A Selection of Random and useless Facts

Interesting Random Animal Facts

The first animals sent into space were fruit flies.
Horses can sleep standing up.
Pigs and Rhino's can get sunburn.
A shrimp's heart is located in its head.
Cats can hear ultrasound.
The only two mammals in the world that lay eggs are the echidna and the platypus.
The last dodo bird died in 1681.
The lemurs on the island of Madagascar have 2 tongues.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
A baby oyster is called a spat.
Infant beavers are called kittens.
Termites are a type of cockroach.
Jellyfish have no brains.
A squid has three hearts.
A group of ferrets is called a business.
8,552 animals appeared in the 1956 film Around the world in eighty days.
The average lifespan of a bush baby is 14 years.
A group of apes is a called a shrewdness of apes.
A group of cheetahs is called a coalition.
Birds do not have sweat glands.
The ostrich has two toes on each foot.
Animal horns never stop growing.
An oyster can change its gender.
Only female mosquitoes bite.

Interesting Random Facts about Numbers

111,111 x 111,111 = 12345654321.
Four is the only number that has the same amount of letters as its actual value.
There are 5,280 feet in a mile.
The first number that will use the letter "A" is thousand.
One kilometer is 0.621371192237334 of a mile.
One gallon is 3.785411784 litres.
One mile is 1609.344 metres.
One mile is 63360 inches.
One mile is 160934.4 centimeters.
One ton is 142.857142857143 stone.
The odds of being dealt a Royal Flush in 5 cards are 649,739 to 1.
0100100001000101010011000100110001001111 is the binary code for 'hello'
In a standard 6/49 lottery your odds of winning on a single ticket are 13,983,816 to 1.
If you started with $1, it would take just 20 straight wins of double or nothing to win over 1 million.

Interesting Random Food Facts

Food can only be tasted if it is mixed with saliva.
Liquorice can raise the blood pressure.
Iceberg lettuce is 90 percent water.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
Cheese is believed to be the the oldest of all man made foods.
A Big Mac contains approximately 560 calories.
Apple seed contains cyanide.
There are 1,200 varieties of watermelon.
When honey is swallowed, it enters the blood stream within a period of 20 minutes.
Honey is the only food which does not spoil.
The turnip originated in greece.

Interesting Random Facts about the Human Boby

The human eye is continuously moving.
Your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body.
On average, 1 out of every 20 people have an extra rib.
Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
The pancreas produces Insulin
Our nose and ears never stop growing.
It is impossible to lick your elbow.

Interesting Random Science Facts

Sound travels at only 768 miles per hour.
Oxygen is the most abundant element on earth.
Nitrogen makes up 80% of Earth's atmosphere.
To melt gold you would need to reach a temperature of 1064.18 °C.
To melt a diamond you would need to reach a temperature of 3550 °C.
The lowest possible temperature or absolute 0 as it's called is -273.15°C.
Hot water weighs more than cold water.
-40 degrees Celsius is the exact same temperature as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Light travels at 186,000 miles per second.

Interesting Random Facts about Outer Space

Halley's Comet will next appear in 2061.
The solar system moves through the milky way at 135 miles per second.
It takes 8 minutes 26 seconds for light from the surface of the sun to reach earth.
It takes the Earth 365.2422 days to do a complete orbit around the Sun.
At 4 light years away Proxima Centauri is the closest star to our solar system.
The Sun accounts for 98% of all the matter in our solar system.
The Hubble Space Telescope has been in orbit around the Earth since April 25, 2005.
The Hubble Space Telescope has taken over 700,000 photos of the universe.
The dwaft planet Sedna is the most distant object in the solor system.
The universe is estimated to be 13.7 billion years old.

Interesting Random Facts about Names

Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
Jensen is the most common surname in Denmark.
Papadopoulos is the most common surname in Greece.
García is the most common surname in Spain.
Murphy is the most common surname in Ireland.
Li is the most common surname in China.
Jacob and Joshua are the most popular names for twin boys in the USA.
Ella and Emma are the most popular names for twin girls in the USA.
Up until 1979 all hurriacans were named after women.
Football legend Pele's real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
Mother Theresa's real name was Agnes Bojaxhi.

