Twenty Cool, Yet Absolutely Random Facts For Your Reading Pleasure.

Traditional style structure with stone money indicating great wealth. Most stones were mined on Palau and carried by outrigger canoe some 450 kilometers (250 miles).
Traditional style structure with stone money indicating great wealth. Most stones were mined on Palau and carried by outrigger canoe some 450 kilometers (250 miles).

Even the most studious of us love to hear cool and unique random facts now-and-then.

Here 's twenty fun facts for your reading pleasure:

1.) The world's first underwater hotel, Hydropolis, is in Dubai. It contains 220 luxury suites under 66 ft. (20m) of water [visit this site www.hydropolis.com to see pics of this unique hotel].

2.) The first underwater post office opened in 2003. Visitors can purchase waterproof postcards on Vanuatu and mail them 164 ft. (50m) offshore.

3.) The last place in the world where rocks were used as money (which were called rai) was the island of Yap. Some of these currency stones measure 13 ft. (4m) across!

4.) The world's oldest noodles were found in Lajia in 2005. These noodles were made of millet grain and are 4,000 years old!

5.) The largest padlock in the world (that is actually in use) weighs 110 lbs. (50kg), is more than 20 in. (50cm) high, ans is at the Jagannath Temple in Puri.

6.) The worlds biggest restaurant hamburger was first sold in 2006, at Pattaya Beach. Fittingly named; Big Bob's Texas Belt Buster, this hamburger weighs 78 lbs. (35.6kg)!

World's Largest Working Padlock.
World's Largest Working Padlock.
Bungee jumping from the Souleuvre Viaduct in Normandy.
Bungee jumping from the Souleuvre Viaduct in Normandy.

7.) The first flour war in Galaxidi, Greece, probably happened in 1801. Every year people pelt each other with 3,300 lbs. (1,500kg) of flour that is tinted with food coloring at the start of Lent.

8.) The first pizza delivery was in 1889. Raffaele Esposito bought pizzas to the king and queen of Italy, who were visiting Naples. One pizza with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil was named after Queen Margherita.

9.) In 1941, Georges de Mestral from Lausanne first thought of Velcro when he found his dog covered in burrs (seeds with tiny hooks). Fourteen years later, he patented Velcro, made from hundreds of tiny hooks and loops.

10.) Sao Joao is one of the oldest street festivals in Europe. People show their affection for one another, by hitting each other on the head gently with plastic hammers!

11.) The first Grandmothers' Festival was held at Bodo in 1992. At the first event hosted, Elida Anderson became the world's oldest bungee jumper at age 79.

12.) In 2008, the world's first hexapus (a six-legged octopus) was caught by lobster fishermen off the coast of North Wales (this link shows an amazing picture of this unique find http://scienceblogs.com/zooillogix/2008/03/henry_the_hexapus.php ).

13.) The last time there was a tug-of-war at the Olympics was in 1920 in Antwerp. Since the City of London Police Force won, they remain the reigning Olympic tug-of-war champions.

14.)Michel Lotito, nicknamed Monsieur Mangetout, first began eating strangely at the tender age of nine. He has since eaten 18 bicycles and a whole Cessna 150 light aircraft!

Cessna 150 - an example of the aircraft consumed by Michel Lotito.
Cessna 150 - an example of the aircraft consumed by Michel Lotito.
Ground Finch - Beware of the Vampire Bird!
Ground Finch - Beware of the Vampire Bird!

15.) The world's smallest newspaper (which can fit in the palm of your hand) was first published by Dolores Schwindt in 2000. Vossa Senhoria is a tiny 16-page monthly newspaper that measures 1 in. (2.54cm) by 1.4 in. (3.56cm).

16.) The Amazon forest has the smallest monkey, the pygmy marmoset, which is 6 in. (15cm) long and weighs just 3.5 oz. (100g). Some are small enough to fit around and adult index finger!

17.) Clark, South Dakota, held it's first Potato Day in 1972. At the event people would wrestle in a vat of mashed potatoes.

18.) Henry Wallitsch was the first boxer to knock himself out in 1959. He swung a punch, missed, fell through the ropes, and hit his head on the floor.

19.) The first known bird to live as a vampire is the ground finch in the Galapagos Islands. It pecks booby birds and drinks their blood.

20.) The first known false teeth, were made by the ancient Etruscans around 700 B.C. The teeth were carved from ivory or bone and held together by gold bands.

The world is full of random facts that fascinate; and at times inspire us. By keeping your eyes and ears open, you never know what new (or old) random facts will come your way.

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Wow and wow, I really enjoy that educational hub. thanks for sharing. creativeone59


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks creativeone59, I hoped you all would like it.


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StixBrown 7 years ago

I learned alot reading this hub. Thanks!


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bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California

Those are so much fun...random and fun! Thanks for that!


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Stixbrown - thank your for your feedback. I absolutely love fun little facts like these that educate as well. I'm glad you took something away from this.

bayareagreatthing - I glad you enjoyed it. Aren't random facts so much fun. It gives you a chance to give your brain a tickle.


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Sarah m Marie 7 years ago

You are one busy woman! I've been catching up on your hubs and they are such fun. It's amazing how silly or random facts can be such stress relievers!


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I know right! This has to be one of my favorite hubs! I just love random facts like these that give you something to think about, but are fun at the same time. I'm glad you're enjoying my hubs.


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june688 7 years ago

I like your hubs.

Thanks for sharing. Keeping on.


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks june688.


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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

This was a fun hub, Veronica.

Hmmm, now I'm hungry for a Cessna!

amazing!!!


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for stopping by elisabethkcmo. I have wondered what a Cessna would taste like - maybe a little hot sauce would kick it up a notch :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I love this kind of stuff! Thanks!


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I do too habee. It's a nice break from the stresses of the day. Thanks for stopping by.


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TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

Ooooh love the world's oldest bungee jumper - and for some reason I want that great big padlock. Looks so cool.

Love your random facts. More more more!

Rated up. Yay!


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for taking the time to stop by ListLady. I promise I will write another random facts list up in the near future. I've been extremely busy, but I can't wait to get back to writing. Hope to see you soon.

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