36 Strange but true random facts you may not have known

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Some things are just odd and wonderful.

Here are some strange but true facts you may not have known.

Rain aroma

The pleasant aroma we can sometimes smell after a downpour is quite real. It is caused by bacteria known as actinomycetes. They thrive in wet conditions producing a sweet aroma in the air.

Women and pain

When it comes to pain, women have more pain receptors than men and feel pain more intensely. They also recover quicker from painful episodes than men and are thought to have a higher threshold for pain.

Pregnant women

The law states that pregnant women may urinate anywhere, even in a policeman’s helmet!

Tummy butterflies

We’ve all had butterflies in our tummies at some point. This is associated with the fight or flight response when we find ourselves in stressful situations. The hormone adrenaline causes the sensation, letting us know that danger is imminent and that we need to act. Blood flow is redirected from other parts of the body, boosting heartrate and blood pressure, enabling us to fight or take flight form dangerous situations.

First typewritten book

The first book ever to be written using a typewriter was Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer.


Tampons and bikinis were the invented by men.


During our lifetime, we produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.


Cherophobia is the fear of joy and happiness

Try licking your elbow

It is not physically possible to lick your own elbow

Shrimp’s heart

The heart of a shrimp is located in its head


A horse cannot vomit

Hot water vs cold

Hot water is slightly heavier than cold water


Pigs do not sweat; although they do rid their bodies of toxins via respiration. So it is not actually possible to ‘sweat like a pig’ as the saying goes.


The contraceptive pill is effective for Gorillas

The Guinness Book of Records

The Guinness Book of Records is the book that is most often stolen from public libraries

Admiral Nelson

Admiral Nelson suffered from seasickness all his life


Honey does not go off. It has been found in Egyptian tombs

Human bones

We are born with more bones than we die with. This is because some bones fuse together to form one as we grow


A giraffe is able to clean its own ears with its tongue

Marry the dead

It is possible to gain permission to marry a dead person in France providing you meet certain criteria


In Japan they have square water melons. They are easier to stack


Ants stretch and appear to yawn when they wake up

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb, was afraid of the dark

Sylvester the Cat

Sylvester the cat’s full name is Sylvester James Pussycat Senior


Parachutes were invented before aeroplanes


Ants do not like walking through talcum powder


Nutmeg if injected, can kill you

Are you right handed

Right handed people live approximately nine years longer than left handed people

Electric Chair

The electric chair was invented by a dentist, His name was Alfred P. Southwick


Wrigley’s chewing gum was the first barcoded product

First ever advertised product

The first product to be advertised on British television was Gibbs Toothpaste in 1955

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler’s nephew William Patrick “Willy” Stuart-Houstonwrote an article entitled ‘why I hate my uncle’ and fought against the Nazis in the second world war. He was the son of Hitler’s brother and his first wife Bridget Dowling, who was Irish

Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik

Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik was a sports shoe company founded by two German brothers, Adolf Dassler and Rudolph Dassler. The pair had a major falling out and went on to continue their work separately, forming Adidas and Puma

World’s youngest mother

The world’s youngest mother was just five years old. Lina Medina gave birth by caesarean section in Lima, Peru. It is thought the girl had entered puberty prematurely; a state known as precocious puberty.  

World’s oldest mother

The world’s oldest mother was 70. Daljinder Kaur gave birth to a son in India following IVF treatment


Provided that both parties are registered as blood donors, duelling is still legal in Paraguay


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