How will we ever be Jeopardy ready if you don’t commit these random facts to memory? When you know the answer to something that no one else in the room does, it has a way of making you feel like a genius. So if you’re a sucker for trivia, looking to crush your next game night, or just love learning new things that aren’t common knowledge, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll never know when you’ll need to pull these facts out, which is part of the fun. So, we invite you to nerd out with us and check out our list of random facts.
Is there such a thing as useless information? No way. All those little random interesting, funny, scary facts, or “did you know” facts you have stored in your brain are there for a reason and will surely come in handy some day… even if it’s just so you can beat your best dude at Jeopardy or amaze your bored kiddo while on a family excursion. Just in case you don’t have enough info cluttering your brain, here are some more fun, interesting or just plain zany fun tidbits to keep handy.
Interesting and Fun Animal Facts
1. Polar bear fur is actually clear and their skin is black.
2. Baby flamingos are born grey, not pink.
3. A woodpecker’s tongue actually wraps all the way around its brain, protecting it from damage when it’s hammering into a tree.
4. A shrimp’s heart is located in its head.
5. Elephants suck on their trunks for comfort.
6. Anteaters have no teeth.
7. Nine-banded armadillos always have quadruplets and they’re always identical.
8. Wombat poop is cube-shaped.
9. A flock of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
10. Hippos and horses are actually distant relatives.
11. All clownfish are born male.
12. In the UK, The Queen legally owns all unmarked swans.
13. To keep from drifting apart, sea otters hold hands while they sleep.
14. Goats have accents.
15. Dolphins give names to each other.
16. Gorillas can catch human colds — you’re probably still safe to go to the zoo with the sniffles, though.
17. Forget bald eagles. The turkey was once almost named the national bird.
18. A group of owls is called a parliament.
19. There are 32 muscles in a cat’s ear.
20. Snails can regenerate their eyes.
21. Want to know if your pet turtle is a boy or girl? Listen closely! Female turtles hiss and male turtles grunt.
22. A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.
23. French Poodles are actually from Germany.
24. Seahorses mate for life and can often be seen holding each others’ tales.
25. A group of porcupines is call a prickle.
26. Andrew Jackson’s parrot had to be removed from his funeral because it wouldn’t stop swearing. Polly wants her mouth washed out.
27. Sloths can hold their breaths for up to 40 minutes.
Interesting and Fun History Facts
28. Henry VIII knighted all four of his “Grooms of Stool” — the people in charge of wiping his butt for him.
29. Jeanette Rankin was elected to congress four years before women were even allowed to vote.
30. Women couldn’t apply for credit at a bank until 1974.
31. Before the invention of modern false teeth, dentures were commonly made from the teeth of dead soldiers.
32. In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey so flies would flock to them, instead of the pharaoh.
33. It was once considered sacrilegious to use a fork.
34. Abe Lincoln was a champion wrestler. He was also a licensed bar tender. Maybe they should call him an “Abe of all trades.”
35. George Washington owned a whiskey distillery.
36. More than 2% of the American population was killed during the Civil War.
37. Joseph Stalin used to have people removed from photos after they died or were removed from office.
38. Since 1945, all British tanks have been equipped with the necessary items for making tea.
39. Pope Gregory IV once declared war on cats because he believed black cats were used by Satan. His declaration lead to the mass extermination of cats.
40. That lack of cats led to a rat infestation which, in turn, led to the spread of plague.
50. John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.
51. Go to bed! Chernobyl, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and the Challenger explosion have all been attributed to a lack of sleep.
Interesting and Fun Travel Facts
52. The average person living in Sweden eats about 22 pounds of chocolate a year.
53. While the Wright Brothers are famous as a pair, they actually only flew together once. They promised their father they’d always fly separately.
54. Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.
55. Parts of the Great Wall of China were made with sticky rice.
56. 90% of the world’s population lives above the equator.
57. Finland has more saunas than cars.
58. 60% of the World’s lakes (three million total) are located in Canada.
59. Virginia is the only state that has the same state flower and state tree, the Dogwood.
60. Think before you season. In Egypt, it’s considered incredibly rude to salt food that has been served to you.
61. 99% of Libya is desert.
62. The height of the Eiffel Tour can vary up to six inches, depending on the temperature.
63. Spend too much on drinks when you eat out? A small town in Italy actually has a fountain that serves free wine.
64. Pilots and their co-pilots are required to eat different meals before flights so that they don’t both end up with food poisoning.
