101 fascinating Fun Facts

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We have again gone in search of unbelievable facts and discovered many exciting things. Surely you already knew that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. But did you know that this could only happen because his bodyguard went to a bar to drink during his shift? Or do you know which animal has the biggest penis and what a whale penis has to do with luxury vehicles? We will enlighten you – so have fun with our 101 fascinating fun facts.

1. Meanwhile, silicone pads are sold to prevent women from showing a “cameltoe” when wearing tight pants.

2. The myth that we only use ten percent of our brain is widespread but wrong. We actually use all areas of the brain and it is active almost all the time.

3. Blue light is installed in some toilet rooms, especially in train stations, to make it harder for drug addicts to find their veins.

4. During an online court hearing held via Zoom, Nathaniel Saxaon of Michigan logged on as “Buttfucker 3000”.

5. There are butterfly larvae that can mimic the sounds of queen ants so that they are fed by worker ants.

6. The wandering albatross has the largest wingspan among birds capable of flight, up to 11.5 feet (3.5 meters).

7. The Pacific Ocean covers about one-third of the Earth’s total surface.

8. In 2002, the Oakland Athletics broke the record of 19 consecutive wins in “American League” baseball. What made it special was that it was the first team to be assembled solely based on statistical evaluations of player qualities. This made it possible to sign strong players on favorable terms that talent scouts had previously disregarded.

9. Colugos – also known as “giant gliders” – can cover distances of up to 656 feet (200 meters) in gliding flight.

10. The British Queen Elizabeth II drinks the same four alcoholic drinks every day at fixed times.

11. At 102 miles (165 kilometers), the Danyang-Kunshan Bridge in China is the longest bridge in the world.

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12. During a flight, you temporarily lose 30 percent of your sense of taste due to the dry air and lower air pressure. Therefore, in-flight meals must be flavored differently than if they were consumed on the ground.

13. It is estimated that more than one billion animals died in the Australian bushfires from August 2019 to January 2020.

14. About 75 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water.

15. A chef’s hat has exactly 100 folds. They represent the 100 methods of preparing eggs.

16. Easter Island is known for its huge stone statues. There were counted 887 of the famous stone heads, which actually even have a body, but it is hidden under the ground. The largest statue is even about 33 feet (ten meters) high.

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17. There is a manufacturer in France that produces bulletproof umbrellas.

18. Because copper and brass kill bacteria thanks to their metal ions, they were a popular material for door handles. The door handles thus disinfect themselves.

19. The strings of historical concert guitars are made from sheep intestine.

20. The Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt is the highest in the world at 455 feet (139 meters). For construction, over 2.5 million stones have been used over an estimated period of 23 years.

21. The only mammals that like spicy food are humans and tree shrews.

22. It is possible to improve your skills in a dream. With so-called lucid dreams, you are fully aware that you are dreaming. You can control the dream and thus influence how a dream runs. For example, movement sequences in some sports can be optimized, free speech can be practiced or the technique of playing a musical instrument can be improved.

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23. In the United States, a deaf New Yorker sued the porn portals YouPorn, RedTube, and Pornhub as he believed that they discriminated against him because they did not offer subtitles in all films.

24. Although the Chinese gambling city of Macau had around 16 percent fewer visitors than Las Vegas in 2018, it still recorded more than five times the gaming revenue. Want more facts about Las Vegas?

25. The shape of Pacman originated in Japan when the game’s inventor took the first eighth of a pizza off his plate while eating with friends.

26. A 2013 study concluded that children ask an average of 300 questions per day. And 82 percent of the time, the questions are asked of mothers, not fathers.

27. J. Paul Getty was one of the richest people in the world. When his grandson John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in 1973, the kidnappers demanded a 17 million dollars ransom. Getty was not willing to pay the amount, so the kidnapping dragged on for months. The kidnappers even cut off an ear and a lock of hair from their victim as evidence and finally lowered their demand to three million dollars. However, J. Paul Getty was only willing to pay 2.2 million dollars because that was the maximum amount that could be deducted from taxes. However, he loaned his son the missing 800,000 dollars at an interest rate of four percent so that he could pay the ransom. The family subsequently got John Paul Getty III back alive.

