50 Interesting and Incredible Random Facts

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Here is a list of some amazing random facts about anything and everything to tickle your brain. Did You Know? How Hershey’s Kisses got its name? Why soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to get any tattoos? How much treasure is sitting at the bottom of the world’s oceans? and many more such incredible random facts.

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random facts about anything and everything

Fact #1 Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world.

Fact #2 A russian woman Mrs Vassilyev in the 1700s gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets in just 40 years with the same man.

Fact #3 The Japanese who survived the Titanic crash was called a coward in his country for not dying with the other passengers.

Fact #4 Jeff Goldblum was offered to be the voice of Siri by Steve Jobs himself.

Fact #5 Nearly 1/3rd of the world’s billionaires didn’t graduate college.

Fact #6 The Apollo 11 had about 15 seconds of fuel left when it landed.

Apollo 11

Fact #7 Kit Kat is produced worldwide by Nestlé, except in the U.S. where their competitor, Hershey makes them

Fact #8 When Steve Jobs was at his deathbed, he asked for five different oxygen masks so that he could choose the one with the best design.

Fact #9 Humans are born with only two innate fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud sounds. Every other fear is learned.

Fact #10 Stalin’s first son shot himself because of his father’s harshness toward him, but survived. Stalin said, “He can’t even shoot straight.”

Fact #11 Blockbuster had the chance to buy Netflix for US$50 million in 2000 but turned it down to go into business with Enron.

Fact #12 Hershey’s Kisses got their name from the kissing sound the machine that deposits the chocolate on the conveyor belt makes.

Hershey’s Kisses

Fact #13 A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.

Fact #14 Three of the four members of Metallica divorced their wives during the recording of The Black Album due to its troubled production.

Fact #15 The fresh, salty smell of beach air is actually the smell of rotting seaweed.

Fact #16 Uranus was the first planet discovered with a telescope.

Fact #17 In 1961, a little girl wrote a letter to JFK asking if Santa Claus was OK during the Soviet’s nuclear testing at the North Pole. Kennedy wrote back to her saying that he spoke with Santa and that he’s okay.

Fact #18 The wars between Romans and Persians lasted about 721 years, the longest conflict in human history.

 longest conflict in human history between Romans and Persians

Fact #19 Vietnamese don’t call it the “Vietnam War,” they call it the “Resistance War Against America.”

Fact #20 Dubai man Mohammad Basheer bought a lottery ticket before boarding an Emirates flight that crashed. He escaped the crash and won the lottery.

Fact #21 The original tapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing were erased and re-used by mistake.

Fact #22 If a tree were planted for each Coca-Cola sold, we could reforest the Earth in three years.

Fact #23 Dr. Seuss cheated on his wife while she had cancer. After finding out about the affair, she killed herself and Dr. Seuss married his mistress.

Fact #24 Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State, because one of them couldn’t get into medical school and the other couldn’t sell enough pottery.

Ben & Jerry ice  cream random  facts

Fact #25 President Richard Nixon pardoned a lieutenant, who gathered 70-80 Vietnamese civilians into a ditch and murdered them during the My Lai massacre, from his sentence of house arrest.

Fact #26 Before the Columbian Exchange, there were no oranges in Florida, no bananas in Ecuador, no potatoes in Ireland, no coffee in Colombia, no pineapples in Hawaii, no rubber trees in Africa, no tomatoes in Italy, and no chocolate in Switzerland.

Fact #27 An unborn baby can taste what its mother is eating and develop a preference for the foods that she eats.

Fact #28 A misomaniac is a person who hates everything and everyone.

Fact #29 Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to get any tattoos on his body just so he can continue on donating blood.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo donating blood

Fact #30 Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump and The Shawshank Redemption were all in theaters at the same time in October of 1994.

Fact #31 There is an estimated $60 billion in sunken treasure sitting at the bottom of the world’s oceans.

Fact #32 People who get goosebumps from music have more fibers connecting their auditory cortex to the areas responsible for emotional processing.

Fact #33 Baby elephants suck on their trunks the same way human babies suck on their thumbs.

Baby elephants suck on their trunks

Fact #34 “Stranger Things” was rejected 15 to 20 times by different networks before Netflix picked it up.

Fact #35 Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Steve Wozniak have all signed an open letter for a ban on Artificially Intelligent weapons.

Fact #36 When the Declaration of Independence was being drafted, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the word “sacred” be replaced with “self-evident” because he believed that the nation should be founded on reason, not faith.

Fact #37Alligators don’t get serious infections from cuts and bruises even while living in bacteria infested swamps. Their blood is effective against 23 types of bacteria, and fungi and viruses including HIV.

Fact #38 Albert Einstein famously said that “if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live.”

Fact #39 Mike Tyson became a boxer because a bully killed his pigeon.

Fact #40 Edison electrocuted an elephant in 1903 to prove Tesla’s AC current was dangerous.

Fact #41 Only two countries in the world are not allowed to sell Coca-Cola officially: North Korea and Cuba.

Fact #42 Women in ancient Rome wore the sweat of Gladiators to improve their beauty and complexion.

Fact #43 When Louis Pasteur was working on the rabies vaccine, if he or his assistants got infected, they were to be shot in the head.

Fact #44 Mahatma Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace Prize, despite being nominated five times.

Mahatma Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace Prize

Fact #45 Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Mussolini and Hitler, all suffered from ailurophobia, the fear of cats.

Fact #46 Nelson Mandela was not removed from the U.S. terror watchlist until 2008

Fact #47 You can remember the value of Pi (3.1415926) by counting the letters of each word in the phrase “May I have a large container of coffee?”

Fact #48 Disney was sued by a biologist for defaming the character of hyenas in The Lion King.

Fact #49 When Julius Caesar died, he left today’s equivalent of about $270 to each Roman citizen.

Fact #50 ‘Hypersomnia’ is a condition where a person can sleep for 12 to 15 hours but still wake up feeling tired.

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