Did you know that rhinos often attack trees and rocks because they mistake them for animals? Or that the world’s longest movie lasts 85 hours and is called ‘The Cure for Insomnia’? Read about these and other fun facts here!
- Gut bacteria: There are 2 – 3 kg of bacteria in the human gut
- Chocolate flower: There is a flower that smells like chocolate
- Flavored onions: Babies have taste buds in their cheeks (adults only have them on their tongue)
- Fabrics: Many illegal drugs were previously used as medicine – including LSD, amphetamines, heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, psychedelic mushrooms and ketamine. The latter is also used as an anesthetic for larger animals such as horses!
- Metals: The human body contains a small amount of gold – and enough iron to make a 7.5 cm long nail
- Traffic lights: In the mid-1990s, residents of the Albanian city of Shkodra refused to pay the newly introduced traffic light tax because there were no traffic lights in the city
In the 1920s, it was popular to collect flea brides (dead fleas dressed as brides!)
- Longest movie: The longest movie ever made, lasting a whopping 85 hours and aptly named ‘The Cure for Insomnia’
- Palindromes: A palindrome is a word or phrase that can be read in both reading directions
- Smile: It takes more facial muscles to smile than to look angry
- Condoms: The world’s oldest condoms date back to the 1640s and were made from animal intestines!
- Bone shelters: Some prehistoric people actually built huts out of mammoth bones
- Australian accent: It’s impossible to say “Good Eye Might” without sounding Australian
Fun facts from the animal world
- Rhino: Rhinos don’t have very good eyesight – so they sometimes attack objects such as trees and rocks because they mistake them for threats
- Bats: When a bat leaves its cave, it always flies to the left
- Black bears: The American black bear can run at a whopping 64 km/h – which is fast enough to catch a galloping horse!
- Fish: Some fish species – including herring – communicate using gut air (farts)
- Otters: Sleeping otters may hold each other’s paws to avoid slipping apart
- Cheetahs: After a hunt, a cheetah needs 30 minutes to catch its breath before it can eat its prey
- Basset hounds: A basset hound weighs about as much as an elephant’s heart – and an elephant is the size of a blue whale’s tongue
5 fun facts about life
- Money doesn’t make you happy, but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bike
- Forgive your enemy but remember his name
- Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they get into trouble again
- Many people are only alive because it’s illegal to shoot them
- Alcohol doesn’t solve problems, but neither does milk