85 Amazing Facts That Will Make You The Smartest Person In The Room

The world is filled with mysteries. Some solved, some you can’t believe and some that remain completely unknown. But then, there comes a time when the unknown becomes known, and once verified, it becomes fact. So, here are some amazing facts from around the world that will really leave you amazed.

1. Benjamin Franklin Only Received Two Years Of Formal Education

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After spending just two years at the Boston Latin School, Benjamin Franklin left formal education behind to work at his family’s candle and soap-making business before becoming an apprentice at his brother’s printing shop.

However, Franklin continued his education independently by reading whatever books, essays, and articles he could get his hands on. His studious ways not only helped him become a revered writer, politician, and inventor, but also allowed him to earn honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Oxford and the University of St. Andrews. 

2. It’s Against The Law To Die In The Town Of Longyearbyen, Norway

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According to IFL Science, “Even if you’ve lived in Longyearbyen, Norway all your life, if you are terminally ill, you will be flown off the island to live out the rest of your days. If you do happen to die suddenly in Longyearbyen, your body will be buried elsewhere.” 

That’s because, in 1950, it was discovered that bodies in the local cemetery in Longyearbyen were not decomposing as usual because there was so much permafrost in the area. That meant that viruses could survive in the human remains and eventually infect those living nearby when the ground thawed each year. 

3. There Are A Ton Of Misspellings On The Stanley Cup

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Winning the Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal for anyone in the National Hockey League. And if you do win it, you’ll have your name onto the trophy itself. Unfortunately, whoever is responsible for that task has committed plenty of errors over the years.

It involves accidentally spelling the Toronto Maple Leafs as “TORONTO MAPLE LEAES” and the Boston Bruins as “BQSTQN BRUINS.” Hall of Fame goaltender Jacques Plante won the Stanley Cup for five consecutive years and his name is spelled differently each time, according to the NHL.

4. NASA Detected The First “Marsquake”

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Earthquakes are expected in many places on Earth, but it turns out they can happen on other planets as well—although they’re obviously not called “earthquakes.” On April 6, 2019, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recorded a tremor that they believe was a “marsquake,” making it the first quake recorded outside of either the Earth or the Moon. 

5. No “B” Until One Billion

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If you were to write out every number (one, two, three, etc.), you wouldn’t use the letter “b” until you reached one billion. If you spelled out every number, you’d get all the way to one billion before you’d need the second letter in the alphabet. 

6. “Witzelsucht” Is A Condition That Causes People To Have An Uncontrollable Urge To Make Jokes

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Comedians, clowns, and comics like to make people laugh. But for people with witzelsucht, telling silly stories and making groan-worthy puns is an uncontrollable impulse.

According to a 2016 article published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, patients with this condition can’t resist “excessive and often inappropriate joking and facetious humor” as well as “a childish or silly excitement.” 

7. There Are 10 Quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) Insects Alive At Any Time

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Unfortunately for anyone who’s afraid of bugs, the creepy (yet crucial) critters certainly hold their own population-wise. There are around 900,000 known species of insects on Earth and an estimated 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) of them alive at any given time.

8. “Overmorrow” Is The Day After Tomorrow

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Most people don’t know about this fact but it is damn true. You can accurately refer to the day after tomorrow as “overmorrow.” For example, you might say, “We’re leaving on vacation overmorrow.” 

9. Birth Control For Men Exists

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Taking birth control is not just for women. In 2016, scientists announced that they had developed an injectable male contraceptive that was found to be 96% effective in the men who used it.

Using the hormones progestogen (which affects sperm production) and testosterone (which reduces the effects of the progestogen), the treatment could help equalize the burden of control between the sexes.

10. World War I Boosted The Bra Market

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During the First World War, the U.S. War Industries Board asked American women to forgo their corsets—which required significant amounts of metal to construct, according to NPR.

Instead, they were expected to switch to the less-demanding bra. The ladies did their part for the cause, freeing up to 28,000 tons of metal—enough to build two battleships—and changing female fashion from that moment forward.

