Human life facts are genuinely fascinating, but have you ever thought how many random facts had been accumulated throughout the history of our civilization? Probably thousands, if not more.
So to expand your knowledge about the life we live, I have put together a list of life facts you probably didn’t know. Be sure to remember at least one of these facts of life, as they might be useful some day.
Have you ever wondered how many times you’ve walked around the world? Or where your smallest bone is? And what has China done? Well, get your answers here.
So pull up a chair, get comfortable – and enjoy this awesome list of the top 100 most random life facts.
1. You’ll Yawn More Often Than You Eat Breakfast
Over the course of a lifetime, you’ll yawn approximately 250,000 times, according to one expert on the subject. If you live to 70, that’s about 10 yawns per day.
2. You Can’t Breathe And Swallow Simultaneously
“This is because the food and fluids we swallow and the air we breathe in both travel down the same part of our throat,” according to psychiatric nurse James Steinmetz.
3. The Size Of Your Social Circle Is Related To The Size Of Your Brain
A scientist at Oxford discovered that the size of a person’s “orbitomedial prefrontal cortex” (the part of a brain that identifies other people’s moods and personalities) can predict the size of that person’s social circle. The average prefrontal cortex averages out to around 147.8 friends in a social network.
4. Women Can Give Birth After They Die
It’s very rare, but it has been known to happen. Called “coffin birth,” it’s a phenomenon that occurs when a pregnant woman delivers a child spontaneously after her death—due to gases that built up in the abdominal area, putting pressure on the mother’s uterus and forcing the baby out the birth passageway.
5. High Heels Were First Designed For Men
Though closely identified as a female fashion staple today, high heels were first designed for men. At the end of the 16th century, Persian-inspired style was all the rage in Europe, according to the J. Paul Getty Museum, and heels were seen as being virile and masculine—and a great way to boost your height a few inches.
6. There’s A Brewery In Japan That Makes Beer From Elephant Dung
The brewery, Sankt Gallen, produces a beer called Un Kono Kuro, made with coffee beans that have passed through an elephant. It’s a huge hit, according to Fox News.
7. Snow Is A Terrible Way To Stay Hydrated
When it comes to snow, it’s water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. It requires a lot of energy for your body to convert something from a solid to a liquid, and while snow will provide a tiny amount of hydration, it will also lower your body temperature in the process, making you more prone to hypothermia.
8. You Can Use Amazon For Charity
Use Amazon Smile instead of plain old Amazon, and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your purchases to a charity of your choosing.
9. Many Phones Attach GPS Data To Your Photos By Default
Many phones, including iPhones, track your location and attach that information to every picture you take by default. You can turn it off in your settings, but that doesn’t remove the information from pictures you’ve already taken.
10. “I.e.” And “E.g.” Are Not The Same Thing
I.e. is an abbreviation of id est, which means “that is,” but you can remember what it means with the phrase “in essence”. E.g., on the other hand, stands for exempli gratia, which means “for the sake of example,” but can easily be remembered as “example given.”
11. You Can Blur Your House On Google’s Street View
Go to your house, click on it, and then click “report a problem” at the bottom of the screen. You can also do this for your face or your car.
12. Fake Smiles Can Actually Harm Your Long-Term Health
It’s thought that faking happiness can lead to withdrawal and may actually provoke further detrimental health problems later on in life. Therefore, it’s probably better you only try and show that you are happy when you mean it!
13. Koalas Share A Strange Similarity With Humans
That we both have fingerprints. However, even stranger is the fact that it’s impossible for you to instantly tell between them. In fact, even experts struggle to separate koala fingerprints from human ones.
14. It’s Always Important To Thoroughly Wash Your Hands
In fact, doing so could help to save almost one million people around the world each year. If there’s anything the recent worries over COVID-19, or the Chinese Coronavirus, has taught us, it’s that hand washing is crucial!
15. Banging Your Head Against A Wall For One Hour Burns 150 Calories
Alternatively, you can walk your dog for 45 minutes, which also burns 150 calories – and is much less painful.
16. In Switzerland It Is Illegal To Own Just One Guinea Pig
This is because guinea pigs are social animals, and they are considered victims of abuse if they are alone. Why isn’t this a law everywhere?!
17. Pteronophobia Is The Fear Of Being Tickled By Feathers
It’s also a fear of feathers themselves. The word “ptero” is the Greek word for feather, and “phobia” is also Greek, meaning fear.
18. Snakes Can Help Predict Earthquakes
They can sense a coming earthquake from 75 miles away (121 km), up to five days before it happens.
