10 Incredible “Did You Know” Facts That Will Surprise Everyone

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THESE ARE THE 10 INCREDIBLE TRIVIA QUESTIONS YOU’LL WANT TO ASK ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS.

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  1. Did you know chewing gum is banned in Singapore?

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Along with having laws against spitting and urinating anywhere but in a toilet (which you’re then legally obligated to flush if it’s a public washroom), Singapore has also banned chewing gum in an effort to keep the city clean and orderly. The ban was established in 1992. In 2004, exceptions were made for therapeutic, dental, or nicotine gums.

2. Did you know the first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer?

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Buyer beware, as they say. Thankfully, buyer Mark Fraser was apparently aware of the fact that he was getting a broken laser pointer when he purchased it for $14.83 from eBay’s founder Pierre Omidyar in 1995.

 

3. Did you know the longest place name in the world is  85 letters long?

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Unfortunately, this is one of the did you know facts you probably can’t repeat to your friends—and that’s because it’s nearly impossible to pronounce. Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is in New Zealand and is 85 letters long. And when it comes to other super long place names, it’s followed by Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales, Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in the U.S.,  Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein in South Africa, and Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarre in Spain.

4. Did you know bubble wrap was originally invented as wallpaper?

If you can’t wait to pop every air-filled pocket the minute you pull a piece of bubble wrap out of a package, can you imagine how irresistible it would be if it was covering your walls? Engineer Al Fielding and Swiss inventor Marc Chavannes probably didn’t consider that when, in 1957, they invented bubble wrap while trying to create a textured wallpaper by sealing two shower curtains together to trap air bubbles.

5. Did you know Santa Claus was given an official pilot’s license in 1927?

When Santa Claus makes his trip around the world on Christmas Eve, you can rest assured that he’s legally allowed to drive his sleigh—at least in the United States. In 1927, the jolly man in the red suit was given a pilot’s license from the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aeronautics William P. MacCracken.

According to the Library of Congress, “The old saint called at the Commerce Department in Washington” and when he arrived, his picture was taken as he was given his license, airway maps, “and the assurance that the lights would be burning on the airways on Christmas Eve.”

6. Did you know a single watermelon once sold for $6,125?

In 2008, a man in Japan bought a nearly black Densuke watermelon for ¥650,000 or $6,125. The specialty fruit is only grown on the island of Hokkaido and, according to a Japanese agricultural expert in the Los Angeles Times, is crisp and hard with “a different level of sweetness” than the watermelon we’re used to eating.

7. Did you know one of the largest pyramids in the world is a Bass Pro Shops in Memphis, Tennessee?

If you’re not able to travel all the way to Egypt to see the great pyramids in Giza, then you might want to plan a trip to Memphis, Tennesee, to see the local Bass Pro Shops Megastore. At 321-feet tall with a 535,000-square-foot interior, it’s one of the largest pyramids in the world and features a hotel, an indoor swamp, an aquarium, a bowling alley, and the world’s tallest freestanding elevator which can take you to an observation deck.

8. Did you know it only takes six minutes for alcohol to affect your brain?

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Just one drink can quickly go to your head, whether you feel it or not. Researchers at Heidelberg University Hospital found that just six minutes after consuming alcohol, changes are already taking place in the brain. So even if you don’t feel tipsy right away, you’re definitely not totally sober either.

9. Did you know Daniel Radcliffe went through nearly 70 wands and 160 pairs of glasses during the making of the Harry Potter films?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the production team also made 40 versions of Salazar Slytherin’s locket, 250 paintings for the Marble Staircase, 900 Memory Vials for the cabinet in Dumbledore’s Office, and 210,000 coins for the Gringotts bank scene in the last two films alone.

10. Did you know Q is the only letter that doesn’t appear in any U.S. state name?

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What state do you live in? Does it have a Q in the name? We can guarantee that it doesn’t because that’s the only letter that doesn’t appear in any U.S. state name, from Alabama to Wyoming and everything in between.

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