50 Fun and Interesting Facts Around the World

50 Fun and Interesting Facts Around the World

50 Fun and Interesting Facts Around the World


1. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s nuclear weapons combined.

2. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

3. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

4. A dentist invented the electric chair.

5. The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour.

6. The Brimstone butterfly (Gonepterix rhamni) has the longest lifetime of adult butterflies: 9-10 months.

7. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves.

8. A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.

9. Representations of butterflies are seen in Egyptian frescoes at Thebes, which are 3,500 years old.

10. Babies are born without kneecaps. They do not appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

11. 14% of all facts and statistics are made up and 27% of people know that fact.

12. Every time you lick a stamp, you are consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

13. Eskimos have over 15 words for the English word ‘Snow’.

14. Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.

15. Some people say that when the black bands on the Woolly bear caterpillar are wide, cold winter is coming.

16. Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

17. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

18. Almonds are a member of the peach family.

19. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

20. US Dollar bills are made out of cotton and linen.

21. The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had.

22. Americans are responsible for about 1/5 of the world’s garbage annually.

23. Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels.

24. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it does not digest itself.

25. 98% of all murders and rapes are by a close family member or friend of the victim.

26. A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.

27. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.

28. The dot over the letter “I” is called a tittle.

29. Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son.

30. Triskaidekaphobia means fear of the number 13.

31. Paraskevidekatriaphobia means fear of Friday the 13th, which occurs one to three times a year.

32. In Italy, 17 is considered an unlucky number. In Japan, four is considered an unlucky number.

33. The ZIP in “ZIP code” means Zoning Improvement Plan.

34. Coca-Cola contained Coca (whose active ingredient is cocaine) from 1885 to 1903.

35. A “2 by 4″ is really 1 1/2 by 3 1/2.

36. It is estimated that at any one time around 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk.

37. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

38. Every person, including identical twins, has a unique eye & tongue print along with their fingerprint.

39. The “spot” on the 7-Up logo comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was an albino.

40. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 dictionary were misspelled.

41. The “save” icon in Microsoft Office programs shows a floppy disk with the shutter on backward.

42. Camels have three eyelids.

43. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents every day.

44. John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.

45. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.

46. Chocolate can kill dogs; it directly affects their heart and nervous system.

47. Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps.

48. 55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.

49. Most lipstick contains fish scales.

50. Dr. Seuss pronounced his name “Zoice”.


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