Facts are statements that are entirely true and proven. Like so many people say, “truth is often stranger than fiction” and many of these tidbits prove that statement true. Maybe you’re looking for some funny facts to share on a long car ride or need some not-so-obvious conversation starters with interesting facts — like rattling off a list of the rarest animals in the world. Whatever you’re looking for by coming to this massive list of facts, you’ll absolutely find it. You’re not alone in your search for some fun facts. In fact, according to the latest search data available to us, fun facts are searched for a whopping 368,000 times per month! Read, enjoy and share the wealth!
Facts About The States
1. The only letter that doesn’t appear in the name of any American state? Q
2. Apparently, Chicago got the “windy city” nickname because journalists thought the residents were “full of hot air” and not because of the weather. 3. The American flag was designed by a teenager. 4. There are more bourbon barrels in Kentucky than there are people in Kentucky. 5. Abraham Lincoln was a bartender. 6. George Washington never got to live in the White House. 7. California’s state animal, the grizzly bear, doesn’t live in California anymore. 8. More people live in New York City than in the rest of America. 9. Hawaii and Arizona don’t practice daylight savings. 10. Chicago is the birthplace of the ferris wheel. 11. The Ohio flag is a swallow-tailed flag and the only non-rectangular state flag. 12. While SPAM is most popular in Hawaii, it was actually invented in Minnesota, which is now home to the SPAM museum.
Facts About Animals
13. Armadillos are almost bulletproof.
14. Koala fingerprints are so similarly looking to human prints that they’ve been mistaken for crimes. 15. Octopi release roughly 56,000 eggs at a time. 16. The heart of a shrimp is located in its head. 17. Dolphins have names for each other. 18. Cows have best friends. 19. Squirrels will adopt orphans. 20. Frogs can freeze without dying. 21. Pres. Teddy Roosevelt had a pet hyena. 22. A rhino horn is made of hair. 23. A giraffe tongue is black… and can be up to 20 inches long. 24. A woodpecker’s tongue wraps around its brain. 25. Female lions actually do most of the hunting. 26. Sloths have more neck bones than giraffes. 27. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump. 28. Adult cats are lactose intolerant. 29. Adult cats also only meow at humans, not other cats. 30. An octopus has three hearts. 31. A grizzly bear’s bite is strong enough to crush a bowling ball. 32. Figs require wasps for pollination, but if a wasp burrows into a female fig, instead of a male, it dies inside the fig. 33. A sloth’s digestion is just as slow as the animal itself — it can take a month to digest a single leaf. 34. Narwhal “horns” are actually teeth. 35. Zebra stripes fend off insects. 36. A group of ferrets is called a business. 37. Rats laugh. 38. Butterflies taste with their feet.
Fun Facts About Food
39. In warmer climates, oranges stay green.
40. Also, nothing rhymes with the word “orange.” 41. Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza a day. 42. One in every four hazelnuts ends up becoming Nutella. 43. German Chocolate cake isn’t German at all. It was invented in Texas by Sam German. 44. Chocolate was once used as currency throughout Mexico and South America. 45. Bananas grow upside down. 46. Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch. 47. CIA Headquarters has its own Starbucks. 48. Tonic water glows in the dark. 49. Dr. Frankenstein’s monster is a vegetarian. In Mary Shelley’s book he says, “My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment.” 50. KitKat once released sushi-inspired options in Japan. 51. Fortune cookies were actually invented in San Francisco. 52. White chocolate isn’t actually chocolate at all. 53. McDonalds sells 2.5 billion hamburgers each year. 54. Until 2013, Russia didn’t consider beer to be alcohol. 55. Cheese is the most stolen food in the world. 56. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth. 57. Bad eggs float. 58. Ripe cranberries bounce. 59. Bananas and humans shared 60% of their DNA. 60. In an emergency, coconut water can be used for blood plasma. (Why not bananas?) 61. Potatoes are 80% water. 62. Even an adult can survive off breast milk.
Fun Facts About Foreign Countries
63. Africa has 54 countries (right now).
64. 90% of the world’s freshwater is in Antarctica. 65. Antarctica is also the world’s largest desert. 66. The Philippines is the world’s top supplier of nurses. 67. In France, you can’t name your pig Napoleon. 68. The unicorn is the official animal of Scotland. 69. 63 Million pairs of chopsticks are produced in China each year. 70. Meanwhile, 40% of the world’s soccer balls are made in a small town in Pakistan. 71. You can go to college for free in Germany. 72. In North Korea, citizens can choose one of only 15 approved haircuts. Any other style is forbidden. 73. In Switzerland, it’s illegal to own just one guinea pig.
Fun Facts About The Body
74. Your nose and ears never quit growing.
75. Your blood makes up 8% of your body weight. 76. A kiss can increase your heart rate to 100 or more beats per minutes. 77. The sound of cracking knuckles (or any other joint) isn’t actually bones cracking but the sound of gas bubbles bursting in your joints. 78. We only use one nostril at a time. 79. Women’s hearts beat faster than men’s. 80. Scientists think we might yawn because it helps regulate body temperature. But they’re not sure. 81. Thumbs have their own pulse — that’s why we don’t use them when we take a pulse. 82. The only thing in your body that grows faster than your hair (6 inches a year) is bone marrow. 83. We can lose 80% of our body heat from our head. 84. Blushing is actually caused by a rush of adrenaline. 85. Babies blink only 1-2 times a minute, but grown-ups blink about 10 times a minute. 86. Each human also has their own unique tongue print. 87. It takes about 12 hours to completely digest our food. 88. When you blush your stomach also turns red. 89. Humans are the only living creatures that sleep on their backs. 90. 99% of the calcium in our bodies is contained in our teeth. 91. Your skull is made up of 29 different bones. 92. During our lifetimes, we’ll likely unknowingly swallow eight spiders. 93
Other Random Fun Facts
93. The inventor of the microwave only made $2 for his invention.
94. Parthenophobia is a fear of virgins. 95. The longest wedding veil ever recorded was the length of 63.5 football fields. 96. Annoyed? Banging your head against the wall for one hour can burn about 150 calories. 97. Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers. 98. E is the most common letter and appears in about 11% of all English words. 99. Both plastic Easter eggs and Easter grass were invented by the same man, Donald Weder, and he also holds more patents than Ben Franklin. 100. Water sounds different depending on how cold or hot it is. 101. Cherophobia is an irrational fear of fun or happiness. 102. Upon his death, the inventor of the frisbee was cremated and made into a frisbee. 103. Pro Baseball once allowed women. 104. Riding a roller coaster can help you pass a kidney stone.
105. Astronauts say space smells like burned metal or “searing steak”.
106. When a bee dies it emits a smell that sends a signal to other bees to remove it from the hive. If a living bee accidentally gets that smell on them they will be immediately pushed out of the hive no matter what.
107. Bees will sting intruder bees from another hive trying to steal nectar.
108. Space is completely and utterly silent.
109. It takes over 1 second for light from Earth to get to the Moon. So if you’re on the Moon you’re seeing the Earth of a second ago. You’re looking back in time!
110. There are so many stars and planets in the universe scientists haven’t been able to lock down a number. So the odds of us being alone out there are realllllyy low.
111. You can fit all the planets in our Solar System (except you, Pluto) in the relatively small distance between the Earth and the Moon.
112. Some stars in the Universe are so far away their light hasn’t even reached Earth in the time between the Big Bang and now.
113. Jupiter is Earth’s best security system. Its gravity is so strong it protects Earth from many asteroids and and comets.
114. If a human (or anything else) fell into a black hole you would get stretched out like a long noodle or spaghetti.
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