Have you ever been on a date and run out of conversation topics? This list of Fun Facts is guaranteed* to make you seem way more interesting!
*Note, we don't actually guarantee anything but maybe you'll find this interesting.
Out of this world.Giphy
From when it was discovered to when it was declassified as a planet, Pluto did not make a full orbit around the sun.
Didn't see that one coming...Giphy
Even though it is impossible to sink in the Dead Sea, if you fall in face first, the density of the water makes it so hard to turn over and get your face out, that the Israeli government has named it the second most deadly place to swim in Israel.
You don't say!Giphy
Broccoli, Cauliflower, and a few other vegetables are man made and do not exist in the wild, they are derived from Brassica Oleracea (wild cabbage).
America Online is... still online?Giphy
So AOL still makes over $500 million a year through Dial-Up internet subscriptions and it's my favourite fun fact.
What's up doc?Giphy
Carrots were originally purple. The Dutch monarch planted carrot seeds together until the carrots grew orange to match their royal colour - The House of Orange. Orange carrots were a symbol of prestige.
The more you know!Giphy
Hummingbirds' metabolisms are so fast that they have to go into a hibernation like state called torpor just to sleep through the night. Otherwise they would starve to death in their sleep.
Also, if you ever see a hummingbird upside-down on a branch don't worry. It's not dead. It's most likely in torpor.
Get that out of your mouth!Giphy
If you put a piece of pineapple somewhere in your mouth it will start eating you. It has proteins that degrade meat.
I have a particle accelerator in my home that can accelerate electrons to 10% the speed of light.
I keep it because I still haven't upgraded to an LCD TV.
It makes sense.Giphy
Police lights flash in such a way that your eyes/brain can never "get used to them" so they'll always be noticeable and distracting.
You've got that right.Giphy
One million seconds is a little over 11 days. One billion seconds is over 31 years.
Everyone knows a billion is a 1000 million, but the size difference is still difficult to conceptualize.
We still want one.Giphy
Penguins have an organ above their eye that dilutes the salt from seawater.
Lion tamers use chairs because lions are wired mentally to focus on one thing and attack it, with the four prongs of a chair coming at it, it totally flips out and backs off.
We can see that!Giphy
Blue whale arteries are large enough for humans to swim through.
Their hearts are also 14 times the size of Elephant Hearts
And their call as a species has gotten deeper over the last 50 years.
I really like blue whales.
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts replaced Post's "Country Squares," which existed long before pop-tarts. Pop-Tarts only succeeded because "country squares" didn't sound so appealing to the younger generation, and "Pop" resonated with Pop music and pop culture, etc.
Teddy Roosevelt watched Lincoln's funeral procession. In fact, there's a photograph with the young boy standing in a balcony as the casket went by. On Roosevelt's inauguration, he had a lock of Lincoln's hair tucked away in his ring.
The last living person to have been at Ford's theatre the night Lincoln was assassinated there lived long enough to be interviewed on Television.
There was life before this moment, and now life after it.Giphy
Wild bananas are actually like bean pods. Inside the peel, they contain large seeds in the flesh. The bananas we eat (known as the Cavendish banana) is a sterile mutant that does not produce seeds and instead produces a sweeter fruit.
So how do we get new banana plants? By using shoots to create clones. Thus all bananas you eat are clones of a horrible mutant abomination. The problem here is that because they are genetically identical and are cloned, they are unable to adapt. A bad disease that thrives on Cavendish bananas could potentially wipe out the entire species.
Bagpipes, haggis, kilts, whisky and tartan all originate from outside of Scotland.
IT'S A PLOT!Giphy
The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they can be easily confused at a crime scene.
You tell 'em!Giphy
A group of cats is called a "Clowder"
Whenever someone says "Getting you people to do anything is like herding cats" you can chime in with "A group of cats is called a clowder."
The mad king.Giphy
Henry VII had a monkey that was quite proficient at making vulgar gestures at people.
Henry VIII's first act as King was throwing aforementioned monkey out of the window.
Black currants were illegal to grow in the United States entirely until the mid-2000s, as they were a vector for a tree disease. It is still illegal to grow them in much of the USA, but some states (Vermont and Oregon are the only two coming to mind at the moment, but there are a few others) legalized and encouraged their growth.
To the skies!Giphy
A Boeing 747's wing span is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
Do that again.Giphy
Human muscles are capable of extending up to 3 times more forcefully than they ever actually do. The only reason they stay at the 1/3 limit is due to safeguards in the brain. If a muscle were to fully activate, it would break our bones and rip off tendons. These limits built into the brain cannot be overcome.
...UNLESS the person has adrenaline in their system. Adrenaline tells the brain it needs to operate at full potential. The brain will then allow the muscles to achieve amazing feats of strength, while risking possible self-injury. But when you're about to be attacked by a bear, being able to kill it means that a broken arm is worth it.
Additionally, the drug PCP is also able to remove these restrictions. That means that many users end up injuring themselves, and yes, even breaking their own bones.