25 Amazing Yet Ultimately Pointless Pieces Of Trivia

Saudi Sand

Saudi Sand

You'd be forgiven for thinking that if there's one thing the people of Saudi Arabia have enough of, it's sand. But the truth is that the sand they do have is not of the best quality to be used in the building industry, and so they buy sand from countries like Australia, who have butt loads of the good stuff.

Oh and Camels

Oh and Camels

Australia also sells camels to the Saudis (among others). Australia has a huge wild camel population (technically pests) which isn't prone to diseases of those in the Middle East and Africa, and so they export for camel meat and even camels used in races.

Graveyard vs Cemetery

Graveyard vs Cemetery

What's the difference between the two? Is there one?

Yeah, there is. A graveyard is is attached to a church. A cemetery isn't. Simple.

BoA

BoA

The Bank of America went by a completely different name in the early days; Bank of Italy.

Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper

If you can actually find an application for this fact then you could well be a genius. It's pointless, but that doesn't mean uninteresting.

"Bookkeeper" (and derivative words, of course) is the only word in English with three consecutive sets of double letters. You're welcome.

- 40 Degrees

- 40 Degrees

When the temperature drops to -40 degrees, it is exactly the same temperature in either Celsius or Fahrenheit.

The Educated Continent

The Educated Continent

The most well-educated continent on the planet is Antarctica. Think about it, are you likely to find anybody there without a science degree?

Face Blindness

Face Blindness

...Is a condition technically known as prosopagnosia, in which sufferers are unable to recognize one person's face from another. Both Brad Pitt and Steve Wozniak are reported to suffer to some degree.

When A Dog Goes....

When A Dog Goes....

....to poop, it does so in line with the planet's magnetic field.

By The Horns!

By The Horns!

The horns or a rhino are made from keratin - the same thing as your nails and hair are made from.

All The Planets

All The Planets

All the other planets of the Solar System would fit between the Earth and the Moon, with only about 5,000 miles left over.

Casket vs Coffin

Casket vs Coffin

We've already covered the graveyard vs cemetery battle, but it's really time to get this whole matter of death sorted, here and now. A casket is a rectangular shape whereas a coffin is tapered at each end according to the shape of a body (a dead one).

French Scrabble

French Scrabble

There was a dude from New Zealand who managed to win the French Scrabble Championship despite the fact he couldn't speak French. In 2015, Nigel Richards even managed to call out an opponent who put down a nonexistent word. He sounds like a smart dude - which kind of makes you wonder why he doesn't put his powers to better use. Then again, if he's happy then so are we, right?

WD-40

WD-40

...is named such because it was on the 40th go that the creator got his "water displacement" efforts just right.

Oxymoron

Oxymoron

Have you ever wondered why this word is named so apparently oddly? Or perhaps, what they word means in ancient Greek? Of course you haven't. Nobody has.

Except us.... "Oxy" means "sharp" and "moron" means "dull". Yeah, that means that "oxymoron" is indeed an oxymoron itself.

 

The Sound Barrier

The Sound Barrier

...was first broken by man using the bullwhip.

Uno Orifice

Uno Orifice

Jellyfish have been cursed with only one orifice ...so, in a sense, they shit from their mouths.

F-A-C-E-T-I-O-U-S

F-A-C-E-T-I-O-U-S

...is the only word in the English language which has all of the vowels in alphabetical order.

Salty Conversion

Salty Conversion

Emperor penguins have the unique ability to filter salt from water by using a gland situated behind their ears.

Sucks To Be You

Sucks To Be You

There was a third founder of Apple; a gentleman by the name of Ronald Wayne who sold his 10% share back in 1976, or $800. I guess if there's one thing he can be happy with, he got eight hundred bucks that the rest of us didn't. Still, this would only be worth about $3,500 these days (give or take).

Cube Poop

Cube Poop

The poop of a wombat is cube-shaped. Many say that this territorial marsupial evolved with this peculiar trait as it was less likely to roll away....umm...

Strawberry Perhaps?

Strawberry Perhaps?

So, it turns out that if you were to squeeze milk from the nipple of a hippo, you'd see that it is pink. The milk, not the nipple. Well, maybe the nipple too but that's not what we're here for.

No, Really?!

No, Really?!

The spire on top of the Empire State Building was originally designed in order to be able to dock zeppelins.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

...was the very first POTUS to be born inside a hospital.

Okay, great. What am I supposed to do with that information...??

Trivia; the Word

Trivia; the Word

....is a Latin derivative meaning "three streets".

You're welcome!