60 Unknown Facts

60 facts unknown to most people
  1. The Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill lists all 50 U.S. states.
  2. Unknown by most people: Originally, “white meat” referred to dairy products such as milk, butter, and cheese.
  3. A Canadian two-dollar bill features an American flag on the Parliament building.
  4. English ranks as the second most spoken language, with over 840 million speakers as either a first or second language.
  5. Humans and dolphins are the only species that engage in sex for pleasure.
  6. A “jiffy” amounts to about one trillionth of a second.
  7. A dragonfly’s lifespan is 24 hours.
  8. An ostrich’s eye is larger than its brain.
  9. The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.
  10. The full name of Cap’n Crunch is Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch.
  11. Approximately 12 newborns are given to the wrong parents daily.
  12. Unknown fact: A teaspoonful of neutron star weighs 6 billion tons.
  13. Glaciers and ice sheets hold close to 70 percent of the world’s freshwater.
  14. Astronauts report that space smells like a combination of diesel fuel and barbecue due to dying stars.
  15. A standard Slinky contains 67 feet of metal and can stretch up to 15 feet without deformation.
  16. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” was the first CD pressed in the United States.
  17. Michael Jordan earns more money from NIKE annually than all the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  18. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death, especially that big hairy thing behind my dryer that pops out when I change loads.
  19. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
  20. The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
  21. Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by removing one olive from each first-class salad.
  22. The chicken and ostrich are the closest living relatives to the Tyrannosaurus rex.
  23. The inventor of Pringles is buried in a Pringles can.
  24. Taking just one step engages over 200 muscles in the body.
  25. Unknown fact: Wendy was a name invented for the book “Peter Pan.”
  26. The stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks to prevent self-digestion.
  27. Over 80% of the information stored on computers globally is in English.
  28. More than 99 percent of the solar system’s mass is attributed to the sun.
  29. The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
  30. Bats consistently turn left when exiting a cave.
  31. Donkey eye placement allows them to see all four feet simultaneously.
  32. The Eiffel Tower’s designer constructed an apartment in the tower for entertaining guests.
  33. The longest one-syllable English word is “screeched.”
  34. Liquor remnants in the bottom of a glass are known as “heeltap.”
  35. Cats cannot taste sweet things due to a genetic defect.
  36. Unknown fact: There exists a metallic asteroid shaped like a dog bone named “Kleopatra.”
  37. Alaska is the only state with its name on one keyboard row.
  38. Carrots were originally purple.
  39. Earth recorded the fastest gust of wind at 253 miles per hour.
  40. SPAM is an abbreviation for “spiced ham.”
  41. Nuclear scientist Lonnie Johnson, who worked for NASA, invented the Super Soaker.
  42. 56 percent of internet users have searched for themselves online.
  43. There are 318,979,564,000 possible ways to play the first four moves per side in chess.
  44. There are three times more countries with right-hand traffic (141) than left-hand traffic (54).
  45. An average adult spends more time on the toilet than exercising, as of a 2017 study.
  46. The tallest supported bamboo sculpture surpasses 164 feet in height.
  47. An average of 3.6 cans of SPAM are consumed every second.
  48. Surprisingly, sloths can hold their breath longer than dolphins, up to 40 seconds.
  49. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  50. Special music is designed for cats, and felines develop musical preferences early in life.
  51. About 90% of New York City taxi drivers are recent immigrants.
  52. Honey serves as an effective cough suppressant.
  53. A regulation golf ball has 336 dimples.
  54. Roughly 35 percent of personal ad or online dating app users are already married.
  55. Unknown fact: The phrase “rule of thumb” originates from an English law limiting the width of objects used to beat one’s wife.
  56. A lawsuit once debated whether Pringles were actually potato chips.
  57. Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister.
  58. The King of Hearts is the sole king in a deck of cards without a mustache.
  59. Moon footprints can endure for up to 100 million years.
  60. House flies hum in the middle octave key of F.