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What is the weirdest, random fact you know?

Asked by KateTheGreat (13635points) October 18th, 2011

I’m all about expanding my knowledge. One of my favorite things to do is obtain really odd facts.

So go ahead and share!

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smilingheart1's avatar

The US. national debt has climbed to $14.3 trillion. In $1,000 bills, it would now be more than 900 miles tall. In $1 bills, the pile would reach to the moon and back twice.

Coloma's avatar

Every time we urinate a small amount of urine is excreted in our mouth through our salivary glands. Mmmm ;-D

Coloma's avatar

Geese poop on average, every 8 minutes. :-P

Neizvestnaya's avatar

If you boil a pack’s worth of cigarettes, strain the liquid, cool it slightly and then pour it in a human ear, it make any larvae there wriggle to get out.

Dr_C shared this in chat one early morning, pictures too.

Male's avatar

If we line up all the plastic grocery bags used in the US each year…it can build a string of bags long enough to go to the moon and back…9 times.

At least that’s what I’ve heard.

Coloma's avatar


Larvae? WTH..what kind of larvae live in ears? Shiver, shudder!!

Allie's avatar

One I heard yesterday: Red-footed snap tortoises are the only animal not susceptible to contagious yawning.

mazingerz88's avatar

That @KateTheGreat is the sexiest Christine Daae there is. : )

Neizvestnaya's avatar

@Coloma: I can’t remember the type but Dr_C said he was learning a lot about rural medicine when he was in a rural and impoverished part of Mexico.

rebbel's avatar

If we want to go to the moon one more time again, we only have to collect 1/18th of all the plastic bags in America. ~

gravity's avatar

When you flush the toilet, germs from inside fly up 3 feet into the air. This is why I don’t use towels hanging over the toilet.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Coloma In impoverished nations, flies sometime lay their larvae in human ears
in other words….maggots <retch>

Coloma's avatar


Nice. :-( Well…I WAS kinda hungry…go diet! lol

TheIntern55's avatar

3 world leaders have died having sex: French president Felix Faurare, Attilla the Hun, and, wait for it…. POPE LEO THE 8TH! That last one is especially disturbing.

HungryGuy's avatar

[NSFW] Human solid waste contains about 25% undigested nutrients.

Joker94's avatar

I was told recently that Monday is apparently the most common day for suicide.

It can take up to nine months to produce one episode of a hand-drawn cartoon.

As soon as I remember more, you can rest assured I will be back…

Male's avatar

Apparently there are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the planet (over 6 billion).

TheIntern55's avatar

@Male Yep, that’s my rural town. Nothing but bugs. Yuck.

Coloma's avatar

A cats ear has 32 muscles.


I beleive it!
I live on 5 acres in the foothills and I KNOW I am outnumbered by everything. I am swamped with frogs, lizards, all kinds of bugs.
I found a snake in my living room the other night! :-/

HungryGuy's avatar

@Male – Oh I don’t know about that. If you count cockroaches, rural land can’t hold a candle to the number of insects in a square mile of city land :-p

Fly's avatar

A narwhal’s horn is actually a large tooth that protrudes from the left side of it’s mouth. Narwhals are nearly blind, so they use the tooth, which has many sensitive nerve endings in it, to “see.”

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Hippopotamus milk is pink. Or, so I’ve heard.

filmfann's avatar

Let’s say we elect all the right people to congress and the senate. I know, it’s a stretch.
Every single one of them works hard, and each one finds $1,000,000 to cut from federal spending each day. That means with 535 different congressmen and senators, every day we save an additional $535,000,000. What a great congress, yes? And they keep doing this every day for a year!
At the end of the year, we have saved $195,275,000,000.
That isn’t enough to pay the interest on what we owe.

blueberry_kid's avatar

Dogs have cleaner tounges than people. Makes you want to make out with a dog.

mazingerz88's avatar

@blueberry_kid Hmm, maybe not so much with these dogs. : )

Coloma's avatar

Creepy dog tongues. I second the “Ewwww.”

AmWiser's avatar

The banana tree is not a tree, it is actually the world’s largest herb.

ETpro's avatar

That in all sorts of dynamical systems which are pushed away from thermodynamic equilibrium, if strange atractors cause a pattern to emerge, as in fractals, or the chemical clock of the BZ reaction, the probabilistic position of an electron cloud, or even the pupal development of fruit flies under controlled lighting in a laboratory; there will emerge a singularity where the chaos ceases near the center of the pattern.

It’s just disturbing what they did to that poor Chambered Nautilus to produce the Fractals film

AshLeigh's avatar

23% of photocopier faults are caused by people sitting on them and copying their butts. Haha.


In general, East Asians are born with less apocrine (sweat glands) than other races. They tend to sweat less, and therefore have less body odor.


Every cell we have in our bodies will be completely replaced in 9 months, so in effect, we are a totally different person, physically, every 9 months.

Coloma's avatar


Yeah, well, I wish my fat cells never replaced themselves. Haha

ETpro's avatar

@MRSHINYSHOES Not true. Your brain cells, heart muscle cells, and cells in the crystaline stricture of the lens of the eye stay with you. They can repair themselves, and can add new ones while we grow, but the ones you had in the womb, baring trauma injury or disease, are still with you.

One more strange fact I know. :-)

Coloma's avatar

My heart will go long before my brain cells I’m sure. haha


@ETpro You may be right, but I should make a correction….all the cells in our bodies are not the same ones after 6 or 7 years. True, some cells never get replaced——the ones you mentioned, but they are the same cells and die off, so in effect, in 6 or 7 years all the cells in our bodies are not the same ones as before. :P

Sunny2's avatar

Some herbal plants are identified by having square edged stems rather than round. Mint is one such.

mazingerz88's avatar

@MRSHINYSHOES With regards to your every 9 month cell transformation, you mean older?

deni's avatar

Komodo dragons fucking dig up shallow graves to eat bodies that have recently been buried. HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

augustlan's avatar

Redheads require more anesthesia. I learned that here, though… does that count?

Keep_on_running's avatar

It’s not very weird, but something I learned yesterday whilst listening to the radio is that there is one litre of water per square metre in 1mm of rain.

Coloma's avatar

Blondes have the more hair than brunettes.

syzygy2600's avatar

Centipede was the first video game programmed by a woman.

Gorf was the first video game programmed by a trans person.

In the United States between 1882 and 1968 there were over 4,000 lynchings in the United States. In Canada during the same 86 year time period, there was 1.

mazingerz88's avatar

In the movie Mission Impossible 3, that scene where a bad guy injected a tiny bomb up Tom Cruise’s nose, well, on the screen the hand that injected wasn’t the bad guy’s, it’s Tom’s right hand, the angle of the shot made to look like its the bad guy’s.

The director JJ Abram’s used that as a solution after Tom complained that the actor playing the villain was hurting his nose.

OpryLeigh's avatar

The sea cucumber throws up it’s own intestines when it feels threatened by prey, the prey will then usually eat the guts and leave the cucumber. It grows a new one back within three days (in the meantime it lies low as it doesn’t have anything to offer prey that may be lurking).

Keep_on_running's avatar

@Leanne1986 Wow, how did evolution come up with that one?

OpryLeigh's avatar

@Keep_on_running Dunno but it has been my favourite random fact or the past 5 years!!

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