The amount of knowledge we acquire over the course of our lives is astonishing. When we really sit down and think, we'd all be amazed at the stockpile of information our brains store. That's why more of us should try to get on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" You don't have to be a genius to know things. And we know the most inexplicable things.Redditor u/JM5172 wanted to learn a few things about life by asking... What's a random fact you know for some reason?
Did you know dolphins sleep with one eye open? How is that possible? I sleep with an eye mask and curtains drawn in complete darkness. But they do it to be ready for sharks. They can actually turn off half of their brains one side at a time. Crazy.
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Here is one "The first ever person convicted of speeding was going 8 mph."
Approximately 20% of people in the world can make themselves sneeze by looking into the sun.
I'm more surprised by the fact it's only 20% of people. I remember having a conversation about being able to do this in grade school and everyone agreed that looking at the sun causes sneezing. Hell, if it's during allergy season and I focus enough I can create a genuine sneeze on command.
Frank Zappa was playing a show with The Mothers Of Invention at a casino on a lake in Switzerland when an audience member shot a flare off causing the place to catch fire and burn down, destroying a ton of their equipment. A week later they played in London with rented equipment and Frank was pushed off the stage by a jealous fan who thought Frank was f**king his girlfriend. Frank was messed up really bad and never toured with The Mothers of Invention ever again. In fact for 6 months he was in a wheelchair and couldn't tour at all. These two events really changed the trajectory of his musical career.
At the same time as the infamous Switzerland show, a band had arrived at a hotel across the lake to record an album. They watched the casino burn from the hotel and it inspired them to write a new song right there in the hotel. The band, Deep Purple, then recorded what would become their most famous song "Smoke on the Water".
I don't know why I know this because I'm not a fan of either of them.
Water bears (Tardigrades) can survive a few minutes near absolute zero. They can also survive being boiled. They can also lose like 99% of the water in their body and live for years as a dehydrated nothing. Then return to normal form when/if they end up in a better environment.
I read about them in in a science magazine when I was like 11. They seemed like the most bad@ss creature on earth so I never forgot about them.
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When threatened, the sea cucumber will eject its digestive system to scare its predators.
So far, so very interesting. I never look into the Sun and know I have to to see if I'm part of the 20% of sneezers. And 8 miles an hour? That's petty...
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Babies can hold their entire body-weight suspended from a stick for several seconds up to a minute. Current thought is that it's an ability left from when we were a lot hairier.
Equate it All...
81 x 81 = 6,561. In middle school, me and one of my friends were convinced we could memorize all math equations and this is the only one that stuck with me outside of the standard multiplication table.
Music charts in the US is measured in 'Top 40' because standard jukebox machines in the past held 40 records.
Interesting, I heard something similar, but not jukebox limits but radio play time limits. Ie they wanted the "most popular countdown" show and 40 was the number of songs they could reliably fit into that format without making the show too long (three hours or something).
The White House only got the ability to print double-sided documents in 2016.
The amount of ancient technology our government uses is staggering. You'd think the pentagon would be filled with super computers, but up until like three years ago, the Pentagon was having custom floppy disks made and paying a crap ton of money for it because...
1- No one made floppy disks anymore and...
2- the computers they were using were so old that they didn't have cd imports.
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Cows sweat through their nose.
Dogs sweat through their nose and paws.
Despite what you see in movies and TV, the effects of chloroform don't kick in for another 5 minutes or so after it's been administered.
President James Garfield died on a Monday. His assassin, Charles Guiteau, when shopping for a gun, decided on one with an ivory grip because it would look better in a museum. He also tried touring the facility where he expected to be incarcerated, but was turned away.
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Crying helps you lose weight,
Told this to my friends every time they cried, sometime it helped.
And most weight loss (practically all of it, actually) is lost through breathing.
Granted, there's only a minuscule amount of waste CO2 expelled in each breath from you burning your energy reserves to stay alive, but think of how many breaths you take in a day, and over the course of weeks to months.
Cute Aggression is a feeling you get when you get overwhelmed by positive emotion so your brain tries to counterbalance that with negative emotions. So there can be things that are so cute you wanna kill them.
I remember reading somewhere on the internet (so it has to be true) that the reason people squeeze cute small animals is because the human brain literally cannon comprehend how cute it is and therefore instinctively wants to make it stop being so cute by squeezing it to death.
The difference in size between a grain of dust and the Earth is the same difference in size between a grain of dust and an atom. furthermore, the difference in size between the Earth and an atom is the same difference in size between an atom and 1 plank length.
