Or: “Things you never knew you could possibly imagine you wanted to know.”

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A galactic year is 250 million Earth-years. This is the time it takes for our solar system to make one revolution around the Milky Way galaxy.

Research indicates that plants grow healthier when they are stroked.

There are mirrors on the moon. Astronauts left them so that laser beams could be bounced off of them from Earth. These beams help give us the distance to the moon, give or take a few centimeters.

The Central African raffia palm is known to have the longest leaves. The leaves can measure up to 82 ½ feet long.

Hard hats for construction workers were first invented and used during the building of the Hoover Dam in 1933.

The first domain name ever registered was symbolics.com on March 15, 1985.

On Mendeleev’s periodic table of elements, no element abbreviation contains the letter J.

Bamboo plants can grow up to 36 inches in a day.

The largest diamond that was ever found was 3106 carats.

Canada has more donut shops per capita than the United States.

Honey is used sometimes for antifreeze mixtures and in the center of golf balls.

If all the salt were to be extracted from the Earth’s oceans, you would have enough salt to cover all of the continents five feet deep.

Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the United States are for the sole purpose of decoration.

On average, each American consumes approximately two hundred and sixty pounds of meat in a year.

The average lifespan of a human taste bud is ten days.

Kraft Foods produce enough Cool Whip (a brand of whipping cream) in one year to fill the entire Grand Canyon.

There was a molasses flood in Boston on January 15, 1919 that killed 21 people and injured 150 people.

Macadamia nuts are not sold in their shells because it takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to break the shell.

The peanut is not a nut, it is actually a legume.

On average, an ear of a corn has 16 rows and approximately 800 kernels.

Britons eat over 22,000 tonnes of french fries a week.

There are more than 2,000 different varieties of cheese in the world.

Each year 96 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States.

There are over 600 different pasta shapes.

In Australia, the average person uses 876 gallons of water daily. In Switzerland they use only 77 gallons of water per person daily.

In just one drop of liquid, 50 million bacteria can be present.

In Britain, The Red Lion is the most common name for a pub.

The reason why milk is white is because it contains a protein called casein, which is white. Milk also contains fat, which is also white.

Ever year, Americans spend close to $25 billion on beer.

The first fruit eaten on the moon was a peach.

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis invented a special baby diaper that has a pocket.

An office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.

The spray WD-40 got its name because there were forty attempts needed before the creation of the “water displacing” substance.

93% of all greeting cards are purchased by women.

Crayola Crayons currently has over 120 different crayon colors.

A person uses, approximately, fifty-seven sheets of toilet paper each day.

The most common “favorite color” among men is blue. Among women, it is green.

The first toilet being flushed in a motion picture was in the movie Psycho.

On average, a disposable diaper can hold up to 7 pounds of liquid.

Over 100,000 birds and sea animals are killed every year due to plastic garbage.

The most expensive bra is the Red Hot Fantasy Bra made by Victoria’s Secret. It is worth $15 million, and has more than 1,300 precious stones. The bra is delivered via armored truck by security guards.

Despite the country being over 27 times smaller, Norway’s coastline is longer than that of United States.

Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Finland has 187,888 lakes and 179,584 islands.

There have been 191 coops in Bolivia since it became a sovereign country in 1825.

The sun shrinks five feet every hour.

One percent of Greenland’s population lives in one single apartment building, named Blok P.

The word “America” comes from the European explorer Amerigo Vespucci.

The largest known volcano, Olympus Mons, is on Mars. It is 370 miles wide and 79,000 feet high, is almost three times higher than Mount Everest. Both the size of Olympus Mons and its shallow slope (2.5 degree central dome surrounded by 5 degree outer region) mean that a person standing on the surface of Mars would be unable to view the upper profile of the volcano even from a distance, as the curvature of the planet and the volcano itself would obscure it.

About 45% of Americans do not know that the sun is a star.

In Japan, no private citizen can buy a handgun legally.

In a lifetime, the average driver will honk 15,250 times.

Children laugh about 400 times a day, while adults laugh on average only 15 times a day.

Each year, Americans throw away 25 trillion styrofoam cups.

A chance of a woman having twins is increased after the age of 35. About 1 in 27 women will give birth to twins after this age. After 50 the chances of having twins is 1 in 9.

The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.

In America, 38% of all doctors are of Indian descent.

Men are four times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.

It is estimated that at any one time, 0.7% of the world’s population is drunk.

An average American child watches approximately 28 hours of television in one week.

Annually, the amount of garbage that is dumped in the world’s oceans is three times the weight of fish that is caught from the oceans.

Women who are romance novel readers are reported to make love 74% more often with their partners than women who do not read romance novels.

The average driver will swear or blaspheme 32,025 times in their lifetime while driving.

Roughly 42% of people in the United Kingdom snore.

Men with a low birth weight are less likely to get married.

Every year approximately 2,500 left-handed people are killed by using object or machinery designed for right-handed people.

More than 90% of shark attack victims survive.

Americans eat about 45 million turkeys at Thanksgiving annually.

Four out of five brides in the United States have a job.

The most deadly fires that occur in the home happen between 6pm and 10pm.

And now, some potentially useful facts:

Peanut butter is an effective way to to remove chewing gum from hair or clothes.

Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.

Blueberries have more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetables.

For people that are lactose intolerant, chocolate aids in helping milk digest easier.

By partially filling saucers with vinegar and distributing the saucers around a room, you can eliminate odors.

Lastly, something neither useful not necessarily factual:

A book can delight everyone! Few geeks have interesting jobs. Kitchen lights might need orientation. Positive questions reduce some tension. Unknowingly, veterinarians would x-ray youthful zebras.

Do you have any personal favorites among useless facts, whether from the list above, or one of your own?


“Facts are stupid things.”
Ronald Reagan (1911–2004)

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