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Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,236

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edited November 2020 in Coffee lounge

Give us your fun facts

I think we all enjoy a random fact don't we? Sometimes I find myself browsing the internet or going about my day and I'll read a fact that just makes my jaw drop.

So, what random fun facts do you have? I'll start off:

  • bananas share about 60% of the same DNA as humans
  • the two M letters in M&Ms stand for "Mars" and "Murrie"  
  • the longest time between two twins being born is 87 days

Looking forward to hearing yours :) 
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    An average sized car travelling at sixty mph for sixty miles uses up the same amount of oxygen that the average human would in a lifetime! 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,954

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    In Switzerland it's illegal to only keep one guinea pig.
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,236

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    edited August 2020
    @leeCal
    That makes me quite glad I don't drive, so interesting.

    @Adrian_Scope
    How strange, if I ever live there I'll get two, wouldn't want the one to get lonely.

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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,690 Disability Gamechanger
    Not sure how true these are so maybe take them with a pinch of salt but they are just some facts I have heard :D

    Pregnant women can legally urinate anywhere they want including in a police officer’s hat

    The bubbles in a glass of champagne are set off by tiny pieces of dirt inside the glass so if you are served a glass of champagne and it has bubbles in it you can complain that the glass is dirty

    Oliver Cromwell made it illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day and the law has still not been taken down
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,236

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    @66Mustang
    Thanks for those, they're great :) 

    I wouldn't mind mince pies being illegal, I don't like them at all :D 

    I have another - some fruit flies are genetically resistant to getting drunk. (I wouldn't mind having a few of those genes).

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    In 2017 more people were killed from injuries caused by taking a selfie than by shark attacks...

    Stay safe guys!  :D 
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  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,268 Disability Gamechanger
    leeCal said:
    An average sized car travelling at sixty mph for sixty miles uses up the same amount of oxygen that the average human would in a lifetime! 
    That's definitely fun, but I'm not sure it's a fact! 

    Assuming it's a conventional petrol car it needs 14.7 times as much air than fuel.  Let's say the average 2.0 petrol engine does 35mpg while cruising at 60mph.   That's 7.8 litres of petrol over the 60 miles.  Multiplied by 14.7 = 114 litres of air.  Air is only 20% oxygen, so 20% of 114 = 23 litres of oxygen used for 60 miles at 60mph.

    Now, what is really interesting, is that the average human breathes about 550 litres of oxygen per day...divided by 24 hours, that makes 23 litres per hour!  So if you're driving your 2.0 petrol car at 60mph for 60 miles, it will take an hour to reach your destination and you will have used up the same amount of oxygen as the engine has!  Now there's a fun fact!  :D
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    @Chloe_Scope

    And that's why I don't take selfies :D 
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,127

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    In Switzerland it's illegal to only keep one guinea pig.
    I believe it's also illegal to drop your recycling off on Sunday in Switzerland because it's too noisy!
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    @OverlyAnxious but, indulge me if you will, not all the oxygen breathed in is actually used. So to be accurate we’d need to know how much is used and how much expelled unused. Apologies for being a pedant. 😊 
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,268 Disability Gamechanger
    leeCal said:
    @OverlyAnxious but, indulge me if you will, not all the oxygen breathed in is actually used. So to be accurate we’d need to know how much is used and how much expelled unused. Apologies for being a pedant. 😊 
    Absolutely, and there's nothing wrong with being a pedant! :smiley:

    That 550 litres has already been adjusted to take that into account.  We breathe out about 75% of the oxygen we inhale, only 'burning' around 25% of it...the inhale figure is roughly 2200 litres per day!   That's around 11,000 litres of combined air!!  :o
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020
    Ok so how about...

    McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli

    This interesting fact will have your taste buds crawling. Unsurprisingly, the attempt to get kids to eat healthier didn’t go over well with the child testers, who were “confused by the taste.”

    Mmmm yumm!

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    Yuck. What's wrong with broccoli as it is!?
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,236

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    Yuck. What's wrong with broccoli as it is!?
    everything 

    Really enjoyed reading these facts from everyone so far, I've been telling my family them throughout the week and they've spawned some fun discussions :) 
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    A lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away!
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    A lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away!
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  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,819 Disability Gamechanger
    A flock of starlings is called a "murder"
    heart attacks are more likely to happen on a Monday
    Bin Laden's and Hitler's death were both announced on a Monday

    (sorry did someone say "fun"?)
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger

    Armadillo shells are bulletproof!

    In fact, one Texas man was hospitalised when a bullet he shot at an armadillo ricocheted off the animal and hit him in the jaw. Apparently.

