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Top 100 Random Fun Facts

1.   In the early 1700s, men wore high heels to imply their upper-class status; an excellent example of this is King Louis XIV.

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2.   The International Potato Center proved once that it was possible to grow potatoes on Mars by simulating a Mars-like soil environment on Earth.

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3.   The popular surfing slang 'brah' comes from the Hawaiian pidgin for brahdah (brother).

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4.   Olympic gold medals only contain 1.34% of gold.

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5.   Virtual reality technology has been used to enhance the roller coaster experience, allowing riders to wear headsets that immerse them in a virtual world as they ride the coaster. This technology is used on coasters such as The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.

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6.   Snake skin is made from keratin, the same stuff your hair and nail is made from.

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7.   Ronald Reagan first job involved working as a lifeguard. Over six years, Reagan reportedly performed 77 rescues as a lifeguard.

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8.   Santa Claus was issued a pilot's license from the U.S. government in 1927.

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9.   The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" is the fastest air-breathing crewed aircraft in the world.

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10.   The bonnet ornament on a Rolls Royce car is called the Spirit of Ecstasy.

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11.   Jackie Chan holds the Guinness World Record for the most stunts by a living actor, and he also holds the world record for the most credits in one movie.

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12.   Aamir Khan was 45 years old when he played an 18-year-old engineering student in the movie "3 idiots". He said the only reason that he did the movie was that its subject was education.

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13.   In 1943, Claude R. Wickard, the head of the War Food Administration, banned the sliced bread as a wartime conservation measure.

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14.   Peter II was the last King of Yugoslavia and was the only European monarch so far to have been buried in the United States.

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15.   The engagement ring and wedding band have been worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was believed that the vein in this finger, called the "vena amoris," or "vein of love," ran directly to the heart.

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16.   László Bíró, a notable inventor from Hungary-Argentina, is credited with the patent of the very first commercially successful modern ballpoint pen.

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17.   Moose cheese is considered one of the most expensive cheeses in the world, selling for US$1,000 per kilogram.

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18.   The longest wedding veil measured 6,962.6 m (22,843 ft 2.11 in).

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19.   Cai Lun was a Chinese inventor who is traditionally regarded as the inventor of paper.

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20.   The oldest living organism on earth is a Great Basin bristlecone pine, estimated to be over 4,800 years old.

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21.   In Austria, there is a village called Fugging.

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22.   Your nose is always visible. The brain blocks it out through a clever trick known as Unconscious Selective Attention. VR developers have discovered that representing your nose in VR (virtual reality) reduces nausea because your brain expects it to be there even though it can't see it.

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23.   Nearly half of all mushrooms consumed in the US are grown in a small town in Pennsylvania.

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24.   In medieval Europe, it was believed that carrying a rabbit's foot would bring good luck. Unfortunately, it probably wasn't too lucky for the rabbit.

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25.   The line “I’m the king of the world!” from Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic film was improvised.

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26.   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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27.   The unique Blood Falls in Antarctica is a natural phenomenon where iron-rich, saline water seeps from the Taylor Glacier, giving the appearance of blood flowing over the ice.

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28.   The average American consumes around 23 pounds of pizza per year.

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29.   Valentine's Day is also celebrated as National Condom Day in some countries, with the goal of promoting safe sex and sexual health.

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30.   The Inland taipan is the most venomous snake in the world. It is estimated that one bite possesses enough lethality to kill at least 100 fully grown men.

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

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32.   Seventy-five percent of all gold in circulation has been extracted since 1910.

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33.   The heart beats over 100,000 times a day and pumps over 2,000 gallons of blood per day.

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34.   Skin is the human body's largest organ.

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35.   Bats are facing many threats such as habitat loss and human persecution.

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36.   Rapper Lil Wayne was asked to leave after trying to fight a referee at an anti-violence charity basketball event.

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

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38.   In 2002, Fujitsu introduced the iPAD and in 2010 Apple purchased the trademark rights from Fujitsu for over US$4 million.

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39.   Kimigayo is the national anthem of Japan. It’s one of the oldest and shortest national anthems in the world.

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40.   The world's largest species of crab, the Japanese spider crab, can have a leg span of up to 12.1 feet (3.7 meters) and can weigh up to 42 pounds (19 kilograms).

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41.   The Eucalyptus deglupta, also known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus, sheds its bark in patches, revealing a multicolored trunk that includes blue, purple, orange, and maroon hues.

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42.   The heaviest insect in the world is the Goliath beetle, which can weigh up to 3.5 ounces.

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43.   The word "dandelion" comes from the French dent-de-lion, meaning "lion's tooth."

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44.   Between 1809 and 1981, Huéscar was technically at war with Denmark, as a result of the Napoleonic war over Spain. This official declaration of war was forgotten until it was discovered by a local historian in 1981, followed by the signing of a peace treaty on 11 November 1981.

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45.   A native Mexican flower called the 'chocolate cosmos' is aptly named because it smells exactly like chocolate. Unfortunately, it's not edible.

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46.   The word "fossil" comes from the Latin word fossus, meaning "having been dug up."

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47.   Winner Lane of New York has been arrested more than 30 times. Meanwhile, his younger brother Loser Lane, went on scholarship to an elite prep school, to Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, and then joined the New York Police Department and eventually promoted to detective.

