50 Random Facts

How many of these do you know? The ones I knew before finding this list are shown in red text.

  1. In Latin, the walrus’s scientific name means “tooth-walking sea-horse.” It got its name because when it pulls itself onto the ice, it looks like it’s walking on its tusks.
  2. Experts at Intel say that micro processor speeds will double every year and a half for at least the next decade.
  3. There is only one muscle in your entire body attached at only one end. Your tongue.
  4. No one knows why, but a duck’s quack does not echo.
  5. Americans only make up about 5% of the world’s population, but they are responsible for 15% of the world’s garbage.
  6. Dr. Seuss pronounced his name in such a way that it rhymed with “rejoice.”
  7. If a bird eats Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
  8. Camels have three eyelids on each eye to keep the sand out.
  9. On every continent, you will find a city called Rome.
  10. More people are killed by donkeys each year than by plane crashes.
  11. More than half of all the world’s cheeses originated in France.
  12. Switzerland has a square flag. It’s the only country on earth that does.
  13. More people in Illinois have vanity plates than in any other state.
  14. There are roughly 1 million ants for every person on the planet.
  15. But… the chicken to human ration is 1:1.
  16. Giraffes can go longer without water than camels can.
  17. To calculate the temperature outside (Fahrenheit), count the number of cricket chirps in 15 seconds. Add 37 to the total. It’ll be pretty dang close.
  18. Butterflies taste buds are on their hind feet.
  19. About one third of all cancers are sun-related.
  20. One in every eight Americans has worked at a McDonald’s in their lifetime.
  21. Priorities? Children laugh on average 300 times/day. Adults only 17 times/day.
  22. The first novel written on a Typewriter was “Tom Sawyer.”
  23. Careful there! 11,000 Americans each year injure themselves trying out bizarre sexual positions.
  24. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  25. The world record for a chicken flying… 13 seconds.
  26. In Aspen, Colorado, you qualify for government subsidized housing all the way until you make $104,000.
  27. Every nation in the world whose name begins with A, also ends with A. Except for Afghanistan.
  28. Apparently non-dairy creamer is flammable.
  29. The average person eats 35,000 cookies in their lifetime.
  30. You think 11,000 sexual position injuries is bad? 40,000 Americans are injured by their toilets each year.
  31. There is no rubix cube combination that can’t be solved in 17 turns.
  32. The statue of liberty has a name. Her name is Mother of Exiles.
  33. There is a town in Newfoundland called Dildo.
  34. On average, 2-3 horse jockeys are killed each year racing.
  35. The average woman uses about 6 lbs. of lipstick or lip gloss in her lifetime.
  36. Mother of Mike Nesmith (guitarist for The Monkeys) invented White Out.
  37. Mozart wrote the nursery rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” When he was five.
  38. The first contraceptive ever used was crocodile dung by the ancient Egyptians.
  39. Kelsey Grammar is the singer and piano player for the theme song of Frasier.
  40. Almonds are part of the peach family.
  41. All continents start and end with the same letter.
  42. Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. They removed it during an abdominal surgery.
  43. Donald Duck has a middle name, Fauntleroy.
  44. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. Have fun with that, Greece.
  45. Horses can look forward with one eye and backwards with the other.
  46. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
  47. Not the *greatest* of odds: Only 1 in two billion people will live to be 116 or older.
  48. Careful with those necklaces. Pearls melt in vinegar.
  49. A family of 26 could go to the movies in Mexico City for the price of one ticket in Tokyo.
  50. Most American cars honk in the key of F.

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