  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,690 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020
    In Switzerland it's illegal to only keep one guinea pig.
    I believe it's also illegal to drop your recycling off on Sunday in Switzerland because it's too noisy!
    Yes I think the Swiss are extremely proud of where they live and a lot of things are frowned upon or seen as antisocial. I think putting your washing out on a line is against local bylaws in many areas. Also, speeding is heavily frowned upon there, one of the few countries that is even stricter than the UK!

    Another Swiss one to add to the list: I remember reading that every Swiss man in Switzerland has to own a firearm and bullets by law. I believe it is to do with the possibility of being called upon to form a militia. I heard they have more guns per head there than America but may be wrong.
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    Raisins and Sultanas are made from the same grape variety!
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    The following can be read forward and backwards: Do geese see God?

    Mind. blown.
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    The two things which never stop growing on a human are ears and nose.
    what about hair? I hear you ask, yes okay,
    so the  three things which never stop growing on a human are ears, nose and hair.
    what about nails? I suspect I’ll hear you ask.
    true, the four things which never stop growing on a human being are ears, nose, hair and nails.  That’s it as far as I’m concerned. 😅 

    (What did the romans ever do for us?)

  • coletcolet Member Posts: 68 Courageous
    You can get done for being drunk in charged with a powered wheelchair 
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020

    Kleenex tissues were originally intended for gas masks

    There was a cotton shortage during World War I so Kimberly-Clark developed a thin, flat cotton substitute for the army to use as a filter in gas masks. The war ended before the material was perfected so the company redeveloped it to be smoother and softer, and called it Kleenex facial tissue instead.

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    @leeCal ooft you learn something new everyday! I'll have to remember all these random facts for the pub quiz :)
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,127

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    leeCal said:
    The two things which never stop growing on a human are ears and nose.
    what about hair? I hear you ask, yes okay,
    so the  three things which never stop growing on a human are ears, nose and hair.
    what about nails? I suspect I’ll hear you ask.
    true, the four things which never stop growing on a human being are ears, nose, hair and nails.  That’s it as far as I’m concerned. 😅 

    (What did the romans ever do for us?)

    All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2020

    Blue whales eat half a million calories in one mouthful

    Thats 470,000 calories which is over 240 times the energy the whale uses to scoop the krill into its mouth, but whose counting!

    🐳 

  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,236

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    Those greedy greedy blue whales! Although yeah like @Tori_Scope, I feel like I do that sometimes :D 

    I've absolutely loved reading all these facts, there's some gems here.

    The budgie with the largest vocabulary could speak 1,728 words. 

    That's more than me I think
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    You lose 100 hairs in a day 
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    Approximately 1 billion cards are given on Valentine's Day each year.
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger

    The man with the world’s deepest voice can make sounds humans can’t hear

    The man, Tim Storms, can’t hear the note, which is eight octaves below the lowest G - but elephants can!

  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    News today - Death Valley hits 54.4C - in what could be highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger

    What is the coldest place on Earth?

    It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter night.

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    @leeCal

    Certainly wouldn't want to go there on my holidays! 

    There are no bridges across the entire width of the Amazon river 
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    Australia has more camels than any other country in the world.
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,690 Disability Gamechanger
    I am glad this thread had a bump, I enjoyed reading all of the facts.

    A few more I can think of, but may have gotten muddled in my mind, so check them before you use them in your essays... :D 

    - The watch company Rolex is majority-owned by a charitable trust. When the founder died he left a small percentage of his company to his family but the majority was put into a charitable trust. This means when you buy a Rolex (or Tudor) watch you are actually doing some good. However the company still sell watches as a private firm and not a charity which means unfortunately you cannot get tax relief to buy a Rolex!!!

    - A bit dark this one, and it's said tongue in cheek - I'm not saying it is a good thing - it is just a fact that was on QI: Genghis Khan is possibly the single person to have done the most to slow down climate change out of any person who has ever existed. He is responsible for millions of deaths, but he did so several centuries ago, so those people have not reproduced through the generations and it means today the population is over a hundred million lower than it would have been if those people lived. People like certain WW2 leaders have not yet had the same long term impact as their actions were only committed a couple of generations ago.
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    edited November 2020
    Yuck. What's wrong with broccoli as it is!?
    How much time do you have? Basically there's a LOT wrong with Brocolli in general IMO.

    Interesting fact, apparently WWE Legend The Undertaker is scared of Cucumbers!


  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,236

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    That second one is strange but interesting @66Mustang :D 

    Thanks for sharing both of them.

    Snickers wasn't originally called Marathon, it was called Snickers, except in this country we didn't adopt that name until later and decided Marathon would be used here instead
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,127

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    I read this online a while ago and haven't fact-checked, but apparently there are more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way
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    I nominate you to embark on an official count @Tori_Scope :) 
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    Time to book some annual leave @Ross_Scope :D
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    @Tori_Scope we need far far more trees regardless.
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    Apparently people from Barnsley are known as "Dingles", eh?


