Fun (but useless) Facts!

Posted on March, 2022

Some facts to keep you learning

We’ve combined lots of fun (but potentially useless!) facts for you. How many of these did you already know?

Facts #1

A lot of the bones in your feet don’t harden until you’re an adult. Each foot contains 26 bones but many remain as cartilage until you are around 21!

Facts #2

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The original oranges from Southeast Asia were a tangerine-pomelo hybrid, and they were actually green. In fact, oranges in warmer regions like Vietnam and Thailand still stay green through maturity.

Facts #3

As there is no letter ‘A’ in the words for the numbers one to nine, at the ten milestones (teen, twenty, thirty, etc) or even in the word ‘hundred’, the letter ‘A’ doesn’t appear in any number before 1,000!

Facts #4

Your nose?? and ears ? are the two (or three if you count both ears!) body parts that continue to grow for your entire life! ?

Facts #5

The tiny pocket in jeans was originally designed to store pocket watches. What do you use that tiny pocket for? I sometimes use it for a key or headphones.

Facts #6

Wombats poop in cubes. ?  They must be very good at non-verbal reasoning! Wombats can poop up to 100 times a night to mark territory, and cubes don’t roll away. Do you poop in cubes? ?

Facts #7

Peanuts aren’t technically nuts, they’re legumes like peas, lentils, and beans.

Facts #7

The Eiffel Tower can grow more than six inches during the summer. High temperatures make solids expand as atoms move further apart.

Facts #8

“OMG” was first used in writing in 1917 in a letter to Winston Churchill! he wrote: “I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis—O.M.G. (Oh! My God!)

Facts #9

Armadillos are bulletproof! A Texan man once shot an armadillo and the bullet bounced off it and hit the man in the jaw. Ouch!

Facts #10

How many Es do you have in your name? I actually don’t have any!

Facts #11

Children in Germany receive a special cone called a ‘Schultüte’ when they join their school. It is filled with stationery and sweets!

Facts #12

High heels were originally worn by men to help their boots stay in their stirrups when riding horses.

Facts #13

The King’s School in Canterbury is the world’s oldest school. Do you know how old your school is?

Facts #14

The tongue of the blue whale is as long as an elephant. Can you touch your nose with your tongue???

Facts #15

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words. Ironically.

Facts #16

Elon Musk created a school in 2014 on the SpaceX campus for children as young as one year old with no grades required. It is called ‘Ad Astra,’ which means ‘to the stars.’ The school teaches children to learn about artificial intelligence, creating robots, and more.

Facts #17

There are almost 1600 times more molecules in a cup of water than there are cups of water in the ocean!

Facts #18

The Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is the deepest known point in Earth’s oceans. The depth of the Challenger Deep is around 11,000 meters below sea level. If Mount Everest were placed at this location it would be covered by over one mile of water!

Facts #19

“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” psychologist Gabriel Radvansky told Live Science.

We thought this was quite interesting. That’s why I forget things when I walk between rooms! ?

When he and his team studied the difference between subjects moving objects between rooms versus subjects moving objects in the same room, he found that “people were two to three times as likely to forget what they were supposed to do after walking through a doorway.”

Facts #20

The walls of a Victorian school were often completely bare. Needless to say, we’ve taken a different approach…

Facts #21

Turkeys can blush when they are scared or excited!?

Facts #22

Boxing Day got its name in Victorian times, and it doesn’t come from the sport of boxing! The rich used to box up presents to give to the poor. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants where they would receive a Christmas box from their masters. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give Christmas boxes to their families. Source: BBC website

Facts #23

The longest English word is 189,819 letters long – It is the name for the human protein titin and would take 3 and a half hours to say out loud!?

Facts #24

There were 22 palindrome dates in 2021 (if we use the American date style!).

1-20-21, 1-21-21, 1-22-21, 1-23-21, 1-24-21, 1-25-21, 1-26-21, 1-27-21, 1-28-21, 1-29-21, 12-2-21, 12-3-21, 12-4-21, 12-5-21, 12-6-21, 12-7-21, 12-8-21, 12-9-21

Facts #25

Listen contains the same letters as silent. That’s one of my favourite facts!

Facts #26

Snowflakes and snow look white but they are actually translucent. Ice crystals have many sides and cause light to diffuse reflection of the whole light spectrum which results in snowflakes appearing to be white in colour. That’s physics for you!

Facts #27

The word ‘podcast’ originated in a Guardian article and is a combination of the words ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcast’.

Facts #28

Dogs sniff good smells with their left nostril. Dogs begin sniffing with their right nostril and continue if the smell could signal danger, but they’ll move to their left nostril for pleasant smells like food.

Facts #29

Sloths have more neck bones than giraffes! Now there’s a fact you would not believe to be true!???

Facts #30

Well, in reality, we eat them upside down! What we think of as the bottom of the banana is actually the part that faces the sky.

Facts #31

The opposite sides of a standard die, always add up to seven. A fact you most likely already knew but is interesting nonetheless.

Facts #32

The # symbol isn’t called a hashtag. Its official name is octothorpe due to the fact it has 8 points.

Facts #33

He originally had one, but it was lost in the reproduction of the original design. A similar mistake caused his axe to become a sword.

Facts #34

“Dreamt” is the only word in the English language that ends with “mt.”

Facts #35

Apparently, Fredric J Baur was so proud of his invention that he requested to be buried in one. Probably one of the most gruesome facts!

