250 Strange But True Facts – You Need To Read That

It is no secret that I love fun facts and I love them even so much that I’m constantly searching for new unbelievable facts most people don’t know yet. In my search for more trivia information I found another 250 facts that sound so strange, yet they are true. I really have to share them with you so enjoy reading the following facts.

1. In the middle of Lake Taal on the island of Luzan, which belongs to the Philippines, lies Volcano Island, which is home to a crater lake which in turn contains a small island called Volcano Point. It is therefore an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.

2. Einstein was asked what it was like to be the smartest guy in the world, he answered “I don’t know, ask Nikola Tesla”.

3. When Wilhelm Röntgen discovered a new form of radiation, he could not think of a suitable name for this phenomenon, so he simply called it X-radiation. This is the reason why to this day the rays are called “X rays” in English, while in German-speaking countries they are known as “Röntgen rays”.

4. If you feel very connected to a person, you can hear their voice in your head when you read messages they have sent.

5. 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.

6. The spider species “Amaurobius Ferox” belongs to the genus of matriphages. This means that the spider female’s ildren eat their own mother after hatching from their eggs.

7. In Turkey there is a city called “Batman”.

8. Although Beethoven has a song called “Fuer Elise”, historians have proven that he did not know an Elise. 

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9. During the general election in 2014 in India more than 540 million people have voted. That’s more than the entire population in the USA, Japan, United Kingdom and Australia combined.

10. The often mentioned “Bro Code” and “Playbook” are real books, which can be bought.

11. Africa consists of 54 countries and with the Western Sahara also a non-self-governing territory.

12. Italian Frank Lentini was born in 1889 with three legs, four feet, 16 toes and two genital organs. Until his death he earned his living as a circus artist.

13. The very first .com domain, symbolics.com, was registered on 15 March 1985.

14. Family Guy is the first television series which, after being cancelled, came back to TV, because the DVD sales were so high.

15. The Liberian presidential election of 1927 is considered to be the most falsified election of all time and even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. The winner of the election, Charles D. B. King, won with more than 243,000 votes, although there were only 15,000 registered voters.

16. The record for most passengers on an airplane was set in 1991 with 1,081 people. Two babies were born during the flight.

17. The Morse code is named after the inventor of the telegraph, Samuel Morse.

18. David Hasselhoff secured the rights to his nickname “The Hoff” and the phrase “Do not Hassel the Hoff” as part of his divorce settlement.

19. “Hot Neptune” is the name given to a planet in which temperatures of more than 10,800 degrees Fahrenheit prevail, but which due to extremely high air pressure nevertheless consists of solid ice.

20. 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.

21. Popcorn has been around since 3,600 BC.

22. Orthocarbonic acid is also known as “Hitler’s Acid”, as its graphic representation resembles a swastika.

23. Living in the White House is not for free for the President of the United States. He receives a monthly bill for food and other expenses.

24. Irv Gordon holds the record for the longest distance a person has ever driven in the same car. He bought a Volvo P1800 in 1966 and has driven more than 3,2 million miles since then.

25. On 24 February 1891, the “United States of Brazil” were founded, and the name of the country lasted for almost 40 years. So at the time, the American continent was home to not only the USA, but also the USB.

26. The term “bug” for a programing error dates back to the 19th century. At the time, engineers were afraid that small bugs could destroy transmissions and cause malfunctions. When the computer was later invented, there were indeed several incidents in which insects caused a system to crash. With that, the term “bug” stuck once and for all.

27. Qizai is the name of the only brown panda bear in the world. Its brown coat color is due to a genetic mutation.

28. Uranus is 63 times larger than Earth.

29. At least 50 percent of the oxygen in our atmosphere is produced by phytoplankton in the oceans and not by land plants. Due to the rising sea temperatures, however, the phytoplankton population continues to decline.

30. Although the name Tiffany was extremely popular in the 12th century, it is never used in historical novels because readers find it too modern. This has given rise to the term “Tiffany effect”, where something is considered much more modern than it actually is.

31. Pornhub once started a campaign called “Save the Boobs”. For every 30th view in the category “small tit” or “big tit”, the company donated one penny to the “Susan G Komen Foundation” – a foundation whose aim it is to cure breast cancer.  However, the foundation refused the donation. Therefore, Pornhub tripled the amount of money and donated it to a foundation with a similar purpose.

32. The first person to give weather phenomena human names was the American Clement Wragge. He decided to name hurricanes after politicians in order to allow witty allusions to their political activities. The system has remained in place to this day.

