25 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

46. Carly Simon’s dad is the Simon of Simon and Schuster.

Carly Simon

Carly Simon. / Brownie Harris/GettyImages

He co-founded the company.

47. Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State.

They decided to split one course.

48. After an online vote in 2011, Toyota announced that the official plural of Prius was Prii.

The car’s name is rooted in a Latin word.

49. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt had a very presidential wedding.

Marriage of Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt. / Historical/GettyImages

At their 1905 wedding, President Teddy Roosevelt gave away the bride.

50. Tootsie Rolls were added to soldiers’ rations in World War II.

This was for their durability in all weather conditions.

51. When Canada’s Northwest Territories considered renaming itself in the 1990s, one name that gained support was “Bob.”

“Bob” would have been at least more creative than a simple geographic description.

52. Marie Curie remains the only person to earn Nobel Prizes in two different sciences.

Marie Curie In Her Laboratory

Marie Curie In Her Laboratory. / Hulton Deutsch/GettyImages

She also once investigated a psychic medium.

53. After OutKast sang “shake it like a Polaroid picture,” Polaroid released a statement.

It read, “Shaking or waving can actually damage the image.”

54. The Starry Night depicts Vincent van Gogh’s view from the Saint-Paul de Mausole asylum.

The artist painted the scene in 1889.

55. The ampersand symbol is formed from the letters in et.

It’s the Latin word for and.

56. Army ants that misinterpret the scent trails left by other ants will sometimes break from the crowd and march in circles.

If enough ants join, they can form massive “death spirals.”

57. A solar eclipse helped end a six-year war in 585 BCE.

When the sky suddenly darkened during a battle between the Lydians and the Medes in modern Turkey, soldiers took it as a sign to cease fighting.

58. Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas dropped out of high school but earned his GED in 1993.

Wendy's Reports Slide In Earnings

A Wendy’s sign. / Justin Sullivan/GettyImages

His GED class voted him Most Likely to Succeed.

59. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826.

Their deaths were exactly 50 years after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

60. Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures.

The average dog is as intelligent as a 2-year-old child.

61. Bubbles keep your bath water warmer longer.

More bubbles, more fun.

More bubbles, more fun. / Adene Sanchez/Getty Images

All the more reason to take a bubble bath.

62. Scientists have found evidence of take-out restaurants in the remains of Pompeii.

Recently unveiled frescoes may even depict the food that was served.

63. Fried chicken was brought to America by Scottish immigrants.

Many Scottish immigrants moved to the colonies in the southern U.S. in the 1700s.

64. There are 71 streets in Atlanta with Peachtree in their name.

Atlanta Scenic Peachtree Street

Atlanta Scenic Peachtree Street. / Simon Bruty/GettyImages

Georgia’s a big fan of its peaches.

65. Peter Durand patented the tin can in 1810.

Ezra Warner patented a can opener in 1858. In between, people used chisels and hammers.

66. Goats have rectangular pupils.

The weird shape helps them stay aware of their surroundings.

67. The bend in a flamingo’s leg isn’t a knee.


Flamingos. / brandstaetter images/GettyImages

It’s an ankle.

68. In 1946, Boston basketball team owner Walter Brown chose the nickname Celtics.

His other choices were Whirlwinds, Olympians, and Unicorns.

69. After It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown aired, Charles Schulz was overwhelmed with candy shipments.

They were sent by kids who were concerned for Charlie, who got rocks instead of treats in his Halloween sack.

70. One of the world’s largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons—at a U.S. Navy base near Seattle—has an odd defense system.

Don't mess with dolphins.

Don’t mess with dolphins. / borchee/Getty Images

It’s partially defended by trained dolphins.

71. It’s illegal for supermarkets in France to waste food.

Supermarkets must either compost it or donate unsold or nearly expired goods to charity.

72. Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can.

When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

73. A new baby can cost new parents 750 hours of sleep in the first year.

New parents notoriously get little sleep.

74. In 1965, a Senate subcommittee predicted that by 2000, Americans would only be working 20 hours a week with seven weeks vacation.

That has yet to happen, though some places have experimented with a four-day work week.

75. For one day in 1998, Topeka, Kansas, renamed itself “ToPikachu.”

This was done to mark Pokemon’s U.S. debut.

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