25 Facts That Will Boggle Your Mind
1. The dates 4/4, 6/6, 8/8, 10/10, and 12/12 all fall on the same day of the week during any one year.
They’re called doomsdays, which are part of an algorithm designed to tell you the day of the week that any date of the year falls on.
2. The official color of the universe is “Cosmic Latte” (#FFF8E7).
In 2001, Johns Hopkins astronomers Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldry undertook a survey of the spectral range of color of all light in the universe and proclaimed it a beige-y, milkish white (above). The survey explored more than 200,000 galaxies.
3. A Swedish couple named their kid “Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116.” The name is pronounced “Albin.”
They claimed it was “a pregnant, expressionistic development that we see as an artistic creation.” Sweden fined them 5,000 kronor.
4. In 1938, Adolf Hitler was Time magazine’s Man of the Year and in 1939, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
World War II began in 1939.
5. There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.
(The reason? To get you to lose track of time and keep gambling all of your cash away.)
6. Some people claim an episode of Johnny Bravo predicted 9/11.
In this scene from a Johnny Bravo episode that aired on the Cartoon Network on April 27, 2001, a movie poster appears to show a burning tower emitting a smoke cloud with the ominous words “COMING SOON.”
7. A “dancing plague” killed people in Strasbourg in 1518.
A “dancing mania” began in July 1518, when a woman began to dance fervently in a street for about four to six days. Eventually she was joined by about 400 dancers. There aren’t any concrete statistics on fatalities, but some of these people eventually died from heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion.
8. Harry Nilsson’s song “Coconut” (“she put the lime in the coconut,” etc.) has only one chord in the entire song. It’s the only song without any chord changes to land on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It reached No. 8 in 1972.
9. Applying a male’s underarm sweat to a female’s lips can help women relax, boost their mood and help regulate their menstrual cycle.
And it tastes…great?
10. When a male honeybee climaxes during sex, his testicles explode and he dies.
11. The USSR requested a clear-colored Coca-Cola in the 1940s so that it looked like vodka.
Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov requested a clear version of the drink so that he wouldn’t be seen drinking Coca-Cola in public; Coke was regarded in the Soviet Union as a symbol of American imperialism. To satisfy his request, a chemist removed the soda’s caramel color, and Coca-Cola put the drink in a clear bottle with a white cap and red star. Fifty cases were sent over to Russia. The precursor to Crystal Pepsi, perhaps?
12. Caligula, the emperor of Rome from 37 to 41 CE, ordered his troops to go to war with the sea.
Never known for his rational sense of mind, he made them bring back seashells as “plunders of war,” indicative of his triumphant victory against Neptune.
14. Tiger sharks’ fetuses fight, and sometimes cannibalize, each other in the womb. The survivor is born.
15. If you eat a polar bear liver, you’ll probably die.
Their livers contain a toxic (to humans) amount of vitamin A.
16. Shoppers are far more likely to buy French wine when French music is playing in the background of a store, and German wine when German music is playing.
18. Marilyn Monroe had a higher IQ (163) than that of Albert Einstein (160).
20. The Tyrannosaurus rex lived closer in time to humans than to stegosauruses.
21. The word “facetiously” contains all five vowels and “y” in alphabetical order.
22. Honey doesn’t spoil, ever.
It’s due to the chemical properties. You could theoretically eat 3,000-year-old honey.
23. Dragonflies have shovel-shaped penises so they can scoop out their rivals’ sperm.
24. The “S” in Harry S. Truman doesn’t stand for anything. His middle name was just S.
Truman explained that his middle name was a compromise between the names of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.