40 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

From the new John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin book titled:  1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off


1) Collectively speaking, humans have spent longer playing World of Warcraft (over 6 million years) than we have existed as a species separate from chimpanzees.

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2) A dog has the same ecological footprint as two Toyota Landcruisers; a cat the same environmental effect as a Volkswagen Golf; two hamsters the same as a plasma TV.

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3) In 1251, Henry III was given a polar bear by the king of Norway. He kept it in the Tower of London, on a long chain so that it could swim in the Thames.

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4) Until the 1960′s, the only reliable pregnancy test was to inject a woman’s urine into a female African clawed frog. If the woman was pregnant, the frog would ovulate within 12 hours.

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 5) About 65 billion neutrinos will pass through your fingernail in a second

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6) If all the LEGO bricks ever manufactured were clipped on top of one another, they would make a tower ten times as high as the distance to the Moon.

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 7) Light would take .13 seconds to travel around the Earth.

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8) If you drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take you exactly 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the other side.

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9) A medium-sized cumulus cloud weighs about the same as 80 elephants.

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10) A single bolt of lightning contains enough energy to cook 100,000 pieces of toast.

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11) There are 8 times as many atoms in a teaspoonful of water as there are teaspoonfuls of water in the Atlantic ocean.

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 12) If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and the Earth would be as small as a pea.

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13) The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime.


14) If you could drive your car straight up you would arrive in space in just over an hour.

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 15) More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing.

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16) The human brain takes in 11 million bits of information every second but is aware of only 40.

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17) A red blood cell can make a complete circuit of your body in 20 seconds.

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18) The strongest creatures on Earth are gonorrhea bacteria. They can pull 100,000 times their own body weight.

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19) One in ten European babies is conceived in an IKEA bed. (Not much science in this one, but funny enough to know :))

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20) The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of their life

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21) There are more living organisms on the skin of each human than there are humans on the surface of the earth.

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22) Each person sheds 40 lbs of skin in his or her lifetime.


23) Males produce one thousand sperm cells each second – 86 million each day.

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24) One in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth.

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25) Human saliva contains a painkiller called opiorphin that is six times more powerful than morphine.

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26) Girls have more taste buds than boys.

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27) When a flea jumps, the rate of acceleration is 20 times that of the space shuttle during launch.

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28) Gorillas and potatoes have two more chromosomes than humans do.

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29) A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

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30) Koalas sleep an average of 22 hours a day, two hours more than the sloth.

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31) The African Elephant gestates for 22 months.

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32) A dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 times more sensitive than a humans.

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33) Octopuses have three hearts.

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34) At over 2000 kilometres long The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth.

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35) The name of the first human being in the Norse mythology is Ask

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36) The Queen is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth’s land surface

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37) As it grows, sweet corn makes a squeaking noise like two balloons rubbing against each other.

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38) Wounds infested with maggots heal quickly and without spread of gangrene or other infection.

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39) Biologically speaking, bugs are insects that “suck”.

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40) If the 5 trillion spiders in Netherlands took to eating humans rather than insects, they’d consume all 16.7 million Dutch people just in three days.


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