33. After John Pemberton was wounded in the American Civil War, he became addicted to morphine. In order to free himself from the drug, he developed his own painkiller, which he made from cocaine and alcohol. In 1886 he designed a non-alcoholic variant that was later sold under the name “Coca-Cola”.

34. Animals like the zebra, gorilla, giraffe, chimpanzee, wildebeest or hippopotamus are unique to the African continent and can only be found here.

35. Thioacetone is considered the world’s worst smelling chemical. According to reports, when parts of the substance were released from a production site in Freiburg in 1889, it was reported that within a radius of 2,460 feet passers-by suddenly had to vomit because of the unbearable smell.

36. In 2009 in Florida, a man who was accused of owning child porn, said his cat had downloaded the files.

37. The entire world’s population could fit in the state of Texas if it were as densely populated at New York City.

38. Foxes use the Earth’s magnetic field to estimate distances.

39. Before English became the dominant language in the U.S., German was the second most common language.

40. It takes over 15 million Lego bricks to re-create everything from “The Lego Movie”.

41. In the earth’s core, there are temperatures of up to 10,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

42. 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.

43. 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.

44. In 1967, a former Prime Minister of Australia disappeared without a trace and has still not been found.

45. New York City homeowners can request that a tree gets planted outside their homes for free.

46. “Bart Gets an F” – the first episode of the second season of “The Simpsons”, is the most watched Simpsons episode.

47. The human brain consumes about 20 percent of the body’s total energy.

48. An average, one U.S. citizen consumes as many resources per day as 32 people in Kenya.

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49. About 31 percent of Germany’s surface is covered by forest.

50. The oldest human remains ever discovered were found in Ethiopia. They are approximately 200,000 years old.

51. In the US state of Illinois, there is a restaurant called “Burger King” that is not part of the fast food chain. Since the restaurant secured the rights to the name earlier, it won the legal dispute with the Burger King chain. To this day, the franchise is not allowed to open a branch within a radius of 20 miles.

52. Dogs are red-green blind.

53. If you visit Rainymood.com you can hear the sounds of rain.

54. When the historic Plaza Hotel in New York opened its doors in 1907, one night cost $2.50, which by today’s standards would be about $64. Today, however, you have to pay more than $1,000 per night.

55. 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.

56. One study has shown that black humor can indicate a particularly high IQ.

57. Russians consider it as wimpy to lower the ear flaps on your Ushanka (fur hat) unless the temperature gets below -20C.

58. An average vagina is three to four inches deep and can increase by up to 200 percent when the woman is aroused.

59. Based on the number of units sold, “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John is the most successful single of all times. All in all, more than 37 million CDs were sold worldwide.

60. After Uber was introduced in New York City, the number of alcohol-related car accidents quickly dropped by more than 30 percent.

61. Coca-Cola owns the websites ahh.com, ahhh.com and so on. The website with the longest URL contains 62 “h”s.

62. The first call with a mobile phone was made by its inventor, Martin Cooper. He called a rival to brag about his achievement.

63. Ten percent of all car accidents are caused by being distracted, for example when writing an SMS. 

64. The smell of rain on dry earth is called “petrichor”.

65. The “Fallen Astronaut Sculpture” is the only work of art on the moon so far. It was created by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck and brought to the moon during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. It commemorates the 14 astronauts who died prior to the Apollo 15 mission.

66. It is unknown where Mozart was buried exactly.  

67. According to the music magazine “Rolling Stone”, the song “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan is the best song of all times. Second place goes to “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones and third place to “Imagine” by John Lennon.

68. In Lazio (Italy) policemen drive Lamborghinis.

69. In Scandinavia there are 11 villages that have names that are only a single letter long. In Norway there are already six villages called “Å”.

70. The most common languages in Africa are Arabic, English, Swahili, French, Berber, Hausa, Portuguese and Spanish.

71. On average, there are 88.8 weapons per 100 U.S. citizens.

72. New York City got its nickname “Big Apple” from a local newspaper in the 1920s. The phrase “Big Apple” was used to describe a big money prize at important horse races held around the city.

73. The video game industry generates higher sales than the film and music industries combined.

74. Blind people have nightmares, and have them four times  more often than normal seeing people do.

75. When Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote a veto letter to the State Assembly of California during his time as Governor of California, it turned out that the first letters of each line formed the word “Fuck You”. At first, Schwarzenegger claimed that this was just a coincidence, but in his biography, he later confirmed that he had intentionally placed this hidden message. If you want more facts like this make sure to check out our California facts.

