Since childhood, we have been gaining knowledge on interesting topics from programs such as National Geographic and Animal Planet. The things we learn stick with us forever. Our curiosity to learn and understand things is a natural instinct to protect ourselves. And sharing this unsolicited knowledge can impress your peers and even superiors. If you’re struggling to keep a conversation alive, these facts can surely come in handy. There’s that one person at every party that is full of random but interesting facts that they just can’t help but share. Today, YOU can be that person! Here are 10 random facts about all kinds of interesting topics.
1. Kids who are rejected by their dads are more likely to have social anxiety.
Parents play an important role in the development of a child as well as how they form relationships with others. A new study conducted by the Pennsylvania State University shows that parental rejection had changes in that child’s social anxiety, which ultimately impacted the quality of their friendships in the future. The study, which was published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, explains that of both parents, being rejected by fathers had a greater chance of having social anxiety than those whose fathers didn’t reject them. Social anxiety can cause feelings of self-loathing, fear of being criticized, being the center of attention and also how we form friendships. (source)
2. There are 10 times more bacteria in your body than there are human cells.
Just about every part of the human body is inhabited by microbes. From our skin to our gut, they are everywhere. While most of them live in harmony with their human hosts, some are capable of making us really sick. Researchers organized by the National Institutes of Health estimate that the human body contains trillions of microorganisms; outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1. Since they are extremely small, they only make up only about 1 to 3 percent of the body’s mass. (source)
3. When your eyes move, your eardrums do, too.
Even if you manage to keep your entire body completely still and move your eyes from left to right, it’s not just your eyeballs that move, so does your eardrums. As your eyes move back and forth, the thin membranes inside each of your ears also move or scientifically saying, they wobble. These wobbles happen every time you move your eyes, whether or not there’s external noise. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why this happens and the fact that the eardrums move along with our eyes were only discovered recently. Until then, nobody was aware of the fact that such a process occurred within the human body. (source)
4. On average, a four-year-old will ask 400 questions in one day.
A 2013 study in the UK found that an average mother is asked somewhere between 300-400 questions every day. The study also discovered that girls aged four are the most curious, asking an incredible 390 questions per day – averaging a question every 1 minute 56 seconds of their waking day. From breakfast to dinner, the average mother faces a testing 12.5 hour day of questioning – working out to one question every two minutes 36 seconds. (source)
5. A starfish can regrow its limbs and regenerate its whole body from a single arm.
Everyone loves a starfish. Patrick Star from Spongebob Squarepants is surely a beloved character, but did you know that the five-limbed creatures also have the ability to regenerate their arms and sometimes their whole bodies. Even if a predator manages to take 95% of its body and only leave it with one arm, as long as it has its central nerve ring intact, it can grow into an entirely new starfish. (source)
6. Female ferrets can die from not having enough intimacy in their lives.
Ferrets make really good pets. The small animals are good at stealing things around the house and hiding them under the couch. But did you know that a female ferret will die if she doesn’t mate? While in heat, the female ferret produces a lot of estrogen and if it stays there for too long, it causes a “progressive depression of bone marrow”; inducing aplastic anemia. (source)
7. Google was willing to sell the company for under $1 million in 1999 to a company called Excite. Excite turned down the offer and were never heard of again.
In 1999, Google was willing to sell for under a million dollars to a company called Excite. As the story goes, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at the time, offered Excite CEO George Bell the entire company for just under a million dollars. George Bell rejected Page and Brin’s price for Google and went on to talk the duo down to $750,000. Once again, for some unknown reasons, Bell rejected the new offer. According to the Evening Standard, today, Google is worth $110.8 billion (£84.1bn) and its parent company Alphabet, is currently valued at around $851.2 billion (£645.9bn). (source)
8. Seahorses are monogamous life mates that travel in pairs while holding each other’s tails.
According to the World Register of Marine Species, there are 53 species of seahorses. However, only a few known species are monogamous, at least during a single breeding season. They have a complex courtship ritual and may form a bond that lasts during the entire breeding season. The courtship involves a “dance” where they entwine their tails and may change colors as well as hold tails as they go in search of food. (source)
9. Once a year, in the Honduran city of Yoro, it rains live fish in a weather event known as Lluvia de Peces or Rain of Fish.
The weird occurrence has been happening since the 1800’s and when National Geographic got wind of it, they sent a team to investigate. The team of researchers did not believe in the phenomenon until they witnessed it themselves, making it one of the few credible sightings of such a phenomenon. Known as “animal rain,” this weather phenomenon has been reported around the world for centuries. Scientists believe that this happens due to a nearby storm or water spouts, which pick up the fish, and upon reaching the land, it loses its energy and thus drops them. (source)
10. The TV remote control is the dirtiest item in a typical household, hospital, or hotel room.
One would expect the bathroom or bedding to be the dirtiest item in their house or a hotel room. Well, think again. Researchers from the University of Houston took bacteria samples from several items in hotel rooms in three regions of the United States and discovered that the items with high contamination levels were TV remotes and the switch on the bedside lamp. Time to add disinfectant wipes to your travel kit. (source)