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1. Okinawa Island in Japan is the safest place in the world. More than 450 people, who are more than 100 years old, live there. If you want to know more about places like that you should read our article about Blue Zones.
2. The “Gombe Chimpanzee War” describes a four-year war between two hostile chimpanzee groups in Tanzania. During this time, there were mutual killings, violence and kidnappings. The war is considered the first known situation in which chimpanzees deliberately killed another chimpanzee.
3. On January 1 1985, the first phone call was made using a cellular phone.
4. The police of Saudi Arabia have a special witches-unit, where people can report cases of magic. Fortune telling is also considered a crime.
5. The vertical groove that runs from the nose to the center of the upper lip is called “philtrum”.
6. Tom Hanks brother – Jim Hanks – sounds very much alike his brother, which is why he occasionally does synchronization work for him.
7. Mosquitoes have killed more people than any other animal. It is estimated that mosquitoes kill more people worldwide in five minutes than sharks do in a whole year.
9. The Jewish boxer Salamo Arouch was imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II and was forced to fight against other inmates. The loser was shot or gassed.
10. Two of the richest men in the world – Bill Gates and Warren Buffett – officially stated that they will donate 90 percent of their assets when they pass away.
11. During the production of “Toy Story 2”, an employee accidentally erased the whole movie and almost ruined the production. Fortunately, one of the employees had a backup on her desktop computer, so the work went on and the movie made it to the cinemas.
12. Germany’s famous Oktoberfest usually starts already in September.
13. The center line of the football stadium in Macapá, Brazil, is exactly on the equator line, so that the competing teams in a match are always on different hemispheres.
14. Rabbits have such good peripheral sight they are able to see things behind their head.
15. The Russian word “Vodka” derives from the word “Voda”, which means “water”.
16. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union launched the “Intervision Song Contest”, the Soviet equivalent of the Eurovision Song Contest. However, since not every viewer had a telephone to vote on, the audience instead had to turn on the lights in their houses, if they liked the song, and turn them off, if they didn’t. The local power station then used the electricity consumption to determine how many people had voted for a song.
17. In the town of Caldari di Ortona in northern Italy, a local vineyard installed a fountain that spills red wine instead of water.
18. A 60-year-old “Macallan Valerio Adami 1926” whiskey was auctioned in 2018 for 848,750 pounds, marking the highest price ever spent on a single bottle of whiskey.
19. Worms can have up to ten hearts.
20. During the 18th century, the most important first aid measure for drowned people was to blow tobacco smoke into their rectum.
21. The constitution of the United Kingdom is not codified in one document, like the Constitution of the United States of America. However, there are a lot of separate rules and laws recognised as holding constitutional value.
22. Frequent sex increases the growth of brain cells.
23. In 1980 a hospital in Las Vegas had to dismiss several employees as they were betting on when patients would die.
24. Although Beethoven has a song called “Fuer Elise”, historians have proven that he did not know an Elise.
25. The reflex that we automatically lead a small wound to our mouth is an innate protective mechanism. The saliva in our mouth helps the blood to coagulate and kills bacteria.
26. The likelihood of dying in your cab on the way to the airport is higher than to die on your flight.
27. Nuclear divers are professional divers who carry out repair and cleaning work in the water of the cooling systems of nuclear reactors.
28. Canada is home to more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
29. With 9.200 kilometre (5.700 mile) the Trans-Siberian Railway is the single longest railway in the world. It spans almost all the way across the county of Russia. The entire journey non-stop takes 152 hours and 27 minutes to complete. It even crosses 8 time zones.
30. Big Ben is only the name of the main bell in the belfry of London. The correct name of the bell tower is “Clock Tower”.
31. YouTube Blocked in Tajikistan After a Video of the President Dancing Goes Viral.
32. Pingelap is a Western Pacific island atoll where two thirds of the inhabitants are color-blind.
33. Tuesday was named after the Nordic god of justice “Tyr”.
34. According to a social study conducted by Arizona State University, men think they are smarter than equally smart women. Women, on the other hand, tend to underestimate their abilities.
35. The oldest human remains ever discovered were found in Ethiopia. They are approximately 200,000 years old.
36. Male ants have no fathers because unfertilized ant eggs always produce male ants and only fertilized eggs produce female ants.
37. The McDonalds on the Champs-Elysées, in Paris is the only restaurant of the fast food chain with white arches instead of the traditional golden arches.
