How do I know that? WHY do I know that? The information we retain is astounding. That's why we should never doubt that any one of us could be on Jeopardy. And the truth is... all information is useful. You never know what situation you'll find yourself in and be saved because you acquired some rando fact. Plus useless info can be exciting on a first date... makes you.... intriguing. Trust me.Redditor u/lyiuc777 was wondering what knowledge people hold in their brain that is so random and only meant for game shows by asking.... what is the most useless information you know?
Damn that's random....coke cola dancing GIFGiphy
An average of 13 people are killed every year by falling vending machines.
The word "palindrome" isn't a palindrome, however the fear of palindromes, "aibohphobia", is one.
Or "palindrome" and "emordnilap."
the longest word....
Typewriter is the longest word you can write with only using one row of your keyboard.
And with the current physical distance rules your local grocery stores freezer section is perfect for a round of "3-Dimensional Pac-Man."
One Cup.....snow white coffee GIFGiphy
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
"He didn't get the lifetime guarantee."
Some coffins come with a "lifetime" guarantee.
Screws start falling out. The particle board stuck to the bottom starts peeling off as it's being carried. One of the handles just comes off and everything spills down into the hole in a disorganized mess with one leg sticking up out of it.
"He didn't get the lifetime guarantee."
'kermit'Meme Dancing GIFGiphy
There is a measurement called 'kermit' and it basically measures the day in 100 pieces instead of 24 hours.
This is called the Brewster winkle.....
Usually light that meets glass will split up, some will go through, some will come back. This makes you able to see both the fact that there is glass and the things behind the glass. Light that meets glass in a 57° degree angle (I think) will completely go through, making the glass essentially invisible. This is called the Brewster winkle, and it exists for every kind of ray and every kind of transparent material.
That's Nuts....the lion king snack GIF by DisneyGiphy
There is a higher chance of you dying from a coconut than from a shark attack.
Wow, I didn't even think of that, but I hate opening coconuts because I nearly always injure myself.
If you're on death row and you do not request anything special for your last meal, you get the "traditional" which is a Steak, eggs over easy, hash browns, toast, milk, coffee, juice, butter, and jelly.
The Ropesthe simpsons episode 24 GIFGiphy
Those heavy poles that hold the velvet ropes for lines at the theater are called Stanchions.
Also the name for those vertical things that hold the glass up in a hockey rink.
A human fetus has vestigial gills, a tail & fur during early stages. Mark Wahlberg has 3 nipples. David Lee Roth is jewish. The gills.... there were brief windows of time where our bodies had gills, fur & a tail while we were in our moms. Thankfully not at the same time. Monkeys were once lizards & lizards were once fish & our embryonic stages are a vestigial history file. Also, Ashton Kutcher has webbed toes. People are basically gross.
The Stinger...Bees GIF by Team CocoGiphy
There's a species of bee called the sweat bee that just drinks your sweat. It's green.
They were the first bee I was stung by at under a year old. Right on the lip apparently. My mom said my whole head turned into a purple balloon on the way to the hospital. Fun way to find out your kid is allergic to bees I guess.
In the 70s when CDC researchers were investigating an Ebola outbreak they took samples from everyone in a specific region.
They found one blood-borne illness they couldn't identify and logged it and stuck it in a freezer.
In ten years they'd see that disease become an epidemic in America known as HIV/AIDS. AIDS originated elsewhere and they made the connection later on. The same researchers didn't get onto the similarities right away because one was working Ebola/Marburg and one retired.
Going the Distancemoon earth GIFGiphy
The distance between the earth and the moon is 30 times the width of the Earth.
Sending your kid to the house of somebody with a swimming pool is statistically more dangerous than sending them to a house where a parent is a gun owner.
How would you even get homeowners to cover you.
Chairman Mao only had one testicle.
If the sun were to suddenly stop shining it would take approximately 8 minutes and 20 seconds before darkness would fall on the Earth.
Everything green on the statue of liberty is Norwegian.
The numbers on a roulette wheel add up to 666.
Making Traxxxback to the future GIFGiphy
In back to the future, the Delorean must get up to 88mph to time travel but the speedometer in the Delorean only goes up to 85 so the film makers made a customer speedometer that went up to 95.
The woman who invented the Chocolate Chip cookie did not like the end result. She intended on making a chocolate cookie, and thought the chips would melt into the batter and accomplish this. She would have thrown them away, but all of her assistants love them.
Would a world without chocolate chip cookies be a world worth living in?
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Useless facts are never really useless. If nothing else, they're great for trivia, amirite?
One Reddit user asked:
So we felt it was our responsibility to arm you all appropriately for your next online trivia night with the homies.
Oh, sounds boring? You've clearly never played a lightning round where each person has five seconds to drop a fact and if they run out of time or someone else calls bull and can prove the fact incorrect they have to take a shot or complete a challenge.
Look, all I'm saying is I don't really drink, I am not a think-fast kind of gal and my friends are jerky mcjerkfaces who conspire against me - so the last time we played, my neighbors got to hear my version of Whitney Houston's version of the national anthem.
I am no Whitney Houston and wiggling your hand around in the air does nothing to help you nail those runs. The neighbors think I hate America.
Here, have some facts.
Beavers potty train their young, and sometimes after they move out of their parents basement the parents will come downstream and help the youngster build his damn so that he can attract a mate. And they will even come years later sometimes.
It's nice when parents give a dam.
Seahorses are some of the most effective Ocean predators, as 95% of their hunts are successful.
How is this possible? They seem so bad at swimming.
Somehow I always thought they just...floated. Nothing more.
The Tootsie Pop Criteria
It takes 1120 licks (and a boring, long car trip) to completely remove the candy coating from around the tootsie pop, fully exposing the tootsie roll center.
