If you ever watch Jeopardy then your brain is probably filled with a ton of weird facts. Although some of the topics on the show are completely random and irrelevant to our daily lives, you will look like the smartest person in the room if you share fascinating facts like:
- The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days
- Like fingerprints, everyone has a unique tongue print
- The largest snowflake ever recorded was 15 inches wide
Super weird, right? In school, you probably learned about Schrödinger’s cat or the Pythagorean theorem but if you want to be the best at Trivial Pursuit then you need to fill that noggin up with some random stuff.
For those that are lacking in the knowledge department, this gallery is filled with a bunch of weird but interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about. Here are 16 facts that will probably blow your mind.
Pluto was discovered in 1930 and that’s when we were told that it was the ninth planet from the Sun. But in 2006, scientists went “lol jokes” and took the planet status away from that tiny “dwarf planet”. From 1930 until 2006, Pluto wasn’t even able to complete ONE orbit around the sun since it takes 248 years for the little guy to do a complete orbit.
Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barbara Walters were all born in 1929 which means if all of them were alive today, they’d all be the same age!
If someone was to create a “That 90’s Show” and release it around the same amount of time when That ’70s Show was released, then it would come out in 2017! Time flies when you’re having an existential crisis.
Will Smith was born on September 25th, 1968 which makes him 48 years old. This makes him OLDER than his television uncle James Avery when he was on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Avery was only 45 years old during the premiere of the series.
Nowadays, people are always saying things like “that’s the best thing since sliced bread!” So what were people saying before sliced bread even existed? Maybe, “that’s the best thing since… Betty White?” The American actress was born on January 17th, 1922, while sliced bread was first introduced in 1928.
Around the year 1300, the Ottoman Empire was found and lasted until the year 1922. This means that it still existed when Paramount Studios was founded. The studios were founded in 1912 which means the two coexisted for about a decade.
You would never think that execution by guillotine was still a thing in the 70’s, but indeed it was. The final guillotine death took place in France in 1977. That’s the same year the first Star Wars movie came out in theaters!
When the Great Pyramid at Giza was in the process of being built, the massive woolly mammoth was still alive! In fact, the pyramids were about one thousand years old before the animals went completely extinct.
After the Wright brothers invented the first flying airplane, it only took humans 66 years to create spaceships that allowed us to land on the moon! The first successful airplane flight took place in 1903 and the Apollo 11 moon landing happened in 1969.
The 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, still has two grandchildren that are alive and well. The former president had a son, Lyon Tyler, when he was 63 years old and Lyon also went on to have kids later in life. Lyon Tyler Jr. and Harrison Tyler are still living and are currently in their eighties.
Reaching eighty is a pretty impressive feat, but it’s nothing compared to 117. Emma Morano-Martinuzzi is the oldest living person to date and reportedly the only person left that was born in the 1800’s. Way to go, girl!
Most people just assume that all dinosaurs coexisted together in the same era but, in actuality, the Tyrannosaurus Rex became a species 74 million years after the Stegosaurus went extinct.
Cleopatra died in 30 BCE which is roughly two thousand years ago. However, the Great Pyramid of Giza was finished around 2,560 BCE. This means that Cleopatra was around closer to today’s date than she was to the construction of the pyramid!