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200 Fun, Odd Facts Most People Don't Know

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David is a blogger from the Chicagoland area. They enjoy researching ancient mysteries around the world.


200 Fun and Interesting Facts

If you love reading a bunch of useless information (for the most part) that just happens to be true, then this list is for you. If you make it all the way through, let me know which ones you liked most.

1. Every day, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents.

2. If you bring a raccoon's head to the Henniker, New Hampshire, town hall, you are entitled to receive 10 cents from the town.

3. The IRS admits that one in five people who call their helpline get the wrong answer to their question.

4. A border collie named Striker, from Hungary, set the record for fastest dog to open a car door window.

5. The average chocolate bar has 8 insect legs in it.

6. If you keep a goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

7. More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

8. 17.35 seconds is the fastest anyone has run across 100 meters of ice. (Nico Surings, 2006)

9. The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.

10. The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

11. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

12. A hard-working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realizes it's there.

13. A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.

14. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

15. America once issued a 5-cent bill.

16. Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.

17. Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.

18. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

19. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

20. Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.


21. The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head.

22. During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food. That's the weight of about 6 elephants.

23. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."

22. Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.

23. Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego.

24. It takes a lobster approximately seven years to grow to be one pound.

25. More people use blue rather than red toothbrushes.

26. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.

27. One-quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet.

28. Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada's "Centennial Baby" since she was the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence.

29. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

30. Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.

31. The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.

32. The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.

33. The Earth weighs around 6,588,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

34. The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver."

35. The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.

36. The name "Jeep" came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "general purpose" vehicle, G.P.

37. Columbia University is the second-largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church.

38. The saying "it's so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey" came from when they had old cannons like the ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside, they would crack and break off—thus the saying.

39. The U.S. government keeps its supply of silver at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

40. You blink over 20,000,000 times a year.


41. The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."

42. You'll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime.

43. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise, it will digest itself.

44. Each year, you swallow 14 insects—while you sleep!

45. The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters.

46. Chances that an American lives within 50 miles of where he/she grew up are 1 in 2.

47. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%.

48. Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80%.

49. Portion of potatoes sold that are French-fried: 1/3.

50. The only first lady to carry a loaded revolver: Eleanor Roosevelt.

51. The only president awarded a patent: Abe Lincoln, for a system of buoying vessels over shoals.

52. Mark Twain didn't graduate from elementary school.

53. Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined.

54. All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.

55. Ingrown toenails are hereditary.

56. In most advertisements, including in newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

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

58. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life.

59. "Bingo" is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.

60. The Beatles song "Dear Prudence" was written about Mia Farrow's sister, Prudence, when she wouldn't come out and play with Mia and the Beatles at a religious retreat in India.


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

62. A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won't.

63. Certain frogs can be frozen solid then thawed—and continue living.

64. A group of unicorns is called a blessing.

65. One of Hewlett Packard's first ideas was an automatic urinal flusher.

66. Illinois has the most personalized license plates of any state.

67. There are no venomous snakes in Maine.

68. North Dakota has never had an earthquake.

69. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.

70. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

71. If all Americans used one-third less ice in their drinks, the United States would become a net exporter instead of an importer of energy.

72. The Hoover Dam was built to last 2,000 years. Its concrete will not be fully cured for another 500 years.

73. If the entire population of earth was reduced to exactly 100 people, 51% would be female, 49% male; 50% of the world's currency would be held by 6 people; one person would be nearly dead; one nearly born.

74. A Swiss ski resort announced it would combat global warming by wrapping its mountain glaciers in aluminum foil to keep them from melting.

75. Ten years ago, only 500 people in China could ski. This year, an estimated 5,000,000 Chinese will visit ski resorts.

76. Russian scientists have developed a new drug that prolongs drunkenness and enhances intoxication.

77. A perfect SAT score is 1600 combined. Bill Gates scored 1590 on his SAT. Paul Allen, Bill's partner at Microsoft, scored a perfect 1600. Bill Cosby scored less than 500 combined.

