List of Fun and Interesting Facts and Statistics – Page 1

Following is a list of fun facts, statistics and interesting information compiled from a variety of information sources.  Additional links to more interesting facts are included at the bottom of the page:

  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge, a quarter has 119
  • A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine
  • A person infected with the SARS virus, has a 95-98% chance of recovery
  • A toaster uses almost half as much energy as a full-sized oven
  • A volcano has enough power to shoot ash as high as 50 km into the atmosphere
  • About twenty-five percent of the population sneeze when they are exposed to light
  • Airports that are at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density
  • Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined
  • Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were both epileptic
  • All babies are color blind when they are born
  • Americans did not commonly use forks until after the Civil War
  • An airplane mechanic invented Slinky while he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use for the springs
  • An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged
  • An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards
  • Another name for a Microsoft Windows tutorial is ”Crash Course”
  • Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.
  • Approximately 25,000 workers died during the building of the Panama Canal, and approximately 20,000 of them contracted malaria and yellow fever.
  • Astronauts get taller when they are in space.
  • Babies who wear disposable diapers are five times more likely to develop diaper rash than those that wear cotton diapers.
  • Babies” eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to eight weeks old.
  • Because metal was scarce; the Oscars given out during World War II were made of plaster.
  • Before toilet paper was invented, French royalty wiped their bottoms with fine linen.
  • Business.com is currently the most expensive domain name sold for $7.5 million.
  • Buttermilk does not contain any butter.
  • By partially filling saucers with vinegar and distributing the saucers around a room, you can eliminate odors
  • Canada is an Indian word meaning ”Big Village”
  • Children are more allergic to cockroaches than they are to cats!
  • Cleopatra married two of her brothers
  • Common pesticides such as roach, termite, and flea insecticide can be found in the bodies of majority of Americans
  • Crayola is a French word that means ”Oily chalk.””
  • Duracell, the battery-maker, built parts of its new international headquarters using materials from its own waste
  • During World War II, Uncle Ben’s was the exclusive supplier of rice to the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Each year, there are more than 40,000 toilet related injuries in the United States
  • Early Romans used to use porcupine quills as toothpicks
  • Fine-grained volcanic ash can be found as an ingredient in some toothpastes
  • From the age of thirty, humans gradually begin to shrink in size
  • Gardening is said to be one of the best exercises for maintaining healthy bones
  • George Washington grew marijuana in his garden
  • In 1897, Bayer, who is the maker of Aspirin, marketed the drug heroin
  • In 1998, Sony accidentally sold 700,000 camcorders that had the technology to see through people’s clothes.
  • In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans every year.
  • Indoor pollution is 10 times more toxic than outdoor pollution.
  • Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do.
  • It costs about 3 cents to make a $1 bill in the United States.
  • It takes about 63,000 trees to make the newsprint for the average Sunday edition of The New York Times.
  • King Kong was Adolph Hitler’s favorite movie.
  • Leather skin does not have any smell. The leather smell that you sense is actually derived from the materials used in the tanning process.
  • Left-handed people are better at sports that require good spatial judgment and fast reaction, compared to right-handed individuals.
  • Leonardo da Vinci was dyslexic, and he often wrote backwards.
  • Malcolm X’s original name is Malcolm Little.
  • Marie Curie, the Nobel prize winning scientist who discovered radium, died of radiation poisoning.
  • Medical research has found substances in mistletoe that can slow down tumor growth.
  • Microsoft made $16,005 in revenue in its first year of operation.
  • Most dust particles in your house come from dead skin.
  • Nazi leader Adolph Hitler had only one testicle.
  • New York’s Central Park is nearly twice the size of the entire country of Monaco.
  • Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.
  • Nylon is made from coal and petroleum
  • The horned lizard can squirt BLOOD out of its eyes to protect itself from predators
  • Oil tycoon, John D. Rockefeller, was the world’s first billionaire
  • On average, a disposable diaper can hold up to 7 pounds of liquid
  • On average, the life span of an American dollar bill is eighteen months
  • One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water
  • Paper money is not made from wood pulp but from cotton. This means that it will not disintegrate as fast if it is put in the laundry
  • Pilgrims did not eat with forks. They only used spoons, knives and their fingers
  • Q-Tip Cotton Swabs were originally called Baby Gays
  • Rapper LL Cool J’s name is short for ‘Ladies Love Cool James’
  • Reno, Nevada is actually west of Los Angeles, California
  • Research indicates that babies who suck on pacifiers are more prone to ear aches
  • Some asteroids have other asteroids orbiting them
  • Some toothpastes and deodorants contain the same chemicals found in antifreeze
  • Tasmania is said to have the cleanest air in the world
  • Teflon is the slipperiest substance in the world
  • The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island
  • The vintage date on a bottle of wine indicates the year the grapes were picked, not the year of bottling
  • The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean

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