 639 years.

Calculating Neptune

Neptune was the first planet to get its existence predicted by calculations before it was actually seen by a telescope.

World Population In The Northern Hemisphere

90% of the world’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.

Winning The Lottery Versus Becoming President

You're more likely to become the President than you are to win the lottery.

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