76. Yellow teeth are more robust than white teeth.

77. According to a study, men from Congo have the largest penises.

78. 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.

79. The skin region between a person’s eyebrows is called “glabella”.

80. The first server at Google was built from legos.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. “K’o K’ou K’o Lê”, the phonetically correct Chinese translation for Coca-Cola, literally means “A female horse fastened with wax”.

84. In Sri Lanka, killing an elephant is punishable by death. Looking for more facts like this? Just read our article about elephant facts.

85. Instead of using lawn mowers, Google has about 200 goats that graze the grass on the Google site.

86. The Harvard physicist Lene Hau was successful in reducing the speed of light to 38 miles per hour.

87. During the Nuremberg Trials, a psychological test and an intelligence test were carried out on many accused Nazi functionaries and high-ranking military personnel. All Nazi leaders (except for Julius Streicher) displayed above-average intelligence, and some even had an IQ of 140. The former commander of the German Air Force, Hermann Göring, for example, had an IQ of 138.

88. The Indian state railway company employs more than one million people. This makes the company the world’s largest employer in the world.

89. The equal sign “=” was invented in 1557 by Robert Recorde.

90. The life expectancy for male person is just 65 and therefore lower than it is in Iraq or North Korea.

91. When the ninth symphony came out, Beethoven had already become deaf and could not hear it anymore.

92. The clitoris has more than 8,000 nerve endings, while the penis just has 4,000.

93. It is estimated that there are more than 270 million fake accounts on Facebook.

94. During the so called “scramble for Africa” all of Africa was colonized by foreign powers, except for Liberia and Ethiopia.

95. Stephen Hawking’s tombstone bears the formula he developed to calculate the entropy of black holes. He had requested this long before his death. Hawking was also buried near the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

96. The country with the lowest population density is Mongolia. On average, there are only 4.9 people per square mile.

97. From 1920 onwards, Alexander Alexandrovich Bogdanov tried to discover a medical fountain of youth by performing blood transfusions on himself and injecting himself with the blood of younger people. One blood transfusion, however, was contaminated with malaria and tuberculosis, which eventually killed Bogdanov.

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98. In Japan, KFC is a typical feast of Christmas Eve.

99. Mental tasks that require a particularly intensive involvement of short-term memory, usually lead to an interruption of all bodily activity. For example, if you are taking a walk with a friend and ask them to multiply 73 by 28, they will, in most cases, stop suddenly to solve the problem.

100. Throughout the story of “How I Met Your Mother,” there were only twelve incidents in which Barney Stinson did not wear a suit.

101. Uluru is not Australia’s largest rock but Mount Augustus is in Western Australia. Its twice the size of Uluru.

102. In the state prison of Indiana, the occupants may keep cats.

103. 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.

104. 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).

105. It has been established that whenever actress Anne Hathaway is trending in social media, automated investment bank trading algorithms automatically buy more shares in Berkshire Hathaway.

106. The westernmost point of the USA and the easternmost point of Russia lie just three miles apart.

107. Although Clint Eastwood smokes in almost all of his movies, he himself is not a smoker.

108. Scientist Maurice R. Hilleman developed a total of 40 different vaccines during his lifetime. Among the most important ones are vaccines against measles, mumps, chickenpox, rubella, hepatitis A and B, pneumonia and meningitis.

109. If you dissolve Viagra in water and give it to your plants, they remain fresh up to a week longer.

110. Sperm contains only five calories. So it only gets you fat when you are pregnant.

111. 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.

112. The indents on a golf ball are called “dimples”.

113. It is not possible to eat 30 salt sticks within one minute.

114. During his time in school Isaac Newton wrote an essay on how water moves from the roots to the leaves in a tree. This phenomenon could first be scientifically proven about 225 years later.

115. 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.

116. The fur of a mammoth could grow to a length of more than three feet in winter.

117. 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.

118. Did you know that the the brain hides superfluous information, like the second “the” in this sentence?

119. The Italian state of Bellagio, namesake of the Las Vegas hotel with the same name, has fewer inhabitants than the hotel has rooms. Read here more Italy Facts.

120. In the town of Caldari di Ortona in northern Italy, a local vineyard installed a fountain that spills red wine instead of water.

121. A bird of paradise’s feathers are so black that they absorb 99.95 percent of all light. This is only 0.01 percentage points less than the blackest material ever created by humans.

