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20+ Surprising Facts About the World That Can Sparkle Any Conversation

We can read hundreds of books and watch thousands of documentary programs, but the world will still keep surprising us every day. For example, did you know that the recent resignation of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from their royal duties created a new verb in the English language, which is “to Meghan Markle”?

We at Bright Side love learning new things and are eager to share another bunch of interesting facts that will help you impress your friends the next time you hang out.

  • When you turn 100 in Barbados, you get a stamp made in your honor.
  • Regular coffee drinkers swallow about 140,000 fragments of insects per year. The good news is that most of them are harmless.
  • There are more than 7,500 types of apples in the world, which means you’ll need more than 20 years to try each of them, providing that you eat one type a day.
  • A single piece of spaghetti is called “spaghetto” in the Italian language.

  • Sea otters hold each other’s hands while they sleep so that they don’t float apart.
  • Honey has no expiration date. It only gets crystallized over time.
  • In order to burn one calorie, you’ll have to click a mouse 10 million times. It would take 11 and a half days provided that you make 10 clicks per second.
  • Dolphins sing to their babies in the womb to make the unborn offspring recognize the mother’s “voice.”
  • The Japanese language has a word “kuchisabishii” — when you eat not because you’re hungry, but because your mouth is lonely.

  • A human body, weighing 155 pounds, contains 0.2 milligrams of gold.

  • The Beatles used the word “love” 613 times in their songs. The most popular word used by them was “you” — you can find it 2,262 times in their lyrics.

  • Astronauts can vote from space. They get their ballot by e-mail and send it back the same way, after having declared their preferences.

  • Just like humans, mice can make faces when they feel pain.

  • Squirrels will sometimes adopt orphaned baby squirrels.
  • There has been no single case in the history of modern aviation when turbulence became the reason for an air accident.
  • Men spend more money online than women, according to statistics. Moreover, single men are the most active buyers.
  • The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.
  • One standard pencil can draw a line that is 35 miles long or write approximately 45,000 words.

  • Each person eats about 50,000 plastic particles per year. The same amount is breathed in by each human annually.

  • Half of our taste buds become dull by the age of 50-60.

  • “To Meghan Markle” is now a verb, which means to leave a toxic environment for the sake of one’s mental health.

Are you aware of any other interesting facts that you could share with us?