The majority of the following fun facts can be found in the outstanding book “Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, Revised and Expanded: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings,” by Rob Breszny.
Crazy but true:
The Milky Way galaxy is shaped like a warped vinyl record. The edge of one side is bent upward, and on the other side bent down.
Researchers detected traces of marijuana and coca leaves in 17th century pipes found in the house where William Shakespeare lived.
Astronomers have discovered a crystal as big as our moon at the core of a dying white dwarf star.
The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year, but remembers only five.
To make a pound of honey, bees have to gather nectar from about two million flowers.
Twelve percent of the population believes that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.
Every dawn, when daylight first penetrates the sea, many seahorse colonies perform a dance to the rising sun.
Donald Duck comics were banned for a time in Finland because Donald doesn’t wear pants.
Artist Pablo Picasso was born blue-faced, and was not breathing. Then an uncle got up close and blew cigar smoke in his face, and he was revived.
US patent #5,996,568 is an apparatus for safely shooting hot dogs into a crowd.
In just 2 minutes, an octopus at the Bronx Zoo figured out how to open a jar with a lid to get to the food inside, without ever being exposed to a jar with a lid before.
An unknown prankster in Uganda shot gorillas with tranquilizer darts and dressed them up as clowns while they were unconscious.
A Japanese genius invented a robot that belly dances.
In 2006, workers cleaning up garbage atop Britain’s highest mountain (Mt. Ben Nevis, elevation 4,418 ft) found a mostly intact grand piano.
In the 17th century, astronomer Galileo was imprisoned by the church for stating the earth revolves around the sun, and not the other way around. Now the mummified middle finger of his right hand is on display at the Museo di Storia del Scienza in Florence, Italy. 😆
The saliva of vampire bats appears to be effective in dissolving blood clots that cause strokes.
Ambergris is the vomit of sperm whales. After years of floating on the ocean, soaking up the sun’s rays, it transforms into an aromatic substance that’s used as a major ingredient in perfume.
Albert Einstein was dyslexic.
According to a Bristish betting agency, the odds of the ghost of Elvis Presley crash landing a UFO on the head of the Loch Ness Monster are 14 million to one.
Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns.
A male panda in his prime performs an average of eight handstands a day. There’s no apparent evolutionary purpose for this stunt.
A marine park dolphin trained to “walk on water backwards” using its flipper was later tagged and released back into the wild. Marine biologists soon observed it teaching other dolphins the same trick.
With each breath, you take into your body an average of 10 sextillion atoms, and- owing to the wind’s ceaseless circulation- over a year’s time you have intimate relations with oxygen molecules exhaled by every person alive, as well as everyone who ever lived.
Each second, the Sun transforms four million tons of itself into light.
There is an average of 32 million bacteria per square inch of your body.
There is an albino species of pine tree. Yes, albino.
Patent # 2,272,154 is a ladder spiders can use to climb out of a bath.
The bones of all flying birds are hollow, and weigh two to three times less than their feathers.
Ancient Romans ate flamingo tongues and considered them a delicacy.
To support their high energy, hummingbirds consume about 75 percent of their body weight in nectar a day. If humans had this metabolsim, we would have to eat roughly 20,000 calories daily- that’s 50 pounds of sugar or 300 pounds of hamburger- just to maintain our weight.
The Albatross has a wing span of up to 14 feet and only needs to land once every couple of years to breed. They can travel hundreds of thousands of miles each flight
In the Netherlands, in 1634, a collector paid 1,000 pounds of cheese, four oxen, eight pigs, 12 sheep, a bed, and a suit of clothes for a single bulb of the Viceroy tulip
Ants communicate entirely by smell.
A notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows.
Two chemicals called actin and myosin evolved eons ago to allow the muscles in insect wings to contract and relax. Today, the same two proteins are responsible for the beating of the human heart.
The California redwood – coast redwood and giant sequoia – are the tallest and largest living organism in the world.
One bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of pop.
No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black, and so far, none has been developed artificially.