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Hershey’s Kisses used to be wrapped by hand, but today’s machines can wrap 1,300 per minute.

An asteroid named Chariklo is the smallest object in the solar system to have rings.

If you could line them up, more than nine Earths would fit across Saturn.

According to a 1993 character guide published by Nintendo, Yoshi’s full name is T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas.

Twelve men have walked on the moon.

One of Jupiter’s moons, Ganymede, is bigger than Mercury and Pluto.

Baby porcupines have soft quills at birth, which harden within a few days.

Comets are sometimes called “dirty snowballs” because they are a collection of debris and ices.

Snoopy, the “Peanuts” character, is NASA astronauts’ safety mascot.

Aretha Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Weeping Angels in Doctor Who aren’t props: They’re actresses in stone costumes who have to stay very, very still.

The Corpse Flower is named for its stench, which attracts flies and other pollinators that like rotting flesh.

Mudpuppies, also known as waterdogs, are one of the few salamanders that make noise.

The dark plains on the moon are called maria, which is Latin for “seas.”

My So-Called Life premiered 20 years ago on August 25, 2014.

Cryptomnesia is when a memory is hidden from your consciousness.

By adding food colouring to white wine, scientists have been able to fool people into thinking they were drinking red wine instead.

Some spiders can grow bigger in urban areas.

“Semantic satiation” is the name for when you repeat a word so many times it starts to sound like nonsense.

Female black widow spiders sometimes kill and eat their male counterparts after mating.

The scientific term for brain freeze is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

In terms of volume, about 1,300 Earths would fit into Jupiter.

Saturn’s rings are made of ice and rock particles. Some are as tiny as grains of sand, others are bigger than houses.

You don’t actually lose most of your body heat through your head.

Snow cover on Arctic sea ice has thinned 30 to 50 percent over the past 50 years.

Nobody ever said, “Beam me up, Scotty” in the original Star Trek TV series.

Female komodo dragons don’t need a male to reproduce.

The end opposite of a hammer’s face is called a peen.

Equinox means “equal night,” though technically an equinox isn’t always perfectly equal in day and night.

John Lennon and George Harrison first had LSD when their dentist put it in their coffee without them knowing.

After Disney broke its agreement to not use Robin Williams’ voice for “Aladdin” merchandising, they sent him a Picasso as an apology.

Winds on Saturn can reach 1,118 miles per hour, while the fastest winds on Earth reach only about 250.

More than 40 spacecraft have explored Venus.

Ostrich kicks can kill a human.

Bald eagles court each other in the sky. They lock talons while freefalling, then soar upward before hitting the ground.

Petrichor is the name for the smell that accompanies rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor on August 4, 1884.

A baby shark is referred to as a pup.

Snakes have two penises, but only use one at a time.

Deoxygenated human blood isn’t blue.

Lemmings don’t drown themselves: It’s a myth a Disney documentary perpetuated when filmmakers staged them committing mass suicide.

An ostrich’s eye is the largest of any land animal.

People aged 18-29 have sex an average of 112 times per year, according to a 2002 US study.

A hot drink on a hot day can cool you down more than a cold one, as long as all the sweat it triggers can evaporate.

When the Statue of Liberty’s first designer died, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, who would later design the Eiffel Tower, finished the plans. is a real website.

No SPF offers 100 percent protection.

Nelson Mandela appeared in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X as a teacher reciting one of the activist’s speeches.

A group of porcupines is called a prickle.

The Mall of America estimates that if you spent about 10 minutes in each of its store, it would take 86 hours to visit all of them.

Jorge Garcia, who played Hurley, was in the most episodes of Lost (118 of 121).

At 17 Selena Gomez became the youngest American UNICEF ambassador.

Though giraffes are sometimes perceived to be mute, they make a variety of sounds, including moos, roars, snorts, hisses, and grunts.

Catfish use their entire bodies to taste things.

There are 43 buildings in Manhattan with their own zip codes.

We can’t see the surface of Venus from Earth because it’s covered with thick clouds that strongly reflect sunlight.

“Clint Eastwood” is an anagram of “Old West Action.”

Our sun is just one of at least 100,000,000,000 stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and each of those stars could have its own planetary system.

