Researching fun and unusual facts has been eye opening for me to sat the least. The hardest part is sifting through all of those that are gross, ugly, stupid (e.g. the longest nostril projection) or unclear.
Recently; however, I ran across more than a few having to do with world records. Some are interesting. Some are funny. Some are just plain weird. At any rate, I hope you enjoy them.
In 1998, a man in South Korea broke the record for eating the most watches in the shortest amount of time. He ate five in just 94 minutes.The youngest individual to climb Mount Everest did so in 2003. He was just 15 years of age.
Contrary to popular belief, the longest tongue in the world doesn’t belong to Kiss star Gene Simmons. That honor goes to a Brit whose tongue measures over 9 centimeters.
The tallest building in the world isn’t in America. It is in Taiwan. It stands an incredible 508 meters in height.
Incredible, though hardly funny, a Japanese woman had 56 tapeworms in her stomach; one for nearly every year of her life. She was just 58.
Russia is home to the most circus performers. They have 15,000.
Strange but true. There is a spy plane that is smaller than the average human hand.
The average 50-year-old has spent at least 5 years of his or her life waiting in line.
A cat named Crème Puff lived to be 350 years old in cat years.
Toilet seats are responsible for the injuring of 40,000 people each year.
An Indian tortoise is the oldest “recorded” animal. He was 255 at the time of his death. Poor Creme Puff would have held the record if it had been verified appropriately.
Although most children would disagree, there are only two animals that can see from behind like they have eyes in the back of their heads. They are the parrot and the rabbit. Mom is just an anomaly.
The biggest known banana split was 4 miles long.
The rights to South Carolina’s state song were once owned by Michael Jackson.
Although others are more well known, the first female prime minister came from Sri Lanka. Sirimavo Bandaranike took office in 1960.
The first Harley Davidson’s carburetor was made from a tomato can.
The Dogwood holds the record for opening its buds most quickly. It does it in just .5 millisecond.
The record for most stolen library books belongs to the famous Guiness Book of World Records.
Lipton Tea holds the record for the longest TV commercial (not infomercial) ever run. It lasted 24 minutes.
An 18-year-old girl holds the record for the youngest individual to reach the South Pole.
Chickens out number humans.
An American flag is supposedly displayed on the Canadian $2 bill.
Chefs in Dubai made the world’s largest banana cake. It was 8,303 feet long.
The names of all 50 states are listed on the back of the $5 bill. They are printed on the Lincoln Memorial shown there.
The common cat has more than 30 muscles in each ear.
Stay tuned for Fun Animal Facts.
101 Unbelievable Facts by Helen Otway; Arcturus Publishing, 2008