CerebralDatabank Compiled Random Informational Fact Database

  1. Peanut butter can be turned into diamonds.
  2. According to quantum mechanics, before you read this line, you did read it and did not read it simultaneously, but after you read it, you split the universe into two universes, where in this universe you read it and somewhere in the multiverse (which contains infinite universes) is the universe where you did not read it.
  3. Banging your head against the wall consumes 150 calories per hour.
  4. The speed of light is 299,792,458 m/s (in a vacuum).
  5. The speed of sound is 340.29 m/s (at sea level).
  6. Walmart loses $3,000,000,000 a year from theft.
  7. The fear of long words is, ironically, hippopotomonstrososesquipedaliophobia.
  8. A person who likes to use long words is a sesquipedalianist.
  9. Elephants crush mosquitos using their skin folds.
  10. Joseph Gayetty, the inventor of toilet paper, had his name watermarked on each sheet.
  11. The price of popcorn is 12 times its production cost.
  12. Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.
  13. The scientific term for brain freeze is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (severe nerve pain of the sphenopalatine ganglion).
  14. Cherophobia is the fear of having fun.
  15. A group of wombats is called a wisdom.
  16. Alektrophobia is the fear of chickens.
  17. A group of salamanders is called a congress.
  18. A group of crows is called a murder.
  19. The unicorn in the national animal of Scotland.
  20. Wombat feces is cube shaped. This is because it has to stay intact, because it is a territorial marker.
  21. A group of geese is called a gaggle.
  22. A group of owls is called a parliament.
  23. The word forms of all the numbers from zero to one hundred ninety nine do not have the letter "a" (assuming the word "and" is omitted, which is considered correct in the US).
  24. "Pocahontas" means "the naughty one" or "spoiled child".
  25. A Venus day is longer than a Venus year.
  26. The password to the social media accounts (including his Facebook account) of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg used to be "dadada" before hackers figured it out.
  27. Samsung makes $6,500 a second.
  28. Google processes about 40,000 search queries per second.
  29. "Trumpery" (a word that sounds like the name of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump) means attractive articles with little value or use; showy but worthless.
  30. Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, was originally named Donald Drumpf (not a typo).
  31. Theoretically, the electricity generated by your brain could charge an Apple iPhone 5C in 70 hours.
  32. The Chinese soft-shelled turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) urinates through its mouth.
  33. There are 336 dimples on a standard regulation golf ball.
  34. Peanuts can be used to make dynamite. Peanut oil is used to make glycerol, which is used to make nitroglycerin, which is used to make dynamite.
  35. In most advertisements for watches (digital and paper), the time displayed on the watch is 10:10.
  36. The memory span of a goldfish is 3 seconds.
  37. In the top-left corner to the "shield" on the 1 on the $1 bill, there is a creature - it is disputed whether it is an owl or a spider.
  38. The urine of a cat will glow in a black light.
  39. You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than from a poisonous spider.
  40. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.
  41. All Americans in total eat 18 acres of pizza each day.
  42. The gas mileage of the cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II is 6 inches per gallon of diesel.
  43. When the human heart pumps, it pumps with enough force to squirt blood 30 feet.
  44. There are more people who speak English in China than in the USA.
  45. The electric chair was invented by a dentist who also engineered steam-boats (Alfred P. Southwick).
  46. Almonds are members of the peach family.
  47. Almonds can sleep for 3 years.
  48. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open, otherwise they might fall out from the pressure.
  49. The phrase "rule of thumb" originates from an old English law: you cannot beat your wife with anything that is wider than your thumb.
  50. In the movie Pulp Fiction, all the clocks are at the time 4:20.
  51. The word "jock", which is an insult meaning someone who is too sports-minded and unintelligent, is etymologically derived from the word "jockstrap", which is an undergarment worn by males to protect the genitalia from injury during intensive activity (such as sports).
  52. The airline company American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating just one olive from each first-class salad.
  53. The former Northwest Airlines saved $500,000 per year by cutting its limes into 16 pieces instead of 10. When the company merged into Delta Air Lines Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc. still chose to not save $500,000 by cutting its limes into 10 pieces, but saved money eventually by loading fewer limes onto their flights.
  54. Elvis Presley had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth (this is probably why Elvis's middle name is sometimes spelled "Aron" instead of "Aaron").
  55. In the Anglo-Zanzibar War, a military conflict between the United Kingdoms and the Zanzibar Sultanate, the latter surrendered in 38 to 45 minutes, making this the shortest war in recorded history.
  56. Fighting in a duel is legal in Paraguay as long as the two combatants are registered blood donors.
  57. In Alaska, it is illegal to steal snow from someone else to build a snowman (you can steal it for anything else though).
  58. In Alaska, it is illegal to intentionally avoid walking on cracks in the pavement.
  59. In Arkansas, it is legal to beat your wife once a month.
  60. In California, it is illegal to eat an orange in a bathtub. This law is no longer enforced; it was originally created because people thought the citric acid in oranges would explode when combined with bath oils.
