Totally Random (But Interesting!) Trivia Facts

July 2, 2021 · CLASSMATES FUN

Did you know the heart of a shrimp is located in its head? Or that a snail can sleep for three years? Here are other unusual facts that you can use to impress your friends the next time you get together.

  • The hashtag symbol is technically called an “octothorpe.”
  • High heeled shoes were originally created for men. They were first worn by Persian soldiers in the 10th century to elevate their feet.
  • The word “orange” was first used to describe the fruit, not the color.
  • Baby porcupines are called “porcupettes.”

  • Beer is one of the oldest recorded recipes in the world, with documentations of the beverage dating back to around 5,000 BC and the ancient Egyptians.
  • Bubble Wrap was originally intended to be used as 3D wallpaper. In 1957, two engineers sealed two shower curtains together, creating air bubbles.
  • A group of flamingos is called a “flamboyance.”

  • Many lipsticks contain fish scales because they have a pearly glow.
  • After three-letter airport codes became standard, airports that had previously been using only two letters simply added an “X.”
  • Prairie dogs say “hello” by kissing.
  • The medical term for a gurgling stomach is “borborygmus.”
  • There’s a village in Norway called Hell, and it freezes over every winter. It reaches sub-arctic temperatures as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • “S.O.S.” does not stand for anything. It was created as a universal distress signal because it is a simple, unmistakable message when sent via Morse Code.
  • Tootsie Rolls (owned by Tootsie Roll Industries) were used as part of the rations for World War II soldiers.
  • “Aulophobia” is an exaggerated or irrational fear of flutes.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has previously ruled that tomatoes are vegetables.
  • Coca-Cola ® was the first soft drink in space.
  • About 700 individual grapes go into one bottle of wine.

  • Printing a $1 bill costs around 5 cents.
  • “New car smell” is the scent of dozens of chemicals.
  • Hair and nails grow faster during pregnancy.
  • The moon has moonquakes.

  • The wood frog can hold its pee for up to eight months. This helps them stay alive during hibernation.
  • Your nostrils work one at a time. The process of alternating between congestion and decongestion is called the “nasal cycle.”
  • Cotton candy was invented in 1897 by a dentist.

  • The English word with the most definitions is “set.”
  • Bees sometimes sting other bees in order to protect their hives. However, certain types of bees are more likely to sting than others, like Guard bees and Queen bees.
  • “E” is the most common English letter and appears in over 11 percent of all English words. The second most common is the letter “A,” which appears in over 8 percent of all English words.
  • The dot over the lower case “i” and “j” is called a “tittle.”
  • You can hear a blue whale’s heartbeat from more than two miles away. Its heart weights about 400 pounds, which is around the size of a piano.



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