20 amazing facts you probably didn’t know! 192



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We’ve all been amazed by those facts that we have on a Fantale wrapper or in a book, but did you know there are millions out there you probably weren’t aware of? We have found 20 of the best…prepared to be wowed!

  1. There are more fake flamingos in the world than real.
  2. Half of all humans who have ever lived, died from malaria.
  3. Once Charlie Chaplin entered a contest for “Charlie Chaplin look-alikes” and he came in third
  4. Of all the people in history that have reached 65 years of age, half of them are living right now.
  5. When your mother was born, she was already carrying the egg that would become you.
  6. Lighters were invented before matches.
  7. Potatoes aren’t actually originally from Ireland… they’re from Peru.
  8. Otters sleep holding hands.
  9. You have no sense of smell when you are asleep.
  10. It is criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
  11. Nutella was invented during WWII, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his chocolate ration.
  12. Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Sedona, Arizona thought yellow clashed with the natural red rock.
  13. Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men is used by researchers to attract animals to cameras in the wilderness.
  14. The medical term for ice cream headaches is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.
  15. Blue is a psychological appetite suppressant – if you eat off a blue plate, you will eat less.
  16. Firefighters used to dip their beards in water and breathe through the wet hairs clenched between their teeth before breathing apparatuses were invented.
  17. A group of kangaroos is called a mob
  18. Humpty Dumpty’s rhyme doesn’t say he’s an egg
  19. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  20. Bubble wrap was originally meant to be a wallpaper

What is your favourite fact? What one of these amazed you? Tell us below!

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