- In 2012, the Smithsonian officially recognized video games as an art form and had an exhibit to “comprehensively examine the evolution of video games as an artistic medium.”
- The only word that rhymes with “purple” is “hirple,” which means “to limp awkwardly.” Nothing rhymes with “woman.”
- An 8-week meditation course will cause the amygdala, associated with fear and other emotions, to shrink while the prefrontal cortex, associated with awareness, concentration and decision-making, will thicken.
The first U.S. town to be completely lit by electric streetlights was Wabash, Indiana, in 1880. It had a population of 320 at the time.
New York City’s oldest house is a cottage in Queens near LaGuardia Airport. It was built in 1654 by the Rikers family (the same family that gave Rikers Island its name) and even has a family cemetery in the backyard.
The Waldorf Astoria hotel once had its own private railroad track at Grand Central so that its guests could clandestinely enter and exit New York City. Largely abandoned now, it operates only when the president is in town, in case the need arises for an emergency exit.
- In Kentucky, It’s illegal to fish in the Ohio River in Kentucky without an Indiana Fishing License.
- The human head has an estimated 100,000 hairs, though the number varies from individual to individual.
- A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night!
- Only female mosquitoes bite and drink blood.
- On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds BigMac bun.
- The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
- The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.
- In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.
- Bananas are more effective in replenishing electrolytes than Gatorade. They also have serotonin and dopamine—chemicals that help you feel happy.
- Every time you lick a USPS stamp, you ingest about 10 percent of a calorie. British stamps, however, contain about 5.9 calories. Israeli stamps are kosher.
- Laughing boosts the immune system, burns calories and reduces stress hormones, making it a very healthy activity.
- The first U.S. town to be completely lit by electric streetlights was Wabash, Indiana, in 1880. It had a population of 320 at the time.
- Pablo Picasso carried a revolver loaded with blanks, which he would fire at whoever asked him what his work “meant.”
- Artist Ivan Albright was so meticulous, he often worked with a single-haired brush and would spend whole days working on 1 square inch of canvas.
- Simply taking 1 step uses over 200 muscles in the body.
- In 1992, 29,000 rubber ducks were lost at sea, and they are still being discovered in unexpected places.
- The average bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 100,000 pieces of bread.
- The eyeball is the only organism which does not grow from birth. It is fully grown when you are born.
- The average person walks the equivalent of 5 laps around the world during their lifetime.
7.5 million toothpicks can be created from a cord of wood.
The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland’s baby daughter, Ruth.
Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
The word “nerd” was first coined by Dr. Seuss in “If I Ran the Zoo.”
Karoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.
The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
Mary Stuart became Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old.
The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; “7” was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. “UP” indicated the direction of the bubbles.
If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground, it cannot hop.
Movie trailers were originally shown after the feature film, which is why they are called “trailers.”
Heart attacks are more likely to happen on a Monday.
In 2017, more people were killed from injuries caused by taking selfies than by shark attacks.