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.
"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
"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.
I love pizza.
How in the world could someone NOT love pizza?!
Over the years people have gotten VERY creative with their toppings.
It's a whole new world when it comes to mixing flavors on the dough.
Though some of those choices may be a bit out there.
Why not take a chance?
Redditor MRF1982 wanted to discuss the best and worst of the pizza menu. They asked:
"What’s an unusually good pizza topping?"
I'm not very adventurous with my pizza toppings. But entice me...
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"I don't know about toppings but just wanted to say, re-heating left over pizza in my air fryer made the pizza 5x better than when it originally was. Some type of voodoo in those air fryers."
"Calabrian Chiles. A local place did Calabrian Chiles and Pepperoni which is now my single favorite topping combo."
A place I used to go in Chattanooga had them as a topping. My favorite was ordering it Detroit style and EVERY time the waitress, 'Do you know what Detroit style is….ok do you know what Calabrian chiles are? Ok.'"
"I asked the waitress if those come up as complaints often and she said, 'often enough we always ask those questions to avoid issues later…'"
"Add some different cheese on top of frozen pizza, changes the game."
"I've been doing this since I was a kid. Any frozen pizza with added cheese/toppings becomes known as a 'super pizza' in my family."
"I'm a single dude and I like to grill at least once a week so I have some dank meat to use throughout the week for work lunches, ramen noodles, stir fry, and super pizzas. I buy cheese pizzas because they come with fancier cheese and then I add whatever I got grilled up (usually pork loin or chicken) and I add some extra cheese of my own just to make sure it's a true 'super pizza.'"
Hot Sweet Touch
"I had this one friend who dipped her pizza in honey back in high school, and we gave her so much crap for it. We thought she was so weird, none of us had ever heard of anyone doing that before and she kept trying to tell us that it was a thing other people did too, and we weren't buying it."
"It became such a big running thing that we would be out having a completely unrelated meal at like chipotle or some Chinese food place, and someone would break out a bottle of honey from nowhere and offer it to her, deadpan, then she'd go all red in the face and we'd burst out laughing."
"One time when we were older, she finally got a few of us to try it. The look of vindication on her face at that moment was legendary. The pizza almost tasted good enough to make up for the taste of having to eat all the crap we gave her over the years before that."
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"I had a pear, caramelized onion, and Gorgonzola pizza last night and it was AMAZING!"
Well those are some interesting options. Not sure if I'll try. But hey...
"Potatoes in thin slices."
"Love some loaded Baked Potato Pizza. Sour cream instead of pizza sauce topped with low moisture mozzarella, thin potato slices, bacon, green onions, and cheddar cheese. Our local place makes it."
"So I went to a local pizza spot, and tried a pizza with strawberries on it. It was spicy and sweet at the same time. Super weird but also super delicious."
"This is the first answer I’ve seen that seems remotely unusual. In that same vein, while vacationing in St. Augustine, I had an amazing popsicle flavored with strawberries and local hot peppers. Sweet, ice cold, late heat!"
"I had one with blueberries and goat cheese a few years back - it was really good!"
"Pesto base, roast or confit potato, blue cheese, rosemary."
"I just googled confit potato, thinking 'If this is just mashed potato with duck fat, Imma fight someone.' Only to learn that it is not. It is far more magical. Just when I thought potato had no more to offer the world."
"Really fresh arugula put on after the pizza comes out of the oven and drizzled with EVOO, salt and pepper. Makes any pizza a delight!"
"One of the best pizzas I ever had was arugula and figs. Still paled in comparison to the red baron I ate the first time I smoked. But yeah arugula is nice. I remember thinking 'Why is a salad on my pizza? Oh yeah I ordered it.' 9/10 would try again."
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"Roasted garlic. You don't think about wasting a topping on it but when you do, it makes the pizza taste absolutely amazing."
Some of those sound fantastic. Yum.
While a number of people lost their jobs when the global pandemic hit in 2020, and others had to switch to working remotely, there were those who literally had to show up to work.
Their time and effort thankfully did not go unnoticed for the most part, as they would become known as "essential workers", without whom the world as we know it literally would not function.
If only their value was also noted in their salaries.
Indeed, for far too long it's often been that the hardest working people all over the world are also among the most egregiously underpaid, which in contrast often leads people to wonder if certain professions should be as lucrative as they are.
