Some Strange and Weird Facts you Probably Didn’t Know

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Are you hungry for information?  Or maybe you are just bored and want to read something interesting.  Here is a great list of 35 interesting facts that you might not already know.  Some of these are quite useful, while others are just random bits of information that serve no real purpose.  Hey, they might be handy for impressing your friends.

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1. Did you know, rubber bands will retain their elasticity better if they are refrigerated?
2. I bet you didn’t know that peanuts are one of the ingredients used to make dynamite.
3. If the calculations are correct, there are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
4. When using a computer, the average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing on a standard keyboard.  That’s pretty efficient, but still 6% from total efficiency.
5. As if sea creatures weren’t strange enough already – a shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
6. You might have had a hunch about this one already.  There are more chickens in the world than there are people.  That makes sense, since the average person probably consumes dozens of chickens each year.
7. It must be difficult to cultivate properly, because two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
8. Get your dictionary to prove me wrong on this one – the longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
9. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.  That’s as strange as the two dollar bill itself…
10. According to the clocks in the film, it is always 4:20 in the movie Pulp Fiction.
11. Something about colors… No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
12. Another fact about words:  “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
13. Get your magnifying glass.  All 50 States are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
14. Not really a nut, or peaches not really a fruit?  Almonds are a member of the peach family.
15. Maybe this explains the famous person’s charisma.  Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.
16. You could have figured this one out if you wanted to.  Maine is the only State whose name is just one syllable.
17. Take the good, and take the bad.  There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
18. A love for christmas movies, and puppets!  The characters “Bert” and “Ernie” on Sesame Street were named after “Bert the cop” and “Ernie the taxi driver” in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
19. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.  Ever seen a cat’s ear twitch?  That explains the need for all the muscles – strong ones at that.
20. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.  Big eyes, or dumb bird?  Interesting.
21. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.  Now that is interesting.
22. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.  I wonder what the subliminal meaning behind that is.
23. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.  None of those words properly describe his business…
24. Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula.”  I have no idea what that means, but I guess LA was easier to abbreviate.
25. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.  Judging by the way these insects behave, they make the most of their time.
26. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.  This is debatable.  Who can really say for sure?
27. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.  Again, get the magnifying glass…
28. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.  I happen to have a cold right now, and tried to sneeze with my eyes open.  It hurts, don’t do it.
29. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.  Apparently, they can be as large as dinner plates.
30. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.  What’s the point?
31. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.  I wonder what melted inside of his body.
32. Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.  I could have guessed that.
33. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.  I don’t believe this.  It seems that it takes me hours to fall asleep.
34. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.  Is it cheating if you fill in some of the dimples?  Or maybe you get an upper hand with more dimples?  Seriously, who takes the time to count all of these things?
35. “Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.  Yes, you can cheat and type it with your right hand.  And I’m sure in other languages, there are longer words that can be typed with only the left hand.

There you have it.  35 pointless, interesting, useless, and otherwise weird facts you may not have known, and cannot use for anything except a round of Jeopardy.  If you know any other weird facts, leave a comment and share it with the world.


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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.