One reason we avoid casual conversation at all costs is the numerous traps that litter it. From gaffes to double engenders to backhanded compliments…the whole activity is a veritable minefield that we'd much prefer to avoid.

When we do venture into the dreaded realm of everyday conversation, we make sure we are armed to the teeth with fun facts--especially prepared in case we run into the dreaded 'awkward gap .'That dreadful, yawning silence can only be defeated by just the right combination of wit, wisdom, and, you guessed it: completely random factoids.

It's kind of awkward to fill the inevitable silences that appear in just about any conversation, but sometimes you can just say, "Did you know that ...” and mention a cool fact, like any one of these 13 facts below.

If that doesn't work, you can always simply flee the scene without explanation. 

So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and find out what we have in store for ya…

In 1997, David Bowie sold his own official Bowie bonds. And they were just like any other bond, more or less - people who bought them got a share of Bowie's royalties for the next 10 years. CRACKED.COM

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One Japanese astronomer drew sunspots every single day for 40 years. And it turned out the detailed drawings have been very helpful in the study of solar cycles and magnetic fields. CRACKED.COM

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In 2011, P&G and Unilever fixed prices and were fined $456 million. P AND G WHITE LAUNDRY SOAP PROCTER&GAMBLE MADE IN U S.A S.P.T.OFF REG They did this in 8 European countries, and they got a 10% discount after they copped to what they were doing. CRACKED.COM

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Michael Bay has only one movie that's certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. It's 1996's The Rock, which has a rating of 66%. CRACKED.COM

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