122. The largest shark that ever lived was the Megalodon. It could grow to a length of up to 65 feet, almost three times the size of a white shark.

123. Although 70 percent of our planet’s surface is covered with water, a sphere containing all the water in the world would only have a diameter of about 435 miles. That is less than half the diameter of the moon.

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124. The majority of Canada’s population lives south of Seattle.

125. Bolivia has a 1,800-man naval unit, although the country has no access to the open sea at all. See here even more Bolivia Facts.

126. A building is considered a skyscraper if it is at least 492 feet high.

127. A study came to the conclusion that women are more attractive to men when they do not use make-up.

128. Kit Kat is very popular in Japan. The Japanese expression “Kitto Katsu” loosely translates as “safe profit”, which has led to Japanese people often giving away a Kit Kat to wish someone luck.

129. The name “Africa” derives from the Latin name “Afri” which was used to refer to the inhabitants of then-known northern Africa.

130. With 16% of total global production India is the world largest producer of milk in the world.

131. Since 2010, Google has bought on average one company a week.

132. Arnold Schwarzenegger was meant to play the role of Kyle Reese in the movie “Terminator”.

133. The Wall of China cannot be seen from space – however, China’s smog can.

134. During World War II, the Syrian brown bear “Wojtek” repeatedly supported Polish soldiers by bringing important military transports to them on the battlefield. In return, he was awarded the rank of non-commissioned officer.

135. Genetically, humans possess the requirements for hibernation.

136. The moonwalk was not actually invented by Michael Jackson. Cab Calloway included similar movements in his performances as early as 1932. At that time, however, people called it “The Buzz”.

137. All people begin their lives as females. The male Y chromosome becomes active just after the fifth week of gestation.

138. Marvel originally was named “Timely Comics”.

139. After the first drive-in was opened at McDonald’s in China, the system was so strange to the Chinese people that many people ordered their food from their car, parked their vehicle and then went to the restaurant to eat.

140. The average depth of the oceans is 2.5 miles.

141. Muhammad Ali is the only famous person whose star on the “Walk of Fame” is not on the sidewalk itself but on the wall of a building. He did not want people trampling on his name.

142. New York is located more southern than Rome.

143. It is assumed that so far only four percent of our oceans have been explored.

144. Kopi luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. It is produced by feeding the beans to civets, which break down the bitter substances in the beans during their digestive process. The otherwise intact beans are collected after excretion and prepared for sale.

145. 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.

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146. Assuming that Santa Claus has 34 hours to deliver all his gifts and only visits 800 million households around the world, his sled would have to be traveling at 99.99 percent of the speed of light.

147. In 1993, Canadian lawyer Garry Hoy wanted to prove to a group of visitors that the glass in the Toronto Dominion Centre was unbreakable. To demonstrate this, he jumped against the glass – which thereupon broke out of its frame and plummeted downwards together with Garry Hoy. Hoy died, but the pane of glass remained intact, even after the fall.

148. There are more Subway restaurants worldwide than McDonald’s outlets.

149. From 2015 to 2016, Englishman Ben Smith ran 401 marathons on 401 days to raise money for the victims of bullying. With his “401 Challenge” he set a world record and covered a total of 10,506 miles.

150. Most streets in Japan have no name.

151. The embryos of the Sandtiger shark fight each other in the mother’s womb. The surviving embryo will ultimately be born.

152. Popcorn became a popular cinema snack in the United States during the global economic crisis because it was so cheap.

153. Amazon was originally supposed to be called “Cadabra”. But when the founder’s lawyer understood “cadaver”, a different name was chosen.

154. Microsoft sued the student Mike Rowe after he launched the site MikeRowSoft.com.

155. Almost all windmills in the world rotate counterclockwise, while almost all wind turbines in the world rotate clockwise.

156. In the special edition 3 of the Club Nintendo comic book series, the reader finds out that Kirby smokes, drinks and eats unhealthy fast food.

157. 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.

158. The Sahara is not just the largest desert in the world but also bigger than mainland USA.

159. Scientists of Stanford University observed that a walk can increase people’s creativity by up to 60 percent.

160. Will Smith was originally supposed to play the role of Neo in “Matrix”. However, he refused and preferred to do “Wild Wild West” instead.

161. In 1987 American Airlines was able to save 40,000 dollars because they used one less olive in their salads.

162. In terms of land mass, Russia is the largest country in the world.

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163. On average, a man gets eleven erections per day. Nine during his sleep.

