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The most useless facts you need to know

  • Water is wet
  • Babysitters do not actually sit on babies
  • Frank Oz voiced both Yoda and Miss Piggy
  • A group of cats is called a clowder
  • Asia is the largest continent and even larger than the surface of the moon
  • Everyone in Iceland should learn to swim – it’s the law!
  • A cat’s eye has three eyelids
  • Snowflakes formed in clouds usually take around an hour to reach the ground
  • Olympic gold medals are more than 90% silver
  • Lobster blood is colourless, and only turns blue on exposure to oxygen
  • Red is the most common colour of food packaging, as it is believed to make you hungry
  • More than 1 in 20 football injuries are caused by celebrating goals on the pitch
  • Nomophobia is the fear of being out of phone contact
  • In English, the name of every number shares a letter with its neighbour, eg One, twO and Two, Three and thRee, fouR, indefinitely
  • In Italy 13 is not unlucky but 17 is
  • Brazil nuts are so radioactive that a pocketful will set off the alarm at a nuclear power station
  • MI5 used to own kettles specifically used for steaming open envelopes
  • If melted down for scrap, a bronze medal from London 2012 would be worth less what £3
  • The oldest radio broadcasts from the 1930s have already travelled past 100,000 stars
  • Dolphins shed the top layer of their skin every 2 hours