You know that I love fun facts and trivia like nobody else so it is my pleasure to provide you another list of 250 completely random facts that will surely blow your mind. If you are looking for answers to one of the most asked questions this list has all the answers and much more. Have fun while reading the next 250 facts.
1. Human fingers are so sensitive that they can feel objects of 13 nanometers in size. This means that if one finger was the size of the earth, it could feel the difference between a house and a car.
2. Regular sex can relieve nasal congestion and help treat asthma and hay fever.
3. New York City’s oldest building dates back to 1642. It’s known as the Wyckoff Farm and is in Brooklyn. It’s now used as a museum dedicated to the city’s Dutch heritage. Are you looking for more facts like these? Read our article only on fun facts about New York City.
4. Although Japan has only one third of the population of the United States, more than six times as many Japanese people are more than 100 years old.
5. On average, people laugh ten times a day.
6. As part of a prank “hacker” attack, the activist group Anonymous sent a huge number of purely black faxes to Scientology to empty their printer cartridges.
7. There is a low probability that women can become pregnant a second time during pregnancy. This so-called phenomenon of “superfetation” is highly unlikely, but nevertheless possible. The last known case of a woman who was pregnant twice at the same time occurred in 2009.
8. The suicide rate in Japan is 60 percent above the global average. This is why workshops teaching people to express their feelings are becoming more and more popular in the country.
9. If you were to stack all the viruses in the world on top of each other, this would result in a tower that would extend far beyond the moon, even further than our sun, further than Alpha Centauri and further than the edge of the Milky Way and into the next galaxy, with a total height of about 200 million light years.
10. Iceland has the lowest population density in the EU – only 9.1 people per square mile.
11. The skin that snakes leave behind during moulting is called a “snake shirt”.
12. The Foreign Accent Syndrome describes a disease in which the affected persons involuntarily speak their mother tongue with a foreign accent.
13. 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”.
14. The world record for wearing the most underpants at the same time is at 302 pairs.
15. In Newfoundland (Canada) there is a city called Dildo. More facts about Canada.
16. Most board games are sold in Germany. Find here even more facts about Germany.
17. 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.
18. The 1967 Space Treaty stipulates that no country has the right to annex or occupy a celestial body. At the same time, it prohibits the stationing of nuclear weapons in space or the establishment of a military base or military exercises on the moon. More than 100 states, including the USA and Russia, have signed this treaty.
19. In order to avoid a long-standing dispute, the CEO’s of Southwest Airline and Stevens Aviation decided to resolve their problem by arm wrestling. The winner was given the right to use a specific advertising slogan.
20. The largest land animal permanently living in Antarctica is only 0.24 inches long. It is the wingless mosquito species “Belgica antarctica”.
21. George Washington was known to convince voters with the help of alcohol. At an election campaign with over 400 people, he brought over 500 liters of alcohol to secure their votes.
22. Since 1987 Starbucks on average opens two stores a day.
23. 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.
24. In the Turkish village Halfeti, completely black roses grow each summer.
25. The Titanoboa was the largest snake to ever have lived. The 46-foot-long animal, which weighed more than 1.3 tons, haunted the Colombian rainforest some 60 million years ago.
26. The Pomato is a hybrid between a tomato and a potato. The plant produces both tomatoes and potatoes.
27. Almost all windmills in the world rotate counterclockwise, while almost all wind turbines in the world rotate clockwise.
28. “Broken Heart Syndrome” is the medical term for the separation of a beloved partner. The symptoms can be so strong, that the patient gets cardiac dysrhythmia, suffers from pain and is not able to breathe properly.
29. Just five percent of all babies suck their left thumb. The remaining 95 percent use their right one.
30. Scientist Nikola Tesla once paid a hotel bill with the first functional model of his “death ray”. Management was advised not to open the box unless complying with strict safety precautions. After his death, the box was opened, and it turned out to contain nothing but old laboratory utensils. We wrote a great article and created also a fantastic video dedicated to facts about Nikola Tesla. Make sure to check it out.
31. 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”.
32. The most frequently visited tourist attraction in Paris is not the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, but Disneyland.
33. When the game “Twister” was released in 1966, it was described as “sex in a box”.
34. It is assumed that cats are responsible for the extinction of several animal species.
35. According to the Global Age Watch Index 2014, Germany is the third best country on earth after Sweden and Norway, for humans to get as old as possible.
36. Every year, about four million cats are consumed as delicacies in China.
37. A study from 2002 showed that 60 percent of people cannot have a ten minute conversation without having lied at least once.