I recognize that this is a different criteria than the query originally issued by the commercial. "To get to the center" implies the first time breaking the surface of the candy coating.
This takes around 200-500 licks.
My criteria for completion was different, but I do regret not not stopping to note the more popular criteria for success.
Tongue length and width will likely make a difference. In my case, I remember trying to take fairly uniform licks that were roughly 1.5 to 2 inches of a relaxed (which allows for greater width of tangential contact surface) tongue doing a single pass.
Now that I reflect, it was likely more tootsiepop being pulled over the tongue than the other way around.
All outside if the actual oral cavity (to prevent interference with cheeks, lips, and general humidity.
Occasional nom nom nomming of the mouth was allowed to refresh the palate, saliva, and remove extraneous sugar from the licking surface.
Horses And Mules
I have a "horse girl" friend. She says horses are very fragile creatures and are always close to dying over something stupid.
I've owned horses my whole life, and I'm almost 50, so that's saying something. It's like they actively try to find ways to die. It's correct they can't throw up. They can colic very easily, and it can kill them. They can break legs just from running in the pasture. I know one that fell and died instantly from breaking his neck while running with his buddies. They are beautiful creatures, but fragile in that sense.
In contrast, despite being half horse, mules are one of the toughest and most resilient creatures around. In many places in the Western Hemisphere, they've been used for centuries to protect livestock from wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions, because they are borderline fearless and will kick and stomp just about any predator to death. You'd better be a grizzly bear if you want to fck with a mule.
Yoda and Miss Piggy were both voiced by the same person. Grover is another one.
It's pretty much the same exact voice.
A Fine Line
The line between the two numbers in a fraction is called the vinculum.
The stegosaurus is as ancient to the triceratops as the triceratops is to us.
Really? They weren't all walking around together? ...I don't know how to deal with that. They were in all my books as a kid.
In time sense it would make more sense to draw a human and a Trex together than a stegosaurus and a Trex
Ohio is the only US state that doesn't share any letters with the word "mackerel"
It's also produced more astronauts than anywhere else. So there is something about the state that makes people want to leave the fcking planet.
Tasmanian devils got their name due to their howling. Early European settlers heard them howl during the night and thought it was the devil coming for them.
Your comment made me realize I've never heard one before so I went to YouTube. If ever before I was told that that little thing would sound more like the trolls from 'Willow' than a rat or cat or something similar. I'd have literally bet money you were wrong.
I would literally sht myself if I heard their howl. Day or night.
Liechtenstein is the world's largest producer of false teeth.
The length of your wrist to your elbow is the same length as your heel to your toe. It seems as if your forearm is much longer because of perspective (forearm is far closer to the eyes than the feet). However, you have become used to seeing your feet as "smaller" because of that perspective and so you assume that they are. Put your foot against your arm. 🤯
If you mix yellow and red it gives you an orange but if you mix yellow and red markers doesn't give you an orange. If you mix yellow and pink does.
This Guy Makin' It Awkward
In the past not so much but currently, it would have to be the fact that my wife has a vagina. I know it's there, but I don't use it...
Male echidnas have a four-pronged penis (1 penis with 4 tips). No one knows what the purpose is, but during mating, the heads on one side of the penis shut down and don't grow inside while the other two heads expel semen.
Do you have something to confess to George? Text "Secrets" or "" to +1 (310) 299-9390 to talk to him about it.
Odd facts and knowledge may not be particularly useful, but they're great when you need to make small talk—and when playing Trivial Pursuit.
Random bits of useless information have always seemed to stick in my brain, while the important stuff seems to wander away into the aether.
For example: I still remember the WiFi password from 3 routers and approximately 10 years ago, but I cannot remember an important date or appointment unless my phone reminds me.
Here are some other folks who retain weird and not particularly useful information too.
Reddit user u/v1ralsp1ral asked:
If all kangaroos from Australia invaded Uruguay, each uruguayan would have to fight against approximately 13 kangaroos
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
Ants can't take fall damage because their terminal velocity isn't fast enough to break their exoskeleton.
The first 1080p video on YouTube was the muppets singing Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody | Muppet Music Video | The Muppets
soaps and detergents are marketing themselves as eco-friendly because "NOW they are Phosphate free" but phosphates have been outlawed in all 50 states since 1994 and the surfactant industry began moving away from the use of phosphate based soaps in the 50s.....
But they can charge 5% more for doing nothing
The only endorsement Elvis Presley ever did was for a donut shop that he loved.
He made the appearance at just 19 years old in 1954 when he was relatively unknown. Not only was this the only endorsement he ever did, but his compensation for it was a box of hot glazed donuts from the shop.
Foot tickling for sexual arousal was a tradition in the Muscovite palaces and courts for centuries. Catherine the Great and Anna Ivanovna were ardent participants.
Ticklers sang naughty ballads and told lewd stories whilst tickling their ladies feet, working their mistresses up into an erotic frenzy with which to meet their husbands or partners.
Polar bear livers contain a deadly level of vitamin A.
Its useless because our livers are totally safe for polar bears and that's likely how things would go if we met.
Eels actually have 2 jaws. The first being like a normal jaw, the second being hidden in their throat. The secondary jaw lunges forward when the eel bites down on prey, bites down on the piece within the mouth and bites a chunk out of it, pulling it down the throat. Think about the alien in the movie Alien, the secondary mini-mouth they use is based off an eels anatomy.
When the jaws open wide
And there's more jaws inside
That's a moray
The bananas we based artificial banana flavoring on were [nearly] wiped out by a blight, which is why artificial banana tastes so different from real bananas
The Gros Michel Banana is alive and well, just not nearly as common as they were in the first half of the 20th century.