The world is filled with mysteries. Since out childhood, we have been learning interesting things about out planet from National Geographic, Animal Planet and other channels. The knowledge we gained has helped us to better understand things, but as humans, our curiosity is always high. We want to gather as much knowledge as possible. This is a genetic trait that is wired within us to ensure our survival. Today, we have gathered some interesting random fun facts that will help you kill your boredom.
1. Lion tamers often use chairs or multiple objects while taming because the lions are only capable of focusing on one thing at any given moment.
Throughout history, we have seen many famous performers using multiple objects, or specifically, chairs, during performances. Although the “King of the jungle” is a huge behemoth of an animal, they are wired to focus on only one thing at a time. So, the entertainment industry has been using chairs to confuse the big cats for decades. When the prongs of the chair are moved toward the lion, it gets confused as to which leg to focus on. This shifts its attention from the trainer, making the animal harmless.
For the same reason, a whip or other forms of tools are used to distract the wild cat. Cats are single-minded, and thus multiple movements of objects causes it to lose its train of thought. (source)
2. In 1889, the Queen of Italy, Margherita Savoy, ordered the first pizza delivery.
When King Umberto I of Italy and Queen Margherita of Savoy were on business in Naples in 1889, the Queen was tired of the stuffy foods. So, Queen Margherita requested to have a meal that the local Italians would eat. Of course, renowned Napoli pizza chef Raffaele Esposito was summoned to make his best dishes.
Esposito and his wife went above and beyond to make three different pizzas for her majesty. Since the King and Queen would not dine at Esposito’s pizzeria, he himself hand delivered the pizzas to the couple. This is the first recorded pizza delivery in the world. Queen Margherita took one bite of Esposito’s famous basil, mozzarella, and tomato pizza and declared it to be one of the best dishes she had ever eaten.
Esposito was so flattened that he named his creation after her; the Margherita pizza. A few days after making the first pizza delivery in the world, Esposito received a letter from the royal’s household that read: “Most Esteemed Raffaele Esposito, I confirm to you that the three kinds of pizza you prepared for Her Majesty were found to be delicious.” (source)
3. Kit Kats are made of Kit Kats. The manufacturers leave no Kit Kat uneaten, so every reject is mashed into a paste that’s used to fill the wafers. Basically, you’re eating layers of Kit Kats within Kit Kats within Kit Kats.
KitKat’s are one of the most popular treats in the world. Time Magazine named it the most influential candy bar of all time in 2014. KitKats are most popular in Japan than any other country. Japanese people consider KitKats as good luck charms, particularly among students ahead of exams. It is so popular that there are more than 200 flavors available in Japan for the product.
We have all eaten the milk-chocolate candy bar at least once in our lifetime. Each candy bar is created with imperfections. In between the layers of wafer, there’s a different type of chocolate that is lighter in color with a softer and crumbling texture. That’s actually not chocolate but mashed up KitKat’s.
During production, quality assistants remove KitKat’s with too many air bubbles. Instead of throwing the imperfect candy bars, they are mashed and sent back to the production table. In this stage, the crushed KitKat’s are made into paste and used as fillings for the next batch of KitKat’s. Thus, no edible KitKat is left out or thrown away. (source)
4. McDonald’s is the largest toy distributor in the world.
It might come as a surprise that the largest restaurant chain in the world is also the largest distributor of toys in the world. USA Today reports that 20% of all sales at McDonald’s include a toy, with one being passed out with each Happy Meal the company sells. Every year, the fast food giant distributes more than 1.5 million toys. According to QSR magazine, which serves the “quick serve” (a.k.a. fast food) restaurant industry, the world’s largest toy distributor is McDonald’s. (source)
5. Baby elephants exhibit a similar behavior to human babies. They suckle their itty bitty trunks, just like human babies suck their thumbs.
Baby elephants do, in fact, suck their trunks just like baby humans suck their thumbs. Studies suggest that they do it for the same reason — comfort. Elephant calves are born with the same reflex as human babies and when they are not feeding, they suck their trunks just like a human baby might suck a pacifier.
