Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Random Facts

Some surprising, some tongue-in-cheek. Though I tried to verify everything, take it all with salt.



Since the 1950s, around 90% of large predatory fish in the ocean are extinct.

There is enough food in the world currently to feed everyone in it.

Most people have more than the average number of arms (1).
The average human has slightly less than 1 testicle & slightly less than 1 ovary (1).

CPR only works 2% of the time.

The world population has doubled since 1960.

Thirty percent of Medicare expenditures are attributable to the 5 percent of beneficiaries who die each year, with 1/3 of that cost occurring in the last month of life (1). Furthermore, higher end of life spending is correlated with decreased near-death quality of life (2).
There are two countries on Earth in which it is legal for a pharmaceutical company to advertise. These are the United States and New Zealand (1). In the US, drug companies spend more twice as much money on advertising than on drug research (2).

There are 5.9 popes per square mile in the Vatican, 11.8 if you count Benedict.

More American soldiers die from suicide than from fighting in combat.

In America, there are more than 5 empty houses for every homeless person.

Since 2006, no new malls have been built in the US.

150,000 people die every day.

Venusian days are longer than Venusian years.

Lunar days are the same length as Lunar years.

Maine the closest state to Africa.
Maine the closest state to Moscow.
Most of South Carolina is North of the southernmost city of North Carolina.

It is possible to go the rest of ones life without breathing.

If I raced Usain Bolt, he would come in second to last; I would come in second.

A standard 52 card deck of playing cards has 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000 possible permutations.
If you shuffle a deck, it is a virtual certainty that you will have a unique permutation.

1990 is closer to the moon landing than it is to today.

'Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.' is a coherent, grammatically correct American English sentence (1), as is 'James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher' (2).

The biggest tsunami ever recorded was 1720 feet Tall (1). The Empire State Building is 1454 feet tall (2).

Martin Luther King Jr. received a C in public speaking.

Stalin made a rule that no one could enter his bedchamber. One night he pretended to scream in agony. A group of soldiers ran in, and he had them executed for breaking the rules. He later actually needed help in his room, didn't get it, and died within the week.

A girl born in South Africa has a higher chance of being raped than learning to read.

One is four times  more likely to be struck by lightning and 20 times more likely to drown in a bathtub than to be killed in a terrorist attack.

If you lived in the United States in 2013, you were more likely to have been killed by a toddler than by a terrorist.

India and Italy are the runner-ups for number of in-service aircraft carriers in the world. They each have two. The US has 10.

Fanta was invented for Nazi Germany, due to a trade embargo prohibiting the importing of certain ingredients required to make Coca-Cola.

100% of people die on or within 6 months of their birthday, with the majority dying within 3 months.

People with surnames that begin with letters near the beginning of the alphabet are more likely to receive a nobel prize, due to being listed first in papers.

'Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime' was coined around 1885 by Anne Ritchie.

Male puppies purposefully let females win during playtime.

Pluto has roughly the same surface area as Russia.

The average cost of a prom night in the US in 2013 was $1139.

If an empty teaspoon were dropped from one yard above a neutron star, it would strike the surface of said star at 4.3 million mph.

1% of Alaska's land is owned by private citizens.

Reno is farther west than Los Angeles.

Anyone can be naked anywhere in Oregon public places at any time as long as there is not 'intent to arouse' (1). The same goes for Vermont, but local ordinances may bar disrobing in public, so you would have to leave your house in the nude (2).

Canada has the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island in the world.

Canada has more coastline than any other country.

Men are 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than women are to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

The US hasn't had a bearded president since 1893.

Pluto completed 30% of its orbit around the sun from the time it was discovered in 1930 to the time it was declassified as a planet in 2006.

There is no archeological evidence whatsoever that Jews were ever enslaved in Egypt.

One million seconds is a little more than 11 days.
One billion seconds is about 31 years.
One trillion seconds is about 31,700 years.

Once you were the youngest person on Earth (1).
Everyone who was alive when the oldest person on Earth was born is now dead (2).

Oxford university predates the Aztec empire.

The White house has been standing for longer than the Aztecs ruled Tenochtitlan.

Carrots were originally purple. The Dutch made them orange to match their royal color.

All Bananas are clones.

A group of frogs is called an army.
A group of owls is called a parliament.
A group of ferrets is called a business.
A group of peacocks is called an ostentation.
A group of parrots is called a pandemonium.
A group of ravens is called an unkindness.
A group of rhinos is called a crash.
A group of crows is called a murder.
A group of gorillas is called a band.
Etc..........