38. The record for “The most orgasms in one hour” is 134 for women and 16 for men.
39. The number of all possible Sudoku puzzles with a 9×9 field is 6,670,903,752,021,072,936,960, which is about 6.7 sextillion.
40. Timothy Ray Brown is the first man to be cured from AIDS. In 2007 he received a bone marrow transplant due to his blood cancer. After the treatment, doctors could not detect HIV in his body anymore. To date, nobody knows how this was possible and whether the disease will come back. This phenomena could only be detected on two further people.
41. Approximately 20 percent of the French landmass is outside of Europe. For example the islands Martinique and Guadeloupe are in the Caribbean Sea.
42. The first cloned cat has been called “CC” as an abbreviation for “carbon copy”‘.
43. The 100 richest people in the world earned so much money last year that they could end global poverty four times over.
44. Studies have proved that an increase in the amount of homework correlates with the increased likelihood of students to become depressed.
45. With more than 4,000 kebab shops Berlin has more kebab restaurants than Istanbul.
46. The “hyoid bone”, a small bone in the oral cavity under the tongue, is the only bone in the human body that is not connected to another bone.
47. Manhattan in New York City was purchased from American Indian people in 1626 for about US$1,000 in modern currency.
48. Based on an interview, Pope Francis watched television for the last time on the 15 July 1990.
49. Since 1987 Starbucks on average opens two stores a day.
50. In 1938, Adolf Hitler was Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”.
51. The first Game Boy had as much computing power needed as for the first moon landing.
52. Diabetic patients are unable to regulate their blood glucose level. For this reason, the glucose level is sometimes so high that even the urine of a diabetic patient would taste sweet.
53. On Mercury, one day – one revolution on its own axis – lasts 59 earth days.
54. Netflix has existed longer than Google.
55. Similar to the fingerprint, each human has an individual tongue print.
56. So far, there have already been around 106 billion people in the world.
57. The most common languages in Africa are Arabic, English, Swahili, French, Berber, Hausa, Portuguese and Spanish.
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58. It is estimated that the world’s oceans hold 320 billion cubic miles of water. To determine this magnitude, which is hard to estimate, the boundaries of the oceans were first measured using satellites. Subsequently, the average depth was determined, which in turn made it possible to calculate a volume.
59. Africa is only the world’s second driest continent. Australia is drier.
60. Blue whales are the heaviest animals in the history of the earth. With a length of up to 110 feet, they weigh a total of 150 tons.
61. The reason why actor Morgan Freeman wears earrings is due to a maritime tradition. They wore their earrings, so that their own burial could be paid with them, in case of their death.
62. In 2011, torero Juan José Padilla lost his left eye during a bullfight. Five years later, the one-eyed bullfighter was once again caught by a bull – in the same spot.
63. The minute takes its name from the Latin phrase “pars minuta”, which means “diminished part” and aims to describe the minute as being the smaller unit of time of the hour. The second was then called “pars minuta secunda”, which means “second diminished part” and thus describes the next smaller unit of time.
64. In order to protect Tokyo from being flooded by typhoons, a gigantic underground system of tunnels and water pumps was developed underneath the city. It can pump 220 tons of water into the underground per second.
65. Oxford University is older than the civilization of the Aztecs.
66. In almost all of his songs, Lenny Kravitz does not only sing, but also plays all instruments in a recording studio.
67. Super Mario was originally a carpenter before he was portrayed as a plumber in later parts of the series.
68. At least 40 percent of the music on private radio stations in France must be of French origin.
69. Some survivors of Hiroshima showed an unusual reaction. Due to the high radiation dose they were subjected to, their finger nails turned black and bled slightly when cut.
70. The Lily actress Alyson Hannigan from “How I Met Your Mother” is married to Alexis Dennis in real life, the actor of news reader Sandy Rivers.
71. A regular inspection including oil change on a Bugatti Veyron costs 21,000 dollars.
72. The often mentioned “Bro Code” and “Playbook” are real books, which can be bought.
73. In 1974, North Korea ordered 1,000 Volvo vehicles and other equipment worth 73 million euros from Sweden. To this day, North Korea has not paid for the shipment, and due to accumulated interest the debt has increased to more than 300 million euros.
74. Before she became famous, the singer “Pink” worked for McDonald’s.
75. There are more people living in California than in Canada. If you want more facts like this make sure to check out our California facts.
76. The PlayStation 2 was so popular that it was still in production until shortly before the launch of the PlayStation 4.
