There are two types of facts:
- wondrous ones that whizz around your head for days after you discover them
- rubbish ones that squat in front of you like a bowl of cold porridge
Example of a wondrous fact: the collective noun for unicorns is ‘a blessing.’ A blessing of unicorns. Tra la la la la.
Example of a rubbish fact: the chemical symbol for Hydrogen is H. I am asleep.
Moontrug has listed some wondrous facts for you below. If you have a fact that is destined for greatness, send it our way in the comment box at the bottom of the page.
- Otters hold hands when sleeping so that they don’t float away from each other (check out the photos!)
- The longest recorded flight for a chicken was 13 seconds
- Turtles can breathe through their bottoms
- Most lipstick contains fish scales
- A snail can sleep for 3 years
- Hippos can’t actually swim. They float around in the water and then, when they want to get out, they breathe out so that they sink to the bottom of the river and can then walk up the banks!
- Camels have 3 eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand
- Just like humans, British cows moo in regional accents
- Houseflies always hum in the key of F
- Donkeys have white noses because the angels present at Jesus’ birth in the stable brushed up against the donkeys as they flew away, dusting their noses white * (*moontrug inspired fact)
- Dolphins sleep with one eye open
- Slugs have four noses
Collective noun coolness:
- What is the collective noun for a group of zebras? A dazzle. A dazzle of zebras. Pop go my eyes
- What is the collective noun for a group of jellyfish? A smack. A smack of jellyfish. Ouch
- What is the collective noun for a group of pugs? A grumble. Humph
- What is the collective noun for a group of barracudas? A battery. Eek
- Click here for awesome paintings of Collective Noun Coolness – the artist, Anna Wright, better watch out because when moontrug finds the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it’s going to buy 1,356,892 copies of A Parcel of Penguins. Because it’s ace.
- Scientists measure the increase in pollution in our atmosphere by sending explorers to the Antarctic to take samples of ice. Trapped inside the ice are tiny bubbles of ‘ancient air’ (air that is millions of years old!) and they analyse that air to see how much has changed
- Until 1920, children in America could legally be sent by parcel post (in 1914, the parents of 4-year-old May Pierstorff mailed her from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents in Lewiston, Idaho. Mailing May was apparently cheaper than buying her a train ticket. She wore her 53-cents worth of postal stamps on her jacket as she traveled in the train’s mail compartment!) Click here for a photo of another posted child
- The moon has moonquakes just as the earth has earthquakes. So, that means 238, 857 miles away, the moon is shivering (thank you Katherine Rundell for that fact)
- The average person has over 1,460 dreams every year
- Thomas Edison, the man who invented the light bulb, was afraid of the dark
- Under extreme high pressure, diamonds can be made from peanut butter. So TECHNICALLY, peanut butter is a girl’s best friend…
- You cannot fold a piece of paper more than seven times (unless you are MythBusters and you use a football pitch-sized parachute and a giant rolling pin – then you can fold it 11 times but your paper will be 1,024 layers thick!) Click here to see it
- The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows (it was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off)
- Every day twenty banks are robbed
- Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia
- The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9,000 years old. Beat that Violet Beauregarde!
- The sentence ‘the quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog’ uses every letter of the alphabet
- ‘Dreamt’ is the only word ending in ‘mt’ in the English language
- The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is: ‘uncopyrightable’
- The following words have no rhyme: wolf, silver, purple, orange, discombobulate
- The longest word in the Oxford Dictionary is: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters)
- The longest word in Britain is the Welsh place name: Llanfairpwllgwyngllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (58 letters)
- ‘Skepticisms‘ is the longest word that alternates hands when typing
- If you have a phobia of sharks you have Selachophobia
- If you have a phobia of wasps you have Spheksophobia
- If you have a phobia of dust you have Amathophobia
- If you have a phobia of decisions you have Decidophobia
- If you have a phobia of going to school you have Didaskaleinophobia
- Of you have a phobia of Friday 13th you have Paraskevidekatriaphobia
‘If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’ (Roald Dahl, author)