82 Fascinating & Weird Facts Around The World


The world is full of interesting and mysterious things that we cannot explain why. There are amazing facts that are so interesting that make us know more about the planet we live in every day. Some facts are so surprising to know while others make us go “why the heck it is like that?” The awesome thing about facts is that the more we know the more we learn about this beautiful earth. Facts are also fun to read as well, so let’s learn more amazing facts around the world with us today. Let us know how many facts that you already know, check them out!

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  1. A 13-year-old British teen was struck by lightning at 13:13 on Friday 13th, he was among 150,000 people attending an airshow. Speaking of bad luck.
  2. A 99-year-old man divorced his 96-year-old wife after 77 years of marriage when he discovered the affair she had had. The affair was in the late 1940s.
  3. A church in the Czech Republic has a chandelier made entirely of human bones.
  4. A hacker was able to recreate the fingerprint of the German Defense Minister from a photograph. He is the same hacker who defeated Apple’s thumbprint verification within 24 hours of the release of the iPhone 5S. His name is Jan Krissler.
  5. A man planted 7,000 trees to make a guitar-shaped forest as a tribute to his wife. Sadly, Mr. Ureta admits he has only ever seen photographs of the complete guitar due to his fear of flying.
  6. A paper cut is more painful than a regular cut because such a wound almost never bleeds. So the nerve endings stay open to the air which irritates them and causes great pain.
  7. A river in Cambodia flows in two different directions, it is the only river in the world that goes both ways. Yes, the river also flows backward.
  8. Adolf Hitler suffered from Ailurophobia, a fear of cats which is the same as Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Mussolino.
  9. After winning 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, African-American track star Jesse Owens was not recognized at all. President Franklin D. Roosevelt did not invite him to the White House or congratulate him in any way. Instead, it was Adolf Hitler who gave Owens a special commemorative gift.
  10. All surface water of the Atlantic Ocean is significantly saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
  11. Scientists say that dieting could force your brain to eat itself. (We don’t know how, but it could).
  12. An Australian bushranger Joseph Johns escaped from prison so many times the government had to build a special cell to hold him. The governor was so confident he said “If you escape again, I’ll forgive you.” Yup, John escaped that special cell as well.
  13. As a kid, Adolf Hitler wanted to be a priest. Looks like not everyone gets to achieve their dream job from childhood.
  14. At the Olympic games, competitors from Liechtenstein were shocked to discover their flag was exactly the same as Haiti’s. A year later, Liechtenstein added a crown to its flag.
  15. Bill Haast aka Snake Man was bitten by venomous snakes more than 170 times in his life. By injecting himself with snake venom daily for 60 years, he saved countless lives with his antibody-rich blood. He also lived up to 100 years.
  16. Black roses exist naturally only in Halfeti, Turkey.
  17. Bluetooth technology was named after a 10th-century king, King Harald Bluetooth. He united Denmark and Norway just like this wireless technology united computers and cell phones.
  18. Bruce Lee could perform one-hand push-ups using his thumb and index, and perform 50 reps on one-arm chin-ups. The crazy thing is he could throw a single rice grain in the air and catch it with chopsticks.
  19. Bruno Mars’ birth name is Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez, Bruno was inspired by the wrestler Bruno Sammartino. That was because he was independent, confident, and strong-willed as a child just like the wrestler. Mars came along because the girls often told him that he was out of this world.
  20. Charles Darwin was the first person who had the idea to attach wheels to his office chair to move around more quickly.
  21. Donkey Kong got his name because his creator believed donkey meant stupid in English. He wanted to convey the impression that the character was a Stupid Ape.
  22. Dr. Barry J. Marshall stated that H. Pylori bacteria caused stomach ulcers, but no one believed him. Since it was illegal to test his theory on humans, he drank the bacteria himself and developed ulcers within days. He treated it with antibiotics, and he went on to win a Nobel Prize.
  23. Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft is the longest word in German which consists of 79 letters. It means “Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services”.
  24. Erno Rubik is the creator of Rubik’s Cube, and it took him one month to solve the cube after he created it.
  25. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
  • Spades –> King David
  • Clubs –> Alexander the Great
  • Hearts –> Charlemagne
  • Diamonds –> Julius Caesar
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  1. Giving birth is the second most painful thing a human being can experience. The first is being burnt alive.
  2. Google hires a flock of 200 goats regularly to chew away the grass in their lawns rather than using lawnmowers.
  3. Honey is the only food that never expires.
  4. Iceland kills whales, so an anonymous hacker shut down its Government websites.
    “Whales do not have a voice, we will be a voice for them.” ~Anonymous
  5. If sharks flip upside down, they will enter into a coma.
  6. If you travel across Russia, you will cross 11 different time zones.
  7. In 1518, there was this Dance Fever which was a month-long period of inexplicable dancing in Strasburg. There were hundreds of people who danced for about a month for no apparent reason while several danced themselves to death.
  8. In 1567, the man with the longest beard in the world died after he tripped over his beard running away from a fire.
  9. In 1961, a Russian doctor had to remove his own appendix after it burst because he was the only doctor there. He was in a remote Soviet research station in Antarctica, and he survived indeed.
  10. In 1986, a Soviet pilot made a bet with his co-pilot that he could land the plane blind. He curtained all cockpit windows and crashed the airplane into the landing strip killing 70 out of 87 passengers on board.
  11. In 1978, pilot Frederick Valentich and his plane disappeared mysteriously in Australia after his last communication. He said, “Melbourne, that strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again… (two seconds pause) It is hovering and it is not an aircraft.”
  12. In 2006, a woman lit matches on a flight to cover her fart smell which forced an emergency landing. She claimed that she had a medical condition that apparently involved flatulence.
  13. In 2010, a 3-year-old boy was playing with his father’s metal detector when he discovered a 16th-century gold pendant. Its worth? Only about $4 million.
  14. In 2012, a teen secretly lived in AOL’s HQ for 2 months, eating free food, using the gym, and showering. He slept in conference rooms while working for his start-up while people assumed he worked there.
  15. In a statue dedicated to a person on a horse, you can tell how he died:
  • If the horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
  • If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.
  • And if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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  1. In the high mountain forests of Nepal, there are giant bees with a body length up to 1.1 inches. These bees produce special honey that can cause a person to hallucinate.
  2. In the Philippines, there is an island with a lake that has an island in it, which has its own lake and a small island in it. The name is Taal Lake, aka Confusing Lake to us.
  3. It is the law for South Koreans to use Internet Explorer for online shopping and banking.
  4. It takes at least 8 bees their lifetime to create a teaspoon of honey.
  5. Japan’s Okinawa Island has more than 450 people living above the age of 100, and it is the healthiest place on Earth.
  6. Japanese railway companies have started installing tunnels for turtles to help them cross safely under the tracks. That is also to avoid turtle casualties and train delays.
  7. Las Vegas casinos have no clocks, and customers tend to spend more time that way.
  8. Male ostrich can roar just like a lion.
  9. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday 13th.
  10. Nepal is the only country in the world that has a flag that is not rectangular or square.
  11. On 18th February, 1979, it snowed in the Sahara desert for 30 minutes.
  12. People say “Bless You” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond as you sneeze.
  13. Prince Charles and Prince Williams always travel in separate planes in case there is a crush, one needs to survive.
  14. Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean is the voice of Zazu in The Lion King.
  15. Samsung is also a full-time weapons manufacturer.
  16. Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the world without a river.
  17. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so that they do not drift apart.
  18. Sigurd the Mighty was a 9th-century Norse earl of Orkney who was killed by an enemy he had beheaded. He had tied the man’s head to his horse’s saddle when one of its teeth grazed his leg while riding home. He died from the infection.
  19. Slovakia and Slovenia are mistakenly thought to be each other so often they meet once a month to exchange wrongly addressed mails.
  20. The 2011 Japan’s biggest earthquake increased the Earth’s rotation speed.
  21. The Avengers was a real team of Jewish assassins that tracked down and executed Nazi war criminals after WWII.
  22. The blob of toothpaste that sits on your toothbrush has a name, and it is called a Nurdle.
  23. The brain isn’t fully operational for learning until after 10AM, science has proved that school begins way too early.

