20+ Curious Facts That Can Perk Up Your Brain
There are so many curious and fascinating things in the world, we could talk about them forever. For example, Muhammad is the most popular male name on the planet. This happens because Muslims name their first sons after the prophet.
At Bright Side, we love anything unusual, so we found interesting facts that became real eye-openers for us.
Winnie-the-Pooh was named after a real black bear named Winnipeg.
In 1914, the bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20. Afterward she was treated and sent to the London Zoo where she was named Winnie. Christopher Robin, A.A. Milne’s son, saw this bear in 1924 for the first time. He got so impressed with the bear that he changed the name of his teddy bear from Edward the Bear to Winnie-the-Pooh. This became his father’s inspiration to write his first book about Winnie-the-Pooh.
This means that the real bear became the prototype for one of the most popular fictional characters of our time.
ISS circles the Earth every 90 minutes. This means that astronauts see the sunrise and sunset 16 times a day.
By the way, ISS is the most expensive project in the history of humanity. Many countries invested $150 billion to build and support the International Space Station.
It is believed that kangaroos and emus can’t move backward. That is why they were chosen for the emblem of Australia, to signify the country moving “forward.”
Butterfly McQueen who played the part of Prissy in Gone with the Wind was unable to attend the movie’s premiere because it was held at a whites-only theater.
This is the best preserved armored dinosaur fossil ever found. It’s the size of a car.
The pink bunny is the symbol of Duracell batteries in every country in the world, except for the USA and Canada. In these 2 countries, it’s Energizer who uses the pink bunny.
The first Duracell commercial with the use of pink toy bunnies was shown in 1973. But their competing brand, Energizer, was the first to register the pink bunny as their trademark in the USA. Duracell did it after them. As a result, the 2 brands had the right to use the pink bunny in their advertising.
In 1992, these companies negotiated a truce: Energizer would use the pink bunny in the USA and Canada, while Duracell would use it in the rest of the world.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is empty inside.
The grandsons of John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, are still alive. For reference, Donald Trump is the 45th president of the USA.
John Tyler was the 10th president of the United States from 1841 to 1845. Today, 178 years later, 2 of his grandsons are still alive.
The physicist Robert Millikan was so against Einstein’s theory on the photoelectric effect that he decided to disprove it no matter what. As a result, he proved it 10 years later and received the Nobel Prize.
Robert Millikan — left. The famous theoretical physicist Albert Einstein — right.
Giant pandas can fake pregnancy to get more food and care from humans.
In 2014, a female panda who lives in a Chinese research center faked a pregnancy to get her own suite with air-conditioning, around-the-clock care, and a serious supply of buns, fruit, and bamboo. The animal managed to simulate the appetite loss, hormonal changes, and level of activity. It was discovered that the panda was a liar after she was thoroughly examined. It turned out that she actually had a “phantom pregnancy.”
Thanks to the online puzzle Foldit, this virus structure was deciphered in 10 days. Before this, scientists hadn’t been able to figure out how to do it for 15 years.
The main task of the players is to solve the protein folding (the physical process by which a polypeptide folds into its characteristic and functional 3D structure from a random coil). By doing so, players get points and help biologists. Their answers are carefully analyzed and sometimes they even solve real scientific problems.
For example, in 2011, players managed to decipher a Mason-Pfizer monkey virus which causes AIDS in primates. The Foldit version was 18 times more effective than the original one. Thanks to this, scientists were able to finish the project of changing this protein structure in 2012.
On May 16, 2010 Jupiter, Venus, and the Moon formed a smiley face in the sky.
The Krusty Krab restaurant in the SpongeBob SquarePants animated series is actually a crab trap, not a chest.
The verb “to boycott” appeared in 1880 and was initially the name of a man who was hated by many people.
In 1880, the people of Mayo County in Ireland protested against a land agent named Charles Boycott. They wanted to get a fair rent on land they used. Local activists encouraged Boycott’s employees to begin a campaign of isolation against Boycott in the local community. This campaign included having shops refuse to serve him, people ignore him, and not sitting next to him on a bench in church.
This campaign drew a lot of attention from the British press. Although, Charles Boycott soon left Ireland, his family name was recorded in the annals of the history.
7 more facts you probably didn’t know about
- In 2017, 2 cargo Boeing-747s were sold on the Chinese online shop Taobao (similar to AliExpress) for $48 million.
- It takes 6 months for a match to dissolve in the sea.
- Genuine diamonds can’t be seen on an X-ray.
- German is the most common language after English in North Dakota. French is a second language in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Louisiana, and Spanish is a second language in all other states.
- If water had been running through a tap from Lake Baikal from the moment the first dinosaur appeared on Earth, the lake would still have 95% of its water resources.
Liechtenstein is the safest country in the world with the last murder taking place in 2007.
Pluto was discovered by humans in 1930. Since that time, the planet hasn’t made a full orbit around the Sun. It will happen only in 2177.
Let’s do a challenge, shall we? Leave only one fact that shocked you the most in the comments below.
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