38. Television preacher Oral Roberts once told his viewers that God would kill him if he did not receive eight million dollars from them. In the end, the viewers even sent him more than nine million dollars.
39. During World War II, the Allies estimated the production rate of German tanks by comparing the serial numbers on captured tanks. The production rate of tanks was estimated at 256 units per month. After the end of the war, the actual production rate was discovered: 255 tanks per month.
40. 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. (Source)
41. When crying tears of joy, the first one mainly comes from the right eye, while the first tear of sorrow mostly comes from the left.
42. On 1 April 2017, Pornhub played a very special April fool’s prank on its users. After they had clicked on a video, a picture with the message “Thanks for Sharing – Pornhub now has automatic video sharing to your social media accounts” was displayed.
43. The full name of Mahatma Gandhi was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
44. The former U.S. Marine soldier Guy Gabaldon was able to catch about 800 Japanese soldiers during World War Two. The Japanese soldiers were hiding in a cave and Guy Gabaldon sneaked in. He convinced them that their cave was surrounded. After everyone was handcuffed he called for support.
45. The symbol on the on/off button on remote controls – a circle crossed by a straight line – represents the two binary characters 0 and 1.
46. The majority of astronauts, U.S. Presidents and Nobel Prize winners were first-borns.
47. On the basis of number of viewers, Disney’s Jungle Book was the most successful movie in Germany.
48. For his role as Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. was paid 500,000 dollars in the first part. For the first Avengers film, however, his pay had already increased to 50 million dollars.
49. When the Egyptians built the pyramids, there were still mammoths roaming the earth.
50. The deaf cannot get seasick.
51. The PlayStation 1 controller sold in North America was about ten percent larger than the controller sold in Japan, as Japanese people on average have smaller hands than North Americans.
52. The city with the longest name in the world is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and is located in Wales.
53. The “carpet alarm clock” is a small carpet with an integrated alarm clock. The alarm can only be turned off by getting out of bed and putting your feet on the carpet.
54. 32-year-old Wombat “Patrick” living in Australia was the oldest animal of his species. As he was not able to find a female partner, his keepers even created a Tinder profile for him.
55. The shortest war in the world took place in 1896 between Zanzibar and the British. Zanzibar capitulated after only 38 minutes.
56. 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.
57. People who own iPhones have sex more often compared to Android users.
58. 6 out of the top 10 countries with the highest annual net loss of forested are can be found in Africa.
59. Ten percent of all Germans don’t know why they celebrate Christmas.
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60. The highest toilet in Europe is on top of Mont Blanc in France. It sits at an elevation of 2.6 miles (4.2 kilometers).
61. The designer Ko Yang has invented a milk package that changes its color when the milk begins to spoil.
62. 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.
63. As early as 1966 Ford released the first electric car, which had a range of more than 200 miles. A sodium-sulphur accumulator was used as a battery. After an accident in rainy weather, the hot sodium leaking from the battery mixed with water and ignited. There was a fire that was difficult to extinguish. As a result, the model was reset and sodium-sulphur batteries were no longer used in vehicles.
64. A horizontal line above a mathematical expression, for example to express an infinite period, is called a “vinculum”.
65. The day-night boundary, i.e. the boundary that separates the side of the earth exposed to sunlight from the unexposed shadow side, is also called the “terminator”.
66. In ancient Rome the punishment for rapists was their genitals being smashed between two stones.
67. Although during the Great Fire of London the homes of 70,000 of the city’s 80,000 inhabitants were destroyed only six verified deaths were officially recorded.
68. 100 years ago the population density of Manhattan was even higher than now
69. Sleep researchers have confirmed that women need more sleep than men and are more likely to suffer health damage if they do not get enough sleep.
70. More than a half of the London Underground is actually above the ground.
71. In 2001, a study concluded that murder was the most common cause of death among pregnant women in the United States between 1993 and 1998.
72. 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.
73. There is a woman whose name is actually “Marijuana Pepsi Jackson”. The African-American woman now carries the surname Vandyck and wrote her dissertation on unusual black names in the classroom.
74. If you live in the continental US, you are never more than 115 miles (185km) away from a McDonalds. Out of 48 states the spot that is farthest away from a McDonalds restaurant lies in the state of Nevada.
75. Scientist Nikola Tesla had a strange peculiarity. He wanted all the number he encountered in everyday life to be divisible by three. For example, he would only move into a hotel room if its room number was a multiple of three.