19. Cherophobia Is An Irrational Fear Of Fun Or Happiness
That’s one phobia I wouldn’t like to have… it would probably mean they would fear these fun life facts!
20. 7% Of American Adults Believe That Chocolate Milk Comes From Brown Cows
I know 7% doesn’t sound like a lot, but that actually works out at 16.4 million American adults. Sounds like a lot now right?
21. If You Lift A Kangaroo’s Tail Off The Ground It Can’t Hop
Kangaroos use their tails for balance whilst hopping, so if you elevate their tail, they would have no balance and fall over.
22. Bananas Are Curved Because They Grow Towards The Sun
Bananas go through a process called “negative geotropism.” Instead of growing towards the ground, they start growing towards the sun.
The fruit grows against gravity, which gives the banana its familiar curved shape.
23. Billy Goats Urinate On Their Own Heads To Smell More Attractive To Females
Billy goats, or bucks is the other name of male goats. Generally they urinate on themselves in late summer through fall, and for humans, it’s not a pleasant smell.
24. During Your Lifetime, You Will Produce Enough Saliva To Fill Two Swimming Pools
An average human produces between 1 to 2 liters of saliva each day, which is a maximum of 730 liters per year.
The average life expectancy is just over 70 years, which gives a maximum of 51,100 liters of saliva produced in an average lifetime. This is more than enough to fill two swimming pools.
25. Heart Attacks Are More Likely To Happen On A Monday
Okay this isn’t exactly a fun fact, but it is interesting! Heart attacks increases by 20% on Monday. The most common time for them to happen is between 4-10 a.m.
26. In 2017 More People Were Killed From Injuries Caused By Taking A Selfie Than By Shark Attacks
There was only 5 deaths due to shark attacks in 2017, which is lower than the average year. The average amount of deaths caused by sharks is 6. Worldwide, there were 35 deaths caused by taking selfies in 2017.
27. A Lion’s Roar Can Be Heard From 5 Miles Away
To be more specific, a lion can roar as loud as 114 decibels, which is roughly 25 times louder than a gas-powered lawnmower.
28. A Baby Spider Is Called A Spiderling
Spiders aren’t cute, but this name kind of is! Spiderling is the official name for immature spiders. On top of that, spiderlings are often born in groups of thousands!
29. A Baby Octopus Is About The Size Of A Flea When It Is Born
You would think this would make them hard to spot. But since eggs are laid by the tens of thousands, it would be hard to miss a massive cluster of pea-sized octopuses!
30. In Uganda, Around 48% Of The Population Is Under 15 Years Of Age
Of the 41 million inhabitants, nearly half of those are youths. If you were to expand the age to just 30, that brings the percentage up to 77%!
31. The Average Male Is Not Fond Of A Shopping Trip After 26 Minutes
Meanwhile, women are fond of shopping and they can shop until around 2 hours! So next time you see a couple at a retail store with a bored looking boyfriend, you know they’ve been out for more than half an hour.
32. In The 16th Century, Turkish Women Could Initiate A Divorce If Their Husbands Didn’t Pour Coffee For Them
Today, this would be unheard of. But back then, coffee was an integral part of Turkish society. So much so, that it was “grounds” for divorce. No one knows why exactly this was acceptable, but the fact remains that it was.
33. Recycling One Glass Jar Saves Enough Energy To Watch Television For 3 Hours
Yup, that’s how important recycling is! The average person has the chance to recycle 25,000 cans in their lifetime – that’s 75,000 hours of television!
34. Facebook, Instagram And Twitter Are All Banned In China
Those aren’t the only ones either – over 8,000 domain names are also in the list. Other major banned social network sites include Pinterest and Tumblr.
35. A Swarm Of 20,000 Bees Followed A Car For Two Days Because Their Queen Was Stuck Inside
When the car parked, the thousands of bees swarmed onto the car and had to be taken off by beekeepers. The next day, the bees were back on the car because the queen was still inside and the swarm had to be taken off again.
36. Nearly 3% Of The Ice In Antarctic Glaciers Is Penguin Urine
Because the temperature in the Antarctic is well below zero, the urine can’t evaporate and just combines with the glaciers.
37. A Crocodile Can’t Poke Its Tongue Out
Because their tongues are stick to the roof of their mouths, crocodiles cannot poke their tongues out – although their very similar counterparts, alligators, can.
