Not every fact in this great big mystery of a world of ours has a use. Sometimes facts just ARE. Independently from opinion or from use. They just quite literally exist.

Though as humans, we are such passionately curious creatures that we seek out new things to learn even if it doesn't actually do anything for us.


Even if it only takes up space in our brains.

When Kryptox1814 asked:

"What is the stupidest fact you know?"

Here were some of the answers.

A Strangely Vital Exercise

"Penguins poop with the greatest force of any known animal as if they did it slower they would lose internal body heat."-theboorster

"Out of all the evolutionary survival traits I would have NEVER thought sh*tting faster would be one of them lol and now I know."-Artemismajor

A Drizzle By Any Other Name

"Although in Metereology the definition of drizzle is for the water droplets to be smaller than 0,5 mm the general accepted way to define at a glance wether what's falling from the sky is rain or drizzle is to observe if the droplets can splash on top of your shoe once they hit the ground"

"If they do it means that they are large enough and contain enough mass to be classified as rain, otherwise it's drizzle. Sounds silly until you try to measure the dimension of a water droplet falling from the sky every time it starts pouring to fill a weather report."-Zartas

Similar To Break A Leg, No?

"In France we say 'Merde' (literally 'sh*t' in english) to say good luck, because saying good luck is seen as a bad luck."

"It comes from the middle ages when people traveled in horse carts, when there was a lot of sh*t in front of theaters it meant the play had a lot of success."-Chrissou_A

No fact is not worth knowing.

Misnomer Of Horsepower

"While it is true that the maximum output of a horse is around 15 horsepower, when you average the output of a horse over the course of a work day it ends up being around a horsepower."

"1 Horsepower is equivalent to one horse doing 33,000 foot-pounds of work in one minute. (Or more simply, the amount of work done by a horse raising a 33-pound bucket of water from the bottom of a 1000-foot-deep well in 60 seconds)."-AndrewLewer69

Pink Flamingoes Are A LIE

"Shrimp is the food in question that dyes flamingos pink. They are white when they are born. If they were to eat something else that would still sustain them they would lose their pink coloring over time."

"Flamingos kept in zoos are not fed shrimp but an additive is added to their food to make sure they stay pink so people aren't confused."-sharrrper

A Parliament Of Facts

"Pennsylvania was the first state to legalize witchcraft.

Highway Gothic is the official font for road signs in America.

The world's largest paperclip is located in Saskatchewan."

"Robert Ridgeley Taylor invented the pumpable liquid hand soap dispenser.

Every 14 minutes, an American loses, breaks, or sits on a pair of sunglasses."

"Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

There are 86 lego bricks for everyone on Earth.

A group of owls is called a parliament."

"There are around 25 billion chickens in the world.

The average strawberry has 200 seeds…Take your pick."-Musical_Leaf_Juice15

Respelling The Country Over And Over

"When Sweden versus Denmark in a sporting event, the scoreboard would read SWE - DEN which spells Sweden. If you take all the remaining characters that were removed, you get DEN - MARK which spells Denmark."-InfernalOrgasm

Every single fact, even if useless, can really enrich our lives.

A Swimming Moose Is Dangerous

"Moose swim waaay faster than you'd expect. My Dad and I were in Isle Royale years ago and we saw a couple swimming across the lake when we were in our canoe."

"We paddled closer to get a better look and the Momma moose turned towards us and came after us(she had a baby with her)."

"We didn't get closer than 30 yards on our own. When she turned towards us, we paddled away and realized she was gaining, so we paddled faster. She kept gaining."

"Thank God she lost interest or was just satisfied in the result, because we were not going to get away if she wanted to get us. Crazy."-WrongStatus

Font Has Been A Front All Along

"The word Font is almost always used incorrectly. If you are picking out the style of letters you want to use what you are selecting is a 'typeface' not a font. The font is the container that holds the typeface."

"So for instance if we were doing a print job back in the movable type days and wanted to do it in Gothic you might tell your assistant 'Go get the Gothic font.'"

"What that means though is 'Go get me the drawer that contains the Gothic typeface' The word font refers to the drawer, not the contents."

"When they started making word processors on computers with multiple typeface options they retained the old printers jargon but didn't explain it."

"When you select a Gothic font in MS Word what you are selecting is a file folder which contains the Gothic typeface. Font refers to the file folder, not the contents."-sharrrper

Beautiful Colors

"If you look at red for a while, then look at a very blue blue, you can see a blue that is more blue than the bluest blue."

"This is called hyperbolic blue and it's caused by your brain adapting to the red color then overcorrecting before it can re adapt to seeing blue. This isn't useful but it's a thing."

"Also magenta and brown aren't real."-miner_sd


Isn't the world a strange, varied, interesting place? And every single fact that we can learn about it makes us more worldly.

Even if there doesn't really seem to be a use for that fact, it still becomes a pleasure to know.

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