100 Interesting Facts About The World To Blow Your Mind

Did you know that the smallest penguin on the planet is only 16 inches tall? Or that Mammoths roamed the Earth when the Great Pyramids were being constructed? Satiate your curiosity for the world around us with these 99 fascinating, hilarious, and downright interesting facts:

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Interesting Facts Twister

When Twister was introduced in 1966, it was denounced by critics as "sex in a box."

Lifeforms Living On Your Skin

There are more lifeforms living on your skin than there are people on the planet.

Interesting Facts About Otters

Otters sleep holding hands.

OJ Simpson As The Terminator

OJ Simpson was originally cast to play Terminator, but the studio was afraid that no one would buy him as a remorseless killer.

Leonardo Da Vincis Amazing Skill

Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

Initials On The Moon

The last man to walk on the moon, Gene Cernan, promised his daughter he’d write her initials on the moon. He did, and her initials, “TDC,” will probably be on the moon for tens of thousands of years.

Interesting Facts Mimic Octopus

The Mimic Octopus can not only change colours, but will mimic the shapes of other animals, like the flounder, lionfish, and sea snakes.

Fecal Matter Office Mugs

Twenty percent of office coffee mugs contain fecal matter.

Interesting Facts Human Population

If you were to remove all of the empty space from the atoms that make up every human on earth, the entire world population could fit into an apple.

Spy Cat

In the 1960s, the CIA tried to spy on the Kremlin and Russian embassies by turning cats into listening devices. The program, called Acoustic Kitty, involved surgically implanting batteries, microphones and antennae inside cats.

Interesting Facts Global Inequality

The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.

The World's Longest Traffic Jam

A traffic jam lasted lasted for more than 10 days, with cars only moving 0.6 miles a day.

Interesting Facts Dueling In Paraguay

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

Caterpillars

Caterpillars completely liquify as they transform into moths.

Corpses On Mount Everest

There are over 200 corpses on Mount Everest and they are used as way points for climbers.

John D Rockefeller's Net Worth

When adjusted for inflation, John D. Rockefeller is the richest man in the history of the world with a net worth 10 times more than Bill Gates.

Interesting Facts Pulp Fiction

All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck at 4:20.

Interesting Facts Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" to win a bet against his publisher who thought that he could not complete a book with only 50 words.

Insects Eaten During Sleep

A human will eat on average 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders while sleeping.

Interesting Facts About Chess

There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

University Of Nebraska Stadium

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.

Russia Beer

Russia didn't consider beer to be alcohol until 2011. It was previously classified as a soft drink.

Lion Facts

If a male lion takes over a pride, he executes all of the cubs.

Scrooge McDuck's Net Worth

Forbes estimated in 2011 that Scrooge McDuck was worth $44.1 billion.

Snow

Two-thirds of the people on Earth have never seen snow.

Interesting Facts About Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

In Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho, the sound effects for the famous shower scene were actually created by repeatedly stabbing a casaba melon.

Weight Of A Hummingbird

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

Vacant Houses And The Homeless Population In America

There are more vacant houses than homeless people in the Unites States.

Interesting Facts About The 1904 Olympics

When St. Louis held the 1904 Summer Olympic Games, events included greased pole climbing, rock throwing and mud fighting.

Wooly Mammoth

The Woolly Mammoth was around when the Egyptian Pyramids were being built.

Soda Consumption In America

The average American drinks about 600 sodas a year.

Suppressing Sneezes

If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

Two Headed Snakes

When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.

Walk The Earth

The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime.

Interesting Facts

A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

Interesting Facts The Jeep

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

FDA Regulations On Raisins

FDA regulations allow 10 insects and 35 fruit fly eggs per 8 ounces of raisins.

Jellyfish Are 95 Percent Water

A jellyfish is 95 percent water.

Shorter In The Morning

You are 1% shorter in the evening than in the morning.

Watch Every Video On Youtube

It would take over 1,000 years to watch every video on YouTube.

How Netflix Was Started

After racking up $40 in late fees for a VHS, Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix.

Ikea Beds Fact

1 in 10 European babies are conceived in an IKEA bed.

Hippo's Mouth

A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside.

Hiccups

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years.

Headless Cockroaches

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.

Air In Metros

Fifteen percent of the air you breathe in a metro station is human skin.

Tongue Is The Strongest Muscle

The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.