38. Sea Otters Hold Hands When They Sleep So They Don’t Drift Away From Each Other
This is a method to keep a mother and her pup to prevent them from separating. Other than holding hands, they may also wrap themselves in kelp to keep from drifting away!
39. A Small Child Could Swim Through The Veins Of A Blue Whale
If you consider how large a blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car, it’s no surprise that a small child, around 3-4 years old, could swim through the massive veins of a blue whale.
40. There Are Total Of 1,710 Steps In The Eiffel Tower
Standing 108 stories tall, there are 1,710 steps to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower. However, guests can climb the stairs until the first platform. From there, they must take a lift to the top.
41. Gust of Wind Saved Her Life
Elvita Adams tried to commit suicide by jumping off the Empire State Building. She jumped from the 86th floor but was blown back onto the 85th floor by a gust of wind.
Standing almost 1,500 feet tall, there’s no way anyone could survive that fall. The worst injury she sustained was a fractured hip.
42. Los Angeles’s Full Name Is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”
The original name was quite a mouthful. It translates to “town of our lady the Queen of Angels of the River Porciuncula.” Now, Los Angeles is just “The Angels.”
43. The Twitter Bird Actually Has A Name – Larry
The name comes from Larry Bird, who is a famous Hall of Fame basketball player. The species of Larry the Bird still remains a secret!
44. It Snowed In The Sahara Desert For 30 Minutes On The 18th February 1979
So far, this is the only known time in history that it snowed in the Sahara! Unsurprisingly, the snow melted away very quickly.
45. Mike Tyson Once Offered A Zoo Attendant 10,000 Dollars To Let Him Fight A Gorilla
As it is, Tyson bribed a worker to open the zoo for just him and his wife to see the animals. While on this romantic stroll, he also tried to bribe a zookeeper to let him fight a gorilla. But the zoo attendant said no.
46. The Most Venomous Jellyfish In The World Is The Irukandji
While it’s not the most deadly jellyfish, it is number two! Even more shocking, is that this tiny jellyfish is smaller than your fingernail. Its venom is 100 times more powerful than a cobra’s!
47. Queen Elizabeth Can’t Sit On The Iron Throne From Game of Thrones
Queen Elizabeth went to the set of Game of Thrones, but because of an obscure rule, she wasn’t allowed to sit on it – the ruling monarch can’t sit on a foreign throne, even if it’s fictional, apparently.
48. Vincent Van Gogh Only Sold One Painting In His Lifetime
Just a few months before his death, Van Gogh sold his painting “The Red Vineyard.” It was sold in Brussels, Belgium for 400 francs.
49. A Company In Taiwan Makes Dinnerware Out Of Wheat, So You Can Eat Your Plate!
Not only do they make plates out of wheat, but spoons, bowls, and chopsticks as well. The dishes can be kept for months as long as they stay dry!
50. The Average Person Walks The Equivalent Of Five Times Around The World In Their Lifetime
Assuming the average person lives until they’re 80, they will walk about 110,000 miles in their lifetime. The circumference of the equator is 24,900 miles.
51. Michael Jackson Offered To Make A Harry Potter Musical, But J.K. Rowling Rejected The Idea
Rowling said she refused a lot of adaption opportunities, and Michael Jackson’s just so happened to be one of them.
52. The World Record For Stuffing Drinking Straws Into Your Mouth At Once Is 459
Manoj Kumar Maharana, from India, broke the world record on 28th August 2017 for stuffing 459 drinking straws in his mouth at once! In order to break it, he had to keep them in his mouth for at least 10 seconds.
53. Tears Contains A Natural Pain Killer Which Reduces Pain And Improves Your Mood
It’s actually an endorphin, which is why you can tend to feel better after a good cry! So next time you feel the need to break down, don’t be shy!
54. Squirrels Forget Where They Hide About Half Of Their Nuts
While not all squirrels bury their nuts, the ones that do only recover around 26% of their nuts.
55. Millions Of Birds A Year Die From Smashing Into Windows In The U.S. Alone
The actual number is somewhere between 365-988 million!
While the exact number of the bird population is uncertain, this comes out to about 2 to 10 percent of birds in the United States.
56. In June 2017, The Facebook Community Reached 2 Billion Active Users
Meaning, more than a quarter of the world’s population uses this popular social media outlet!
57. In 1998, Sony Accidentally Sold 700,000 Camcorders That Had The Technology To See Through People’s Clothes
These cameras had special lenses that use infrared light meant to be used as night vision, but it also allowed you to see through some types of clothing.