Facts #37

The average adult spends more time on the toilet than they do exercising?? 

Facts #38

“Spoonfeed” is the longest English word with its letters in reverse alphabetical order.

Facts #39

Your fingernails grow faster on your dominant hand.

Facts #40

Antarctica is almost entirely desert. It doesn’t precipitate much, but when it does it does, it does not melt due to the extremely low temperatures. Another fact you probably would not believe.

Facts #41

Guess they don’t technically need any!?

Facts #42

Happy nightmares everyone! ?‍♂️ ?

Facts #43

Another poop fact for you.

What do you think of when you think of a stalk? Probably not this! Several species of storks defecate on their own legs to cool down!

Facts #44

The colour you see is in a pitch-black room is called “eigengrau”, which is German for “intrinsic light”.

Facts #45

There are only 8 states that begin and end in a vowel. Can you name them all?

Answers to the fact are in the picture below.

Facts #46

Octopuses and squid have three hearts! ♥️♥️♥️

Facts #47

Every continent except Antarctica has a city called Rome. Or to use the Italian name, ‘Roma’.

Facts #48

The chicken and the ostrich are the closest living relatives of the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Facts #49

Dragonflies have six legs but can’t walk. Their legs are too weak. They can stand on plants and skim along ponds but can’t actually walk!

Facts #50

Jupiter is twice as big as all the other planets combined. Jupiter is 11.2 times larger than Earth.

Facts #51

Scotland has 421 words for snow! Aye. They need it too.

Facts #52

facts about google

Type ‘askew’ into Google. See what happens…

Facts #53

facts about rubik's cubes

The world record for the fastest Rubiks cube solve is 3.47 seconds. Have you beaten the cube? Visit our shop to see our ‘#ibeatthecube’ t-shirts.

Facts #54

facts about coffee

Coffee is the world’s second most valuable traded commodity. Petrol is the first.

Facts #55

facts about peanuts

A peanut is neither a pea nor a nut. They are actually legumes which means it is in the same family as peas and lentils.

Facts #56

facts about us states

Another U.S.-based fact for you. Which letter doesn’t appear in any U.S. state name? If you guessed ‘Q’ you’d be right!

Facts #57

facts about blood vessels

Your body contains about 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Blood vessels include arteries, arterioles, veins, venules, and capillaries. Capillaries have the largest surface area to volume ratio in order to allow for diffusion to take place more easily.

Facts #58

facts about lobsters

Although they are still susceptible to death by disease or attacks, lobsters can theoretically live forever because getting older does not raise their chance of dying. An enzyme known as telomerase prevents the DNA in lobsters’ cells from being damaged as they are replicated. (Source: The Telegraph)

Facts #59

facts about reptiles

A tiny chameleon was discovered in northern Madagascar in January 2021. It is only 28.9 millimetres long! It is believed to be the smallest reptile on Earth.

Facts #60

facts about infinite

The infinity sign is called a lemniscate.

Facts #61

facts about pigeons

In England, pigeon poop is the property of the Crown. King George, I declared all pigeon poop to be the property of the Crown as it could be used to make gunpowder! So many facts about poo!

Facts #62

facts about koalas

Koalas have unique fingerprints. Their fingerprints are actually surprisingly similar to human ones!

Facts #63

facts about ants

Ants can’t die from falling. – Ants have a very hard exoskeleton and aren’t very heavy either. An ant could survive being dropped from the top of the Empire State Building!

Facts #64

facts about dogs

German Shepherds, Retrievers and poodles are among some of the smartest dogs but border collies (sheepdogs) are the smartest dog breed of all.

Facts #65

facts about camels

Camels have three sets of eyelids and two rows of eyelashes to keep sand out of their eyes.

Facts #66

facts  about pyramids

When you think about Egypt, pyramids are probably the first thing that comes to mind. Sudan, however, actually has the greatest number of Pyramids. Sudan has 255 pyramids, whilst Egypt only has 128! Again, another fact you wouldn’t think would be true.

Facts #67

facts about africa

There are parts of Africa in all four hemispheres. Africa covers nearly 12 million square miles!

Facts #68

facts about the philippines

The Philippines is made up of 7,641 islands. This doesn’t even include the other bits of land that show up during low tide!

Facts #69

facts glaciers ice

Another fact about water. Glacier ice holds 75 per cent of the world’s supply of fresh water. That’s an incredible amount of water. I wonder how much it would dilute the sea…?

Facts #70

facts #69 tongue

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. A very surprising fact! You would have thought it would be the muscles in the legs.

Facts #71

Jiffy Facts

A “jiffy” is actually about one trillionth of a second.

Facts #72

facts #70

Our four-legged friends continue to amaze us!

Facts #73

facts #71

99 per cent of the Earth’s gold is found in the core. That’s a lot of gold!

Facts #74

facts #72

They actually have a membrane that holds their tongue in place so it doesn’t move. It makes sense for a creature that needs to snap its jaws shut in a fraction of a second. Imagine biting off your tongue with that much force. Ouch!

Facts #75

facts #73

The best place in the world to see rainbows is in Hawaii. Rainbows are caused by the diffraction of light, as light moves from a less to a more dense medium. As different wavelengths of light travel at different speeds, the light spectrum splits into red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Air pollution and pollen play a big part in making rainbows amazing.

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