The world we live in is full of amazing facts you never knew. One of the greatest things in life is the ability to learn and gain knowledge. As we grow older we learn that we never really stop learning outside of school.
1. Spiders are not insects.
All insects are classified as six-legged creatures with a head and thorax and wings. Spiders are arachnids and only have two body parts: the cephalothorax and its eight legs, and its abdomen.
2. Everyone with blue eyes are related.
Scientists in Copenhagen University have found that 6,000 to 10,000 years ago, everyone had brown eyes. Due to a sudden mutation on the OCA2 gene, blue eyes were formed! From this, they were able to conclude that all blue-eyed people are related to the same ancestor.
3. YouTube was created because of the Janet Jackson Superbowl incident.
Former Paypal employees Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim were inspired to create YouTube after having difficulty in finding certain video clips – namely, the Janet Jackson Superbowl slipup and the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. From there, the idea of a video sharing site was first conceptualized.
4. The longest living insect is the termite queen.
The termite queen can live up to 50 years, making it the insect with the longest lifespan. Its egg production is at its peak for almost 10 years. When she can no longer reproduce, there will be a new termite queen from the colony.
5. Monday is the first day of the week.
Some countries, such as the U.S., may regard Sunday as the first day of the week, but according to international standard ISO 8601, Monday is the first day of the week, and Sunday is the 7th, or last, day of the week.
6. The Three Wise Monkeys have names.
Have you ever heard about the three wise monkeys, these set of trio monkeys, or more commonly known as “See-no-evil, Hear-no-evil, Speak-no-evil” monkeys, are called 🙈 Mizaru, 🙉 Kikazaru and 🙊 Iwazaru respectively. In the Buddhism tradition, this proverb teaches us not to dwell on evil thoughts.
7. The Pope can’t donate organs.
In 1970, Pope Benedict XVI was issued an organ donor card. However, once he ascended to the papacy in 2005, the card was deemed invalid. The Pope had to be buried with his whole body intact, because it was the property of the Catholic Church.
8. The Simpsons are not exactly as young as they look!
This one is for the Simpsons lovers, over the years, The Simpsons appear to be as young as how they have looked since the release of this series. Are you ready for the real age of The Simpsons?
Homer Simpson: 64 years old
Marge Simpson: 67 years old
Bart Simpson: 43 years old
Lisa Simpson: 41 years old
Maggie Simpson: 34 years old (Not a baby anymore, isn’t she?)
9. Turtles can talk to each other.
If you’ve ever had a pet turtle, you would know they’re a silent bunch. However, scientists have discovered that they actually “talk” through low-frequency clicking and hooting.
10. Wild boars wash their food.
At the Basel Zoo in Switzerland, zookeepers observed adult and juvenile wild boars bringing sandy apples to a nearby creek to wash before eating. They’re even neater than some people.
11. Abraham Lincoln used to be a bartender.
Another fun fact not known by many is that Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender. In 1930, his liquor license was discovered and displayed at a liquor store in Springfield.
12. Bees can fly higher than Mount Everest.
Bees are endlessly interesting creatures with a lot of amazing fun facts. One of which is that bees can fly over 29,525 feet above sea level. That’s even higher than Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world.
13. Google Images was created because of Jennifer Lopez.
When Jennifer Lopez wore a green Versace dress to the 42nd Grammy Awards, it was so iconic that the dress became the top search in the history of Google at the time. Because of such high demand that couldn’t be handled by the regular Google search, Google Images was introduced on July 12, 2001.
14. RSVP stands for “Respondez, s'il vous plait”.
This French phrase simply means “Please respond”. Now you know you have to reply, whether you’re attending the event or not.
15. Australia has more than 10,000 beaches.
With over 50,000 kilometers of coastline, Australia holds the record to the most number of beaches. The entire coastline is joined by over 10,000 beaches and if you’re interested, it will take you at least 27 years to visit all of these beaches.
16. Armadillos always give birth to quadruplets.
When an armadillo gives birth, you can almost always expect 4 genetically identical babies. Armadillos are the only known vertebrates to have this unique quirk. To this day, scientists still haven’t figured out how to explain armadillo quadruplets.
