80 More Mind-Blowing Facts About The World That They Never Taught You In School

1. Chocolate milk was invented in Ireland.
2. You can’t breathe and swallow at the same time.
3. The founder of Match.com Gary Kremen lost his girlfriend to a man she met on Match.com.

Founder Of Match.com Lost His Girlfriend To A Man She Met On Match.com

4. This is what it looks like when a star meets a black hole:

When A Star Meets A Black Hole

5. Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine.

Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine

6. There is enough iron in your body to make a 2-inch nail.
7. When you receive a kidney transplant, instead of the affected kidney being removed, it’s left in and a third one is put in your pelvis.
8. Coconuts kill more people than sharks every year. So do cows.
9. German is the second most spoken language in North Dakota.
10. Norway once knighted a penguin.

Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav

The penguin’s full name is Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav.

11. The official state VEGETABLE of Oklahoma is the watermelon.
12. The official Space Jam website has not changed since 1996.

Space Jam website

13. A day on the planet Venus is longer than a year on Venus.
14. If you are in a room with 23 people, there’s more than a 50% chance that two of the people have the same birthday.
15. The United States is an older country than Germany.
16. This is what an eclipse on Earth looks like from space:

This is what an eclipse on Earth looks like from space

17. Cambridge University is older than the Aztec and Inca empires.

Cambridge University

18. The Mongolian navy consists of seven people and one boat.

Mongolian Navy

19. George Washington was 48 years old when Beethoven was born.
20. The last veteran of the American Civil War died in 1959, long enough to see the atomic bomb dropped in Japan.
21. There are more ways to shuffle a deck of cards than there are atoms on Earth.
22. 111,111,111 × 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
23. Cows have best friends and they tend to spend most of their time together.
24. Horses cannot breathe through their mouths.
25. The names of Popeye’s four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye.

Popeye's four nephews

26. In the ’60s, Australia lost its prime minister Harold Holt and could not find him. He disappeared and was never found.

Harold Holt

27. Lightning strikes about 6,000 times per minute on this planet.
28. Light roast coffees have more caffeine than dark roasts.

Roasted Coffee Beans

29. There is a basketball court on the top floor of the U.S. Supreme Court Building. It’s known as the “highest court in the land.”
30. A pig’s orgasm can last for 30 minutes.
31. The day of his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. got in a pillow fight in his hotel room.
32. New York City is further south than Rome, Italy.
33. Scotland is as far north as Alaska is.
34. Not only is Reno, Nev., west of Los Angeles, but so are six state capitals.
35. If you’re in Detroit and you walk south, the first country you’ll enter will be Canada.

Walk From Detroit To Canada

36. A “butt load” is an actual unit of measurement, equivalent to 126 gallons.
37. There are more people living inside this circle than outside of it:

More People Live Inside This Circle Than Outside Of It

38. France is the country with the most time zones in the world — more than the U.S. or Russia.
39. Every day 20 banks are robbed. The average take is $2,500.
40. Crocodiles are more closely related to birds than to lizards.
41. Africa is bigger than the United States, China, India, Spain, France, and several other countries combined.

Africa is bigger than the United States, China, India, Spain, France, and several other countries combined

42. Butterflies taste with their feet.
43. A jiffy is an actual unit of time, not just an expression. It’s equal to 33.3564 picoseconds.
44. The lint that collects in the bottom of your pockets has a name — gnurr.


45. A cubic inch of bone is about four times as strong as concrete.
46. You can get a rough estimate of the temperature by counting the number of times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds, then adding 37.
47. There are more lakes in Canada than in the rest of the world combined.
48. The feeling you get when something is so cute you can’t help but want to squeeze it is called “cute aggression.”
49. “Will Will Smith smith?” and “Will Smith will smith” are sentences that make complete sense.
50. There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S.
51. The voices of Yoda and Miss Piggy were done by the same person.

Yoda and Miss Piggy

52. AOL still earns more than $100 million every few months from dial-up subscribers.
53. There are more tigers living in Texas than in the rest of the world.
54. This is how a ladybug flies:

How a ladybug flies

55. It’s possible to sail a boat from Pakistan to Russia if you sail in a completely straight line.
56. On average, astronauts are two inches taller in space.
57. Shakespeare and Pocahontas were alive at the same time.
58. And Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on the same day.
59. There are some trees alive today that were alive before the pyramids were built.

La vie a laissé ses traces

At 4,841 years old, the Methuselah bristlecone pine is the oldest known non-clonal organism on Earth. Located in the White Mountains of California, in Inyo National Forest, Methuselah’s exact location is kept a close secret in order to protect it from the public.

60. Air Force One is not the name of a specific plane, but the name of any plane carrying the president.
61. Ohio is the only U.S. state that doesn’t share any letters with the word “mackerel.”
62. When you yawn and stretch at the time, you are “pandiculating.”
63. It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose.
64. The current American flag was designed by a 17-year-old as a class project. He received a B-.
65. Wombat poop is square.
66. Albino snails exist:

Albino snail

67. 1 in 5,000 north Atlantic lobsters are born bright blue.

Blue Lobster

68. 10 percent of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment.
69. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.


70. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
71. We shed 40 pounds of skin in a lifetime.
72. A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
73. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
74. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV. Brains are more active sleeping than watching TV.
75. During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that’s the weight of about 6 elephants!

African Elephants

76. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
77. Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
78. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
79. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
80. When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less.

The world is an amazing place, and even more amazing are the people and animals that make it their home from past to present. If you learned something new from this list, share it with your friends so that they learn too.