Part of growing up is learning new things and sharing them with people we know. Everyday, knowingly or unknowingly, we come across an array of facts and tidbits that improve our knowledge. If you’re especially looking for some interesting facts to impress all of your friends, then look no further. Here, we have gathered some interesting random facts that will teach you a wide variety of things that you can later tell your besties.
1. When you fall in love, you lose two close friends.
Research shows that falling in love comes with a price of losing best friends. According to researchers, romantic partners absorb time that would otherwise be utilized to strengthen platonic relationships. The 2010 study led by Robin Dunbar, head of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University, showed that men and women were equally likely to lose their closest friends when they started a new relationship.
“If you don’t see people, your emotional engagement with them drops off and does so quickly. What I suspect is that your attention is so wholly focused on the romantic partner you don’t get to see the other folks you had a lot to do with before, and so some of those relationships start to deteriorate”, Dunbar said. (source)
2. The Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads; its buildings are connected entirely by canals and footbridges.
If you’ve ever dreamt of living a simple and quiet life, then you should consider retiring in the Dutch village of Giethoorn. The idyllic village has no roads and visitors, as well as locals, use a system of beautiful canals to travel. Apart from the scenic canals, arched foot bridges are also installed throughout the village, which allows visitors to enjoy the scenery. Today, the village is a popular tourist attraction and is nicknamed the Venice of the Netherlands. The village is a peaceful place, untouched by noise pollution. (source)
3. The cells within a human body are myriad, multi-functioned and completely distinct from one another. Each cell is replaced at a different rate, which means that you’re literally not the same person you were 10 years ago.
Most of the body’s tissues are under constant renewal. Each individual cell has a finite life span, and when they ward off, they are replaced with new cells. According to The New York Public Library’s Science Desk Reference, “There are between 50 and 75 trillion cells in the body…. Each type of cell has its own life span”. For instance, red blood cells live for about four months, while white blood cells live on average more than a year. Skin cells live about two or three weeks while colon cells have a lifespan of about four days. Brain cells typically last an entire lifetime. This literally means that you’re not the same person you were 10 years ago. (source)
4. Ice cream makes your body warmer because of its fat content.
During extreme summer months, we have a heightened cravings for ice cream. While we perceive cold foods to help us reduce the body temperature, ice cream actually makes our body warmer. “Foods that contain more fat, protein, and carbohydrates often heat the body up a little bit while digesting food”, says Barry Swanson, a professor and food scientist at Washington State University. “Cold foods are perceived as cooling down the body, and often they do, but spicy foods do the same. Spicy foods and cool foods just work in different ways and do different things,” says Swanson. (source)
5. Doritos make an excellent fire starting material.
When you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere with limited supplies, in order to stay warm, you can use Doritos to kick-start a fire. Although you need a match to initially start the fire, the chip will help you retain the fire until pieces of wood are ignited. According to survivalists, any chip will do since they are basically pure hydrocarbons soaked in fat. (source)
6. The largest snowflake ever recorded reportedly measured 15 inches across.
In 1887, Matt Coleman, of Fort Keogh, Montana, managed to climb into the world record book when he discovered a snowflake that reportedly measured 15 inches across. According to USA Today, the snowflake was larger than “milk pans”, a common item around the 1800’s home. Meteorologists say that the snowflake was probably made up of many smaller crystals of snow clinging together in one big mass. While Guinness World Records did not officially measure the snowflake to verify it, they took the rancher’s word for it. (source)
7. The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days.
In 2013, Amy and Katie managed to grab the world record for the “longest interval between the birth of twins”. The twins were incredibly born 87 days apart. Maria first gave birth to Amy and three months later, Katie arrived. The previous record was held by Peggy Lynn of Pennsylvania, with a gap of 84 days between births. Doctors have told Maria and husband Chris they have achieved the medical equivalent of winning the lottery, with both girls surviving and healthy. (source)
8. Rain contains vitamin B12.
According to Giselle Brand, Clinical Dietitian at The University of Sydney, “As rainwater falls through the air and washes down roof tops, microorganisms can get caught up inside it. And these organisms can produce Vitamin B12 as a metabolic byproduct”. According to Bruce C. Parker of the Department of Botany, University of Washington, St. Louis, Missouri, one of the sources of rainwater that contains the highest concentrations of Vitamin B12 is soil runoff. Vitamin B12 is crucial to the normal function of the brain and the nervous system. It is also involved in the formation of red blood cells and helps to create and regulate DNA. (source)
9. The Vehicle Assembly building at NASA has an interior volume so vast that it has its own weather, including “rain clouds forming below the ceiling on very humid days.
Believe it or not, the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is the world’s fourth largest building by volume. Built in 1966, it holds the record of the largest one-story building in the world. Standing 160 meters (525 feet) tall, 218 meters (716 feet) long, and 158 meters (518 feet) wide, the VAB is about 3.75 times that of the Empire State Building. In fact, it is so gigantic that it has its own weather system. During humid days, rain clouds can be seen forming just beneath the ceiling. In order to control the clouds from forming, 10,000 tons of air conditioning equipment is required to keep the moisture levels optimum. (source)
10. There’s a light bulb in Livermore, California that has been burning for almost 120 years.
The Centennial Light is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb that has been burning since June of 1901. Located inside Fire Station #6 at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, the bulb has been officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and General Electric as the world’s longest-burning light bulb. Although human intervention has caused it to turn off multiple times, the bulb has never ‘burned out’ or ceased function. (source)
11. Wolves literally changed the rivers in Yellowstone National Park.
During the late 1900’s, Yellowstone National Park was plagued by deforestation, erosion and an unbalanced ecosystem. Everything changed once wolves were introduced to the park in 1995. As the deer and elk populations increased at a rapid pace, it was taking a toll on the park’s forests as well as the ecosystem. Wolves were taken away from their habitat during the 20th century to increase the number of deer and other wildlife. This however, proved to be a huge problem since the numbers multiplied at an extremely fast rate. Once the wolves were reintroduced, the animals changed their grazing patterns and avoided areas like valleys and gorges where they could be easily hunted. As as result, those places started to regenerate, and species such as birds, beavers, mice and bears returned. (source)
12. A dentist invented cotton candy back in 1897.
Dentist William J. Morrison, with the help of confectioner John C. Wharton, invented the machine that would melt crystallized sugar. The duo designed and patented the machine that contained a central spinning head filled with sugar crystals. The machine spun an astounding 3,400 revolutions per minute and with the help of centrifugal force, the machine forced the liquid sugar through the tiny holes; crystallizing them immediately. Originally, it was called the fairy floss and was first introduced at the 1904 St. Louis Fair. The invention was a huge success which is enjoyed by millions around the world. (source)