I love fun facts and I love to share them with you so I prepared this list with 250 utterly amazing fun facts. Can you believe that there was once a whiskey that was sold for 848,750 pounds or that even during night rainbows are possible? If you want to have more of these facts you should continue reading.
1. When the Big Bang theory was presented for the first time, it was rejected by many scientists because it seemed too religious.
2. Some cities in the United States have started spraying Christmas trees still standing in the woods in winter with fox urine. It is odorless while frozen, but smells awful as soon as it melts. This is to prevent tree thieves from going into the forest to cut down a Christmas tree on their own.
3. On 23 March 1994, Aeroflot flight 593 crashed in a hilly landscape over Siberia, killing 75 people. Recordings on the voice recorder proved that at the time of the accident the pilot had let his 15-year-old son fly the plane.
4. Over a billion people still have no access to electricity.
5. If a man would never shave his face, his beard would be approximately 30 feet long on the day he dies.
6. It has been scientifically proven that petting a dog can significantly reduce blood pressure in humans. If you are looking for more facts like this you should read our article just about dog facts.
7. 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.
8. Elisabeth II. Became Queen in 1953 and in 2015 she even became the longest reigning Queen in the world.
9. A study showed that the sight of meat has a soothing effect on men.
10. At a height of 2,717 feet, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. Due to the skyscraper’s height, the upper floors of the building can swing back and forth by five feet in strong winds.
11. The Batman series from the 1960s was known for its educational themes. The viewers were invited to fasten their seatbelts in the car, do homework, drink milk and eat healthily.
12. The vertical groove that runs from the nose to the center of the upper lip is called “philtrum”.
13. In the history of Mexico, on one occasion, there were three presidents on one day.
14. Since Penélope Cruz was pregnant during the shooting of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, her sister Mónica Cruz, who is three years younger, stepped in as her body double.
15. Google’s first tweet was “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010” which is binary code for “I’m feeling lucky”.
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16. Crickets consist of up to 70 percent protein, while beef steaks contain only 17 to 40 percent protein.
17. The Sơn-Đoòng cave in Vietnam is the largest cave in the world. It even contains a large rainforest, and its dimensions are so vast that even a Boeing 747 could easily fit inside. Despite its size, the cave was not discovered until 1991.
18. If all the ships currently in service in the world were to sink, the sea level would fall minimally and not rise, as one might intuitively think.
19. When Erich Honecker, a GDR politician, first visited the Federal Republic of Germany, his red carpet was 8 inches shorter than usual, because the Federal Republic did not want to show him the same respect as other citizens and friends.
20. In Korea, everyone is one year old from birth and turns one year older on New Year’s Day.
21. Before coffee became popular, beer was served for breakfast in the USA. How about some more beer facts?
22. In Australia, a hog stole 18 beers from a camping site, got drunk and then tried to attack a cow.
23. If you start counting from one, then 1,000 is the first number in which the letter “A” occurs.
24. 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.
25. On January 1 1985, the first phone call was made using a cellular phone.
26. Polar bears are left-handed.
27. Schwuugle describes itself as “the gay search engine”.
28. Water only gets the typical chlorine smell when someone pees in the basin.
29. “Samhainophobia” is the fear of Halloween.
30. The oxygen levels of a fetus in the womb are almost as low as on Mount Everest. The low oxygen level helps the fetus to sleep most of its time in the womb.
31. Hippopotamus kill more Africans than lions, crocodiles and white sharks combined.
32. Fully-grown bears can run as fast as horses.
33. NBA athlete Allen Iverson signed a lifetime advertising contract with Reebok in 2001. For this he will receive an annual sum of 800,000 dollars until he is 55 years old. After that, he will receive a single lump sum of 32 million dollars from the company.
34. To keep up with speedsters, the police of Dubai are equipped with Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
35. In terms of the number of museums, theatres and libraries, Germany is the country with the most opportunities for cultural activities.
36. Stephen Hawking had surpassed the life expectancy estimated by doctors by more than 50 years.
37. During the 17th century, Peter the Great instituted a tax on facial hair in an attempt to modernize Russian society and to finance the increasing expenses of the king.
