50 Completely useless, but interesting facts - just for fun

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In this article I’ve tried to collect 50 very interesting, random and true (!) facts.

Please keep in mind that although I’ve done a few hours research on these facts, some of them can still only be an urban legend, even if mentioned on several sites. If this is the case with any of these facts, please leave a comment with your valid source and I will correct the relevant fact. Please help me keep this list as correct as possible – to not only entertain others, but allow them to learn something new as well :). Thanks!

So, here we go:

50 facts that you will find interesting!

1. Usually people are more afraid of spiders than death.

2. Out of 2 billion people only one reaches the age of 116.

3. In the winter of 1911 and 1932 the weather was so cold that Niagara Falls froze over.

4. There’s a bigger chance that a person dies of a champagne plug than a snake bite.

5. Crocodiles are unable to stick their tongue out.

6. A cockroach can live up to 30 days without its head.

7. The world’s shortest war was fought between Zanzibar and England – Zanzibar capitulated after 38 minutes.

8. The sentence ‘The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.’ uses every letter of the English alphabet.

9. Of all the words in English language the word ‘set’ has the most definitions.

10. If someone keeps a goldfish in a dark room slowly the colour of the fish will turn white.

11. Women blink twice as much as men.

12. On average one celebrates their birthday on the same day with about 18 million people worldwide.

13. Cows can walk upstairs, but not downstairs.

14. As freshmen at Harvard University, Tommy Lee Jones (actor) and former Vice President of the USA Al Gore were matched as roommates in 1965.

15. The fingerprints of koalas are almost identical to human fingerprints.

16. If a month starts with a Sunday, then that month will always have a Friday the 13th.

17. The most common surname in America and in the UK is Smith.

18. Fleas are one of the best jumpers on the world – they can jump as high as 150 times their own body height.

19. Every second over 7,000 Coca-Cola products are consumed.

20. Bob Marley had 3 children born in 4 weeks to 3 different women.

21. In 1979 a women jumped off the 86th floor of the Empire State building and survived!

22. Al Capone’s brother was a federal Prohibition agent in Nebraska; meanwhile his younger brother was running a bootlegging empire in Chicago.

23. Married men change their underwear twice as often as single men.

24. Banging your head against the wall consumes 150 calories per hour.

25. Cherophobia is the fear of happiness, rejoicing and joyfulness.

26. Bubble wrap was originally designed to be used as wallpaper.

27. You can change your language on Facebook to ‘Pirate’.

28. The brand name Häagen-Dazs is only a fabricated, ‘foreign-sounding’ name, it doesn’t actually mean anything!

29. The United States has more Jewish citizens than the State of Israel.

30. Charlize Theron’s mother killed her father in self defense when she was 15.

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31. The world’s youngest confirmed mother in history was Lina Medina, who gave birth at the age of 5 years and 7,5 months.

32. A hummingbird’s brain is 4,2% of its body weight.

33. The average person has about 1750 dreams per year.

34. Each year thousands of birds die crashing or flying into windows.

35. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

36. Elephants can’t jump.

37. Fortune cookies were actually invented in America by a Chinese immigrant living in California in 1918.

38. The heart of a Blue Whale typically weighs about 600-900 kgs!

39. The most used expression of any language is ‘OK’.

40. The first most recognised scent on the whole world is coffee.

41. It is impossible to sneeze with the eyes open.

42. The Hummingbird is the only bird on the world that can fly backwards.

43. People tend to fall asleep within 7 minutes.

44. Frogs can drink water through their skin.

45. On average an American family watches TV for 6 hours each day.

46. Chewing a gum is banned in Singapore since 1992.

47. According to Guinness World Records the oldest dog lived 29,5 years.

48. Catfish have the most taste buds on the world – 20 times more than humans do.

49. Cats have excellent night vision – it is six times better than human night vision.

50. The world’s largest mall is in Dongguan, China – but it is 99% empty (although it could provide room for 2350 stores)!

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schur 2 years ago

1. Usually people are more afraid of spiders than death.

True for this person.


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zsobig 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

tehgyb, thanks a lot for your comment! I have to admit, some of these facts came as quite a shock to me too while I was collecting them :).


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tehgyb 2 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

Awesome! Great work! Voted up.

22 is kind of surprising - who would have thought??


Nutan kaushik 3 years ago

I really like this & my favorite one was "the most used expression of any language is OK"

THANKS & keep writing these funny $ interesting facts .............


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Rock_nj 3 years ago from New Jersey

Amusing. I like the one, "There’s a bigger chance that a person dies of a champagne plug than a snake bite." Is that mall in China still 99% empty? That's central planning for you.


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Silver Q 4 years ago

I really enjoyed this list, especially number 25. Who would've thought that some people can actually be scared of happiness? Thank you for sharing this wonderful, funny and entertaining things! Keep writing!


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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Facts like these always make me go, "Hmm, really... who knew?" Some good ones here though. Enjoyed the read.


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

I know your 'problem' jennzie - Iam unable to fall asleep within 7 minutes as well (sometimes I need several times 7 minutes), but on the other hand, my husband is able to fall asleep by the time his heas reaches the pillow :).

Thanks for your comments!


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

I love interesting facts and I didn't know most of these. I'm one of the people that usually can't fall asleep within seven minutes, though- it can take me a pretty long time before I finally doze off.

Voted this up, interesting and shared.


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Very interesting! I hadn't heard most of these facts before!


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nmdonders 4 years ago

Those are so interesting. Most I've never even heard about. So much for "One Love" Bob Marley haha. Really neat Hub. Thanks for sharing.


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you very much everyone! :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

A fantastic collection of 50 facts - loved this!

Voted up and shared


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Wonderful collection! I like how you have a nice mixture of funny, interesting and serious... and a couple disturbing. My favorite was "Banging your head against the wall consumes 150 calories per hour" I don't know why but I could not stop laughing ^_^ voted a bunch and shared!


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molometer 4 years ago

This is hilarious and interesting. You have put a lot of work into this hub. Well done voted up.

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