Want to dominate your next cocktail party with useless (but fun!) information? Read on
Did you know bees and dogs can smell fear? If you saw Jerry MaGuire, you probably were aware (See, also: the human head weighs eight pounds.) But if you’re looking for some more fun facts to beef up your dinner-party—or awkward-silence-busting—repertoire, look no father than this Reddit Q&A. The question: “What’s the one fun fact that you most often tell people?” The answers? Amusing. Read on for 10 of our favorite snippets from this enlightening thread.
Foraging For Broccoli is Futile
Broccoli, cauliflower, and a few other vegetables are manmade; and do not exist in the wild.
Your Mom Isn't the Only One Still Paying for AOL
The fact that AOL still makes over $500 million a year through dial-up Internet subscriptions is one of my favorite [fun facts].
AIM: Kind of Like the Hot Tub Time Machine
I just logged into AIM. 1-It still exists. 2-A friend from middle school was online, and messaged me.
Hippos Are Girly
Hippo milk is pink.
And Now We're Terrified of Sea Slugs
Some sea slugs have penises long and hard enough to use as swords. Because they are hermaphrodites, the engage in penis fencing until one is either dead or pregnant.
Hummingbirds: They're Just Like Us!
Hummingbirds’ metabolisms are so fast they have to go into a hibernation-like state called torpor just to sleep through the night. Otherwise they would starve to death in their sleep.
Canada’s a Great Place to Swim
There are more lakes in Canada than the rest of the world combined.
…As Are Whale Arteries
Blue whale arteries are big enough for humans to swim through. Their hearts are also the size of cars.
Big Surprise: Quentin Tarantino Is a Stoner
All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20.
Henry VII had a monkey that was quite proficient at making vulgar gestures at people. Henry VIII’s first act as king was throwing aforementioned monkey out of the window.