Blanket octopuses have a special pouch called a hectocotylus that they fill with sperm and leave behind in or on the body of a female.

Venus has temperatures hot enough to melt lead.

Painful ovulation is known as “mittelschmerz.”

A black hole is a lot of matter packed into a small area, which results in a gravitational field so strong that even light can’t escape.

The Hubble Space Telescope observed a tiny patch of sky (one-tenth the diameter of the moon) for 11.6 days and found about 10,000 galaxies.

1998 is as far away as 2030.

The sun rises in the west and sets in the east on Venus.

Coldplay’s Parachutes was released in the UK 14 years ago on July 10, 2000.

Tina Fey’s husband composed the music for 30 Rock.

“Clothespins” is an anagram of “So let’s pinch.”

In 2011 Toyota announced that the official plural of “Prius” is “Prii.”

“Mother-in-law” is an anagram of “Hitler woman.”

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel Thud! is published in Germany as Klonk!

“Horripilation” is another word for getting goosebumps.

There are 62 episodes of Breaking Bad. The 62nd element is samarium, a drug used to treat pain in cancer patients.

Ontario, Canada has an Apology Act allowing an apology in court to be a sign of sympathy and regret, not guilt.

Due to the success of Breaking Bad, some drug dealers have started adding blue dye to crystal meth in an effort to “brand” their product.

If you could somehow capture the water vapor from Rosetta’s comet, you would have the equivalent of two water glasses every second.

Health fanatic Basil Brown died after drinking a gallon of carrot juice a day in the belief it would make him healthy.

Eight people died in the London Beer Flood of 1814 when a brewery vat burst and sent thousands of barrels of beer into nearby streets.

A “truel” is a duel between three people.

The owner of the company that makes Segways died in 2010 after accidentally driving his Segway off a cliff.

In Roman numerals, there is no zero.

Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, used to be a writer for Clarissa Explains It All.

Sparklers burn at temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheitas hot as a blowtorch.

Both original Wicked witches have gueststarred on Glee.

The Hunger Games is currently the third most highlighted Kindle book of all time. The Bible is first.

Sparklers caused 31 percent of reported fireworks injuries in the U.S. last year — the most out of any fireworks type.

An estimated 11,400 fireworks-related injuries were reported in the U.S. in 2013.

The word hundred is derived from the word “hundrath”, which actually means 120 and not 100.

The University of Victoria in Canada has offered a course called “The Science of Batman.”

Canada’s official phone number is 1-800-O-Canada.

Canada has a collectible quarter with a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur on it.

Churchill, Manitoba has a jail for polar bears that get too close to town.

Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh composed all of the music for Rugrats.

Ben Franklin used pseudonyms when he wrote, including Silence Dogood, Richard Saunders, Busy Body, Caelia Shortface, and Alice Addertongue.

People who work at computers for more than seven hours a day can have less tear fluid than normal.

Two scientists involved in the discovery of the Higgs Boson were knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

A group of otters is called a romp.

There’s not enough space in the known universe to write out a googolplex in full on paper.

A French word for pie chart is “camembert”.

Frozen was the first animated Disney feature to have a female director.

The voice of Lilo in Lilo & Stitch also played Samara in The Ring.

10! seconds (10 factorial, or 10 × 9 × 8 × 7 × 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 ) is exactly 6 weeks.

Hey Jude” was originally written as “Hey Jules.”

Some lobster species can live to be 50 years or older.

A pizza that has radius “z” and height “a” has volume Pi × z × z × a.

When William Goldman asked his daughters what to write a book about, one said “a princess” and the other “a bride,” and the title was born.

(6 × 9) + (6 + 9) = 69

Higher SPF numbers don’t add much more protection: SPF 50 blocks 98 percent of UVB, just over one percent more than SPF 30.

The next summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere of Uranus isn’t until 2048.

The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates one in 10 of U.S. recreational beaches is unfit for swimming.

A group of ravens is called an unkindness.

Cicadas expand and contract their exoskeletons to make their loud calls.

Elephants have been known to recognize themselves in a mirror.

The Dothraki language in Game of Thrones contains more than 3,000 words.

We get seasons because Earth is tilted 23.4 degrees on its axis.

