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1. The average adult human body contains enough iron to make a 3-inch nail.

2. Honey never spoils. Archaeologists have found pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs that are over 3,000 years old and still perfectly edible.

3. Earth’s atmosphere is home to over 3,000 trillion tons of air.

4. The Eiffel Tower can be 15 cm taller during the summer due to thermal expansion of the metal.

5. The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England on August 27, 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

6. Light from the Sun takes about 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach Earth.

7. There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

8. The 100 folds in a chef’s hat represent the 100 ways to cook an egg.

9. The youngest father on record was an 11-year-old boy from New Zealand.

10. The oldest living tree is about 5,000 years old and is located in the White Mountains of California.

11. Dolphins have names for each other, and they use them to call out to one another.

12. Cows have best friends and get stressed when separated from them.

13. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

14. The world’s largest desert is not the Sahara, but Antarctica.

15. Bubble wrap was originally intended to be used as wallpaper.

16. The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England on August 27, 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

17. The total weight of all ants on Earth is about the same as the total weight of all humans on Earth.

18. Bananas are berries, but strawberries aren’t.

19. Octopuses have three hearts.

20. The Northern Hemisphere has always had the word “northern” in its name.

21. Alaska is the state with the most coastline, even though it’s not part of the mainland United States.

22. Baby porcupines are called “porcupettes”.

23. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

24. Newborn babies can’t cry tears for at least three weeks.

25. You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

26. The average person will spend 6 months of their life waiting for red lights to turn green.

27. The total weight of the ants on Earth is about the same as the total weight of the humans on Earth.

28. The entire world’s population could fit in Texas if it were as densely populated as New York City.

29. There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

30. There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

31. The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.

32. The Earth’s core is nearly as hot as the sun’s surface.

33. The Super Soaker was invented by a NASA engineer.

34. A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus.

35. Nutella was invented during World War II when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.

36. The Cookie Monster has a real name. It’s Sid.

37. Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil.

38. The moon is gradually moving away from the Earth at a rate of about 1.5 inches per year.

39. A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.

40. The blob of toothpaste that sits on your toothbrush has a name – it’s called a nurdle.

41. The inventor of the Frisbee was turned into a Frisbee after he died.

42. The longest someone has ever lived without water is 18 days.

43. The “ZIP” in “ZIP code” stands for “Zone Improvement Plan”.

44. Female kangaroos have three vaginas.

45. The iconic line from the movie “You can’t handle the truth!” was actually improvised by Jack Nicholson.

46. A day on Mercury is longer than its year.

47. There are more ways to shuffle a deck of cards than there are atoms on Earth.

48. Oreo cookies are actually a knock-off of another cookie called Hydrox, which came out four years earlier.

49. A group of ferrets is called a “business”.

50. The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England on August 27, 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

 


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