Find out the crazy stories behind the world’s incredible and weird did you know facts that Will Astonish You.
1.) Did you know that Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine
Coca-Cola was invented in 1885 by John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta, Georgia, who concocted the original formula in his backyard. Pemberton’s recipe contained cocaine.
2.) Did you know that your foot has 26 bones in it
The human foot is a strong and complex mechanical structure containing 26 bones,33 joints , and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments
3.) Did you know that 11% of people are left-handed
The estimated percentage of left-handed people across the globe is 8-15%, with most figures studies are suggesting it is 10-12%. Taking an average of 11%, this would mean that 836,000,000 people are left-handed across the globe, out of a population of 7.6 billion
4.) Did you know that it’s possible to lead a cow upstairs but not down
The myth is that you can lead a cow up a stair but you can’t lead it back down again. Because of how their knees bend, or so the “fact” goes, cows simply cannot climb downstairs. And that’s not exactly true, since a cow’s ability to move downstairs really depends on how steep the stairs are.
5.) Did you know that elephants are the only mammal that can’t jump
It’s hard to get 4 tons of mammal off the ground all at once. In the case of the elephant, it’s impossible. Unlike most mammals, the bones in elephant legs are all pointed downwards, which means they don’t have the “spring” required to push off the ground.
6.) Did you know that your tongue is the fastest healing part of your body
Biting your tongue or cheek when chewing can ruin a tasty meal. But thankfully, mouth wounds heal up fast — faster than cuts on the skin — and now scientists know why. According to new research published in Science Translational Medicine, mouths are primed for healing.
7.) Did you know that hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backward
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backward and upside down. The design of a hummingbird’s wings differs from most other types of birds.
8.) Did you know that an average person will spend 25 years asleep
If the average night’s sleep is eight hours (i.e., one third of a day), one sleeps for one-third of one’s life. If you live, say, 75 years, that’s 25 years asleep, or 9,125 days.
9.) Did you know that every day is a holiday somewhere in the world
A holiday is a time to celebrate and commemorate something of cultural significance. All over the world, different countries and cultures have something to celebrate every day
10.) Did you know that it’s physically impossible for pigs to lookup at the sky
Pigs are physically incapable of looking up towards the sky from a standing position Because their bodies evolved in a way to prioritize finding food.
11.) Did you know that ‘Bookkeeper’ and ‘bookkeeping’ are the only two words in the English language with three consecutive double letters
It isn’t the only word of this kind, but it’s the only one in which removing the hyphen and merging the two words is a practical option.
12.) Did you know that Hilton was the first international hotel chain
Conrad Hilton founded the hotel chain in 1919, Hilton became the world’s first international hotel chain with the opening of the Caribe Hilton Hotel in Puerto Rico
13.) Did you know that cats can jump up to 7 times their tail length
A young, healthy, average-sized cat can jump about six times their length or over eight feet in a single bound than ks to powerful muscles in their back legs
14.) Did you know that China manufactures 70% of the world’s toys
china is the world’s largest toy manufacturer, producing around 70 percent of the world’s supply. Total export value of toys reached US$33.7 billion in 2016. Of this, traditional toys, including dolls, puzzles, educational toys, etc.
15.) Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite
The female mosquito is the one that bites (males feed on flower nectar). She requires blood to produce eggs. Her mouthparts are constructed so that they pierce the skin, literally sucking the blood out. Her saliva lubricates the opening.
16.) Did you know that India is home to over 300 million cows
Today cows are found all around the world, however, the greatest percentage of cattle live in India, as it’s home to over 330 million cows.
17.) Did you know that an egg contains every vitamin except vitamin C
Eggs are one of nature’s most perfectly balanced foods, containing all the protein, vitamins (except vitamin C) and minerals essential for good health. Today’s a large egg contains only a moderate amount of fat, with about 5 grams in only the egg yolk, (1.5 grams saturated), 213 mg of cholesterol and 75 calories
18.) Did you know that Buckingham Palace has over 600 rooms
The Palace has around 600 rooms, including 19 State rooms, 52 royal, and guest bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices, a cinema, and a swimming pool. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms including 19 staterooms, 52 royal, and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.
19.) Did you know that gorillas sleep 12 hours a day
Gorillas usually start making their nests about an hour before the sunsets, in time to be in bed by dark! They typically stay in their nest the entire night, just like people. However, gorillas sleep longer than humans, averaging about 12 hours of rest each night
20.) Did you know that Germany borders 9 other countries
Germany shares borders with nine European countries, second only to Russia: Denmark in the north, Poland and the Czech Republic in the east, Switzerland (its only non-EU neighbor) and Austria in the south, France in the southwest and Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in the west.
21.) Did you know that August has the highest percentage of births
The summer has been the top season for births in the United States, according to records kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and August often wins the title as the month during which the most babies are born
22.) Did you know that unless food is mixed with saliva you can’t taste it
The tongue is a muscle with glands, sensory cells, and fatty tissue that helps to moisten the food with saliva. For instance, if salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able to identify it
23.) Did you know that an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
Ostrich is the giant bird in the world, having the largest eyes in the whole animal kingdom that are even bigger than its brain. An ostrich’s eyes are about 2 inches (5 centimeters) in diameter, i.e., almost of the size of a billiard ball. The ostrich needs large eyes to adapt to its terrestrial lifestyle.
24.) Did you know that sponges hold more cold water than hot water
Due to the effect of heat on the water on the molecular level – cold and warm water have different densities. Coldwater is denser than hot water, because without heat, the water molecules can not fuel fast movement.
25.) Did you know that on average you blink 25,000 a day
Scientists have shown that the average person blinks 15-20 times per minute. That’s up to 1,200 times per hour and a whopping 28,800 times in a day—much more often than we need to keep our eyeballs lubricated. In fact, we spend about 10 percent of our waking hours with our eyes closed.