78. The entire fleet of Unicoi County Tennessee's salt trucks was rendered out of commission in one accident. All three trucks were badly damaged when one of them began skidding down a road, causing a chain reaction accident. Officials blamed road conditions.

79. The busiest shopping hour of the holiday season is between 3–4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

80. Only 30% of stolen artwork worth more than $1,000,000 each is recovered.


81. During an hour's swimming at a municipal pool, you will ingest 1/12 liter of urine.

82. Actor Bruce Willis filed a lawsuit against the movie studio that produced his film Tears of the Sun, alleging he was struck in the forehead by a fake bullet. Since 2002 (when the movie was in production), the lawsuit claims he has endured "extreme mental, physical, and emotional pain and suffering."

83. Billboard magazine has recently launched a top-20 chart of cell phone ringtones.

84. The Chicago Cubs are suing former Hartford Courant newspaper carrier Mark Guthrie to get back $301,000 in pay that was intended to go to a Cubs pitcher with the same name. The Tribune Company owns both the Hartford Courant and the Chicago Cubs.

85. The company that manufactures the greatest number of women's dresses each year is Mattel. Barbie's got to wear something!

86. La Paz, Bolivia, is the world's most fireproof city. At 12,000 feet about sea level, the amount of oxygen in the air barely supports a flame.

87. Each year, more people are killed by teddy bears than by grizzly bears.

88. The New York City Police Department has a $3.3 billion annual budget—larger than all but 19 of the world's armies.

89. China is the world's largest market for BMW's top-of-the-line 760Li. This car sells for $200,000 in China—more than almost all people in China make in a lifetime.

90. Solid structures (parking lots, roads, buildings) in the United States cover an area the size of Ohio.

91. Physicists have already performed a simple type of teleportation, transferring the quantum characteristics of one atom onto another atom at a different location.

92. The Nike swoosh was designed by a Portland State University student and purchased by Nike for $35.

93. Seven percent of Americans claim they never bathe at all.

94. When you hear a bullwhip snap, it's because the tip is traveling faster than the speed of sound.

95. Orthodox rabbis warned that New York City drinking water might not be kosher because it contains harmless micro-organisms that are technically shellfish.

96. In 1997, a woman in Bradenton, Florida, lost her cat. In 2004, she got a call from the local animal shelter. The cat turned up wandering the streets in San Francisco, California. The cat's identity was proven with a microchip that had been implanted prior to 1997.

97. Oslo, Norway, is the world's most expensive city. A gallon of gas costs almost $5, and it costs $1.32 to use the public restrooms.

98. Researchers have found that doctors who spend at least three hours a week playing video games make about 37% fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery than surgeons who didn't play video games.

99. There are 150,000,000 cell phones in use in the United States, more than one per every two human beings in the country.

100. The House of Representatives earmarked $50,000,000 to create an indoor rain forest in Iowa.


101. In the Caribbean, there are oysters that can climb trees.

102. People with initials that spell out GOD or ACE are likely to live longer than people whose initials spell out words like APE, PIG, or RAT.

103. The average North Korean 7-year-old is almost three inches shorter than the average South Korean 7-year-old.

104. 72% of Americans sign their pets' names on greeting cards they send out.

105. Every year, 2,700 surgical patients go home from the hospital with metal tools, sponges, and other objects left inside them. In 2000, 57 people died as a result of these mistakes.

106. In a nod to astronauts, Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space.

107. In 2003, the Transportation Security Administration dropped a requirement that air marshals pass a marksmanship test. Some applicants were even hired after they repeatedly shot flight attendants in mock hijacking episodes.

108. The UK's best-selling hiking magazine published faulty coordinates for descending Scotland's tallest peak (Ben Nevis) and recommended a route that leads climbers off the edge of a cliff.

109. There is a Starbucks in Myungdong, South Korea, that is five stories tall.

110. The weight of air in a milk glass is about the same as the weight of an aspirin tablet.

111. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.

112. Fidgeting can burn about 350 calories a day.

113. In 1993, the board of governors at Carl Karcher Enterprises voted (5 to 2) to fire Carl Karcher. Carl Karcher is the founder of Carls Jr. restaurants.