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Dolphins get high on pufferfish 🐬.
Apparently girls have more tastebuds than boys.
There are no clocks in casinos in Vegas.
I have three
- You are special, in that you are almost guaranteed to know something that someone else doesn't.
- By the age of 40 you probably still won't have heard the funniest joke you will ever hear, and over 40 you will probably already know the funniest joke you will ever tell to someone else.
- The number of possible ways to shuffle a pack of playing cards is 52 factorial - or 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000
If you were to make every person on the planet shuffle a deck of cards every second of every day for the entire life of the universe there would still be a one in a trillion, trillion, trillion chance of the two decks being in the same order.
Most of my random facts come from QI but the chain saw was invented to cut through the pubic bone and open the birth canal to air in child birth. It was on a pocket watch type chain that was pulled back and forth. So ya.
That a cavalry unit once captured a fleet of enemy ships.
Capture of the Dutch fleet at Den Helder to cross on horse back.
Basically the Dutch fleet was anchored between the 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) stretch of sea that separates the mainland port of Den Helder and the island of Texel.
That stretch of sea was frozen trapping the ships in position and it just so happened to thick enough to cross.
After a quick charge across the ice the French horsemen surrounded the 14 dutch ships.
It seems both sides were in capable of any kind of military action, the french couldn't bring across their heavy guns and the Dutch prepared to destroy the ships but it both sides decided to wait for orders.
The Dutch were ordered to surrender, there were no casualties on either side. The French took ownership of the ships but later returned them to the Batavian Republic in May 1795 under the Treaty of The Hague; one of its other provisions was an indemnity of ƒ100 million.
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When you lose your teeth for good, the bones in your ears shift and your hearing gets worse. Brush those bad boys!
Ok. I'm taking noted because like I said... who knows when "Millionaire" or "Jeopardy" will call? Also... snails sleep for three hours at a time... just so you know.
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Random knowledge is sexy. Knowing information seems like a dull prospect but it's a pretty cool attribute. But certain information can come with a warning label. As we grow older and live each moment, obscure facts will find their way into our psyche. With experience comes knowledge, we just have to be prepared to explain how we acquired such insight. Alex Trebek may think its cool but some audiences may worry about our life choices.Redditor u/pygmypuffonacid wanted to know who else is full of crazy random info by asking.... What are some" why the f**k do you know that information " facts?
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Squid can literally give themselves brain damage by eating something too big. Their brain is a donut shape and the esophagus runs through it.
Furry artists can make upwards to 35-50USD an hour doing paid commissions, that's why industry graphic designers usually ends up going down that rabbit hole.
I mean hey there's human artists who do Caricatures and the whole Uncanny valley stuff of Nightmarish Will Smith zombies.... people with eyes too big or being denounced and boycotted on twitter. If you draw a fluffy bunny, what's the worst that can go wrong?
That Rolling Rock beer ........
That Rolling Rock beer almost went bankrupt in the 1990's. As a last ditch effort they hired a new marketing exec to turn their fortunes around. In their big meeting with all the board members waiting in anticipation for his big reveal he told them to just raise the price. They were ready to fire him on the spot, because they couldn't sell any at the cheapo price. Then he told them why - their price point was less than Budweiser at the time and that was the standard by which people judged the quality of a beer. He reasoned that if they increased the price to the next tier above Bud and did nothing else, people would believe it was a better beer, even though it was the same as it ever was.
It turned into their ad campaign and they thumbed their noses at all the yuppies who drank it by the case in college in the 70's and 80's who started buying it again because it was now a "better" beer. It was wildly successful and saved the company.
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In order to make a dagger out of the blood of your enemies, you'd have to kill 559 people in order to get the amount of iron you need.
Valery Khodemchuk was an engineer working the Night Shift at Chernobyl's Reactor 4 the night it exploded. He was the very first person killed in the accident, as he likely died instantly when his body was vaporized by the blast. His remains were never recovered, and the ruins now serve as his tomb.
Since it was a steam explosion rather than a nuclear explosion, it probably wasn't an especially quick or pleasant death, too.
The Grain Say so....
Crayfish (or lobster?) have a sort of open channel like an ear that helps them balance. A few grains of sand sit in it and because gravity is pulling the grains down they always know which way is up. However if you put magnetic metal shavings into the holes and hold a large strong magnet above them they'll start to swim upside down.
What about Frosted?
John Kellogg (inventor of corn flakes) was a huge advocate for circumcision because he believed it would prevent us from masturbating.
