“A man learns all his life and dies the day he thinks he has learned everything”– Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
The world we live in is full of mystery. No matter how much we learn and dedicate ourselves to research, there are always things that can surprise us, secrets that have been hidden from us, new facts that amaze and can even shock us.
People who season their conversations with amusing facts, a bit of trivia or an important piece of information are always welcome to join our company. Interesting facts and little-known pieces of history can help you earn new friends and become the favorite person in a group.
Are you hungry for more facts about the world you live in?
We have compiled a list of things that will probably leave even the smartest person wide-eyed:
1. The stars in the sky outnumber the grains of sand in the world
2. Mosquitoes have killed more people than all wars
3. Vending machines kill more people than sharks every year
4. There are about eight insect pieces in an average chocolate bar
5. Execution by guillotine was done in France until 1977
6. A strawberry is not a berry, but a banana is a berry
7. We replace our entire outer skin on a monthly basis
8. The most commonly used joint in our body is the jaw
9. The naked mole-rat is immune to cancer and can live with almost no oxygen
10. Every day, one piece of space junk returns to the Earth
11. The Spanish word ‘esposas’ means both, ‘handcuffs’ and ‘wives’
12. There are 1.6 million ants for every person on Earth
13. The word ‘set’ has the most definitions in the English language (464)
14. The only food that does not spoil is honey
15. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body (proportional to its size)
16. The lighter was invented a decade before the match
17. There are only twelve letters in the Hawaiian alphabet (A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P, and W)
18. Scientists do not know 99% of the microbes that live inside humans
19. The mouth of a blue whale can hold its own body weight in water
20. Dolphins can call each other by name
21. In an average lifetime, every person walks the equivalent of 5 times around the equator
22. Ice cubes made with tap water are white, and the ones with boiled water are transparent
23. To burn 1 calorie by clicking the mouse, you should click it 10 million times
24. To use the hand for a quick measurement of angles, spread out the fingers, and the little finger will represent 0°. The angle between the thumb and the little finger will be 90°, the angles between the little finger and the other fingers are 30°, 45°, and 60°, respectively.
25. You can use the hand to remember the months with 31 days, Start counting the knuckles and spaces between them on the fist. The knuckle of your index finger is January (knuckle means 31 days), the space between your index and middle fingers is February (space means less than 31 days)and so on. After the little finger knuckle (July), count it again (August) and move in the opposite direction.
26. 99% of the planet’s gold is located in its core
27. A cockroach can live a few weeks without its head, and it will eventually die of hunger.
28. Whips make a cracking sound since the tip moves faster than the speed of sound, and thus causes a small sonic boom
29. Animals avoid power lines as they are afraid of ultraviolet flashes invisible to the human eye
30. An average adult contains 7 quintillion joules of potential energy (or, 30 hydrogen bombs)
31. Killer whales are not whales, and starfish are not fish
32. It was Charles Darwin’s idea to attach wheels to his office chair to move around more quickly
33. When we gain or lose weight, the fat cells don’t disappear, only their size changes
34. The technology in one Gameboy exceeds all the computing power used to put man on the moon
35. Breathe on the diamond, to check if it is real. If it fogs up, it is fake
36. The 3 most sold products in human history are the iPhone, Harry Potter books and the Rubik’s Cube
37. Besides the five senses, we also have proprioception, which is the awareness of the position of our body parts
38. The theoretical maximum height of a tree is 130 meters, due to gravity
39. Getting struck by lightning heats the skin up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit
40. If you calculate the yearly cost of charging the phone it would be less than $1
41. Paper cuts are more painful than regular cuts because the nerve endings remain open and air irritates them
Socrates explained that “wisdom begins in wonder” and said:
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”
Curiosity will help you learn countless things in life. The more curious you are, the wiser you will become.
Therefore, remember to observe the world around you with the wonder of a baby.
Albert Einstein once said:
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”