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What is a nugget of useless information that you can share?

Asked by ucme (50034points) August 5th, 2010

Yeah something that’s not going to enlighten me or have any lasting impact but is nevertheless an interesting little fact that you know of.Here’s mine, the testicles of an octopus are located in it’s head. Your turn.

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I think sperm travels at 27 or 35 mph. I refuse to go look up which it is.

JilltheTooth's avatar

A hippopotamus sweats red sweat. (Courtesy of The First Book of Surprising Facts. I was, indeed, surprised. I was also 6.

CMaz's avatar

The universe sucks.

ApolloX64's avatar

Mirrors are more fun than televisions.

Facade's avatar

Most lotions available at popular stores actually cause a recurring cycle of dry, uncomfortable skin, which in turn makes people buy more lotion. Most greedy people are also smart.

loser's avatar

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born January 27th, 1756 and died December 7, 1791.
(Seriously, I have no idea why I know that. It doesn’t compare to the octopus testicles, though!)

VohuManah's avatar

The state fish of Hawaii is the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

Austinlad's avatar

$1 bills collected at a food concession stand at a high school sporting event and a check-out lane at a grocery store near Dayton, Ohio were tested for bacterial contamination. They the majority of the 68 dollar bills they studied were contaminated with the types of bacteria that can cause infection. Five bills were contaminated with types of bacteria that commonly cause infections in healthy people, and 59 were contaminated with types of bacteria that can cause significant infections in hospitalized patients and those with depressed immune systems.

Moral: Don’t touch paper money and especially don’t use it as a hanky.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Austinlad Which is why, whenever you go to a casino, always ask for casino gloves or buy spa gloves before you go

Austinlad's avatar

@YARNLADY, the last time I was in a casino, money was worth a lot more than it is now. And I lost my shirt. You won’t catch me going there again.

gravity's avatar

90% of bill money in the U.S. contains traces of cocaine on it. mm hmmmm

mrentropy's avatar

Gladiators in ancient Rome did product endorsements.

Austinlad's avatar

Nose hair is one of the body’s first lines of defense against harmful environmental pathogens such as germs, fungus and spores. When you inhale unfiltered air through your nose, you are also inhaling a variety of solid particles. The thicket of nose hair contained in each nostril helps trap the larger particles in a sticky layer of mucus, which is why hygienists discourage people from completely eliminating their nose hair while grooming.

I know some guys who must be incredibly healthy.

superneil21's avatar

rats can go longer without water than camels

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

“Eat your salad. It will make your hair curly.” – Dad

Apparently, it takes 45 years, but it did eventually pay off.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Cedar Waxwings lay 4–6 eggs,pale blue with brown markings.Yes!That’s right!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Graham Chapman, along with being utterly hilarious, was also a qualified medical doctor. He used his training on the set of Monty Python’s Life of Brian as the crew medic when he wasn’t on camera.

gravity's avatar

Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister. It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood won’t you be mine? will you be mine? won’t you be my neighbor?!? speedy delivery

ducky_dnl's avatar

The names of the six gummy bears are Gruffi, Cubbi, Tummi, Zummi, Sunni, and Grammi.

There are 119 grooves on the edge of a quarter. I counted! :)

The maximum speed of a Boeing 747–300 jetliner is 583 mph.

According to Aristotle the liver was the part of the body that served as the seat of the emotions.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

hangs head in shame
So I looked it up – it’s 28 mph for male ejaculation.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Huh. So banging Superman’s is most definitely out of the question for a human.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@aprilsimnel Huh, that’s fascinating.

aprilsimnel's avatar

The things people study are far reaching, is all I can say.

perspicacious's avatar

Regular electric wire works as well as speaker wires.

ApolloX64's avatar

On that note, 10 ft of 16ga speaker wire can hold a 50lb backpack suspended from a tree branch while camping.

ucme's avatar

Cheers peeps, fascinating stuff. Utterly useless but fascinating nonetheless. @loser Rock me Amadeus!!

OpryLeigh's avatar

Why can’t I think of something? I must have learnt something from all my years watching QI!

ucme's avatar

@Leanne1986 Something will come to you, inevitable.

mollydrew's avatar

The Bank of Vernal, in Vernal, Utah (where else?) is the only bank in the world that was built from bricks sent through the mail. Way back in 1919 the builders realized that it was cheaper to send the bricks through the United States Postal System (seven bricks to a package) than to have them shipped commercially from Salt Lake City.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Ooooh. I like that one, mollydrew!

Berserker's avatar

In Pet Semetary, sixteen different cats were used for the role of Winston Churchill, aka Church, the Creed’s family cat.

Also, Zelda was actually a dude, since apparently, they couldn’t find a woman thin enough for the role.

CMaz's avatar

-40 Degrees Celsius and -40 Degrees Fahrenheit are the same temperature.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@aprilsimnel : Just noticed your Niven reference, I often cite that when in conversations with geek buddies. Always a crowd pleaser!

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