114. There are currently more U.S. 100-dollar bills in Russia than there are in the United States.

115. The Pentagon in Washington, D.C., has five sides, five stories, and five acres in the middle.

116.)Two very popular and common objects have the same function, but one has thousands of moving parts, while the other has absolutely no moving parts—an hourglass and a sundial.

117. A flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down.

118. A snail can have about 25,000 teeth.

119. Moisture, not air, causes super glue to dry.

120. An average American will spend an average of 6 months during his or her lifetime waiting at red lights.


121. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has issued six driver's licenses to six different people named Jesus Christ.

122. Brushing your teeth regularly has been shown to prevent heart disease.

123. Married men change their underwear twice as often as single men.

124. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the U.S. Treasury.

125. Percentage of American women who say they would marry the same man if they had to do it all over again: 50%.

126. Chances that a burglary in the United States will be solved: 1 in 7.

127. When George Lucas was mixing the American Graffiti soundtrack, he numbered the reels of film starting with an R and numbered the dialog starting with a D. Sound designer Walter Murch asked George for Reel 2, Dialog 2 by saying "R2D2." George liked the way that sounded so much he integrated that into another project he was working on.

128. A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.

129. Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known as Tennessee.

130. Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food.

131. The world's oldest piece of chewing gum is 9,000 years old.

132. Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe.

133. Honeybees have hair on their eyes.

134. Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung.

135. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

136. Dogs and cats consume almost $7 billion worth of pet food a year.

137. 1,525,000,000 miles of telephone wire are strung across the U.S.

138. 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only two Disney cartoon features in which both parents are present and don't die during the movie.

139. 315 entries in Webster's Dictionary will be misspelled.

140. 85,000,000 tons of paper are used each year in the U.S.

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141. There are between 5,000 and 7,000 tigers kept as pets in the United States.

142. A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat so you can eat your plate.

143. A fully loaded supertanker traveling at normal speed takes a least twenty minutes to stop.

144. A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

145. A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.

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

147. A whale's penis is called a dork.

148. According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

149. All porcupines float in water.

150. An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.

151. Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.

152. Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.

153. Bird droppings are the chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific.

154. Bubble gum contains rubber.

155. 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."

156. David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader's lines and didn't know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.

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

158. Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.

159. Every time Beethoven sat down to write music, he poured ice water over his head.

160. Giraffes have no vocal cords.


161. A British gymnast survived a fall from a fourth-story window because he went into a somersault and came down on two feet.

162. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

163. Hydroxydesoxycorticosterone and hydroxydeoxycorticosterones are the longest anagrams.

164. If NASA sent birds into space, they would soon die; they need gravity to swallow.

165. In 1983, a Japanese artist made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of toast.

166. In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals.

167. Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.

168. It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.

169. Lee Harvey Oswald's cadaver tag was sold at an auction for $6,600 in 1992.

170 Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its original size: "L.A."

171. 637 people once gathered together dressed as gorillas. It was to help raise money for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, and it was the largest crowd to gather together dressed as gorillas.

172. The longest book title ever written: "Per favore dite a mia madre che faccio il pubblicitario lei pensa che sono un pierre e che quindi regalo manciate di free entry e consumazioni gratis a chi mi pare, rido coi vips, i calciatori le veline e le giornaliste, leggo Novella e mi fotografano i paparazzi, entro neI privé saltando la coda, bevo senza pagare, sono ghiotto di tartine e gin tonic, ho la casa piena di oggetti di design, conosco Paris Hilton, Tom Ford ed Emilio." (Davide Ciliberte).

173. Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president to be born in a hospital.

174. Smartest dogs: 1) border collie; 2) poodle; 3) golden retriever. Dumbest dog: 1) afghan.

175. Chances of a white Christmas in New York: 1 in 4.

176. Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%.

177. The portion of ice cream sold that is vanilla: 1/3.

178. President who discovered a new proof for the Pythagorean Theorem: Jimmy Carter.

179. Only animal besides a human that can get sunburn: a pig.

180. Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses.


181. It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is "shake," and the 46th word from the last word is "spear."

182. The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1515.

183. "Canada" is a Native American word meaning "big village."

