1. Australia is wider than the moon.

The moon sits at 3,400 kilometers (2,113 miles) in diameter, while Australia’s diameter from east to west is almost 4,000 km (2,485 miles).

Source: European Space Agency

2. Headphones can increase the bacteria in your ears.

Wearing headphones for just an hour could increase the bacteria in your ears by 700 times. (Ew!)

Source: ENT Health

3. Scotland chose the unicorn as its national animal.

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In Celtic mythology, the fictional creature is connected with both chivalry and dominance as well as purity and innocence.

Source: VisitScotland

4. Avocados are not vegetables.

Avocados are fruits because they are single-seeded berries.

Source: US Department of Agriculture

5. The Eiffel Tower gets taller in the summer.

When the iron heats up, the tower can be up to 15 centimeters (6 inches) taller due to thermal expansion.

Source: La Tour Eiffel

6. Human teeth are the only part of the body that can’t heal themselves.

Teeth are not made of live tissue and are coated in enamel, which can’t spontaneously regenerate.

Source: WebMD

7. Switzerland prohibits the ownership of just one guinea pig.

Since guinea pigs are such social creatures, one guinea pig would get lonely so having just one is considered animal abuse in Switzerland.

Source: Library of Congress

8. Tigers have striped skin.

It’s not just striped fur!

Source: Nature Study Society

9. A shrimp’s heart is in its head.

If that wasn’t interesting enough, due to the nature of their open circulatory system, shrimp have no arteries so their organs just float around in blood!

Source: American Shrimp Processors Association

10. An 11-year-old accidentally invented ice pops.

In 1905, young Frank Epperson left water and soda powder outside overnight with a wooden stirrer in the cup. When he discovered the mixture had frozen, the “Epsicle” was born.

Source: NPR

11. We are more creative in the shower.

Here’s one of the most useful weird fun facts! If you’ve ever felt like you think better in a warm shower, you’re probably right! The warm water increases the flow of dopamine and makes us more creative.

Source: National Geographic

12. Sloths can hold their breath longer than dolphins.

Dolphins need to come up for air every 10 minutes, but by slowing their heart rate, sloths can actually hold their breath for 40 minutes!

Source: The Naked Scientists

12. Sloths can hold their breath longer than dolphins.

Dolphins need to come up for air every 10 minutes, but by slowing their heart rate, sloths can actually hold their breath for 40 minutes!

Source: The Naked Scientists

13. Froot Loops are all the same flavor despite their different colors.

This is such a disappointment, but it makes sense when you think about it!

Source: Time Magazine

14. The first airplane flight was on December 17, 1903.

Wilbur and Orville Wright took the first airplane on four short flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Source: National Air and Space Museum

15. Supermarket apples can be a year old.

Are those apples you just bought actually a year old? Maybe! Farmers often pick apples in the fall, cover them in wax, hot-air dry them, and then put them in cold storage. This keeps them edible and ready to sell for 6 to 12 months!

Source: Reader’s Digest

16. Most wasabi paste isn’t real wasabi.

If you’ve always thought that your store-bought wasabi tastes more like horseradish, you’re probably right. It’s often used as a substitute since real wasabi is expensive.

Source: Reader’s Digest

17. Venus is the only planet that spins clockwise.

Every 225 Earth days, Venus travels around the sun, but Venus rotates clockwise once every 243 days.

Source: WorldAtlas

18. People used to say “prunes” when taking pictures.

In the 1840s, it was considered childish to smile for pictures so it became popular for people to say “prunes” instead of “cheese” in order to keep their mouths taut.

Source: ResearchGate

19. Nutmeg is a hallucinogen.

Because it contains myristicin, a natural compound that has mind-altering effects, you can experience hallucinations if you ingest large quantities. Yikes!

Source: McGill University

20. McDonald’s serves spaghetti in the Philippines.

The McSpaghetti meat sauce pasta comes with a side of “McDo” fried chicken. This sounds too tasty to be considered one of our weird fun facts!

Source: McDonalds Philippines

21. Competitive art was once an Olympic sport.

From 1912 to 1948, artists could earn medals for painting, music, sculpture, and even architecture.

Source: Smithsonian Magazine

22. 3 Musketeers candy bars used to come in three flavors.

The original candy from the 1930s had three different kinds of nougat: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry (hence the name!). Unfortunately, it had to be cut down to one during World War II due to rations being too expensive.

