Here is the list of some fun-filled facts that might seem intriguing, weird and hilarious. Go ahead and read them, because knowing a few more facts is of no harm. Be it when hanging out with friends and family, or at the office, sharing them is always going to make you popular and likeable and is a great way for breaking ice as well. Give it a quick read, happy fact finding!
1. Mayonnaise is said to be the invention of the French chef of the Duke of Richelieu in 1756. While the Duke was defeating the British at Port Mahon, his chef was creating a victory feast that included a sauce made of cream and eggs. When the chef realised that there was no cream in the kitchen, he improvised, substituting olive oil for the cream. A new culinary masterpiece was born, and was named by the chef as “Mahonnaise” after the battle in honour of the Duke’s victory.
2. Did you know that the Japanese construction company, Kongro Gumi, has been owned and operated by the members of the Kongo family ever since it was founded in the year 578 AD.
3. The Ottomon Turks once had seven rulers within the span of seven months. They died of (in order): burning, choking, drowning, stabbing, heart failure, poisoning and being thrown off the horse.
4.Manorama, an Indian comic actress, has played the maximum leading roles in film history. Starting her career in 1958, she had acted her in her one-thousandth movie by 1985.
5. Bruce Lee was so fast that they had to actually slow down a film so that one could see his movies. That’s usually the opposite of the norm.
6. During one’s lifetime, you will about 60000 pounds of food, that’s the weight of nearly six elephants.
7. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to supress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you try to keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.
8. Our stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.
9. Just like your finger prints, your tongue has its own print, different from all others in the world.
10. The greatest number of children that have been given birth by one mother is 69! She gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.
11. The blue whale is the loudest animal on earth. The call of the blue whale reaches levels of up to 188 decibels. This extraordinary loud whistle can be heard for hundreds of miles under water. The second loudest animal on earth is the howler monkey.
12. Elephants only walk on their tip toes. This is because the back of their foot is completely made up of fat. Their feet have no bones to give them support at the back.
13. The first chimpanzee to travel to space was named Ham. He got the name from the place he was raised in. Ham flew in a space capsule in 1961. His trip also proved that space travel was safe for animals.
14. Goldfish have a memory span of 3-5 seconds. That is the reason you can leave them in a small jar and they won’t get bored. You can also overfeed them till they die as they do not remember.
15. Sharks are the only animals that never get sick. As far as is known about sharks, they are immune to every known sickness or disease including cancer.
16. There are more than 700 species of plants that grow in USA and have been identified as dangerous if eaten. Among them are some that are commonly favoured by gardeners throughout the world: buttercups, daffodils, lily of the valley, sweet peas, oleander among many others.
17.The largest flower is the Rafflesia or the “corpse flower”. They are generally three feet in diameter with a record being 42 inches.
18. Nanotechnology has produced a guitar no bigger than a blood cell. The minute guitar, 10 micrometres in length, has six strummable strings.
19. In Japan, it is considered extremely impolite to pour one’s own drink when eating with others. You pour your companion’s drink and your companion will pour yours. On the other hand, it is considered alright to make loud slurping noises while eating and drinking.
20. One gift-giving taboo in China is the giving of straw sandals, which are commonly associated with funerals and are therefore considered to bring bad luck.
21. The world’s largest book, “Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey”, is in the Chicago Public Library. The book measures five feet tall and seven feet wide when open. It weighs around 133 pounds.
22. At the end of popular Beatles’ song,” A Day in the Life”, an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog.
23. The one physical act that’s recognised by every known society in the world is the shrug of the shoulders to mean, “I don’t know”.
24. Peanut oil is used in underwater cooking in submarines. Undersea fleets like it mostly because it does not smoke unless heated over 450 degrees Fahrenheit and so, keeps the atmosphere within the place clear.
25. When airplanes were still a novelty invention, seat belts for pilots were installed only after the consequences of their absence was observed to be fatal. Several pilots fell to their deaths while flying upside down.
Hope the above mentioned list of facts were surprising and quirky to say the least and you didn’t know most of them. Share it with your near and dear ones and observe the look on their faces. The list contains facts from varied fields of topics, here’s to hoping that one found them interesting and fun.
Happy fact finding and knowledge gaining!!