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27 Completely Useless but Totally Amazing Facts

I defy anyone to tell me they don’t enjoy random and useless facts. You might not be able to put it on your CV, but having an arsenal of these stored up in the back of your mind is a sure fire way to make friends at parties. Or maybe you will just up annoying everyone you know with your constant stream of trivia. Whichever the case may be, it is always fun to stockpile a few fun and useless facts for a rainy day. Here are 27 completely useless but totally amazing facts for you to enjoy or share as you see fit.

  1. The name Wendy didn’t exist until J. M. Barrie created it to use in his novel Peter Pan.
  2. It has never rained in the town of Calama, which is situated in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile.
  3. The Greek national anthem consists of a whopping 158 verses – do you reckon you could memorise all of them?
  4. Dreamt is the only word in the entire English language that ends with the letter ‘mt’.
  5. Maine is the only state in the US whose name consists of just one syllable.
  6. When ants wake up in the morning the stretch out and yawn before they start their day’s activities.
  7. Around ¼ of the world’s population survives on less than $200 per year.
  8. Every time you lick a stamp you are consuming 1/10 of a calorie
  9. The human heart creates enough pressure to be able to squirt blood a distance of around 30ft.
  1. The word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is pronounced the same if you remove its last four letters.
  2. The heart of a blue whale is so massive that a small child could actually swim through its veins.
  1. The late rapper Tupac Shakur began his a career as a performer by learning ballet and portraying the Rat King in the Nutcracker.
  1. You are born with the same sized eyes you will have for the rest fo your life.
  1. The Golden Arches of the McDonald’s M is more universally recognised than the crucifix that represents Christianity.
  1. The earth is hit by lightning around 100 times a second.
  1. In just four years, the Black Death reduced the population of Europe by a third.
  1. The Main Library at the University of Indiana sinks around one inch every year due to the weight of all the books.
  2. The only 15 letter word that doesn’t contain any repeated letters is ‘uncopyrightable’.
  3. The barnacle has the largest penis compared to its size in the entire animal kingdom.
  4. The collective noun for a group of flamingos is a flamboyance.
  5. Armadillos only give birth to quadruplets.
  6. You are more likely to be killed by a coconut falling on you than by being attacked by a shark.
  7. The male gypsy moth can smell a virgin female gypsy moth from almost 2 miles away.
  8. Nutmeg is poisonous if injected intravenously – not that you would ever want to do that anyway.
  9. One single teaspoon of honey if the life’s work of 12 bees.
  10. Mosquitos have contributed to more human deaths than any other animal in the world.
  11. Methane gas, produced by cows, causes as much pollution as cars do.

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