Amazing Facts for General Knowledge
Collection of 90 amazing facts for general knowledge to increase your general knowledge. These general knowledge facts are fun and free.
General Knowledge Facts
1. The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
2. Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
3. Of all the words in the English language, the word ’set’ has the most definitions!
4. What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.
5. "Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
6. "Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel.
7. In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.
8. A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off.
9. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
10. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath
11. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
12. It is against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland!
13. Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!
14. Horatio Nelson, one of England’s most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.
15. The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London
16. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people
17. Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe.
18. The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.
19. One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet.
20. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.
21. The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man.
22. Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
23. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
24. The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.
25. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
26. Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle.
27. Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.
28. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."
29. Coca-Cola would be green if coloring weren’t added to it.
30. On average a hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times a minute.
31. More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
32. The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
33. More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.
34. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
35. The placement of a donkey’s eyes in it’s heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!
36. The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
37. Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
38. It is against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.
39. You’re born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.
40. Some worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food!
41. Dolphins sleep with one eye open!
42. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
43. The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!
44. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds
45. Queen Elizabeth-I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not
46. Slugs have 4 noses.
47. Owls are the only birds that can see the colour blue.
48. A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!
49. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!
50. The average person laughs 10 times a day!
51. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
52. In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in contact with Pepsi.
53. The increased electricity used by modern appliance parts is causing a shift in the Earth’s magnetic field. By the year 2327, the North Pole will be located in mid-Kansas, while the South Pole will be just off the coast of East Africa.
54. The idea for "tribbles" in "Star Trek" came from gerbils, since some gerbils are actually born pregnant.
55. Male rhesus monkeys often hang from tree branches by their amazing prehensile penises.
56. Johnny Plessey batted .331 for the Cleveland Spiders in 1891, even though he spent the entire season batting with a rolled-up, lacquered copy of the Toledo Post-Dispatch.
57. Smearing a small amount of dog feces on an insect bite will relieve the itching and swelling.
58. The Boeing-747 is capable of flying upside-down if it weren’t for the fact that the wings would shear off when trying to roll it over.
59. The trucking company Elvis Presley worked at as a young man was owned by Frank Sinatra.
60. The only golf course on the island of Tonga has 15 holes, and there’s no penalty if a monkey steals your golf ball.
61. Legislation passed during WWI making it illegal to say "gesundheit" to a sneezer was never repealed.
62. Manatees possess vocal chords which give them the ability to speak like humans, but don’t do so because they have no ears with which to hear the sound.
63. SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below.
64. Catfish are the only animals that naturally have an ODD number of whiskers.
65. Replying more than 100 times to the same piece of spam e-mail will overwhelm the sender’s system and interfere with their ability to send any more spam.
66. Polar bears can eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting.
67. The first McDonald’s restaurant opened for business in 1952 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and featured the McHaggis sandwich.
68. The Air Force’s F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research into how bumblebees fly.
69. You *can* get blood from a stone, but only if contains at least 17 percent bauxite.
70. Silly Putty was "discovered" as the residue left behind after the first latex condoms were produced. It’s not widely publicized for obvious reasons.
71. Approximately one-sixth of your life is spent on Wednesdays.
72. The skin needed for elbow transplants must be taken from the scrotum of a cadaver.
73. The sport of jai alai originated from a game played by Incan priests who held cats by their tails and swung at leather balls. The cats would instinctively grab at the ball with their claws, thus enabling players to catch them.
74. A cat’s purr has the same romance-enhancing frequency as the voice of singer Barry White.
75. The typewriter was invented by Hungarian immigrant ’Qwert Yuiop’, who left his "signature" on the keyboard.
76. The volume of water that the Giant Sequoia tree consumes in a 24-hour period contains enough suspended minerals to pave 17.3 feet of a 4-lane concrete freeway.
77. King Henry VIII slept with a gigantic axe.
78. Because printed materials are being replaced by CD-ROM, microfiche and the Internet, libraries that previously sank into their foundations under the weight of their books are now in danger of collapsing in extremely high winds.
79. In 1843, a Parisian street mime got stuck in his imaginary box and consequently died of starvation.
80. Touch-tone telephone keypads were originally planned to have buttons for Police and Fire Departments, but they were replaced with * and # when the project was cancelled in favor of developing the 911 system.
81. Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.
82. Calvin, of the "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, was patterned after President Calvin Coolidge, who had a pet tiger as a boy.
83. Watching an hour-long soap opera burns more calories than watching a three-hour baseball game.
84. Until 1978, Camel cigarettes contained minute particles of real camels.
85. You can actually sharpen the blades on a pencil sharpener by wrapping your pencils in aluminum foil before inserting them.
86. To human taste buds, Zima is virtually indistinguishable from zebra urine.
87. Seven out of every ten hockey-playing Canadians will lose a tooth during a game. For Canadians who don’t play hockey, that figure drops to five out of ten.
88. A dog’s naked behind leaves absolutely no bacteria when pressed against carpet.
89. A team of University of Virginia researchers released a study promoting the practice of picking one’s nose, claiming that the health benefits of keeping nasal passages free from infectious blockages far outweigh the negative social connotations.
90. Among items left behind at Osama bin Laden’s headquarters in Afghanistan were 27 issues of Mad Magazine. Al Qaeda members have admitted that bin Laden is reportedly an avid reader.