It costs the U.S. Mint almost twice as much to mint each penny and nickel as the coins are actually worth. Taxpayers lost over $100 million in 2013 just through the coins being made.
Light doesn’t necessarily travel at the speed of light. The slowest we’ve ever recorded light moving at is 38 mph.Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese that contains live maggots. The maggots can jump up to five inches out of cheese while you’re eating it, so it’s a good idea to shield it with your hand to stop them jumping into your eyes.
The loneliest creature on Earth is a whale who has been calling out for a mate for over two decades — but whose high-pitched voice is so different to other whales that they never respond.
During World War II, the crew of the British submarine HMS Trident kept a fully grown reindeer called Pollyanna aboard their vessel for six weeks (it was a gift from the Russians). The northern leopard frog swallows its prey using its eyes — it uses them to
help push food down its throat by retracting them into its head.
The first man to urinate on the moon was Buzz Aldrin, shortly after stepping onto the lunar surface.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
The longest word in the English language is 1909 letters long and it refers to a distinct part of DNA.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The name for Oz in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N and O-Z, hence ‘Oz.’
The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
The sentence ‘the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ uses every letter in the English language.
The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.
The word ‘lethologica’ describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.