A whole bunch of other Random and useless facts

The majority of court cases in the United States involve cars.
"Rhythms" is the longest modern English word in common use without a vowel.
Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world.
More than 1.2 million people around the world die every year in road accidents.
As many as 50 million people are injured in car accidents around the world each year.
There are no natural rivers in Libya.
The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than modern day humans.
The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
There are 115,000 postboxes in the United Kingdom.
In Rome, 7,575 streets are named after men while only 580 are named after women.
Spencer Perceval, is the only British premier to be assassinated. He was fatally shot in the House of Commonson on 11 May 1812.
Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
Spiders have transparent blood.
Agoraphobia is the fear of open space.
Animals that lay eggs don't have belly buttons.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
Kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
Distance between Los Angeles, City of, California, United States as the crow flies: is 2462 miles.
Fishing is the biggest participant sports in the world
A baseball ball has exactly 108 stitches.
The baseball home plate is 17 inches wide.
Archery is the national sport in Bhutan.
Taekwondo originated in South Korea.
Tennis was reintroduced into the Olympic games in 1988.
The word 'racecar' is a palindrome, a word that a word that spells the same forwards and backwards.
Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th"
The first Academy Award ceremony lasted five minutes.
The landmark hollywood sign originally read 'hollwoodland'
Deborah Winger did the voice of E.T.
Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman
'Tom Sawyer' was the first novel written on a typewriter.
William Shakespeare's wife was named Anne Hathaway.
The airplane Buddy Holly died in was called "American Pie"
Michael Keaton's real name is Michael Douglas
Judy Garland was 17 when she starred in The Wizard of OZ
The youngest pope was 11 years old.
Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
Alexander the Great was an epileptic.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan's original name was Temujin.
New York is the sister city of Tokyo.
Cherries are a member of the rose family.
Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
King James VI banned the use of the surmname Macgregor.
It took Leo Tolstoy six years to write 'War & Peace'
Mary Stuart became Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old.
The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.
Cleopatra married two of her brothers.
The bat is the only mammal that can fly.
The male rabbit is called a buck.
The female rabbit is called a doe.
The blue whale is the largest creature ever to have existed.
The fear of animals is called zoophobia.
Cairo is Arabic for “Mars”
A group of frogs is called an army.
Two dogs were among the survivors of the sinking of the Titanic.
Achluophobia is a fear of darkness.
Ailurophobia is a fear of cats.
Androphobia is a fear of men.
Atychiphobia is a fear of failure.
Automysophobia is a fear of being dirty.
Arsonphobia is a fear of fire.
Anuptaphobia is a fear of staying single.
Alektorophobia is a fear of chickens.
Acrophobia is a fear of heights.
Achluophobia is a fear of the dark.
AIDS is an acronym for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
Radar is an acronym for Radio Detection And Ranging.
Quango is an acronym for Quasi Autonomous Non-Governmental Organization.
There are has twice as many pigs as there are people in Denmark.
Apiphobia is a fear of bees.
Alice Cooper's real name is Vincent Damon Furnier.
Ben Kingsley's real name is Krishna Bhanji.
Bob Hope's real name is Leslie Townes Hope.
Buddy Holly's real name is Charles Hardin Holley.
Chuck Norris's real is Carlos Ray Norris.
The harmonica is the world’s best-selling music instrument.
George Michael's real name is Georgios Panayiotou.
Hulk Hogan's real name Terry Jean Bollette.
Mark Twain's real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
Sting's real name is Gordon Matthew Sumner.
Whoopi Goldberg's real name is Caryn Johnson.
Woody Allen's real name is Allen Stewart Konigsberg
Robert Wadlow was the tallest in person history at height of 8ft 11in.
Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world at the height of 2,723 ft.
Average life span of a wild Gaint Panda is 20 years
34,000 Americans are killed by guns each year.
32 states of the US do not require a criminal record check before a gun is sold.
The swatch is the biggest selling plastic watch.
In 2010 Soth Africa sold $1.8 billions worth of cars to the US.
Almost 90,000 tons of bombs where dropped on Iraq during the first Gulf War in 1991.
Drinking alcohol lowers the body temperature.
Most vegetable's contain a small amount of alcohol.
In the US it is prohibited to the use word “refreshing” to describe any alcoholic beverage.
Human's naturally produce alcohol in their bodies.
The collective noun for a group of cats is “clowder”.
The collective noun for a group of owls is a parliment.
The collective noun for a group of hedgehogs is an array.
The collective noun for a group of porcupines is a prickle.
The collective noun for a group of vultures is a commitee.
Marilyn Monroe real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson.
