101 Fun Trivia Facts You Won’t Believe

(Last Updated On: February 1, 2023)

The fun (or unfun) thing about trivia is how it lets you flex your random knowledge on people. That is, until the categories change and you realize that the random knowledge you had didn’t cover as many intersections as you thought and now everyone else is flexing their random knowledge on you. Cue the ensuing existential crisis. Anyway, so you can keep that from happening, here are a bunch of fun trivia facts. 

1. Although hyenas appear similar to dogs, they are actually more closely related to cats.

2. Scientists have a hard time explaining why bicycles stay upright, even without riders.

3. Mars’s red surface is because of iron oxide in the rocks and soil — in other words, the planet is mostly rust.

4. Rabbits can rotate each ear 270 degrees in order to detect sounds from up to two miles away.

5. Pigeons can be trained to distinguish between the paintings of Monet and Picasso.

6. John Adams wanted to celebrate Independence Day on July 2nd, the day Congress voted for independence.

7. The first labor strike in history can be traced back to Ancient Egypt.

8. The island Khao Phing Kan was featured in The Man with the Golden Gun, and is now popularly referred to as “James Bond Island.” You can go there in Thailand.

9. Even though the USS Arizona sank on 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it is still leaking fuel now. 

10. Nobody really knows why we call it “Boxing Day.”

11. At any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress.

12. Your brain is about 60% fat

13. There was a successful Tinder match in Antarctica in 2014.

14. Unrelated: the penguin who would watch Pengu at Australia’s Perth Zoo because he was lonely. His name’s Pierre, by the way. 

15. There is also Grape-kun, a Humboldt penguin at Tobu Zoo. He got attached to a cutout of a chibi Humboldt penguin. Truly the hero we needed. 

16. A penny’s copper coating is only 20 microns thick. The average human hair is about 70 microns in thickness.

17. If you’ve ever played Doom (2016), you probably know that the soundtrack Mick Gordon composed for that game slaps really hard. What you might not have known is that the soundtrack actually includes pentagrams and the number “666” if you run it through a spectrogram. The game is about killing demons, by the way. 

18. Yellow is the color first noticed by your eyeballs. 

19. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

20. It takes 570 gallons to paint the exterior of the White House.

21. On average, McDonald’s sells about 75 hamburgers every second.

22. Koumpounophobia is the fear of buttons. The clothes kind. Not the beep boop kind.

23. The space between your eyebrows is called the glabella.

24. A kiwi’s egg is approximately 1/4 of the mother’s mass. Talk about a stressful birth?

25. African elephants make a specific alarm call in response to the danger of humans. We really did that to them. 

26. Spider silk is five times stronger than steel of the same width. This is because the silk loops itself (like when you sew) 20 times per millimeter. 

27. The most common birthday in the United States is September 9th.

28. The least common birthday in the United States, by the way, is Christmas.

29. The Boston Tea Party helped popularize coffee in the United States.

30. Before rap battles, there was the medieval act of flyting: an exchange of insults between two parties, often conducted in verse.

31. In their 2001 census, over 1% of New Zealand’s population declared their religion as Jedi. May the Force be with them. Also hopefully Disney doesn’t try and sue them or something. 

32. Owls have their ears placed asymmetrically on their heads, to allow for better locating of prey.

33. About 90% of Toy Story 2 was accidentally deleted by a line of code. Talk about a rough day at work.

34. Also NASA did accidentally save over the Apollo 11 tapes. Oopsies!

35. Toto, the dog, made more money per week than some of the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz. In 1939 Toto was making $125 per week. Today, that would be like taking home $2,679.96 per week. This is called a labor rights issue. 

36. Speaking of labor rights issues! The snow that falls on Dorothy and her companions in the poppy scene during The Wizard of Oz was asbestos

37. Pentheraphobia is the strong dislike or fear of one’s mother-in-law.

38. Over half the world’s geysers are found in Yellowstone National Park.

39. Oh, also Yellowstone National Park has a larger land area than Delaware and Rhode Island combined.

40. The North Pole is host to an annual marathon every April. They skipped it in 2020. It’s also very expensive.

41. Humpback whales spread catchy tunes across populations, while other songs are deemed failures and dropped.

42. While sharks kill fewer than 10 humans per year, humans kill roughly 100 million sharks. Yeah… definitely should be more scared of us than we are of them.

43. Play-Doh was originally created to clean wallpaper.

44. The shortest commercial flight in the world lasts about a minute. The Loganair route covers 1.7 miles between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray in Scotland.

45. Though no longer in circulation, the US government used to issue $10,000 bills. They also issued a $100,000 gold certificate but it never entered circulation.

46. During World War II, copper was needed for the war effort, so pennies lost their distinctive color.

47. One of the largest living organisms on the planet is a honey fungus spread over 2 miles in Oregon’s Blue Mountains.

48. Astronomers have discovered a reservoir in space that holds 140 trillion times the amount of water in Earth’s oceans. Good luck getting there though.

49. There are a colony of about 50 cats living at Ernest Hemingway’s home in Florida, and about half of them have extra toes. 

50. Although not incredibly common, women competed as gladiators in ancient Rome. Instead of being called a gladiator, they would be called a gladiatrix

51. In 2013, South Carolina’s Tim Scott became the first African-American from a former Confederate state elected to the Senate since Reconstruction.

