Fun Fact: The Barbie doll’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
Interesting Fact: Over 60% of the U.S.’s drinking water originates in forests
Forests cover just 29 percent of America’s surface area, yet public and private forest lands combined furnish water supplies for more than 180 million Americans.
Fun Fact: Babies are born with more bones than adults
Babies have 300 bones while adults only have 206. Babies have more bones than adults because as they grow up, some of the bones fuse together to form one bone.
Interesting Fact: The original name for the search engine Google was Backrub
Interesting Fact: Google images was created after Jennifer Lopez wore that dress
Google images was literally created after Jennifer Lopez wore that infamous dress at the 2000 Grammys. So many people were searching for her outfit, the search engine added an imagine function.
Happy Fact: Penguins only have one mate their entire life
And the romance doesn’t stop there. Penguins live on rocky shores and prize these small stones to build their nests during mating season. During courtship, a male penguin will find the smoothest pebble to give to a female as a gift.
Interesting Fact: The heart of a shrimp is located in its head
Shrimp also have an open circulatory system, meaning they have no arteries and their organs float directly in the blood.
Fun Fact: The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland
It was apparently chosen as Scotland’s national animal because of its connection with dominance and chivalry as well as purity and innocence in Celtic mythology.
Fun Fact: Did you know that a tomato is actually a fruit?
Tomatoes are fruits that are considered vegetables by nutritionists. Botanically, a fruit is a ripened flower ovary and contains seeds. Hence, roots, tubers, stems, flower buds, leaves, and certain botanical fruits, including green beans, pumpkins, and of course tomatoes, are all considered vegetables by nutritionists.
Interesting Fact: The height of the Eiffel Tower regularly fluctuates
The height of the Eiffel Tower (measuring on average 984 ft) can vary up to six inches, depending on the temperature.
Interesting Fact: Love is chemically addictive
“[Being in love] is a powerfully wonderful addiction when things are going well,” said Helen E. Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University, in a 2006 TED Talk. That’s because those hormones that your brain releases when you’re in love are intensely euphoric, so much so that they can make you addicted to love—and the person you’re in love with.
Interesting Fact: One million Earths would fit inside the sun
Interesting Fact: An apple can last up to 10 months
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, if you pick an apple off a tree, it’ll last a few weeks before it starts to soften and rot. But if you store an entire harvest under “controlled-atmosphere conditions,” it’ll last up to 10 months.
Happy Fact: Sea otters like to hold each other’s paws when they sleep
Why do you ask? So that they don’t drift apart while dreaming. How sweet is that?! 🥰
Interesting Fact: A sneeze shoots through the air at 100 MPH, sending 100,000 germs flying
The most critical time for the spread of those germs, according to researchers, is in the first few minutes after a sneeze or cough occurs.
Fun Fact: Gatorade was named after the University of Florida Gators
In 1969 a team of doctors at the University of Florida named their invention after the school’s mascot (the Florida Gators) and developed it for the football players who needed to rehydrate in the heat (source: USA Today)
Fun Fact: Squirrels are really generous
Squirrels will adopt a squirrel baby if it has been abandoned. But not only that, thanks to forgetting where they stashed their nuts, thousands of trees sprout from the forgotten acorns.
Interesting Fact: Astronauts can grow up to two inches taller while they’re in space
According to past studies by NASA, astronauts get taller in space by about three percent, which means that a 6-foot-tall (1.8 meters) person could gain as much as 2 inches while in orbit. Experts say the astronaut’s height returns to normal after a few months back on Earth
Interesting Fact: A woodpecker’s tongue is bigger than its entire head
A woody woodpecker keeps its tongue wrapped up around its brain to protect it from the impact of all that pecking!
Happy Fact: Mister Rogers’ mom knit all his sweaters
Along with his reputation for being one of the nicest men, Fred Rogers (aka Mister Rogers) was also well known for his signature zip-up cardigans. In one episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he revealed that his mother had hand-knit each of them. Awwww, mamma loves her son!
Interesting Fact: Which is older, jellyfish or dinosaurs?
Scientists have discovered jellyfish fossil snapshots in rocks believed to be more than 500 million years old. So believe it or not, jellyfish have been around even before dinosaurs!
Fun Fact: In Russia, beer was considered a soft drink until 2011
To counter alcohol abuse, Russia finally designated beer as an alcoholic drink in 2011. Before that, any drink containing less than 10% alcohol was considered a soft drink.
Interesting Fact: Want to know if your pet turtle is a boy or girl?
Listen closely! Female turtles hiss and male turtles grunt.
Fun Fact: Dogs have a sense of time
Dogs can tell the difference between one hour, six hours, and twelve hours. With enough training and repetition, your dog will be able to forecast their daily activities such as walks and feeding time as long as they occur around the same time each day.
Fun Fact: What do Miss Piggy and Yoda have in common?
Yoda and Miss Piggy were both voiced by the same person, puppeteer Frank Oz.
Happy Fact: Blind people smile even though they’ve never seen anyone else smile
Smiling isn’t something that’s learned through exposure. Smiling is instinctive, and universal across cultures. If it were learned, like hand gestures, we’d see some variation between cultures.
Interesting Fact: It rains diamonds on both Jupiter and Saturn
On these planets, lightning turns methane in the atmosphere into carbon, which hardens into bits of graphite and diamond as it falls to the ground. Learn more here.
Interesting Fact: The Canary Islands are named after dogs, not birds
While it might seem safe to assume that the Canary Islands were named after canary birds, the island was actually named for a different animal…dogs. In Spanish, the area’s name is Islas Canarias, which comes from the Latin phrase Canariae Insulae for “island of dogs.”
Interesting Fact: The first person ever convicted of speeding was going, eight mph
According to the Guinness World Records, the first person to be charged with speeding was Walter Arnold of the English village of Paddock Wood, Kent. On Jan. 28, 1896, Arnold was spotted going four times the speed limit (which was two miles per hour) in his 19th-century Benz, a horse-less carriage.
Fun Fact: The average mammal takes 21 seconds to empty its bladder
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology found that most mammals weighing more than six pounds take 21 seconds to pee. According to Live Science, this oddly consistent time is due to the fact that the urethra is “appropriately scaled” to be a “flow-enhancing device.” And apparently, the perfectly enhanced flow takes 21 seconds to complete.
Interesting Fact: The word ‘dude’ originated as mockery for young men concerned with fashion
The word ‘dude’ was first used in the late 1800s as a term of mockery for young men who were overly concerned with keeping up with the latest fashions. It later came to stand for clueless city folk before it morphed into a slang greeting term between men, meaning “guy” or “man.”
Fun Fact: 28,000 rubber duckies were lost at sea in the ‘90s
In 1992, a cargo ship container tumbled into the North Pacific, dumping 28,000 rubber ducks and other bath toys that were headed from China to the U.S.