Guinness Book Of Records

Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.

Giraffe Tongue

A giraffe can clean its own ears with its 21-inch tongue.

Grumble Of Pugs

A group of pugs is called a grumble.

Gender And Lightning

Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.

Interesting Facts Pope Is A Harlem Globetrotter

In 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an 'Honorary Harlem Globetrotter.'

Twitter

The words written on Twitter every day would fill a book of 10 million pages.

Frozen Lobsters

Frozen lobsters can come back to life when thawed.

Population Of Africa

Africa's population will more than double to 2.3 billion people by 2050.

Fortune Cookies Interesting Facts

Fortune cookies are actually an American invention -- Charles Jung created them in 1918.

Donald Duck Comics

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

French

French was the official language of England for over 600 years.

Flea Jump

A flea can jump 350 times its body length, the equivalent of a human jumping the length of a football field.

Tommy Lee Jones And Al Gore College Roommates

Actor Tommy Lee Jones and former vice-president Al Gore were freshman roommates at Harvard.

Fascinating Facts About US State Names

Tennessee was originally known as Franklin; West Virginia was nearly named Kanawha, and Utah almost became the state of Deseret.

Falling Coconuts Versus Shark Attacks

You are more likely to die from a falling coconut than a shark attack.

Chance Of Winning The Lottery

The chance of you dying on the way to get lottery tickets is actually greater than your chance of winning.

Eye Size

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Chicago Cubs World Series Fact

The last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, the Ottoman Empire still existed.

Elvis Presley 8th Grade Music

Elvis Presley got a 'C' in his 8th grade music class.

Average Human Consumes Insects

The average person consumes a pound of insects per year, mostly mixed in from other foods.

Coca Cola Coloring

Coca-Cola would be green if coloring wasn’t added to it.

Dust Mites And Mattresses

The average mattress doubles in weight over the course of 10 years due to accumulation of dust mites and dust mite poop.

Countries That Don't Use The Metric System

The United States, Burma, and Liberia are the only countries in the world that have not officially adopted the metric system as the standard of measurement.

Earth

Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

Cows Best Friends Fact

Cows have best friends and experience stress when they are removed from them.

Doctor Claimed Autism Vaccines

The doctor who claimed there was a link between autism and vaccines created fraudulent data for his study and lost his medical license.

Dangers Of Going To Work

Going to work is statistically three times more dangerous than war.

1881 US Presidents

During the year 1881, three men served as President of the United States: Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, and Chester A. Arthur.

Africa Before Colonial Rule

Before colonial rule Africa comprised up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups with distinct languages and customs.

Pig Execution

In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.

Automobiles In Los Angeles Interesting Fact

Almost a quarter of the land area of Los Angeles is taken up by automobiles.

Ostrich Brain Fact

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

Facts About Sneezing

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.

Origins Of Phrase To Get Fired

Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

Jiffy Unit Of Time

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

Origin Of Heroin

For years, the pharmaceutical company Bayer held the trademark for the word “heroin” and sold the drug as a cough and headache remedy.

Polar Bear Camouflage

Polar Bears trying to blend in with the ice will cover up their black nose with their paws.

NFL Playing Time

In an average NFL football game, there are only about 12 minutes of actual play time.

Mosquitoes

It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking at once, to completely drain the average human of blood.

Average Life Span Of Left Handed People

Approximately 2,500 left handed people die a year as a result of using equipment designed for right handed people.

Millionaire

If you started with $0.01 and doubled your money every day, it would take 27 days to become a millionaire.

Baby Robins Earthworms Picture

Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.

Military Statues

In a statue dedicated to a person, if the horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Biggest Tapeworm

The biggest tapeworm found inside a human body was 35 meters long.

Mental Capacity Of Dogs

Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, and have demonstrated the ability to do simple mathematical calculations.

Blue Whale Fart Bubbles

Blue Whale fart bubbles are large enough to enclose a horse.

Sneeze Too Hard

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.

Louis Armstrong Lip Callouses

Louis Armstrong played the trumpet so much that he got callouses on his lips. He cut them off with a razor blade.

Longest Jellyfish

The longest jellyfish on record measured 160 feet.

Breathing

Due to breathing, your ribs move about five million times a year.

Living To 116

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

British Tanks And Tea

Since 1945, all British tanks come with tea making equipment.

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