55 Facts That Will Make You Say "I Had No Idea"

55 Facts That Will Make You Say “I Had No Idea”

There are a few things that can spice up our day. One such thing includes gaining bits of knowledge that makes you question things. In other words, facts that make you say, “Wow!” or “I Had No Idea”. Today, we have gathered some random, yet, interesting facts that we found from the internet, for your learning pleasure.

1. If you were to fold a piece of paper 42 times, it would be thick enough to reach the moon.

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Image: Pexels

If you have tried to fold a piece of paper like me, you would know that it is pretty much impossible to fold it more than about 8 times. Though, Myth Busters once folded a giant sheet the size of a football field 10 times. The formula to figure out how many of something you’ll have after doubling it N number of times is as follows: o * 2^(n); where o is the original number. A standard sheet of paper is about 0.1 mm so 42 folds would give us:

0.1 * 2^(42) = 439,804,651,110 mm

Which is 440 billion millimeters, or 439,804 kilometers. The moon on average is 384,400 kilometers from Earth, so the it is theoretically possible.

2. France has more time zones than the U.S. or Russia.

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Image: Fabrizio Verrecchia

With a total area of 6.602 million mi², Russia is the largest country in the world. The United States has an area of 3.797 million mi² and France has 248,573 mi². While France might not be as big as the rest of them, it still has more timezones, compared to others. This is because France has islands scattered all over the globe. Its territories fall into 12 distinct time zones, compared to Russia’s 11 and America’s 6.

3. Fire doesn’t have a shadow.

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Image: Pixabay

Basically, a shadow is created when light is blocked. Since light does not destructively interfere, light from the surroundings simply pass though the flame, unaltered.

4. The longest hiccups lasted for approximately 68 years.

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Image: Pixabay

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups non-stop from 1922 to June 5th, 1990.

5. You can feel when someone is looking at you.

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Image: Jordan Whitfield

It’s called “gaze detection”, and it’s your brain’s ability to sense when someone is staring at you. According to researchers, when someone is gazing at you, certain brain cells are activated, which gives you that weird feeling.

6. Every two minutes we take more pictures than all of humanity took in the 19th century.

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Image: Christian Wiediger

7. There is more processing power in a TI-83 calculator than the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.

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Image: NASA

8. When you speak inside your mind, your throat says each word.

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Image: Jon Ly

9. Every odd number has an “e” in it.

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Image: Nadine Shaabana

10. The year 1816 is known as the “Year Without a Summer”.

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Image: Pawel Wiśniewski

11. You’d need more than 700 floppy disks to equal one gigabyte of storage.

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Image: Vincent Botta

12. Nobody born after 1935 has walked on the moon.

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Image: NASA

13. Scotland has more than 400 words and expressions for snow.

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Image: Alberto Restifo

14. If 23 people are in the same room, there’s a 50/50 chance that at least two people will have the same birthday. In a room of 75, there’s a 99.9% chance.

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Image: Priscilla Du Preez

15. Like humans, cows have regional accents.

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Image: James Hammond

16. Nobody knows who named our planet “Earth”.

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Image: Pixabay

17. Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach everyday for over 27 years.

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Image: Pixabay

18. Blue whales can eat half a million calories in a single mouthful.

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Image: Pixabay

19. Pirates wore eye patches to give them better below-deck vision.

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Image: Pixabay

20. There are more public libraries than there are McDonald’s in the U.S.

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Image: Amandine Lerbscher

21. Your mouth produces about 1 liter of saliva every day.

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Image: febri sym

22. Lemons float in water and limes sink.

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Image: Matt Nelson

23. A strawberry is not a berry, whereas an avocado is.

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Image: Irene/Louis

24. The state of Wyoming has only two escalators and they are both located in banks in the city of Casper.

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Image: Pixabay

25. The # is not actually called a hashtag. The technical term for a hashtag is “octothorp”.

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Image: Pixabay

26. There is an estimated 10 million tons of diamonds in Jupiter and Saturn.

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Image: Pixabay

27. We went to the moon before we thought to put wheels on luggage.

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Image: Mantas

28. Clouds turn grey because they get thicker.

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Image: Anandu Vinod

29. Placing a ripe banana next to fruits will ripen them.

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Image: Giorgio Trovato

30. Cleopatra lived closer to the building of Pizza Hut and the invention of the iPhone than the building of the pyramids.

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Image: Gilles Lambert

31. Real diamonds don’t show up on an x-ray machine.

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Image: Andy Holmes

32. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh is Lettuce.

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Image: Jef Wright

33. Pieces of the same metal become permanently stuck together if they touch in space.

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Image: Pixabay

34. Barcode readers read the white parts, not the black.

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Image: Pixabay

35. Chocolate is scientifically proven to make you happy.

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Image: Tetiana Bykovets

36. There is a basketball court on the top floor of the Supreme Court Building dubbed the ‘Highest Court in the Land’.

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Image: Pixabay

37. Human teeth are just as strong as shark teeth.

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Image: Gerald Schömbs

38. Apples are more effective at perking you up than coffee.

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Image: Priscilla Du Preez

39. Alaska is the only state that can be typed out with one row on your keyboard.

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Image: Joris Beugels

40. A bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 100,000 slices of bread.

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Image: Lucien Kolly

41. At a rate of 8 to 10 beats per minute, the blue whale’s heartbeat can be heard from over 2 miles away.

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Image: Joshua Sukoff

42. Spices and herbs are different. Spices come from every part of a plant aside from the leaf, whereas herbs are the leaf itself.

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Image: Andra Ion

43. Space smells like seared steak.

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Image: NASA

44. Water makes different pouring sounds depending on its temperature. You can actually tell the difference between hot and cold water being poured.

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Image: Kobu Agency

45. Chinese police use geese squads because they are extremely vigilant and have excellent hearing.

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Image: Christopher Rodgers

46. Sharks can live for five centuries.

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Image: Thomas Borb

47. The human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times in the average lifetime.

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Image: Debby Hudson

48. There is enough gold at the core of the earth to cover the surface of the planet to knee depth.

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Image: Kelvinsong

49. There are more fake flamingos in the world than real ones.

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Image: Santiago Lacarta

50. The fax machine was invented before the telephone.

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Image: Mike Meyers

51. You are one centimeter taller than usual when you wake up in the morning.

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Image: Kinga Cichewicz

52. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a phone call.

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Image: Daria Nepriakhina

53. There are more atoms in a drop of water than there are drops of water in all of the worlds oceans.

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Image: Terry Vlisidis

54. Judge Judy makes $47 million dollars a year.

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Image: Bill Oxford

55. It takes anywhere from one to two weeks to make a jellybean.

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Image: Patrick Fore

Despite its high production, the process is extremely lengthy. Think of that when you throw away a flavor you don’t like.

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