17. A clownfish can change its gender.
All clownfish begin their life as males, while carrying both male and female reproductive organs. Only when the alpha female clownfish dies, an immature male clownfish will change his sex and take her place as the alpha female to mate with other breeding male clownfish.
18. The French Scrabble World Champion doesn’t speak French.
Nigel Richards of New Zealand memorized the entire French Scrabble dictionary (386,000 words) in nine weeks to bag the title. Richards had been playing Scrabble for 20 years since.
19. 2 parts of the human body never stop growing.
Our noses and ears never stop growing, even when the rest of the body has stopped.
20. The tiny pocket in jeans is for pocket watches.
When jeans were invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in 1893, it only had four pockets: one in the back, two in the front, and the tiny pocket.
21. Penguins used to be 6 feet tall.
Whether a terrifying or adorable fun fact: bones found at Seymour Island showed that penguins stood at 6 feet tall and weighed 250 pounds 40 million years ago.
22. Female komodo dragons can reproduce without a mate.
Known as parthenogenesis, female komodo dragons are able to reproduce both sexually and asexually. In the circumstance that there are no male komodo dragons, female komodo dragons can lay eggs without mating. Interestingly, her offspring are all male, which grow up to be her mates. Although this is not an ideal case, this is undeniably an effective way to keep the species going.
23. Rubber bands will last much longer when they are refrigerated.
When a rubber band is placed in the fridge, it causes the polymers to relax. This keeps the band from breaking down as fast as it normally does.
24. Super Mario Land was the most popular game on the Game Boy during its release.
It is also the first platform where the Mario games had released. To this day, Super Mario Land continues to be one of the highest-ranked games loved by retro gamers.
25. The plastic tips of shoelaces are called aglets.
These tips can also be made of metal. Its purpose is to help make the lace easier to hold when running through the holes of the shoes.
26. April 11, 1954, was recorded as the most boring day in the world.
Statistics show that no significant occurrences took place in the world. This was calculated by a computer search program. This program could calculate the number of important events that occur all over the world simultaneously.
27. You can’t hum while holding your nose.
I bet you just tried it, didn’t you? Well, I won't lie, I did it too.
28. Avocados never ripen on the tree.
Farmers can use the trees as storage units. As long as avocados are still attached to its parent tree, they can stay fresh for up to seven months.
29. Kids ask about 300 questions a day.
A 2013 study showed that the average kid asks one question every 2 minutes and 36 seconds. Of all types of children, girls aged four are the most curious, asking 390 questions per day. Interestingly, 82% of children would ask their mother first before their father.
30. Male bees can only mate once.
After mating with a female, the male bee’s endophallus is removed. Its abdomen also rips open and results in the male bee’s death. Now that’s what we call a bad date.
31. A snail has 2,500 teeth.
These teeth can be found on their tongue that’s covered in ridges. Snails eat by rubbing their tongue on its food while the ridges cut it into tiny pieces.
32. Indians read the most in the world.
On average, they spend 10 hours more of their time during the week just reading. In the age of digital media, this country still prefers an old fashioned book rather than their phones.
33. The flashes of light when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes.
This phenomenon allows you to see light without any actual light source present. This occurs due to many possible sources like magnetic stimulation, or random firing of cells in the visual system.
34. Staying in a negative relationship can lower your immune system.
Studies indicate that negative emotions lead to lowered immune responses against diseases. Other studies support this by stating that stress and emotions can adversely affect the immune system.
35. One of the cleanest dog breeds in the world are poodles.
This dog breed does not excessively molt and rarely smell. Often people who have pet allergies adopt poodles because of their grooming routine.
36. Pitbulls are ranked as the most affectionate breed of dogs.
They are also ranked the least aggressive despite their appearances. These dogs usually become aggressive if they are forcibly trained.
37. The largest living thing on Earth is a tree.
This Giant Sequoia is named General Sherman and can be found protected at California’s Sequoia National Park. The tree is recorded to be 52,500 cubic feet in volume.
38. There are over 6,000 species of grass.
The most common examples are rice, wheat, oats, and sugarcanes. Some of these species have been on our planet for more than 1,000 years already.
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