164. More people know the logo of McDonald’s than the Christian Cross.

165. In 2017 Emmanuel Macron became the youngest President of France ever at the age of 39.

166. The Scottish kilt originally came from France.

167. The Amazon is home to pink dolphins.

168. Because all passports in the UK are officially issued by the Queen, she does not own a passport. When travelling abroad she just has to state that she is the Queen. 

169. Vladimir Putin once tried to exploit Angela Merkel’s fear of dogs. The two heads of state met in Sochi in January 2007 to discuss important issues related to energy policy and cooperation between Russia and the EU. During the entire conversation, Putin let his Labrador “Koni” stay close to Merkel’s legs.

170. More than a half of the London Underground is actually above the ground.

171. In the USA, a slave from 1850 by today’s standards, would cost 1,000 dollars.

172. In 1990, the Michigan police organized a wedding of two of their undercover agents. Numerous drug dealers have been invited and were arrested during the wedding ceremony. (Source)

173. A short nap after studying helps the brain to remember the studied materials better.

174. The 15 largest ocean-going ships in the world emit more harmful sulphur oxides every year than 760 million cars. This corresponds to approximately two thirds of all vehicles registered worldwide in 2014.

175. Grapes explode when you heat them in a microwave.

176. French was the national language of Great Britain for more than 300 years.

177. Facebook is blue because the founder Mark Zuckerberg suffers from red-green color blindness.

178. The oldest tree in the world stands in the White Mountains in the US state of California and is more than 5,062 years old. However, it is not a sequoia, but rather a long-lived pine tree.

179. In Austria there are three toilets, which are listed for preservation.

180. There are more people with obesity than malnutrition worldwide.

181. About 90 percent of people won’t find the the mistake in here: A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z.

182. “Hikikomori” is the term used in Japan to describe people who withdraw completely from social life and do not wish to have contact with other people.

183. The former U.S. politician Thomas Jefferson believed that every law should automatically become void after 19 years, to be replaced by a new law, which is adjusted to the new generation.

184. During the first days in space, astronauts often suffer from space sickness. Since all bodily fluids are redistributed in weightlessness and the sense of balance is impaired, important tasks such as outboard work are not carried out in the first days of a space mission. There would be an acute risk of the astronauts throwing up in their suits.

185. The world’s first vibrator was patented in 1869 and was powered by a small steam engine.

186. In almost all of his songs, Lenny Kravitz does not only sing, but also plays all instruments in a recording studio.

187. Only five percent of all humans have red hair.

188. The increased use of the drug “Sumatriptan” can lead to a green coloration of the blood.

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189. There are more public libraries in the U.S. than McDonald’s restaurants.

190. The Swedish word for stepmother is “Bonusmamma”.

191. In the early 20th century the Irish woman Mary Mallon, known as “Typhoid Mary”, became infected with typhoid fever and became the first person in the US to be infected with the bacterium, but not to fall ill with it. Due to her ignorance, she infected more than 100 people with the deadly disease and caused the death of several friends and acquaintances.

192. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a room has been developed, for research purposes, that absorbs all sounds. If you are inside, it is so quiet that you can even hear your own pulse. However, if you stay too long in absolute silence, hallucinations may occur.

193. If you combine the first syllables in the names of the countries “Sweden” and “Denmark” you get the word “Swe-Den”. If you combine their second syllables, you get the word “Den-Mark”.

194. Based on current extrapolations Bill Gates could be the first trillionaire in the world.

195. There are an estimated 500 million dogs on our planet.

196. About 89 percent of all men have problems with differentiating between kind behavior from a woman and flirting.

197. If you visit a Jewish grave, it is common practice to leave a small stone as a symbol of mourning and remembrance. The tradition dates back to a time when all Jewish graves were still in the desert. In order to prevent scavengers from digging up the corpses, the mourners erected pyramids of small stones.

198. Traffic in central London moves at just 10 miles per hour which is the same speed as a horse runs.

199. Termites eat their food at double the speed when heavy metal is played.

200. In 2007, Navy SEAL Mike Day was shot 27 times by four al-Qaeda leaders. He managed to kill the four leaders and get himself to safety. Today, he is in good health again and lives happily with his wife and daughter.

201. Nearly 65 percent of all autistic people are left-handed.

202. If. There. Is. A. Period. After. Every. Word. Our. Brain. Automatically. Starts.  Making. Pauses. After. Each. Word. 

203. In 1724 Maggie Dickson from Scotland was sentenced to death by hanging. After she had been hanged and taken away in a coffin, it turned out that she had survived. A court ruled that the sentence was officially carried out, so she could not be punished any further. She continued to live for over 40 years and was nicknamed “Half-Hangit Maggie”.