38. The grapefruit was actually an accident. It was developed by chance from a cross between pomelos and oranges.
39. The Harvard physicist Lene Hau was successful in reducing the speed of light to 38 miles per hour.
40. The term “soap opera” can be traced back to the US company Procter & Gamble. In the 1930s, the detergent manufacturer produced a daily radio broadcast for women with a simple plot for advertising purposes, which soon became known as the soap opera.
41. Walter Arnold was the first person to pay a fine for speeding. In 1896, he drove his car through a zone with speed restrictions at 7.5 miles per hour, clearly exceeding the speed limit of 1.7 miles per hour.
42. The human is the only primate who has no bone in his penis.
43. The country code of Russia is 007.
44. Australia’s Great Victoria Desert is larger than the United Kingdom and Ireland combined.
45. When donating blood, the human body burns an additional 650 calories.
46. Humans are the only species that cook their food.
47. The Nahanni National Park Reserve in Canada is larger than Israel, Jamaica or Armenia.
48. 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.
49. Sony has developed a refrigerator which exclusively is opened while smiling.
50. According to a study, men from Congo have the largest penises.
51. The hawksbill turtle has probably existed since the Cretaceous period.
52. In medieval castles, spiral staircases were always built clockwise, as this provided a tactical advantage. This made it harder for attackers to swing their swords without being hindered by the wall.
53. The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance formed between the United Kingdom and Portugal is the oldest alliance in the world that is still in force. It was ratified in 1386.
54. The Belgian Post Office developed a special stamp in 2013 that tastes like chocolate when licked on the back.
55. Canada was the third country sending a satellite to space, after USA and USSR.
56. Seen chronologically, Cleopatra was closer to the moon landing than to the construction of the pyramids.
57. Ötzi suffered from lactose intolerance.
58. The scientist Charles Darwin married his own cousin in 1839.
59. The word “Swagger” is a neologism and was created by William Shakespeare.
60. With an IQ of approximately 230, the Australian mathematician Terence Tao is the most intelligent person in the world.
61. Russia extends over eleven time zones.
62. In Iowa, a 99 year old senior woman sews one dress every day to donate them to children in Africa.
63. The sign “Made in Germany” was originally intended to warn British people of inferior items from Germany.
64. 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.
65. Walt Disney has received 63 Oscar nominations throughout his lifetime, of which he has won 26. Thus, he is the world record holder of most Oscar wins.
66. A tiger’s tongue is so rough that it can even lick meat from a bone.
67. The Audi brand name e-tron means “pile of shit” in French.
68. The DNA among humans differs by just 0.1 percent. In comparison, a chimpanzee is genetically different from humans by 1.2 percent.
69. “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.
70. In 1967, Lawrence Roberts, one of the forefathers of the Internet, was still of the opinion that the exchange of messages among network participants was not an important motive for building a network of computers. Today, services such as WhatsApp, Telegram and e-mail have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives.
71. When the moon is furthest away from Earth, both celestial bodies are so far apart that all the planets in our solar system could fit in between.
72. The name of the Microsoft search engine “Bing” comes from the word “Bingo”, which you shout out when you get exactly the answer you had hoped for.
73. The intelligence of a child is primarily determined by its mother.
74. Due to plate tectonic movements, Australia migrates to the north by about 2.8 inches each year.
75. 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.
76. While tomatoes are typically classified as vegetables, they actually belong to the fruit category.
77. The soldier Jack Churchill went into every battle of the Second World War carrying a sword, bagpipes and a longbow. During a mission in France, he even achieved the only confirmed kill by longbow during the Second World War. His comrades therefore nicknamed him “Mad Jack”.
78. The anchor motif as a tattoo was originally meant to signal that the carrier had already crossed the Atlantic.
79. A 60-year-old “Macallan Valerio Adami 1926” whiskey was auctioned in 2018 for 848,750 pounds, marking the highest price ever spent on a single bottle of whiskey.
80. In 2012, the CEO of Lenovo received an annual bonus of three million dollars. Instead of keeping the money for himself, he distributed it among his 10,000 employees.
81. In the 17th century, New York was called New Amsterdam.
82. Everyday McDonald’s serves over 68 million people. This is approximately one percent of the world’s population.
83. Most serial killers are born in November.
84. With about 1 billion people or 15% of the world’s population Africa is the second most populous continent.
85. Airbags deploy completely within approximately 30 milliseconds.
86. When Michael Jackson died in 2009, this caused several websites, including Twitter and Wikipedia, to crash, as many people wanted to know more about his death and overloaded the website operators’ servers.
