I’m a sucker for random facts. I seem to have an uncanny ability to retain utterly pointless trivia. Unfortunately that’s about all I retain. So as superpowers go it’s a pretty crappy one. I don’t think there will ever be a time when someone wants me to keep a bad guy mildly entertained.
However, even though it might be a terrible superpower, random facts do tend to be interesting, so I thought I would share some here. Let’s get on with it……..
Random Facts – Pointless Trivia Time!
- Dr Seuss wrote the book Green Eggs and Ham solely because of a bet. Bennett Serf (his publisher) bet him that he could not write a children’s book using less than 50 different words.
- Penguins are able to drink salt water due to glands under their eyes. These glands extract the extra salt and allow them to live on sea water.
- The first man made object to break the sound barrier was the whip.
- Frogs use their eyes to push their food down their throats. This is due to their neck muscles being really weak.
- The longest english word using only a single vowel is strengths.
- The voice of Tigger in Winnie the Pooh is Paul Winchell. Who in his spared time helped invented an artificial heart.
- A gargoyle can only be classified as such if it channels rain. If not, it is called a grotesque.
- There was once a 335 year long war between the Dutch and the Isles of Scilly (a small group of islands off England’s south coast). During the war there were no casualties as the Dutch completely forgot they were at war! A Scilly historian discovered the war was still ongoing in 1985 and a peace treaty was signed in 1986.
- japanese honey bees cook hornet scouts that enter their nests. They do this by swarming around it and vibrating until the temperature is so high, the hornet dies.
- It is against the law to own a pet rabbit in Queensland, Australia unless you can prove it’s for scientific research or that you are a magician.
- Originally, Ketchup was sold as a medicine.
- Tommy Lee Jones went to college with Al Gore. They lived across the hall from each other.
- Before the advent of clocks, clockwise was known as sunwise and counter-clockwise was known as widdershins!
- If you push a living sponge through a mesh screen, it will re-arrange itself in a few hours. A process known as reaggregation.
- The term for a collection of Jellyfish? That would be a smack.
- TASER is an acronym. It stands for Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle.
- Do you know what the natural predator of the Moose is? Believe it or not, it’s the Orca (Killer Whale). As moose swim between islands looking for food, orca’s attack them.
- In feudal Japan, it was common for Japanese Lords to purposefully have squeaky floors in their homes. They did this as a defensive measure against ninjas.
- CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley both died on the same day in 1963. But nobody took any notice because 22 November 1963 was also the day J.F.K was assassinated.