Redditor kushkakes77 asked:
"What profession is unbelievably underpaid or overpaid?"
Those who help others should be helped with bigger paychecks!
"Basically any job that asks you to assist disadvantaged individuals."- Upstairs_Toe_1402
"Most professions where you're helping people, in my experience, are chronically underpaid."
"Speaking as a social worker, high stress, never ending workload of emergencies, and low pay."
"But, I enjoy what I do."
"I love the clients I support, and can't see myself in any other field."- FoxxyCleopatra75
"Most, if not all, of the human services jobs."
"I have a few friends in social work and they are so vastly underpaid for what they do."
"Like these people work to make the lives of children better and I make more walking around half a block of property."
"It's honestly gross."- Sanguiniutron
Seriously, for the amount they give, they deserve more in return!
"Social work is almost always underpaid."- Witch_Covfefe
"Nursing home workers."
"Minimum wage to clean old people sh*t.'- nedeta
Saving lives, and criminally underpaid
"EMTs make like fucking $11/hour or some sh*t.
"Maybe it's gone up a bit over the last year, but it is alarmingly low considering our lives are in their hands, even if we're just driving nearby while they speed through red lights."- Shermione
"Pays less than McDonalds presently, requires school to do and usually has rough hours."
"Physically demanding, psychologically difficult... the list goes on."- Carpaltunnelsnake
An fancy office should not always mean higher pay...
"Overpaid: hospital administrators and health insurance executives."- titanmd315·
As if the US healthcare system didn't have enough problems...
"When I left 15 years ago, I was bringing in over $120K per year, and on an average day."
"I would work 5 hrs., including at least 45 minutes for lunch."
"Four times a year, I would be flown to some 4-star resort location where we would have sales meetings, dinners at the most expensive places in town, pricey after-dinner drinks in the hotel bars, and hook-ups with co-workers in the room."
"At the time, the industry employed the hottest women to be found because they thought they could command the physician's attention."
"I left because I had a real problem with my employer buying $800 bottles of wine for docs and calling it 'research and development'."- SnooBooks4898
One of the US legal system biggest flaws...
"Public Defenders are extremely underpaid where I live."
"It's still a good amount of money, but you could get a job at a fancy library for around the same salary."
"Kind of sad really since they work their asses off for unfortunate people and aren't paid much."- EugeneVanSnorky
It is sad to think how those who work the longest hours or the most grueling jobs still find themselves struggling to make ends meet.
And it's even more sad to acknowledge this could be a problem that might never change.
Every now and then, we can't help but be proud of certain accomplishments.
Graduating from college or grad school, earning a promotion at work, hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner.
Though it shouldn't be forgotten that pride is one of the seven deadly sins.
Which should serve as a reminder that we should be careful of what we boast over, and that some accomplishments might not be cause for celebration.
A Redditor was curious to hear some of the more questionable skills and/or accomplishments people have boasted about, leading them to ask:
"What are people stupidly proud of?"
Yeah... not cool.
"My ex actually said, 'Yeah, I saw this guy in a pub yesterday who tried talking to us so I basically burned his stupid shirt for an hour lol,' which is one of the main reasons I broke up with him."- AnyCurrency6027Giphy
Always read the fine print.
"Those IQ tests people share but they don't know how to read their results."
"Had some guy just so proud that he was in the top 90%."- 7grendel
Can knowing and doing nothing really be considered an accomplishment?
"Example: pride in not knowing how to do basic math."- stupidlyugly
"Willful ignorance."- storm_the_castle
"Amazingly and increasingly, ignorance."- vanta_blacknessGiphy
Definitely not the parent who deserves to be celebrated..
"My dad, a father of 7, brags that he's never changed a diaper."
"Like, congratulations on being no help?"- Porrick
...Where do you even start?...
“'I’m proud of myself, I haven’t cheated in a while'.”
"Me: 'it’s been 2 months and I’m not f*cking proud of you'.”- Pufferfish4467
They shouldn't be allowed to have pets!
"That their dog weighs so much, but really it's an obese sausage with legs who can't even take three steps without running out of breath."- whiskybidnus
But what's the payoff?
"Long commute times and working hours."- KyotoGaijin
"I'm terrible at my job, let's celebrate!"