77. Laughing one hundred times burns the same calories as a 15-minute workout on the bike.
78. Although Clint Eastwood smokes in almost all of his movies, he himself is not a smoker.
79. During World War II, the U.S. Army collaborated with Walt Disney to develop a gas mask that looked like Mickey Mouse, in order to make children less afraid of a poison gas attack.
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80. The first virtual reality cinema has already opened its doors in Amsterdam. Visitors can swivel their chairs to enjoy a 360-degree-view of the film.
81. In the history of the United States there have been 17 Americans who ran a marathon in less than two hours and ten minutes. In October 2011 this was achieved by 32 Kenyans.
82. It has been known since 1971 that the Olympus Mons volcano on Mars is the largest known volcano in our solar system. By comparison, it was not until 2013 that the largest volcano on Earth was discovered: the Tamu Massif in the Pacific.
83. Students get better test results when looking at a green landscape during the test.
84. After Josef Stalin had heard that his son failed to commit suicide, he said: “He can’t even shoot straight.”
85. The longest “word” in the English language is the chemically correct designation of the protein “titin”. Titin is only the short form of the scientific name, which correctly begins with “Methionyl…” and ends with “…isoleucine”. The scientific name, however, consists of 189,819 letters and the pronunciation would take several hours, so that scientists only use the name “titin”.
86. Over half of Canadas residents have college degrees making the country the World’s Most Educated Country.
87. The longest prison sentence a man ever received was 384,912 years. The sentence was received by a 22 year old postman, who had not delivered over 42,000 letters.
88. Scientists have succeeded in creating a genetic strain of manioc that contains more iron and zinc than conventional plants of this type. The crop is a widespread food source, particularly in Latin America, and with this special breeding it could reduce the problem of zinc and iron deficiency in children within the region.
89. It would require 1,200,000 mosquitoes to exsanguinate the blood out of a human.
90. A cheetah can briefly reach speeds of up to 75 miles per hour. However, the sprint exhausts it so much that it needs between 20 and 60 minutes to recuperate before eating. Other predators therefore often try to steal its food in the meantime.
91. Nowadays, 82 percent of young people do not ring doors anymore, but send a message that they have arrived and wait outside the door.
92. Russia has more land mass than Pluto.
93. According to a survey conducted in 2000, Japanese people think that instant noodles are the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century.
94. Cobie Smulder, the Robin actor in “How I Met Your Mother”, is actually Canadian.
95. Australia produces around 1.3 billion liters of wine each year.
96. After the death of Leonardo da Vinci, King Franz I. of France hung up the Mona Lisa in his bathroom.
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97. R2-D2 from Star Wars is called C1-P8 in Italy.
98. Based on a fan petition, LEGO launched the production of a special Big Bang theory set in 2015.
99. Lake Karachay in Russia has been overrun with so much nuclear waste after World War II, that one hour of exposure is a lethal dose of radiation.
100. Australia is the only continent without an active volcano.
101. Although women’s brains are slightly smaller, they are more efficient than men’s brains.
102. Reed Hasting, the founder of Netflix, came up with the idea for the streaming service after forgetting to return a rental DVD and paying $40 for it.
103. At birth, a blue whale is already 26 feet long and weighs more than eight tons. In its first year, the newborn gains approximately 176 pounds of weight per day – 7.3 pounds per hour.
104. Penguins have an organ above their eyes that can convert seawater into fresh water.
105. London is the city with the most millionaires in the world. It is followed by New York City in second and Tokyo in third place.
106. Germany shares its borders with nine other countries. Poland, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
107. Africa is the only continent that’s surface extends from a northern temperate zone to a southern temperate zone.
108. The London Underground now makes more profit by selling its popular underground maps than it does operating the subway.
109. In 1913, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Leo Trotsky, and Sigmund Freud all lived close to each other in the immediate vicinity of Vienna, and regularly went to the same cafe without ever having come into contact with each other.
110. The role of John McClane in “Die Hard” actually went to Arnold Schwarzenegger – however he declined the role.
111. When the pirate Jean Lafitte learnt about a bounty on his head of 500 dollars was issued by the governor, he issued a bounty on the governor’s head of 5,000 dollars.
112. The British pound is the oldest currency still in use in the world. It’s more than 1200 years old.
113. When the Egyptians built the pyramids, there were still mammoths roaming the earth.
114. Although Christopher Columbus was the first to discover the American continent, it was the Italian Amerigo Vespucci who came up with the idea that this might be a new continent and not an Indian island, as Columbus had initially thought. In memory of this insight, the continent was named “America” after Amerigo Vespucci.