65. Roughly 600 Parisians work at the Eiffel Tower each day.
66. Want to go to Rome? Which one? There’s a city named Rome on six out of seven continents. (You really dropped the ball, Antarctica.)
67. When visiting Key West, you’re actually closer to Havana than you are to Miami.
Interesting and Fun Music Facts
68. Mary, of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” fame, was a real person and the song is based on a true story.
69. “Happy Birthday” was the first song ever played on Mars. Mars Rover Curiosity played the song to itself on its first anniversary on the planet.
70. While listening to music, your heart can sync to the rhythm.
71. President Nixon was an accomplished musician. He played five instruments, including the accordion.
72. Got a song stuck in your head? That’s called an “earworm.”
73. None of The Beatles could actually read music.
74. However, George Harrison could reportedly play 26 instruments.
75. Barry Manilow did not, in fact, write “I Write The Songs.”
76. Metallica is the only band to perform on all seven continents.
77. Most department stores tend to play slower music, in order to slow down customers and keep them shopping longer. The opposite is true for restaurants.
78. Monaco’s orchestra is bigger than its army.
79. A concert promoter once sold a thousand tickets to a Spice Girls concert in Hawaii that was never actually booked. Maybe that’s where they got the idea for Fyre Fest.
80. Leo Fender, the inventor of the Stratocaster and the Telecaster, couldn’t play guitar.
81. In 2016, Mozart sold more albums than Beyoncé.
82. During a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, someone donated $35,000 so that VH1 Classic would have to play “99 Luftballons” on repeat for an entire hour.
83. “A Boy Named Sue” wasn’t written by Johnny Cash. Shel Silverstein wrote it.
84. In 2015, Belfast police used ice cream truck music to deter teenage rioters.
Interesting and Fun Sports Facts
85. Gatorade was named after the University of Florida Gators.
86. China didn’t win its first Olympic medal until 1984.
87. The average golf ball has 336 dimples.
88. Tennis was originally played with bare hands.
89. The Cleveland Browns are the only team to neither play in or host a Super Bowl.
90. Wilt Chamberlain is in the Volleyball Hall of Fame.
91. Some golf balls are filled with honey.
92. Despite taking about three hours to play out, the average baseball game only has about 18 minutes of active playing time.
93. MLB umpires are required to wear black underwear in case they split their pants.
94. Bo Jackson refused the teams that originally tried to draft him in both baseball and football.
95. Both Volleyball and Basketball were invented in Massachusetts.
96. Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls once went eight seasons (starting in 1990) without a three-game losing streak.
97. NFL refs also get Super Bowl rings.
98. President Hubert Hoover invented a game called “Hooverball” which was a cross between tennis and volleyball and was played with a medicine ball.
99. Only one city has won three major championships in one year. In 1935, the Detroit Lions won the Super Bowl, the Tigers won the world series, and the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup.
100. More than 100 baseballs are used during a typical professional baseball game.
Interesting and Fun Silly Human Facts
101. You can’t hum while plugging your nose.
102. Tomatoes have more genes than humans.
103. We’re 1-2 centimeters taller in the morning than at night.
104. One quarter of all our bones are in our feet.
105. The human body contains enough fat to make about seven bars of soap.
106. You can’t lick your elbow.
107. You can’t tickle yourself.
108. By the time we die, we’ll have spent roughly a year sitting on the toilet.
109. You are always looking at your nose; Your brain just chooses to ignore it.
110. Astronauts can grow up to two inches taller while they’re in space.
111. Some blood vessels in a blue whale are actually big enough for humans to swim through.
112. We’re the only species known to blush.
113. You only breathe out of one nostril at a time.
114. Babies are born with more bones than adults. (Babies have 300 bones while adults only have 206.)
115. Most newborns lose all the hair they were born with by the time they’re six months old.
116. It’s impossible to burp in space.
117. Everyone has their own unique smell, except identical twins.
118. Thumbs have their own pulse.
119. Goose bumps evolved to make our ancestors’ hair stand up, making them appear more threatening to predators.
120. A sneeze shoots through the air at 100 miles per hour, sending 10,000 germs flying.
121. Know how a bat or whale uses echolocation to communicate? Humans are also capable of echolocation.
122. Stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve metal.
123. The longest hiccuping spell lasted a whopping 68 years.