25 Fun Facts That Will Make You The Most Interesting Person In The Room
Have you ever been stuck at one of those ‘oh, God, we have nothing in common’ dates your friend from work has set you up with? You both sweating thought your standard questions and answers drawer knowing that soon they all will be used up and you will be left with that awkward moment of silence. The problem is that we all want to be loved so much that we stay in situations we don’t want to be, sharing life with people who don’t hit the right buttons and attend parties we would rather miss. Or perhaps you are an introvert, and the mere thought of meeting new people makes you change colour or secretly scream inside and die. Welcome to my world!
Whether you’re making a conversation at a dinner party, killing time on a road trip or needing to fill in the silence while waiting for everyone to log on to Zoom meeting at the office these 25 fun facts will help you to entertain and make new friends. I have been using fun or shocking facts I picked up while travelling to ease my social anxiety for years now, and they always save me .
P.S it has also helped me to build my self-confidence as an event host and public speaker
1. Butterflies taste with their feet.
Their feet have taste sensors on them that help to locate food for their caterpillars. They stand on a leaf and give it a quick taste. If they determine the plant is something their caterpillars can eat, they’ll lay their eggs on the spot. Super cool, yes?!
2. If you sneeze too hard, you can die.
This is not surprising as the average sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph/ 160 km – like a speeding Ferrari on a highway or a fired bullet. The force of the air being expelled can crack your rib cage, rapture a blood vessel in your head or neck and therefore cause death. So for the love of God, don’t try to attempt to stop that sneeze next time and just let it all out.
3. You are 1 per-cent taller in the morning than you are in the evening.
While we are lying down in a resting position, the spine is said to ‘spread out’ or decompress, so when we wake in the morning, we are taller. According to Jamaica Hospital Medical Centre, this might be caused due to gravity compressing cartilage in our spine and in other parts of our bodies, such as our knees when we stand up or sit down throughout the day. So next time someone is trying to get you out of bed too early, you can claim that you prefer to stay taller for a tat longer and then enjoy the confusion on their face
4.When the Moon is directly overhead, you will weigh slightly less.
The good news just keeps on coming! I think a new trend of moonlight-bathing is well overdue. On a more serious note, this phenomenon accurses because the gravitational force of the Moon acting directly above the object reduces the gravitational force of Earth a little and in turn your weight.
5. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
Leonardo was ambidextrous, paranoid dyslexic and could draw forward with one hand while writing backwards with the other, producing a mirror-image script that others found difficult to read. I wish I could travel back in time and take him out for a drink. #legend
6. 15% of the air you breathe while using the underground is human skin.
Like that, on its own, is not the grossest thing 12 per-cent of that skin came from areas such as belly buttons, ear canals, armpits and (yep, you knew it was coming!!) bum and crotch areas. This is where I high-five myself for becoming a nomad and ditching the London underground commute. No more pubes with my Starbucks latte for breakfast!
P.S The study to determine the composition and diversity of the nastiness you breathe while on the train (paraphrased) was conducted by the University of Colorado between 2007 and 2008.
7. Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
All of the planets, except for Earth, were named after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. The name Earth derives from the eighth-century Anglo-Saxon word erda, which means ground or soil. It became eorthe later, and then erthe in Middle English.
Typical of us humans. If things are far, shrouded in mystery and we can’t touch them then it must be God. It must be special, and we must give it a spectacular cool sounding name. But what we can reach and attain and is right at our feet …what we call it? …DIRT! Yep, that’s all we could come up with to describe the most spectacular and cool planet (currently known to us).
8. Dogs understand human language and can count.
I knew it, and this is why dogs are so much cooler than cats and small babies. According to Professor Coren at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, dogs are as intelligent as the average two-year-old child. They found that dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations.
9. The Romans used to clean and whiten their teeth with urine.
Apparently, it works. Please, don’t do it, though! When left out too long, urine decomposes into ammonia, which is a great cleaning product that takes out stains quickly. It was also used to soften the leather and to my opinion is far less gross than the pigeon dung they use in Morocco at the moment.
10. Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.
Alternatively, you can take an active part in a 30min long sex session that burns 200 calories. I am sorry, but I could not locate any further instructions or explanations on what they meant by ‘active’. If you are like me over 36, married and running your own business, then ‘active’ most likely means heavy breathing and maybe changing the position twice, which I doubt burn 200 calories. Banging the head against the wall it is!
11. Camels have three eyelids.
Two of the eyelids have eyelashes which help protect their eyes from sand. The third is a very thin lid which works as a sort of ‘windshield wiper’ to clean off their eyes. It closes and opens from side to side rather than up and down. I am now super tempted to find a camel and attempt to put some mascara on. Why? I have no idea, but I get the same urge when I see a man with long eyelashes, and I know I am not the only female who has this weird craving.
12. The position of the horse's legs on a war monument indicates how the person died.
If the horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.
