I Write A Lot Of Fun Facts, And Here Are 16 That I've Never Been Able To Get Out Of My Head

I write a lot, and I'm on the internet quite a bit, which means I've learned more than my fair share of fun facts. Some I forget about immediately, but others I tell to at least one person a week. Here are the ones I honestly haven't forgotten about after learning them years ago:

1.Gwen Stefani is older than Ted Cruz.

Gwen Stefani performing on stage in a plaid outfit with mesh details and bold makeup
Gwen Stefani performing on stage in a plaid outfit with mesh details and bold makeup
Ted Cruz speaking at a podium with a Capitol backdrop, wearing a suit and gesturing with his hand
Ted Cruz speaking at a podium with a Capitol backdrop, wearing a suit and gesturing with his hand

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Stefani was born in 1969 and is 54 years old. Cruz is 53 and was born in 1970.

2.If you put a Viagra pill in a flower vase's water, it'll make the flowers stand straight up.

A vase of pink gerbera daisies against a white background

A typical Viagra pill is 50mg, but it takes only 1mg to affect the flowers.

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3.If you rearrange the letters in Clint Eastwood, you can spell "old west action."

Clint Eastwood in Western attire with a poncho and cowboy hat, squinting under the sun

He's not the only famous person whose name is a personalized anagram. If you rearrange the letters in "William Shakespeare," you get "I'll make a wise phrase."

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4.Dogs like squeaky toys because they mimic the sound of dying prey.

White dog playing with a red and blue toy on grass

High-pitched squeaks apparently encourage playing.

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5. There's an electric eel from the Tennessee Aquarium named Miguel Wattson who has a Twitter account and will tweet any time he sets off a charge.

Twitter: @EelectricMiguel

6. While we're talking about Twitter accounts I love, The Count from Sesame Street tweets at least once a day, just counting one tweet at a time.

Twitter: @CountVonCount

7.Unrolling Scotch tape fast enough can generate a charge powerful enough to take an X-ray.

Adhesive tape in a transparent dispenser with a serrated cutting edge

Researchers at the University of California were able to successfully X-ray a finger.

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8.Chef Boyardee was a real person. He was a gourmet chef who used to work at the Plaza Hotel.

Various cans of Chef Boyardee products arranged on a wooden surface with clear labels visible

9.Mothers won't actually reject a baby bird if you touch it.

Swan with cygnets resting on a nest

10.The movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a sequel.

Animated character the Grinch with a grumpy expression

Before that, the Grinch was in a movie called Halloween Is Grinch Night, and it won an Emmy.

Warner Bros.

11.Cheetahs can't roar. They meow.

12.Scientists estimate that 16.2 bits of microplastic enter our airways every hour.

Assorted plastic granules for manufacturing

The original estimate was a credit card's worth of plastic every week, but it's much lower, which is...good, I guess?

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13.Coconut water was once successfully used to resuscitate a dehydrated patient by getting it intravenously.

Glass of coconut water next to a halved coconut and palm leaves on a textured surface

14.Pineapple eats you back. An enzyme in it breaks down the tissue in your mouth when you eat it, which is why it's prone to give you a canker sore.

Chopped pineapple pieces fill the frame

15.Humans and giraffes have the same amount of bones in their necks.

Giraffe sitting on grassland with clouds in the sky

The average giraffe's neck is six feet.

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16.And finally, 20% of children report hearing voices.

Silhouette of a person in profile with hand near face against a light background

Early to late childhood is the peak time for this experience.

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