30 Pieces of Random Trivia That Might Just Come in Handy
Not only are these bits of random trivia fascinating, they also might come in handy from time to time.
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Learning random trivia facts is lots of fun, but at the end of the day, they're just little bits of information that take up space in your brain, right? Not necessarily! Check out these fun facts that might just provide some useful information, impress those around you, or at the very least, boost your morale a little! And if you're hungry for even more random trivia, check out these 100 interesting facts about just about everything.
Sarcasm boosts creativity
You may not think of sarcasm as the most endearing habit or quality. If you tend to have a sarcastic sense of humor, you've probably been told to tone it down at least once. But according to this bit of random trivia, sarcastic people get the last laugh—studies have shown that sarcasm boosts your creativity. And as if that weren't enough of a reason to embrace the snark, sarcasm can also boost the creativity of the recipients, too! Using it involves making connections between opposing ideas, and interpreting it also requires your brain to reason beyond the literal. Learn more about how sarcasm can make you (and your friends) smarter.
When you flip a coin, physics, not probability, determines how it will land. Mathematician Persi Diaconis found that a coin is slightly more likely to land on the face that was up when you flipped it. The way a coin lands is not "random"; it's easy, with a little practice, to manipulate your coin flip so that it lands the way you want it. What's more, if you're spinning a coin, it's more likely to land tails up, since the heads side weighs slightly more. Here are some more "facts" you've always believed that are actually false.
The chance of a coin landing heads-up is not 50-50
"The horizon," a distant concept that might seem almost abstract, might be closer than you think. There's an equation that, if you know how far above sea level you're looking from, can tell you the distance of the horizon. The neatest application of this rule is that if you're six feet tall, standing at sea level, your eyes are about 5.5 feet above sea level—and the horizon is approximately three miles away. The equation does require a calculator—the actual equation is "√(height above surface / 0.5736) = distance to horizon"—but it's still handy to know there's a way to figure it out!
There's an equation to tell how far away the horizon is
Easier said than done, of course, but wildlife experts agree that this is the best way to save yourself in the event of a croc attack. (The same goes for an alligator.) The eyes are the most sensitive part of its body, and jabbing at them should, ideally, cause them to loosen their jaws. (Your fingers will do if you don't have the presence of mind to specifically use the thumb.) For some more random trivia about these big reptiles, here's the difference between alligators and crocodiles (and more animal distinctions you didn't know).
If you're ever attacked by a crocodile, stick your thumb in its eye
Yes, "Go," all of two letters, is a grammatically correct English sentence. It's only a sentence, though, if it's a command, because then "you" is the understood subject. (It's commanding the listener to go.) If you'd rather a sentence with a separate word as the subject, "I am" is the shortest sentence, with three letters.
The shortest sentence in English is "Go."
Ever told someone you'd be back in a "jiffy"? You were definitely lying. Though the English language has adopted it to mean "a short amount of time," it actually is a scientific term. In the physics world, a "jiffy" is the time it takes light to travel a centimeter in a vacuum, or around 33.4 picoseconds. (A "picosecond," meanwhile, is a trillionth of a second.)
A "jiffy" is a real unit of time
Turns out "paper money" is a bit of a misnomer! According to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, money is actually 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen, which "gives [it] its distinct look and feel." Here are some more misnomers that don't mean what you think they do. Plus, check out this random trivia about money.
Money isn't really made of paper
Orange is the worst color to wear to a job interview
According to a Career Builder survey, the color orange will make the worst first impression at a job interview. Twenty-five percent of respondents claimed that the bright color comes across as unprofessional. (The best color to wear, in case you're wondering, is blue.) Here are some more cool facts about things you use every day.
The moment you were born, you were the youngest person in the world, however briefly. Pretty cool, right? Check out these other unbelievable facts about newborn babies.