If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
13. There are over 200 corpses on Mount Everest, and they are used as waypoints for climbers.
Since it’s nearly impossible and super expensive to recover a dead body on Mount Everest, several of them have been left there, named, and used as landmarks. This is one of the many reasons why I would never want to climb it.
- It’s hard, cold and crowded.
- I don’t like horror films, and therefore I am not too keen on walking with the dead.
- I would not want to die, and given my current physical state, I think I would end up in some icy ditch in no time.
14. Female kangaroos have three vaginas.
I will give you a moment to digest this and collect your jaw off the floor because there is more.
The outside two are for sperm and lead to two uteruses. The middle one is for giving birth. A mother kangaroo can be perpetually pregnant and nourish three separate youngsters at one given time — an older offspring that has left the pouch, a young one developing inside the pouch, and an embryo still waiting to be born.
Can you imagine being pregnant FOREVER?! And I thought having monthly periods is a cruel joke God played on us women. And as if that was not weird enough, male kangaroos often have two-pronged penises to fit the two side vaginas. #crazy!!!!
15. The expression 'to get fired' is far more sinister than you think.
It’s an ancient phrase and comes from a long-ago when clans that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them use to burn their houses down. Next time you hear ‘You are Fired’ thank them for not burning your house down and letting you stay in town. Cry a bit, buy some wine, update your CV and move on with your life. You got this!
16. McDonald's calls frequent buyers of their food 'heavy users'.
McDonald’s characterizes 70% of its customers as ‘heavy users’ who frequent the chain about once a week and 25% of its customers as ‘super heavy users’ who frequent the chain three to five times per week. It does sound tasteless and a bit off but so is their food, so the description is well-fitting.
17. The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime.
The average person will walk an estimated 65,000 miles in his or her lifetime – the equivalent of three trips around the world.
See, no need to buy that hugely overpriced Apple Watch or Fitbit to count your steps. That is if you are not hit by a continuous Covid-19 quarantine lockdown every 6 months for the rest of your life, then do count your steps and start tracking your trips to the loo and back or you may not make it around the world before you die.
18. You cannot snore and dream at the same time.
Apparently, there is a huge debate about this, it is one of those ‘who was first chicken or the egg riddles’. From my personal experience, I would claim not only that a person can dream and snore at the same time but also be asleep while being sort of awake, dreaming but also hearing yourself snore. Let’s just say I have wild midday naps.
However, scientist claim that snoring and dreaming are two separate activities. Even though they both occur during sleep, they can’t happen at the same time. You usually can’t snore while you dream, because snoring is less likely to occur during the REM phase of your sleep, and that’s when dreaming occurs.
19. Catnip isn't just for housecats; it also affects wild cats and us humans.
Did you know that Catnip was also smoked and chewed by humans for its reputed therapeutic, hallucinogenic, or euphoria-inducing properties? I am not surprised given our explorative nature and continuous obsession to bend or escape reality. I am sure we tried to eat and smoke pretty much everything under the sun.
Currently, Catnip is used in tea form to treat nervousness and anxiety, along with other symptoms these conditions can cause, such as indigestion and insomnia. I am adding this to my list of teas to try because 17 years in the UK made me a severe tea addict, and I need to zen out my creative mind regularly to avoid burn out and drying my husband crazy.
20. High heels were first designed for men.
Men have always had a weird fetish for heels. It dates back to 15th century Persia where they were worn to assists with horse riding in battles. However, by the time, the trend made it to Europe by the end of the 16th century, they were no more than a fashion statement to help men to appear taller and more formidable. It is somewhat comforting to know that at some point in history, men also suffered from lower back pain and crushed toes.
21. The female G-spot was nearly named the Whipple Tickle.
I will give you a moment to utter this out loud and have a giggle. Apparently, it was discovered by a professor Beverly Whipple. I am glad it did not stick. One, no female body part should be named after a man, all bits are discovered by us women and belongs to us ONLY. Two, G-Spot sounds so much cooler and empowering than Whipple Tickle.
22. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep, so they don't drift apart.
I must agree that this is the cutest thing ever. Who might have thought that these already super cute animals can get even more adorable? We should all hold hands when sleeping!
23. The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.
In Celtic mythology, the unicorn was a symbol of purity and innocence, as well as masculinity and power. The unicorn was believed to be the strongest of all animals – wild and untamed, and that it could only be humbled by a virgin maiden. Who might have thought that the most powerful weapon of mass destruction is female virginity? #girlpower
24. In 1979 Sweden Homosexuality was still classified as an illness.
To show solidarity Swedes protested by calling in sick to work, claiming they felt gay and could not turn up at the office.
25. Sleeping in a cold room can help you slim down.
If banging your head against the wall to burn 150 calories is not up to your street then you can try lowering the temperature in your bedroom to approximately 18 Celsius. According to a study done by Commonwealth University a single month of sleeping in an 18.89 Celsius room helped increase subjects’ fat-burning ability by as much as 10 per-cent. Boom!