55 Fun Facts That You’ll Love To Know

So you like fun facts?! Well, you're in luck; we've got 55 of them! So pull up a chair, get comfortable – and enjoy this awesome list of the top 55 most random and fun facts.

1. Latin and Irish have no words for "yes" or "no."

2. In order to legally give someone a tattoo in South Korea, one must obtain a doctor's license.

3. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 started as a result of information from a Russian spy who was executed by Russia the following year.

4. In the fiscal year of 2014, the DEA spent an average of US$4.20 per marijuana plant they uprooted.

5. Airlines make more money selling air miles than seats: between 1.5 and 2.5 cents per mile.

6. The extinct Ubykh language, spoken in the Caucasus until 1992, holds the record for most consonants: it had 83 but only two vowels.


7. A teaspoon of water contains about 500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms in it.

8. An Octopus with 96 tentacles was caught in Japan in 2008.

9. Snakes are unable to close their eyes. They can't blink and they must sleep with their eyes open.

10. Some monkeys and apes can recognize when a situation is unfair.

11. Takeout coffee cups are not recyclable and billions are wasted every year.

12. When you donate your body to science, it can get used as a crash test dummy, for medical training, forensic research or to save a life through organ transplants.

13. Indonesians are the world's shortest people.

14. Pre-Incan people are still living on man-made floating islands of grass on Lake Titicaca, as they have for hundreds of years.

15. While studying brain scans to search for patterns that correlated with psychopathic behavior, neuroscientist James Fallon found that his own brain fit the profile.

16. Martin Luther King Jr.'s mother was also slain by a bullet.

17. Leo Fender, inventor of the Telecaster and Stratocaster, could not play guitar.

18. The Millennium Prize is a US$1 million award given to whoever can solve any 1 of 7 math problems, but to date only 1 of the problems has been solved.

19. A man can be arrested in Italy for wearing a skirt in public.

20. The village of Dull, Scotland, is a "sister community" with the US town of Boring.

21. The Statue Of Liberty's full name is "Liberty Enlightening the World."

22. 79% of Americans would take a pay cut to work for a company that's more "just" in their business practice.

23. The siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire at the end of the First Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of 960 people. The place is now a popular tourist attraction in Israel.

24. For every person on earth, there are roughly 170 million insects.

25. Jack Daniels employees get a free bottle on the first payday of each month.

26. In the 90s, the average American supermarket had 9,000 products. Today, there are around 40,000.

27. Every piece of plastic ever made still exists.

28. 80% of plane crashes occur in the first 3 or last 8 minutes of a flight.

29. 30 years ago, you had about about 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Today it's down to 3 to 4 minutes because newer homes and the furniture inside them burn faster.

30. "Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia" is the scientific term for brain freeze.

31. Jackie Kennedy won an Emmy Award for her televised tour of The White House in 1962.

32. In 2011, scientists re-measured Norway's beaches, islands and fjords, adding 11,000 miles to its coastline.

33. Beyonce Knowles is an 8th cousin, four times removed, of Gustav Mahler.

34. We lose over a pound of weight during sleep by exhaling.

35. 600,000 hacking attempts are made to Facebook accounts every day.

36. In the U.S., it cost between US$134,000 and US$237,000 to raise a child from birth to age 17 (not counting school).

37. From the Middle Ages up to 1809, Finland was part of Sweden.

38. In Germany, there's a specific word for analyzing and learning to live with the past, in particular the Holocaust: "Vergangenheitsbewaltigung."

39. The Philippines has the slowest Internet speed in Southeast Asia: 3.54 Mbps.

40. Bamboo can grow up to 1 meter (3.2 ft) in 24 hours.

41. Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. President at 6-foot-4.

42. Neither of George W. Bush's daughters are Republican.

43. A honeybee's true surface area is the size of a piece of toast.

44. Albert Einstein didn't like to wear socks.

45. 51.5% of deaths for hip-hop musicians are homicide.

46. During WWII, two polish doctors saved 8,000 Jews from the Holocaust by faking a typhus epidemic that stopped the Nazis entering their town.

47. People who weigh more than others see distances as farther away.

48. Apple earns US$300,000 per minute.

49. Chimpanzees can identify each other from pictures of their butts.

50. Lenticular clouds are rare formations that can look like UFOs. They are formed when wind encounters an obstruction such as a mountain.

51. Billy Mitchell, founding father of the U.S. Air Force, predicted in 1924 that air attacks would be made by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor.

52. 7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

53. May 29 is officially “Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day.”

54. Snakes can predict earthquakes.

55. The oldest “your mom” joke was discovered on a 3,500-year-old Babylonian tablet.

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