Random facts are the best facts to know. You can sound smart without actually knowing how to think. The best part is: the facts only have to sound true. Or not true at all. The truth is stranger than fiction, so if you only half-remember the fact you’re telling someone, it’ll sound even truer.
Did you know… the first case of HIV in humans was traced back to the year 1908? I heard it on RadioLab 8 years ago, so it must be right. No need to look it up. I will not be taking follow-up questions at this time.
The good people of Reddit did some sleuthing and found facts along with the proper citations for said random facts. If there’s an article about the fact on the internet, it must be real!
Of course, I knew all these facts before, but I wanted to share them here in case you didn’t know them.