It always feels good to drop a random fact or a little tidbit of knowledge on your friends. After all, it’s a wide, random world out there, and you’ve got to be equipped with the best trivia. From strange watermelons to accidental encounters, here are the most random facts on Earth.
1. Orange, in Fact
The fruit orange isn’t named after the color; it’s the other way around. Before the late 15th century, orange was considered a shade of red. That’s right: until the Renaissance, “yellow-red” was the only term the English language had for orange.
2. Random Advice Fact
Abraham Lincoln grew his iconic beard in part on the recommendation of an 11-year-old girl, who suggested it to him via fan mail.
3. A Fact Full of Hot Air
Here’s the most random of random facts: The first passengers to ever ride in a hot air balloon were a trio of sheep, duck, and rooster.
5. Random Facts About Poop
Wombats, furry little marsupials who live in Australia, are known to produce cube-shaped poop. They excrete up to 100 little cubes per day, and place them to on rocks and logs to mark their territory. The square shape is thought to have evolved so the poo pellets don’t roll away.
5. Random Side Interests
When he wasn’t busy fighting wars and serving as the Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte found the time to write a romance novel, called Clisson et Eugénie. Because why not?
6. The Great Debate
Some scientists still argue the facts about whether corn is a vegetable or a grain—or maybe even a fruit! Who would have thought that something so harmless could cause such a controversy?
7. Real Men Wear Skirts
Ancient Greek men didn’t wear trousers, and they thought men from other cultures who wore them were barbaric and effeminate.
8. The Chance Case of the Curious Mummy
Found in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, Ötzi “the Iceman” is the earliest natural human mummy ever found in Europe. Ötzi was alive from sometime between 3400 and 3100 BCE. The most surprising thing about him? He had tattoos!And not just a couple…researchers have identified a total of 61 different tattoos covering his body. That means he’s not only the oldest tattooed person ever found, but also (probably) one of the oldest ancestors to today’s Brooklyn hipsters.
The tattoo ink itself was produced from ash or soot and is believed to have been used as a form of pain relief.
9. How (Not) to Get Rich
You may have heard of a little Internet outfit called Google? They’re kind of a big deal. But the fact you probably don’t know is that in 1999, when Google was still little more than a search engine at the very beginning of the Internet, the founders offered to sell the company for one million dollars, to another company called Excite.
The geniuses at Excite saw the opportunity, considered the potential..and promptly turned it down. Good thinking there, fellas.
10. Luck of the Draw
In 1911, a Paris orphanage held a raffle where the prize was live human babies. Now that’s a dark fact.
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