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There is a reason not just anyone can be a contestant on Jeopardy. Not many people are like Ken Jennings. The average person isn’t a wealth of completely random (and mostly useless) information. There would be just too much stuff to remember without any repetition or coaching. So, we toss lots of facts out of our brain to make room for more important stuff. Here is some trivia you probably don’t know. These bizarre facts seem too strange to be real, and they’ll leave you scratching your head. No matter what your gut tells you, though, these are completely true.
1.) On average, you’ll spend about 92 days sitting on the toilet in your lifetime. Buy a Kindle.
2.) Every day, about 3,900 children will take up smoking.
3.) A teddy bear once killed 2,500 fish at one time. It clogged a drain at a hatchery, preventing the fish from getting oxygen.
4.) Breathing in Mumbai’s air for an entire day is the equivalent of smoking 100 cigarettes in a day.
5.) Graham crackers were named after Sylvester Graham. He thought that healthy eating could stave off lust.
6.) Some turtle species can breathe through their butts (like the North American Eastern Painted Turtle).
7.) The western lowland gorilla’s scientific name is “Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla.” This is its genus, species and sub-species.
8.) Elephants can die from broken hearts, especially when they are young and separated from their social groups.
9.) In 2010, a Korean man married his dakimakura pillow.
10.) The Dassler brothers that founded Puma and ADIDAS were both Nazis.
11.) A South African man woke up in the morgue after being presumed dead. He had had an asthma attack 21 hours before.
12.) Dock Ellis once threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates while tripping on acid.
13.) You’re more likely to get hit by an asteroid than to win the lottery. Good luck.
14.) In 1996, a Swedish couple tried to name their son “Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116.” They would have pronounced it “Albin.”
15.) Because of a gravitational pull, each year the moon drifts 1.5 inches farther away from Earth.
16.) In 2013, Daily Mail discovered that fast food restaurant ice cream may actually be dirtier than toilet water.
17.) Laughing when tickled is actually your body emitting a panic response.
18.) Baby koalas eat their mother’s excrement to absorb necessary nutrients. Mmmm.
19.) Facebook, with its 1 billion users, would be the third-largest country in the world (if it was a country).
20.) Charlie Chaplin’s remains were once stolen and held for ransom.
21.) At least four actors who played the Marlboro man have died from smoking-related illnesses.
22.) In China, some people are recycling used condoms as hair bands. Ew.
23.) A young man killed himself with his own golf club. After missing a shot, he hit a bench with the club. The club broke and the sharp end bounced back and punctured his heart.
24.) Dr. Ruth Westheimer trained as a sniper in Israel.
25.) In 1946, Walt Disney Studios producted a short about menstruation for the International Cello-Cotton Company. It was used in classrooms up until the 1960s.
26.) Over 1 million frequent-flier miles were rewarded to a man who cashed in coupons from 12,150 cups of pudding.
27.) The Star Trek theme song has lyrics.
28.) Bulls aren’t affected by the color red. They are color blind.
Don’t feel discouraged or stupid if you weren’t aware of these strange facts. You aren’t the only one. Spread the knowledge and share this article with your friends. More people need to know the details about this little place called Planet Earth.