He also had a chair that delivered a high pressure enema to clean his bowels. He would use it many times a day, and several rich and famous people of the time also used it (henry ford, amelia earhart, jc penny).
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Some foot fetishes occur because the part of the brain that controls feeling in the feet is positioned right next to the part that produces libido, and sometimes the wires within the brain become crossed.
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There's enough arsenic trioxide dust to kill 21 billion people or everyone 3x over hidden underground. All they did was trap it in concrete for someone else to fix it later.
Damn, just read up on this, it's basically worst than all the nuclear waste they're storing away to 'deal with later': https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100027413/1100100027417
Leave a human body soaking in a solution of lye and water for several months and it will dissolve into liquid and soft bone dust which can be washed down a drain, leaving no evidence behind. If you need to speed the process up you can heat the water up to just short of boiling and dissolve the body in ~6 hours.
PAL (Permissive Action Link) controllers for nuclear weapons work by removing small varied amounts of explosives from each detonator package, and adjusting detonation timers by nanosecond-scale intervals to compensate accordingly. Any nuclear weapon equipped with PAL cannot be detonated without knowledge of these timings, which are encrypted by constantly changing codes.
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Beverly Hills California has the best soil for growing cucumbers.
Planck length is the smallest length at which space can be defined.
The entire observable universe is naturally the largest thing we can observe, and the largest thing we know of currently.
So silt is in the between those 2 in terms of size.
So, if you consider just how large space is, and how small a grain of silt would look to a human, that should give you an indication of just how small a planck length is, and the fact that one of the smallest observable objects on earth are in between the largest and smallest things we can currently define, it almost seems unbalanced.
Like you'd think that maybe our solar system would be in between the size of the observable universe and the smallest definable length, but nope. A grain of silt.
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I'm a bearded man. I know a thing or 2 about makeup. This is because of a very realistic character creator in a game. And my aristocrat character kept looking like a skank. So I actually googled how to do makeup. People are usually very surprised that I know do much.
The force necessary to compress the arteries going into your brain is smaller than the force gravity exerts on your head, so you can technically hang yourself while lying down.
There is also something called Capillary Action. Water (and blood) is super "sticky" because the hydrogen bonds in water molecules can attach to other molecules. Using this natural adhesion, water can push itself up the stems of plants and trees.
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Lego at one point in the early 2000s was the bestselling toy brand in the world, and also months from bankruptcy.
See, they had such spectacularly bad communication inside their company they had sets that cost them more to produce than they sold them for.
The Ways to Go
You don't need big fancy expensive chemicals or lethal weapons to kill people. simple things like injecting a small amount of distilled water into the blood stream or administering too much blood pressure medication can kill someone within 24 hours and there would be no signs pointing to murder when the time comes for an autopsy
edit!!! i meant distilled water not sterile water. very very sorry.
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The human eye captures the images of everything you see but receives it literally turned upside down, it is your brain that accommodates it so that everything is in its place.
Worthless data, but it is interesting.
Cannibalism, while outlawed in a few states is not actually illegal in much of the US.
However, because of other laws and regulations, its nearly impossible to legally obtain human flesh.
It has been done though. You would probably be charged with desecrating a body, and possibly disturbing a crime scene. It would depend heavily on the circumstances. Basically, you'd have to have consent to eat it, or very extenuating circumstances.
Here's a link Today I Found Out
It explains it a lot better than I could.
Human meat looks like beef but taste more like pork. A human heart, if cut open while pumping blood, can squirt a distance of 30 feet. Not sure if these are weird enough since I just searched them up a while back.
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You can never have too many random facts in your arsenal. Lord knows how many ice breakers we're going to deal with after the pandemic eases and we have to learn how to socialize all over again.
It could be a tidbit from history, a statistic that puts abstract information into tangible terms, or something gross that animals do.
With so many various kinds of fun facts out there, it's helpful to have a few from different categories. A cocktail parts may not be the best place to bring up the mating methods of an opossum; multiple dorky solar system facts wouldn't go far on every first date.
Reddit has you covered.
TheRebel2187 asked, "What's your favourite random fact?"
