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Top 50 Random Fun Facts

1.   Eggplant is a fruit, not a vegetable. It is considered a berry by botanical definition.

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2.   The retired engineer Lee Maxwell (USA) holds the record for owning the largest collection of washing machines. As of August 5, 2019, Maxwell's collection comprises 1,350 unique washing machines that range from hand-cranked wooden contraptions to the modern sleek white machines commonly found in homes today. The collection is stored in two converted barns located on Maxwell's property in Eaton, Colorado.

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3.   The Mongol Empire, led by Genghis Khan and his successors, was the largest contiguous empire in history, covering parts of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in the 13th and 14th centuries.

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4.   Velcro was invented in 1941 by a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral. He was inspired by the way burrs stuck to his dog's fur and created a hook-and-loop fastener that could be used in a variety of applications.

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5.   Bill Gates has donated $50 billion to charity.

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6.   The sun is about 4.5 billion years old, but it's not even halfway through its lifespan. It's like a teenager in cosmic years!

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7.   The sex of a sea turtle is determined by the sand's heat in which it is buried.

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8.   Antimatter is the most valuable substance in the world at $100 trillion per gram

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9.   The oldest animal ever found was a 507-year-old Icelandic clam. It was killed by researchers trying to work out its age.

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10.   In Canada, Santa’s postal code is HOH OHO.

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

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12.   Until the 1970s, the bluefin tuna was considered trash fish, and people caught them just for fun. In fact, tuna was commonly called neko-matagi, meaning "fish that even a cat would disdain."

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13.   Magpies are one of few non-mammal species able to recognize themselves in a mirror and are considered one of the most intelligent animals.

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14.   Bats are not blind, they use echolocation as a primary sense to see the world.

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15.   Spinraza, a recently approved drug for spinal muscular atrophy, has a list price of $750,000.

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16.   There are more people living in the city of Tokyo, Japan, than in the entire population of Canada, the second-largest country by landmass on Earth. Tokyo has a population of 38 million (2019), while Canada has 37.59 million (2019).

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17.   Human urine was also used to make gunpowder.

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18.   The first toothbrush with bristles was invented in China in the 15th century. The bristles were made from the hair of pigs.

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19.   The oldest known land animal fossil is the millipede, which lived around 425 million years ago.

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20.   It's illegal for pedestrians to cross a street or highway in Honolulu while using a mobile phone.

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21.   Idaho is the only U.S. state to declare cannibalism illegal. Idaho erected the ban in 1990 as a reaction to a fear that eating humans would emerge in ritualized practices.

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22.   The world's first Ferris wheel was designed by engineer George W. Ferris and opened at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Back then, it only cost 50 cents a ride.

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23.   There's an eel flavoured ice cream in Japan you can buy.

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24.   Dragon fruit is rich in vitamin C, which helps support a healthy immune system and can also promote skin health.

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25.   The holes in Swiss cheese are called eyes.

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26.   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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27.   The Largest cockroach in length and wingspan is the South and Central American Megaloblatta longipennis, which can grow to 3.8 inches in length and have an 8 inches wingspan.

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28.   Ice Age Britons used human skulls as cups.

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29.   Rafflesia arnoldii is the largest individual flower on Earth. It has the nickname “corpse flower” because it has a very unpleasant odour of decaying flesh.

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30.   In 19-century there is a sport called Pedestrianism where people would compete to walk the furthest distance in the shortest amount of time.

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31.   Some insects, such as the Hercules beetle, have incredible strength and can carry objects up to 850 times their own weight.

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32.   At nearly 60% fat, the brain is our fattiest organ.

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33.   Ancients Romans used a shared sponge on a stick to wipe themselves after defecating.

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34.   The original Star Wars movie, later retitled "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope," was the highest-grossing film of 1977 and was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning seven.

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35.   Richard Nixon appeared on the cover of Time Magazine fifty-five times, more than any other individual.

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36.   Dragon fruit is often compared to kiwi in terms of texture and flavor, but it's unique taste sets it apart from any other fruit.

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

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38.   Chameleons can change color in as few as 20 seconds.

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39.   The tradition of the groom carrying the bride over the threshold on their wedding night began as a way to protect the bride from any evil spirits that may be lurking outside.

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40.   Miljenko Parserisas Bukovic from Chile adores actress Julia Roberts so much that he spent ten years and about £1,300 to have 82 portraits of the actress tattooed on his body.

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41.   C-3PO and R2-D2 had their own 13-episode spin-off single-season animated series in 1985 called Star Wars Droids. It was a prequel of sorts and depicted their adventures before they teamed up with Luke Skywalker and the gang.

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42.   Bats are social creatures and can form colonies of hundreds or even millions of individuals.

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43.   Poisoned milk killed Abraham Lincoln’s mother when he was nine years old in 1818.

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44.   The winner of Finland's wife-carrying contest gets the wife's weight in beer.

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45.   Planet 55 Cancri e is made of diamond.

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46.   Norwegian flight from Oslo to Munich with 85 plumbers on board forced to return to the airport due to a dysfunctional toilet.

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47.   Cotard's syndrome is a rare condition that believes themselves to be dead.

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48.   The kiwi, a flightless bird found in New Zealand, lays the largest egg relative to its body size of any bird in the world.

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49.   MS The World is the largest privately-owned residential yacht. It has 165 residences live on board as the ship travels the globe.

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50.   The fastest land animal is the cheetah, which can run at speeds of up to 70 mph. It's so fast, it's like a sports car with fur!

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