Random facts are good to know. For one, they help you fill awkward silences. Also, if you only sort of remember them, they don’t even have to be “facts” per se. In fact, random facts are way better than specific facts because who’s going to challenge you on their accuracy? Some brainiac? Who cares?
I challenge any nerd to actually tell me any of the following facts are untrue. They can’t. The facts are too random to be challenged. I knew them before you did. That means I’m the smartest.
Random facts that I totally knew, but I’m just seeing if you knew them:
1. The hills have eyes and also bodies.
2. It’s hard to save a life.
A single human being is responsible for preventing over 200 suicides in San Francisco. His name is Kevin Briggs, and he’s a police officer who’s personally talked hundreds of people down from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
3. Water makes different sounds depending on temperature.
Heat can change the thickness of the water. The colder it is, the higher the pitch.
4. Pringles aren’t slices of potato
“Chips” is the wrong word. The popular brand of potato… something are actually made out of dehydrated potato flakes. The company presses the flakes together to get the signature shape.
5. You can teach an old dog new words.
6. The tentacles on the front of a snail are its eyes.
Snails do not have “feelers” or antennae like bugs do. They have their eyeballs at the end of their heads, and they jut out to help them get the best view.
7. The end of smoking.
It became illegal to advertise cigarettes on TV and the radio in the US in 1971. The first episode of Mad Men is about the 60s, that’s how you can remember.
8. A quarter of all your bones are in your feet.
Remember this if bones ever become currency. The most bones are in the feet. 26 to be exact.
9. The invention of roller coasters.
Thrill seekers often went to Coney Island in the late 1800s for seedier kicks than corn dogs and amusement park rides. The reason Luna Park exists is because a man named LaMarcus Thompson designed America’s first roller coaster to distract people from the brothels.
10. Feeling lost? There’s a reason for that.
11. The letter “e” is the most common in English
The letter “e” appears in 11% of all English words. It’s the only vowel worth buying.
12. Sloths are able to hold their breath longer than dolphins.
Nearly 40 minutes thanks to their ability to slow their heartrate. Wow!
13. Space smells delicious.
According to astronauts who’ve been to space (allegedly!), when they come back inside from a space walk, they smell distinctly of seared steak.
14. Adolph Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as a joke.
A Swedish politician sent in the nomination in 1939 as an obvious gag. Great joke, buddy!
15. One at a time, please.