If all the water in the atmosphere fell as precipitation at once, the Earth would be covered with only about an inch of water.

You don’t fall out of a roller coaster loop because your inertia resists the acceleration and keeps you in the seat.

A protein in human saliva called histatin can help wounds heal faster.

A group of rhinoceroses is called a crash.

Thomas Edison publicly electrocuted animals to demonstrate that his competitors’ power was allegedly too dangerous for standard use.

The largest lobster recorded was caught off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, and weighed 44 pounds.

About 70% of American silent films are estimated to have been lost.

Elephants are believed to grieve for their dead.

More than 150 asteroids are known to have a small companion moon (some with two).

The record for largest serving of fries was set at Adventure Island in the UK and weighed 987 pounds.

The lights you see when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes.

Pizza Hut delivered pizza to the International Space Station in 2001, which cost around $1,000,000.

Hippos secrete their own sunscreen.

Burger King is called “Hungry Jack’s” in Australia.

Grizzly bear dads sometimes kill cubs, so moms find dens that are far away from males.

On a 95-degree day, hugging a tree in the shade could help a 25-pound koala lose up to 68 percent of its extra body heat.

A rumbling in your stomach is called a borborygmus.

Before 1971, the system for measuring wind ended at “hurricane.”

The white crescent at the bottom of your fingernail is called a lunula.

There’s a 3.3-inch aluminum sculpture on the moon commemorating fallen astronauts.

Ceres was the first (and largest) asteroid discovered. It has since been reclassified as a dwarf planet.

Lobsters pee out of their faces.

Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 when she voted in the 1872 presidential election.

Ostriches don’t actually hide their heads in sand: They’d suffocate.

Giant water bug moms glue about 150 eggs to dad’s back, who protects them from danger and mold until they hatch.

Marmoset dads are very involved in their babies’ upbringing and can even act as midwives during birth.

While moms hunt, emperor penguin dads fast for weeks and protect their egg from the cold with a special flap of skin.

Owl monkey dads are truly faithful to their mates and provide most of the care their young needs.

Seahorse dads carry fertilized eggs in their pouch and can give birth to hundreds of babies at a time.

Pepsi got its name from pepsin, a digestive enzyme.

When Jimmy Page asked Terry Reid to be the Yardbirds’ vocalist, he declined and suggested Robert Plant.

The IKEA in Stockholm, the largest in the world, is bigger than 10 American football fields.

Angelina Jolie’s uncle wrote the song “Wild Thing.”

All but 2.4% of Antarctica’s 14 million square kilometers is covered by ice.

Tardigrades are the only animal we know of that can survive in the vacuum of space.

If you write out pi to two decimal places, backwards it spells “pie”.

Burt of Burt’s Bees is real: He’s 79 and lives in rural Maine.

The oceans hold about 96.5% of all Earth’s water.

The Chinese soft-shelled turtle can expel urea, the main waste product in urine, out of its mouth.

Some turtles can breathe through their butts.

The last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, the Ottoman Empire still existed.

Home Alone was released closer to the moon landing than it was to today.

Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí worked on a short film together entitled Destino.

Not once in the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme does it mention that he’s an egg.

Knoxville, Tenn. uses TYS as its airport code because it was built on land donated by the Tyson family in honor of their son killed in WWI.

Reports of lasers being pointed at planes have jumped dramatically since the FAA instituted a reporting system about a decade ago.

Walt Disney played Peter Pan in a school play.

Neptune has 13 confirmed moons and one awaiting official confirmation.

The temperature at the sun’s core is about 15 million degrees Celsius.

If the sun were as tall as a typical door, Earth would be about the size of a nickel.

There’s a skeleton inside your body right now.

About once a year, a car-sized asteroid hits Earth’s atmosphere, creates a fireball, and burns up before reaching the surface.

Without the sun’s intense heat and energy, there would be no life on Earth.

Over 200,000 people applied to go on a one way trip to Mars with the Mars One mission.

Boto dolphins have been known to wave clumps of grass or branches to attract mates.

The Hubble Space Telescope has traveled more than three billion miles in its orbit around Earth.

The lichen Caloplaca obamae is named after Barack Obama.

The creases in your wrist are called “rasceta.”

