39 Facts About the World That Will Surprise the Most Intelligent People

  1. A strawberry is not a berry, but a banana is a berry
  2. The average chocolate bar contains eight insect pieces
  3. There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand in the world
  4. Humans completely replace their outer skin every month
  5. Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all wars in history
  6. You’re twice as likely to get killed by a vending machine than a shark
  7. For every human on earth, there is 1.6 million ants
  8. France was still executing people by guillotine up until 1977
  9. The word ‘set’ has the most number of definitions (464) in the English language
  10. In an average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator
  11. The jaw is the most commonly used joint in the human body
  12. Starfish are not fish (they’re sea urchins) and killer whales are not whales (they’re dolphins)
  13. Speaking of dolphins, they can actually call each other by name
  14. One piece of space junk returns to earth every day
  15. The naked mole rat is immune to cancer and can live with almost no oxygen
  16. Due to gravity, the theoretical maximum height of a tree is 130 meters
  17. The mouth of a blue whale can hold its own bodyweight in water
  18. An average adult contains 7 quintillion joules of potential energy (or, 30 hydrogen bombs)
  19. The technology in one Gameboy exceeds all the computing power used to put man on the moon
  20. 99% of the earth’s gold is located in its core
  21. Getting struck by lightening heats skin up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit
  22. Honey is the only food that does not spoil
  23. The Hawaiian alphabet only has twelve letters (A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P, and W)
  24. The lighter was invented ten years earlier than the match
  25. The strongest muscle in the human body (proportional to its size) is the tongue
  26. Whips make a cracking sound because the tip actually moves faster than the speed of sound, creating a small sonic boom
  27. Charles Darwin was the first person who had the idea to attach wheels to his office chair to move around more quickly
  28. To tell a real diamond from a fake one, breathe on it; fake ones will fog up while real ones will stay clear
  29. The 3 most sold products in human history are the iPhone, Harry Potter books, and Rubik’s Cube
  30. A cockroach can live a few weeks without its head, before eventually dying of hunger.
  31. Besides the 5 senses, you also have proprioception, awareness of the position of your body parts
  32. The Spanish word ‘esposas’ means both ‘handcuffs’ and ‘wives’
  33. When you gain or lose weight, your fat cells don’t disappear — they simply change in size
  34. 99% of the microbes that live inside humans are unknown to science
  35. Paper cuts are more painful than regular cuts because such a wound almost never bleeds; instead, nerve endings stay open to the air which irritates them
  36. If you wanted to burn 1 calorie by clicking on a mouse, you would need to click a mouse button 10 million times
  37. If you make ice cubes with tap water, they will be white; if you use boiled water, they will be transparent
  38. It takes such little electricity to charge your phone that if you calculated the yearly cost of it, it would be less than $1
  39. Animals avoid power lines because they are scared of ultraviolet flashes invisible to the human eye

[1] L. (2013, October 08). 25 Mind Boggling Facts About Our World. Retrieved December 21, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C07i4uvBn-4