Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • A “contronym” is a word that’s its own opposite. For example: if you seed the lawn you add seeds, but if you seed a tomato you remove them.
  • At the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland, first prize is the wife's weight in beer.
  • In 1939, Hitler's nephew wrote an article called, "Why I Hate My Uncle." He came to the U.S., served in the Navy, and settled on Long Island.
  • Stuck inside on a rainy day in 1816, writers Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Polidori challenged each other to a scary story writing contest. Mary came up with the idea for Frankenstein and published it two years later at age 20.
  • Coyotes outpace roadrunners by 23 mph.
  • The Woolsey Hall auditorium at Yale contains an extra-wide seat built to fit alumnus and former professor William Howard Taft.
  • Honey hunters in Mozambique use special calls to recruit the services of birds known as honeyguides. The birds lead the humans to bees' nests and in return, they get the leftover beeswax.
  • It’s a tradition for the post offices of Romeo, Michigan and Juliette, Georgia to offer a special dual postmark leading up to Valentine’s Day.
  • Africa is the only continent with land in all four hemispheres.
  • A newborn blue whale gains about 200 pounds a day during its first year.


                Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.