Fact List

Interesting Facts of the Day

  • An MIT-educated biologist, Katharine McCormick, inherited a substantial family fortune and funded the development of the first birth control pill in the 1950s. – Source 
  • Box Jellyfish’s venom is so powerful, human victims have been known to go into shock and drown or die of heart failure before they even reach shore. – Source
  • In ancient Rome, one of the most common cooking ingredients was called “laser”, from the silphium plant. It does not exist today. It was so delicious that it was harvested to extinction from its natural habitat in what is now Libya. We think that it probably tasted something like garlic. – Source
  • Crows in New Caledonia were found to be bending twigs into hooks to extract food hidden in wooden logs. This confirms that wild birds can make tools. – Source
  • A British IT worker threw out an old hard drive containing a few thousand bitcoins he mined when they were a novelty, prompting searches for the $9 million buried in a Welsh landfill when the value of bitcoins broke through $1,200. – Source
  • Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet signed a promise agreeing to give away half their wealth over their lifetime. – Source
  • There are four people in the US who not only can get legal marijuana, but the federal government sends it to them, free. – Source
  • By filming in Australia, the film-makers kept the final budget at $60 million. The movie would not have been green-lit by Warner Bros. otherwise because it would have cost a then-record $180 million for a U.S.-based production.
  • There has been a large sporting and cultural event called the “Gay Games” held every 4 years since 1982 for LGBT athletes, musicians and artists. – Source
  • Jonah Hill had an audible lisp when he first put the teeth in to play Donnie. To get rid of this, he spent over two hours on the phone calling random businesses and talking with them.

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  • Number 2
    Why not mention the title of the show you are talking about. It’s like trying to have a conversation with my wife. Something happened in season 6 of something? Good to know.

  • With Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars properties, Emperor Palpatine retroactively has the highest kill count of any Disney character, since it was presumably him who gave the order to destroy Alderaan.

  • Thank you for your posting on the random facts. I too love random facts.

    Here is one fact that occurred to me and my friend Rigo and our lady friend Smupa.

    We were on a journey of the mind, body, and soul in a small vessel adrift on the vast ocean.
    At some point along the way, a series of humongous bubbles surfaced just beneath our tiny vessel, nearly capsizing us in the process.

    A sharply foul odor was soon realized, causing in us an unusual sequence of events.

    Rigo began to leap like a spider monkey from starboard to port at various intervals!

    Smupa faded into a most relaxed state and began smiling in a most uncontrollable manner.

    As for me, I began to vomit all of the frustrations that I had brought aboard our voyage, casting my eyes upon a visual collage of swirling colors and existences.

    Smupa then passed gas from the bottom.

    It was then that the eureka moment struck! I then posed the question:

    Do Whales Fart?

    Upon our safe return from our voyage, Smupa and I did some research into this potentiality. Following are our findings.

    DO WHALES FART?

    The short answer is yes, whales do indeed fart, flatus or pass gas depending on how you like to phrase it.

    In fact whales, dolphins and porpoises are all marine mammals belonging to the cetacean species and they are all known to fart.

    Today there are around 80 – 90 known species of cetacea currently in existence and they encompass all of the worlds major oceans from the tropics to the coldest of the northern and southern polar hemispheres.

    When it comes to passing gas, farting is a common characteristic that most land and marine mammals have in common with one another.

    Passing gas allows animals to release air that is trapped inside their stomach, which could lead to digestive problems, stomach cramps or other complications if not removed from the body.

    When an animal passes gas or farts the air that comes out of the body comes primarily from two main sources.

    The first source comes from oxygen that is pulled in through the air either while breathing (inhaling and exhaling) or when consuming food or drinking water; and since all mammals eat food and require oxygen to survive they all take in air.

    The second source of air or gas comes from food that is broken down by enzymes, stomach acids and bacteria in the stomach, which creates toxic gasses that need to be removed from the body to prevent it from doing harm to the individuals digestive system.

    In order to release these gases animals need a way to expel them from the body and for most mammals this means that the toxic gas has to exit through either the mouth, which causes burping or through the an*l tract which causes farting.

    The gases that are expelled from a fart are mostly composed of hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane.

    The reason some gasses smell worse than others is because of the breakdown of the foods involved.

    Certain foods can cause obnoxious orders when released as gas while others do not.

    From some of the statements researchers have made about whales farting they have concluded that yes, it stinks when a whale farts.

    When a whale farts or passes gas underwater the sound is believed to be suppressed by the surrounding water making it silent or at least quite compared to the gas that is expelled from land based animals.

    In some cases bubbles or clouds can be seen rising to the surface of the water when a whale passes gas.

    Those most likely to experience whales farting are likely to be researchers involved in following whales and researching their dung or gathering information about their gestation period, habitat, social structure and other important factors.

    In some cases this may also be observed by tourists and whale watchers that are hoping to get a glance of these marine mammals in their natural habitat.

    Unfortunately not much research has been done on this topic, however there have been researchers who have experienced and confirmed that yes whales do indeed fart.

  • Despite its box office failure, Warner Brothers shipped 320,000 rental copies to US video stores, a figure a spokesman freely admitted was “out of whack” with the film’s performance in the theaters. What movie? No reference.

  • “The actors snorted crushed B vitamins for scenes that involved cocaine.”

    What movie?? No source. Why do you guys keep copying and pasting random movie trivia, without including the movie title? Many people have commented on the lack of information. Do you guys even read the comments section anymore?

  • “The shooter in the infamous Vietcong execution photo opened a pizzeria in suburban Virginia after the Vietnam War. A lot of people see this picture and think he’s the bad guy, but really he was executing a viet cong officer.” – Implying the US weren’t the bad guys during Vietnam haha

  • There are many different species of snakes in Canada and it’s considerably colder here than Ireland. Not to mention that the Ice Age affected Canada more.

  • “After the lobby shootout, the camera pans back showing the aftermath of the gunfight in the lobby. During this a piece of one of the pillars falls off. This happened by coincidence during the filming and was not planned, but was left since it seemed appropriate.”

    Why do you consistently offer facts about UNIDENTIFIED movies???

  • The age of consent in Nigeria is 18 but some northern states use islamic laws called Sharia Law, that’s the law with 11 as the age of consent. I’m a Nigerian.

  • I was very pleasantly surprised by the picture of that chess set in the link for #7, it’s quite tasteful, I expected something gaudier.

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