87. Approximately one in 5,000 babies is born without an anus due to a deformity. Doctors then need to artificially reconstruct it after birth.
88. At minimum, a person only needs one kidney with a capacity of at least 75 percent to survive.
89. In Italy, a man left his cat an inheritance of about ten million Euros.
90. You get a personalized card from the Queen if you reach your 100th birthday in the United Kingdom.
91. The colder your bedroom is, the higher is the likelihood of having a nightmare.
92. The Morse code is named after the inventor of the telegraph, Samuel Morse.
93. The Twitter account @everyword has tweeted every single word of the English language.
94. As Burger King has no rights to its brand name in Australia, the fast food chain is called “Hungry Jack’s” there.
95. At birth, a blue whale is already 26 feet long and weighs more than eight tons. In its first year, the newborn gains approximately 176 pounds of weight per day – 7.3 pounds per hour.
96. Sound spreads through steel about 15 times faster than through air.
97. If you write “3:)” on Facebook you will see a little surprise.
98. 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.
99. Besides humans, ants and bees are the only animals to wage war against members of the same species. (Source)
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100. The large yellow “M” in the McDonald’s logo does not actually represent an “M”, but rather the two original characteristic arches of McDonald’s restaurants.
101. 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.
102. Strawberries are not berries, but in fact nuts.
103. The maiden name of Goethe’s mother was “Textor”.
104. In Germany, prisoners who are to be released in January can apply for a Christmas amnesty. If the request is granted, the prisoner is allowed to leave the prison earlier in order to spend Christmas with his family.
105. “The Shard”, the 95-storey skyscraper in London, is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, in the European Union and the sixth-tallest building in Europe.
106. In 1647 Christmas was forbidden by the English Parliament.
107. In eight cities in Italy, an elevated level of cocaine and marijuana in the air can be documented.
108. The Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving and not for Christmas.
109. The manchineel tree is so poisonous that even rainwater trickling off the fruit can lead to severe acid burns to the skin. If you get smoke in your eyes while burning the tree, you might go blind. It is even recommended to not inhale too much air around the tree as even this can cause dizziness and nausea.
110. Every day more than 4,700 newspapers are produced in India. They are written in more than 300 languages.
111. During World War II all venomous and deadly animals in the London Zoo were killed to prevent them from escaping into the city and killing anyone, in case the zoo was bombed.
112. Because intelligent people think faster, their handwriting is sloppier.
113. In preparation for his role as Walter White in “Breaking Bad” Bryan Cranston was taught by the DEA how to make meth.
114. In the USA, a slave from 1850 by today’s standards, would cost 1,000 dollars.
115. The most common fracture in the human body is the collarbone.
116. Bulgaria has never changed its name since adopting it in 681 AD.
117. Barney Stinson from “How I Met Your Mother” has worn the ducky tie in 11 episodes.
118. A type of jellyfish called the “sea wasp” is the most poisonous animal in the world.
119. The British Library is the second largest library in the world. Only the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. is larger.
120. In Surabaya, Indonesia, residents can also use plastic waste to pay for their bus ticket. The objective of the campaign is to reduce plastic waste in the city and at the same time get more people interested in public transport.
121. The medical term for headaches due to eating too much ice-cream is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.
122. At the beginning of the 20th century, in the United States, it was possible to send one’s own children to close relatives or friends by mail. The first known case of a child being sent by mail was an unidentified boy from Ohio, who in January 1913 was sent to his grandmother by his parents. The longest distance over which a child was sent by mail was approximately 75 miles. However, the children were never put inside a parcel. Instead, they were delivered directly to the post office and there entrusted to a postal employee who would then accompany them on their journey.
123. 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.
124. The vagina has a self-cleaning mechanism.
125. In Russia, there are approximately eleven million more women than men.
126. In Lazio (Italy) policemen drive Lamborghinis.
127. An estimated 11 quadrillion tons of diamonds are hidden at a depth of 90 to 150 miles under the earth’s surface.
128. In order to die of a caffeine overdose, a person would have to consume about 100 cups of coffee in a very short time.
129. There are so many languages in the world that it is not known how many there currently are. Scientists believe that there are more than 6,500 to 7,000 different languages.
130. The longest limousine in the world is almost 102 feet long and has 26 wheels. It is equipped with a king-size waterbed, a small helicopter landing pad and a swimming pool.
