All Facts

  1. The tongue of an adult blue whale is large enough for 50 people to stand on.
  2. A blue whale eats 8 to 12 thousand pounds of krill per day.
  3. A blue whale call is louder than a jet engine and travels hundreds of miles underwater.
  4. A humpback whale will traverse the distance from the equator to pole 70 times in its life.
  5. A hammerhead shark can see in any direction without moving its head or body.
  6. Catfish have taste buds distributed over their entire bodies.
  7. A newborn giraffe’s first experience is falling 5-6 feet to the ground.
  8. There are at least 9 species of carpenter ant that actually explode when threatened.
  9. A Ruppell vulture was once found flying 7 miles above sea level — it hit an airplane.
  10. A Peregrine Falcon was once clocked at 242 miles per hour.
  11. A Golden Eagle can likely perceive the twitch of a rabbit from two miles away.
  12. Marathon runner Dean Karnazes has run 350 miles without stopping.
  13. The sun’s surface is thousands of times cooler than the space surrounding it.
  14. There are 13 types of smiles in Thailand, representing 13 distinct emotions.
  15. The longest time gone without sleep is at least 33 years (by Thai Ngoc).
  16. The wingspan of an Albatross can be up to 11.5 feet.
  17. The loudest voice recorded is nearly as loud as a jet plane (by Alan Myatt).
  18. Twenty billion pounds of plastic go into the ocean each year.
  19. The Grand Canyon took 3 to 6 million years to form.
  20. A sloth’s maximum speed is 15 feet per minute.
  21. Plants of the “pitcher” family can trap and digest rodents.
  22. The largest volcanic eruption could have buried New York City 500 feet deep in rock.
  23. When a possum plays dead it slips into a near-comatose state.
  24. Rats are capable of laughing, but in too high of a pitch for humans to hear.
  25. There are 71 species of mushroom that glow in the dark.
  26. I am wearing new socks.
  27. The Barreleye Fish has a transparent head which reveals its internal organs.
  28. An office phone typically has 25,000 germs per square inch.
  29. A school drinking fountain can have up to 2.7 million germs per square inch.
  30. The language of Aboriginal Australians has no concepts for left and right.
  31. The neurons in a human brain can form a greater number of structures than the number of atoms in the universe.
  32. Only 1 in 10,000 people have perfect pitch (the ability to name a single note by listening).
  33. Chinese students are 5 times more likely to have perfect pitch than Western students.
  34. Electrical stimulation of the brain can produce ecstatic or depressed states.
  35. The brain of a newborn baby is so soft that it could be poured into any container.
  36. Babies see in black and white.
  37. It is legal for blind people to go hunting in both Texas and Michigan.
  38. A living snail was accidentally put on display as a dead exhibit for 4 years in the British Museum (Natural History) — and survived the whole time.
  39. The Frrozen Hot Chocolate is a dessert infused with 5 grams of 23-karat gold, selling for $25,000 in New York city.
  40. A 17-year vow of silence was completed by John Francis, nicknamed the Planetwalker.
  41. The most flexible man alive can dislocate his arms and crawl through an unstrung tennis racket (Daniel Browning Smith).
  42. The French entertainer Michael Lotito consumed an entire airplane over two years.
  43. When Warren Buffet had $57 billion he still lived in a 50-year-old home he bought for $32 thousand.
  44. The astronaut Gordon Cooper had such good eyesight that he could see train tracks and chimney smoke when 100 miles above Earth’s surface.
  45. The world’s most prolific inventor holds over 3,000 patents (Yoshiro Nakamatsu).
  46. U.S. president Andrew Jackson got into frequent gunfights and killed a man for insulting his wife.
  47. The world’s preeminent solo percussionist is deaf (Evelyn Glennie).
  48. The largest science experiment is 17 miles long and cost $9 billion to build (Large Hadron Collider).
  49. There are a total of 8,000 man-made objects currently orbiting the earth.
  50. A salamander can regrow all of its legs and its tail if they are ever lost.
  51. The average American ingests as many words as are in a 400 page novel on a typical day.
  52. The average person will have spent 10,000 hours playing videogames by the age of 21 in a country with a strong gamer culture.
