Twisted Facts, History, & More


“Where facts are few, experts are many.”
– Donald R. Gannon


Some of these may be outdated, but interesting nonetheless. 

Twisted Facts

Three donkeys at the Grand Canyon in 1905.

Three donkeys at the Grand Canyon in 1905.

More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

In 1994, electromagnetic interference (EMI) from a nearby cellular telephone captivated the power of a wheelchair at a scenic vista in Colorado, sending the passenger over a cliff.

More people working in advertising died on the job in 1996 than those who died while working in petroleum refining.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.

Mexican Redknee Tarantula

Mexican Redknee Tarantula

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Main Library at Indiana University

Main Library at Indiana University

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

Four sunken nuclear submarines sit at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. One, a Russian sub resting in deep water off of Bermuda, holds 16 live nuclear warheads. Scientists and oceanographers are unsure what the impact of the escaping plutonium will have but warn that corrosion could create the proper chemical environment for a massive nuclear chain reaction.

“There is nothing as deceptive as an obvious fact.” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

All polar bears are left-handed.



A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

“Go.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

The average human eats eight spiders in their lifetime at night.

A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

Hanging a Witch.

Hanging a Witch.

In the 1890’s more than 30 people were axed, hanged, burned and mobbed to death in the United States for practicing witchcraft.

Cat’s urine glows under a black light.

In 1970, a group of people were arrested at Highgate cemetery for intent to harm…a vampire! The vampire is rumored to still be around today.

Prisoners in a California jail were so spooked by a Ouija board they made that Priests were called in to cast out the demons. The convicts had summoned up spirits, including a woman who told them how she was murdered.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

Poltergeist Curse

Poltergeist Curse

Unusual deaths have plagued the cast of the Poltergeist trilogy of films including 12-year-old actress Heather O’Rourke, who died of septic shock. The theory is that the set was cursed by evil.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

After complaining about the smell in their room, a couple staying in a hotel in the United States discovered the body of a murdered girl under their bed.

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Ants always fall over on their right side when intoxicated.

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds, that makes the catfish rank #1 for the animal having the most taste buds.

Starfish have no brains.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

“He who trains his tongue to quote the learned sages will be known far and wide as a smart ass.” — Howard Kandel

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

The average secretary’s left-hand does 56% of the typing.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

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