Random Facts #16

  • In Oulu, Finland there is an air guitar championship during the Oulu music festival
  • In Poland and the Ukraine they celebrate Easter by blasting each other with water
  • Cape Rain Frogs can inflate their bodies into round balls when they feel threatened
  • It is impossible to buy Coca-Cola in North Korea
  • Superman technically couldn’t officially fly till the 1940’s
  • During New Years, Balinese people spend 24 hours in complete silence(this is called “Nyepi”
  • In the Alps of Switzerland there is a finger pulling competition where the contestants try to pull there opponent across a table only using their finger
  • The unicorn is the official national animal of Scotland
  • Bees have been known to bit and sting other bees
  • Benjamin Franklin’s friend instructed an anatomy school and the bodies used in the classes were found in his basement
  • Most people in the world have an extra bone in their knee called the Fabella
  • There is a cheese chasing competition in Gloucester, England every spring
  • The goblin shark is a rare species of shark that is the only living relative of the Mitsukurinidae family
  • During WW1, the US army would use dogs to send messages back and forth(Rags, a mixed terrier was buried with military honors for his bravery during the war in Maryland)
  • During the Cold War both the USA and Soviet Union studied and trained dolphins to use in wars
  • Many children medicines in the 1800s contained Morphine
  • An officer named Kevin Briggs has saved more then 200 suicidal people by keeping them from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge
  • There is a Wife-Carrying Championship in Finland where the prize is the wife’s weight in beer
  • There is a strange drinking game in Sweden where you tie a pen to your waist and try to get the pen into an empty bottle only using your waist
  • It is good luck in Russia and the Ukraine to sit in one place for a few minutes before leaving for holiday
  • A fox makes a sound that is similar to a high pitched bark or scream

Random Facts #14

  • Europe houses the most countries
  • A Greek legend says that Europe got its name from a Phoenician princess named Europa
  • More chocolate in consumed in Europe then anywhere else
  • The Perucica forest is the last rainforest surviving in Europe
  • Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia have land in both Asia and Europe
  • The longest name in Europe belongs to a town in Wales called Lanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogo
  • People in the Czech Republic drink the most beer with Seychelles in 2nd, Austria in 3rd and Germany in 4th.
  • Europe is part of a supercontinent called Eurasia(Europe and Asia)
  • About 741 million people live in Europe
  • The tallest mountain in Europe is Mount Elbrus in Russia
  • The Vatican is considered the smallest confirmed country and is home to the Pope
  • The Disneyland located in Paris, France is the most popular tourist attraction
  • 10 villages in Scandinavia have the shortest city names consisting of only one letter
  • There are no Mosquitos in Iceland
  • A penguin was knighted in Norway
  • Many of the worlds strongest men are from Poland

Random Facts #11

  • Hot water is likely to turn to ice faster than cold water
  • Camels have three eyelids to protect against blowing sand
  • Every person in the US are likely to have at least two credit cards
  • Theobromine is the toxin in chocolate that affects a dogs heart and nervous system making it dangerous for them
  • The book most likely to be stolen from a library is the “Guinness book of records”
  • The first pizza ever delivered was in 1889 by the Queen of Italy.
  • When you sneeze your heart stops for a millisecond, that’s why people say “Bless you”
  • You can buy eel flavored ice cream in Japan
  • To some people, writing in red ink can be offensive.
  • Bobcats are the most common wild in North America, but they are rarely ever seen
  • the largest salamander in to world is from China
  • A good time to take a nap in between 1 PM and 2 PM
  • France in the most visited country in the world
  • Las Vegas gambling casinos don’t have clocks in them
  • The only royal palace in the US is the IoIani Palace in Honolulu
  • Mexico City is believed to be sinking 10x faster than Venice
  • Russia is home to many rare animals like the Snow Leopard, Polar Bear, Pika and Asiatic Black bear
  • Asiatic Black Bear is also known as the moon bear, or Ursus thibetanus( the bear with the white patch on it’s chest shaped like an sideways crescent moon)
  • The most famous animal in Russia is the Siberian Tiger, which is the largest cat in the world
  • There are 12 active volcanoes in Russia
  • Alaska was sold to the US in 1867 by Russia for $118 million
  • Alaska is 1 718 000 kmĀ² in area