Here’s a hand picked selection of the most curious of curiosities. 20 random and amazing facts that will bring you a little closer to knowing all there is to know about this great big planet and beyond.
20. The ‘evening’ is officially from 5:01 PM to 8:00 PM or when the sun sets. ‘Night time’ is from 8:01 pm or when the sun sets to 5:59 AM.
19. The US one cent piece known as the Lincoln penny has been in production by the United States Mint since 1909.
18. In 2013, one US penny cost 1.83 cents to produce. That means they were created at a loss of $55,000,000 for the year.
17. Wedding rings are worn on the third finger of the left hand because in Roman times they thought there was a vein on that finger that connected directly to the heart.
16. The first SMS was sent on December 3, 1992 by Neil Papworth of Sema Group to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone. It said – ‘Merry Christmas’.
15. Silicon is the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust. It accounts for 27.7% of its total mass.
14. Lobsters are biologically immortal. Their cells don’t deteriorate with age, so that means these marvelous creatures can only die by disease or injury.
13. The U.S. Olympic Committee awards medal winning athletes $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze.
12. The oldest person to have ever lived was French born Jeanne Calment. She lived to the over-ripe age of 122 years, 164 days.
11. The top 10 oldest people to have ever lived are all female. Their age range is from 116 years to 122 years.
10. In military terms, a ‘klick’ is 1000 metres or 1 km.
9. The US state Florida was named by Ponce de Leon in 1512. In Spanish it means flowery or covered in flowers.
8. The first Starbucks opened way back on March 30, 1971 in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
7. Naturalist Charles Darwin, best known for his work on the science of evolution, married his first cousin. #empiricalresearch #whoops
6. In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is considered ‘simple assault’ but biting someone with false teeth is considered aggravated assault.
5. The mammal with the most teeth is thought to be the Spinner Dolphin which can have up to 252 teeth.
4. Giraffes only sleep for an average of 30 minutes per day. They get their shuteye by having micro-naps over a 24 hour period.
3. In 1867, America purchased Alaska from Russia for a mere $7.2 million dollars.
2. Elvis Presley had an identical twin brother who was delivered still-born just 35 minutes before Elvis.
1. The Moon’s gravity is around 17% of what it is on Earth. So if you weigh 85 kg on Earth, you’d weigh 14.45 kg on the Moon.
So there’s our list of 20 random facts. If this countdown made your eyebrows raise even slightly, let us know on Twitter and Facebook.