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40 Interesting Facts About Universities

Here are 40 Interesting University facts.

1-5 University Facts

1. After 1250 gallons of mayonnaise went bad at Michigan State University last year, the school’s Sustainability Officer used an anaerobic digester to turn it into energy and power part of the campus. – Source

2. A scientist at the University of Florida, USA, grew a “living ‘brain'”, “a network of 25,000 rat brain cells”  that when “connected to an array of 60 electrodes that can interact with a computer” learned to fly a simulated F-22 stealth fighter jet in a range of weather conditions. – Source

3. In 2010, a Kansas State University professor went on a Twinkie diet, where he ate mainly Twinkies, Oreos, and Doritos to prove to his students that calorie counting is the important part of losing weight, not nutritional content. He lost 27 pounds in 2 months. – Source

4. It takes three years of higher education to become a police officer in Norway. The training takes place at a university college and each graduate gets a bachelor’s degree in “Police Studies”. – Source

5. An underachieving junior from Princeton University successfully designed a nuclear bomb for a term paper in 1977. He got an A on the paper, but the FBI took it and classified it. – Source


6-10 University Facts

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6. In 1861, the entire student body of the University of Mississippi enlisted in the Confederate Army as a single company. They suffered a 100% casualty rate during the Civil War. – Source

7. A Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, was dropped from delivering a speech on “what the food industry could do to improve public health”  because he exposed the deceptive marketing used by top brands. So he released it on YouTube and got 300,000 views. – Source

8. There is a bell in Oxford University library that hasn’t stopped ringing for more than 175 years. Researchers are afraid that opening the bell would ruin an experiment to see how long it will last. – Source

9. After their only son died at the age of 15, Leland Stanford founded Stanford University and told his wife that ”the children of California shall be our children.” – Source

10. Iran has the highest female to male ratio in universities among all sovereign nations. More than 70% of students in engineering and pure sciences are women. – Source


11-15 University Facts

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11. There is an airtight room in a University in Georgia (US), sealed in 1940, to be opened in the year 8113. The “Crypt of Civilization” contains a wealth of artifacts from literary works to everyday items. – Source

12. An Omaha man has filed a lawsuit against the University of Nebraska over its longstanding tradition of releasing balloons into the air after its football team scores a touchdown, alleging the practice violates environmental laws. – Source

13. Alex Smith took so many AP tests in high school that he entered the university as a junior. The quarterback received his bachelor’s degree in two years and began working on a master’s degree, before becoming the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft. – Source

14. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, falsely claimed to have been a nuclear physicist. In reality, he flunked both high school and college, leaving after his sophomore year at George Washington University during which he failed a course of “Molecular and Atomic Physics.” – Source

15. The University of Virginia offers a class in Computer Security which is formally called “Defense Against the Dark Arts.” – Source


16-20 University Facts

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16. The football huddle was invented at Gallaudet University, an all-deaf school, to prevent opposing teams from seeing their signs. – Source

17. There is a cat who visits the University of Augsburg in Germany every day to offer cuddles to stressed out students. The cat’s owner lives nearby and doesn’t mind her daily excursions, and the students call her Sammy, the Campus Cat. – Source

18. Colby Nolan, a cat, was granted an MBA from the Trinity Southern University of Texas in 2004 as part of an investigation to uncover the school as a diploma mill. – Source

19. When the University of Sheffield polled 250 children, all 250 reported that they disliked clowns as hospital decor. – Source

20. A 2006 study at McGill University found that women watching sexual imagery reach physical arousal as quickly as men and are sexually aroused by a greater range of images than men. – Source

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