55 Useless Facts That Will Make You Sound Smart

With these useless facts on the tip of your tongue, you’ll never suffer from lethologica… That’s the feeling you have when you can’t quite retrieve a fact, but feel it’s coming to you at any moment. That’s useful to know, isn’t it? Of course it is. As the great Thomas Jefferson said,“Knowledge is power”. 

Useless facts… perfect to drop into your next conversation.

You’ll never be lost for words with these useless facts up your sleeve. It doesn’t matter about relevance, just toss them into the middle of a conversation. Your family and friends will be amazed at how smart you are.

  1. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. Ken is Kenneth Sean Carson. Still, you know you’re famous when you’re referred to by just one name. Isn’t that right Madonna.
  2. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple. Fonth…mmm, I don’t think so.     
  3. Right-handed people live, on average; nine years longer than left handed people. That’s handy to know.
  4. A pig’s orgasm lasts for 30 minutes. Say no more.
  5. An object that is thrown west will travel further. That’s because of the earth’s rotation. 
  6. Your fingernails grow faster on your dominant hand.
  7. Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down. 
  8. Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Sweet!
  9. It’s impossible to tickle yourself. Go ahead, try it.
  10. Dr. Seuss invented the word “nerd.”
  11. The Queen trained as a mechanic and truck driver during World War 11. Then why does she need a chauffeur?
  12. Peanut oil can be used to make glycerol for nitroglycerine.
  13. Most babies are conceived in December. Someone got an early Christmas present.
  14. If you plug your nose, an apple, potato and onion all taste the same.
  15. The moon was once a piece of the Earth. Funny, dirt doesn’t taste like cheese.
  16. Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. 
  17. Cats can’t taste sweet things. Poor sourpus.
  18. A Dragonfly only lives for a day. But what a day! 
  19. No number from 1 to 999 contains the letter a.
  20. The Greek national anthem has 158 verses. I’d rather listen to the Ugandan. It has only 8 bars of music.
  21. A lego brick from the 60s will fit perfectly with a lego brick made today. And it still hurts as much when you stand on one barefooted.
  22. Watching T.V. burns 10% more calories than sleeping. See, you’re not a couch potato, you’re exercising.
  23. 80% of children can recognize the golden arches by the time they’re three. Brilliant marketing Macca’s.
  24. The Rubik’s cube is the best selling toy of all time. I call it torture, not a toy.
  25. Pepsi got its name from dyspepsia, or indigestion. The idea was the burping from the fizz would do the trick.
  26. Underground is the only English word that starts and finishes with “und”.
  27. The Eiffel Tower has 1,710 steps. I think I’ll use the elevator.
  28. Croissants are actually from Vienna, not France. Oui, oui.
  29. The Pheasant Island is shared by France and Spain. They each govern it for 6 months of the year.
  30. A coin toss is not 50/50. It’s 51% likely to land on the side it started on.
  31. You can’t play polo left handed. It’s designed to be played right handed to prevent head clashes.
  32. The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan”.
  33. A rainbow is only visible in the early morning or late afternoon. The sun has to be at 40 degrees or less above the horizon.
  34. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated. And that’s not stretching the truth.
  35. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  36. The word school derives from Ancient Greek for free time. No kid will believe that.
  37. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and the chocolate in his pocket melted.
  38. A golf ball has 336 dimples. And a golfer two. That’s when he smiles after a good shot.
  39. The cat never gets a mention in the Bible. No wonder they always have a chip on their shoulder.
  40. Snails can sleep up to three years. But when they wake up they’re roaring to go.
  41. 2% of the world are rangers (redheads).
  42. Only 8% of the world’s money is in physical form. No wonder thieves steal computers.
  43. Statistically, you are more likely to die on your way to buy a lottery ticket than to win the lottery. I guess when your number’s up, your number’s up.
  44. There is an island in Newfoundland, Canada called Dildo Island.
  45. Scorpions can hold their breath underwater for up to six days. That’s a fact that will leave you breathless.
  46. Your mobile phone has 10 times more bacteria on it than a toilet seat. 
  47. The second got its name because it was named after the minute.
  48. Coca-cola would be green without colouring.
  49. In Germany they put fake bus stops outside nursing homes. It stops confused senior citizens wandering off.
  50. 10% of Russian government income comes from the sale of vodka. I guess another 10% comes from the sale of headache tablets.
  51. In China, when a baby is born it’s considered one year old. Now that’s premature ageing.
  52. Bananas are berries. But a strawberry isn’t. Go figure.
  53. In Humpty Dumpty it never says he’s an egg. I guess the yokes on us.
  54. The King of Hearts is the only clean shaven king in a pack of cards. Perhaps he’s waiting for the Queen of Hearts to give him some heirs.
  55. The infinity sign is called a lemnisctae. So now I’ll stop going on and on.


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