115. Frequently asked questions at a Microsoft job interview are: “Why are manhole covers round?” and “Design a coffee machine that can be used by astronauts”.
116. The gigantism of the dinosaurs and many other prehistoric animal species can be traced back to epochs with a significantly increased oxygen concentration in the air. For example, the oxygen content in the Carboniferous was 35 percent instead of the current 21 percent.
117. Studies show that people who live by the sea have lower levels of stress than others. Scientists suspect that the color blue may have a strong influence on stress levels.
118. The largest land animal permanently living in Antarctica is only 0.24 inches long. It is the wingless mosquito species “Belgica antarctica”.
119. The longest mathematical proof is more than 15,000 pages long and was written by more than 100 mathematicians.
120. Until the 20th century, the Bible explicitly mentioned the existence of unicorns. Psalm 22:22 of the Luther Bible of 1912, for example, reads: “Help me out of the lion’s mouth and save me from the unicorns!” Today it is assumed that this is a translation error and should be “wild oxen” instead. Apart from unicorns, however, numerous other mythical creatures such as dragons or a Leviathan continue to be mentioned to this day.
121. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s real name is Ralph Lifshitz. At the age of 16, he decided to change his name because he didn’t want the word “shit” to appear in his name.
122. Family Guy is prohibited in the following countries: Indonesia, Iran, Vietnam, Taiwan, Egypt, South Africa, South Korea and Malaysia.
123. Domestic violence against women is not recognized as a crime by Russian law.
124. The production cost of one penny is 1.7 cents.
125. Transplanted testicles continue to produce the donor’s sperm.
126. In 1981 a hard disk containing one gigabyte cost 300,000 dollars.
127. Benjamin Franklin left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia 2,000 dollars each in his will, with the instruction that the money could not be touched for 200 years. Due to inflation and clever investments, the two cities ended up receiving 6.5 million dollars in 1990.
128. Dogs have such a good sense of smell that they can even smell when a person’s insulin level drops too low.
129. Due to their fine and extensive root network, forest mushrooms absorb heavy metals in large quantities. That is why you should not eat more than 250 grams of forest mushrooms per week.
130. Although Cape Town is the southernmost city in Africa its not the southernmost point in the continent. That’s Cape Agulhas which is roughly 100 miles (170km) southeast from Cape Town.
131. You get a personalized card from the Queen if you reach your 100th birthday in the United Kingdom.
132. The longest beard ever measured on a woman had a length of 10 inches.
133. Approximately 96 percent of all French secondary schools have condom vending machines on their grounds.
134. Approximately eight percent of human DNA is from the DNA of viruses that infected humans thousands of years ago.
135. In Alaska there is a sand desert with dunes up to 160 feet high.
136. The Norwegian Hans Lengseth holds the record for the world’s longest beard. His beard had a total length of 17.5 feet.
137. After watching the series “Breaking Bad”, Hannibal actor Anthony Hopkins wrote a letter to Bryan Cranston, the main character of the series, and told him: “Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen – ever”.
138. College education in Germany is free even for internationals.
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139. Without bats, there would be no tequila, as bats play a crucial role in pollinating agave plants, from which the alcohol is won.
140. At Starbucks “laughing” is part of the job description.
141. Nazi Germany was the first country in the world to launch an anti-smoking campaign. Soldiers, for example, were forbidden to smoke while on duty.
142. Around 20% of Australians don’t speak English at home.
143. Between 2009 and 2012, Alexander Bychkow killed and ate at least nine people. According to him, he did this to impress his ex-girlfriend, who had ended the relationship prior to the killings.
144. After a 19 year old girl became the three millionth follower of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on Facebook, the president gave her a house.
145. The Wasaga beach in Canada is the longest fresh water beach in the world.
146. To celebrate its 50th birthday, around 300,000 people crossed the Golden Gate Bridge simultaneously on 24 May 1987. This resulted in the bridge sinking by 3.2 feet.
147. When the Millennium Bridge in London was completed in the year 2000, pedestrians almost caused it to collapse. Due to a slight natural oscillation of the bridge, the people crossed it in lockstep so that a resonance occurred. The bridge started swinging so strongly that it had to be closed only two days after its opening in order to make appropriate improvements.
