We live in a strange world. With this strange world come strange facts (among loads of other things but let’s focus). The internet is full of lists with these facts and I love reading them. So why not make a list myself with some of my favourites and share them with you in the hope that you learn something useful (or useless. Probably useless, yes).
A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus
Let’s start with some simple planet info. A day is defined by the time it takes for a planet to rotate around their own axis.Venus takes 243 earth days to do this, which makes 243 earth days a Venus day. It only takes her 224.7 earth days to rotate around the sun, which makes a Venus day longer than a Venus year.
Starfish have no brain
Starfish? As in Patrick Star?! That’s right. Although starfish have a complex nervous system, they lack the actual brain. So Patrick Star is not only depicted as a starfish, he has the characteristics of one too.
No one actually knows who invented doughnuts
Although there are a lot of theories about their origins, no one really knows where the doughy circle comes from. Some say the doughnut was invented in North America by Dutch settlers, since another name for it was Oliekoek (which is Dutch for oil cake). Me and my Dutch self are all for this theory (even though I don’t even like doughnuts. I know, I know, who doesn’t like doughnuts…).
Camels have three eyelids
“What?? Surely you meant two?” Nope. Camels do have two eyelids with lashes, horizontally. However, in the corner of their eyes, there is a third eyelid. Apparently this can be used to clean the eyes. The lid is thin enough for them to be able to see through it, so it can also function as an extra protection layer against sand.
Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
Who else thought that Barbie was just her name? I thought so. The creator of Barbie got the idea after watching her daughter play with her dolls and realising there weren’t a lot of grown up dolls for sale: the dolls were mostly depicting children. She called the doll she created after her daughter Barbara. Bonus fact: Ken’s full name is Ken Carson.
The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters
The alphabet consists of 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u) , 7 consonants (h, k, l, m, p, w) and a glottal stop. If you count the glottal stop it’s 13 letters. Makes me wonder if this makes the language harder or easier to learn.
In England it’s illegal to handle a salmon in suspicious circumstances
Although most of those debatable English laws go back decades, this law didn’t actually exist until 1986! It’s aimed at illegal salmon trade, but it feels more like you’re risking arrest by sneaking down alleys, while handling some salmon.
A group of cats is called a clowder
If I see a group of cats, I simply call them cats. Apparently the correct name is a clowder. Definitely didn’t know that. I also didn’t know that an unaltered female cat is called a queen, but I definitely approve. Bonus facts: A group of kangaroos is called a mob, a group of goats is called a trip and a group of owls is called a parliament
What is your favourite strange useless fact?