Learning something new every day can improve your brain health. Improvement in brain health leads to happiness, which helps you to live longer. Now add a bit of laughter to learning. After all, it has been said a million times that laughter is the best medicine. But does knowledge ever gel with laughter? You bet it does!
To show that we care for you and your health, we have assembled 40 fun facts. Weird, jaw-dropping and funny, you will enjoy these facts before breakfast –
1. The Supreme Court Of USA Has A Private Basketball Court And It Has An Amazing Nickname
Did you know that for a fact? No? You know now! There’s a basketball court on the top floor of the U.S. Supreme Court Building. It also has a nickname. It is called the highest court in the land. You can see judges and attorneys sweating it out after a stressful day at work.
2. Walmart Has A Lower Acceptance Rate Than Harvard.
Who said getting a job was easy? Harvard might be hard to get into with a 4.5 percent admittance rate, but try this on for size: only 2.6 percent of Walmart applicants are accepted. It would be way better to prepare for an Ivy League college than to work at Walmart’s. If only somebody paid that Goddamn tuition fees.
3. A Football Fan Once Dedicated His Obituary To Insult An NFL Team
This is a true story. If it hadn’t been about death, then one would have found it funny. A lifetime Cleveland Browns fan and season ticket holder requested in his obituary for six Cleveland Browns pallbearers” at his funeral. You must be wondering why? He did that so the Browns can let him down one last time. Now, isn’t that savage?
4. There Is A Technical Name For The “Fear Of Long Words.”
It is extremely difficult to remember a long word. It is even more difficult to use that specific word in your daily life. The word is called “hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.” It means an irrational fear related to long words. Ironically, it has 36 alphabets in it. How are people afraid of it supposed to use it?
5. It Is Legal To Hunt Unicorns In Michigan
If you thought US was a land of oddities, then you were right! Just when you got over the fact that some people were off their rocker, you come across something that makes you believe in the strangeness of the creation. Lake Superior State University in Michigan offers a unicorn hunting license. Unsurprisingly, the “chief herald of the Unicorn Hunters” was once quoted saying: “The pursuit of the unicorn is a lonely quest.” You can hunt them if you find any.
6. Someone Actually Paid $10,000 For Invisible Artwork
James Franco is an actor extraordinaire. But we did not know that he could actually rip somebody with his art. An art collector once paid $10,000 for a “non-visible” sculpture created by actor James Franco. The artwork was billed as an “endless tank of oxygen.” Strange as it may sound, it is actually true.
7. There Is An Official Ruling Which Tells That How Many Tootsie Pop Licks It Takes To Get To The Center
A group of engineering students from Purdue University reported that its licking machine, modeled after a human tongue, took an average of 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Twenty of the group’s volunteers assumed the licking challenge-unassisted by machinery-and averaged 252 licks each to the center.
8. Cows Have A Regional Accent
One UK professor, John Wells, Professor of Phonetics at the University of London, explained this in an article for BBC News. According to him, “In small populations such as herds, you would encounter identifiable dialectical variations which are most affected by the immediate peer group.” Somebody has rightly said that you can take the cow out of Jersey, but not the Jersey out of the cow.
9. A U.S. Town Actually Had A 3-Year-Old Mayor
What? Is it even legal to have a toddler as the Mayor of a US town? Yes, it is! In the small town of Dorset, Minnesota, where a new mayor is picked every two years by drawing names out of a hat, a three-year-old named Robert Tufts was elected mayor in 2015. His governing style is equally unique. It includes two simple instructions – being nice and indulging in no poopy talk. In 2019, we need more public leaders like these? Are you listening, Mr. President?
10. The Cookie Monster Has A Real Name
The Cookie Monsta whose real name is Tony Cook is a producer and DJ from Nottingham, UK. He represents the loud and grimy side of dubstep. But what is his name on the show? It’s Sid. No, we are serious about this one.
11. China Censored The Word For “Censorship”
The Chinese government is known to censor a lot of things. China censors the word ‘censorship’ China expands ‘healthy news order’ as the director calls censorship ‘enormous torment’. Screenshot from Feng Xiaogang’s acceptance speech. China’s broadening media censorship to include regulations on editors, editorial processes and content, management of news websites, and overall social media use. I guess you can’t be guilty of a crime if nobody can describe what it is!
12. Barry Manilow Didn’t Pen His Hit Song “I Write the Songs.”
The lyrics of this Barry Manilow bestseller comes from one Bruce Johnston, an Illinois-born musician who’d been kicking around the fringes of the LA pop industry since he was a teenager. And before he recorded it, Barry didn’t even think it was a particularly good song.
