In A World That's Pretty Dark Right Now, Here Are 41 Facts To Restore Your Sense Of Wonder.

It's always useful to have some interesting, random facts in your back pocket. Just in case you find you have nothing to say in a job interview, or on a first date (same thing, really. These Redditors have got you covered. If you want to read more riveting facts, check the source link at the end of the article.


The last time the Cubs won a world series, the Ottoman empire was still a thing.

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The size of a speck of dust is halfway between the size of an atom and the size of the earth.

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Male giraffes use their long neck to hit female giraffes in the bladder, causing the female to urinate. The male giraffe then proceeds to drink the urine to find out if the female is ovulating. Giraffe love is so romantic.

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Ecologist here.

This may not sound interesting to anyone, but one of the craziest facts that I've come across in my work is in regards to tropical forests.

Tropical rainforests in the Amazon have their soil nutrients periodically replenished by the Sahara Desert.

Wind blows dust particles all the way from the desert, across the ocean, to the tropics where the sand and its associated nutrients help the fertility of the rainforest!

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Ants have as much biomass as humans.

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By the time you reach age 7, you have lived half of your life in terms of your perception of time.

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In 1860, futurologists predicted that New York City would not exist in 100 years because...

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New York City would not exist in 100 years because the present growth rate indicated 6 million people, and they would need 6 million horses, and they could not handle that amount of manure.

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Shaq only made one 3 pointer in his whole career.

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Dwight Howard missed more free throws in 2013 than Steve Nash missed in his whole career.

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Utah is the largest consumer of pornography in the US.

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The population of Ireland before the potato famine was 8 million (1841 census). The population in 2009 was 4.45 million.

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Adele is younger than Carly Rae Jepsen.

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If a bryophyte (e.g. moss or liverworts) runs out of water, it just goes into suspended animation and comes back to life when it gets water. Which means, theoretically, mosses can live FOREVER.

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Penguins have a gland near their beaks that converts salt water into fresh water. Once the gland gets full a penguin will...

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a penguin will knock his beak on a rock to empty the salt out!!

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Kangaroos have three vaginas.

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Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.

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If you shake pretend salt out of a pretend salt shaker onto your tongue your brain creates a salty taste on your tongue. Not.

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From the time Pluto was discovered, about 75 years ago, it has only traveled one-third the distance around the sun.

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The "present" is January 1, 1950.

This is the date that scientists use when referring to years "before present" because after that time it is accepted that nuclear testing altered the carbon isotope ratios in the atmosphere making radiometric dating inaccurate for things from after that date.

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The bacteria inside your body takes on an evolutionary path that is specific to you and contains species that are different from anyone else's bacteria. As well as the fact that there are (on average) more bacteria housed in your body than people in the world.

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In the United States, as crime rates go up, so do the sale rates of ice-cream. As crime rates go down, so does...

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so does the sale rates of ice-cream.

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There is a jellyfish by the name of "turritopsis nutricula" that can at any time just decide to rewind its age and become young again. It is literally immortal, and probably the most astounding thing I've ever heard about.

"Father Time destroys all... except that darn jellyfish."

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If you trace your family tree back 25 generations, you will have 33,554,432 direct ancestors. Assuming no incest was involved.

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The voice actors of Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married in real life.

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Wombats literally s--t bricks (they poop cubes).

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Inflammable means flammable.

That was a bad day.

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Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830's.

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Every time you shuffle a deck of cards randomly, the new order of the cards is most likely in a combination never seen in the history of existence.

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This is because the probability of getting the same combination of cards is 52! to 1.

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If you choose not to have children, you will be the first person in your direct linage, since the beginning of time, to not reproduce.

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Audie Murphy killed so many Nazis when he earned his Medal of Honor that when he was helping make the movie about himself he kept saying, "And this happened but it seems so unrealistic so let's leave it out."

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The native American population in the 1400's used to rival Europe's in magnitude, and they had a city with as many inhabitants as London did at the time.

The diseases introduced from the east in the late 1400's killed upwards of 95% of this continent's human beings.

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The time difference between when Tyrannosaurus and Stegosaurus lived is greater than the time difference between Tyrannosaurus and now.

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Tom Cruise is the same age now that Wilford Brimley was when he filmed Cocoon.

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If you see a plane flying high above you, it would be the same distance away as if you were standing on the bottom of the Marianas Trench (the deepest recorded part of the ocean) looking up at the surface of the water: ~36,000ft.

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The atoms that make up everything here on Earth are the same atoms that have been used over and over again to make everything for the last 4.6 billion years.

And before you nerd out, yes Earth is not a perfectly closed system and we have gained and lost small amounts of mass over time, but YOU GET THE POINT.

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Scientists from the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research in Pittsburgh managed to put dogs in a state of suspended animation (clinically dead) for several hours, and then...

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and then bring them back to life without brain damage.

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That there are more atoms in a single grain of sand than all the grains of sand on earth.

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The only guy in ZZ Top without a beard is named Frank Beard.

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We have yet to find a lower bound on the size of an electron. Every experiment done to date to measure the size of the electron has simply concluded "it is smaller than we tried to measure."

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All of the gold ever mined by humans would add up to a cube only 82 feet across. It would fit in a baseball diamond.

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Ralph Macchio (The original Karate Kid) is now older than Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi) was when they filmed the original.

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