Apart from that, it also helps them learn how to use and control this lengthy appendage. An elephant’s trunk is a complicated muscle system with more than 50,000 individual muscles. Studies suggest that by suckling on them, the calves are learning how to control and manipulate the muscles so they can fine-tune its use. (source)
6. Tiny wood frogs are capable of surviving winter by partially freezing their bodies.
Most animals hibernate during winter. Others, have thick coats of fur that protects them from the frigid winter weather. Then, there is a species of frog, the Rana sylvatica, or the wood frog, that can be found in Alaska and the Arctic Circle, who is capable of freezing just enough to stop its heart from beating. The animals allow themselves to freeze only 60%, literally stopping their heart and blood flow. When winter is over and at the right temperature, the frog was capable of thawing itself.
Scientists, after observing this unusual tactic, studied the species for a period of 16 years. Their studies show that the tiny frogs don’t just freeze and thaw at will, but instead prepare for it in a very systematic fashion. When the temperature starts dropping, the frogs convert the glycogen stored in their liver into glucose. They also have a higher amount of urea than those that live in the warmer regions. The glucose and the urea act as cryoprotectants – substances that lower the freezing temperature of the animal’s tissues and hence prevent their cells from losing water; allowing them to stay in a semi-frozen state. (source)
7. Pineapples take about 24 months to grow, even longer in colder climates.
In 1493, explorer Christopher Columbus found pineapples on Guadeloupe Island in the Caribbean. The fruit is also native to southern Brazil and Paraguay, contain bromelain, an enzyme that may help arthritis pain by easing inflammation. Pineapples are also a good source of vitamin C, which can boost your immune system. The tropical plant takes two years to produce fruit and even longer during colder weather.
As soon as the plant is big enough, they start producing flowers. Once it flowers, then it takes about 6-8 months for the fruit to mature. Pineapples are long term investments, which is why they come with a hefty price tag. (source)
8. Only 2% of human beings have green eyes, making it the rarest eye color.
Green is the rarest eye color in the world. However, in some countries, they are more common than other colors. For example, over 80% of Icelanders have either green or blue eyes. Green eyes have existed from the Bronze Age Era, which means that they have been around for thousands of years. The color is most commonly found in Europeans and during primitive times, it was believed that people with green eyes were evil.
In order for a person to have green eyes, they must have a yellow colored stroma; which appears green due to the Rayleigh scattering. This is the same principle that makes the sky appear blue. Those who have green eyes are born with grey or blue eyes and the color changes only after 6-8 months of being born. (source)
9. When leaf cutter ants’ teeth wear out, they switch their jobs and become carriers.
Leaf cutter ants have razor-like jaws or mandibles that help them cut through leaves and harvest them. Like all other things, the ants’ teeth wear out over time. When this happens, the ants allow their younger counterparts to cut the leaves, and the ones with the worn teeth become carriers.
The study was conducted and reported in the journal Behavior Ecology and Sociobiology by US-based scientists who discovered that older ants were significantly less efficient at cutting leaves. Since the survival of the colony depends on the speed that they can harvest leaves, the older members with worn-out teeth became carriers. They then carry the leaves back to the colony where it is transformed into fungus, which the colony feeds on. (source)
10. The first electric car was invented in the 1800’s, which was capable of reaching speeds of up to 62 mph.
During the 1830’s, Scottish inventor Robert Anderson invented the first crude electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable primary cells. In 1859, French physicist Gaston Planté invented the rechargeable lead-acid storage battery, but it was only used in automobiles in 1881. In 1899, the La Jamais Contente (The Never Satisfied) was invented. It was capable of going as fast as 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph). The Belgian electric vehicle was driven by Camille Jenatzy, a Belgian race car driver.
In the U.S., the first successful electric car made its debut around 1890, thanks to William Morrison, a chemist who lived in Des Moines, Iowa. But, the six-passenger vehicle was only capable of a going at a top speed of 14 miles per hour. However, his invention helped spark interest in electric vehicles in the United States. (source)