The Facts

  • The billionth digit of Pi is 9.
  • The square root of rope is string.
  • A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds
  • Dental floss has superb tensile strength.
  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
  • Hot water freezes quicker than cold water.
  • Polymerase I polypeptide A is a human gene.
  • The Sun is 330,330 times larger than Earth.
  • The moon orbits the Earth every 27.32 days.
  • A nanosecond lasts one billionth of a second.
  • To make a photocopier, simply photocopy a mirror.
  • Humans can survive underwater. But not for very long.
  • The average adult body contains half a pound of salt.
  • Volcano-ologists are experts in the study of volcanoes.
  • Cellular phones will not give you cancer. Only hepatitis.
  • Avocados have the highest fiber and calories of any fruit.
  • The atomic weight of Germanium is seven two point six four.
  • China produces the world’s second largest crop of soybeans.
  • Human tapeworms can grow up to twenty-two point nine meters.
  • 89% of magic tricks are not magic. Technically, they are sorcery.
  • Iguanas can stay underwater for twenty-eight point seven minutes.
  • Every square inch of the human body has 32 million bacteria on it.
  • The average life expectancy of a rhinoceros in captivity is 15 years.
  • At the end of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, Konstantin kills himself.
  • According to most advanced algorithms, the world’s best name is Craig.
  • Whales are twice as intelligent, and three times as delicious, as humans.
  • At some point in their lives 1 in 6 children will be abducted by the Dutch.
  • Tungsten has the highest melting point of any metal, at 3,410 degrees Celsius.
  • The first person to prove that cow’s milk is drinkable was very, very thirsty.
  • Raseph, the Semitic god of war and plague, had a gazelle growing out of his forehead.
  • Gently cleaning the tongue twice a day is the most effective way to fight bad breath.
  • Avocados have the highest fiber and calories of any fruit. They are found in Australians.
  • The Mexican-American War ended in 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  • According to Norse legend, thunder god Thor’s chariot was pulled across the sky by two goats.
  • The value of Pi is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space.
  • Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Mount Everest, did so accidentally while chasing a bird.
  • The first commercial airline flight took to the air in 1914. Everyone involved screamed the entire way.
  • The plural of surgeon general is surgeons general. The past tense of surgeons general is surgeonsed general.
  • Marie Curie invented the theory of radioactivity, the treatment of radioactivity, and dying of radioactivity.
  • The occupation of court jester was invented accidentally, when a vassal’s epilepsy was mistaken for capering.
  • In Greek myth, Prometheus stole fire from the Gods and gave it to humankind. The jewelry he kept for himself.
  • Dreams are the subconscious mind’s way of reminding people to go to school naked and have their teeth fall out.
  • In Greek myth, the craftsman Daedalus invented human flight so a group of Minotaurs would stop teasing him about it.
  • Before the Wright Brothers invented the airplane, anyone wanting to fly anywhere was required to eat 200 pounds of helium.
  • In 1879, Sandford Fleming first proposed the adoption of worldwide standardized time zones at the Royal Canadian Institute.
  • In 1948, at the request of a dying boy, baseball legend Babe Ruth ate seventy-five hot dogs, then died of hot dog poisoning.
  • While the submarine is vastly superior to the boat in every way, over 97% of people still use boats for aquatic transportation.
  • Roman toothpaste was made with human urine. Urine as an ingredient in toothpaste continued to be used up until the 18th century.
  • Before the invention of scrambled eggs in 1912, the typical breakfast was either whole eggs still in the shell or scrambled rocks.
  • The Tariff Act of 1789, established to protect domestic manufacture, was the second statute ever enacted by the United States government.
  • During the Great Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority outlawed pet rabbits, forcing many to hot glue-gun long ears onto their pet mice.
  • William Shakespeare did not exist. His plays were masterminded in 1589 by Francis Bacon, who used a Ouija board to enslave play-writing ghosts.
  • Pants were invented by sailors in the sixteenth century to avoid Poseidon’s wrath. It was believed that the sight of naked sailors angered the sea god.
  • Diamonds are made when coal is put under intense pressure. Diamonds put under intense pressure become foam pellets, commonly used today as packing material.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the Eskimo does not have one hundred different words for snow. They do, however, have two hundred and thirty-four words for fudge.
  • Halley’s Comet can be viewed orbiting Earth every seventy-six years. For the other seventy-five, it retreats to the heart of the sun, where it hibernates undisturbed.
  • It is incorrectly noted that Thomas Edison invented ‘push-ups’ in 1878. Nikolai Tesla had in fact patented the activity three years earlier, under the name ‘Tesla-cize.’
  • The automobile brake was not invented until 1895. Before this, someone had to remain in the car at all times, driving in circles until passengers returned from their errands.
  • The most poisonous fish in the world is the orange ruffy. Everything but its eyes are made of a deadly poison. The ruffy’s eyes are composed of a less harmful, deadly poison.
  • In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves. Like everything he did, Lincoln freed the slaves while sleepwalking, and later had no memory of the event.
  • The Schrodinger’s cat paradox outlines a situation in which a cat in a box must be considered, for all intents and purposes, simultaneously alive and dead. Schrodinger created this paradox as a justification for killing cats.
  • In Victorian England, a commoner was not allowed to look directly at the Queen, due to a belief at the time that the poor had the ability to steal thoughts. Science now believes that less than 4% of poor people are able to do this.
  • If you have trouble with simple counting, use the following mnemonic device: one comes before two comes before 60 comes after 12 comes before six trillion comes after 504. This will make your earlier counting difficulties seem like no big deal.

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