35 Random And Worthless Facts, As Shared By This Online Community

Published 4 months ago

In the vast universe of the internet, where information flows at the speed of light, there exists a delightful corner where knowledge takes on a different, somewhat peculiar form. Recently, a wave of curiosity has swept through a new AskReddit thread, where users from all walks of life are gleefully sharing their favorite useless trivia facts.

From the bizarre to the mind-boggling, this digital exchange is a treasure trove of tidbits that serve no real purpose other than to entertain and amuse.

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#1

Image source: The_Mr_Wilson, Tobias Tullius / unsplash (not the actual photo)

Alaska’s Aleutian Islands extend far enough west they’re in the Eastern hemisphere, making Alaska the northernmost, westernmost, *and* easternmost U.S. State

#2

Image source: Glittering-Fox-7558, Dima Panyukov / unsplash (not the actual photo)

Nissan cars for ads/ racing normally use the number 23 because in Japanese, a 2 is pronounced ‘ni’ and a 3 is pronounced ‘san’.

#3

Image source: autumn-knight, Alexander Gardner – museums.fivecolleges.edu / wikipedia

Joe Biden was born closer to Abraham Lincoln’s presidency than his own.

Biden was born in 1942 and Lincoln’s presidency ended in 1865, a gap of 77 years. Meanwhile Biden was 78 when his own presidency began.

#4

Image source: Joe_PM2804, Chris F / pexels (not the actual photo)

The elevator shaft was invented before the elevator. Somebody essentially predicted that the elevator would soon be invented and left a space for it while constructing a building.

#5

Image source: Last_Voice_4478, Beth Macdonald / unsplash (not the actual photo)

People use the word “peruse” wrong. We often use it for when we are just looking over, browsing and not paying super close attention. When in fact peruse means “to examine carefully at length” always found this fact interesting.

#6

Image source: BostonRob125, Thomas Lipke / unsplash (not the actual photo)

Orca are considered a natural predator of moose.

#7

Image source: MotherOfBorzoi, Alireza Roudbarmohammadi / unsplash (not the actual photo)

Dalmatians are firehouse mascots because back when fire engines were just a horse drawn wagon, they were the sirens. They’d run in front of the wagon barking and nipping to spook other horses/wagons and pedestrians out of the way

It’s also the reason the Coachmen RV logo is a Dalmatian, rich people would have packs of them run alongside their coaches while traveling because thieves would often hide in wooded areas to ambush wealthy travelers. They’d alert to anyone hiding nearby and help defend the coach if it got attacked

#8

Image source: Zombie_Slur, Ricardo Gomez Angel / unsplash (not the actual photo)

The word nun is really just an “n” doing a somersault.

#9

Image source: ramos1969, RDNE Stock project / pexels (not the actual photo)

People who use sign language, even in the same country, can have ‘accents’ that can denote which region they’re from.

People who use sign language can stutter as they sign.

People who use sign language can ‘talk’ in their sleep with signs.

Note: I am not deaf, nor do I know any hearing impaired people. These items were taught to me by a friend whose mom taught at a school for people who are hearing impaired. If these aren’t accurate please correct me.

#10

Ernest Hemingway once survived two plane crashes in the space of 24 hours.

He was thought to have died in the second crash, but was later found alive with a bottle of gin in one hand and a handful of bananas in the other.

Image source: Cadao_Nguyen

#11

Image source: MaeBeaInTheWoods

The filming of the original Willy Wonka was actually rather unsafe, with a large amount of the cast suffering something. In the candy forest scene, Veruca can be seen having cut her knee on a rock, and that’s a real injury her actress picked up. She even still has a scar on her knee to this day. In the soap boat scene, all the soap pumped onto the characters caused the actors to have massive reddening and irritation of the skin. Shooting had to be paused for several weeks to allow them to recover.

#12

Image source: Phillies1993, NIKHIL / unsplash (not the actual photo)

The day Michael Jackson got his hair burned in the Pepsi commercial was the exact midpoint of his life.

#13

Image source: martusfine, Justin Meckes / unsplash (not the actual photo)

We don’t know who invented or held the patent for the fire hydrant as those papers were lost when the US Patent Office…. burned down.

