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Useless factoids, arcane information, top ten lists ... or what's an Internet for? (Besides cat videos, of course.)

TriviaHistory is writ large with the big facts, while the discerning trivia buff knows that the truth very often lies in the footnotes.

So here, without further ado, is the giant list of fun facts and trivia to amuse and amaze -- along with our own personal collection of trivia and a related gold mine of fun facts around the Web.

 

DID YOU KNOW? Top 25 Fascinating Fun Facts

Rubik's cube
Do I smell buttered popcorn?

1. Dr. Suess coined the word "nerd."

2. Contrary to popular belief, you CAN tickle yourself. Try the roof of your mouth.

3. You can't hum while holding your nose closed.

4. Use equal pressure to squeeze opposite ends of an egg and it will never break.

5. Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

6. Tigers mark their territory with their urine which smells strongly of buttered popcorn.

7. When a pedestrian ignores street signs, he or she is referred to as a "jaywalker." Jay used to be slang for "foolish person."

8. Kool-Aid was originally marketed as "Fruit Smack."

elephant, the only animal with four knees
The only animal with 4 knees.


9. The elephant is the only animal with four knees.

10. The world's largest wine barrel is located in Heidelberg, Germany.

11. The word for 'mother' begins with the letter 'm' in almost every language (mom or mum, mutter, madre, mere, màna, etc.)

12. Ants will not walk through talcum powder or chalk.

13. Bagpipes were invented in Persia, (in the area now known as Iran) and taken by the Romans to Scotland.

14. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a village in Wales, is the longest place name in the world.

dreamer
Hard getting up in the AM?
There's a word for that.

15. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

16. The "stars" you see when you rub your eyes have a name: phosphenes.

17. A sequel to the Hollywood film Beetlejuice was called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian. The project got as far as a working script, but never produced.

18. Horses can't vomit.

19. 'Dysania' is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

20. The length of your forearm (from elbow to wrist) equals the length of your foot.

21. No worries. The odds of a meteor landing on your house are 1 in 182,138,880,000,000.

22. Bono's real name is Paul David Hewson.

23. The only nuts mentioned in the Bible are almonds and pistachios.

24. In 1939 Hitler's nephew, William Patrick Hitler, wrote an article entitled "Why I Hate My Uncle."

25. Giraffes are the only animals that do not yawn. No one knows why.

 

also see -> Harry Potter Trivia | Weird Web | Wine Trivia & Fun Facts

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