Funny, Ridiculous & Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know

Forget fiction, there are interesting facts that you might find funny, ridiculous, or plain surprising!

On this page, we maintain the biggest collection of mind-boggling facts that we bet you had no idea were true.

These facts are updated regularly so the list keeps growing.

21) In Ohio USA, drunk drivers (DUI offenders) must use yellow number plates. The standard Ohio license plate is white with navy blue letters and numbers, and a red border at the top. Since 1967, Ohio has issued special yellow license plates with red characters to DUI offenders. As of 2004, these “scarlet letter plates”—or “party plates”—are mandatory for repeat DUI offenders, and whenever a driver’s blood-alcohol level is twice the legal limit.

20) In 1908 The Russians arrived 12 days late to the  Olympics because they were using the wrong calendar.

19) At least one of the colors of the Olympic flag appears on all the national flags.

Olympic Flag
Olympic Flag

18) A single cloud can weigh more than half a million kilograms.

17) Children of identical twins are genetically siblings, not cousins. Cousins whose parents are identical twins share 25 percent of their DNA, instead of the usual 12.5 percent. While full-siblings (same father and same mother) share 50 percent of their DNA, half-siblings share 25 percent. That’s why, though children of identical twins are legally cousins, they are genetically the equivalent of half-siblings.

16) Sunglasses were originally designed for Chinese judges to hide their facial expressions in court.

15) Your three times more likely to get a computer virus from a religious website than you will from a Porn website. This research was conducted by security firm Symantec.

14) More than a quarter of your bones are located in your feet. There are 26 bones in each foot. That’s 52 bones in both feet, out of 206 total bones in your whole body, which is more than 25 percent.

13) In 1997, an orange cat named Stubbs became honorary mayor of the Alaskan town of Talkeetna after winning an election in a small town without a human mayor!

12) Pigs do not sweat! Pigs are born without sweat glands. If a pig wants to cool off, it often just rolls in the mud to cool its temperature.

11) There is a bicycle that actually flies on the market! British inventors John Foden and Yannick Read made a bicycle that flies.

10) Toilet seats are far cleaner than your average cell phone.

9) Beer was legally classified as a soft drink in Russia until 2011. Until that year, anything containing less than 10% alcohol was considered foodstuff in Russia.

8) Babies are born without “kneecaps”. Babies have cartilaginous structures in their knees which turn to bone by the age of 4.

7) The Pacific Ocean is larger than all land masses on Earth combined.

6) Ancient Romans used urine to whiten their teeth.

5) Golf is the only sport to have been played on the moon. In 1971, Alan Shepard hit two golf balls on the lunar surface with a makeshift 6-iron.

4) Your stomach produces acid strong enough to dissolve most metals.

3) (Risky but factual) Newborn babies can’t drown because their windpipes close in response to being submerged. However, that reflex disappears at six months.

2) It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose. Go ahead, try it!

1) The human body contains enough fat to make seven bars of soap.

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