50 Fun Facts That’ll Brighten Up Your Day

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1Honeybees

Honeybees sleep between five and eight hours a day, some bees hold each other's legs as they sleep. Colonies are divided into different sectors of work. There are cleaners, nurses, security guards, also collection bees whose sole job is to cache nectar in the comb. Promotions happen as well.


2. Kiwi birds are mostly blind, so they hunt by smell. They are the only birds in the world with nostrils on the ends of their beaks which, combined with their excellent sense of smell, makes them pro insect hunters.


3. When you stand at the Geographic South Pole all lines of longitude coverage at that exact point so you are literally standing in all 24 time zones. You can step from today into yesterday and back into tomorrow. It's the only place on Earth you can time travel.


4. The world's most expensive bottled water (Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani) costs $60,000 per bottle. The water contains 5mg of gold dust, and it comes in a hand-made bottle covered in 24-karat gold.


5. In South Korea, babies are considered 1-year-old from the day they were born and then get 1 year older on New Year's Day. There are calculators to convert international age into Korean age and vice versa.


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6Maria Paraskeva

The longest ever wedding veil worn by Maria Paraskeva was 6,962.6 meters (22,843 feet 2.11 inches). That's approximately 293 tennis courts long and it was laid down in rows on a field.


7. Bob Ross was a drill sergeant and he realized how angry his voice sounded so he quit after a few years and took a vow never to raise his voice again.


8. There is a city in Michigan named Christmas and every street is related to Christmas.


9. Human saliva contains a chemical compound called Opiorphin, a painkiller six times more powerful than Morphine.


10. The most complex character in the Chinese language takes 57 strokes to write. It is a noodle dish.


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11Illuminati

If you type Illuminati backward in a browser, and then “.com”, it will take you to the official NSA website.


12. In France, it is legal to marry a dead person. It must be approved by the President and Justice Minister. The bride or groom stands beside the photo of their significant other and the phrase “till death do us part” is eliminated from the vows and “I do” is replaced with saying “I did.”


13. There were two AI chatbots created by Facebook to talk to each other, but they were shut down after they started to secretly create a language to communicate between themselves.


14. In Los Angeles in 1994, after an earthquake-induced power outage, calls came into emergency centers about a "giant silvery cloud." It was the Milky Way.


15. Some farmers in Bangladesh have switched to raising ducks instead of chickens because, during catastrophic floods, ducks float.


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16Gold

There is enough gold at the core of the earth to cover the surface of the planet in 12 to 13 feet.


17. The voice actors for Mickey and Minnie Mouse are married in real life.


18. Greyhounds are universal blood donors. With few exceptions, blood from any greyhound can be given to any other breed of dog.


19. Inhabitants of the Chinese town of Liqian have blond hair and white skin. Historians have speculated they are the descendants of a lost Roman settlement.


20. Koala bear fingerprints are almost indistinguishable from human fingerprints. A forensic scientist suggested that koala bears were unlikely to be at the scenes of crimes, but police should be aware of the possibility.


21Sergeant Stubby

Sergeant Stubby, a stray dog found during military training in 1917, served with the 102nd Infantry Regiment in World War 1. He saved them repeatedly with his ability to smell mustard gas at a distance. After the war, he became a celebrity, meeting three presidents and traveling around the country.


22. Tomato sauce was sold in the 1800s as medicine.


23. Alnwick Garden is a garden in Northern England dedicated entirely to poisonous plants. It's the most dangerous garden in the world. It holds over 100 killer plants such as hemlock, strychnine, and nightshade.


24. Male penguins give female penguins a pebble as a sign of love.


25. In 2008, the King of Norway knighted a penguin called Nils Olav III that lives at Edinburgh Zoo. The King described him as a penguin "in every way qualified to receive the honor and dignity of knighthood". He is a Brigadier and Colonel-in-Chief in the Norwegian army.

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