13. Vending Machines Are Bigger Threats To Humanity Than Sharks
It sounds unbelievable but it is true. You have a chance of dying from a shark bite only when you enter the sea. But you are twice as likely to be killed by a vending machine. You never know when one vending machine might fall over you. There is a scientific base to this according to a study conducted by the New England Aquarium.
14. The Blob Of Toothpaste On Your Toothbrush Has A Name
Yes, the blob that rests on the toothbrush has actually been christened. It’s called “nurdle.” The word is of an unknown origin but it is possibly related to the nodule. Nurdle was reportedly coined by the American Dental Association in the 1990s to educate the public about proper brushing techniques. The word is spelled “nerdle”, but over the years it has been misspelled as nurdle
15. There Are 11% Americans Who Have Zero Understanding Of Computer Code
It is one of the strangest facts, but it is entirely true. Despite our country being one of the most digitized countries in the world, there are people who are clueless about coding and programming languages. According to a 2014 study conducted by VoucherCloud and published by the L.A. Times, 1 in 9 Americans think HTML is actually a disease. That’s humorous for sure.
16. The Queen Of Wales Can Gatecrash Weddings If She Wants To
The people from the Royal Family are not known to do this often. But you know what, there is always a first time. If you invite the Queen of England to your wedding, even if you’re not royalty, there’s a chance she might show up anyway, as she did with one unsuspecting couple in Manchester in 2012. Man, she must have given them quite a surprise!
17. In Switzerland, You Can Hire Scary Clowns To Terrify Children
The Swiss have a wicked sense of humor. You can hire a clown in Switzerland to stalk your kid and creepily smash a cake into their face on their birthday. Seriously. As if “nice” clowns weren’t terrifying enough!
18. There Are Some Flowers That Respond To Viagra
Viagra can get an erection out of anything. If you liked this pun, then here’s a funny Viagra fact. If you put some Viagra in a vase, it will make flowers stand up straight for a week beyond when they would normally wilt. There was conclusive proof about this blue pill, in accordance to one study conducted by Israeli and Australian researchers.
19. Instructions On A Terrorist Website Were Once Replaced With Cupcakes Recipe
There are many instances when the British Secret Services have trumped over terrorists. Here’s one anecdote from the secret safety vault. Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service once hacked an Al-Qaeda website and replaced the bomb instructions with a cupcake recipe. Needless to say, the people from the terrorist organization were not amused.
20. There’s An American Town With A Population Of 1
Now, that’s what I call hilarious! Monowi, Nebraska, is the only town in the United States with an official population of one person. She’s a woman in her 80s, Elsie. M. Eiler. Yes, she owes taxes to the state. But she has to pay herself for it. That’s because she’s employed as the village’s mayor, librarian, and bartender. You can only wonder how does she even spend her time there?
21. President Coolidge Had Somewhat Of A Childish Sense Of Humor
Calvin Coolidge was always known for his sense of humor. Thankfully, he never got into trouble for this. At the same time, it is appreciable to have somebody of this nature in the federal office. Believe it or not, the 30th U.S. president thought it was hilarious to push the emergency buzzer on his desk and then hide when the Secret Service came running. Now that’s wicked!
22. Some passengers go to insane lengths to avoid baggage fees.
In 2012, a man wore 60 shirts and nine pairs of jeans on an 11-and-a-half hour flight from China to Africa because he didn’t want to pay the extra baggage fee. Though this may be quite hilarious, we don’t think that it is actually a good idea. Just imagine the discomfort he must have experienced during the flight.
23. A bridge for squirrels exists.
Our country has a lot of interesting and unusual things. For one, a town in Washington has a treetop bridge over a busy road that’s just big enough for squirrels. It’s called the “Nutty Narrows Bridge.” We actually wonder if the squirrels actually use it, or not!
24. One Programmer Tried An Unusual Method Of Weaning Himself Off Facebook
Maneesh Sethi, an Indian-origin computer programmer, hired a woman at $8 an hour to slap him in the face every time he tried checking Facebook during working hours! The San Francisco resident suffers from smartphone addiction and is trying his best to overcome it. Something tells me that the dude isn’t joking!
25. Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Surprising Career Alternative
While he was in graduate school, famous astrophysicist and TV personality, Neil DeGrasse Tyson considered becoming a stripper to earn extra money. According to an interview with The University of North-South Wales, he visited a club and watched dancers perform to the song Great Balls of Fire. Tyson left immediately and became a math tutor instead. Thank God for that!