148. The first pizzeria in the US opened in New York City in 1895.
149. In 1862, former slave Robert Smalls stole a Confederate ship and handed it over to the Union army. He was given command of the ship, promoted to Major General after several years and ultimately bought the house in which he had been held as a slave. He taught himself to read and write, ran for Congress, and was elected five times in a row.
150. A 20 second hug increases the oxytocin level of people so much that afterwards there is a much greater trust between them.
151. In 1893, a U.S. citizen made an application to change the name of the country to “The United States of the Earth”.
152. Male reindeer shed their antlers every year at Christmas time. However, since Santa’s reindeer all have antlers, they must be either female or neutered.
153. Pizza Hut was the first pizza service to deliver a pizza to the International Space Station. In 2001, the company paid one million dollars to the Russian Space Agency for this promotional campaign.
154. According to physical calculations, trees can reach a maximum height of 426 feet.
155. In order to better investigate the effects of a black widow’s poison, the scientist Allan Walker Blair voluntarily let the dangerous spider bite him.
156. Canada has six different time zones.
157. 60% of the African continent is covered by deserts and drylands.
158. In 1997, Microsoft employed 31,000 people worldwide, of which 10,000 already were millionaires because of their participation in the company. (Source)
159. 80% of all animals living in Australia are unique to that country.
160. At the beginning of the 20th century, radium was often used as an ingredient in facial cream.
161. With over 1,200 different subspecies, bats account for about 20 percent of all known mammal species.
162. After being hit by an avalanche, the arctic scientist Peter Freuchen freed himself by making a chisel from his frozen stool. After this, he amputated his frostbitten toes with a hammer.
163. Whenever the American President is outside the White House, a member of his security team carries a suitcase containing all the information and communications technology needed to authorize a nuclear attack. This is to enable the president to give orders for a military strike regardless of his location. The suitcase is therefore nicknamed the “Nuclear Football”.
164. The first printed book was published in German. It was the Bible.
165. Brazilian natives used ants as wound clamps. They let the ants bite and close the wound with their pincers and then pulled off their bodies. The pincers remained wedged in the body, closing the wound.
166. After beverage company Mountain Dew launched an online poll to suggest and vote on the name of a new drink, the ultimate favorites were “Hitler Did Nothing Wrong”, “Gushing Granny” and “Fapple” (alluding to masturbation).
167. In 2013 a Bill was signed in Russia against „homosexual propaganda“ making it illegal to tell children that homosexuality is not evil but normal.
168. Listening to music is the only activity which involves all areas of the brain.
169. In 1994 the iPad would have been the fastest computer on earth.
170. There are only five people worldwide who are allowed to build the Nissan GT-R engines. They are also called “Takumi” and they are the reason why only 1,000 cars of this make can be produced per month.
171. The Titanic II is scheduled to put to sea in 2022, following the route of the original Titanic.
172. Koalas sleep about 90 percent of their lives.
174. Since 1896, soccer fields in Germany have to be free of trees. If you are looking for more soccer facts just click on that link.
175. Netflix now accounts for about 15 percent of all Internet traffic in the United States.
176. With a diameter of up to 6.6 feet and a length of up to 120 feet, the lion’s mane jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. It is even longer than a blue whale.
177. The largest industrial accident ever happened on 16 April 1947 in Texas City. While cargo was being loaded, 2,200 tons of ammonium nitrate ignited on the ship Grandcamp in city’s port. The explosion was so massive that even at a distance of ten miles, people were knocked off their feet, and window panes burst as far as 37 miles away. 581 people died as a result of the explosion and over 8,400 people were injured.
178. The “Kumbh Mela” in India is not just the biggest festival in Hinduism but also the biggest event in general. The range of estimated attendees is between 30 million to 60 million people. It’s so large that it can even be seen from space.
179. People with blue eyes have a higher tolerance threshold for alcohol and are therefore drunk only after consuming larger quantities of alcohol.
180. Even during the night there are rainbows. They are called “moon bows”.
181. There are more public libraries in the U.S. than McDonald’s restaurants.
182. Because of a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases, scientists predict that the ozone hole will close in 2075.
183. In ancient Babylon it was tradition for every woman to go to the Temple of Aphrodite at least once in her life to have sex with a stranger.
184. In 2011, a high school in Chicago launched a special type of fundraising campaign. In the breaks between lessons, the Justin Bieber song “Baby” was played over and over again in the school and the students had to donate money to have the song stopped.
