The world is a big place, so it’s impossible to know everything that goes on in it. Thanks to the internet we have access to all of the facts, but does that mean we bother looking for them? Here are some fun facts you, and most other people, probably don’t know!
Walmart’s acceptance rate
Did you know that the acceptance rate at Walmart is actually lower than at Harvard? Harvard admits 8.9% of its applicants, but Walmart is pretty mean at just 2.6% of applicants accepted. Looks like there’s a new elitist establishment in town, and the next town, and the next.
You can’t smell while sleeping
Hearing loud noises and being touched can wake you from your sleep, but smelling something doesn’t trigger the same response. People can’t rely on their sense of smell to help them wake up according to a study at Brown University.
Chewbacca had backup
You might be aware of Chewbacca, the hairy Wookie from the Star Wars sci-fi franchise. While filming for Return of the Jedi, the man in the suit, Peter Mayhew, was accompanied by bodyguards when filming in the forest as it was feared local hunters might mistake him for Bigfoot and try to shoot him.
One last time
A football fan requested that he have six Cleveland Browns pallbearers at his funeral. Strange enough you might think but the reason why? So the Browns could let him down just one last time!
Winterfell, by IKEA
Fans of fantasy TV show Game of Thrones will recognize the big black cloak that Jon Snow wears as a member of The Night’s Watch. What you won’t know is that according to a costume designer for the show, the furry cloak is actually a rug from IKEA.
Swimming for gold
There is an estimated 200 times more gold in the world’s oceans than there has ever been mined in the entire history of the human race. That’s a lot of gold, we’re just going to grab our swimming costume, for something unrelated.
Is this a joke?
People can have legitimate fears of pretty much anything but people who are scared of long words have to carry that burden in the name of their fear. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words, hopefully those who suffer from it call it something else.
Gene Simmons, singer and bass player for the rock band Kiss owns the money bag symbol. Anytime you see a cartoon robber stashing their cash into one of those moneybags, Gene Simmons makes money from it!
Hummingbirds can’t walk
Hummingbirds are the only species of bird that is able to hover, fly backward and even fly upside down. There is something else unique to put them apart from their species, they can’t walk. Their legs are too short, the best they can do is to shuffle, so they tend to stick to flying where possible.
What’s the Cookie Monster’s name?
The Cookie Monster is one of the most beloved members of children’s TV show Sesame Street, but he didn’t always go by that name. Before being consumed by his addiction to eating cookies, he went by the name of Sid.
These are just some of the fun and crazy facts that the world has hidden away. Did you know any of these little nuggets of information? You never know when this knowledge might be useful, you might even win a quiz because of these facts!