With so much information out there, lots of little, lesser known facts are missed. This list contains some amazing and random facts that you might not know. Have you ever been in a social situation and run out of things to talk about? This list is for you. Any one of these facts will impress and inform your friends. Check out these 20 amazing facts below!
A group of clowns is usually referred to as “a giggle of clowns”.
19. The Cubicle
In 1968, Robert Propst invented the cubicle in an effort to provide office workers with privacy and autonomy. It is reported that before his death, Propst shared that he had come to hate the office system he created due to companies using his invention as a cost cutting measure.
Canada is the second largest country, after Russia.
17. Chinese Checkers
Despite the name, the strategy board game known as Chinese Checkers was actually invented in Germany in 1892.
In Queensland, Australia, only magicians can legally own a pet rabbit.
15. Square Dancing
The square dance is the official state dance of 24 states in the USA. This includes such states as Alabama, Colorado, Missouri, and Virginia. That’s a whole lot of square dancers!
The Unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.
The original pair of Nike running shoes was made using a waffle iron. The shoes were made by Bill Bowerman, a famous track coach at The University of Oregon. He started testing the use of a waffle iron for the tread in the late 1960s and early 1970s, much to his wife’s dismay.
Finland holds an annual Wife Carrying World Championship. Each year the winner is awarded an amazing prize. His wife’s weight in beer.
11. Movie Trailers
Movie trailers are called trailers because they used to run after the movie, not before. The first movie trailer was shown in 1913, but after a short while, executives realized that patrons did not stick around after the feature film to view said trailers and they began running them before the movie started instead.
10. Guinea Pigs
In Switzerland, it is illegal to own just one guinea pig at a time, as it is believed that the furry creatures get lonely by themselves.
9. Google as a verb
The first time “Google” was used as a verb on TV was in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 2002 by the character Willow, played by Alyson Hannigan. Hannigan is also known for her roles in the American Pie movies and as “Lily Aldrin” on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
8. Johnny Carson’s wives
Johnny Carson, famed American TV host, was married 4 times. His first three wives were named Joan, Joanne, and Joanna. His fourth wife was named Alexis.
7. Super Bowl Rings
Each year at the Super Bowl, the winning team aren’t the only ones who get a coveted Super Bowl Ring. The referees each get one too!
6. Giant Pandas
When giant pandas are born, they are only about the size of a stick of butter, or 100 grams. This is amazing since these gorgeous animals can grow to be anywhere from 275-330 pounds full grown.
The state of Alaska, with it’s population of about 739,795 people is the northernmost, easternmost, and westernmost state in the US.
4. Blockbuster Video
Thought the video rental chain was completely extinct? Well, if you live in Alaska, you’re in luck! There are three stores still open. The final three Blockbusters are located in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Soldotna.
There are only 2 escalators in the entire state of Wyoming.
Geckos can control the stickiness of their feet!
Everybody knows that when animals sleep through the winter it is called hibernation, but did you know that there is a term for sleeping through the summer? There is! That practice is called Aestivation. East African hedgehogs are known to aestivate.
These are definitely some amazing facts. Pull any one of these facts out at a party and you’re sure to be a hit! Guinea pigs in Switzerland, unicorns in Scotland, and bunnies in Queensland will please animal-lovers. And, your coworkers will be intrigued by the creation of the cubicle. All in all, these facts are pretty amazing from top to bottom.