76. Before “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig became a professional actor, he could not afford to pay his rent. Because of this he often slept on park benches.
77. McDonald’s is the biggest customer of Coca Cola.
78. The Cookie Monster from Sesame street is actually named “Sid”
79. At minimum, a person only needs one kidney with a capacity of at least 75 percent to survive.
80. Greyhounds can reach speeds of more than 68 miles per hour and are therefore almost as fast as cheetahs.
81. A newborn has just 234 milliliters of blood in its body.
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82. Skateboard professional Tony Hawk has an IQ of 144.
83. Retweets and Hashtags were not invented by Twitter, but were developed by users of the short message service and later integrated into the service as official functions.
84. In Austria there are three toilets, which are listed for preservation.
85. Penguins can jump six feet high.
86. Today, the Earth is surrounded by so much space debris that in the near future it may even be dangerous to leave the Earth in a spaceship. This phenomenon is also known as the Kessler syndrome.
87. In Spain there is a comedy club in which you pay per laugh.
88. Nuclear divers are professional divers who carry out repair and cleaning work in the water of the cooling systems of nuclear reactors.
89. Katherine Johnson, an African American born in 1918, was an incredible mathematician. Due to her special abilities, she attended high school at the age of ten and completed her studies when she was only 18. When she later worked for NASA, her talent for math was soon recognized and it became her job to verify the accuracy of computer-calculated orbits for planets.
90. In Pittsburgh there is a restaurant called “Conflict Kitchen”. It only serves dishes from countries the USA is in conflict with. When the restaurant started to serve dishes from Palestine the owners received death threats.
91. On average, German women have their first baby at the age of 29.
92. The Italian chocolate brand “Italo Suisse” changed its name in 2013 to “Isis”. One year later it had to change it again because of the rise of the terror organization.
93. A Scottish study found that most heart attacks happen on a Monday.
94. Anna Kopchovsky, the first woman to cycle around the world in 1894, had only learned how to cycle a few days before she set off. She covered the entire distance in 15 months and received a reward of 10,000 dollars.
95. 30% of Earth’s remaining mineral resources can be found in Africa.
96. Finland was the first country in the world to make broadband Internet access a legal right. If a house does not have a broadband connection, a Finish tenant can sue his or her landlord or the city.
97. With about 1 billion people or 15% of the world’s population Africa is the second most populous continent.
98. Europe’s highest mountain, the Mont Blanc, is in the French Alps and is 4,808 m (15,777 ft) high.
99. Barney Stinson from “How I met your Mother” is the real inventor of the “Bro-Code”. Based on Google search analytics the term hadn’t existed before 2008.
100. For years, Liechtenstein and Haiti had the same flag, which was only noticed when the two nations met at the 1936 Olympic Games. A year later, the flag of Liechtenstein was therefore adorned with the symbol of a golden princely hat.
101. With an estimated fortune of around 23 billion dollars, Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, was one of the richest people in the world. However, people close to him say that he still took the bus, lived in a small house and only ever booked economy flights.
102. The dress that Princess Diana wore on her wedding with Prince Charles had a 26 feet long train.
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103. In the USA, more money is spent on slot machines than on cinema, baseball and amusement parks combined.
104. Before she became famous, the singer “Pink” worked for McDonald’s.
105. Scorpions can survive up to two years without food.
106. 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.
107. The average depth of the oceans is 2.5 miles.
108. The Tammar wallaby has a weight of only one gram at birth.
109. If. There. Is. A. Period. After. Every. Word. Our. Brain. Automatically. Starts. Making. Pauses. After. Each. Word.
110. In the 1990s, the Coca-Cola Company tested vending machines that automatically changed prices depending on the outside temperature. When it was particularly hot, customers had to pay more.
111. Half of India’s population is below the age of 25 and more than 65% below the age of 35.
112. Mae C. Jemison was the first female African-American astronaut in the history of space travel. In 1992 she flew into space with the space shuttle Endeavour.
113. The name „India“ is derived from the river Indus. In the early days of the country people used to settle around that river.
114. 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.
115. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a tattoo ink that changes color when a person is dehydrated or when his or her blood sugar level is too high.
116. In December 2013, the dating app Tinder delivered its first match in Antarctica. It was between a scientist and a visitor who were only a 45-minute helicopter flight apart.
117. The largest ant colony in the world was discovered in 2002 and contains several billion animals. The superstate has many millions of nests and stretches over 3,580 miles from the Italian Riviera to the northwest of Spain.
118. 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.
