46 Weird Facts Most People Don’t Know
Prepare to have your mind blown.
Flamingos bend their legs at the ankle, not the knee
They essentially stand on tip-toe. Their knees are closer to the body and are covered by feathers. This is just the first of many weird facts to blow our minds!
Roller coasters were invented to distract Americans from sin
In the 1880s, hosiery businessman LaMarcus Thompson hated that Americans were tempted by hedonistic places like saloons and brothels. So he set out to straighten up one of the most immoral places he could think of: Coney Island in New York. There, he built America’s first roller coaster to give New Yorkers some good, clean fun—away from seedier pastimes.
Ice pops were invented by an 11-year-old by accident
In 1905, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson left soda powder and water outside overnight with its wooden stirrer still in the cup. The mixture had frozen in the chilly nighttime weather, and so the Epsicle was born. He sold the treat around his neighborhood and a nearby amusement park and even patented the recipe. Years later, he changed the name to Popsicle because that’s what his kids called their pop’s concoction. And if you liked these weird facts, you won’t want to miss these 18 history lessons your teacher lied to you about.
Sloths can hold their breath longer than dolphins can
A woman was elected to Congress before women’s suffrage
American women were given the right to vote in 1920, but Jeanette Rankin became the first woman in the U.S. federal office in 1916. Here are 15 more fascinating facts you never learned about America.
Supermarket apples can be a year old
These weird facts might have you changing the way you eat. Those fresh apples aren’t all that fresh, per say. They’re usually picked between August and November, covered in wax, hot-air dried, and sent into cold storage. After six to twelve months, they finally land on your grocery store shelves. Here are 21 common food myths that are wildly untrue.
It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose
You just tested it, didn’t you? Normally, when you hum, the air is able to escape through your nose to create the sound, and of course, it can’t do that when you’re holding it shut. This is one of the weird facts you can test out for yourself. Go ahead, try it.
Octopuses have three hearts
Squids do too. One pumps blood to their whole systems, and two are dedicated just to the gills. Learn the truth behind 12 science trivia questions people always get wrong.
People used to say “prunes” instead of “cheese” when having their pictures taken
In the 1840s, a big—dare we say, cheesy—grin was seen as childish, so one London photographer told people to say “prunes” to keep their mouths taut. And that look predated today’s “fish face” selfie by, oh, about 180 years. Incidentally, the first selfie was really invented in 1839 by this guy.
Most wasabi paste isn’t real wasabi
Wasabi is expensive, so most companies use horseradish instead. Real wasabi is actually milder than what you’ve been getting with your sushi.