“Fast” is its own opposite: It can mean “to move quickly” or “fixed, unmoving”.

If all of the asteroids in the solar system were combined into a ball, it would be smaller than Earth’s moon.

In a group of 23 people, there is a greater than 50% chance that two of them share the same birthday.

The first Star Wars film came out in the U.S. before the last execution by guillotine in France.

Michael J. Fox’s middle name is Andrew.

The lead singer of Iron Maiden is also an airline pilot and has even flown his band’s Boeing 757.

There are about six calories in the glue of a standard British postage stamp.

Bananas are slightly radioactive.

Pineapples grow on plants close to the ground.

Neptune has six rings.

A song that gets stuck in your head is called an “earworm.”

Banana ketchup is used as a condiment in the Philippines.

Grey-headed albatrosses fly at an average ground speed of almost 80 mph.

Kali is the Hindu goddess of death, time, destruction — and motherly love.

There is a museum in Belgium dedicated to fries and potatoes.

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson.

There is a group of 19 fern species named after Lady Gaga.

During sex, flies create a buzz that can attract predatory bats.

Dolphins have been known to remember the distinct whistle of another dolphin they shared a tank with as long as 20 years ago.

As of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 24th anniversary this year, its observations have taken up more than 100 terabytes of data.

Greek women obtained the right to vote in 1952.

In 1883, a panic on the Brooklyn Bridge caused a stampede that crushed 12 people.

In Boy Meets World, Topanga had a sister named Nebula for one episode.

There were only 66 years between the Wright brothers’ first successful flight and the first time we landed on the moon.

When caterpillars metamorphosize, they digest themselves into a “soup,” then reform into a butterfly.

Hummingbirds can fly backwards.

The surface area of Pluto is a bit smaller than that of Russia.

Everything you think is happening now actually happened 80 milliseconds ago thanks to a lag caused by your brain’s neural pathways.

A day on Venus is longer than its year.

A crater in the Turkmenistan desert has been on fire for more than 40 years.

The Duracell bunny debuted before the Energizer bunny.

A straw only has one hole in it.

Iggy Azalea was born Amethyst Amelia Kelly.

Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae is a rare horse fly named after Beyoncé.

The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell is called “petrichor.”

Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda after the princess from the game.

Air Force One has 4,000 square feet of floor space on three levels.

You can spell the words “upside down” upside down using other letters of the alphabet: umop apisdn.

Wombat poop is cube-shaped.

There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 ways to scramble a Rubik’s Cube.

On the NES cover of Super Mario Bros., Mario is dying.

Humans are the only species we know of that produce emotional tears.

Mantis shrimp have four times as many colour receptors in their eyes as humans do.

Life expectancy in the U.S. has doubled over the past 150 years.

Red-footed tortoises are not susceptible to contagious yawning.

The rabbit “Sylvilagus palustris hefneri” is named after Hugh Hefner.

Tomatoes have more genes than humans.

The sun’s atmosphere can reach temperatures of two million degrees.

Penguins have knees.

Some people faint after they pee. The phenomenon is called “micturition syncope”.

You can use a blue whale’s wax earplug to work out its life history.

Dolphins can stay active for 15 days or more by sleeping with only one half of their brain at a time.

Human saliva has a painkiller called opiorphin that’s more powerful than morphine.

The rule that an engagement ring should be one or more months’ salary was started by De Beers.

The daisy-shaped Chupa Chups logo was designed by Salvador Dalí.

The medical name for hiccups is “singultus”.

South Africa has 11 official languages.

During the Ice Age, 32,000 years ago, a squirrel buried a seed. Now the seed has been used to grow a flower.

You can die from drinking too much water.

Elephants are pregnant for almost two years.

Three presidents have died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

Almost half of the entire world’s adult population has never drunk alcohol.

The feeling you get when something is so cute you can’t help but want to squeeze it is called “cute aggression”.

Dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate.

Astronauts grew a rose in space to see if it would smell different from an Earth-grown rose. It did.

One of Ronald Reagan’s pet names for his wife Nancy was “Mommie Poo Pants.”

The largest bat colony in the world in Bracken Cave, Texas, is believed to have 20 million bats.