  61. The city of San Francisco copyrighted its name.
  62. It is illegal for a child to wear a Halloween mask without a sheriff permit in Walnut, California.
  63. Lethologica means the inability to remember a particular word or name.
  64. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. As far as most people know, no-one in Greece has memorized all 158.
  65. The "Oz" in "Wizard of Oz" was invented when Frank Baum, its creator, saw three filing cabinets with the labels "A-G", "H-N", and "O-Z".
  66. A cat's ear contains 32 muscles.
  67. The full form of Los Angeles is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula", which means "The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciúncula".
  68. The microwave was invented when a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  69. The average person falls asleep after 7 minutes of laying in bed.
  70. Donald Duck comic books were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
  71. The lifespan of a dragonfly is 24 hours.
  72. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  73. There are many more chickens than humans. About 7 billion humans versus 18-20 billion chickens.
  74. The reason why flight attendants always put their hands behind their backs when passengers enter the plane is because they are holding a counter in their hands, clicking it for every person that enters the plane.
  75. On the south pole of Mars, the temperature is so low that carbon dioxide solidifies and falls as snow.
  76. The average cumulus cloud weighs about 1.1 million pounds, or the weight of about 100 elephants.
  77. The name for the "#" symbol is the octothorpe (alternatively spelled octothorp).
  78. If you ever see a large white box being loaded onto an airplane - it's a dead person.
  79. If a passenger died on an airplane, British Airlines used to put them back on the seat, cover them up on a blanket, give them sunglasses and a copy of the Daily Mail newspaper, and position the corpse to look like a sleeping person so nobody would notice.
  80. Airplanes' cabin crew are trained to deliver babies inflight.
  81. Coccinellidaephobia is the fear of ladybugs.
  82. Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism is a condition with symptoms similar to pseudohypoparathyroidism without the abnormal levels of calcium and phosphorus.
  83. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is a condition caused by the inhalation of silica particles caused by volcanoes.
  84. 33 computer keyboards were tested for bacteria, viruses, etc. 4 of them were considered a health hazard.
  85. The official SI definition of the second is the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium-133 atom.
  86. In the 18th century, Timothy Dexter, a rather eccentric person, faked his own death to see the reaction. When his wife didn't cry, he caned her.
  87. A group of hippopotamuses is called a bloat.
  88. A group of rhinoceroses is called a crash.
  89. It takes about 16.7 µM of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, an energy transport molecule in cells), or 1.42 cal to click using a mouse.
  90. On July 28, 1976, the Tangshan earthquake killed 242,000 people and destroyed 85% of buildings in 15 seconds.
  91. Mops mops is the species name for the Malayan free-tailed bat.
  92. The word "bird" in English came from the Old English spelling of "brid" (not a typo).
  93. Hershey's Kisses were named after the sound the factory machine makes when depositing them.
  94. Red M&Ms were not produced and were replaced with orange M&Ms between the years of 1976 and 1986.
  95. In the UK and Sweden, purple Skittles aren't grape-flavored – they're black-currant-flavored.
  96. Sour Patch Kids used to be called Sour Group Kids and even Mars Men.
  97. In any given second, 6 million people have pressed their spacebar. Since it takes about 1⁄10th of a second to press a spacebar, whenever you press your spacebar, 600,000 people also pressed their spacebar at the same time that you did.
  98. Cap'n Crunch's full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch.
  99. In most cases, printer ink is more expensive than human blood.
  100. Q-Tips used to be called "Baby Gays" (and also dipped in boric acid).
  101. Scratching the inside of your ear with your finger sounds similar to Pac-Man (although YMMV). Try it!
  102. In Japan, there are vending machines for random girls' phone numbers.
  103. The inventor of the Frisbee, "Steady" Ed Headrick, was cremated and made into Frisbees.
  104. The most stolen type of food in the world is cheese.
  105. The oldest living creature on the planet, a 507-year-old clam (7 years after the discovery of America by Columbus), but it was accidentally killed by the scientists who discovered it while opening it up to determine its age.
  106. Your eyes stay the same size since birth, but your nose and ears never stop growing.
  107. The first webcam was used for people to check if the "Trojan Room" coffee pot was full without having to get up.
  108. 63 Earths can fit inside Uranus.
  109. There are ~177000 ways to tie a tie.
  110. Croissants were invented in Austria, not France.
  111. The United States international highway system requires that at least 1 in every 5 miles be straight, because they can be used in times of war (or other emergencies) as airstrips.
  112. Recycling 1 average soda can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours.
  113. Worldwide, 27000 trees per day are used up as toilet paper.
  114. In Australia, on random occasions, a "mass ballooning event" occurs, in which millions of spiders send out silk strands into the air to catch the air current to float away to a better home. When they fall, they cover the ground with silk like a blanket of snow.
  115. Human babies are born without kneecaps, which don't appear until 2-6 years have passed.
  116. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  117. You are more likely to die from a falling coconut than a shark attack.
  118. The full form of M&Ms is Mars & Murrie's.
  119. Genuflection (sometimes spelled genuflexion) is the process of bending at least one knee to the ground.
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