Random Facts, Volume I


  • Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.
  • Karaoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.
  • The most money ever paid for a single cow in an auction is $1.3 million U.S. dollars.
  • The sound of ET walking was made by someone squishing their hands in jelly.
  • Greenland is not its own nation, it is a territory of Denmark.
  • The New York Public Library has a phone number that you can call and ask any question, which they will answer. The number is 917-275-6975, calls can be made Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, EST.
  • Elephants are the only mammals that cannot jump.
  • American car horns beep in the tone of F.
  • Charlie Brown’s father was a barber.
  • A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away.
  • St. Erasmus is the patron saint of abdominal pain.
  • -40o celsius is the exact same as -40 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Kansas state law requires pedestrians crossing the highway at night to wear tail-lights.
  • Every human spent half an hour as a single cell.
  • Adobe employees are not allowed to use “photoshop” as a verb.
  • If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off of the ground, it cannot jump.
  • There are more trade regulations on bananas than AK-47s.
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(“Pig Beach.” Nassau’s Most Unforgettable Boating Day Trips And Excursions 2016, Tru Bahamian,www.trubahamianfoodtours.com/ discover-the-bahama-islands/boating-day-trips/.)
  • There is an island in the Bahamas called the Pig Beach, where pigs swim in the bay.
  • Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch.
  • According to a study by students at Swarthmore Junior High School, it takes approximately 144 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie-Pop.
  • Alexander the Great founded 70 cities, naming at least 20 after himself and one after his horse, Bucephalus.
  • The word “gorilla” derives from an ancient greek word meaning “tribe of hairy women”.
  • In 2006, someone attempted to sell the nation of New Zealand on Ebay, the top bid reached $3,000 USD before Ebay shut it down.
  • Donald Duck comics are banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants, though he does wear a towel around his waist when coming out of the shower.
  • Sea otters hold hands when they are sleeping so that they do not drift apart.
  • Kansas has no minimum age to run for governor.
  • If a pregnant woman has a damaged organ, the child developing in her womb can send stem cells to repair it.
  • On average, 12 newborns are given to the wrong parents daily.
  • There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos, which is a tactic to keep people in the casinos for extended periods of time.
  • Coca Cola would be green if there was no added colors.
  • There are only two people in the world who know the recipe for Coca Cola, and they are not allowed to fly on the same plane, in case it crashes.
  • Banging your head against the wall burns 150 calories. (Though we do not recommend this a a weight loss tactic.)
  • There is a waterfall in Hawaii that sometimes flows up instead of down.
  • Nicholas Cage once did magic mushrooms with his cat.
  • Steve Jobs relieved stress by soaking his feet in Apple’s company toilets.
  • Alaska law says you may not look at a moose from an airplane.
  • In 1993, the entire city of San Francisco voted about whether a police officer was allowed to carry a ventriloquist’s dummy, named Brendan O’Smarty, while on patrol. San Francisco voted to allow him to do so.
  • Minnie Mouse’s full name is Minerva Mouse.
  • The Falkland Isles has over 700000 sheep (350 per person).
  • In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.
  • Male students enrolled at Brigham Young University need a doctor’s note to grow a beard.
  • Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
  • A Canadian farmer in 1984 tried renting advertising space on his cows.
  • James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. president continuously bought slaves with his own money in order to free them.
  • A sneeze travels about 100 miles per hour.
  • Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  • Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
  • About 150 people per year are killed by coconuts.
  • In New York, it is illegal to sell a haunted house without telling the buyer.
  • Hamsters can run up to 8 miles a night on a wheel.
  • A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.
  • Every year more than 2500 left-handed people are killed from using right-handed products.
  • Mountain lions can whistle.
  • A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
  • A flea can jump up to 200 times its own height. That is the equivalent of a human jumping the Empire State Building.
  • There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.
  • Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.


Compiled by Declan McGarry Patridge

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