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Random Facts That’ll Make You Sound Knowledgeable AF

30 October 2017

With the festive season being around the corner and the smell of small talk already lingering in the air – it might be the perfect time to fill your stockings with the following 35 interesting facts, sure to make you sound knowledgeable AF!

That’s right, say goodbye to the irrelevant use of excessively large words and replace with these simple. You’ll thank me later…

  1.   There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. If you took them all out and laid them out, they’d stretch around the world more than twice.
  2. The man with the longest beard in the world died after tripping over his beard.
  3. Made solely out of ice, the ‘Icehotel’ in Sweden is rebuilt every year, and open for customers all year round.
  4. “Almost” is the longest English word with all the letters in alphabetical order
  5. Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.

  6. The average person spends 6 months of their life waiting on a red light to turn green.
  7. A human will eat an average of 70 insects and 10 spiders while sleeping across their lifetime.
  8. Avocados are poisonous to birds (Meaning millennial birds DEFINITELY have a better chance of affording a nest?)
  9. In 2006 someone tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. With the bid reaching $3000, eBay removed the offer.
  10. A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers to test out a hot air balloon
  11. There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos
  12. Dolphins sleep with one eye open – talk about trust issues!
  13. There are more stars in space than grains on every beach in the world
  14. The name of the bird on the Twitter icon is ‘Larry’
  15. May 29 is ‘Put a pillow on your fridge day’ as it symbolises good fortune and prosperity
  16. Originating in Scotland, the word ‘tartle’ is used to describe the panicky feeling one gets when they are introducing someone to another person whose name they can not remember
  17. Prince William has decided to break from royal protocols and travel with his son. Originally, Prince Charles and Prince William had to travel in separate planes, in case there was a crash.
  18. The name Jessica was first used in Shakespeare’s play, ‘The Merchant of Venice’
  19. There are more fake flamingos in the world than real ones

  20. Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year simply by forgetting where they put their acorns
  21. The voice actors of Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse got married in real life!
  22. If you suspect someone has been looking at you – yawn. Yawning is often contagious. That’ll catch ‘em!
  23. The loudest sound in the world was the Krakatoa volcanic eruption which  travelled around the world four times
  24. Apple often assigns new engineers to ‘fake projects’ as a test of loyalty and commitment, and that is where they remain until they can be trusted.
  25. The song ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union has been tested to being effective in reducing anxiety so well that one should not listen to it while driving as it may cause drowsiness.
  26. The colour of a flamingo’s feathers, legs and face are dependent on their diet
  27. Mosquitoes have killed more humans than any World War.

  28. In the UK, it is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas day
  29. After his death, Walter Frederick Morrison, the creator of the ‘Frisbee’ had his body cremated and turned into a frisbee as a symbol of his legacy
  30. Contrary to popular belief, the sound that we hear within a seashell is not the ocean, but the blood vessels in our ear – my whole life has been a lie!
  31. The phrase, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye” originates from ancient Rome, as the only rule within a wrestling match was to not pull out the other person’s eye.
  32. The largest recorded amount of children born from one mother is 69, comprising of 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.
  33. Martin Luther King Jr and Anne Frank were born in the same year – 1929.
  34. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur, and just like a fingerprint, no two tigers have the same print.
  35. The cigarette lighter came before the match. It’s proven. The chicken or the egg? Still absolutely no idea.

How’s that for a show stopper?… I’ll be here all night.

*Drops the mic*

Words by Jenny Boustani