#14

Image source: theseamstressesguild

The first Oscar’s acceptance speech in sign language wasn’t by Marlee Matlin for “Children of a Lesser God” in 1986 but by Louise Fletcher for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975. She was born to deaf parents and wanted them to hear her speech at home.

#15

Image source: thvnderfvck, SPACEDEZERT / unsplash (not the actual photo)

If you break the word “helicopter” into prefix and suffix, it’s not “heli” and “copter” it’s “helico” and “pter”.

Helico for spiral, and pter for wing. See also: **Pter**odactyl

#16

Image source: Bobeetoo, Jomarc Nicolai Cala / unsplash (not the actual photo)

The bishop of the diocese of Orlando is also the bishop of the moon. Canon law states that the bishop of a port that launches a voyage of discovery is the de facto bishop of newly discovered territories until those lands receive their own bishop. So the religious leader of Disney World is also responsible for the moon.

#17

Image source: Alabastersunrise, TUBS / wikipedia

The state of Colorado is not a rectangle with four straight sides. Due to poor navigation and the terrain getting in the way during early border markings and expeditions, Colorado Is a shape with 697 sides to it.

#18

Image source: threwthetoyallday, Ashish Upadhyay / unsplash (not the actual photo)

Kangaroos can’t jump backwards.

#19

Image source: HereForTheBeer87, Man Alive! / flickr

Gary Numan is older than Gary Oldman

#20

Image source: snafoomoose, Sebastian Arie Voortman / pexels (not the actual photo)

My favorite recent stupid trivia is: most people have an above average number of arms and legs

#21

Image source: liamemsa, Scott Graham / unsplash (not the actual photo)

The word “factoid” means “a piece of incorrect information that is asserted as a fact.”

But now that it has colloquially come to mean “a small bit of trivia,” the definition of a factoid is itself, in fact, a factoid.

#22

Image source: TheJammyBiscuit, Ryan Wallace / unsplash (not the actual photo)

Lego are the largest tyre manufacturer in the world

#23

The Caribbean island nation of Jamaica and the New York City neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens, are not named after the same thing, nor each other.

The country got its name from “Xaymaca,” which is Arawak for “Land of wood and water.”

The neighborhood got its name from “Yamecah,” which is Lenape for “Beaver.”

Image source: Boomerang503

#24

NASCAR was started because moonshiners need to modify their cars to evade police, when prohibition ended they started racing

Image source: Goblindeez_

#25

Image source: CMSV28, Sarony / wikipedia

John Wilkes booth’s brother saved Abraham Lincoln’ s Son from being killed by a train

#26

Jeremiah’s law states “the best way to get the right answer on the internet is not to ask a question; it’s to post the wrong answer.”

Image source: Lumpyyyyy

#27

Image source: mag0802

The only word in the english language with three sets of consecutive double letters is “bookkeeper.”

The longest single syllable word in English is “strengths.”

And Oppenheimer is now the highest grossing movie of all-time that was never #1 at the box office. Before that it was Sing 2.

Edit: changed “in a row” to “consecutive.”

#28

Image source: tevans1192, Kolforn / wikicommons (not the actual photo)

In the UK, for every 1 degree Celsius the temperature drops, Heinz soup sales increase 3.4%

#29

Image source: kewpiemoon, AnotherGypsy / wikipedia (not the actual photo)

The most common star sign in mental hospitals are Aquarius (so those born between Jan 20th to Feb 18th)

#30

Image source: CharmingCameo, Art Rachen / unsplash (not the actual photo)

Did you know honey never spoils? Archaeologists found pots of the stuff in ancient Egyptian tombs that’s still edible. So, in case of a zombie apocalypse, at least we’ve got eternal honey for our waffles, right?

#31

Squirrels can virtually fall from any height and survive, due to their very low terminal velocity (large surface, low weight)

Image source: cozzimo

#32

Image source: B1matth, Javier Mazzeo / unsplash (not the actual photo)

A sloth can hold its breath longer than a dolphin

#33

Image source: jsolence420

Twister was the first DVD released in the us.

#34

Sharks predate trees. Boggles my mind.

Image source: valis6886

#35

Image source: patchgrabber, Sagar Kulkarni / unsplash (not the actual photo)

Peacocks sleep in trees.

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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