52. The heaviest bird in the world that is capable of flight, the great bustard, can weigh up to 44 pounds. 

53. Afghanistan (FGH) and Tuvalu (TUV) are the only countries to contain three consecutive letters of the alphabet in their name. 

54. The name Kwanzaa derives from a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits.”

55. More than 20 million tons of salt is used on US roads each year. About 123 pounds per American. It also absolutely destroys freshwater reservoirs. 

56. Traditionally, Santa used to be the one writing letters to children, not the other way around.

57. Joe Pesci deliberately avoided Macaulay Culkin on the set of Home Alone, because he wanted Culkin to think he was mean. 

58. 50% of the world’s population lives on about 1% of the land.

59. Also about 10% of people in the US hold 70% of the country’s wealth.

60. It’s been estimated that about one billion tons of rain falls on the earth every minute.

61. In the original drafts of Toy Story, Woody was a ventriloquist’s dummy.

62. In the very first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, a misprint refers to the web-slinger as Peter Palmer (instead of Parker) three times. Maybe J. Jonah Jameson just had the wrong guy?

63. Doctor Octopus calls ‘Spider-Man’ ‘Super-Man’ in his first appearance. That one’s on you, bud-bud.

64. Nearly all of the pandas in the world’s zoos are owned by China; they charge rent for people to keep them.

65. Sugar rationing halted trick-or-treating during WWII.

66. Miami is the largest city in the United States to have been founded by a woman.

67. Stranger Things was originally planned as a seasonal anthology series, like American Horror Story.

68. Actor Charles Bronson, The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling, and novelist Kurt Vonnegut are all Purple Heart recipients.

69. Before he became a famous writer, Kurt Vonnegut was a Saab dealer in Massachusetts.

70. Several of the Mayflower’s passengers had been to America before.

71. Eddie Van Halen patented a device to help him hold his guitar while tapping his guitar with both hands

72. Despite what you see in the movies, one in four cowboys was Black.

73. The red envelopes associated with Lunar New Year directly relate to the belief in China that red is a lucky color.

74. Buzz Lightyear’s original name was Lunar Larry.

75. In 1952, Charlotta Bass became the first Black woman to run for Vice President of the United States. A VP candidate for the Progressive Party, Bass is also believed to be the first Black woman to own and operate a newspaper in the United States.

76. In 2015, an Indian man named Rajveer Meena accurately recited a record 70,000 digits of pi from memory.

77. Speaking of pi, the sequence ‘123456’ doesn’t appear anywhere in the first million digits of pi.

78. In Super Mario Bros., Mario hits blocks with his fist, but Luigi uses his head. You know, that explains a lot.

79. The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island. It began way back in 1785.

80. Two-thirds of the global population of polar bears are found in Canada.

81. Hirondellea gigas—a small, shrimp-like amphipod—creates aluminum body armor to protect it from deep sea pressure. Metal. Maybe we should have shrimps in shining armor instead of knights?

82. Benjamin Franklin was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968. Franklin was a longtime advocate of swimming, and a competent swim coach and teacher.

83. In 1996, there was widespread support among Canadians to rename Northwest Territories “Bob.”

84. Dogs’ sense of smell is more than 10,000 times better than humans, however, they only have 1/6 our number of taste buds. Maybe that’s why dog food is like that? Don’t ask how we know.

85. YouTube was created to be a dating site. We guess it worked out if the people you want to date are the corporations Google likes and the relationship is just giving Google lots of money?

86. Although it looks like a rectangle on most maps, Colorado is actually 697 sides.

87. Although there are 3,400 species of cicada, only seven of them live on 17 year cycles.

88. George Washington may be considered the “Father of His Country,” but he had no children of his own.

89. Americans consume around 150 million hot dogs on the 4th of July each year.

90. Sloths are excellent swimmers, and are much faster in water than they are in trees.

91. 1 in 7 Finnish men drink 10 or more cups of coffee per day.

92. Despite its name, Germany’s Oktoberfest usually starts in September.

93. One octillion is the first number to contain the letter ‘c’ when written out.

94. Though rarely seen, the bobcat has the largest range and is the most abundant of any wildcat in North America.

95. A ‘butt’ is an actual unit of measurement for wine or whiskey casks, equal to roughly 130 US gallons.

96. Bison vote on the direction they’d like the herd to move. Individuals “vote” on their travel preference by standing up, looking in one direction, and then lying back down.

97. Nokia used to make toilet paper. Before finding a niche with consumer electronics, Nokia was a conglomerate selling everything from toilet paper to car tires.

98. The name ‘Imogen’ was accidentally created as a typo of ‘Innogen’ in a Shakespearean play.

99. There’s a lake in Finland that looks like Finland. It’s called Neitokainen.

100. Giant panda bears give birth to mouse-sized cubs. For some context, giant pandas and domestic cats give birth to newborns that are roughly the same size.

101. Most chameleons don’t change color as a form of camouflage. The process is typically used for temperature regulation or communication.

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Kyler is a content writer at Sporcle living in Seattle, and is currently studying at the University of Washington School of Law. He's been writing for Sporcle since 2019; sometimes the blog is an excellent platform to answer random personal questions he has about the world. Most of his free time is spent drinking black coffee like water.