Here’s our latest collection of weird and wonderful facts to win friends and also influence people:
- Drivers in New York City spend an average of 107 hours per year searching for parking at the cost of $2,243 (£1,710) per driver in wasted time, fuel and also emissions.
- Female residents in The Vatican City are still unable to vote.
- Only 11% of Japanese people are willing to fight for their country, the lowest in the world. In Morocco and Fiji, it’s 94%.
- The mathematics that makes Wi-Fi possible was by a team of physicists looking for tiny black holes.
- The CEO of low-budget airline Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, wanted to charge passengers £1 to use the onboard toilets. The policy violated EU regulations.
- The record number of people dressed like Einstein in one place is 404.
- The American flag is reversed on military uniforms so that when the soldier marches forward, the flag also faces forward, not in retreat.
- Wallace Souza, a Brazilian TV personality that hosted a true-crime show, arranged murders himself to get the inside scoop and boost ratings.
- President Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving forward a week so that the Christmas shopping season could start earlier.
- What is reputed to be Mozart’s skull is at the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg. His skeleton is missing.
Don’t Fill ‘er Up!
- If you find a meteorite in South Africa, it should be given to the nearest authorities as they are protected under the National Heritage Law.
- In the states of Oregon and New Jersey, it is illegal to fill up your own car with fuel.
- Rolex replaced, for free, all watches seized by the Germans from shot-down Allied pilots in WW2.
- The International Space Station will be hit by 100,000 meteoroids.
- Aristotle thought plants had souls.
How To Spell…
- In Wisconsin, the word people most often google ‘how to spell’ is ‘Wisconsin’.
- Scientists can deduce; hair, skin-care products, food and medications taken from chemicals found on the surface of their mobile phones.
- Illegal baby names in New Zealand include Lucifer, Christ and Messiah.
- Post-it notes should be peeled horizontally, not upwards because this causes the paper to curl.
- The climbing gourami is a fish that can climb out of the water, breathe oxygen, and even walk for short distances.
A Missing Brain
- Sulfhemoglobinemia is a condition where a person develops green blood.
- John F Kennedy’s brain was kept in the National Archive after his autopsy, it went missing and is still lost.
- Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, under fire for sexual harassment allegations, has been thanked about 34 times in Oscar speeches.
- The longest scarf knitted whilst running a marathon is 12ft 1.75in by David Babcock during the Kansas City Marathon.
- Cheetahs love the smell of Calvin Klein fragrances.
- Reggae star Bob Marley has had a blood-feeding fish parasite named after him. The “Gnathia Marleyi” lives in Caribbean coral reefs.
- The commonest place to hide household valuables is in the sock drawer and this is the first place that burglars check.
- The first oranges ever imported to the West were green in colour. They were tangerine-pomelo hybrids from SE Asia and they stay green throughout their lifetime.
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