The German police force fired 36 shots with intent to harm in 2011, killing 6 people.

Women are more likely to attempt kill themselves than males, yet men are up to three times more likely to kill themselves.

11% of earths land is used to grow crops.

Women have been shown to blink up to twice as much as men, with the difference enlarging by 32% among women who take oral contraceptives.

In 1963, Stephen Hawking was told he has two years to live by his doctors.

11% of people use 1234 as their pin (1). Approximately 26.83% of pins could be guessed within 20 attempts by using simple combinations such as this (2).

Antonio Meucci invented the telephone.

Marie Curie's research papers are still highly radioactive. To access them, you must sign a waiver and wear protective clothing.

More than 75% of American women dye their hair.

100% of people who sustain fatal injuries die. 100% of people who do not sustain fatal injuries also die, including those who read facts on the internet.

Hyperactivity due to sugar consumption is a myth. The 'sugar rush' is a placebo.

The shroud of Turin has been comprehensively radiocarbon dated to the medieval period.

Sitting upright in a chair is bad for your back. The best way to sit in a chair is to slouch at an angle of 135 degrees.

Almost all of the data in the world has been created in the last few years.

Three countries - Burma, Liberia, and the US - have not adopted the metric system.

Belief that one is 'not a math person', resulting from an early failure due to a lack of adequate preparation, is a good predictor of disengagement and subsequent lifelong lack of mathematical ability.

The US is the only developed country in which there is no mandatory parental leave.

The inventor of the fire hydrant cannot be verified because the only extant copy of the patent for it was burned in a fire.

Theodore Roosevelt believed in the sterilization of criminals.

You are probably more likely to die on the way to buying a lottery ticket than you are to win the lottery with that ticket.

California has a larger population than Canada.

Vending machines kill more people than sharks.

The average US adult seemingly reads at an 8th grade level.

Formula 1 cars traveling near their top speed could drive on an upside-down road indefinitely, were their internal components constructed with such a challenge in mind. They could also drive directly up a wall, or at any other angle.

If your commute is more than 45 minutes, you are 40% more likely to get divorced.

British people are intoxicated in 76% of their FaceBook photos.

In Yakutsk, Russia, the coldest city on Earth, residents often leave their vehicles running all day, as starting them is an enterprise. They do not wear glasses because they would freeze to their face and tear off skin upon removal. Nothing can be underground, even the water pipes are on the surface, as the entire city sits atop impenetrable permafrost.

It is estimated that the Mongols, under Ghengis Khan, killed 10% of the human population, meaning that Khan may have literally decimated the human race.

The blue whale is so large that if it were to be laid longways on a basketball court, the game would be cancelled.

Jellyfish are technically not fish. Jellyfish are also technically not jelly.

In developed nations, suicide takes more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. The worldwide suicide rate has risen 60% since WW2. In the US, the suicide rate has risen 30% in the last decade.


The distance between the Earth and the Sun varies by 3 Million miles depending on the time of year.

A lack of friends carries a higher risk of death than obesity, and is a health risk comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Russia did not consider beer an alcoholic beverage until 2011. Before then, any drink with an alcohol content of less than 10% was considered a soft drink.

On July 2,2013, the US government repealed a law that prohibited them from paying to distribute propaganda domestically.

Helen of Troy is widely known as "the face that launched a thousand ships". Thus, 1 millihelen is the amount of beauty needed to launch a single ship.

Crows recognize human faces and hold grudges against people.

If convicted, men receive 63% longer sentences, and women are twice as likely to avoid incarceration.

Samsung is a full time arms manufacturer.

Young, single women who do not have children earn an average 8% more than their male counterparts in 147 of 150 major US cities (1). Women also now earn more than 57% of bachelor degrees (2).

Many nursing homes in Europe have fake bus stops nearby to keep patients from wandering away.

Awarding people money for completing IQ tests makes them score higher. It has been shown that 10$ increases IQ scores by up to 20 points. IQ tests therefore partly measure effort.

In the aftermath of 9/11, search and rescue dog handlers had to regularly hide in the rubble to keep their dogs' spirits up, since there were so few survivors.

Denver has more medicinal marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks.

The human eye can see ultraviolet light, but the lens passively filters it out. The experience is whitish blue or whitish violet.

The US has continually been in a state of emergency since 1933.

It is illegal to run out of fuel on the autobahn.

