FEATURED OCT 5 - WRITTEN BY Brian Boone

101 Extraordinary Fun Facts and Bizzare Information That You’ll Want to Tell Your friends.

101 Extraordinary Fun Facts and Bizzare Information That You’ll Want to Tell Your friends.

Did You know that U.S. organization with the most members: American Automobile Association (AAA), with 48 million? Did you know Goldfish were originally green. The Chinese bred them to be many different colors – Gold stuck? If you answered “no” to any of those, congrats! You’re in for a huge treat, because here we’ve compiled 101 totally random and fascinating and fun facts that will leave you feeling astonished. So read on, and remember that one out of five pieces of the world’s garbage was generated in the United States. 

That’s Ironic Facts!

Police car

1

Alexander Graham Bell refused to have a phone in his study—the ringing drove him nuts.

2

Al Capone’s older brother Vince was a policeman in Nebraska.

3

Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name: Moon.

4

Cyndi Lauper’s 1984 hit “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” was written by a man.

5

Fish can get seasick.

6

Pierre Michelin, the inventor of super-safe Michelin tires, died in a car accident.

7

French and African marigolds both come from North America.

8

Pigs can catch swine flu from humans.

9

Kodak founder George Eastman hated to have his picture taken.

10

There is no rice in rice paper.

11

According to a Gallup Poll, one in seven Americans can’t locate the United States on a map.

12

A check of 62 police cars in Atlanta, Georgia, found that 27 had expired tags.

13

John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.

14

P. J. Tierney, the father of the modern diner, died of indigestion in 1917 after eating at a diner.

15

The day Judy Garland died, a tornado touched down in Kansas.

Animal Briefs

Jelly Fish

16

Fish cough.

17

Walrus burp

18

Snails have teeth.

19

Whales stampede

20

Termites are blind.

21

Rabbits can’t walk.

22

Jellyfish eat other jellyfish.

23

Snakes and armadillos can get malaria.

24

Camels are born without humps.

25

Rabbits and horses can’t vomit.

26

Frogs drink through their skin.

27

Shrimp only swim backward.

28

Armadillos can get leprosy.

29

Kangaroos can’t walk.

30

Ducks can get the flu.

Bathroom Break

31

If you live an average life span, you’ll spend about six months on the toilet.

32

Rumor has it that whenever actress Joan Crawford remarried (she had five husbands), she replaced all the toilet seats in her house.

33

Most toilets flush in E flat.

34

Seventy-six percent of bathroom readers prefer their toilet paper to hang over the top.

35

Toilet Rock, a natural rock formation shaped like a flush toilet, is in the City of Rocks, New Mexico.

36

Favorite Barbie accessory: a pink toilet with real flushing action.

37

Americans use more than 4.8 billion gallons of water flushing toilets each day.

38

The average toilet will last about 50 years before it has to be replaced.

39

Alaska has more outhouses than any other state.

40

The first stall in a public restroom is usually the cleanest. Seeking privacy, most people skip it.

41

The first American to have plumbing installed in his home: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in 1840.

42

An estimated 976,000 U.S. homes have no flush toilets.

43

Farting contests were held in ancient Japan. Prizes were awarded for loudness and duration.

44

There are 34 bathrooms in the White House.

Academy Awards

45

During World War II, the Oscar statue was made of plaster. Metal was an essential wartime material.

46

Alfred Hitchcock never won an Academy Award.

47

Tweety Pie won an Oscar in 1948.

48

Shortest film role to win an Oscar: Sylvia Miles, on-screen for six minutes in Midnight Cowboy.

49

Julie Andrews didn’t get to play Eliza in the film version of My Fair Lady because she wasn’t a “big enough star.” So she starred in Mary Poppins and won the Oscar for Best Actress the same year, 1964.

50

Composer Irving Berlin is the only Academy Award presenter to give an Oscar to himself.

51

“Oscar” is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as are “Oscars,” “Academy Awards,” “Oscar Night,” and “A.M.P.A.S.”

52

Shirley Temple won an honorary Oscar in 1934 at the age of five.

53

The Oscar statue weighs 8 pounds, 13 ounces.

54

Edith Head won eight Oscars out of 35 nominations, making her both the top Oscar winner among costume designers and women.