"Teachers being proud that their classes are hard and their students are always failing."- GreatXsGiphy
It's hard to imagine what some of these people were thinking when they boasted about these non-accomplishments.
In all likelihood, they weren't thinking at all.
I love TV!
Some television shows are a part of my DNA. That's why an ending is so important.
In the end we want to be forever satisfied. Which is a near impossible ask. Not everyone is going to love the chosen ending.
But sometimes writers really get it right... Buffy the Vampire Slayer... (save for *@#*'s death!!) is EVERYTHING.
But then they can get it really wrong... Game Of Thrones fans are STILL fuming apparently.
Redditorslice29wanted to discuss all the best entertainment endings we've ever watched.
"In your opinion, what TV show had the most satisfying ending?"
I hate and love endings of shows. I love them when they're done well. I hate that it's over. Let's start with one of my favs!!
End of Life
"Six Feet Under."
"Watched this in real time with my mom. The whole show. Every episode. As they aired. I grew up along with it, and the ending felt like the opposite of a death - I was a grown up. You're right."
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"Sledge Hammer! For those too young to remember this gem from the 80s, it was a show that satirized the Dirty Harry-style bad cop dramas that were in at the time. The show ended with Sledge trying to defuse a nuke ('Trust me, I know what I'm doing...'), failing."
"And then the camera slow-pans across the charred landscape of the ruined city and you hear the distant voice of the long-suffering police chief yelling 'HHHAAAAMMMMMMMEEERRRRR!!!!!!' Priceless."
"Blackadder Goes Forth The ending of a comedy set in WWI trenches to end with everyone dying after going over the wall is both sobering and satisfying."
"When Darling thinks the war is over because all the guns stopped firing. 'Thank God! We lived through it! The Great War: 1914-1917.' But we know there was still another whole year of war to go through."
"Newhart. No one in America saw that plot twist coming."
"And with the rise of the internet, I doubt any show could pull off a twist like that again and take people by surprise. The Season 1 finale to 'The Good Place"'was a rare exception of this happening post-internet."
"The twist is that good, and so few people saw the show during its original run, that there are probably tons of people discovering it every week. I don't want to ruin it for anybody."
"Cheers. 'We're closed.'"
"Thought the same thing. Have been going through the series again, usually one a day and about to start the last season."
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Ah 'Cheers.' Not my favorite show, but a great end. And 'Six Feet Under?' GENIUS!
"The Good Place."
"I need to rewatch that show. If someone told me to watch a show about the afterlife, philosophy, morality, interspersed with d*ck jokes I wouldn't be able to take it seriously but somehow they pulled it off."
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The Tie Up
"Gravity Falls. Tied everything up nicely, but left me wanting more, but what good show doesn't?"
"I want more so bad, but we all know it's better to die a hero than a 25 seasons show nobody wants to watch."
"Agreed. Whether Alex Hirsch does something new in the future or just sods off with his residual checks, I couldn't be more proud."
"why we fight"
"'Cherish the memory of a question my grandson asked me the other day when he said, ‘Grandpa were you a hero in the war?’ Grandpa said ‘No... But I served in a company of heroes.'"
"Band of brothers is GOAT. Even reading that line gave me goosebumps I stumbled across 'why we fight' the other day, must have seen it 20 odd times, watched it again, still amazing. In fact, my missus is out tmrw, you've inspired me to start episode one again."
"M*A*S*H, still the greatest final episode in TV history. It made it clear that nobody would be the same after the war. Winchester couldn't love music like he had before without being reminded of the war. Father Mulcahy lost his hearing as a result of the war. Hawkeye lost some of his sanity."
"Margaret had to lose her self-reliance and realize that it is okay to accept help. Potter had to lose his beloved horse, which was his #1 way to stay sane. BJ had to learn to say goodbye. And, of course, Klinger had to give up his dream of leaving Korea at least for the foreseeable future."
"There are times (most times for me) when being in the military totally sucks. Living in deplorable conditions, spending 24 hours a day with the same people; working, playing, and sleeping together with people you like and people you hate. Missing your family and loved ones. Yet, when you have to separate, the feeling of loss is like nothing else that I have experienced in civilian life."
"Star Trek TNG. The episode itself was great, but that ending scene was phenomenal."
"'Nothing is wild and the sky is the limit.'"
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Those are definitely some incredible endings. And endings are hard to pull off.