Stranger Than Fiction

27 Dec

Facts are things that astound me. I love finding out about interesting information that other people have been bothered to cobble together, that makes my mind blow, just a little. So I thought I would share some that I found on Quora with you, because I thought they were super interesting.

Did you know that the time difference between when Tyrannosaurus and Stegosaurus lived is greater than the time difference between Tyrannosaurus and now? Given that dinosaurs roamed the earth a really long time ago, this is awesome.

The bushes in Super Mario Bros. were just recolored clouds. This one made me laugh. It’s not the highest technology is it? But I still spend hours on my sisters DS jumping on toadstools and chasing stars.

Over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day (in USD using purchasing parity power), roughly half of the world’s population. This is insane. Eighty percent of the world live on less than ten dollars a day, and it makes me think that actually, however hard it is to pay the bills sometimes, I’m rich.

About 1% of the static seen on old analog TVs is residual radiation from the Big Bang. (if it happened…..)

If Earth weren’t tilted on its axis, we wouldn’t have woodgrain, just “tree brown”.

And the most astonishing one to me… before the twentieth century it would have been virtually impossible for a cheeseburger to exist, due to the fact that tomatoes and lettuce are common in different seasons and we didn’t have all the preservatives and chemicals then that we have now. Who’d have thought?

Does anyone know any really good ones?

20 Responses to “Stranger Than Fiction”

  1. susielindau December 27, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    Great fun facts! Thanks for sharing!

  2. jell jell @ I'll Sleep When They're Grown December 27, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    Loved the dino fact and the earth’s tilt fact.

  3. Deano December 27, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    Great facts! The National Wildlife Federation states that the Tasmanian Devil has the most powerful bite of all predators (its jaw exerts the equivalent of 94 pounds of force)! Not bad for a relatively small 20 pound marsupial!

    • Father Ned December 27, 2011 at 9:42 am #

      And the Honey Badger is the most aggressive mammal fighting off snakes and even lions.

      • Deano December 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

        On a trip to Africa a few years ago, the Honey Badger was the only animal I was concerned about entering our camp!

  4. jakesprinter December 27, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Nice post Tinkerbell,
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you 🙂

  5. Dazzle Rebel December 27, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Over the course of your lifetime you’ll expel nearly 33,000 litres of intestinal gas which is enough to stink the room out for 8 and a half days non-stop.

    • tinkerbelle86 December 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

      That reminds me of a weird programme I watched where a man was catching all his in a bottle to make a rocket

      • Dazzle Rebel December 31, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

        Did it get him to “the moon”? lol. Ahem.

  6. Life in the Boomer Lane December 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    I’m seriously concerned about this static cling thing. Am I radioactive now?

  7. prenin December 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    There are more stars in the Universe than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world…

    Love the factoids!!! LoL!!!

    Happy New Year my wonderful friend!!!

    Love and hugs!


  8. The Byronic Man December 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Elephants are the only land mammals that can’t jump.

    And of course Tyrannosaurus and Stegosaurus lived at the same time, because if not they couldn’t have had big, awesome fights!

  9. nelle December 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I like mine with lettuce and tomato
    Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes
    Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer
    Well good god almighty which way do I steer for my

    Cheeseburger in paradise (paradise)
    Makin’ the best of every virtue and vice (paradise)
    Worth every damn bit of sacrifice (paradise)
    To get a cheeseburger in paradise
    To be a cheeseburger in paradise
    I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise

    ~ Jimmy Buffett

    Hmmmm… there is no such thing as pull, it’s only the direction from where you push.

  10. Chris Sheridan December 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    Fun facts here! The one about cheeseburgers reminded me that hot dogs are so full of preservatives that they can be buried in garbage landfills and remain intact for at least 25 years! Mmmm… pass the mustard!

    • tinkerbelle86 December 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

      Yet it probably wont stop us eating them!

  11. drewpan December 28, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    OMG I love the dino and cheeseburger facts! A similar factoid to your Mario Bros one is that the “Clouds” wallpaper seen in Andy’s room in Toy Story 1 was re-used in Monsters’ Inc when Randall was practicing his camouflage techniques.

  12. An Observant Mind December 28, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Love posts like this – you rock!

  13. ChrystinaNoel January 1, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Wow. I just learned a lot, and loved it. At this point in time I have no fun facts, but if I learn any, I will definitely let you know. Happy 2012!

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