It’s easy to get nervous about not knowing what to say when you’re in a new social situation.
Having the perfect thing to set you apart from everyone else can feel great, but how can you do that when you are still just getting to know someone and feel so nervous?
When you know some random fun facts, you can show off your extensive knowledge and get to know people better at the same time!
After your small talk, use your fun facts to start conversations and learn more about others’ interests as well. Keep reading to find out some random facts you may need to know!
12 Random Fun Facts You Should Know
Although it would be a little strange to just start spouting off facts to someone you don’t know yet, you can always sprinkle these into a conversation.
When you’re trying to come up with stuff to talk about, you can use some of these facts for parties to make yourself stand out!
1. Viagra can make cut flowers stand up straight.
Viagra is known for being an effective treatment for male impotence, but it also works for flowers that are starting to sag.
Once you cut a flower, it starts to lose what it needs to be vibrant and strong. Viagra has been shown to help the flowers gain back part of what they need to stand up straight in the water for longer after you cut them.
2. In 2005, Mark Zuckerberg tried to sell Facebook to MySpace for $75 million.
Mark Zuckerberg wanted to sell Facebook to MySpace, but MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe said no.
Later again that same year, Mark tried to sell to MySpace again(for a higher price) and was shot down.
In 2009, Facebook started to draw at least twice as much traffic as MySpace.
3. M&M’s actually stands for “Mars & Murrie’s,” the last names of the candy’s founders.
A lot of people think that the M on the M&M’s candy stands for Mars Incorporated, but it actually stands for the last name of both founders.
4. Our brains are the fattiest organ we have with a minimum of 60% fat.
We need healthy fats, such as omega-3s and omega-6s, for our brain health due to the amount of fat in our brains. The whole body benefits from these healthy fats, but the brain specifically is dependent on them.
Healthy fats stabilize the cell walls within your brain and reduce inflammation!
5. France was still executing people by guillotine when the first Star Wars movie came out.
Hamida Djandoubi was the last man executed by guillotine in France on September 10, 1977.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was released on May 25, 1977. This was about 3 and a half months before!
6. Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised toward children specifically on TV.
Television ads were starting to gain more traction compared to radio ads in the early 1950s.
Up until this point, toy ads had been targeting parents because the parents were who bought the toys.
The Mr. Potato Head ad was aimed at children, which was revolutionary in the advertisement industry (even though the concept didn’t catch on right away).
7. Some people experience the same feeling of arousal when thinking about food as when having sex.
The brain is where all of our thoughts and emotions form, operating as the center for neurotransmitters and neuroendocrine systems.
The nerves, chemicals, and hormones impact desires, including sexual desires and food desires.
Food and sex are also connected in the limbic system of the brain, which is part of what controls our emotions. Sex and food bring out the same types of dopamine reactions in our brains.
8. No piece of square paper can be folded more than 12 times in half.
It was previously thought that paper couldn’t be folded more than 7 times, but that was proven wrong by high school student Britney Gallivan.
9. The Vatican Bank is the world’s only bank that allows ATM users to perform transactions in Latin.
Pope Benedict XVI was passionate about reviving the Latin language and held many informal conversations strictly in Latin. The Vatican is devoted to the language.
10. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
In 1834, Ohio physician John Cook was selling ketchup as a cure for indigestion.
It was only in the late 1800s that people started to use it as a popular condiment.
11. A daddy longlegs is not really a spider.
People often think that a daddy longlegs, or a harvestman, is a spider. They do have spider-like characteristics, but they are more generally arachnids than spiders.
All spiders are arachnids, but not all arachnids are spiders.
12. Wealth-psychologists help the ultra-rich deal with their feelings about being so rich.
These are mental health professionals that specialize in the issues of wealthy people.
Sometimes called wealth counselors or money psychologists, they help rich clients deal with guilt about wealth. They also may offer counseling relating to raising children when wealthy or inheritance issues.
What Other Fun Facts Do You Know?
There are tons of random fun facts out there, so don’t limit yourself to the ones on this list alone!
Finding random facts online has never been easier and you never know when one of them may come up in conversation.
Our website has a lot of fun facts to add to your bank of information. Look at some of our other articles to learn some extra facts!