119. The beginnings of the Internet date back to 1969, when US universities and the military networked mainframes to make more efficient use of their computing power. It was not until 1990 that the Internet was made accessible to the general public.
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120. When in England the packaging of the drug Tylenol was changed from a bottle to a blister pack, the suicide rate involving the drug decreased by more than 50 percent. Instead of taking several tablets out of the container at once, each tablet had to be squeezed out of the blister pack individually, giving people more time to reconsider their suicide attempt.
121. 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.
122. “Semantic saturation” describes the psychological phenomenon that a word temporarily seems to lose or change its meaning if you say or write it down too many times in a row.
123. The original name of the movie “Scream” was “Scary movie”.
124. Up until his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald was convinced that he had achieved nothing in his life. Two years later, his book “The Great Gatsby” was sent to soldiers in World War II and became an immediate success. To this day, the book sells about 500,000 copies every year.
125. The blue whale is the loudest animal on earth. Its cries can be heard from a distance of 373 miles.
126. 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.
127. During the 18th century, you could pay your admission ticket to the London Zoo by bringing a cat or a dog to feed the lions.
128. A “moment” is a medieval time unit, exactly 90 seconds. An hour therefore has 40 moments.
129. Until the 1960s, pregnancy tests were carried out by injecting a frog with the test person’s urine. If the frog spawned within 12 to 24 hours, it could be assumed that the test person was pregnant.
130. Although Canada is one of the largest countries in the world it has the fourth lowest population density in the world. On Average only three people live per square kilometre.
131. Algeria is not just the largest country in Africa but also among the then largest countries in the world.
132. Actor Steve Buscemi (Armageddon, Boardwalk Empire) was a firefighter from 1980 to 1984. After the events of 9/11, he volunteered and worked unpaid twelve-hour shifts for over a week to support the New York Fire Department.
133. Pigs cannot see to the sky.
134. 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.
135. The Bronx – a borough of New York City – was named after the Swede Jonas Bronck, who was the first European to settle in the region in 1639. His farm, covering about 500 acres, was referred to as “Bronck’s Land,” and the river was called “Bronck’s River.”
136. Scientists of Stanford University observed that a walk can increase people’s creativity by up to 60 percent.
137. 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.
138. Australian rower Bobby Pearce won the 1928 Olympic Games against eight other competitors, even though he stopped during the race to let ducks pass in front of him.
139. Before McDonald’s offered burgers, the company sold hot dogs.
140. In order to prevent the Sahara from spreading from North Africa to the Sahel, the “Green Wall” project was launched in 2005. Today, 21 African states are participating in the project. Around 15 percent of the planned trees have so far been planted on the strip, which is 4,850 miles long and nine miles wide.
141. Before Netflix streamed films, customers could have DVDs sent to them by mail. Due to the volume of customers and the large number of films and series, Netflix at times became the largest customer of the US Postal Service.
142. The copyright to the song “Happy birthday to you” expired in 2016 in the USA and in 2017 in the European Union. Until then, royalties had to be paid to Warner Music whenever the song was played on radio or television or in a cinema.
143. Because of a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases, scientists predict that the ozone hole will close in 2075.
144. Most accidents at work happen on Mondays.
145. In the town of Caldari di Ortona in northern Italy, a local vineyard installed a fountain that spills red wine instead of water.
146. Australia has over 60 separate wine regions with most of them in New South Wales and Victoria.
147. There are more people with obesity than malnutrition worldwide.
148. With 700 seats Russia is home to the largest McDonald’s restaurant in the world.
149. The Arabic number system used around the globe today was originally developed in India and was only disseminated throughout the world by Arabic researchers.
150. The monument of Stonehenge claimed to be one of the oldest monuments in the world. Scientists believe that the object was built over 4,500 years ago.
151. Physicist Nikola Tesla is said to have had an eidetic (photographic) memory and spoke eight different languages fluently: Serbo-Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian and Latin. Even Albert Einstein was convinced that Tesla was more intelligent than he was.
152. With a speed of 91 gigabits per second, NASA has the fastest internet-connection in the world.
153. The word “gym” comes from Greek and translates to “place of the naked.”
154. Koalas sleep about 90 percent of their lives.
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155. The largest Bolivian prison, San Pedro in La Paz, has developed its own society. There are no guards in the prison, and the prisoners organize all aspects of their lives themselves. There are shops and restaurants run by the prisoners, and at regular intervals, the inmates even elect a new leader. We also have many more facts about Bolivia.
