Society for the Collection of Obscure Facts


For those of us who revel in the fact that “I know something you don’t know!” (from: facebook group)

  1. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  2. An office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.
  3. Early Romans used to use porcupine quills as toothpicks.
  4. It costs about 3 cents to make a $1 bill in the United States.
  5. Since 1950, over 230 million eggs of Silly Putty have been sold.
  6. The United States produces enough plastic film annually to cover the entire state of Texas.
  7. The only king without a moustache in a deck of cards is the king of hearts.
  8. A leech has 32 brains.
  9. Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
  10. Great Britain was the first country to issue postage stamps in 1840.
  11. In China, September 20 is “Love Your Teeth Day.”
  12. In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans annually.
  13. The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
  14. The most overdue book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England and was returned 288 years later.
  15. Butterflies taste with their feet. (thanks, RH!)
  16. When bats fly out of their caves, they always make a left turn. (RH again!)
  17. There are more plastic lawn flamingoes in the US than real ones. (Thanks Jacob!)
  18. Bowling lanes are surfaced with oil in different patterns to make shots more challenging. (Go Em!)
  19. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo… no one knows why.
  20. A regulation bowling pin only has to tilt 15 degrees in order to fall. (Jacob again!)
  21. All Barrier Reef Anemonefish are born sexless and develop into males, & only become females if they rise to the top of the hierarchy. (E.B.)
  22. Epistomophobia = the fear of knowledge.
  23. The oldest known rock on Earth’s surface is located at a site called Issua in Greenland. It is 3.8 billion years old. (Jenny!)
  24. A giraffe’s heart weighs about 24 pounds. (Tom!)
  25. Ithyphallophobia- Fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis. (Tom again!)
  26. Consecotaleophobia- Fear of chopsticks. (Tom apparently knows everything.)
  27. Only two US Presidents have had the letter “x” in their name: Richard Milhous Nixon and James Knox Polk. (A.G.)
  28. If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
  29. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  30. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
  31. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance
  32. A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second
  33. A snail can sleep for three years. (29-34 are all Jenny!)
  34. Babies are born without kneecaps. (Adam D.- and they grow them as they get older)
  35. A moment = 90 seconds (Elizabeth R.)
  36. A pig’s tail stops curling when it’s sick. (Elizabeth R.)
  37. The elephant is the only mammal with 4 knees. (Elizabeth R.)
  38. The liver of a polar bear contains toxic levels of Vitamin A, and thus are unsafe for human consumption. (Philip I.)
  39. Black is usually the first color to be used up in a box of crayons.
  40. “Jaws” is the most common name for a godlfish.
  41. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds. (40-42: Gillian F.)
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One Response to “Society for the Collection of Obscure Facts”

  1. Oh wow this is actually really cool. Try this one;

    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

    or;

    An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

    or;

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    and the best;

    Almonds are a member of the peach family!

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