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Top 50 Random Fun Facts

1.   Spider-tailed horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides) is a species of viper in western Iran with a fake spider for a tail.

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2.   A Slovakian Christmas tradition involves keeping live 'Christmas Carp" in the bathtub a few days before they become part of Christmas Dinner.

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3.   The Hunger Games is banned in Vietnam because of extreme violence and killing.

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4.   Komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 meters (10 ft).

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5.   Bullfrogs never sleep.

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6.   Ayam Cemani is a modern breed of chicken from Indonesia that is entirely black, including feathers, beak, and internal organs.

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7.   23-year-old Patrick Lawler thought he had a toothache only to learn he had a 4" nail in his skull.

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8.   The fastest shark in the world is the shortfin mako, with a recorded speed of 56 km/h (34.8 mph).

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9.   A 10-year-old girl’s attempt to sell her grandmother on eBay and described it as “annoying” but “cuddly.”

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10.   Epilepsy kills as many people per year as Breast Cancer.

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11.   You can buy a Prada money clip (paperclip) for US$420.

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12.   Humans are the only animals with chins. Even chimpanzees and gorillas don’t have one.

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13.   There is a town in Canada called "Dildo."

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14.   The landmass of Mars and Earth is very similar.

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15.   Leif Erikson was the first known European to have set foot on continent North America before Christopher Columbus.

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16.   Baked beans from a can are not baked; they are steamed after they are canned.

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17.   Dung Beetles is the only known non-vertebrate animal to navigate using the Milky Way.

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18.   Queen Elizabeth II is a trained mechanic.

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19.   At age 14, William Kamkwamba used blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and other scraps to build a wind turbine to power multiple electrical appliances for his family.

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20.   A group of hippopotamuses is called a bloat.

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21.   The first transgender school has opened in the Indian city of Kochi. The school is named Sahaj International. The school aims to make transgender eligible for taking decent jobs.

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22.   The person who invented the stop sign, the pedestrian crosswalk, the traffic circle, the one-way street, the taxi stand, and pedestrian safety islands, William Phelps Eno is sometimes known as the "Father of traffic safety," never learned to drive a car himself.

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23.   It's illegal to be drunk in a pub in the United Kingdom. Also, according to the licensing Act of 2003, it's illegal for publicans to sell alcohol to someone who's drunk or for anyone else to get alcohol for them.

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24.   Maud Stevens Wagner was an American circus performer and also the first known female tattoo artist in the United States.

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25.   An 11-year-old invented the popsicle by accident.

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26.   The Barbados threadsnake is the smallest snake species in the world. It has an average length of 10cm (3.94 inches).

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27.   The tallest mountain known in the Solar System is Rheasilvia on the asteroid Vesta.

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28.   Audie Leon Murphy was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers and became a national hero during World War II. He received every military combat award for valour available from the U.S. Army.

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29.   Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo made a mouse embryo called human-mouse chimera that's 4% human, the highest level of human cells ever recorded in an animal.

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30.   When Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, Photographer Robert Landsburg was within a few miles of the summit. Knowing he can’t escape and was about to die he then put the film into its case, put his camera in his backpack, and then laid himself on top of the backpack as the last shield in an attempt to protect its photo. His body was found seventeen days later buried in the ash with his backpack underneath.

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31.   A zoilist is someone that enjoys finding faults in others.

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32.   Garden cemeteries were among the first public parks in the U.S.

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33.   Red diamonds are commonly known as the most expensive and the rarest diamond colour in the world, with less than 30 known red diamonds having been found.

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34.   While vacationing in Iceland in 2014, a woman reported as missing was found when she was discovered in the search party looking for herself.

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35.   The Q in Q-tips stands for quality.

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36.   The only pirate known to have buried treasure was William Kidd.

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37.   There's a sport called "Squirrel fishing" where participants try to lure, catch and lift squirrels into the air using a nut tied to a fishing line and pole.

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38.   In the early days of filmmaking, films were measured in feet, where we get the term "footage."

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39.   Sophia, the humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong based company Hanson Robotics, has been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia, becoming the first robot to have a nationality.

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40.   In 1872, US President Ulysses S. Grant was arrested for speeding on his horse-drawn carriage in Washington, DC. The only known record of a sitting US President being arrested.

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41.   In the USA, ransom payments to kidnappers are tax-deductible.

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42.   The last time France guillotined a convicted criminal was in 1977.

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43.   Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest are all banned in China.

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44.   Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) in London is succumbing to gravity. Over the last century and a half, it has developed a lean so pronounced that it's now visible to the naked eye. It doesn't come close to the precarious angle of the tower in Pisa, but projections say it will catch up in around 4,000 years.

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45.   On April 6, 1893, Andy Bowen and Jack Burke were involved in the longest boxing match in history, lasted 110 rounds over seven hours and 19 minutes, each round lasting three minutes.

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46.   Perfectly smooth corrosion-free metal can fuses together in space. It's called "cold welding" a solid-state welding process in which joining takes place without fusion/heating at the interface of the two parts to be welded.

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47.   The scientific term for toasting bread is the 'Maillard Reaction.'

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48.   In 1986, a limnic eruption at Lake Nyos in Cameroon killed 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock.

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49.   Enric Marco, a Catalan mechanic, was a prominent public face Spanish survivors of the Holocaust for decades until his story was revealed to be a lie.

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50.   The Twitter bird has a name – Larry.

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