Useless Facts – You’re Welcome.

  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
  • There are 2 words in the English language that contains all of the vowels in their alphabetical order: facetiously & abstemiously.
  • The 3 most common languages in the world are English, Spanish and Sign.
  • The names of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
  • M & M’s stands for the initials of the inventors (Forrest Mars & Bruce Murrie).
  • The original M&M colours were: red, yellow, brown, green, and violet.
  • The only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia.
  • Niagara Falls could fill 4,000 bathtubs in one second.
  • Everyday blinking causes the eye to be closed for about ½ hour.
  • The human foot has 26 bones.  7 in the ankle, 5 in the instep and 14 in the toes.
  • Your brain uses 25% of all the oxygen that you breathe.
  • The “funny bone” is not a bone; it is a nerve in the elbow.
  • Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.  Both animals are on the Australian coat of arms for the reason.
  • The smallest bone found in the human body is located in the middle ear. The staples (or stirrup) bone is only 2.8 millimetres long.
  • The word ‘Dreamt’ is the only English word that ends with the letters ‘mt’.
  • Fingernails grow 4 times faster than toenails.
  • The first TONKA truck was made in 1947.
  • Humans are born with 300 bones in their body.  When a person reaches adulthood they only have 206 bones.  This occurs because many of the bones join together to make a single bone.
  • The only planet that rotates on its side like a barrel is Uranus. The only planet that spins backwards relative to the others is Venus.
  • The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language.
  • The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
  • Every person has a unique tongue print.
  • In 2006, astronomers changed the definition of a planet. This means that Pluto is now referred to as a dwarf planet.
  • Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.
  • The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan; there was never a recorded Wendy before.
  • Saturn isn’t the only ringed planet, other gas giants such as Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune also have rings, they are just less obvious.
  • The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’.
  • There is a Superman somewhere in every episode of Seinfeld.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
  • Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body. They are created inside the bone marrow of your bones.
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  • A crocodile can’t stick its tongue out.
  • Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  • The Sun is over 300000 times larger than earth.
  • Halley’s Comet was last seen in the inner Solar System in 1986, it will be visible again from Earth sometime in 2061.
  • Your heart beats around 100000 times a day, 36500000 times a year and over a billion times if you live beyond 30.
  • It is because of the Sun & Moons gravity that we have high & low tides.
  • Mt Everest is the highest mountain on earth; its peak reaches 8,848 metres (29028 feet) above sea level.
  • The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest living structure in the world.
  • Butterflies taste food by standing on top of it! Their taste receptors are in their feet unlike humans who have most on their tongue.
  • Although the Stegosaurus dinosaur was over 9 metres long, its brain was only the size of a walnut.
  • The largest ocean on Earth is the Pacific Ocean.
  • Flying in a V formation allows birds to fly further.
  • Bulls are colour blind, so they can’t distinguish between colours.
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26 Responses to “Useless Facts – You’re Welcome.”

  1. marissafh May 7, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    LoL! I’ve always liked these trivia and useless facts. My son has picked it up now – he tells me facts that he gets from a site somewhere.

    • marissafh May 7, 2013 at 2:46 am #

      p.s. I’ll show this page to my son, to add to his list! And thanks for the likes and follow on my blog.

    • 09history May 7, 2013 at 8:04 am #

      Thank you so much for your comment! I really appreciate it. My two girls enjoy the trivia and facts as well, and finally my husband jumped online this morning to find out what happened today, not on our site, but it was wonderful to have him bright eyed telling me facts that I didn’t know.

  2. Jolandi Steven May 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    What a lovely idea for a blog. I love useless facts. I will certainly follow it and ‘participate’ now and again, as it should be a lot of fun.

    • 09history May 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate it. (I’m normally to shy to comment on other peoples pages but need to step out of my shell!) Your photos on your blog are just beautiful. Thank you again, Emma.

  3. gpcox May 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Pardon my old fashion expression – but – this is NEAT!

    • 09history May 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      Hahah thank you so much! Catching up on some facts and trivia – Mum’s Trivial Pursuit game was just for adults.

      • gpcox May 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

        Gotcha!

  4. Browsing the Atlas May 14, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    I love these! Useless facts always seem so important to me. Like we should take note of these things. 😉

    • 09history May 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

      Thank you so much! Who knows when they might come in handy.

  5. Office Diva May 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    You gotta love the Stegosaurus; big and dumb, ate his veggies……..probably very sweet. lol! This was fun, thanks!

    • 09history May 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

      Thank you! Poor old Stegosaurus, brain the size of a walnut.

  6. Tilly May 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    I love useless facts. They are always so interesting. Thanks for posting this.

    • 09history May 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      Thank you. I agree they are very interesting and fun to share them!

      • Tilly May 15, 2013 at 12:56 am #

        If you don’t mind would I be able to write a similar article on my own blog, about other useless facts.

      • 09history May 15, 2013 at 8:55 am #

        Of course! It was my husbands idea so I must pay him acknowledgement for a wonderful idea 😉

  7. barbmca May 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    good idea fun read

    • 09history May 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed reading!

  8. Judy Guion May 19, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    I just sent your useless fact about the name Wendy to my cousin, along with your link, because I thought she’d be interested. I know I sure am.

    • 09history May 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Thank you so much! We hope she enjoys it as much as you. A wonderful name picked for the story of Peter Pan.

  9. authorjim May 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    I have to agree, they are useless but I like your blog anyhow. It is very attractive and uncluttered. I’m going to follow it for awhile and see what develops. Are you good at crossword puzzles?

    • 09history May 23, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      Thank you so much! Am I good at crossword puzzles? I thought long and hard how to answer this question, being the first question someone has asked me on our blog. In another 30 years from now I hope to be excellent at crossword puzzles, with time, learning, and knowledge but for now I will say that I am ok at crossword puzzles. Are you good at crossword puzzles?

      • authorjim May 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

        A thirty year schedule for becoming good at crossword puzzles may be a little risky. I have no idea how old you are but thirty years from now your mind may have lost it’s acuity. I don’t think I am very good at crossword puzzles but I thought you might be because of your interest in trivia. I am not good at trivia at all and many of the crossword puzzles today are as much a trivia quiz as they are a crossword puzzle. You may want to add to your useless facts that the first known crossword puzzle was in 1890 but they didn’t gain any popularity until 1913 and became very popular in the 1920’s. I remember my mother doing them in the 1930’s. They followed some very specific rules at that time but those rules have all been abandoned now. For example, no proper names were used and, if the answer was more than one word, the number of words had to be given in the clue. Having said all that, I like crossword puzzles and usually do several of them a week. Keep on the sunny side.

      • 09history May 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

        Hahah Well I am 33 so I was thinking by the time I get into my 60’s hopefully I will have a lot more life experience and would hopefully learned a lot more than what I know now. Thank you so much for the crossword trivia, I would love to add that to the Useless Facts page. I probably would do a crossword puzzle once every 6 months, but who knows, 30 years down the track I might be doing more!

  10. Gypsy Bev May 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    This is perfect for my family. My older son has always been “a storehouse of useless information.” Thanks for stopping by and taking a Gypsy Road Trip!

    • 09history May 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Thank you so much Gypsy Bev. I hope you come across some useless information that your son didn’t yet know!

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