11. Eating Pistachios Can Help Reduce Erectile Dysfunction

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For a 2011 Turkish study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, 17 men with erectile dysfunction were given 100 grams of pistachios to eat for lunch every day for three weeks.

The subjects were then measured on the International Index of Erectile Function—and the pistachios proved to improve blood flow and the dilation of blood vessels. Hey, it’s certainly a cheaper option than Viagra!

12. The Oldest Still-Operating Amusement Park In The World Opened In Denmark In 1583

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The Guinness World Records lists Bakken in Klampenborg, Denmark, as the oldest still-operating amusement park in the world. The park, which opened in 1583, features more than 150 attractions, including a wooden roller coaster that was built in 1932.

According to the records book, Bakken wasn’t totally unique in its time. These gardens featured live entertainment, fireworks, dancing, games, and some primitive amusement rides.

13. The Olympic Games Were Originally A Religious Festival

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These days, the Olympics represent the ultimate achievement for many of the world’s top athletes. But when the prestigious games first started in Ancient Greece in 776 B.C., they were part of a religious festival in honor of Zeus, the father of Greek gods and goddesses.

14. Humans Move Their Eyes More Than 1,00,000 Times A Day

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If your eyes tend to feel tired at the end of the day, it’s because they do a ton of work. Humans generally move their eyes around three times a second, which is more than 1,00,000 times every single day. 

15. One Brazilian Island Has So Many Venomous Snakes That The Government Banned Visitors

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The government of Brazil has banned tourists from visiting Ilha de Queimada Grande, an island that has the highest concentration of venomous snakes in the world. By some estimates, there’s one snake for every square meter.

The island is crawling with thousands of golden lancehead vipers. And when these snakes strike, their venom can kill the victim in under an hour. So yes, you should plan your vacation somewhere safe!

16. Montana Has A Super Toxic Lake

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If you’re looking for a place to go swimming in Montana, avoid Berkeley Pit at all costs. This super toxic lake opened in 1955 as a copper mine, which operated until 1982. Now, the lake is a mix of chemicals and heavy metals, such as copper, arsenic, cadmium, iron, and zinc.

To understand just how toxic the lake is, a flock of geese settled near the pit in 1955. Within a few days, their insides had been charred and some 340 birds were found dead, according to the Washington Post.

17. The World’s Largest Plane Is Wider Than Two Football Fields

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The largest plane in the world is the Stratolaunch. With a 385-foot wingspan and six engines, the plane made its maiden voyage over the Mojave Desert on April 13, 2019. In the future, the Stratolaunch is expected to be used as a stratospheric launch platform for space rockets. 

18. Hippos Produce A Natural Skin Moisturizer And Sunblock

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Hippopotamuses spend their days under the blazing hot sun, which means their skin could really start to feel the effects of sun damage if they didn’t do anything about it. Fortunately, the creatures produce an oily substance known as “hippo sweat” that acts as both a natural moisturizer and a sunblock.

19. Ocean-Dwelling Species Are Disappearing Twice As Quickly As Land Animals

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Climate change is wreaking all kinds of havoc on our planet, including altering habitats, threatening the creatures that live in them. And while every organism on Earth is affected in one way or another.

A 2019 study published in the journal found that species that live in the ocean are disappearing twice as fast as those who spend their time on land. That’s because they can’t adapt to or escape the rising water temperatures effectively.

20. The African Bush Elephant Only Sleeps For Two Hours Per Day

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The African Bush Elephant holds the Guinness World Record for being the mammal that requires the least amount of sleep per day. When researchers at South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand conducted a field study on the giant creatures, they found that the elephants, who sleep standing up, snooze multiple times throughout the day. However, those four or five naps only add up to two hours in total.

21. It’s Illegal To Kill Bigfoot In British Columbia

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“It has long been rumored that a previous governor of British Columbia declared that killing a Sasquatch is illegal,” according to British Columbia Magazine. The magazine notes that “the laws of British Columbia do declare that wildlife is owned by the government and can’t be hunted without a specific license”.

