Some really good useless facts. Impress your friends with them
The first stall in a public restroom is usually the cleanest. Seeking privacy, most people skip it.
Farting contests were held in ancient Japan. Prizes were awarded for loudness and duration.
The world’s youngest-ever parents were eight and nine years old, and lived in China in 1910.
Your odds of living to age 116: one in 2 billion.
How do you know when you’re playing with an Italian deck of cards? No queens.
What do you call the spots on dice and dominoes? The pips.
Only pharaohs were allowed to eat mushrooms in ancient Egypt.
When a cat died in ancient Egypt, its owners shaved off their eyebrows as a sign of mourning.
Fish cough. Walrus burp. Snails have teeth. Whales stampede. Termites are blind. Rabbits can’t walk. Jellyfish eat other jellyfish. Snakes and armadillos can get malaria. Camels are born without humps. Rabbits and horses can’t vomit. Frogs drink through their skin. Shrimp only swim backward. Armadillos can get leprosy. Kangaroos can’t walk.
The dolphins that live in the Amazon River are pink.
If a chameleon loses a fight, it turns gray. If it wins, it turns green.
If you pet your pig, it will have a larger litter. Pigs, like people, respond to kindness.
Kangaroos are lactose-intolerant. Crab-eating seals don’t eat crabs. Elephants adopt orphans. Foxes pollinate plants. Otters can get herpes. Gophers are hermits. Cows get hair balls. Horses can’t sit. Sheep snore. Squirrels can’t see red. Armadillos can be housebroken. Elephants breathe 12 times a minute.
A shrimp’s heart is in its head.
An adult electric eel generates enough electricity to power a medium-size house.
Only about 3 percent of mammals practice monogamy.
Norway consumes more Mexican food than any other European nation.
Buddhist monks at Japan’s Yakushido Temple perform a purification ritual by “setting fire to their own pants.”
The ancient Sumerians had a goddess of beer.
Amen is the same in more languages than any other word. Taxi is second.
Say it three times fast: Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung is German for “speed limit.”
Number of languages spoken in India: about 845. The German language has about 185,000 words. French has fewer than 100,000.
Oldest unchanged flag in history: Denmark’s. It has remained the same since the 13th century.
Russia’s Lake Baikal is deep enough to hold four Empire State Buildings stacked atop each other.
If you want to signal “no” in Albania, nod. If you want to say “yes,” shake your head. The same goes for Bulgaria, and parts of Greece, Turkey, Iran, Bengal, and the former Yugoslavia.
In Germany, making the shhhh sound means “hurry up.”.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
A black widow’s poison is 15 times more powerful than rattlesnake venom. A spider’s blood is transparent.
In her entire lifetime, Spain’s Queen Isabella (1451–1504) bathed twice. King Louis XIV bathed three times.
Ancient Chinese, Roman, and German societies frequently used urine as mouthwash. Surprisingly, the ammonia in urine is a good cleanser. (Ancient cultures had no way of knowing that.)
Earthworms have five hearts. A snail breathes through its foot. The housefly’s taste buds are in its feet.
Ants have five noses. Each one smells a different odor.
Ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand. Female canaries can’t sing.
When Confucius was 16, he worked as a grain inspector.
Before he became an explorer, Amerigo Vespucci (for whom America is named) was a pickle merchant. Benjamin Franklin gave guitar lessons. Benjamin Franklin was America’s first newspaper cartoonist.
Sean Connery once had a job polishing coffins.
Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation. The French eat an average of 200 million frogs each year.
Best-selling candy bar in Russia: Snickers.
Sarah Josepha Hale’s 1830 poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was inspired by a little girl named Mary Tyler. Her pet lamb used to follow her to school.
In France it was once considered bad luck to cut your fingernails on Friday. Ancient Romans paid their taxes with honey.
Germans once believed a pregnant woman could avoid premature delivery by carrying one of her husband’s socks.
It cost $3 million to build the Titanic and $100 million to make the movie.
The potato and the tomato are more closely related than the potato and the sweet potato. Onions are members of the lily family.
Mushrooms share a common ancestry with insects, not plants.
If saliva can’t dissolve it, you can’t taste it.
If you’re a healthy, full-grown adult, your thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
How many hairs on your head? If you’re blond, about 150,000. Brunet, 100,000. Redhead, 60,000.
When your face blushes, the lining of your stomach turns red, too.
Where on your body you sweat the most depends on the reason why you’re sweating: Are you hot or nervous? Cooling sweat shows up most on your forehead, upper lip, neck, and chest; nervous sweat appears most in your palms, feet, and armpits.
Human lips don’t sweat.
Playwright Edmond Rostand (1868–1918) didn’t like to be rude to his friends, but he didn’t like to be interrupted when he was working, either. Rather than risk having to turn away any friends who might drop by to visit, “he took refuge in his bathtub and wrote there all day.” His biggest bathroom success: Cyrano de Bergerac.
In 1962 Johanne Relleke of Rhodesia was stung by bees 2,443 times. He survived.
If it’s a drug, it has a side effect.
Chocolate is good for you: It has more antioxidant properties than green tea. The darker the better—and the warmer the better, as in a nice cup of hot chocolate.
The most common disease in the world: tooth decay.
Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible. Cats aren’t mentioned even once.
One self-help book in Japan claims clenching your butt 100 times a day fights depression. Try it.
Snoring is legal in Massachusetts only when all bedroom windows are closed and locked.
Swedish law prohibits trained seals from balancing balls on their noses. In Athens, Greece, you can lose your driver’s license for being “poorly dressed” or “unbathed.” Penalty for stealing a rabbit in 19th-century England: seven years in prison. It’s OK to duel in Paraguay as long as you’re a registered blood donor.
It’s against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland.
Paris law forbids spinning tops on sidewalks . . . and staring at the mayor.
Nineteenth-century Scottish law required brides to be pregnant on their wedding day. The law in Teruel, Spain, forbids taking hot baths on Sunday. (Cold baths are OK.)
In England it’s against the law to sue the queen—or to name your daughter Princess without the queen’s permission. In Israel, it’s illegal to pick your nose on the Sabbath.
Each puff of smoke inhaled from a cigarette contains 4 billion particles of dust..
The odds of being killed by a bolt of lightning are about the same as those of being killed by falling out of bed.
Odds that you’ll be killed by a plane falling from the sky: one in 25 million. Odds that it will happen today: one in 7 trillion.
You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than to be eaten by a shark.
The average stamp, when licked, has a tenth of a calorie.
For every post office in the United States, India has four.
The ancient Romans dyed their hair with bird droppings.
In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a marriage proposal. Catching it meant yes.
In ancient Rome, wedding guests wished a bride good luck by breaking the cake over her head. At Old English weddings, guests threw shoes at the groom.
In the Middle Ages, you were supposed to throw eggs at the bride and groom.
The average human foot has about 20,000 sweat glands and can produce as much as half a cup of sweat each day. Most people generally fart between 10 and 20 times a day, expelling enough gas to inflate a small balloon.
If you have hair growing out of your armpit, you’ve got hirci. That’s the fancy word for armpit hair.
Clouds don’t float—they fall very, very slowly. Lightning is more likely to strike the same place twice than it is a new place once.
The average lightning bolt is only an inch in diameter.
Take 1 million cloud droplets and squish them together to form a single raindrop.
When he needed inspiration, Ludwig van Beethoven poured water on himself. Mozart wrote a piano piece that required the player to use both hands and his nose.
The odds of someone winning a lottery twice in four months is about one in 17 trillion. But Evelyn Marie Adams won the New Jersey lottery in both 1985 and 1986.