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131. The Australian prisoner Joseph Bolitho Johns broke out of prison so often that the police built a special prison cell for him. He also broke out of this.
132. Three men from Yemen accused NASA for “settling” on Mars. According to the men, their ancestors gave it to them 3,000 years ago.
133. Cats are the most popular pet in the United States. There are 88 million cats compared to 74 million dogs.
134. The Bonobo Kanzi monkey is able to make its own bonfire and cook its food in it.
135. Since no human has ever seen or heard a live dinosaur, all the sounds of dinosaurs known from movies are completely imaginary. There is no evidence that dinosaurs really sounded that way.
136. All people begin their lives as females. The male Y chromosome becomes active just after the fifth week of gestation.
137. In Australia in 2009, snipers were tasked with defending a colony of penguins against possible enemies to guarantee the survival of this rare penguin species.
138. The croissant is not a French creation, but an Austrian creation.
139. In Cambridge (Canada) you can pay your parking ticket by donating soft toys.
140. American school buses are yellow because a study from the 1930s showed that people can perceive the color yellow from a very long distance and therefore the risk of the school buses being involved in accidents decreases.
141. Ryan Gosling was short-listed to be in the Backstreet Boys.
142. It is estimated that the world’s oceans hold 320 billion cubic miles of water. To determine this magnitude, which is hard to estimate, the boundaries of the oceans were first measured using satellites. Subsequently, the average depth was determined, which in turn made it possible to calculate a volume.
143. The country with the lowest population density is Mongolia. On average, there are only 4.9 people per square mile.
144. For every human eaten by a shark, 600,000 sharks are eaten by humans.
145. The founder of “Victoria’s Secret” sold the company for a million dollars in 1982 and committed suicide in 1993 by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
146. According to current estimates, it would cost more than 23 billion dollars to build a real “Jurassic Park”.
147. The largest cat in the world had a length of 1.36 yards.
148. In the Spanish dubbed version of “Terminator 2”, the terminator does not say “Hasta la vista, baby”, but “Sayonara, baby”.
149. In 2015, a cow in Texas gave birth to quadruplets. For cows, the probability of such a birth is about one in 11.2 million. By the way, the names of the four calves are Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo.
150. Valentina Tereshkova, sent into space in 1963, was the first woman in space. To this day, she remains the only woman to have been on a space mission alone. She was alone in space for a total of three days and orbited the Earth a total of 48 times.
151. In 2017 Emmanuel Macron became the youngest President of France ever at the age of 39.
152. The oldest ever found advertisement dates back to 3,000 BC and was found in the ruins of Thebes. It advertised a slave named Shem.
153. One bite of the Inland-Taipans – the most poisonous snake in the world – injects enough poison into its victim to kill more than 230 people.
154. With a length of 3,690km (2,293 miles) the Volga is Europe’s longest river.
155. Studies show that people who live by the sea have lower levels of stress than others. Scientists suspect that the color blue may have a strong influence on stress levels.
156. Under ideal conditions, two mating rats could produce 482 million descendants over a three-year period.
157. If you were able to fold a piece of paper a total of 102 times, it would be about as thick as the entire known universe.
158. In medieval France, women were among others punished by being forced to catch a chicken in the city while naked.
159. The largest land animal permanently living in Antarctica is only 0.24 inches long. It is the wingless mosquito species “Belgica antarctica”.
160. Adolf Hitler’s nephew William Patrick Hitler emigrated to the USA in 1939 and even fought alongside the Americans against Nazi Germany during the Second World War. He was even awarded the Purple Heart for his accomplishments during the war. After the war, however, he changed his name to William Patrick Stuart-Houston.
161. Thursday is named after the Nordic god of thunder “Thor”.
162. The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
163. Thanks to collaboration with Twitter, every public tweet sent in the U.S., is digitally archived in the Library of Congress.
164. The Golden Gate Bridge is made up of so many wire ropes that put together they would circle the earth three times.
165. Finland has exactly 187,888 lakes and 179,585 islands. Both are world records in terms of frequency.
166. In 2017, researchers discovered the largest dinosaur footprint to date in Western Australia. The footprint is over 5 feet long and is said to be over 130 million years old.