  53. Icelanders (theoretically) have a genetic mutation that protects against the depressing effects of lack of sunlight.
  54. The U.S. Forest Service once sold a plot of 100 year old pine trees for $2 each.
  55. Tulips sold for the equivalent of up to $15 million dollars in 17th century Holland.
  56. The tallest building is half a mile high with 162 stories and has a 40 mile-per-hour elevator.
  57. The oldest turtle (Advaita) lived to be 255 years of age and weighed 550 pounds.
  58. Elephants in Thailand have been trained to paint self portraits of themselves with their trunks.
  59. The hottest inhabited place is Dallol, Ethiopia, with an average daily high of 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius).
  60. Rainforests only cover 2% of Earth but contain 50% of Earth’s total plant and animal species.
  61. One football-field-sized area of rainforest is cut down every second.
  62. A Sea Cucumber can liquefy its endoskeleton and slip through minuscule spaces.
  63. The Hairy Frog, when threatened, breaks the bones in its toes so that they puncture the skin and resemble claws.
  64. The baobob tree can store up to 25,000 gallons, or nearly a quarter-million pounds of water in its trunk.
  65. The parrot with the largest vocabulary (N’kisi) knows 950 words.
  66. One percent of television static comes from the most outer edges of the universe.
  67. In 2002 there were over 6,500 living languages.
  68. A former Times correspondent was fluent in 58 languages (Harold Williams).
  69. Over 17,000 scientists have signed a petition stating there is no such thing as global warming.
  70. The Japanese outlive any other nationality, with a lifespan of 82.3 years.
  71. A Moroccan emperor fathered 889 children (Ismail Ibn Sharif).
  72. The U.S. and Canada had no summer in the year 1816; ice remained on lakes into July and August.
  73. The oldest coal fire has been burning for 6,000 years in Australia.
  74. The sand in the Sahara desert gets hot enough to fry an egg.
  75. A person can lose two gallons of water per hour walking through the Sahara desert.
  76. The Amazon river has a greater flow rate than the world’s 8 next largest rivers combined.
  77. The Amazon Rainforest makes up less than 1% of the earth’s surface but produces about 20 percent of its oxygen.
  78. Mortality rates have historical gone down when doctors have gone on strike.
  79. Half of the people who have ever lived are alive today.
  80. A mind-training technique called the dual-n-back task has been shown to increase fluid intelligence by 40%.
  81. The irukandji jellyfish is as small as your baby finger nail but can deliver a lethal sting.
  82. The largest snake was estimated to be 43 feet long and weigh 2,500 pounds.
  83. ´╗┐One barrel of oil contains the rough equivalent of the energy in 25,000 man-hours.
  84. The price of crude oil is cheaper than bottled water.
  85. Evelyn Adams won the lottery twice — which has a one in 17.3 trillion chance.
  86. It will take 500,000 square feet of solar panels to meet projected energy needs in 2030.
  87. Twelve percent of people dream exclusively in black and white.
  88. Bhutan is the world’s first nation to ban tobacco smoking.
  89. Bhutan is the world’s first nation to replace Gross National Product with Gross Nation Happiness.
  90. Switzerland had an actual ban on public laughter in the 17th century.
  91. Alaska’s coastline is longer than the coastline of the whole continental U.S. and Hawaiian islands combined.
  92. The calmest place on earth is Ridge A in Antarctica, with an altitude of 4,053 meters.
  93. Antarctica contains 90 percent of all of Earth’s ice and 70 percent of all its fresh water.
  94. If all of the ice in Antarctica melted, sea levels would rise by about 200 feet.
  95. Antarctica is the driest continent on earth (in terms of precipitation) and is considered a desert.
  96. Antarctica’s temperatures drop as low as -112 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it is easy to get a sunburn from the reflective snow and ice.
  97. The deepest part of the sea could submerge the whole of Mount Everest.
  98. Babies are born with accents.
  99. Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 45 minutes and remain active for a month without food.