26. One Norwegian Town Has The Name Hell
Would you like to go to a place that’s called Hell? It’s very much a part of the living realm There’s a village in southern Norway actually named “Hell.” What? Yes! That’s ironic because it looks the exact opposite of it. Want to know another fact about this place? Every winter, Hell actually freezes over!
27. Some Silly Constitutional Amendments That Thankfully Never Happened
All sorts of things happen in Congress. There was once a proposal for a U.S. constitutional amendment that was proposed in 1893. It suggested that the country be renamed “The United States of Earth.” Thankfully, this bill was never passed. There was another failed amendment, a few years prior, that wanted to abolish the presidency and install a “Roman-style triumvirate.” It is heartening to know that there are some lawmakers in the country who have sense enough to reject these things.
28. Our People Pray For All Sort Of Weird Things
People in the country pray for all sorts of strange things. If you thought that they were praying for a super-expensive car or a mansion-like home, then you could never have been more wrong! According to a 2014 survey by a Christian retailer LifeWay in Nashville, 7 percent of Christian Americans pray for a parking spot! Redeem your sins, folks!
29. We Have Musical Roads In California
You find that hard to believe? You know what, it is the truth! There’s a highway in Lancaster, California, that plays the “William Tell Overture”—or the theme from “The Lone Ranger”—whenever cars drive over it at 55 mph. Yes, there are roads that sing you good songs when you have the optimum speed for traveling.
30. We’re more prepped for a zombie invasion than you probably knew.
It seems that we seem to fear the dead a lot! Maybe we take our Halloween shit way too seriously than required. But, you never know when you might need it. The actual U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a real website devoted to “zombie preparedness.” And there are vaccines which prevent a man from becoming a part of the undead world.
31. The Total Silence In The Twilight Movies Surprisingly Adds Up To Exactly 26 Minutes
There is a weird sort of shit happening when you make a movie. There are some facets that make you wonder whether there is a higher-order at work behind our heads. Look at this fact for instance. If you spliced all the silent staring moments in Twilight, then all together, there are exactly 26 minutes of it.
32. Lobsters Communicate With Each Other With The Help Of Their Bladders.
That is one hell of a way of communicating! Lobsters have bladders on either side of their heads, so they communicate by urinating at each other. If they want another lobster to know that they’re happy or sad or angry or interested in a relationship, they say it with pee! Man, that is so weird.
33. Dolly Parton Once Lost A Look-Alike Contest
This is another true incident that evokes a lot of humor. Dolly Parton once entered a celebrity look-alike contest, without revealing her true identity, at a club in San Francisco. She lost to a drag queen. That is embarrassing as hell! Dolly doesn’t look that bad either. Wonder what the judges were thinking! Or was the man’s makeup way better than Dolly’s? Who knows?
34. A Man Actually Changed His Name Because He Lost A Poker Wager
That is the reason you should not gamble in the first place itself. After losing a drunken poker bet in 2009, a New Zealand man had his name legally changed to “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova.” It took five years, but the name was finally approved by the government. All 99 characters of his new name are on his passport.
35. Carrots Might Turn Your Skin Color To Orange.
Want another fun fact? If you eat enough carrots—about three large carrots a day for several weeks—it increases the beta-carotene in your blood and could turn your skin orange.
36. People Hate Reading Privacy Policies
37. Nabokov Could Be The Real Emojis Inventor
What would be life without emoticons? Imagine how colorless text messaging would be without the emojis. But do you know who came up with this convenience in the first place? Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, the guy responsible for the classic novel Lolita, came up with the idea for smiley emoticons in 1969. We must thank the author for this!
38. High Heels Were Originally Meant For Men
Does that sound embarrassing? You bet it does! But it is a true fact. When high-heel shoes first came into fashion in the 10th century, they were intended for men. It wasn’t until the 18th century that more women wore high heels than men. It was used for the purpose of horse riding so that the men would get their feeds entangled with the stirrup.
39. South America Flora Have Flowers That Resemble Human Lips
Amazon’s rainforests are full of floral marvels. They are vibrant and colorful plants that you might not have seen before in your life. There’s a flower in the rainforests of Central and South America that resembles a puckering mouth covered in lipstick. Its called Psychotria Elata, and it nicknamed Hooker’s Lips! Some say it resembles another part of the female anatomy (which we cannot name in this post!).
40. Cows Hate Willie Nelson’s Songs
Here’s another fun fact. A dairy cow will produce up to 3 percent more milk when listening to music. But there are some sorts of music they prefer to listen to while doing it. Songs like Concerto for Flute and Harp in D Major by Mozart and Perfect Day by Lou Reed are played to get more milk from the cows. But do you know what they don’t like? They hate country music, especially Willie Nelson. They need something that has a good rhythm beat.