58. During Your Lifetime, You Will Spend Around Thirty-Eight Days Brushing Your Teeth
This equals out to about 35.5 days in total. At about two minutes per day, this equates to 0.1% of your life!
59. Ronald McDonald Is “Donald McDonald” In Japan Because It Makes Pronunciation Easier For The Japanese
Ever since the first McDonald’s opened in Japan in 1971, the mascot has been called Donald McDonald. Often, Japanese people are surprised to learn that he has a different name everywhere else.
60. Ants Leave Maps For Other Ants When They Walk
Ants leave pheromone trails when they walk as maps for other ants to follow, meaning they can travel the fastest route to food or their hive. The more ants that walk that route, the stronger the map is for others to follow.
61. The Smallest Bone In Your Body Is In Your Ear
The stapes is a bone in the middle ear of humans that which helps conduct sound vibrations for identification.It is only roughly 0.04 inch (1mm) in size.
62. Most Korean People Don’t Have Armpit Odour
Only 0.006% of the Korean population have the ABCC11 gene, which is the cause of armpit odor. As a result deodorants are rarely sold in Korea.
63. Only 5% Of The Ocean Has Been Explored
Alongside this only 1% of the seabed has been discovered and explored. Sea exploration and mapping didn’t truly start until the 1960s due to the lack of technology beforehand.
64. Human Brain Is More Powerful Than Computer
It’s thought that the human brain is able to compute 38 thousand trillion executions and operations each second. Compare this to some of the world’s most proficient computers, which are only able to work to around 1% of this power.
Some One-Line Facts :-
1. Injured fingernails grow faster than uninjured ones
2. The suits on a deck of cards initially symbolized something: heart stood for the Church, spades – the military, clubs – the agriculture, and diamonds – dedicated to the merchants.
3. There are 10 human body parts that are only written with 3 letters (jaw, rib, lip, eye, hip, arm, leg, ear, toe, and gum).
4. The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
5. Kangaroos in Australia are about 40 million. Twice more than people.
6. “Goodbye” originates from “God bye” which came from “God be with you.”
7. Elephants are the only animal to have four forward-facing knees. All other four-legged animals have at least one pair of legs with knees that face backwards.
8. Greece and Australia haven’t missed Olympic Games since 1896.
9. It’s highly likely that you will spend at least three months of your life sitting on or going to the toilet. This probably going to be even longer if you take a smartphone in there with you!
10. France is the country with the most time zones in the world.
11. The average meat-eating person eats about 7,000 animals in their lifetime.
12. It’s possible to sail a boat from Pakistan to Russia if you sail in a completely straight line.
13. The fur of polar bears is not white but transparent.
14. Your four year old son or daughter is likely to ask you more than 400 questions a day.
15. Your skin replaces itself regularly without you ever feeling it. In fact, it is likely to do this around 900 times during your lifetime.
16. In China, the day a baby is born, the baby is considered 1 year old.
17. When a species is suspected as extinct but then discovered to still be alive, it is classified as a member of the Lazarus Species
18. Human eye’s resolution is estimated to be 576 mega pixels.
19. Male koalas have two penises; luckily female ones have two vaginas.
20. Human life expectancy has increased more in the last 50 years than in the previous 200,000 years of human existence
21. Men spend almost a year of their lives staring at women.
22. A steady stream of minor accomplishments makes you more satisfied
with your life than a few major accomplishments
23. In his lifetime, a man spends almost six months shaving.
24. Women spend over 4 years (in total) of their lives menstruating.
25. Most people can survive for up to 2 months without eating,but people can only live up to 11 days without sleeping.
26. The average British woman spends US$160,000 on make-up in a lifetime.
27. There are plenty of strong muscles in the human body, but the strongest is the tongue.
28. Speaking of tongues, you are actually likely to lose half of their taste buds by the time you reach the age of 60.
29. Babies are only able to see in black and white from birth, as they will develop color vision later in life.
30. Twins are, generally, likely to be born one after the other in quick succession. However, there has been a case where one twin continued gestating for a further 87 days after the birth of the first!
31. The average person spends two weeks of his life kissing.
32. Women spend nearly one year of their lives deciding what to wear.
33. Parents of new babies miss out on 6 months worth of sleep in the first 2 years of their child’s life.
34. You’re likely to spend around 10% of your whole life blinking. Don’t try and measure for this too much!
35. You won’t develop fingerprints as soon as you are born. These will develop when you are around three months old.
36. The probability of living 110 years or more is about 1 in 7 million.