22. Canada’s National Parks Are Bigger Than Many Countries

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Canada is famous for its abundant natural landscape and stunning scenery. But it may surprise you to find out that the northern land’s national parks are so massive that they’re actually bigger than the total area of many other countries.

For instance, either Albania or Israel could fit inside the 11,602 square miles that make up the Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories. Denmark or Switzerland could fit inside the 17,300-square-mile Wood Buffalo National Park, which reaches into both Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

23. Gmail Was Originally Called Garfield Mail

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Introduced by Google in 2004, Gmail is currently one of the most popular email services in the world. The original Gmail was a feature offered to fans of Garfield, the snarky cartoon cat.

Described as “e-mail with cattitude” and available via gmail.garfield.com, users received an address suffix that ended in “@catsrule.garfield.com,” according to Gizmodo.  

24. Barnacle Geese Jump Off Cliffs When They’re Just A Day Old

In order to keep their babies safe from predators, barnacle geese make their nests on hard-to-reach cliffs that are hundreds of feet high. However, the mother geese can’t provide their babies with food in the nest and the newborn birds need to eat within 36 hours of hatching.

Therefore, the goslings, who still cannot fly, have to leave their perch, which means jumping from staggering heights when they’re just a day old. The chicks are usually able to make the jump due to the fact that “they are light and fluffy, often appearing to bounce off rocks as they fall.”

25. The Largest Book Ever Weighs More Than 3,000 Pounds

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Avid readers won’t be intimidated by a hefty novel, but they’ll still surely be impressed by what’s been deemed the largest book ever. Weighing more than 3,000 pounds and measuring 16.40 feet by 26.44 feet with 429 pages inside, the book, which is titled “This the Prophet Mohamed”, was created in 2012 by 50 people working together in the United Arab Emirates.

26. One Man Who Urinated In A Reservoir Ruined 8 Million Gallons Of Water

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In 2011, one 21-year-old man thought it would be funny to urinate in the city reservoir of Portland, Oregon. His little gag ended up requiring the city to get rid of 8 million gallons of the treated drinking water as a result.

27. In Japan, It’s Considered Good Luck For Sumo Wrestlers To Make Your Baby Cry

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There is actually a competition at the annual Nakizumo festival, going back four centuries, in which sumo wrestlers make babies cry. The longer the wail, the better for the kid’s health and fortune.

28. The World’s Longest Man-Made Beach Is In Mississippi

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The next time you plan a beach vacation, you might want to forget about Florida and California and head to Mississippi instead. That’s because the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the world’s longest man-made beach. At 26-miles long, the beach boasts stunning white sand from Biloxi all the way to Henderson Point.

29. There’s A Mammal That Mates For 14 Hours Straight Until It Dies

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The antechinus, a small, mouse-like mammal in Australia, kills itself for sex. When the males of the species hit their first mating season, they mate for as many as 14 hours straight with as many females as they can encounter.

Ultimately though, the animal’s fur falls off, he bleeds internally, and his immune system fails, causing him to die. By the end of the mating season , females are, not surprisingly, avoiding them.

30. “Shivviness” Is A Word For The Uncomfortable Feeling Of Wearing New Underwear

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If you’re the kind of person who needs a little time to get used to a fresh pair of panties, boxers, or briefs, then you can add “shivviness” to your vocabulary. This word refers to the uncomfortable feeling of wearing new underwear.

31. Male Platypuses Are Venomous

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They may look silly and harmless, but platypuses can be dangerous—at least certain ones. The males come equipped with sharp stingers on the heels of their rear feet that can add some extra pain to a kick via venom. This venom is present in other animals also such as snakes, starfish, and spiders.

32. The Biggest Bat Colony Is In Texas

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The biggest bat colony belongs to Bracken Cave, Texas. This location, about 20 miles outside of downtown San Antonio, hosts the largest bat colony—consisting of more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats that pack onto cave walls, with as many as 500 per square foot when they are pups.

