ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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

Updated on February 17, 2010
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.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      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.

    • TheListLady profile image

      TheListLady 

      8 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!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

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

    • habee profile image

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I love this kind of stuff! Thanks!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      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 :)

    • elisabethkcmo profile image

      elisabethkcmo 

      8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      This was a fun hub, Veronica.

      Hmmm, now I'm hungry for a Cessna!

      amazing!!!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks june688.

    • june688 profile image

      june688 

      9 years ago

      I like your hubs.

      Thanks for sharing. Keeping on.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      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.

    • Sarah m Marie profile image

      Sarah m Marie 

      9 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!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      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.

    • bayareagreatthing profile image

      bayareagreatthing 

      9 years ago from Bay Area California

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

    • StixBrown profile image

      StixBrown 

      9 years ago

      I learned alot reading this hub. Thanks!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks creativeone59, I hoped you all would like it.

    • creativeone59 profile image

      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

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

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)