167. A total of 90% of Canada is uninhabited.
168. In Italy on New Year’s Eve, traditionally one wears red underwear to have luck for the new year.
169. Deep down in the Sala silver mine in Sweden, there is a hotel room 509 feet underground, making it the deepest hotel in the world.
170. In the U.S., the probability of suicide is twice the rate of an assassination by a third party.
171. The Greenland shark, among others, eats polar bears and deer.
172. In 1994, Microsoft, in collaboration with Timex, introduced the world’s first smart watch. At that time, however, nobody was interested in it, so production was discontinued.
173. The capital of Kazakhstan is Astana. Which when translated means “capital”.
174. The human brain needs 33 milliseconds to determine the mood of a person, from their facial expressions alone.
175. The deepest species ever found is the devil worm (Halicephalobus mephisto). It was discovered in a cave in South Africa 2.2 miles underground.
176. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, receives a fixed annual salary of just one dollar.
177. Montreal is the world’s fourth largest French speaking city after Paris, Kinshasa and Abidjan.
178. When Ed Headrick, the inventor of the Frisbee, died in 2002, his ashes were melted down into Frisbees and distributed to his family and closest friends.
179. In 2016, at the age of 104, Jack Reynolds from Great Britain became the oldest person to get a tattoo. One year later, he became the oldest person to ride a roller coaster.
180. About 31 percent of Germany’s surface is covered by forest.
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181. In addition to humans, homosexuality has been discovered in over 1,500 animal species. Same sex love is therefore anything but contrary to nature.
182. Mexican priest Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez supported an orphanage for over 23 years by earning money as a wrestler under the pseudonym “Fray Tormenta”. He became known all over the world for his distinctive mask, which he now wears even during his sermons in church.
183. The Centennial Light is the longest-lasting light bulb in the world. It has been on since 1906 and is located at the Livermore fire station near San Francisco, California.
184. Google uses camels with a camera attached in the desert to get images for Google Street View.
185. In 2010, Venezuela decided to introduce stricter naming restrictions. Previously, unusual first names were no problem. For example, there are two people with the first name “Superman” living in the South American country – Superman Gonzalez and Superman Fernandez. There are even 60 babies who after their birth were given the first name Hitler.
186. Adolescents are increasingly suffering from sleep deprivation. The reason for this is, among other things, the early start of school.
187. Wombat excrements are cube-shaped. So far, we have not been able to determine the evolutionary advantage of excreta in this shape. It is assumed, however, that it allows the animals to better mark their territory.
188. With one pencil, one is able to draw a line with a length of up to 37 miles.
189. The first name of Master Yoda from Star Wars is “Minch”.
190. 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.
191. Nearly one in five Germans regularly use a laptop on the toilet.
192. More Jewish people live in New York City than in any other city outside of Israel.
193. The most common zodiac sign among billionaires is Aquarius. The least common one is Cancer.
194. In ancient Egypt, meteorite rocks were used as jewels.
195. Adult cats exclusively meow to communicate with humans.
196. Israel is the only country in the world that has seen a net increase in trees over the last 100 years.
197. Animals like the zebra, gorilla, giraffe, chimpanzee, wildebeest or hippopotamus are unique to the African continent and can only be found here.
198. A positive pregnancy test in men may indicate testicular cancer.
199. It takes 40 minutes to cook an ostrich egg.
200. 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.
201. A regular inspection including oil change on a Bugatti Veyron costs 21,000 dollars.
202. 2,520 is the smallest number that can be divided by all numbers from 1 to 10 with the result being an integer, meaning that there is no remainder.
203. In one second an average of two people die.
204. 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.
205. Germany shares its borders with nine other countries. Poland, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
206. In 1967, a former Prime Minister of Australia disappeared without a trace and has still not been found.
207. 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.
208. When rebels stormed the home of Muammar al-Gaddafi, they discovered a photo album with pictures of the former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
209. In the USA, more money is spent on slot machines than on cinema, baseball and amusement parks combined.
210. 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.
211. The world record for the most push-ups in one day is 46,001.
212. Josef Stalin ordered at least 22 assassination attempts on the former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito. After his death, a letter to Stalin with the following words was discovered: “Stop sending people to kill me. If you don’t stop sending assassins, I will send one to Moscow and I will certainly not have to send a second one.”