156. The first cloned cat has been called “CC” as an abbreviation for “carbon copy”‘.
157. In 1957 a senior woman had to be brought out of a baseball stadium after being hit in her face by a baseball. When the paramedics were carrying her out, a second ball hit her.
158. Rome holds the world record for the city with most elevators.
159. Pac-Man was originally named “Puck Man”
160. An octopus has its brain in its tentacles. Even if the tentacles are separated from the body, they continue to search for food for a short time and bring them to a mouth which is no longer present.
161. More people know the logo of McDonald’s than the Christian Cross.
162. The FBI kept a 1,400-page file on Albert Einstein because he was suspected of being a Communist.
163. It is impossible to draw a six while turning your foot clockwise simultaneously.
164. Stephen Hawking had surpassed the life expectancy estimated by doctors by more than 50 years.
165. In the Spanish dubbed version of “Terminator 2”, the terminator does not say “Hasta la vista, baby”, but “Sayonara, baby”.
166. In 2011, scientists flew 100 paper planes from a height of 23 miles above Germany. Some of these paper planes have been found in Canada, USA, Australia and South America.
167. Pandas become more fertile when they watch other pandas having sex. For this reason, pandas watch “Panda Pornos” in zoos to increase their fertility.
168. In France people were killed by the guillotine up until 1977.
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169. Indian city Baktwang houses the world’s biggest family. In a 100 room and four-story house lives a family of 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren.
170. Canada was the third country sending a satellite to space, after USA and USSR.
171. On average, a man ejaculates 7,200 times during his entire life.
172. Each year a lying competition takes place in England. Participants have to tell a made up story for five minutes. To be “fair”, politicians and lawyers are not allowed to participate.
173. From January 1st to December 31st of 1881, three different men – Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur – held the office of President of the United States.
174. The Counter Strike team “Silver Snipers” consists of five members who are between 62 and 81 years old.
175. As the earth rotates slower around the sun from year to year, 2016 was one second longer than 2015.
176. 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.
177. A duel with three participants is called a truel.
178. The British Library is the second largest library in the world. Only the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. is larger.
179. It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in London wearing a suit of armor. A law from 1313 forbids members of Parliament from wearing armor in the House.
180. Scientists have demonstrated that cats have the same brain patterns as humans have during sleep. It is therefore assumed that cats can dream.
181. Around 75 percent of all vehicles, which were produced by Rolls-Royce, are still in operation.
182. The Japanese word “karate” means “empty hand”.
183. The genetic defect “congenital analgesia” causes the affected person to feel absolutely to pain. In 2006, a 14-year-old suffering from this genetic defect jumped off a roof to show his friends that he does not feel pain. However, he died as a result of the injuries sustained during impact.
184. Although apes have already been taught sign language and thus have the ability to answer a human question, no ape has ever asked a question by itself, despite having the necessary vocabulary to do so. Researchers therefore assume that the ability to ask questions requires a high cognitive level. Apes, however, do not seem to have this ability.
185. More than 800 castles are currently on sale in France.
186. The “dingo fence” is a fence in Australia designed to protect sheep in the southeast of the continent from predators. It has a total length of 3,363 miles.
187. Cats sweat through their paws.
188. The weirdest things that have been found in food sold by McDonald’s are: bandaging material, the head of a chicken and a dead rat.
189. Beer and all other alcoholic drinks with less than 10% alcohol in were not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.
190. There are just two people who know the recipe for Coca Cola. For this reason they are not allowed to be in a plane at the same time.
191. The website www.poopsenders.com allows you to order the faeces of different types of animals and have them sent them to somebody else.
192. Bulgaria has never changed its name since adopting it in 681 AD.
193. Blind people have nightmares, and have them four times more often than normal seeing people do.
194. To date, there have been a total of 2,055 atomic bomb tests worldwide. 1,039 were carried out by the USA alone, 718 by the Soviet Union and 198 by France.
195. Vagina is the Latin word for “sheath”.
196. Papua New Guinea is the country with the greatest variety of languages spoken in a single country. Although the country has only about eight million inhabitants, more than 700 different languages are spoken.
197. The Swedish word for stepmother is “Bonusmamma”.
198. It is impossible to pinch your nose and say “Mhhh” for more than three seconds.
199. 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.
200. Spain and Morocco are only separated by 9 miles (15km).
201. In third world countries, residents can access Wikipedia via their smartphone without using their data. The “Wikipedia Zero” campaign is already available in 34 countries.
202. 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.