Fun Fact: Some schools in Southeast Asian countries, Cambodia to be exact, began extra classes as early as 6AM. That is a special case for those who prepare for the high school diploma exam.

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  1. The Barramundi fish grows up as a male, and they turn into a female to breed after two years.
  2. The Great Pyramid of Giza contains enough stone to make an almost 2ft high wall around the Earth.
  3. The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days.
  4. The names of all continents end with the same letter that they start with. Now begin your spelling.
  5. The toothpaste Colgate means Go Hang Yourself in Spanish.
  6. The world’s oldest hotel is in Japan known as Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan hotel in Yamanashi. The hotel has been operating since 705 CE by the same family for 52 generations.
  7. The Yakuza, Japan’s largest organized crime syndicate, provided water, food, blankets, etc. during both the 1995 and 2011 earthquakes at a much faster response rate than the Japanese Government. Gangster or not, the Japanese are still Japanese.
  8. There is a prison in Brazil that allows inmates to pedal stationary bicycles to provide electricity to a nearby city. That is to exchange for reduced sentences, win win eh?
  9. There is a Rain Room in London that makes the rain falls everywhere in the room except the spot you are standing.
  10. There is the longest continual train route that can take you from the Portuguese coast through Russia to Southern Vietnam. The route covers over 10,700 miles and 17 countries which takes you 13 days from the beginning to the end.
  11. To produce a single pound of honey, a single bee would have to visit 2 million flowers.
  12. Two women, born on the same day but 157 years apart, died on the same day. This is the creepy story of the Erdington murder. The two women both met with a friend, put on a new dress, went to a dance, and met their killers. The scary part is they were killed the same way and in the same spot, by men named Thornton.
  13. The way you cut your vegetables can change the way it tastes.
  14. Trovants are the stones in Romania that grow and multiply after heavy rain.
  15. Vegetables from Alaska become gigantic because they received up to 20 hours of sunlight every day.
  16. Veronica Seider was a woman with 20 times better vision than average she could identify people more than a mile away.
  17. You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

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