185. Hugh Hefner has become almost completely deaf in recent years. Doctors believe his increased use of Viagra is the cause. Hefner however, says that he would rather be deaf than forgo sex.
186. By law, cars are prohibited on Mackinac Island in Michigan since 1898. Inhabitants use horses instead.
187. The “copy and paste” function was invented in 1973 by programmer Larry Tesler.
188. The children of the nephews of Adolf Hitler had voluntarily sterilized themselves, in order for the Hitler bloodline to become extinct.
189. A horizontal line above a mathematical expression, for example to express an infinite period, is called a “vinculum”.
190. The Cookie Monster from Sesame street is actually named “Sid”
191. The fake cocaine that actors snort in movies is usually white snuff. It does not contain any real tobacco, but usually only consists of a mix of dextrose and menthol.
192. Schwuugle describes itself as “the gay search engine”.
193. The Christmas tree that is set up every year on London’s Trafalgar Square is always given to the British by Norway. This tradition has existed since 1947 and is intended to express the Norwegians’ gratitude for the support by the British during the Second World War.
194. The brain of an ostrich is smaller than its eyes.
195. Approximately one in 5,000 babies is born without an anus due to a deformity. Doctors then need to artificially reconstruct it after birth.
196. In 2002, long-distance runner Tom Johnson competed against a horse in an 50-mile race. He ran the distance in five hours and 45 minutes, arriving ten seconds ahead of the horse.
197. The Bourbon vanilla takes its name from the island of Réunion, where the black pods are grown. After the occupation by the French King Louis XIII, the island was called “Bourbon” after the name of his noble family.
198. There are more Subway restaurants worldwide than McDonald’s outlets.
199. “Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva” (abbreviated “FOP”) is a rare disease in which the affected person slowly petrifies while still alive. The disease converts healthy muscle, connective and supporting tissue into bone material.
200. A long, thin string is stretched around a part of Manhattan, used by the Jewish population for orientation on the Sabbath.
201. Every year on 13 October, Finland celebrates the official day of failure.
202. About 80 percent of people breathe exclusively through one nostril. Which nostril is used by the body varies approximately every 2.5 hours. While the other nostril is not being used for breathing, the body cleans it.
203. Actor Robert Downey Jr. credits Burger King with saving his life. When he wanted to eat a burger from the fast food chain in 2003, he found it so bad that he began rethinking his entire life and decided to put an end to his drug addiction. Five years later, he received the role of Iron Man.
204. The website www.poopsenders.com allows you to order the faeces of different types of animals and have them sent them to somebody else.
205. Canada owns about 20 percent of the world’s fresh water.
206. Neptune, Saturn and Venus are the names of three seaside resorts in Romania.
207. It takes an average employee at McDonald’s about seven months to earn the amount the CEO makes in one hour.
208. When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, Pablo Picasso was one of the suspects.
209. Zebras and ostriches often stay together in the wilderness. Ostriches can see enemies at long distances, while zebras are able to hear enemies from far away.
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210. The average starting salary for a developer at Microsoft is 106,000 dollars.
211. Varanasi in India, formerly known as Benaras, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It is said that even Buddha has visited that city.
212. Louis XIV of France had a coat with 123 diamond buttons on it.
213. In France it is not prohibited to marry a dead person.
214. More than 50% if the world’s French speaking population lives in Africa.
215. Death from being overworked and work-related stress are such a common cause of death in Japan that the Japanese even have their own word for it: Karōshi.
216. The highest ever documented weight of a human being was 1,400 pounds.
217. Until 1809, Finland was officially only a part of Sweden.
218. The clitoris has more than 8,000 nerve endings, while the penis just has 4,000.
219. Redheads are less sensitive to pain and more sensitive to temperature compared to people with different hair colors.
220. It is not possible to eat 30 salt sticks within one minute.
221. Crickets consist of up to 70 percent protein, while beef steaks contain only 17 to 40 percent protein.
222. In India there are milkshakes with marijuana.
223. Only nine percent of consumers of marijuana are addicted.
224. Masabumi Hosono was the only Japanese passenger on the Titanic. Fortunately, he was rescued when the ship sank, but when he returned home he was portrayed as a coward by the media and other public authorities. He was accused of being a disgrace to the country for not sacrificing his life to save the lives of others.
