Tell me your fav weird fact.
— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) December 11, 2018
Office parties, friendly gatherings, and family time usually means you’re in for a lot of small talk, and the best way to overcome these dreaded social obligations is to have some cheesy jokes and interesting facts on hand to break the ice. If you can’t think of any right now, perhaps this recent Twitter thread might help. Writer Nicole Cliffe took to social media to ask people for their “fav weird fact,” and the answers are pretty mind-blowing.
As of writing, Cliffe’s tweet (posted on December 10, 2018) has received thousands of likes and retweets, as well as over 2,600 replies from people eager to share their wisdom on all things weird and wonderful. Some of the most intriguing responses include a tweet from Carol Blymire who revealed, “woodpecker tongues are over a foot long and wrap around the bird’s brain to protect it from TBI while pecking.” The weirdness doesn’t stop there—did you know that a hippopotamus’ sweat is pink? Or that the pineapple plant has digestive enzymes in its flesh that can cause you to lose your fingerprints!? Nature is never short of surprises.
Love weird facts? Scroll down to read some of the responses to writer Nicole Cliffe’s tweet.
That woodpecker tongues are over a foot long and wrap around the bird’s brain to protect it from TBI while pecking.
— Carol Blymire (@CarolBlymire) December 11, 2018
— 〽 (@DFF_Blizzard) December 12, 2018
Hippopotamus sweat is pink.
— J. Fulton (@_Jakeful) December 11, 2018
The mountain lion/cougar is the biggest cat species that purrs. If a cat can't purr, it can roar, but no cat can do both.
— Steph Driver (@StephaliciousD) December 11, 2018
The pineapple plant is closely related to certain species of carnivorous plants, and actually has digestive enzymes in its flesh. Workers at pineapple canning factories lose their fingerprints because the juice literally eats them away. https://t.co/vzCiS1Cerb
— Alycia (@leesha_joy) December 12, 2018
It takes the same amount of pressure to bite a carrot as it takes to bite a finger off, our brains just won’t allow us to do it.
— mirando (@randalovesbacon) December 11, 2018
George Washington died in 1799. The first dinosaur fossil was discovered in 1824. George Washington never knew dinosaurs existed.
— Suraj Lakhani (@surajlakhani) December 12, 2018
— Frank Murphy 📚 (@frankmurphy2009) December 12, 2018
The largest manufacturer of car tires in the world is Lego.
— Matt Sessions™️ (@DJMattSessions) December 11, 2018
virginia woolf had a pet monkey & when she & her (jewish) husband wound up accidentally driving through a nazi parade, everyone loved the pet monkey so much their car got saluted by the nazis and they were able to pass through safely
— talia jane (@itsa_talia) December 11, 2018
When the last woolly mammoths died the pyramids of Giza were already a thousand years old.
— Jacob King (@jacobofhentzau) December 12, 2018
The New Mexico whiptail lizard is an all-female species. Their eggs grow without fertilization and all the offspring are female. They also have female-female courtships
— Valetudo Mors (@ElZephyr_) December 11, 2018
Trying to photograph Jupiter is like trying to take a pic of an entire baseball stadium by the light of a single candle
— Laura Jo Schuster (@SchusterThinks) December 11, 2018
corgi is welsh for dwarf dog
— Juan Wick (@TXWestern) December 11, 2018
Goats have accents and if you take two goats from different parts of the world they won’t be able to understand each other
— Unapologetic Misandrist (@notfromsplash) December 11, 2018
M. Night Shyamalan wrote the screenplays for both “The Sixth Sense” and “Stuart Little”, both of which came out in the same year.
— Princess Yum-Yum (@sugarblom) December 11, 2018
Pirates wore eye patches so one eye stayed dark adapted in case they needed to go below for supplies during battle
— mackenzie (@mack1186) December 11, 2018
Paul Cezanne had a parrot that he taught to say, “Cezanne is a great painter!”
— amyguglielmo (@amyguglielmo) December 11, 2018