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OpryLeigh's avatar

What is your favourite random, mostly useless, fact?

Asked by OpryLeigh (25251points) July 29th, 2009

You know, the one that you always remember but will probably never come in useful apart from in those “did you know…..?” moments.

My one is: Did you know…..the sea cucumber vomits up it’s own intestines to deter pray. It grows a new one back within a week! For all you Brits, I believe I learnt that from Stephen Fry on QI!!!

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reactor5's avatar

Honey, apparently, does not rot. And gold does not rust.

The more you know.

mea05key's avatar

Goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds.

1 out of six people in the world is a chinese.

You can make an atom bomb with fart.

gggritso's avatar

“Those plastic things on the ends of your shoelaces are called aglets” is a classic example.

BhacSsylan's avatar

Near thermal vents, especially lower ones, the pressures and temperatures get so high that water actually goes super-critical (weird state between liquid and gas). The cool thing here is that in super-critical water, many chemical reactions that keep us and most other life on earth alive actually run backwards. They are life forms down there that work on entirely different principles from most other life on earth.

So, yeah, really geeky, but i find this stuff amazing.

gailcalled's avatar

It’s stands for it is and not its.

Philtrum is the indention below nose and above upper lip.

Ivan's avatar

@mea05key

“Goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds.”

That’s actually an urban legend.

OpryLeigh's avatar

@gailcalled that was actually a typo rather than a lack of knowledge where basic grammar is concerned. Must. Pay. More. Attention. When. Typing.

Lightlyseared's avatar

That just because someone is employed as a manager in the NHS does not mean they have the slightest clue how to manage.

Chongalicious's avatar

Did you know pigs have 30 minute orgasms?

dee1313's avatar

Ice cream has seaweed extract in it to keep it from crystallizing due to varying temperatures in your freezer (because it turns on and shuts off like an air conditioner to maintain something close to the chosen temperature).

By crystallizing I mean getting that weird texture when you leave it out, it melts, and you put it back in but it just isn’t the same.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Cum shoots out at 32 mph

Sarcasm's avatar

You can tell the origin of a dragon by how many toes it has.

dalepetrie's avatar

57% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

tullbejm's avatar

The silkworm moth has lost the ability of flight due to domestication.
Chained dogs are 3 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs.
Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blondes to brunettes.

efritz's avatar

If your head becomes separated from your body, it retains consciousness for about 15 seconds.

Ansible1's avatar

It takes 6 penguins to take down a polar bear

Chongalicious's avatar

@Ansible1 really? they can take down that big, bad bear??

Mrgelastic's avatar

The dot above the letter i and j is called a “tittle”

El_Cadejo's avatar

Dont know if its true or not, but according to my can of shaving cream’s fun fact that i just read, “Julius Caesar reportedly had his facial hair individually plucked every day.”

@mea05key Only three seconds huh?

Ansible1's avatar

@Chongalicious never underestimate the power of the penguin!

Chongalicious's avatar

@Ansible1… is there a video of this somewhre?? I’ve just got to see the little guys in action =P

AtSeDaEsEpPoAoSnA's avatar

This is not useless… But if you are out in the wilderness, cut a limb off of a good size tree the put a bag around the end of the limb. Hang it upside down from another tree, and it gradually collects fresh water from the limb after humidity builds inside of the bag. Do this to multiple branchs, and you will have a couple of liters of fresh, tasty water…..I couldn’t think of any useless info, sorry.

Point5r's avatar

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

ShanEnri's avatar

A pig’s orgasm can last up to an hour or some such. It’s so useless I forgot the fact!

Point5r's avatar

@ShanEnri yeah I’ve heard that or something similar too, whatever the exact time is, it’s a hell of a long time.

Mrgelastic's avatar

Abe Lincoln is an ancestor of tom hanks

Tink's avatar

Dragonflies have 6 legs but cannot walk.

Ivan's avatar

@Tink1113

Wiki confirms this. Interesting.

Tink's avatar

@Ivan You doubted me? :(

Ivan's avatar

Question Everything

Tink's avatar

Interesting

Blondesjon's avatar

Wikipedia is actually a massive Internet hoax that has gotten way out of hand.

kenmc's avatar

The lead singer of Kajagoogoo was named LaBonne[sic].

Napoleon and @Ivan were roughly the same height. coincidence?

Ivan's avatar

I also aspire to control Europe.

kenmc's avatar

@Ivan So you admit it!

Blondesjon's avatar

@Ivan . . .Your mother’s Europe.

Ivan's avatar

I Europe’d your mom.

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Ivan's avatar

What better you eat you with.

filmfann's avatar

In the Beatles song “Girl”, the background singers are singing “Tit tit tit tit tit tit tit”

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filmfann's avatar

Gentlemen! I have a fire-extinguisher, and I am not afraid to use it!

rhodes54's avatar

it’s further from Houston to El Paso than it is from El Paso to L.A.

Parrothead's avatar

Panda bears aren’t really bears.

filmfann's avatar

Toilet bowls aren’t really bowls.

markyy's avatar

I think the blue whale does the same~

Xilas's avatar

⅔ of all people who leave their gas caps at the gas station are those who die in car wrecks.

spurious correlation and i just made it up

filmfann's avatar

There are 3 kinds of people in the world.
Those that can count, and those that can’t.

gailcalled's avatar

People who are early are anxious:
People who are on time are compulsive:
People who are late are hostile.

Xilas's avatar

@gailcalled what about people who show up early just so they can wait around to be late?

gailcalled's avatar

Passive-aggressive.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

There are over 61,000 pizzerias in the U.S.
Hawaii is the only state with one school district.
Giraffes can lick their own eyes.
A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 MPH.
Frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open.
A crocodile cannot move its tongue.
There are more telephones than people in Washington D.C.
Elephants only sleep two hours a day

meiosis's avatar

Facetious is the only word in English in which all five vowels appear once only and in the correct order.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

The tongue is the fastest healing part of the human body.
There are 1 million ants for every human in the world.
On average, a human being will spend up to two week kissing in his/her lifetime.
The State of Florida is bigger than England.
Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning.
It’s against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland.
Thomas Edison, light bulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.
During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food. That’s the weight of about 6 elephants.
Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food.
Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old.
In space, astronauts cannot cry, because there is no gravity, so the tears can’t flow.
About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30.
More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

Strauss's avatar

There are more plastic flamingoes in the US than there are real ones!

Xilas's avatar

canola oil used to be called Rape Seed Oil, but they changed the name because no one would buy it.

I have a gaggle of facts like this stored in my brain…

El_Cadejo's avatar

yeaaa id like a bottle of your finest rape oil. Im looking to have a good night tonight.

sahID's avatar

Yellowjackets are sound sleepers, and when they wake up, they must stretch all six legs and each pair of wings individually before they can fly.

Strauss's avatar

@Xilas If you have a gaggle of facts, does that mean all your facts are geese? Not flying, that would be a skein.

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