225. Netflix has over 20 million subscribers in China even though Netflix is not available in China.
226. Monowi in Nebraska has only one inhabitant and he is also mayor of the city.
227. Buzz Aldrin was the first person to have a bowel movement on the moon.
228. In 200 million years, a day on Earth will last 25 hours.
229. The Victoria Falls are the largest waterfall in Africa. Its high is 355 feet (108 metres).
230. It takes about 100,000 years for the sun’s energy to penetrate out from the core of the sun to the outermost layer and only eight minutes until it reaches the earth.
231. According to current scientific knowledge, it is assumed that about 8,000 years ago all people in Europe were dark skinned, and that a light skin color only developed recently over the course of the past millennia.
232. Eminem holds the world record for the most words in a song. At a length of six minutes and four seconds, the song “Rap God” has a total of 1,560 words, resulting in an average of 4.28 words per second.
233. Canada became a country on July 1st, 1867 when the British Parliament passed the British North America Act.
234. A human could survive two minutes in space without a space suit.
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235. In England, the second Day of Christmas is called “Boxing Day” because employees and servants traditionally received a gift box – the so-called Christmas Box – from their employer.
236. Basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian physical educator, while he was looking for a game that can be played indoors during winter.
237. In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä (“Friends’ Day”). So there, the day is not only dedicated to one’s partner, but also to one’s circle of friends.
238. All of our school textbooks show the solar system with the planets close enough to fit on one page. In actuality if you were to draw the solar system to scale and the earth was the size of a pea on paper Jupiter would be over 984 feet away and Pluto would be one and a half mile away. The nearest star would be 9,940 miles away on paper.
239. On average, left-handers live longer than right-handers.
240. In the Turkish village Halfeti, completely black roses grow each summer.
241. Deep down in the Sala silver mine in Sweden, there is a hotel room 509 feet underground, making it the deepest hotel in the world.
242. The first part of the horror film series “Paranormal Activity” only had a production budget of 15,000 dollars, but went on to take in over 194 million dollars at the box office.
243. Women who frequently play video games have more sex than other women.
244. Archer Matt Stutzman holds the world record for the longest shot with a bow and arrow under Olympic conditions. He hit his mark at a distance of 930 feet. What makes this so special is the fact that due to a disability, Matt Stutzman has no arms and therefore uses the bow with his feet.
245. The Japanese company YKK is the largest manufacturer of zippers in the world. That is why the company logo “YKK” can be found on most zippers worldwide.
246. An American married the Eiffel Tower in 2007.
247. On 13 February 2019, NASA officially lost contact with its Mars rover “Opportunity”. Originally, the rover was planned to be used for only 90 days, but instead it would continue to send data to Earth for more than 15 years. Contact was ultimately lost when the rover got caught in a sandstorm.
248. Brryan Jackson’s father infected his son with HIV at the age of eleven months to kill him, because he didn’t want to pay alimony. Within 5 years the doctors diagnosed AIDS in Jackson. They gave him just a few months. Today, Brryan Jackson is 20 years old and HIV has not been detected in his blood for more than five years.
249. More than 800 castles are currently on sale in France.
250. A red hair color paired with blue eyes is the rarest combination of hair and eye color. Only one percent of the world’s population has these characteristics.
251. The Make-A-Wish-Foundation collects money to fulfil the dreams of seriously ill children.
252. During the Second World War, the city of Constance was largely spared from Allied bombing raids. Unlike other German cities, Constance did not cut off electricity at night. Allied pilots could therefore hardly distinguish the city from neighboring Switzerland, where the lights also remained on at night. In order to avoid mistakes, no bombs were dropped in the region.
253. With 133 days at sea, the Chinese Poon Lim holds the record for the longest time a shipwrecked person has spent alone on a raft on the high seas. During his time on the ocean, he even managed to kill a shark.
254. By licking a postage stamp, you consume 0,1 calories.
255. Rhnull (rhesus factor zero) is the rarest blood type in the world. So far, only 40 people worldwide are known to have this blood group.
256. The farthest distance a sniper met his target is 3,540 meters and was set up by a Canadian elite soldier. The projectile flew about ten seconds through the air.
257. On 1 April 1957, the British BBC played an April Fools’ joke in which it published a short film about spaghetti growing on trees. After the show, the station received hundreds of calls from viewers asking how they could grow such a tree themselves.
258. In Australia in 2009, snipers were tasked with defending a colony of penguins against possible enemies to guarantee the survival of this rare penguin species.
259. The inventor of the Game Boy was initially a janitor at Nintendo.
260. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War 2, Canada declared war on Japan one day earlier than the USA did.