An artificial Christmas tree would have to be used for more than 20 years to have a lesser environmental impact than getting a real tree every year.

Switzerland has no official capital.

Alfred Nobel invented dynamite.

90% of the world's population lives in the northern hemisphere.

There has been only one confirmed case of a human being struck by a meteorite.

All GPS units sold to civilians are programmed to deactivate at 1200 mph or 60,000 ft.

Anne Frank and MLK Jr were born in the same year.

Mammoths were still alive during the construction of the pyramids.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
11^2 is 121
111^2 is 12321
1111^2 is 1234321
Etc.

.999...= 1

Pepsi owned the world's 7th largest submarine force for a short time.

The thickness of a piece of paper folded 42 times would reach the moon.

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, has more cabinet members with PHDs from the US than Barack Obama does.

There is an island off the coast of Brazil with 1-5 snakes per square meter. The Brazilian navy has quarantined it.

Lego is the world's largest tire manufacturer, by number of tires.

Bots have been shown to account for 61% of net traffic.

George Washington will always be the highest ranking general of the US Army. If someone is promoted his level, a new rank will be invented and posthumously awarded to him so that he remains the highest.

The largest stadium in the world is in Pyongyang.

Henry Ford was awarded the highest honor that could be given to a foreigner by the Nazi party. He is the only American mentioned in 'Mien Kampf'.

If you do not reproduce you will literally be the first creature to do so in your specific line going back all the way to the first cell dividing on earth.

The largest known star is 5 billion times larger than Sol.

There are 7 states in the US where nonreligious people are explicitly barred from public office.

California Has More Billionaires Than Every Country Except The U.S. And China

If you are seven feet tall and between the ages of 20 and 40, there is a 17% chance you play or have played in the NBA.

JP Morgan has 'bailed out' the US treasury twice.

For 15 years, the US nuclear launch code was 00000000.

It is illegal to die in Longyearbyen, Norway.

There are two to four escalators in Wyoming, depending on who you ask.

1 in 4 to 1 in 5 Greenlanders attempt suicide.

Sending sound waves through a submerged air bubble produces light.

75% of tornados occur in the US.

Correcting for body size, the male human brain is an average 9% larger than the female brain. Increased gyrification in women seems to make up the difference, yielding an approximately even IQ score between men and women.

Authors are 50% more likely to commit suicide, and creative professions reliably correlate to mental illness.

Many sharks near Australia are fitted with GPS devices, and Australians receive alerts when a shark enters the area.

Bridges, tunnels and roads in Switzerland are usually wired to explode, so that the country can quickly become less easily invaded.

All of the exhumed gold in the world could be formed into a cube that measures 20.5 meters on a side.

Fruit loops are all the same flavor and differ only in color.

Insuffulating cocaine increases the chances of having a heart attack within the hour by 2400%.

29% of San Francisco's air pollution comes from China.

The terminal velocity of a cat is generally non-lethal, meaning that cats have difficulty dying from falling.

Medical mistakes are the #3 cause of death in the US.

1/3 of divorce filings in 2011 contained the word 'FaceBook'.

Deaf people usually sneeze silently.

Sharks killed 12 people in the year 2011. People kill 11,417 roughly sharks per hour.

Slaves did not build the Pyramids. Nor did aliens.

The most frequently awarded grade at Harvard is an A, and the median grade is an A-.

There is a neutron star that spins 716 times every second. The speed at it's equator is 24% the speed of light.

Consuming asparagus affects the smell of urine, but only 22-50% of the population can smell the difference.

Pistachios are prone to spontaneous combustion when stored in large quantities.

The US pledge of allegiance was conceived by a magazine to sell American flags to public schools.

There are more public libraries than McDonalds in the US.

Blind people have four times more nightmares than sighted people.

Coffee is more prone to spills than beer.

Roughly 2/3 of Americans cannot name a living scientist.

11% of Indonesians who said they use FaceBook also said that they do not use the internet.

The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.

TIL In 1850 42% of Free Negroes in Charleston, SC owned slaves.

Having older biological brothers (not sisters or foster brothers) increases the likelihood of same-sex orientation in right-handed males (but not left handed), even if the biological brothers are raised elsewhere. blanchard et al 2006. The effect is sufficiently strong to account for 1 in 7 gay men.

Homosexual people are more likely to be left handed than is the general population.

Saddam Hussein got a key to Detroit.

The US Navy has the 2nd largest air force in the world, behind the USAF.

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