28. On October 13, 1972, a plane carrying 45 passengers crashed in the Andes. At an altitude of 13,123 feet (4,000 meters), the plane crashed into a mountainside, killing twelve people – five others froze to death in minus 30 degrees Celsius on the very first night. In the end, 16 passengers were rescued after 72 days in the icy cold of the South American Andes. They were only able to survive this long because, faced with the hopeless situation, they resorted to cannibalism and ate the fellow passengers who had already died – mostly acquaintances, friends, or even relatives. 

29. The Ringelmann effect means that people in a team do less than alone.

30. Lakpa Gelu Sherpa holds the world record for the fastest ascent to the summit of Mount Everest. From the base camp at 17,083 feet (5,207 meters) to the summit at 29,032 feet (8,849 meters), he needed only ten hours and 56 minutes in 2003.

31. To date, there have only been six people to win two Nobel Prizes. Among them, Marie Curie is the only person to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in different sciences. Together with her husband, she received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1903 for their work on spontaneous radioactivity and in chemistry in 1911 for the discovery of radium and polonium.

32. Pringles may not call themselves chips because they are not made from potato slices but pressed potato powder.

33. China’s largest supermarket chain, RT-Mart, used an unusual chart for women’s clothing sizes in one store. While small sizes were labeled “skinny” and medium sizes “nice”, other sizes were labeled “terrible” and “extremely terrible”. After protests, the chart was removed.

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34. Dietrich Mateschitz, the inventor of Red Bull, took the idea for taurine-based soft drinks from Thailand after drinking Krating Daeng there against jet lag.

35. Elvis has released 711 songs and starred in 31 movies.

36. Chewing gum promotes concentration.

37. Elon Musk has built the first rocket engine made by 3D printing.

38. The tendency to give birth to twins is inherited on the mother’s side.

39. “Angry Pirate” is the name given to a joking sex position in which the man is orally satisfied. Shortly before orgasm, he pulls his penis out of her mouth, squirts it in her eye, and then kicks her shin hard. When the partner then hops around the room on one leg with her eye squeezed shut, the “Angry Pirate” is perfect.

40. In “Young Sheldon”, Sheldon’s mother is portrayed by Zoe Perry. Sheldon’s mother is also seen in “The Big Bang Theory” but has to be older there. Interestingly, she is played by Laurie Metcalf, who is actually Zoe Perry’s mother. So, the two actresses playing Sheldon’s mother have a mother-daughter relationship.

41. In Mumbai, India, there is a traffic light that stays red longer when drivers honk. A countdown shows the seconds until the next green phase and jumps back to the beginning as soon as someone honks.

42. The barnacle has the longest penis in the world compared to its body size. Since the crustaceans stick to other animals or reefs in the long run, they need a long reproductive organ. Its penis is therefore up to eight times as long as its body.

43. Stool transplantation is the transplantation of a healthy donor’s stool to a sick recipient to revitalize the intestinal flora.

44. Franco-Algerian Nadir Dendoune was the first person to climb Mount Everest without experience. On May 25, 2008, he reached the summit and spent something that no one would have thought possible.

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45. Spiders had a tail 100 million years ago.

46. If a sea slug’s head is cut off, it can regrow its entire body.

47. The interior of some luxury vehicles is made of whale-penis leather.

48. When gorillas drum on their chests during courtship, it is not primarily to intimidate other males or to impress females. In fact, they convey information about their body size so that competitors can assess whether a physical confrontation might be worthwhile.

49. The longest tunnel in the world is Line 3 of the Guangzhou Metro in China. The main line between the stations “Tianhe Coach Terminal” and “Tiyu Xilu” is 37.6 miles (60.4 kilometers) long.

50. The shortest national anthem consists of only four lines and belongs to Japan. The longest national anthem comes from Greece with 158 stanzas.

51. In Colorado, from 1945 to 1946 – for 18 months – lived a headless chicken. Because the blow of the ax missed the jugular vein and part of the brain, “Miracle Mike” was able to stay alive without a head, becoming a worldwide celebrity.

52. Known as “White Boy Rick”, Richard Wershe Jr. was the FBI’s youngest informant at 14 in the 1980s. He bought drugs on behalf of the FBI to put dealers behind bars. Shortly thereafter, however, he began dealing drugs himself and by 17 was already one of the most influential drug traffickers in the United States. After being caught with eight kilograms of cocaine in 1987, he received a life sentence. He was not released from prison until 2020, making him the longest incarcerated non-violent felon in Michigan history.