Author Charles Dickens had ten children.
It is impossible to walk in a straight line whilst blindfolded.
Snakes eat nothing but other animals.
The lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth was -128.6°F in Antarctica in 1983.
The hair on your head will grow approximately 5 inches a year.
Mount Everest was once known as Peak 15.
Earth is bombarded with more than 100 tons of dust particles a day.
The Richter Scale which measures the size of earthquakes was developed by Charles F. Richter in 1935.
The majority of Americans think it is morally wrong to clone animals.
The chemical formula for coffee is C8H10N4O2.
For an album to win a gold disc in the US it needs to sell 500,000 copies.
For an album to win a gold disc in the UK it needs to sell 1,000,000 copies.
Actress Drew Barrymore to allergic to coffee and garlic.
Tennis player Serena Williams is allergic to peanuts.
The Wizard of Oz Sequel, Return to Oz was released 46 years after the original.
Lewis Carroll is the Pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
Catch-22 means a predicament in which the alternatives are equally undesirable
Almost 250 cavalry died in the 'charge of the light brigade'.
'Ad Hoc' is latin for 'towards this'.
'Ad Nauseam' is latin and means 'to the point of nausea'
'Bona Fides' is latin for 'good faith'
'Curriculum Vitae' is latin meaning 'course of ones life'.
Ego is latin for I.
Dr Jekyll was the good and Mr Hyde was the bad
Ian Flemming the aurthor of the James Bond novels also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Beelzebub is the Hebrew name for the devil.
... _ _ _ ... is SOS in morse code.
The first ballistic missle, the V2 was developed by germany in WWII.
For the first eight weeks of pregnancy an unborn child is called a embryo, after that it is called a foetus
The sunflower is the national flower of Russia.
The world record for the longest kite flight is 180 hours.
'Tangled' was Disneys' 50th full-length animated feature.
It takes 5,000 litres of water to produce 1 kg of irrigated rice.
Indonesia was a Dutch colony until 1945.
There are 118 pyramids in Egypt.
Dutch people are on average the tallest people in the world.
Native Americans were not given the right in to vote in the US until 1924.
Matador is Spanish for 'killer'.
Turkish capital Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents.
New York City started as Dutch colony called New Amsterdam.
A male ant is called a drone.
A young bat is called a pup.
A young hedgehog is called a hoglet.
A female lemur is called a princess.
A male lemur is called a dictator.
A young worm is called a wormlet.
The Dodo is the national bird for Mauritius.
Actor Hugh Grant's middle name is Mungo.
Traditional Scottish dish, Haggis is banned in the U.S.
It is illegal to slaughter horses for meat in the U.S.
In Formula 1 racing, number 13 is not designated to any driver.
In Philadelphia there is a statue for fictional character Rocky Balboa.
At its peak the US nuclear arsenal contained 31,700 nuclear warheads.
There have been over a million gun related deaths in the US over the past 30 years.
There are 120 active volcanoes in Iceland.
Icelanders drink more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.
Triplets occur in approximately 1 in every 8,000 pregnancies.
Twins occur in approximately 3 in every 100 pregnancies.
Only 10 percent of people hit by lightning are killed.
If you can hear thunder, you are within 10 miles of a storm.
The highest recorded temperature on earth was 58°C which was record in Al'Aziziyah in Libya on the 13th Sept, 1922.
With 11 meters of rain falling each year, Mawsynram in India is the wettest place on earth.
Antofagasta in Chile is the driest place on earth receiving less than 0.1mm of rain per year.
There are almost 2,000 thunderstorm active around the planet at any given time.
There are over 100,000 thunderstorms in the US every year.
The ocean's have an area of 361 million square kilometers.
The ocean's have an average depth of 3,711 meters.
98% of all the water on earth is saltwater.
Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
When Fidel Castro took power in cuba he had ordered all Monopoly sets be destroyed.
Italy has the lowest birthrate in Europe.
Khufu's Great Pyramid in Egypt is the only surviving ancient wonder of the world.
The Portugese eat more potatoes than any other Europeon country.
In Alergia the moustache is the traditional sign of manhood.
Argentinians consume more beef than any other people.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends cooking pork to 160°C.
150,300 people crossed the Brooklyn Bridge on its first day open to the public on May 24, 1883.
The Bran Castle, once owned by Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Implarer)is Romania's most popular tourist attraction.
J is the only letter not to appear on the periodic table.
Almost 3 million tons of pasta is produced in Italy each year.
There are more than 600 pasta shapes.
Over 35 million people visit Las Vegas each year.
There are no patents for a gambling machine in the US.
Donald Duck has appeared more animated features than Mickey Mouse.
Donald Duck is the official mascot of the University of Oregon.
The word 'mistletoe' means “dung on a twig'.
A female rat can produce up to twelve litters a year.
Milk from camels does not curdle.
To lose one pound of fat, you would need to burn 3500 extra calories.
A large Chocolate Oreo Shake contains over 2300 calories.
The term 'Mardi Gras' means "Fat Tuesday'.
