Sometimes a conversation just needs an unusual fun fact or tidbit to get things going. Whether it is that downtime at the beginning of a Zoom call, sitting around the Thanksgiving table, or trapped in an elevator after the power has gone out – sometimes a little factoid is exactly what you need.
We thought we’d compile a list of a few interesting facts to talk about for all those awkward silences in life.
15 Interesting and Fun Facts to Share:
- The electric chair was invented by a dentist. Alfred P. Southwick was a dentist, engineer and inventor from New York. He is credited with inventing the electric chair as a method of legal execution after witnessing a fatal but accidental electrocution in 1881. Southwick modified a dentist’s chair and began experimenting on animals. On 6 August 1890, a convicted murderer named William Kemmler became the first person in history to be executed by electric chair.
- Crows hold grudges and they tell their family and friends about them. Researchers have found that the birds can recognize individual human faces and that they held tightly to a negative association with that face. Additionally, they shared that knowledge of dangerous humans with other crows.
- Most toilets flush in the key of E-flat. Also, most American car horns honk in the key of F.
- Cuba and North Korea are the only countries in the world where you can’t buy Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola cannot be bought or sold (at least, not officially) because both countries are under long-term U.S. trade embargoes. Cuba since 1962 and North Korea since 1950.
- IKEA is an acronym which stands for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd. This is is the founder’s name, farm where he grew up, and hometown.
- The the official plural form of a Prius is ‘Prii’. Toyota announced the preferred plural term in a press release in 2011.
- Canadian law requires citizens answer a math question to enter any sweepstakes. The Canadian Competition Act bans all games of chance, except for provincial lotteries and those held at licensed casinos. As such, Canadian courts have agreed that a four-part mathematical test is required to qualify as a skill-testing question.
- Rabbits are not capable of vomiting. Rabbits have no gag reflex. Moreover, a rabbit’s diaphragm lacks the strength to vomit.
- Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. According to a study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes making medical errors the the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
- There’s only one letter that doesn’t appear in any U.S. state name. Fifty different state names, and not one of them contains the letter ‘Q’.
- Samsung means “three stars” in Korean. This was chosen by the founder because he wanted the company to be powerful and everlasting like stars in the sky.
- The paper sleeve around your coffee cup is called a zarf. Historically, the zarf was often ornamental and from metal. Today, zarfs are usually made out of cardboard and wrap around your coffee (or tea) cups.
- Twenty five percent of all of your bones are in your feet. The feet also contain anything between 20 to 25 percent of the total joints in the human body.
- Approximately 700 grapes go into one bottle of wine. That’s comes to about 2.6 pounds of fruit.
- Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont have banned billboard advertising. Hawaii was the first state to ban billboards in the 1920s.
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