That's a Lotta Planes
"There were more planes destroyed in World War II than there are planes on Earth today." -- Ballisnotlife0
"WW2 was on a whole other level of insanity." -- Sr-71TopGun
"Well that's because most planes are in the air, dummy." -- anooblol
And You Thought the Fun Stopped With the Pee Smell
"Asparagus grows so quickly during the spring (up to 10" in one 24 hour period, or almost half an inch per hour) that you could literally sit and watch it grow were you so inclined (or that bored)." -- panadolxtra1
Growing and Growing and Growing
"Lobsters can't die of old age and they continue to grow until attack or disease kills them. They would be f***ing unstoppable if not for their natural predators, New Englanders." -- swervefire
"There was a vet college at my university that had a lobster that was almost 100 years old I believe. It was gnarly, and gigantic." -- CeeArthur
Russia is Big
"Norway and North Korea are separated by one country." -- tunajoe74
"Noooowaaaay." -- Khibeauo
"Ok I am from Norway and now I am scared of an invasion or something." -- rSunfall
"Slugs like to eat rat poison. It's like candy to them and it isn't poisonous to them." -- JpeNSurf
"Depending on the type of poison, rat poison is just Coumadin, a common blood thinner used in medicine." -- ScroteMcGoate
"Slugs also LOVE beer. I use it to control them in my garden. Just fill the cup with 3/4 of beer and put it in a hole in the garden. Next morning the cup will be full of them. Probably got drunk and fell in there." -- lechi1980
Pump it Up to 11!
"In the production of the 2014 Godzilla movie the sound designers played Godzilla's roar through a whole lot of concert speakers and they got noise complaints from 3 miles away about people thinking there was an earthquake."
Lemurs Gettin' Weird
"So certain millipedes secrete cyanide as a protective mechanism to kill predators. However lemurs are immune to this lethal effect and instead intentionally provoke millipedes to get them to excrete cyanide."
"The lemurs do this because instead of killing them, the cyanide produced by the millipedes gets them high (and I think they can also use it as insect repellent)."
"Alexander the great once built a permanent bridge to an island just because he was upset when they laughed at his offer for surrender on their part because he couldn't get there." -- Zachfulger
"The ultimate flex." -- younghibou
"I believe they also insulted his mother, though i could be wrong." -- dullday1
Claims to Significance
"You might be drinking water older than the solar system." -- FeatheredAamon
"You might be older than the solar system, your particles at least." -- RandersTheLonely
"Everyone in the world has held the title of being the youngest person in the world." -- Joeldaking17
Heck of a Start
"The Muppets singing bohemian rhapsody was the first 1080p video on YouTube." -- Arctinius
"What a great way to kickoff high definition!" -- Slates77
"Apparently, the Muppets were also 11 years ahead of the curve with video conferencing." -- nalgazz
The Great Fuse
" 'Once the male finds a suitable mate, he bites into her belly and latches on until his body fuses with hers. Their skin joins together, and so do their blood vessels, which allows the male to take all the nutrients he needs from his host/mate's blood. The two fish essentially become one.' "
"The male fish becomes a ball sack on the female body."
In the Bag
"The phrase "hands down" comes from horseracing and refers to a jockey who is so far ahead that he can afford drop his hands and loosen the reins (usually kept tight to encourage a horse to run) and still easily win." -- -eDgAR-
"This is hands down my favorite" -- Weclip
An Extremely Old Planet Earth
"In terms of time, Cleopatra lived closer to us than she did to the building of the pyramids. Also woolly mammoths still roamed the earth when the pyramids were built, crazy." -- spliffwizard
"There's a similar one with T-Rex and Stegosaurus. Dinosaurs spanned millions of years and different species came and went in that time, they didn't all coexist at the same time and then vanish simultaneously."
"T-Rex lived closer in time to us than it did to the Stegosaurus." -- sharrrper
"There used to be three staple seasonings for tables in ye olden days, salt, pepper and nobody knows, table sets from back then have been found with 3 containers consistently but no one ever bothered to write down what was in the 3rd one bc?"
"Common knowledge right? What idiot wouldn't know what to put in the third container? Us apparently. Just another random bit of knowledge lost through the ages."
"Dolphins rape sharks. And cows kill more people every year than sharks." -- irlyamkinnay
"It's worse than that: gay dolphins gang rape males from other species of dolphin. Also, they have been known to attempt to f*** the victim's blowhole." -- TelescopiumHerscheli
"More people get bitten by strangers in the city of New York than by sharks every year." -- civicmon
Extra Long Genes
"There is approximately 2 meters of DNA packed into the average human cell. That means there is approximately 20,000,000,000 kilometers of DNA in the average adult human body, conservatively estimating 1013 cells in the body."
"For reference, that is ~66 roundtrips between Earth and the Sun."
A Young Human Race
"I will always mention this, whenever someone asks for a random fact. It blows my mind."
"Considering an average person gives birth to an offspring at the age of 25, in a 100 year period, that is 4 generations."