184. The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.

185. A full 7% of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.

186. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

187. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

188. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.

189. Hugh "Ward Cleaver" Beaumont was an ordained minister.

190. The average garden-variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

191. The only planet without a ring is earth.

192. John Madden is an accomplished ballroom dancer.

193. As you age, your eye color gets lighter.

194.)The blue whale can produce sounds up to 188 decibels. This is the loudest sound produced by a living animal and has been detected as far away as 530 miles.

195. If the Nile River were stretched across the United States, it would run nearly from New York to Los Angeles.

196. Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England, but only in tropical fish stores.

197. Two 1903 paintings recently sold at auction for $590,000. The paintings were in the famous "Dogs Playing Poker" series.

198. The biggest dog on record was an Old English Mastiff that weighed 343 pounds. He was 8 feet, 3 inches, from nose to tail.

199. The time spent deleting spam email messages costs U.S. businesses $21.6 billion annually.

200. More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed each year by using products that are made for right-handed people.


Radar on May 29, 2020:

FDR was an only child.

wow guys on November 08, 2019:

thanks friends for giving so much of information.

south wind on August 18, 2019:

wow i learnt a lot thx

Dead wolfie ;-; on April 05, 2019:

1 I cant really come up with word that describe this 2 I freaked my friends with some of these 3 keep is up

castle on the hill on December 14, 2017:

My personal favorite is the one about the word "dork" also the one about humming birds

CMc on August 20, 2010:

Actually, the rumor that Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot has been discredited. There is a very early photo of her modeling on the beach when a clump of sand connected to her foot which made her look like she did, but she did not.

RTalloni on March 08, 2010:

Bother! Now I have to go find Proud Mom and read that first one with her!

However, you had a great idea for a hub! I think I was shocked into reading all by this very first one.

Proud Mom from USA on March 01, 2009:

i enjoyed this hub so much!! Now I have to read the first one!

C. C. Riter on March 01, 2009:

I thought it cool about the Bible and the Bard. cool hub too, thanks

David (author) from San Antonio, Texas on February 22, 2009:

Glad I could help you sound smarter, and enhance your daily conversations.  LOL

Eovery, thanks for the busters.  I'll have to take your word for it, on the animals and the concrete.  Sounds like you would know more than I. 

Hey, does no one like the Bush chest bump? I thought it was hilarious. LOL

Am I dead, yet? on February 22, 2009:

Im likin' these tidbits Dave. It is a conversation 'enhancer', now, I sound so much smarter in my daily conversations...really :)

eovery from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa on February 21, 2009:

Nice hub Dave. 

Some interesting info.

I am going to have to check on a few of them.  I.e. being raised on a ranch in Wyoming, I know that cows with light udders can get sunburned, especially if there is snow on the ground and it is very sunny. Also, some breeds of sheep, can actually get burned, right after they are sheared on parts of the body that is generally shaded with wool.  

Also, concrete cures exponentially (1-ke(-t)) that is e to the exponential -t. Therefore technically approaching cured but never reaching totally cured.  Also, moisture has to be available in it for it to cure, so the k is effected by moisture.  So in the cement world, we say theoretically, concrete never ever fully reaching cured.  But the meaning is close, and people get the idea.

Also, the weight of air and the aspiring, should probably be mass.  Air at the same temperature would "weigh nothing" in milk glass as it being colder would weigh some, but being warmer would actually lift up on the glass, if the glass was sealed and the warmer air was not allowed to escape.

Keep on hubbing.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on February 21, 2009:

Good facts, now how to use them...calling someone a dork will be so much more fun!

David (author) from San Antonio, Texas on February 21, 2009:

Thanks for reading and commenting Anna.  I would've never even considered the left handed one.  That was a shocker.  I guess a left handed store isn't such a bad idea after all. 

Anna Marie Bowman from Florida on February 21, 2009:

Some more great little tidbits of info!!! I admit, I have injured myself using a normal can opener. They are not made for lefties. Now I use an electric one. Much easier. I do know that there are a lot of personalized plates in IL.

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