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    Humans have more than 5 senses. Scientists believe there could be up to 23
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  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,186 Pioneering
    How coffee was discovered 
    There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
  • Skye314Skye314 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    This thread is amazing! So many great facts, my minds gone into overdrive with facts now. I wish I could reply to them all! 
    @Adrian_Scope good job Switzerland! Guinea pigs are highly sociable so I hate to hear of one alone. I am piggy mad myself.

    Guinea pigs sleep usually sleep with their eyes open and for 10 minute bursts. If your guinea pig defies this general rule it means they feel very safe in your company. 

    When guinea pigs are really happy/excited they "Popcorn" (it's a mix of jumping, twitching and wheeking - my first thought when I seen this was "Oh no my guinea pig has epilepsy").

    An excited guinea pig will also do zoomies (running around in circles) and a guinea pig trying to assert their dominance will rumblestrut (they strut, and they rumble- it's quite amusing to watch).

    Also, a fun one I've always loved: It is illegal for a frog to croak after 11pm in Memphis, Tennessee.


  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,236

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    Sandy_123 said:
    How coffee was discovered 
    There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
    Love this, never knew that :) 

    Thank you for sharing those super facts @Skye314, they're all great, especially the one about guinea pigs sleeping, 10 minute bursts is such a strange way to sleep when considering it from a human point of view :):smile:

    That last one about frogs is very random too, I wonder if a frog has ever been arrested for doing that?
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  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,186 Pioneering
    @Ross_Scope thank goodness the goats ate the berries, because I love coffee
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,127

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    They're frogmarched out by police quite frequently I believe @Ross_Scope.

    Love the facts @Skye314! I love animal zoomies. Tippy taps are my favourite though, I'd highly recommend a watch.
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    @Tori_Scope I believe that most of the frogs are simply told to hop it.
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    Ah yes, I frogot about that @leeCal
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  • DragonslayerDragonslayer Community Co-Production Group Posts: 937 Pioneering
    Here's a few I've heard over the years.

    England is around 74 times smaller than the USA, but has about 150% more people than the state of California alone!
    The medieval version of football was so violent players sometimes died on the pitch.
    It is illegal to get drunk in Scotland whilst in possession of a cow.
    Apparently right handers live longer than left.
    Come to think of it. I'm left handed, and proud of the fact too I might add.  👌
    Any more out there?

  • euroeuro Member Posts: 11 Connected
    @Dragonslayer If memory serves me right, left handed premature mortality is down to fatal accidents caused by left handers unsuccessfully using tools designed for right handers.  Be careful out there xx
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,690 Disability Gamechanger
    I read that things that make a satisfying noise when closed like car doors don’t need to make a noise. They are just built to make a sound because people like it for reassurance!
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,236

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    Interesting @66Mustang

    I can't say I've ever found the sound of a car door that comforting, though I guess it's one of those that I'd maybe notice if it wasn't there.
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 14
    The word bored was probably first used in around 1768 apparently. So presumably before then there was no boredom, lol.

    did I hear you say “meh”? 
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,690 Disability Gamechanger
    Interesting @66Mustang

    I can't say I've ever found the sound of a car door that comforting, though I guess it's one of those that I'd maybe notice if it wasn't there.
    It's more that people like a sound and a clicking sensation when they are opening and closing things, like a door or a lid, or pressing a button, just to give that confirmation that the thing has indeed closed or the button has been pressed. Apparently it is totally unnecessary from a functional perspective!
  • DragonslayerDragonslayer Community Co-Production Group Posts: 937 Pioneering

    A few more 'true' facts. Or so I'm told. 😆

    In Israel, it is illegal to bring bears to the beach.

    In Switzerland, it is illegal to flush the toilet after 10pm.

    In Utah, birds have the right of way on a highway.

    Well, there are some strange things in the world. 😜


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    This thread is swiftly becoming our very own version of 'Q.I.'  :D
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  • spankie76spankie76 Member Posts: 24 Connected
    The native American Mohawk tribe never actually wore the mohawk hair style.

    Peanuts are not really a nut but are from the same family as beans and lentils.
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    That tribe needed a visit to the hairdressers clearly @spankie76 :) 

    Scientists believe humans could have upwards of 23 senses, rather than just 5
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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,383 Disability Gamechanger
    I don’t doubt it @Ross_Scope, for example I can sense when I’ve spent too much 🤣
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    leeCal said:
    I don’t doubt it @Ross_Scope, for example I can sense when I’ve spent too much 🤣
    I know how you feel there :) I can sense when I've eaten too much
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