33. The Mona Lisa Has The Highest Insurance Value For A Painting In History

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In 1962, the painting’s value was $100 million. So if you adjust that for inflation, the value today would be around $780 million. That means it has the highest insurance value for a painting in history, according to the Guinness World Records.

34. The World’s Largest Family Stays In India

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Ziona Chana has 94 children, 14-daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren. They live in a 100-room, four storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram.

35. Humans Have 15 Other Senses

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Along with the five traditional senses of sound, sight, touch, smell and taste, humans have 15 “other senses.” These include balance, temperature, pain and time as well as internal senses for suffocation, thirst, and fullness.

Some One Line Facts :-

1. Vending machines kill 4 times as many people as sharks per year.

2. Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

3. The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.

4. Humans shed 40 pounds of skin in their lifetime, completely replacing their outer skin every month.

5. More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed every year from using equipment meant for right-handed people.

6. The average adult human has two to nine pounds of bacteria in his or her body.

7. Starfish can re-grow their arms. In fact, a single arm can regenerate a whole body.

8. Google’s founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999. But Excite turned them down.

9. The total weight of all the ants on Earth is greater than total weight of all the humans on the planet.

10. In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teenagers thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.

11. Facebook engineers originally wanted to call the “Like” button the “Awesome” button.

12. The population of Ireland is still 2 million less than it was before the potato famine, 160 years ago.

13. There’s a basketball court above the Supreme Court. It’s name is the Highest Court in the Land.

14. There is a garbage swirl in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas.

15. Jousting is the official sport of the state of Maryland.

16. “Rain of fish” is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the Honduran city of Yoro.

17. A mosquito has 47 teeth.

18. The longest interval between the birth of twins is 87 days.

19. More people in the world currently suffer from obesity than from hunger.

20. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a ballpoint pen.

21. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

22. Human fingers are so sensitive that if your fingers were the size of Earth, you could feel the difference between a house and a car.

23. The Dancing Plague of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Germany, where people danced without rest for a month straight.

24. In 30 minutes, the human body gives off enough heat to bring a gallon of water to a boil.

25. Prairie dogs say hello with kisses.

26. Airplane food isn’t very tasty because our sense of smell and taste decrease by 2050% during flights.

27. 54 million people alive right now will be dead within 12 months.

28. A Blue Whale’s heart is the size of a VW Beetle and large enough that you could swim through it’s arteries.

29. Goats have rectangular pupils.

30. Sloths will mistakenly grab their arms instead of the branches of a tree, which can lead to fatal falls.

31. In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans annually.

32. Jupiter and Saturn have diamond rain.

33. There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.

34. Bubble wrap was originally designed to be used as wallpaper. But unfortunately, people are using it to wrap things instead of walls.

35. You replace every particle in your body every seven years. So you are literally not the same person you were 7 years ago.

36. All of the gold mined in the history of the world would fit into a 20x20x20 meter cube.

37. Neptune was the first planet to get its existence predicted by calculations before it was actually seen by a telescope.

38. The world’s longest musical piece lasts 639 years.

39. 90% of the world’s population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.

40. You’re more likely to become the President than you are to win the lottery.

41. The entire state of Wyoming only has two escalators.

42. In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.

43. Jacuzzi is a brand name. You can also buy Jacuzzi toilets and mattresses.

44. The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.

45. For $45, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing will sell you a 5-lb bag with $10,000 worth of shredded U.S. currency.

46. New Mexico State’s first graduating class in 1893 had only one student—and he was shot and killed before graduation.

47. Prince Charles & Prince William always travel in separate planes in case there is a crash, one needs to survive.

48. Worldwide, women earn US$18 trillion but spend US$28 trillion.

49. Microsoft has a patent for opening a new window when you click a hyperlink. It expires in 2021.

50. If the human brain were a computer, it could perform 38 thousand-trillion operations per second.

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