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Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • Matches weren’t invented until 1826. As John Walker stirred a pot of chemicals, a lump formed on the end of the mixing stick. He tried scraping the dried chemicals off, igniting the stick and accidentally inventing matches.

 

  • Trees have a maximum height of 426 ft. and cannot grow taller due to the opposing force of gravity.

 

  • In 2007, Leonardo Dicaprio/Warner Bros. won a bidding war against Brad Pitt/Paramount Pictures for the rights to Jordan Belfort’s Memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

 

  • Ants can not be seriously injured from impact with the ground after being dropped from any height because they don’t have enough mass.

 

  • Only 2% of the world population has natural red hair. Despite this, one study found that nearly 30% of the people featured in advertisements have red hair.

 

  • The people of the Moken Tribe in Southeast Asia can control their pupil dilation and see clearly underwater.

 

  • The plastic used to make Legos is the same type of plastic used to make hard hats.

 

  • Mixing your drinks with diet soda gets you drunk faster than regular soda.

 

            Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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