204. NASA wants to send a probe to Uranus within the next 15 years.

205. Only three years after the first football rules were laid down, the hand play was forbidden.

206. Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, today regrets having built the weapon. In retrospect, he wishes he had invented something that had benefitted mankind, such as a lawnmower, for example.

207. According to a survey conducted in 2000, Japanese people think that instant noodles are the greatest Japanese invention of the 20th century.

208. Nutella was invented during World War II, when an Italian soldier mixed chocolate with hazelnut to stretch his food ration.

209. Researchers believe that only ten percent of our seas are explored. This means we know less about our oceans than about the moon.

210. Chia seeds contain five times more calcium than milk and twice as much iron as spinach.

211. 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.

212. In the late 80s Pepsi sold its soda to Russia and received in return 17 submarines, a cruiser, a frigate, and a destroyer as they were not accepting the Russian currency.

213. Lynlee Hope Boemer was born twice. In the 23rd week of pregnancy, the girl was taken out of her mother’s womb by doctors to remove a tumor. After the successful operation, the girl was placed back into the womb, and twelve weeks later the healthy baby was born.

214. When the game “Twister” was released in 1966, it was described as “sex in a box”.

215. Alert, a village in Canada, is the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world.

216. The first seven seconds are the most important when making a first impression.

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217. Taiwan was the first country to provide free Wi-Fi to all citizens.

218. Celery has “negative” calories – it costs more energy to digest it.

219. The average person watches their favorite movie 29 times in their lifetime.

220. The lyrebird is capable of perfectly imitating almost any sound it hears. Birds of this species have been observed imitating the sounds of a chainsaw, a gunshot, a camera shutter or even an explosion.

221. Astronauts in the ISS can witness 15 sunrises and 15 sunsets a day.

222. McDonald’s Big Mac is used as an economic index to compare the purchasing power between different currencies and countries.

223. Theodore Roosevelt is the only US president known to have had a tattoo.

224. Europe’s highest mountain, the Mont Blanc, is in the French Alps and is 4,808 m (15,777 ft) high.

225. Lake Baikal in Russia is home to 20 percent of the world’s total unfrozen fresh water.

226. Israel is the only country in the world that has seen a net increase in trees over the last 100 years.

227. To keep up with speedsters, the police of Dubai are equipped with Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

228. The names of the main characters in the film “Inception” are Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur, Mal and Saito. When you combine the initial letters of these names, you get the word “Dreams”.

229. The American author Mark Twain’s real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

230. In North Korea, basketball is played according to different rules. For example, the team loses points if it doesn’t score on free throws and a dunk scores three points instead of the usual two.

231. Within 29 weeks, Harry Truman rose from US Senator to Vice President of the United States and then to President of the United States before becoming the first man to order the launch of a nuclear bomb.

232. About 83 percent of German women would abstain from sex for 100,000 Euros.

233. No matter where you are staying in the UK, you’ll never be further than 115 km from the sea.

234. Some national flags contain another small flag. This “flag in a flag” is called a “jack” and is always placed in the upper left corner, as this is the most visible area of a flag.

235. On average, a man ejaculates 7,200 times during his entire life.

236. Bushes and clouds in Super Mario Bros have the same shape, only the color is different.

237. A human could survive two minutes in space without a space suit.

238. The deepest hole ever explored by man was 7.5 miles deep. Compared to that, the earth has a diameter of 7,926 miles.

239. 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.

240. While tomatoes are typically classified as vegetables, they actually belong to the fruit category.

241. According to current estimates, there are only three living Northern white rhinos left. So the species is on the verge of extinction. How about some more rhino facts?

242. Gottfried Svartholm, a co-founder of Pirate Bay, let his mother read instructions for using computer programs to him at the age of six, in order to learn the basics of programming.

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243. In 2014, Red Bull spent a billion dollars on marketing, but only 600 million dollars on the production of beverages.

244. 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.

245. February 29 was first introduced as a leap day by Julius Caesar in 45 BC.

246. All Scandinavian countries have a cross on their flag.

247. The Greenland shark does not reach sexual maturity until the age of 150. With an estimated life expectancy of up to 500 years, it is also the longest living vertebrate on the planet.

248. 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”.

249. The word “Tsundoku” is Japanese and describes people who buy many books but never read them.

250. Every year, about four million cats are consumed as delicacies in China.

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