53. It is not just on the blue planet that the earth occasionally shakes. Seismographs placed on the moon between 1969 and 1972 have revealed that moonquakes also occur.

54. Between 1975 and 1979, the Cambodian ruler Pol Pot was estimated to have killed up to two million people, mainly intellectuals and Buddhists.

55. The Dasht-e Lut desert in Iran is the hottest place in the world. Surface temperatures beyond 70 degrees Celsius could be measured there.

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56. From Iceland, there are heated streets and sidewalks.

57. Mayim Bialik, the actress of Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory” actually has a doctorate in neurobiology.

58. The Hungarian-Austrian composer Franz Liszt was so popular with women that they asked for a curl of his hair in letters. However, since the letters piled up so much, he bought a dog, which from then on served as a source of hair for the reply letters.

59. In 2008, there was a baby milk scandal in China because a company used the industrial chemical melamine to make the milk richer in protein. However, six babies died and 300,000 became ill as a result. Therefore, many Chinese no longer trust the country’s products and instead hire buyers to purchase baby formula for them from Australian supermarkets. An estimated 400,000 such shoppers, called Daigou, are active in Australia.

60. In Germany in 2021, a man set his entire house on fire because he tried to thaw a frozen water pipe with a hairdryer and ended up forgetting it.

61. Since 2019, porkers have been bred in southern China, which weigh 1.100 pounds (500 kilograms) at the time of slaughter and can reach up to 1,400 dollars on the cattle market. In contrast, the normal body weight is about 275 pounds (125 kilograms).

62. Multiple personalities (Dissociative Identity Disorder) can even manifest themselves physically. For example, the different personalities residing in one body can be both right-handed and left-handed, suffer in part from diabetes, or only in part have certain allergies. There is even a proven case where one personality is blind while the other can see.

63. With the successful entry of the “Falcon 1” rocket into the Earth’s atmosphere in September 2008, SpaceX became the first private space company to achieve this.

64. There used to be a Jewish criminal organization called “Kosher Nostra” – based on the Sicilian mafia “Cosa Nostra”.

65. In the USA, vanilla aromas used to also be produced by using a secretion from the anal gland of the beaver – also called “castoreum”.

66. Former US labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa was so hated by strikebreakers that he feared car bombs. To get in, he opened his car door and only half leaned in to start it. He hoped that this would increase his chances of survival in the event of an assassination attempt.

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67. In Hong Kong, tens of thousands of people live in cages with a floor area of 21 square feet (two square meters). You cannot stand upright or lie stretched out in it, but there is WiFi.

68. In April 2021, a Polish woman called the local animal protection society because she was afraid of an indefinable creature in the tree in front of her house. According to her, neighbors were also in fear and did not dare to open the windows. In fact, however, it was only a croissant stuck in the tree.

69. Bart Simpson is voiced by a woman in the original version. Nancy Cartwright lends her voice not only to Bart but also to the bullies Nelson Muntz and Kearney Zzyzwicz, super friend “Database”, neighbor boy Todd Flanders, policeman’s son Ralph Wiggum and Maggie Simpson.

70. The two M’s in M&M’s stand for the two inventors Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie.

71. Leo Fender, the inventor of the “Stratocaster” electric guitar, was unable to play guitar himself.

72. There are sea mines that destroy ships not by direct blast, but by an enormous gas bubble. Such mines lie on the bottom of a sea and are remotely detonated as soon as a boat is above them. The rising gas bubble lifts the ship and drops it into a cavity when it bursts. Thus, it simply breaks when it hits the water surface.

73. Beatles member Paul McCartney cannot read notes.

74. The world’s smallest reptile was discovered in Madagascar. Brookesia nana is just 0.5 inches (13.5 millimeters) in size, but its penis still accounts for 20 percent of its body length.

75. When you enter a shopping mall, you can quickly lose your bearings. This is an intended effect called the Gruen transfer, which is intended to entice people to stay longer and make impulse purchases. It is named after the Austrian Victor Gruen, who built the world’s first shopping center in Minneapolis.

76. There are currently around 3,040 billion trees in the world or around 400 trees per person. However, the number of trees shrinks by around ten billion a year.