261. The record for the longest time between the birth of twins is 87 days. One of the children was premature, while the other remained in the mother’s womb until the regular birth.
262. Koala bears, monkeys and humans are the only animals with an individual fingerprint.
263. In the earth’s core, there are temperatures of up to 10,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
264. The spider species “Amaurobius Ferox” belongs to the genus of matriphages. This means that the spider female’s children eat their own mother after hatching from their eggs.
265. The Candlefish is so oily, that it used to be burned and used as a candle.
266. The inner skin of a vagina is folded and opens while having sex.
267. A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than that of a human being.
268. There is no law in Denmark which prohibits breaking out of jail.
269. To find out whether a female is capable of mating, male giraffes beat their heads on the female’s belly until they urinate. The male can determine the female’s fertility by the smell of her urine.
270. The fur of a mammoth could grow to a length of more than three feet in winter.
271. “Cunningham’s Law” describes the phenomenon that the fastest way to find a correct answer on the Internet is not to ask the question, but to post the wrong answer.
272. If Coca Cola was served without colorants, it would be green and not black.
273. When Michael Jackson died in 2009, this caused several websites, including Twitter and Wikipedia, to crash, as many people wanted to know more about his death and overloaded the website operators’ servers.
274. A Rubik’s Cube with three times three pieces offers 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different combinations.
275. Ring announcer Michael Buffer had his famous phrase “Let’s get ready to rumble” trademarked back in 1992. To date, this has earned him more than 400 million dollars.
276. During the expansion of the railway network in Uganda, an incredible incident occurred. Two Tsavo lions repeatedly killed workers during night and slowed the construction progress. About 135 people died this way.
277. Bob Marley’s wife Rita was shot in the head in an assassination attempt in 1976. Due to the thickness of her dreadlocks, however, she survived the incident.
278. Pandas become more fertile when they watch other pandas having sex. For this reason, pandas watch “Panda Pornos” in zoos to increase their fertility.
279. The English term “ultracrepidarianism” describes a person who tends to always express an opinion on a subject, even though he or she knows nothing about the topic.
280. In 90 percent of all adoption cases in Japan, adoption occurs among people who are already of age. The main reason is that older businessmen in particular need a successor for their family business.
281. The name of the Microsoft search engine “Bing” comes from the word “Bingo”, which you shout out when you get exactly the answer you had hoped for.
282. Fingernails grow approximately four times faster than toenails.
283. Until the 20th century, Ugandans could still pay with the shell of a cowrie snail. At the height of the currency’s strength, you could buy a woman for two snails.
284. In 1889, the pharmaceutical company Bayer sold the drug diacetylmorphine, which was marketed as a remedy for morphine addicts. Nowadays, the drug is better known as “heroin”.
285. The place with the lowest gravitational pull is in Canada.
286. The first deodorant for men was launched in 1935, although fragrance sprays for women had been around for decades. At the beginning of the 20th century, however, a strong smell in men was still considered masculine, so there was no demand for men’s deodorants.
287. Africa is the hottest continent on earth.
288. Humans are the only species that cook their food.
289. Only three years after the first football rules were laid down, the hand play was forbidden.
290. To protest against mechanization during the Industrial Revolution, workers threw their wooden shoes – called sabots – into the machines. This is how the word “sabotage” was born.
291. Sunsets on Mars appear in a blue tone.
292. New York City’s Federal Reserve Bank has the largest gold storage in the world. In total it contains more than 7.000 tons of gold.
293. A nap of six minutes at midday improves memory capacity significantly.
294. The capital of Kazakhstan is Astana. Which when translated means “capital”.
295. During the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, the American Frederick Lorz was the first to reach the finish line of the marathon race. It turned out, however, that he had covered about half the distance by car.
296. Octopus-Wrestling was a popular trend in the sixties. A diver grapples with an octopus in shallow water and tries to bring it to the surface.
297. Of all the countries that celebrate an independence day, 58 became independent of the United Kingdom.
298. African-American Madam C. J. Walker, born in 1867 as Sarah Breedlove, developed a hair care product for black women that sold extremely well, making her the first female millionaire in the United States.
299. At a wedding ceremony, women usually stand to the left of the groom. This has historical reasons, as this way the man’s sword hand was free to protect the woman from any attackers.
300. There is a type of fungus that grows on ants and controls their behavior. The ant then has no control over its own body.
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