"So, if you consider from 0 CE to 2020CE, it is just 80 mother's down the line."
"Even more interesting is, if we consider that the earliest known humans that roamed the planet, were around 10000 BCE, it is only around 480 mothers later, we are a strong 7 billion."
An Extremely Sad Fact About Whales
"Its not my favorite but I just learned this today...."
"Whales don't die of old age. They just become weaker and weaker until they do not have the strength to pull themselves up to the surface. From there, they drown to death ;("
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The world is a fascinating place. We should know-we live there.
In and above the world, we have so many exchanges of life; space; information; it feels impossible to ever fully grasp this incredible, strange thing called life that we live.
Here were some of those answers.
It's Just A Dinosaur, NBD
In the production of the 2014 Godzilla movie the sound designers played Godzilla's roar through a whole lot of concert speakers and they got noise complaints from 3 miles away about people thinking there was an earthquake.
I'd Rather Watch Asparagus Grow
Asparagus grows so quickly during the spring (up to 10" in one 24 hour period, or almost half an inch per hour) that you could literally sit and watch it grow were you so inclined (or that bored).
Now I Can ALWAYS Get There
Alexander the great once built a permanent bridge to an island just because he was upset when they laughed at his offer for surrender on their part because he couldnt get there.
Tried To Eat Some Bugs But Then I Got High
So certain millipedes secrete cyanide as a protective mechanism to kill predators. However lemurs are immune to this lethal effect and instead intentionally provoke millipedes to get them to excrete cyanide. The lemurs do this because instead of killing them, the cyanide produced by the millipedes gets them high (and I think they can also use it as insect repellent). TLDR: Lemurs eat millipedes cyanide to get high.
Bye Bye Miss Electron-Pie
Astronomer here! Magnetars are a type of neutron star (the core of a giant dead star where a ball of neutrons the mass of the sun are crammed into a 20km/12mi radius) that have the most extreme magnetic fields we know of in the universe. How extreme? Well if you got within a thousand kilometers/ 620 miles of one, the magnetic field itself would kill you, by basically pulling the electrons out of your very atoms.
Space is so cool!
A Mysterious Spice
There used to be three staple seasonings for tables in ye olden days, salt, pepper and nobody knows, table sets from back then have been found with 3 containers consistently but no one ever bothered to write down what was in the 3rd one bc? Common knowledge right? What idiot wouldn't know what to put in the third container? Us apparently. Just another random bit of knowledge lost through the ages.
That's What We Call COLD
During the Cold War, an American condom company was shipping, well, condoms to the USSR but they switched the sizes so that, for example, a XL size was labeled under medium on the box so that the Russians would think Americans had big d!cks.
There And Back Again
There is approximately 2 meters of DNA packed into the average human cell. That means there is approximately 20,000,000,000 kilometers of DNA in the average adult human body, conservatively estimating 1013 cells in the body.
For reference, that is ~66 roundtrips between Earth and the Sun.
Salt Fat Acid Heat
Tomato is a vegetable and a fruit. Vegetables is a culinary term while fruits are botanical.
The age-old question actually has an answer—it's both! Tomatoes are fruits that are considered vegetables by nutritionists. Botanically, a fruit is a ripened flower ovary and contains seeds. Tomatoes, plums, zucchinis, and melons are all edible fruits, but things like maple "helicopters" and floating dandelion puffs are fruits too. For some reason, people got hung up on tomatoes, but the "fruit or vegetable" question could also work for any vegetable with seeds.
Now, nutritionally, the term "fruit" is used to describe sweet and fleshy botanical fruits, and "vegetable" is used to indicate a wide variety of plant parts that are not so high in fructose. In many cultures, vegetables tend to be served as part of the main dish or side, whereas sweet fruits are typically snacks or desserts. Thus, roots, tubers, stems, flower buds, leaves, and certain botanical fruits, including green beans, pumpkins, and of course tomatoes, are all considered vegetables by nutritionists.
There is no hard-and-fast rule that clearly designates a botanical fruit as a vegetable, but, given that tomatoes are generally not used in desserts and are closely related to other fruit-vegetables (e.g., eggplants and peppers), it is not too counterintuitive for tomatoes to be classified as vegetables. So go ahead and call a tomato whatever you want—it's super tasty either way.
A Natural Radiation Site
There existed a natural nuclear reactor in Africa 2 billion years ago. And 30 km from the site of the reactor were find the oldest fossils of animals, also aged of 2 billion years ago. There doesn't appear to be any link though.