Who doesn’t like bizarre, fun and random facts? They not only make you smarter, but in some cases, provide you with the necessary entertainment to brighten up your day. Meanwhile, there are some facts that make you question your whole existence, or make your day a little weirder. Well today, we have a list of a few bizarre facts that are destined to weird you out. We hope you enjoy these random facts as much as we did making them.
1. A cat was the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for 15 years.
From April 12, 1997 to July 21, 2017, Stubbs, a cat, was the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. Residents voted him into office when he was a kitten, and he remained in office until he passed away. The nearly 900-person town is a “historical district”, and residents were extremely happy with their choice. Although Stubbs is gone, one of his owners’ kittens might be ready to run for his position. (source)
2. To avoid facial wrinkles, a woman claims to have not smiled or laughed for 40 years.
Tess Christian, 55, claims that she hasn’t smiled or laughed in more than 40 years, in an effort to avoid getting wrinkles. According to her, throughout every happy moment of her life, she has had a poker face. As weird as the technique sounds, according to dermatologists, it could be an effective anti-aging technique. Even some celebrities follow this unorthodox routine.
‘Wrinkles happen because of the constant creasing of smile and forehead lines by the muscles in your face, which fold the connective tissue under the skin. If you can train yourself to minimise your facial expressions, you won’t get as many lines. (source)
3. Hipsters in Brooklyn are paying up to $1,000 to go to preschool for a month. The weekly class includes arts and crafts, show and tell, games, playing dress up, snacks, and even nap time.
In New York, hipsters are trying to get in touch with their inner self, and it is quite expensive. According to its founder, there’s show-and-tell, arts-and-crafts such as finger painting, games, and even naps. “One person’s here because they want to learn not to be so serious. Another’s here to learn to be more confident. But some are there just to have fun.” – said one adult pre-school teacher. The classes last a month and can cost between $333 to $999. (source)
4. If you eat too many carrots, you may turn orange.
Carrots are an appropriate ingredient for almost every meal of the day. As nutritious and delicious as they are, consuming too much carrots can actually turn your skin orange. The condition known as carotenemia is harmless and is caused by beta-carotene, a natural pigment that gives the root vegetable its orange color. When you consume too many carrots or any other food that is high in carotene, excess beta-carotene will enter the bloodstream and be stored under the skin, thus giving it a yellow, orange or golden tint. (source)
5. Anatidaephobia is the weird fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.
While it might sound like a joke, anatidaephobia is a real condition, where a person feels that somewhere in the world, a duck or a goose is watching him/her. The irrational fear can cause some people to be completely detached from society since they feel insecure at all times. (source)
6. And pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers.
Pteronophobia is the fear of feathers, feathered objects, or being tickled by feathers. The word pteronophobia comes from Greek ftero which means feathers and phobos meaning fear or deep aversion. (source)
7. A snail has between 2,000 and 15,000 teeth between its jaws.
As tiny as they are, snails pack dozens of rows of pearly whites, with a single snail boasting anywhere between 2,000 and 15,000 teeth between its jaws. They are pointed inwards, which makes it easy for the animal to latch on to food. (source)
8. “Rain of fish” is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the city of Yoro in Honduras.
Known as the Lluvia de Peces or “Rain of Fish”, the phenomenon occurs at least once a year in the small town of Yoro, Honduras. According to Live Science, the phenomenon is caused when massive storms pick up hundreds of small silver fish and drop them off in the town. It is said that the process has been taking place since the 1800’s and has been happening during the months of May or June. (source)
9. 7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
According to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy, 7% of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. The 7% accounts for 16.4 million people, which is higher than the population of Pennsylvania. At the same time, 48% of those surveyed said that they aren’t sure where chocolate milk comes from. (source)
10. Movie trailers were originally shown after the movie, which is why they were called “trailers”.
Trailers are considered to be an important part in film marketing. It provides the audience with a glimpse into the upcoming movie, which encourages them to watch it once it’s released. Broadway producer—and movie theater advertising manager—Nils Granlund came up with the profitable idea of advertising upcoming plays in between screening rotations at Marcus Loew’s East Coast theater chain. As time went on, the idea evolved but advertisers soon found that the audience wouldn’t stay around to watch them, making the trailers rather ineffective. So, they started showing it at the beginning of each movie, thus leaving the audience with no other choice. (source)
11. A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon.
On September 19, 1783, a scientist named Pilatre De Rozier launched the first hot air balloon called ‘Aerostat Reveillon’. The passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster and the balloon stayed in the air for a grand total of 15 minutes before making a hard landing. According to Introduction to Aerospace Engineering With a Flight Test Perspective, an aviation textbook, the sheep was chosen for its similarities to human physiology; the duck, clearly already able to fly at high altitudes, would act as a control; and the rooster, a bird that never gets very high off the ground, would act as a comparative case for the duck. (source)
12. Approximately 10-20% of U.S. power outages are caused by squirrels.
Power outages in the US are not as frequent as one might imagine. However, if the power goes out on a beautiful day, the outage may have been caused by a squirrel. According to one estimate, last year alone, Montana had 560 power outages and 400 outages in Austin, Texas, due to squirrels. According to the Washington Post, squirrels cause about 10-20 percent of all power outages in the US. (source)
13. A baby spider is called a spiderling.
Spiders aren’t cute, (at least, not for me) but this name kind of is! Spiderling is the official name for baby spiders.
14. Apples, potatoes and onions will taste the same if you were to somehow block your sense of smell.
80% of the flavors we taste come from what we smell, which is why foods become relatively flavorless when we’re plugged up. (source)