36 Of The Best 'Useless' Facts You Can Blurt Out Next Time There's An Awkward Silence.

36 Of The Best 'Useless' Facts You Can Blurt Out Next Time There's An Awkward Silence.


There's nothing like a useless fact to break the ice when you're stuck in the elevator with the new guy in the office. Or, y'know, in case you end up on Jeopardy or something. Well, these Reddit users have you covered. 

1. Death of the party.

The difference between a cemetery and a graveyard? Graveyards are attached to churches; cemeteries are stand-alone.


2. Spongeworthy.

If you push a living sponge through a fine mesh screen, it will rearrange itself within a few hours.


3. Worth the wait.

Arby's holds the record for the longest ever commercial. They made it that long in order to prove that their Smokehouse Brisket is really actually smoked for 13 hours.


4. Pretty big news day.

Aldous Huxley and C. S. Lewis died on the same day, but nobody heard about it because it was also the day JFK was shot.


5. Don't be salty.

Penguins have glands under their eyes to extract and secrete excess salt. These are powerful enough that they allow them to drink seawater as their primary water source.


6. Rat race.

A poor Cuban postman, Felix Carvajal, who had no competitive running experience, once competed in the 1904 Olympic marathon.

He had to hitchhike his way to St. Louis because he lost the money he had on a craps game in New Orleans. He only had street clothes when he got to St. Louis, including a beret, long johns, and trousers that he had cut into shorts.

It was very hot that day, and a Boston Marathon runner had to drop out after 2 blocks. Very little water was available as well.

Despite the fact that Felix ate rotten apples, got an upset stomach from said apples, and then took a nap during the race, he finished 4th in the marathon. (continued...)

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