15 Travel Sized Facts That Are Perfect For On-The-Go

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15 Travel Sized Facts That Are Perfect For On-The-Go

Facts, facts, facts – they really are wonderful things! Start a conversation, keep one going in the event of a lull, or just think to yourself about something cool you read. Facts can do it all. Take them anywhere, from the bar or the gym to outer space or Costco. Share them with friends and family or total strangers. And where is the best place to unload your knowledge on strangers? That’s right, on an airplane, where they have nowhere to go. These travel sized bits of information are great for entertaining the nice person you have to share a flight with. It’s a little interesting somethin somethin to break the ice and pass the time. So here’s a starter, we now finding ourselves seated next to you on this flight through the depths of knowledge: you might not always like what you learn about U.S. presidents, but if you want to know about our 10th president, born in the 18th century, just ask his grandkid. 

Africa exists in all four hemispheres.

Africa is the only continent with land in all four hemispheres. CRACKED COM It's the only continent that has its land crossed by both the Prime Meridian and the Equator. The Equator divides Africa into almost two halves.

Source: World Atlas

Green eyes are extremely rare.

Only 2 percent of the population has green eyes. CRACKED.COM Green eyes are more common in females than males. Less than 1 percent have gray eyes.

Soource: Healthline

Scotland's national animal isn't even real.

The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. GRAGKED.COM The mythical beasts adorn castle walls, cathedrals, and Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.

Source: BBC

Winking at a grocery store clerk would get you free cereal in 1907.

A 1907 ad campaign for Corn Flakes asked readers to 'wink at your grocer and see what you get.' CRACKED.COM The ad campaign for Kellogg's Corn Flakes offered a free sample of cereal to any customer who would wink at their grocer, which increased sales by a factor of fifteen.

Soource: History of Today

Catnip isn't just for house cats.

Big cats love catnip, too. CRACKED.COM Lions and jaguars of reproductive-age react most positively, with tigers, cougars, and bobcats reacting a little less.

ource: MentalFloss

The most Irish person wasn't Irish.

St. Patrick wasn't Irish. CRACKED.COM Не was born to Roman parents in either Scotland, England, or Wales.

ource: History

There is a senate rule that you can't be mean to each other.

The U.S. Senate's Rule XIX states that a U.S. senator cannot insult their colleagues. GRACKED.COM The rule states: No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.

Source: CNN

The Macy's Parade balloons used to just be released into the sky.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons used to be released into the air. CRACKED.COM Starting in 1927, the large balloons that replaced live ZOO animals used to just be let go at the end of each parade.

Soource: Mashable

Benjamin Franklin really looked down on eagles.

Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey was a much more respectable bird than the eagle. CRACKED.COM Franklin never lobbied for the turkey to become the national bird, but he did write that the bald eagle was a scavenger of bad moral character.

Soource: History

There is a service to rent guinea pigs.

You can rent guinea pigs in Switzerland. CRACKED.COM It's illegal to own only one guinea pig in Switzerland since they are social animals, so a service was created to provide a rental pig when one kicks the tiny bucket.

Source: ABC News

Beethoven always used 60 beans to make a cup of coffee.

Beethoven always made coffee with exactly 60 beans. GRACKED.COM Beethoven went out of his way to ensure his morning coffee was made with the optimal number of beans per cup.

Soource: Forbes

The 10th U.S. president's grandson is still alive.

The grandson of the 10th president of the United States is still alive. CRACKED.COM President John Tyler was born in 1790, and is survived by his 93 year old grandson, Harrison Ruffin Tyler.

Soource: Washington Post

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