77. In August 2019, Russia launched the first floating nuclear power plant.

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78. John D. Rockefeller was the world’s first dollar billionaire.

79. If you look at cultural objects such as works of art, museums, or cathedrals in large numbers, you can experience cultural stimulus overload, which can even trigger delusions and hallucinations. In science, this is called Stendhal syndrome.

80. In 200 to 250 million years, all continents will reunite to form a supercontinent.

81. The former “Queen” singer Freddy Mercury was born in Zanzibar.

82. In 2013, Asiana Flight 214 had to make an emergency landing at San Francisco Airport. The California TV broadcaster KTVU then reported the accident but was fooled by an intern at the National Transport Safety Agency. He told the TV station the names of the Korean pilots: Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow.

83. In season 5 episode 11 of “The Big Bang Theory”, Leonard meets his old high school bully Jimmy Speckerman. He is played by Lance Barber, who, however, embodies Sheldon’s father in “Young Sheldon”.

84. The Mongolian Empire under Genghis Khan extended from the Pacific to the Mediterranean in the 13th century.

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85. The production cost of Amazon’s “The Lord of the Rings” series is 465 million dollars, well above the 280 million dollar budget used to produce the film trilogy.

86. A 22-year-old New Zealander changed his name to “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova” in 2014 after betting his name in a card game.

87. The Chinese high-speed train network covers more than 18,600 miles (30,000 kilometers) of track – significantly more than the rest of the world combined.

88. Storms may be so violent that they cause earthquakes when they sweep across a landscape. That is why they are also called “stormquakes”.

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89. An estimated 5,000 people live in the abandoned subway tunnels of New York City.

90. Because the gravitational pull off the coast of India is lower than in the surrounding regions, the ocean has a large dent there. Because the water masses are more strongly drawn to the adjacent areas with the higher gravitational pull.

91. In South Korea, the fertility rate was less than one child per woman for the first time in 2018. At 0.92, it was even lower in 2019 than anywhere else in the world.

92. Microsoft sank a small data center into the sea in 2018. “Project Natick” was successful because it actually increased reliability eightfold.

93. Polar bears can smell their prey even through a meter of ice.

94. In Italy and Germany, the animated Disney film “Moana” does not have the original title, but instead “Vaiana”. The reason for this is that there is already an Italian film with the title “Moana”, which is about the porn actress Moana Pozzi.

95. The German Bundestag is the second-largest parliament in the world – after the National People’s Congress in China.

96. The American Denise Mueller-Korenek reached the highest speed that was ever ridden on a bike. In the slipstream of a dragster, she accelerated her special bike to 183.3 miles per hour (296 kilometers per hour). Previously, the dragster brought her to 50 miles per hour (80 kilometers per hour) so that she could then set a new record on her own. This was possible because of an extreme gear ratio, which made independent cycling at low speeds impossible.

97. In “Pulp Fiction”, Vincent Vega tells that he was in Amsterdam for a long time. Tarantino wanted to keep open the possibility of shooting a prequel to the film. In it, Vincent Vega and Vic Vega from “Reservoir Dogs” – an earlier Tarantino movie – would have done business together for Marcellus Wallace in the Netherlands. The film would have been titled “Double V Vega”.

98. In Brazil in 2016, during construction work for a dam in the Amazon, the largest anaconda known to date was discovered. The giant came to a length of 33 feet (ten meters) with a maximum diameter of three feet (one meter) and a weight of 880 pounds (400 kilograms).

99. In Portugal, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opened in 2021. It is 516 meters long and hangs 574 feet (175 meters) above the Paiva River.

100. When Malawi was hit by famine in 2002 due to drought, 13-year-old William Kamkwamba built a wind turbine to power an electric pump. Thus, the parched fields could be cultivated again and his village was saved. Remarkably, he did not go to school because his parents could no longer pay the fees. Instead, he snuck into the school library and deepened his knowledge of electronics. The book “Using Energy” then gave him the idea of building a wind turbine using a bicycle complete with dynamo, eucalyptus wood, and scrap metal.

101. On the evening of June 28, 1890, John Frederick Parker, among others, had been assigned to protect the life of President Abraham Lincoln. But he left his post at the entrance to Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theatre to have a drink in a bar next door. During this time, John Wilkes Booth gained access to the lodge and shot the president.

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