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Fun facts thread

Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
edited November 19 in Coffee lounge

Give us your fun facts

I think we all enjoy a random fact don't we? Sometimes I find myself browsing the internet or going about my day and I'll read a fact that just makes my jaw drop.

So, what random fun facts do you have? I'll start off:

  • bananas share about 60% of the same DNA as humans
  • the two M letters in M&Ms stand for "Mars" and "Murrie"  
  • the longest time between two twins being born is 87 days

Looking forward to hearing yours :) 
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger
    An average sized car travelling at sixty mph for sixty miles uses up the same amount of oxygen that the average human would in a lifetime! 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,605 Scope community team
    In Switzerland it's illegal to only keep one guinea pig.
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
    edited August 4
    @leeCal
    That makes me quite glad I don't drive, so interesting.

    @Adrian_Scope
    How strange, if I ever live there I'll get two, wouldn't want the one to get lonely.

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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 2,806 Disability Gamechanger
    Not sure how true these are so maybe take them with a pinch of salt but they are just some facts I have heard :D

    Pregnant women can legally urinate anywhere they want including in a police officer’s hat

    The bubbles in a glass of champagne are set off by tiny pieces of dirt inside the glass so if you are served a glass of champagne and it has bubbles in it you can complain that the glass is dirty

    Oliver Cromwell made it illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day and the law has still not been taken down
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
    @66Mustang
    Thanks for those, they're great :) 

    I wouldn't mind mince pies being illegal, I don't like them at all :D 

    I have another - some fruit flies are genetically resistant to getting drunk. (I wouldn't mind having a few of those genes).

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 10,679 Scope community team
    In 2017 more people were killed from injuries caused by taking a selfie than by shark attacks...

    Stay safe guys!  :D 
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  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 890 Pioneering
    leeCal said:
    An average sized car travelling at sixty mph for sixty miles uses up the same amount of oxygen that the average human would in a lifetime! 
    That's definitely fun, but I'm not sure it's a fact! 

    Assuming it's a conventional petrol car it needs 14.7 times as much air than fuel.  Let's say the average 2.0 petrol engine does 35mpg while cruising at 60mph.   That's 7.8 litres of petrol over the 60 miles.  Multiplied by 14.7 = 114 litres of air.  Air is only 20% oxygen, so 20% of 114 = 23 litres of oxygen used for 60 miles at 60mph.

    Now, what is really interesting, is that the average human breathes about 550 litres of oxygen per day...divided by 24 hours, that makes 23 litres per hour!  So if you're driving your 2.0 petrol car at 60mph for 60 miles, it will take an hour to reach your destination and you will have used up the same amount of oxygen as the engine has!  Now there's a fun fact!  :D
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
    @Chloe_Scope

    And that's why I don't take selfies :D 
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,086 Pioneering
    In Switzerland it's illegal to only keep one guinea pig.
    I believe it's also illegal to drop your recycling off on Sunday in Switzerland because it's too noisy!
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger
    @OverlyAnxious but, indulge me if you will, not all the oxygen breathed in is actually used. So to be accurate we’d need to know how much is used and how much expelled unused. Apologies for being a pedant. 😊 
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 890 Pioneering
    leeCal said:
    @OverlyAnxious but, indulge me if you will, not all the oxygen breathed in is actually used. So to be accurate we’d need to know how much is used and how much expelled unused. Apologies for being a pedant. 😊 
    Absolutely, and there's nothing wrong with being a pedant! :smiley:

    That 550 litres has already been adjusted to take that into account.  We breathe out about 75% of the oxygen we inhale, only 'burning' around 25% of it...the inhale figure is roughly 2200 litres per day!   That's around 11,000 litres of combined air!!  :o
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 6
    Ok so how about...

    McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli

    This interesting fact will have your taste buds crawling. Unsurprisingly, the attempt to get kids to eat healthier didn’t go over well with the child testers, who were “confused by the taste.”

    Mmmm yumm!

  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,605 Scope community team
    Yuck. What's wrong with broccoli as it is!?
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
    Yuck. What's wrong with broccoli as it is!?
    everything 

    Really enjoyed reading these facts from everyone so far, I've been telling my family them throughout the week and they've spawned some fun discussions :) 
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    A lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away!
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    A lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away!
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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 1,600 Disability Gamechanger
    A flock of starlings is called a "murder"
    heart attacks are more likely to happen on a Monday
    Bin Laden's and Hitler's death were both announced on a Monday

    (sorry did someone say "fun"?)
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger

    Armadillo shells are bulletproof!

    In fact, one Texas man was hospitalised when a bullet he shot at an armadillo ricocheted off the animal and hit him in the jaw. Apparently.

  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 2,806 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 7
    In Switzerland it's illegal to only keep one guinea pig.
    I believe it's also illegal to drop your recycling off on Sunday in Switzerland because it's too noisy!
    Yes I think the Swiss are extremely proud of where they live and a lot of things are frowned upon or seen as antisocial. I think putting your washing out on a line is against local bylaws in many areas. Also, speeding is heavily frowned upon there, one of the few countries that is even stricter than the UK!