213. The human kidney can only produce urine up to a salt content of two percent. Salt water, however, has an average salt content of three percent, so our kidneys have to draw water from the body to lower the salt content of the water they take in. The consequence is that after drinking salt water you die of thirst, even though you have actually consumed water.
214. 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.
215. In the 1960s, a female fan hid in postal package and was sent by a friend to the Beatles’ address. The postal services however, discovered and freed the lady before she was able to be posted.
216. Scientists have demonstrated that cats have the same brain patterns as humans have during sleep. It is therefore assumed that cats can dream.
217. Most suicides happen on Mondays.
218. Since the end of the Second World War, Japan has apologized in official statements more than 50 times for its acts during the war.
219. Traffic in central London moves at just 10 miles per hour which is the same speed as a horse runs.
220. The real name of the Michelin mascot is “Bibendum” or “Bib” for short.
221. The South African rock hyrax is only 20 inches tall, weighs about 8.8 pounds and looks like a big guinea pig. Nevertheless, its closest relative is the elephant. Looking for more facts like this? Just read our article about elephant facts.
222. If one took all the world’s water and placed it into a cube, it would accommodate 39,375 cubic feet.
223. Celery has “negative” calories – it costs more energy to digest it.
224. 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.
225. 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.
226. During the Second World War a special event was held in a news magazine. Two soldiers were betting who would be the first to kill 100 enemy soldiers with a sword. Both died before they could win the competition.
227. 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.
228. City birds are now integrating cigarette stubs into their nests as they have recognized that these are effective against insects.
229. Timothy Ray Brown is the first man to be cured from AIDS. In 2007 he received a bone marrow transplant due to his blood cancer. After the treatment, doctors could not detect HIV in his body anymore. To date, nobody knows how this was possible and whether the disease will come back. This phenomena could only be detected on two further people.
230. In 2009, Marc Aurus – an expert on the prevention of kidnapping – gave a lecture on the topic of “How to avoid being kidnapped in Mexico” and was then kidnapped.
231. 1 in every 38 people in the United States live in New York City.
232. Central Park in New York is larger than the State Monaco.
233. London is the city with the most millionaires in the world. It is followed by New York City in second and Tokyo in third place.
234. Laughing one hundred times burns the same calories as a 15-minute workout on the bike.
235. In 1783, the volcano Lakagígar in the south of Iceland erupted. For months, lava erupted from over 100 craters. Numerous aerosols such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and sulphur were blown into the atmosphere and began to darken the sky over all of Europe. Crop failures and the mass death of livestock led to a famine that cost the lives of about 10,000 people. Even the famine that struck France in 1788, which together with the high tax burden at the time led to the French Revolution, could have been a consequence of the volcanic eruption.
236. Paparazzi is Italian and can be translated to “annoying mosquitoes”.
237. Even during the night there are rainbows. They are called “moon bows”.
238. The name “Microsoft” is a combination of “microcomputer” and “software”.
239. If men do not ejaculate for more than seven days, their testosterone levels rise by more than 45 percent.
240. A study came to the conclusion that women are more attractive to men when they do not use make-up.
241. There is a skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex on the Google campus. It is supposed to remind employees not to let Google die out.
242. Due to the decline of the lion population, there are now more lion statues worldwide than real lions.
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243. During World War II London became the capital city of 8 countries at the same time. It was a safe haven for the governments-in-exile of Poland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Czechoslovakia, Greece and Yugoslavia.
244. 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.
245. Studies conducted by the University of Michigan have shown a clear correlation between physical exercise and personal satisfaction. According to these studies, one training session per week is sufficient to sustainably increase the feeling of happiness. In addition, exercise is the most efficient way to reduce stress hormones.
246. Most “Converse” sneakers have a small piece of felt on the sole, which usually comes off after wearing the shoe for the first time. The reason for this is that due to the piece of felt, the shoes are officially categorized as house shoes and therefore carry lower import duties.
247. In 1968 Kip “Keino” almost arrived late to the Olympic 1,500 meter run, due to a traffic jam. He therefore left the car, ran the remaining 2.5 miles to the stadium and took home the gold medal.
248. There are about three times as many chickens on earth as humans.
249. A horizontal line above a mathematical expression, for example to express an infinite period, is called a “vinculum”.
250. Bob Marley’s song “No Woman No Cry” was actually called “No Woman Nuh Cry”. This song is not about the better life of men without women, but about the life of a sad woman.
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