Almonds are the most widely cultivated nuts in the world.
An average ear of corn has 16 rows and 800 kernels.
In the Netherlands in the 1600's tulips were more valuable than gold.
The Tomato originated in Peru.
There are 50 mountains over 19,000ft tall in the andes of Peru.
Caral in Peru is the oldest discovered city in the Americas, it was believed to have been built in around 3000BC .
Computer chip gaint Intel's first year revenue was only $2,672.
In the dictionary The term 'Peter Pan' is defined as 'a boyish or immature man.
Humans have been in existance for less than one thousandth of the earth's 4 billion year history.
Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope since 1523.
The Rocky mountains in North America stretch over 3000 miles.
The USSR existed for 69 years starting in 1922 and ending in 1991.
The Sahara desert is almost as big as the USA.
Mount Etna on Sicily is Europes largest volcano.
Women in Switzerland were not allowed to vote until 1971.
There are over 640 muscles in the human body.
Martha Washington is the only woman that has appeared on U.S paper currency.
If a lobster loses one of its eyes it can grow a new one.
China began producing toilet paper in 1391.
The first mosque in the United States was built in 1893.
Basalt is the most common rock on Earth.
The Tour de France cycling race is over 3,200 kilometres long.
The largest member of the dolphin family are orcas.
Shakespeare invented the words obscene, premeditated and negotiate.
Shakespeare invented the words summit, torture and rant.
Shakespeare invented the words worthless, zany and varied.
Shakespeare invented the words lonely, mimic and hint.
Shakespeare invented the words flawed, generous and fixture.
Shakespeare invented the words countless, epileptic and champion.
Shakespeare invented the words bump, cater and blanket.
Shakespeare invented the words bedroom, beached and bandit.
Shakespeare invented the words arouse, assassination and amazement.
Shakespeare invented the words accused, addiction and advertising.
Judy Garland's real name was Frances Ethel Gumm.
The song 'Jingle Bells' was originally called 'The One-Horse Open Sleigh'.
Urophobia is the fear of urine or urinating.
A group of tigers is called a streak.
There are over 1880,000 lakes in finland.
A group of kittens is called a kendle.
The Goliath Beetle at up to 4.5 inches long, is the biggest bug in the world.
The Beatles have sold more records than anyone else.
The National sport of Cuba is Baseball.
The National sport of Sri Lanka is Volleyball.
Cuba has the more doctors per population than any country.
The word “democracy” does not appear once in the US Constitution.
At 81 Benjamin Franklin was the oldest person to sign the US Constitution.
Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
A pin head is approximately 1.5mm in diameter.
There are no rivers in Bahrain.
A study by Oxford University in 2008 found 'at the end of the day' to be the most irritating expression.
123456 is the most commonly used password followed by 12345.
Drug abuse violations are the most common felony in the US.
Tooth extraction is the most common surgery for cats.
Barack Obama follows more people on twitter than anyone else.
'just setting up my twittr' was the first tweet on Twitter in 2006.
Lady Gaga's real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
A Napoleon Bonaparte tooth sold at auction for $11,000 in 2005 is the most expensive tooth ever.
The signature of Julius Caeser has never been found.
The word robot derives from the Czech word 'robota' which means slavery.
The first mircowave oven was patented in 1953.
Leonaardo Da Vinci sketched a helicopter type machine in th 15th century.
MMXI is 2011 in Roman numerals.
You are classed as obese if you weigh 20% more than average weight for your height.
Most of the world's silk production comes fron the Chinese Silk Moth.
The Janpanese Spider Crab is the largest crustacean in the world.
The word amphibian means 'living a double life'.
Yellowstone in Wyoming was the world's first national park, it was established in 1872.
Scottish Writer Robert Louis Stevenson is buried on Western Samoa.
Gondolas in Venice have to be painted black by law.
There are 115 islands in the Seychelles.
The chance of being born on a leap day is one in 1,461.
Leap Years were introduced by Julius Caesar in round 45 BC.
Harold Washington Library in Chicago is the world’s largest public library.
The first self-sustained nuclear reaction was at the University of Chicago in 1942.
The Chicago River is dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day.
Western Avenue in Chicago is the world’s longest street.
The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog' uses every letter in the English language.
The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
The king of hearts is the only king in a deck of cards without a mustache.
The tip of the shoe lace is called the aglet.
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
There is 15,140 dollars of Monopoly money in a regular Monopoly game.
When you kiss, 200 million germs per second are passed between mouths.
A Rubik's cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible configurations.
The fist product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum.
"Go." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
Route 66 begins in Chicago at Adams Street at the Art Institute.

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