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Oct 17 2008

30 Useless Facts That You’ll Definitely Enjoy Reading

Published by at 11:00 am under Oddly Enough

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I used to love reading strange facts as a kid.  In fact once in a while I’ll surf around the internet for some weird stuff to pass the time.  Well, I decided to do that today and I came across a site called Great Facts.

You can literally spend an hour reading all this stuff.  I decided to mow through a bunch of these little tidbits to find 30 that I think are pretty interesting.

There’s definitely some weird stuff in the world.

Here they are:

Paul Hunn holds the record for the loudest burp, which was 118.1 decibels, which is as loud as a chainsaw

A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana

The two factories of the Jelly Belly Candy Company produces approximately 100,000 pounds of jelly beans a day. this amounts to about 1,250,000 jelly beans an hour

The “naked recreation and travel” industry has grown by 233% in the past decade

No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times

There is a restaurant in Stockholm that only offers all-garlic products. They even have a garlic cheesecake

2.5 cans of Spam are consumed every second in the United States

China has more English speakers than the United States

Pitcher Darold Knowles once pitched all seven games of one World Series

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar an England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes

Thirty percent of all bingo players are under the age of 35

Some octopuses have been known to eat their arms off when they are exposed to stressful situations

The USA bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre

500,000 tons of dog excrement are dumped annually on the streets of Paris

In Belgium, there is a museum just for strawberries

On average, falling asleep while driving results in 550 accidents per day in the United States

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill

For the movie “Tootsie” actor Dustin Hoffman thought of the title. His mother used to call him that as a child

The dot that appears over the letter “i” is called a tittle

Eating dandelions can make you urinate more

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

A leech has 32 brains

Vampire bat saliva has been responsible for many advances in research into stroke recovery

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee

Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth can waste four gallons of water in a minute

In the movie Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock, chocolate syrup was used for blood in the shower scene

Every day, the average person swallows about a quart of snot

The flatulation from domesticated cows produce about 30% of the methane on this planet

Five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married

The citrus soda “7 UP” was created in 1929. The original name of the popular drink was “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda”, but it got changed to “7 UP.”





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4 responses so far

  • Joe

    Cool list, but regarding the fact: “No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times”. That is a myth… busted by none other than Mythbusters.

    http://mythbusters-wiki.discovery.com/page/Seven+Paper+Fold

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  • Brad Stewart

    ok, this list is cool and all, but there’s one “fact” that I have a real issue with:

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

    There’s NO WAY this can be true unless you basically honk at people everday (do the math). I’ve honked my horn maybe 3 times in the last year. Seriously, who the hell honks this much? This fact is bullshit.

  • Nils

    I love useless facts! Found me a website called http://dumbest.info that has a huge amount with useless facts like this. It is so addictive! LOL :)

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