  100. If you make $26,000 per year, you are wealthier than 90% of the people on earth.
  101. A standard (QWERTY) keyboard has about 3,000 words that can be typed on the left hand alone and only about 300 that can be typed on the right hand alone.
  102. Only one in 300 bananas will produce a seed.
  103. The oldest existing hotel was built in 1717.
  104. The average American is exposed to 500 to 1,000 commercial messages a day.
  105. The national dish of Iceland in rotten shark.
  106. The poison from one dart frog could kill 10 people or 20,000 mice.
  107. The largest skydiving formation included 400 connected people.
  108. The first Boeing 747 required 75,000 engineering drawings.
  109. There are living pando trees that are 80,000 years old.
  110. The first piece of evidence for Darwin’s theory of evolution was entirely fabricated.
  111. The heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood a day.
  112. It takes 2,000 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.
  113. The average person carries around 5 pounds of bacteria.
  114. The Guinness World Record holder for longest lifespan started smoking at age 70; he lived to be 120.
  115. Fatal crashes drop 90% when a traffic light intersection is converted into a roundabout.
  116. Heavy metal music makes plants sick.
  117. Holding a pencil between your teeth has been proven to brighten mood.
  118. The golden wheel spider can roll on its side at a speed of 44 revolutions per second.
  119. Spiders can ride the wind for hundreds of miles using a strand of web for lift.
  120. Pompei worms live in deep sea hydrothermal vents that can reach 570 degrees Fahrenheit.
  121. Koko the Gorilla knows 1,000 signs in ASL and understands 2,000 English words.
  122. There are 48 distinct types of clicks used as consonants in the language, !Xu.
  123. 706 million gallons of oil enter the ocean each year.
  124. The drone of stadium horns in the 2010 World Cup were 50 times louder than a chainsaw (127 decibels).
  125. Almost half of job applicants lie on their resumes.
  126. In 2006, two men were accidentally served hallucinogenic fish in a Mediterranean restaurant.
  127. Chili peppers prevent ulcers.
  128. Birds of the Swift family make their nests out of dried saliva.
  129. A traditional Chinese dish is bird’s nest soup, in which the nest is made out of the dried saliva of the Swift.
  130. The largest hailstone ever measured was 19 inches in circumference.
  131. The fastest cyclist has been clocked at 82.3 miles per hour.
  132. Birds have magnets in their beaks.
  133. 19 tons of mummified cats were used as fertilizer in England in the 19th century.
  134. Mice do not like cheese.
  135. The largest bomb ever detonated created a mushroom cloud 40 miles high and 25 miles wide.
  136. The fastest measured wind speed was a 318 mph gust in Oklahoma in 1999.
  137. The largest tornado moved 219 miles before dissipating.
  138. The deadliest tornado killed 1,300 people in Bangledash.
  139. There was a spontaneous eruption of 148 tornadoes in only 18 hours within the U.S. and Canada in 1974.
  140. The Maglev subway train in Shanghai travels over 270 mph.
  141. The altar of Stonehenge was stolen for a construction project in Victorian England.
  142. Walmart has abandoned 25 million feet of its own retail floor-space — as part of its corporate strategy!
  143. Eight people spent two years sealed inside an airtight dome (the Biosphere 2) during 1991-1993.
  144. Americans have 10-40 times higher levels of flame retardants in their blood than Europeans.
  145. 1/3 of all marine mammals are in danger of going extinct within the next 30 years (as of 2010).
  146. Historically, 75 percent of federal transportation spending has gone towards highways, while only 1 percent has been spent on mass transit.
  147. The inflation rate is so bad in Zimbabwe that customers must write checks for twice the amount of purchase, because the cost will double by the time the check clears.
  148. As of 2008, the standard cost of one egg in Zimbabwe was ZW$50 billion.
  149. The quietest sound you can hear moves your ear drum just 4 atomic diameters.
  150. The loudest sound the human ear can register is a trillion times more intense than the quietest sound.
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