203. Every year, humans kill up to 100 million sharks to get to their fins.
204. Alaska crosses the border with the eastern hemisphere and is thus the most eastern and western state in the USA.
205. The world’s longest escalator is 453 feet long and located in St. Petersburg, Russia.
206. The Bluetooth logo is composed of the old Nordic runes for H and B, which were the initials of Viking king Harald Bluetooth. He was known for his overwhelming communication skills.
207. In the 17th century Charles II ordered for six ravens to be placed in the Tower of London to protect it. Until now the Tower of London still houses six ravens and they must remain there at all times due to superstitious reasons.
208. During a press conference in the 70’s a reporter asked Stevie Wonder, what it was like being born blind. He answered “It could have been worse. I could have been born black.”
209. Based on current extrapolations Bill Gates could be the first trillionaire in the world.
210. On average a spacesuit costs eleven million dollars.
211. The winter in 1780 was so bad in New York City that even the New York Harbor froze over. As a result, people were able to walk from Manhattan to Staten Island on the ice.
212. Beards have a health-benefit effect. They prevent pollen from entering the mouth so that the possibility of getting hay fever is decreased.
213. The original name of “Bank of America” was “Bank of Italy”.
214. 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”.
215. In 1906, the physicist J. J. Thompson won the Nobel Prize for his proof that electrons are particles. 31 years later his son also received the Nobel Prize for his proof that electrons are a wave.
216. The younger you look for your age, the higher the likelihood to live for a long time.
217. Nintendo means “temple of heavenly responsibility”.
218. A few hours after an infection with HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis which can significantly reduce the risk of contracting the virus is possible.
219. In the 90s, 50 percent of all CDs produced were the free AOL Internet CD.
220. Cress can be sown on paper and harvested after only four days.
221. Scientist Daniel Fahrenheit wanted to avoid negative temperature values on his temperature scale, so he defined the lowest temperature he could artificially reach as zero degrees Fahrenheit.
222. Flipper was played by five different dolphins.
223. 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.
224. The word “Flubber” is a portmanteau word composed of the two words “flying rubber”. In German, there is a similar term “Flummy”, made up of the German words for “flying rubber” (fliegender Gummi), which refers to a bouncy ball.
225. With a length of 3,690km (2,293 miles) the Volga is Europe’s longest river.
226. An average vagina is three to four inches deep and can increase by up to 200 percent when the woman is aroused.
227. In 2014 a woman was saved from her burning house. She then realized she had forgot her mobile phone in the house, ran back into her home and died.
228. Apple owns more cash than the United States.
229. A liger is a cross between a lion and a tiger. They are the largest cats of prey in the world and can weigh up to 990 pounds.
230. Russia extends over eleven time zones.
231. 450 men die of breast cancer in the U.S. each year.
232. The Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving and not for Christmas.
233. If you Google “241543903” you get numerous pictures of people who have put their heads in the refrigerator.
234. The world’s largest vegetables grow in Alaska. The main reason for this is that in summer the sun shines for more than 20 hours a day.
235. During World War II, women in France who had relations with German soldiers were shaved bald so that everyone could see that they had betrayed their country.
236. Male ants have no fathers because unfertilized ant eggs always produce male ants and only fertilized eggs produce female ants.
237. In 1970, roughly six billion dollars were spent on fast food. Nowadays, it is about 200 billion dollars.
238. Mothers instinctively kiss their newborn baby. Through the kiss the mother takes up bacteria and viruses of the child and forms antibodies which can pass through the mother’s milk to the child.
239. In Mumbai you can take out insurance against dodging paying of fares.
240. The island of Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world. The air is even as clean as Antarctica.
241. The cactus “Saguaro” can grow up to 20 feet tall and live for over 300 years.
242. If you dissolve Viagra in water and give it to your plants, they remain fresh up to a week longer.
243. Less than 50 people live 800 feet (243 m) above the ground of New York City as it’s an exclusive privilege for super rich people
244. Most books stolen in German universities are legal books. The second most commonly stolen books are books with a theological background.
245. The longest mathematical proof is more than 15,000 pages long and was written by more than 100 mathematicians.
246. Even during the night there are rainbows. They are called “moon bows”.
247. A U.S. court had to decide if the X-men are humans or not. In the US, imported dolls representing human beings are subject to a higher tax than other toys. As of this a toy manufacturer sued for a declaration that the action figures did not represent human beings to pay lower taxes.
248. The first president of Zimbabwe was President Canaan Banana.
249. With an IQ of approximately 230, the Australian mathematician Terence Tao is the most intelligent person in the world.
250. 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.
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