20 Random Facts to Impress Your Friends

By Lila Williams

  • When the female in a group of clownfish dies, the most dominant male turns into a female to replace her.
  • Giraffes’ tongues are so long they can lick their own ears.
  • Bats are the only mammals that can fly.
  • Flamingos pee on their own legs to cool off.
  • Young armadillos are called armadiglets.
  • Baby puffins are called pufflings.
  • Baby corn is just regular corn that gets harvested super early.
  • Capers are actually pickled flower buds.
  • Every year, we unknowingly pass the anniversary of our death day.
  • You’re more likely to be killed by a cow than by a shark.
  • Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830s (thought to be like pepto-bismol).
  • “She sells seashells by the seashore” was written about an actual person. (Mary Anning)
  • Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories per hour.


  • The average women uses her height in lipstick every 5 years.
  • Movie trailers were originally shown after the movie, which is why they are called “trailers”.
  • In 2015, more people died while taking selfies than by shark attacks.
  • The longest musical performance in history is currently taking place in the church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany. The performance of John Cage’s “Organ²/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible)” started on Sept. 5, 2001, and is set to finish in 2640. The last time the note changed was October 2013; the next change isn’t due until 2020.
  • The “hashtag” key on your keyboard (#) is called an octotroph.
  • M&M’s actually stands for “Mars & Murrie’s,” the last names of the candy’s founders.
  • More monopoly money is printed each year than real US currency. (Parker Brothers, the maker of the board game, says it prints $30 billion in Monopoly money every year.)