Random Facts #17

  • In China there is canned fresh air
  • There are more lifeforms living on your skin then there are people on the planet
  • It takes around a little less then 1 month for a person to starve to death
  • In Vietnam everyone celebrates their birthday on the same day(Vietnamese New Year)
  • The worlds largest mall is in Dongguan, China and it contains an indoor rollercoaster
  • On December 24, North Koreans celebrate a Christmas like holiday celebrating Kim Jong II’s mother
  • An interesting custom in India is that the residence only eat using their right hand because the left had is used to clean oneself
  • There are over 50,000 people in Japan that lived past the age of 100
  • There is a man in Turkey that is 8ft 3in tall and a woman in China that is 7ft 8in tall
  • The average American will likely spend 5 months of their life on the phone
  • People often say a continuous series of small accomplishments will feel more fulfilling then a few major accomplishments in ones life
  • Sleep deprivation can shorten you life span
  • The island of Borneo and Sumatra are the only place you can find wild Orangutans
  • The name “India” is said to come from the river Indus
  • The Indus Valley civilization is considered the worlds oldest, largest and continuous civilization
  • The Dragon’s Breath chili pepper is so hot it can cause a type of anaphylactic shock that could lead to potential death
  • The Canary Islands are actually part of Spain. In Spain the island is called “Islas Canarias”coming from the Latin phrase “Canariae Insulae” meaning “Island of dogs”
  • According to a study made by the United Nations the ozone layer that protects the planet and its inhabitance from the sun UV rays will be making a full recovery in 50 years

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 #15

  • Around 42 million people celebrate Halloween world wide
  • The people in Latin America, Mexico and Spain celebrate a day similar to Halloween called Día de los Muertos(Day of the Dead) which is on November 2. Following after is a three day celebration that begins on the 31st of October as a way of honoring the departed
  • Halloween isn’t celebrated much in England and has been replaced with Guy Fawkes Day where people set bonfires in celebration of the English traitor, Guy Fawkes, execution
  • In England, children go door to door saying, “A penny for a guy” instead of “trick or treat”
  • In Ireland, children play a game where coins or candy are placed under playing cards and the child will win each coin or candy that was hiding under the cards
  • In Ireland and parts of the UK, ding-dong-ditching is known as “knock-a-dolly” or “knock-knock-ginger”
  • Nickanan Night is a time before the Christian holiday Lent, when children prank their families and neighbours and minor acts of vandalism
  • Halloween originally came from the Irish and Scottish holiday ,Samhain, where they would set bonfires, dress in animal skin costumes, play games and eat
  • Many people go to Vlad the Impaler’s castle in Romania on Halloween, also known as “Count Dracula’s castle”
  • There is a big Costume Halloween parade in Kawasaki, Japan every year on October 31st
  • A tradition in the Philippines, Pangangaluluwa, is a celebration similar to Samhain, where children will go door to door, in costume, and pray for the spirits of loved ones
  • The people of Poland will travel to their families graves in early November during Dzień Zaduszny( All Soul’s Day)
  • In India, during the Hindu celebration, Pitru Paksha, it is believed that when someone dies the god of death with come and guide their soul to Purgatory, where they will be reunited with their ancestors
  • It is a tradition for people in Austria to leave bread, water and a lamp outside their doors as a way of guiding souls back to earth
  • In Czechoslovakia, it was a tradition to place a chair in front of the fireplace. One for each each living member and one for each dead members spirit.
  • In Germany, people hide their knives out of fear of them being used to harm them by spirits
  • Alla Helgons Dag Is a Swedish holiday celebrated during the 31st of October to the sixth of November. Students are given a day off and adults get shorter work days to celebrate.

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 #13

  • In Mexico placing two mirrors opposite of each other is considered bad luck because it is said to open a door for the devil
  • Sticking chop sticks straight down in a your food is unlucky in Japan because it resembles the number 4 which can mean death
  • It is bad luck to congratulate someones birthday before the day comes in Russia
  • It is forbidden to whistle indoors in Lithuania because it could summon demons
  • In Germany, cheering with a non-alcoholic beverage(water) is bad because it is a way to with death and misfortune to the people you are drinking with
  • In Japan, if your head faces North while you sleep it is bad luck because that is how they lay there dead to rest. While in Africa it is West.
  • Playing with scissors in Egypt is bad luck.
  • If you step in dog poop in France it is considered good luck as long as it is with your left foot and not your right.
  • Another Russian superstition is that if a bird poops on you or your belongings it is good luck
  • In both Egypt and Italy, owls are signs of misfortune and death
  • It is said that in Iceland knitting outside could prolong winter
  • Getting a hair cut in India on Tuesday can cause bad luck
  • In Russia giving your friend yellow flowers as a gift mean that you could be cursing them with infidelity.
  • Dripping water behind a person is good luck in Serbia
  • Walking backwards in Portugal is bad luck because you are showing the devil which way you’re going
  • In the UK and North America it id good luck to say “Rabbit Rabbit” or “White Rabbit” one the first day of the month.

Random Facts #12

  • Since a black hole’s gravitational pull is so strong that even light can’t escape, black holes would technically be invisible to people
  • Bone is five times stronger than mild steel
  • In 2012 over 1.3 billion people lived in China making it the country with the largest population
  • In China, if your grandparents are over 60, you have to by law, visit them
  • There are 54 countries in Africa
  • BMW is a German car company
  • The largest number in the world is a Googleplexian(1 followed by 100 zeros)
  • There are 9 different time zones in Russia
  • The first satellite was launch by the Soviet Union during the Cold War in 1957
  • The Cold War lasted from 1947-1991(44 years), but there was never any direct military conflict between the Soviet Union and the U.S.A.
  • Caffeine is considered a drug since it stimulates your body and gives you an energy boost
  • Sleep deprivation can cause a person to experience mood swings and memory lost
  • The creators of the Angry Birds app are from Finland
  • Canada is rich in zinc, nickel, lead and gold
  • Pesäpallo is the national sport of Finland
  • The country of Czechoslovakia split in 1993, becoming the countries of Slovakia and the Czech Republic
  • French is the second most studied language in the world
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Bulgaria, Greece, and Georgia share borders with Turkey
  • Troy was located in northwest coast of modern day Turkey
  • The Ukraine is the largest country in Europe(233,062 mi²)
  • Keiv is the capital city of Ukraine and around 2.8 million people made their home there

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 km² in area