Do you know how some people just seem to always have something interesting to say? They're probably not actually that fascinating; they just know how to work a conversation. Here are some facts you can throw into the next lull in dialogue to make things flow much smoother. Butterflies taste with their feet. There are more steps on the Empire State Building than there are bones in the human body. A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it's born. These kinds of trivia nuggets act like social WD-40, getting the gears of communication grinding again in no time. So next time you find yourself struggling to keep a conversation going, try busting out a fact or two and see where it takes you. Chances are, you'll be glad you did.

Random facts are, quite simply, facts that are random. They can be about anything, from history to science to pop culture. And they can be either amazing or totally mundane. For example, did you know that tennis balls are not actually made of rubber? They’re actually made of felt! Or that the state of Texas is bigger than the whole country of France? Crazy, right?

Way, way more people in Beverly Hills than you might think are Iranian. Apparently, 22% of the Beverly Hills population is actually of Iranian descent. CRACKED.COM


Chances are, your supermarket beefburger might have some mystery meat inside. In 2013, Ireland's Food Safety Authority tasted a bunch of supermarket beefburgers, and it turned out that 85% of them contained pig DNA and one third contained horse DNA. CRACKED.COM


In 1875, a swarm of locusts very literally blotted out the sun. They were Rocky Mountain locusts, and the swarm was 110 miles wide and 1,800 miles long. CRACKED.COM


In Sweden's capital, they had a speed camera lottery system. Anybody who drove under the speed limit (or right at the limit) would be entered into a lottery, and the prizes would come from the fines paid by people who drove over the limit. And it worked pretty well. CRACKED.COM


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