Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • Black pepper was a luxury in the middle ages and was so expensive, it was sometimes used to pay rent or taxes.
  • Amazingly, Ralph Macchio was 22 years old during filming The Karate Kid. He looked about 12.
  • Roman soldiers were sometimes paid in salt.
  • Cheese is the most stolen food in the world.
  • The sandwich was said to be invented by the Earl of Sandwich, a gambling addict who didn't want to leave the table to eat.
  • Female dragonflies have been known to fake their own deaths to avoid unwanted male attention.
  • The earliest species of what we would call a tree, the Archaeopteris, existed around 350 million years ago. Sharks have been swimming around for 400 million years!
  • A U.S. study found that babies cry at night to stop their parents from having another child.
  • In 1875, the Great Whiskey Fire of Dublin claimed the lives of thirteen people. But not how you think. Not one person died as a result of smoke inhalation or burns, but instead from alcohol poisoning by drinking the whiskey flowing through the streets.
  • Grand Theft Auto cost $265 million to make, the most of any video game at the time. By the end of its third day in stores, it had surpassed $1 billion in sales.


                Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.