Source: Food & Wine

23. The Spanish national anthem has no words.

The “Marcha Real” is one of only four national anthems in the world (along with those of Bosnia, Herzegovina, Kosovo, and San Marino) to have no official lyrics.

Source: BBC Music Magazine

24. Cat urine glows under a black light.

Black lights can be used to detect any body fluids, but cat urine glows particularly brightly under ultraviolet light primarily because it contains the element phosphorus.

Source: Reader’s Digest

25. Before we had toilet paper, Americans used corn cobs.

There’s no way that was comfortable.

Source: Cottonelle

26. “Kuchisabishii” is Japanese for unconscious eating. ***

It describes the act of eating when you’re not hungry because your mouth is “lonely.”

Source: HuffPost

27. The Statue of Liberty was once a lighthouse.

About a month after the statue’s 1886 dedication, it became a working lighthouse for 16 years, with its torch visible from 24 miles away.

Source: US Coast Guard Historian’s Office

28. Jennifer Lopez inspired the creation of Google images.

After she wore her infamous dress at the 2000 Grammys, the search engine added the function because so many people were looking for pictures of her outfit!

Source: IFLScience

29. British military tanks are equipped to make tea.

If the crew needs hot tea or coffee, they can just reach for the boiling vessel inside the tank.

Source: Forces Network

30. Big Ben’s clock stopped at 10:07 p.m. on May 27, 2005.

It was particularly hot in London that day—31.8 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit)—so it’s possible that the clock stopped due to the heat.

Source: The New York Times

31. You can see four states from Chicago’s Willis Tower.

Head to the top of the building formerly known as the Sears Tower and you can see Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Source: Skydeck Chicago

32. Walt Disney has won the most Academy Awards.

The House of Mouse has won 26 Oscars and was nominated 59 times.

Source: Emmys Television Academy

33. A blue whale’s heartbeat can be heard over 2 miles away.

And their hearts weigh almost 400 pounds!

Source: Cole Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

34. There’s a fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding.

Native to Central and South America, the fruit is called black sapote and it tastes like a combination of sweet custard and chocolate.

Source: Australia Broadcasting Company

35. Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s voices got married in real life.

Wayne Allwine (Mickey) and Russi Taylor (Minnie) were married from 1986 to 2019.

Source: Disney Parks

36. Queen Elizabeth II was a trained mechanic.

As a teenager, Queen Elizabeth II joined the British employment agency at the Labour Exchange and learned about truck, engine, and tire repair.

Source: National Geographic

37. The real name for a hashtag is an octothorpe.

While we know that “octo” refers to the symbol’s eight points, even Merriam-Webster is unsure about the “thorpe” part.

Source: Britannica

38. The Easter Island heads have bodies.

We’ve seen those iconic stone heads, but did you know that in the 2010s, archaeologists found that two of the Pacific Island figures actually have torsos? Here’s a video!

Source: National Geographic

39. Salvador Dalí designed the Chupa Chups logo.

The surrealist artist created the iconic design in 1969.

Source: BBC

40. M&Ms are named after its creators.

Two businessmen, Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie, came up with the sweet treats, but their relationship was bitter.

Source: History Channel

41. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world.

Incredibly, it’s 120 times smaller than Manhattan!

Source: Discovery

42. The letter “J” was the last added to the English alphabet.

It dates back to 1524. Shockingly, before it became a letter, the letter “i” was used for both “i” and “j” sounds!

Source: Dictionary.com

43. The moon has moonquakes.

They occur due to tidal stresses connected to the distance between the Earth and the moon.

Source: Space.com

44. Ketchup used to be sold as medicine.

Back in 1834, people with indigestion were given a prescription for the condiment.

Source:

45. You can’t hum while you’re pinching your nose.

Go ahead and try!

Source: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

46. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

Their little brains are genuinely smaller than one of their eyeballs.

Source: Guinness World Records

47. The longest walking distance in the world is 14,000 miles.

You could walk from Magadan in Russia to Cape Town in South Africa without needing a vehicle.

Source: Popular Mechanics

48. Humans are the only animals that blush.

Some people believe we may be the only animals who feel embarrassed.

Source: BBC Wildlife

49. Pigs can’t look up into the sky.

Due to the anatomy of their neck muscles and spine, pigs are unable to look upwards.

Source: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

50. The iCarly set was also used by other high school shows.

It was the same set used for Saved by the Bell and That’s So Raven.

Source: Diply

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