Arts & Culture

20 Random Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

By Cylee Drake

You might think you know everything, but you don’t. Here are 20 random facts you probably didn’t know.

1. According to the Center for Retail Research, cheese is the most commonly shoplifted food in the world.

2. The numbers 172 can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

3. The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

4. Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards.

5. Charlie Brown’s father was a barber.

6. The word “nerd” was first coined by Dr. Seuss in “If I Ran the Zoo.”

7. Space smells like a combination of diesel fuel and barbecue, according to astronauts. The smell is caused by dying stars.

8. Cornell University scientists have created a functioning guitar the size of a human blood cell.

9. A New Jersey man flunked out of law school and subsequently sued the school for having accepted him in the first place.

10. Ernest Wright’s 1939 novel Gadsby does not contain the letter “e.”

11. The first written instance of “OMG” that we know of was in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917.

12. Pablo Picasso carried a revolver loaded with blanks, which he would fire at whoever asked him what his work “meant.”

13. The only word that rhymes with “purple” is “hirple,” which means “to limp awkwardly.”

14. 3 out of 4 Americans use an emoji in text messaging every single day.

15. Simply taking 1 step uses over 200 muscles in the body.

16. 56 percent of internet users have googled themselves.

17. The world’s oldest socks were in fact designed to be worn with sandals.

18. Contrary to its portrayal in Jurassic Park, the Tyrannosaurus rex probably didn’t roar. Instead, scientists believe it either hissed or rattled, like a rattlesnake.

19. The microwave was invented by accident when engineer Percy Spencer walked by a radar set and the candy bar in his pocket melted. The first food cooked by a microwave on purpose was popcorn.

20. A Frosted Flake in the shape of Illinois sold on eBay for $1,350.


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