    Another Swiss one to add to the list: I remember reading that every Swiss man in Switzerland has to own a firearm and bullets by law. I believe it is to do with the possibility of being called upon to form a militia. I heard they have more guns per head there than America but may be wrong.
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 890 Pioneering
    Raisins and Sultanas are made from the same grape variety!
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,842 Pioneering
    The following can be read forward and backwards: Do geese see God?

    Mind. blown.
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger
    The two things which never stop growing on a human are ears and nose.
    what about hair? I hear you ask, yes okay,
    so the  three things which never stop growing on a human are ears, nose and hair.
    what about nails? I suspect I’ll hear you ask.
    true, the four things which never stop growing on a human being are ears, nose, hair and nails.  That’s it as far as I’m concerned. 😅 

    (What did the romans ever do for us?)

  • coletcolet Member Posts: 62 Courageous
    You can get done for being drunk in charged with a powered wheelchair 
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 12

    Kleenex tissues were originally intended for gas masks

    There was a cotton shortage during World War I so Kimberly-Clark developed a thin, flat cotton substitute for the army to use as a filter in gas masks. The war ended before the material was perfected so the company redeveloped it to be smoother and softer, and called it Kleenex facial tissue instead.

  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,842 Pioneering
    @leeCal ooft you learn something new everyday! I'll have to remember all these random facts for the pub quiz :)
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,086 Pioneering
    leeCal said:
    The two things which never stop growing on a human are ears and nose.
    what about hair? I hear you ask, yes okay,
    so the  three things which never stop growing on a human are ears, nose and hair.
    what about nails? I suspect I’ll hear you ask.
    true, the four things which never stop growing on a human being are ears, nose, hair and nails.  That’s it as far as I’m concerned. 😅 

    (What did the romans ever do for us?)

    All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 13

    Blue whales eat half a million calories in one mouthful

    Thats 470,000 calories which is over 240 times the energy the whale uses to scoop the krill into its mouth, but whose counting!

    🐳 

  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
    Those greedy greedy blue whales! Although yeah like @Tori_Scope, I feel like I do that sometimes :D 

    I've absolutely loved reading all these facts, there's some gems here.

    The budgie with the largest vocabulary could speak 1,728 words. 

    That's more than me I think
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  • coletcolet Member Posts: 62 Courageous
    You lose 100 hairs in a day 
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
    Approximately 1 billion cards are given on Valentine's Day each year.
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger

    The man with the world’s deepest voice can make sounds humans can’t hear

    The man, Tim Storms, can’t hear the note, which is eight octaves below the lowest G - but elephants can!

  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger
    News today - Death Valley hits 54.4C - in what could be highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger

    What is the coldest place on Earth?

    It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter night.

  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
    @leeCal

    Certainly wouldn't want to go there on my holidays! 

    There are no bridges across the entire width of the Amazon river 
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
    Australia has more camels than any other country in the world.
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 2,806 Disability Gamechanger
    I am glad this thread had a bump, I enjoyed reading all of the facts.

    A few more I can think of, but may have gotten muddled in my mind, so check them before you use them in your essays... :D 

    - The watch company Rolex is majority-owned by a charitable trust. When the founder died he left a small percentage of his company to his family but the majority was put into a charitable trust. This means when you buy a Rolex (or Tudor) watch you are actually doing some good. However the company still sell watches as a private firm and not a charity which means unfortunately you cannot get tax relief to buy a Rolex!!!

    - A bit dark this one, and it's said tongue in cheek - I'm not saying it is a good thing - it is just a fact that was on QI: Genghis Khan is possibly the single person to have done the most to slow down climate change out of any person who has ever existed. He is responsible for millions of deaths, but he did so several centuries ago, so those people have not reproduced through the generations and it means today the population is over a hundred million lower than it would have been if those people lived. People like certain WW2 leaders have not yet had the same long term impact as their actions were only committed a couple of generations ago.
  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 182 Pioneering
    edited November 21
    Yuck. What's wrong with broccoli as it is!?
    How much time do you have? Basically there's a LOT wrong with Brocolli in general IMO.

    Interesting fact, apparently WWE Legend The Undertaker is scared of Cucumbers!


  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
    That second one is strange but interesting @66Mustang :D 

    Thanks for sharing both of them.

    Snickers wasn't originally called Marathon, it was called Snickers, except in this country we didn't adopt that name until later and decided Marathon would be used here instead
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,086 Pioneering
    I read this online a while ago and haven't fact-checked, but apparently there are more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,292 Pioneering
    I nominate you to embark on an official count @Tori_Scope :) 
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 2,086 Pioneering
    Time to book some annual leave @Ross_Scope :D
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 2,488 Disability Gamechanger
    @Tori_Scope we need far far more trees regardless.
  • MrAllen1976MrAllen1976 Member Posts: 182 Pioneering
    Apparently people from Barnsley are known as "Dingles", eh?


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