25 “Did You Know” Facts We’re Sure You Didn’t

If you’re looking for a way to make every day life more interesting, you’ve come to the right place! Discovering the tiny details behind what makes people, places, and things work gives us a deeper appreciation and connection to the world around us. It’s also excellent for your memory! It turns out memory is as important to trivia as trivia is to memory. Exercising your mind makes it stronger and more resilient. Who doesn’t want a stronger mind?

So, how many of these facts did you already know? How many shock you?

Which Fruit Catches Fire in the Mircowave?

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Grapes! A March 2019 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that the fruity fireball occurs “as a result of the loose electrons and ions that cluster to form plasma when grapes get hot.” As tempting as it might be, you probably shouldn’t try this one at home.

What’s the Singluar Word for Speghetti?

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Speghetto! You might also find it interesting that the singular words for confetti and grafitti are confetto and graffitto. Who knew-o?!

Guess Who Made Bubblegum Broccoli . . .

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McDonalds! Here’s why they made it–they thought it would lure kids into eating their veggies. Here’s why it didn’t work–according to McDonalds’ CEO, they were confused by the taste.

How Long Does It Take to Empty Your Bladder?

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21 seconds! According to Live Action, it takes all mammals an average of 21 seconds because the urethra is “appropriately scaled” to be a “flow-enhancing device.” We all have more in common than we imagined!

Guess Where Chewing Gum is Banned . . .

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Singapore! Singapore banned chewing gum in an effort to keep the city clean. The ban was established in 1992. In 2004, they loosened their laws to allow for therapeutic, dental, or nicotine gums.

Do You Know How Many Items the Average US House Holds?

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300,000! And if you’ve gone through your things looking for those items that “spark joy,” you still–statistically–have close to a third of a million items left. Maybe it’s time for a garage sale!

What Novel Does Not Contain the Letter E?

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Gadsby! This 50,000 word novel written by Ernest Vincent Wright doesn’t use the letter “E” one time. How is that even possible?! Or, “How is that vn possibl?”

The First Item Sold on ebay Was . . .

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A broken laser pointer! The buyer Mark Fraser knew it was broken so it isn’t a tragedy or anything. He purchased it for $14.83 from eBay’s founder Pierre Omidyar in 1995.

Which Country is Suffering From a Ninja Shortage?

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Japan! Well, to be realistic, all the countries probably don’t have enough ninjas. But it’s super relevant in the Japanese city of Iga, where they’re offering salaries as high as $85,000 for anyone willing to be trained into the role.

Do You Know Which City in the World Has the Longest Name?

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Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu. And that’s not a typo. Here’s something else that’s hard to believe, there are three runners up for the title of longest city name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales, Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in the U.S., Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein in South Africa, and Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarre in Spain.

Bubble Wrap Was Originally Invented As . . .

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Wallpaper! In 1957, Engineer Al Fielding and Swiss inventor Marc Chavannes gave the world a new favorite pastime when they invented bubble wrap. They were actually trying to create a textured wallpaper by sealing two shower curtains together to trap air bubbles.

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History Facts - Indian Independence

  1. The first Prime Minister of independent India was Jawaharlal Nehru. At his infamous inauguration, he delivered his now-famous speech, "Tryst with Destiny".
  2. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar wrote the final draft of the Indian constitution, which is one of the longest in the world. It was adopted formally on November 26, 1949, nearly two years after the declaration of the nation's independence.
  3. The Indian Constitution was legally declared valid on January 26, 1950. The date is celebrated across the country as its official "Republic Day".
  4. The official Day of Independence is August 15. It was chosen by Lord Mountbatten, the first governor-general and last viceroy of India, as it was the same day in 1945 that allied forces defeated Japan at the end of World War II.
  5. The official Indian national flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya, an agriculturalist and freedom fighter.
  6. While the entire nation of India was celebrating their independence day, M.K. Gandhi, who was a leading figurehead of the movement, was not present. At the time, Gandhi was fasting in order to end the Hindu-Muslim riots in Bengal.

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