What’s the most random fact you know?
I mean RANDOM random.
— brittany packnett cunningham (@MsPackyetti) January 28, 2020
Whether you’re a trivia nerd or not, having an interesting fact on hand is always useful for impressing friends and family. Writer and activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham recently took to Twitter to ask people to share the most random facts they know—some of which are pretty astonishing.
The now-viral Twitter thread reveals an entire stream of weird and wonderful facts that cover a wide range of topics, from scientific discoveries to pop culture trivia. For example, did you know that fish cough? When particles or bacteria get sucked in through their gills while breathing, the fish ventilation cycle is interrupted with a cough to clear it. Another Twitter user reveals that “Sloths don’t fart”—instead, gas is absorbed into the bloodstream and simply breathed out.
Another stand out contribution was by Twitter user @Okeating, who tweeted, “Salvador Dali designed the wrapper for Chupa Chups.” As one of the many surreal Dalí facts we've shared in the past, this is indeed true. The eccentric artist updated the iconic logo and even suggested it be printed on top of the wrapper so that it was always fully displayed.
Scroll down to check some more cool, weird, random facts from this enlightening Twitter thread.
Writer Brittany Packnett Cunningham recently took to Twitter to ask people to share the most random facts they know. And share they did.
Salvador Dali designed the wrapper for Chupa Chups.
— Oonagh (@Okeating) January 28, 2020
We live closer to when T. Rex lived than T. Rex did to when Stegosaurus lived. https://t.co/f4UVS5dh10
— Josh (@joshnorthsouth) January 28, 2020
I have always been interested in galactic archaeology, but I don't think this is what they meant.
Did you know that dinosaurs lived on the other side of the Galaxy? pic.twitter.com/ngGCAu0fYU
— 🪐🛰 Dr. Jessie Christiansen 🪐 (@aussiastronomer) August 28, 2019
The answers she got reveal of whole stream of weird and wonderful facts.
Female koalas have two vaginas.
I… don't know why I know that.
— Danielle Robinson (@dsrobinson10) January 28, 2020
Emperor penguin heart rates rise to 250 bpm right before a dive and drop to 6 bpm as they dive 1000 ft underwater for 20 minutes. But they have similar resting heart rates as humans. (Scuba humans only dive about 130 ft in comparison.) https://t.co/uGfQUQQxHk
— Ō’m”kaistaaw”kaa•kii (@mariahgladstone) January 29, 2020
Dogs poop in alignment with Earth’s magnetic field,
dogs use Earth’s magnetic fields to align their bowel and bladder movements – and they prefer to relieve themselves along a north-south axis. In fact, canines will actively avoid going to the bathroom in an east-west direction https://t.co/EQ0nDZ08xj
— marxist-feminist ☭ (@eunoicsage) January 29, 2020
London Tube platforms have different tilings because when the Tube was originally built, a lot of people who used it were illiterate, and the different tilings helped them know what station they were at. pic.twitter.com/Yw8e04zCJA
— Sahil (@thesahilshah) January 28, 2020
12 people have been to the moon, but only 8 people have won Takeshi's Castle. https://t.co/knWnXApMXc
— 👋☝️ (@mayo_lfc) January 29, 2020
Chickens can recognize up to 30 distinct human faces.
— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) January 28, 2020
Sloths don't fart. https://t.co/NUeW2kmwTa
— Dani Rabaiotti (@DaniRabaiotti) January 29, 2020
Hippos are closely related to whales and porpoises and actually speak and sing to each other underwater just like whales do.
Also, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were 5th cousins. Roosevelt was both her maiden and married name.
— Acey Deecey 🚀🚀 (@mcgarrygirl78) January 28, 2020
— RFXOB (@rfxob) January 28, 2020
The reason we associate the shape ❤️w/ love is because there was an herb named silphium that had seeds that shape. Silphium was such an effective birth control that the Romans ate it extinct. It was the basis of some economies, worth its weight in gold.
— Erica Wilkinson (@EverywhereErica) January 28, 2020
Wild rodents like to run on hamster wheels. https://t.co/D3qwdeoOQm
— Rabbi Ruti Regan 🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@RutiRegan) January 28, 2020