Here’s our latest collection of weird and wonderful facts to impress your mates:
3… 2… 1.. Blast Off!
- London’s “Big Ben” is not the tower. It’s only the bell inside it. The tower is officially known as the “Elizabeth Tower” and was completed in 1859.
- Nasa astronauts have to clear Customs and Immigration when returning from outer space.
- Between 40% and 80% of the population of Classical Athens were slaves.
- China has treatment camps for internet addicts.
- There’s high-speed internet on the way up to Mount Everest.
Designed by Lightning
- In 1986, a volcanic lake in Cameroon, Africa, expelled a CO2 gas cloud that killed 1,746 people in a few minutes flat.
- The weird bright dots you see floating when you look at the sky are your white blood cells.
- Being hit by lightning causes strange skin designs called “Lichtenberg figures”.
- A cat has been the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years.
- Dead people can get goosebumps.
What’s Watching You?
- You have taste receptors in the stomach, intestines, pancreas, lungs, anus, testicles and the brain.
- Viagra can keep cut flowers standing up straight for up to a week longer than normal.
- Anatidaephobia is the weird fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck or goose is watching you.
- In 1945, a rooster named Mike lived 18 months without a head.
- Leeches have 32 brains.
What Happened in 2005?!
- A snail has about 25,600 “teeth”.
- Humans can inflate balloons with their ears.
- If you inhale a pea, it can sprout and grow in your lungs.
- During the 18th century, you could pay for an admission ticket to the zoo in London by bringing a cat or a dog to feed to the lions.
- A baby was born in 2005 with a conjoined head that had no body. The head could blink and smile.
It’s Raining… Fish?
- Sound waves can be used to make objects levitate.
- Like all living things, humans are bioluminescent, ie we glow.
- “La lluvia de peces” is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the city of Yoro, Honduras.
- There are beers made from fossils.
- Many expensive perfumes contain whale faeces.
Two Heads for the Price of One Body
- Snakes can have two heads and fight each other for food.
- Because of its high sugar content, diabetics’ urine can be made into whisky.
- Galileo’s middle finger is on display at a museum in Florence, Italy.
- A slug’s anus is on its head.
- Male Capuchin monkeys urinate on themselves to attract a mate.
Flamingos Aren’t Always Pretty in Pink
- In 1971, Argentina’s former President Juan Perón had his ex-wife Evita Perón’s dead body flown to Spain, where he was in exile. He and his new wife kept the corpse in their dining room.
- Dogs defecate in alignment with Earth’s magnetic field.
- Human saliva contains a painkiller called opiorphin which is six times more powerful than morphine.
- As soon as tiger shark embryos develop teeth, they attack and eat each other in the womb.
- In older versions of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl and the wolf eat grandma together.
- Venom from the sub-Saharan snake called the boomslang causes you to bleed from all holes of your body.
- Flamingos are born grey or white, but become red or pink due to pigments found in the algae and invertebrates that they eat.
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