In Up, 20,622 helium balloons are shown lifting Carl’s house off the ground.

If you could fold a piece of paper 42 times, it would reach to the moon.

The dot over a lowercase “i” or “j” is called a “tittle”.

Male platypuses are venomous.

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the world’s beaches.

When Daniel Radcliffe won the part of Harry Potter, his parents rewarded him by letting him stay up late to watch Fawlty Towers.

There is only one beret factory left in France.

Pure water itself doesn’t conduct electricity. It’s the impurities, like salts, that do.

If you heated up a cubic foot of Martian soil you could harvest two pints of liquid water.

The Olympic torch went on its first ever spacewalk in November 2013.

Earth is closest to the sun in January.

Oprah’s name was supposed to be Orpah, chosen from the Bible’s Book of Ruth, but it was mispronounced so often that Oprah stuck.

The Hubble Space Telescope weighs 24,500 pounds — about as much as two full-grown elephants.

It’s a myth that you only use 10% of your brain. Most of your brain is active almost all of the time.

Hurricanes rotate anticlockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere, thanks to the Coriolis effect.

The word “octopus” is of Greek origin, meaning using a Latin suffix to make the plural “octopi” is etymologically incorrect.

Each of a tarsier’s eyeballs is as big as its brain.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles once joined to form the Steagles.

The Voyager 1 spacecraft is the furthest human-made object from Earth after reaching interstellar space in August 2012.

Major Tim Peake will become the UK’s first official astronaut in 2015 when he flies to the International Space Station.

The actor who plays Theon Greyjoy on Game of Thrones, Alfie Allen, is the brother of Lily Allen.

An octopus has three hearts.

The last time the Cubs won the World Series, Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, and New Mexico were not yet states.

Honey is believed to have an eternal shelf life.

The oldest continuous parliament in the word is believed to be The High Court of Tynwald on the Isle of Man.

Michigan, which has the highest population of mute swans in North America, considers the animals pests.

Armadillos found in the U.S. nearly always give birth to identical quadruplets.

The YKK on your zipper stands for “Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikigaisha.”

The man who voiced Fry on Futurama, Billy West, also voiced Doug on Doug and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee.

Guinea pigs are neither pigs nor from Guinea.

“The White House” didn’t become the building’s actual name until Theodore Roosevelt made it official in 1901.

There’s a temperature and pressure, called the “triple point”, where a substance exists as a solid, liquid, and gas at the same time.

Narwhals have nerves in their tusk, probably to help them sense their environment better.

Koala bears aren’t bears: They’re marsupials.

Bats help pollinate agave, the plant that’s used to produce tequila.

Neurons fire at 150 miles per hour.

You can pay a company to have someone come snuggle with you.

If you shuffle a pack of cards properly, chances are that exact order has never been seen before in the whole history of the universe.

Your brain, when awake, generates enough electricity to light a lightbulb.

Cardiff is to the east of Edinburgh.

Horned lizards can shoot blood out of their eyes to defend themselves.

Actor Richard Gere went to college on a gymnastics scholarship.

President Calvin Coolidge had a pet raccoon named Rebecca that he walked on a leash.

Honeybees can taste with their feet.

Most astronauts become around two inches taller in space.

Your brain is only about 2% of your body mass, but uses up to 20% of its blood.

The sequel to the novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was called But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes.

Puggy the Pekingese holds the world record for current longest dog tongue at 4.5 inches.

The best time for most people to have their morning cup of coffee is between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

If your brain’s cortex were laid out flat, it would be about the size of a newspaper page.

Honeybees can recognise and distinguish between human faces.

Two thirds of people tilt their head to the right when they kiss.

Eating two or more teaspoons of nutmeg can lead to hallucinations.

For $12,500 Celestis will launch your cremated remains into deep space.

On the night Nancy Sinatra’s father died, she was home watching the Seinfeld finale.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa took 10 years and $40 million of restoration to straighten up 50 centimeters.

Mantis shrimp can punch at 80 kilometres per hour.

In the history of Earth, we’re closer in time to Tyrannosaurus rex than T. rex is to Stegosaurus.

The woman who played Robb Stark’s wife on Game of Thrones, Oona Chaplin, is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin.

The man who voiced Yoda,

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