July 12, 2016
If you want to enhance your knowledge about anything, then these facts might come in handy.
There are many ways to improve your general knowledge, but there’s nothing like occasionally filling your consciousness with General knowledge facts, no matter how random. These are the kinds of facts that come out during quizzes and might come in handy in your daily interactions with people:
- The killer whale is not a whale. It’s a dolphin.
No, this is not a case of mistaken identity. What we know as the killer whale or the Orca actually belongs to the dolphin family. It’s the largest member of the family and like other dolphins, the “killer whale” is extraordinarily intelligent.
- Mickey and Minnie were married in real life.
The most famous couple in cartoon history are arguably Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who are two of the most iconic characters Disney ever created. But what makes this even more of a fairy tale is the fact that the two people who voiced these characters, Wayne Allwine (Mickey) and Russi Taylor (Minnie), were actually married in real life.
- Papua New Guinea is the only country in the world that has 820 languages.
Yes, that’s 820. Papua New Guinea offers the most linguistic diversity in one country because while its official languages are Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu, and English, there are many other Austronasian languages, Papuan languages, and others that contribute to the 820 options.
- For a person to stand and balance on both legs, 300 muscles are needed.
Think of all the muscles you’re exercising just by standing. It takes a whopping number of 300 muscles for humans to balance, so if you decide to stand instead of sit down, you’re already burning some calories.
- Antarctica is considered a desert, but it’s the coldest continent containing 90% of all the ice in the world.
The southernmost continent that’s located near the South Pole, conditions can be very dire in Antarctica. Temperatures there can go to as low as negative 89 degrees Celsius, but even if it’s more than freezing cold, there is hardly any precipitation here, making the conditions very desert-like.
- After 1987, we had to wait 26 years for a year (2013) wherein all 4 digits are unique from one another.
Think about it. All the years that came after 1987 would have at least 2 digits of the same number: 1988, 1989, 1999… 2001, 2011, 2012.
- The shortest word that contains all 5 vowels in alphabetical order is aerious.
Aerious may be the shortest word with all 5 vowels, but surprisingly there many others that contain all 5 vowels as well. The most familiar ones with the vowels occurring only once are facetious, sequoia, eunoia.
- Jellyfish are more plankton than fish. They also don’t even brains.
The term “jellyfish” is misleading, because jellies are nowhere near being in the fish family. Marine animals that belong to the phylum Cnidaria, jellies don’t have a brain, a heart, or even bones. They are made of 98% water, and they have gelatinous bodies, tentacles, and that signature sting.
- Honey is the only thing in your pantry that will not go bad.
Honey is a wonder food with many (including medicinal) uses, but one of its most important attributes is not that it doesn’t spoil easily, but that it doesn’t spoil at all. This means no matter how old you’ve kept that jar of honey, it won’t go bad on you. Yes, even if that honey is thousands of years old. The “eternal shelf life” of honey is what makes it so unique, because who knew that something so sweet could last forever?
- A giraffe does not only have the longest neck, but its tongue is long enough to clean its own ears.
Giraffes are some of the most fascinating animals in the planet, and that’s not only because their necks are long. An average giraffe tongue is as long as 18-20 inches, and this length helps them clean their own ears with it.
With all of these General knowledge facts to keep you company, you can enhance your knowledge and easily win the next pub quiz. You just have to remember to keep reading up on general knowledge facts because there is definitely no shortage and you can never learn too much.