55

The award’s official title is “The Academy Award of Merit.”

56

Cost, in parts and labor, for an Academy Award Oscar statuette: about $300.

World Population

57

By the year 2050 the world’s elderly will outnumber the young for the first time.

58

In the next 60 seconds, 101 people will die and 261 babies will be born.

59

The world’s youngest-ever parents were eight and nine years old, and lived in China in 1910.

60

One in five people alive today is Chinese.

61

Country with the longest life expectancy: Japan (78.6 years for men, 85.6 years for women).

62

There is no leading cause of death for people who live past the age of 100.

63

It is estimated that in A.D. 1000, the world population was about 300 million.

64

Your odds of living to age 116: one in 2 billion.

65

Since 1850 world population has increased by 500 percent.

66

Of all the people who have ever lived, only 5 to 10 percent are alive today.

67

By the time you reach age 60, your eyes will have been exposed to more light than would be released by detonating a nuclear bomb.

68

In 2006 the world’s population reached 6.5 billion. At a time about 30 percent were under age 15.

69

Today more people live in the United States (331 million) than lived in the entire world in A.D. 1000.

70

Baby boomers now say that “old age” begins at 79.

Ah, Caffeine

Ah caffeine

71

Caffeine has been scientifically proven to temporarily increase alertness, comprehension, memory, reflexes, and even the rate of learning. It also helps increase the clarity of thought.

72

Too much caffeine can cause hand tremors, loss of coordination or appetite, insomnia—and in extreme cases, trembling, nausea, heart palpitations, and diarrhea.

73

Widely varying the amount of caffeine you ingest can put a strain on your liver, pancreas, heart, and nervous system. And if you’re prone to ulcers, caffeine can make your situation worse.

74

The average American drinks 210 milligrams of caffeine a day. That’s equal to two or three cups of coffee, depending on how strong it is.

75

How you make your coffee has a lot to do with how much caffeine you get. Instant coffee contains 65 milligrams of caffeine per serving; coffee brewed in a percolator has 80 milligrams; and coffee made using the drip method has 155 milligrams.

76

Top four sources of caffeine in the American diet: coffee, soft drinks, tea, and chocolate, in that order. The average American gets 75 percent of their caffeine from coffee. Other sources include over-the-counter pain killers, appetite suppressants, cold remedies, and some prescription drugs.

77

Pound for pound, kids often get as much caffeine from chocolate and soft drinks as their parents get from coffee, tea, and other sources.

Games & Gambling

Games and gambling

78

How do you know when you’re playing with an Italian deck of cards? No queens.

79

The ancient Greeks played cards. In those days aces were known as “dogs.”

80

There are 635,013,559,599 possible hands in a game of bridge.

81

How many bedrooms are there on the board game Clue? None.

82

Longest recorded Monopoly game: 1,680 hours, the equivalent of 70 days of uninterrupted play.

83

What do you call the spots on dice and dominoes? The pips.

84

Seventy-six percent of Americans say they have never participated in illegal gambling.

85

The game Simon Says was originally called Do This, Do That.

86

If you add up all the numbers of the roulette wheel (1 to 36), the sum is 666.

87

In a standard deck of cards, the king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.

88

Most frequently landed-on squares in Monopoly: Illinois Ave., GO, B&O Railroad.

89

There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants.

90

One in four compulsive gamblers is a woman.

91

First prize in the 1850 French national lottery: a one-way ticket to the San Francisco gold rush.

That Was Then

92

Besides human sacrifices, Aztecs offered the gods tamales.

93

In the 1500s England’s Queen Elizabeth I outlawed wife beating after 10 p.m.

94

In the Middle Ages having ants in the house was a sign of good luck.

95

Only pharaohs were allowed to eat mushrooms in ancient Egypt.

96

The Chinese used to scatter firecrackers around the house—as fire alarms.

97

First kitchen utensils: the ladle and the apple corer, in that order.

98

The low man on a totem pole is the most important man in the tribe.

99

In medieval England, jurors weren’t fed until they reached a decision.

100

In England in 1558, beards were taxed according to their length.

101

When a cat died in ancient Egypt, its owners shaved off their eyebrows as a sign of mourning.

That’s it folks, I hope you learned something cool today.

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