12 Curious Facts About The Weird World In Which You Live

Bread and Pencils

Bread and Pencils

I know that the time will come one day soon where pencils have become totally obsolete but for the time being at least, we're familiar with the idea of using an eraser to rub out a mistake you make with a pencil. However, before they were invented (the eraser), people actually used bread to wipe away mistakes. I know it seems like a waste of bread, but can you put a dollar sign on information and education?!! (yeah, that question is meant to be rhetorical - don't answer it)

Butter and Fly

Butter and Fly

In what's perhaps the most useless and perhaps predictable piece of information which has absolutely no use beyond a pub trivia night, the butterfly was originally called the "flutterby".



Pretty Pink Flamingo

Pretty Pink Flamingo

In a totally inexplicable phenomenon, there are more fake flamingoes in existence than actual flamingoes.

I'm Not An Ambiturner

I'm Not An Ambiturner

In a complete opposite to Derek Zoolander, bats will only turn left upon exiting a cage.



The Real Fake Chaplin

The Real Fake Chaplin

Such was his recognizability that most infamous person in history (yes, Hitler) fashioned himself after Charlie Chaplin and yet the man himself could only place third at a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like competition. That's right, Chaplin (for some reason) decided to enter a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like competition and got third place. Didn't Adele do the same thing?

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You know the little dot that sits atop the lowercase "i"? Yeah well that has a name; it's called a "tittle". Why? Some of life's little mysteries are perhaps better left untold. It may have the potential to bore you to death.



Mosquito Chompers

Mosquito Chompers

Mosquitoes have 47 teeth. I know that sounds like an "odd" number but....yeah, I've got nothing.

If that's not enough for you, "mosquito" in Japanese is "ka", the same sound which doubles as a question (although a different character to represent he sound. Have I confused you? Take a sedative and have a lie down.

The Flag Of Nepal

The Flag Of Nepal

Nepal is the only nation on Earth which has a flag with more than four sides.



That's Just Gross

That's Just Gross

For a certain period of time, a popular thing to use as toothpaste in Roman times was crushed mouse brains. It's all relative, I guess.... Actually, that's just plain old disgusting!

Halelujah, It's Raining Frogs

Halelujah, It's Raining Frogs

In 1997, a Mexican town experienced a storm in which frogs rained from the sky. We could tell you why it happened but we'd do so at the risk of taking the magic away from what we've already said. The full facts tend to do that at times, and we're all about the imagination running away with itself.



The Book Of Records

The Book Of Records

In a twist that's bound to threaten the stability of your fragile minds, this book has a record of its own. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record as the most stolen from public libraries.

Your Toilet Is Relatively Clean

Your Toilet Is Relatively Clean

Well, mine is. Yours could be gross.

Either way, it probably has less bacteria than most of the other things you touch during the day, such as an ATM, grocery cart, kitchen sink, a lot of the things on your desk, your cell phone,...shall we go on?