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The mind is an amazing muscle. The amount of information it holds is awe inspiring. Why is it that sometimes one can solve the answer to a historical question (like who created bread) but can't remember how to change a tire? Knowledge is power and useless knowledge is abundant and always at the ready. If you are that person brimming with mundane facts... get yourself to Jeopardy!

Redditor u/ReverseFlash_94 wanted everyone to divulge all the information our minds have downloaded that seems to be useful if we end up on 'Jeopardy' by asking.... What is your most useless fact?

Hey J....

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Michael J. Fox's middle name is Andrew.


I before O

Confetti is the plural word, the singular is confetto.


Oh, like how macaroni is plural and the singular is macaronous.


Say what you Mean

The term "third world country" refers to countries not allied with NATO or the USSR during the Cold war, not developing nations.


Like the word "literally" literally meaning "figuratively," and only figuratively meaning "literally."

Or "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" originally being a saying to demonstrate how impossible something is, but now being considered (by some, at least) the standard for how hard-working a person should be.


What about a Hiney?

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A "butt" is a unit of measurement equivalent to 126 gallons. So if you claim that you have a buttload of something, you better have 126 gallons of that something.


Thanks Bill

Bluegrass music isn't named after the type of grass.

It's named after Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys (the original blue grass band the category comes from)

It's interesting... but I haven't found a use for it.


Dumbo is Lucky

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Elephants can move their skin to crush mosquitoes between their rolls.


Wish I could do that. Lord knows I have the rolls.


The List is Long...

Oh boy do I have a few! I collect these!

  1. A chinchillas fur is so thick it can suffocate fleas
  2. Cows have best friends and accents!
  3. The human nose is one of the best predictors of when its going to rain because it can pick up its scent
  4. The reason zebras are black and white is for camouflage! Their main predators are lions which are black and white color blind! Seeing a moving wave of stripes makes it harder to single out one sole zebra to focus on!
  5. The human brain has the consistency of soft butter and is mostly water which is why staying hydrated is so important
  6. There are such things as underwater lakes. Water meets another liquid which has a different density creating the illusion of a lake under water. Think oil and water. You should honestly look up pictures they look amazing.
  7. Squirrels have been known to adopt other squirrels babies if they have been abandoned!
  8. The reason dogs look to their owns when they poop is because they feel scared and vulnerable and like knowing your keeping an eye out
  9. Albino plants exist! However, they are really rare and often don't survive due to the chlorophyll (which makes plants green) being necessary for photosynthesis
  10. Popcorn was an accident! I don't remember the details but essentially they were trying to eat the kernels but couldn't so they said they were useless and threw them away into the fire. Boom. Popcorn. Honestly_Done

Go Fish

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'Sushi grade' fish isn't a real thing.

Fish grading is a real process, but it's to do with weight and size, and it doesn't go C, B, A, Sushi.


Here comes the Sun

The diameter of the sun is roughly 400 times that of the moon but it's also approximately 400 times farther away from earth. These two things cancel each other out and, with astronomical odds, they end up looking the same size from earth.


King Shot

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I learned this yesterday that Elvis was asked in 1956 before going on the Ed Sullivan show if he'd get a polio vaccine in front of cameras, that photo was put in newspapers nation wide. There was a vaccination gap in teens of the time they were not getting it, that photo caused I believe a 15+% increase in the total vaccinated population of the US.



  1. The center hole of a CD/DVD/BD is based on the Dutch 10 cent coin called dubbeltje.
  2. The dubbeltje was the smallest coin in the world until it was replaced by the Euro. AncientMumu


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It takes a full three rotations to remove the human head due to the elasticity of skin.


So Much Knowledge

You're more likely to die on the way to buy a lottery ticket than to win the jackpot.

You're nose is always in view but your brain blocks it out.

Homosexuality occurs in 90% of known species, none more than spiders who are predominantly homosexual rather than heterosexual like most species.

In Harry Potter all pure blood wizard families follow naming schemes and are closely related and accidental incest was caught on an official family tree JK Rowling made for Pottermore.


Following Dinner

Crows are symbols of death because they followed the soldiers to war because they knew that there would be something to eat afterwards.


Cars Then?

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It's illegal to have sex on a parked motorcycle in London.


The Family Süd

The store Aldi was founded by two brothers in Germany. At one point, they had a falling out, and the store was split into two different corporations - Aldi Nord (north) and Aldi Süd (south). As you might guess, you can find Aldi Nord in northern Germany, and Aldi Süd in southern Germany. The Aldi that exists in the US is owned by Aldi Nord. For trademark reasons (I believe), Aldi Süd was unable to come to the US and call itself Aldi. However, Trader Joe's is owned by Aldi Süd.


In Time

A second is called a second because it is the 2nd division of the hour by 60 (pars minuta secunda), the 1st division being a minute (pars minuta prima).




The phrase "I told you so".

  1. It is a fact since you told me.
  2. The fact that you told me doesn't help me at all which makes it a useless fact. Boring_Youth3531

How about Bare?

Bears were not always called bears. The word bear was used as a placeholder name for the animal; as medieval folk thought that saying the real name of the animal would cause one to appear. The original name for a bear has since been lost and no one knows what it was.



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Squirrels can fall from any height and not get hurt. It something to do with their terminal velocity.


Squirrels can fall from any height up to about 4800 miles, because they are able to spread out their body, which slows their terminal velocity to a slow enough fall that they survive. The only reason they can't survive from 4800 miles is that they will starve to death (assuming they were somehow managing to fall at terminal velocity towards earth, since that is in the frigid cold that is space).


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