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48.   Campanology is the study of bells.

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49.   The human body is composed of around 60% water, with the brain being around 73% water.

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50.   The word "karaoke" comes from the Japanese words "kara," meaning "empty," and "oke," short for "okesutora," meaning "orchestra."

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51.   According to a study commissioned by the UN, one-third of the world's food goes to waste. That's equivalent to one billion tonnes of waste around the world every year.

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52.   The world's highest capital city, La Paz in Bolivia, is situated at an altitude of 11,913 feet (3,631 meters) above sea level.

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53.   Strawberries are not always red, nor do they always taste like strawberries. Some can be yellow or white and can even taste like pineapples.

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54.   The total cost of World War I to the U.S. was $32 billion, or 52% of gross national product at the time.

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55.   Roughly 725 species of venomous snakes worldwide, only 250 can kill a human with one bite.

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56.   Venus rotates in the opposite direction to the other planets.

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57.   There is a species of jellyfish that is biologically immortal. It is called the Turritopsis dohrnii, and it can revert back to its youthful form after reaching maturity.

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58.   Only 20 percent of electronic waste produced was collected and recycled in 2018.

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59.   Did you know that crocodiles can't stick out their tongues? Their tongues are attached to the roof of their mouth!

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60.   Bill Gates bought Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester in 1994 for US $30,802,500 (equivalent to $52,068,300 in 2018).

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61.   The most valuable and largest legal tender coin ever created is the Australian Kangaroo 1 Tonne 9999 Gold. It weighs 1,012 kg (2,231 lb 1.24 oz), measures 80 cm (2 ft 7.49 in) in diameter, 13 cm (5.12 in) in thickness and is made from bullion with a purity of 99.99%. This one-ton gold coin has a legal tender of AUD1 million, but the gold it's made out of is worth more than AUD50 million.

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62.   The official number for reporting spies in South Korea is 113.

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63.   A 9.2 earthquake struck Alaska on Good Friday, March 27, 1964. It is the most powerful earthquake recorded in North American history and the second most powerful earthquake recorded in world history.

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64.   Many species of bats give birth to only one pup per year.

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65.   The silent letters in words like 'knight' are called aphthongs.

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66.   The world's quietest room, located at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, has a background noise level of -20.6 decibels and can cause hallucinations when people spend too much time inside.

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67.   As Global temperatures rise, flowers are emitting less scent.

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68.   Laika was a soviet dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth.

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69.   Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender.

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70.   You can purchase meat from a cow-bison hybrid. The hybrids are called "beefalos." It has superior vitamin levels, higher protein, 1/3 less cholesterol, 79% less fat, and 66% fewer calories than conventional beef.

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71.   The world's heaviest flying bird, the Kori Bustard, native to Africa, can weigh up to 44 pounds (20 kilograms) and has a wingspan of up to 9 feet (2.7 meters).

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72.   The first pair of Nike running shoes was made in a waffle iron.

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73.   The smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird, which weighs less than a penny.

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74.   The smallest frog in the world is the Paedophryne amauensis, which is only 7.7 mm long.

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75.   Sloths only defecate once a week, and when they do, they climb down from their trees to do it on the ground. This is the only time they leave the safety of the trees.

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76.   The Arctic Tern is known for making the longest migration of any bird, traveling an average of 90,000 km roundtrip each year.

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77.   The Grasshopper mouse is carnivorous, dining on insects, spiders, centipedes, scorpion, lizards, and even other mice. It is immune to various venom and howls like a wolf to claim its territory.

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78.   Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles.

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79.   Men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland until the late 1960s.

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80.   Dragon fruit can be pink, red, or yellow, and the inside can be white, pink, or red.

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81.   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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82.   The colour red doesn't make bulls angry; in fact, they are red-green colour blind.

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83.   There are more doughnut shops per capita in Canada than anywhere else on the planet.

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84.   There is a fish that exists called the blue lingcod that has blue flesh.

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85.   The loudest penis in the animal kingdom belongs to the lesser water boatman insect. It is measured at 99.2 decibels, which is the equivalent of sitting in the front row listening to a loud orchestra playing. It is also the loudest animal on Earth relative to its body size.

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86.   Ann Hodges is the only person in recorded history to have been struck by a meteorite.

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87.   Vantablack is one of the darkest substances known, and it can absorb 99.96% of visible light.

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88.   The Romans used turpentine to treat depression.

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

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

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91.   Researchers in Sweden have developed transparent wood.

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92.   Uranus was almost named Georgium Sidus (George’s Star), in honour of King George III.

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93.   Ada Lovelace became the world's first programmer a century before computers were invented.

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94.   Some people in India and Pakistan smoke scorpion to get high.

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95.   There are more sheep than humans in New Zealand.

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96.   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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97.   The term “rooster” originated in the United States as a puritan euphemism to avoid the sexual connotation of the original English “cock.”

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98.   It's illegal to dress-up as a priest, nun, or other religious clergy members in Alabama. Breaking the law could earn you a $500 fine and a year in jail.

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99.   In North Korea, wearing jeans is a crime.

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100.   The world's smallest national park, Moyenne Island National Park in Seychelles, covers an area of just 24 acres (9.9 hectares) and was once a private island owned by an Englishman who turned it into a nature reserve.

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