Fun Facts

Mohinur Bakaeva, Publisher

This month’s Fun Facts are about a family with blue skin, tongue prints, and snowflakes.

  1. The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days. Try and figure that out!
  2. Everyone has a unique tongue print, just like fingerprints.
  3. The loneliest creature on Earth is a whale, who has been calling out for a mate for over two decades — but whose high-pitched voice is so different to other whales that they never respond:(.
  4. A family of people with blue skin lived in Kentucky for many generations. The Fulgates of Troublesome Creek are thought to have gained their blue skin through combination of inbreeding and a rare genetic condition known as methemoglobinemia.
  5. The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
  6. There’s an opera house on the U.S.–Canada border where the stage is in one country and half the audience is in another.
  7. The largest snowflake ever recorded reportedly measured 15 inches across.
  8. An epidemic of laughing, that lasted almost a year, broke out in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1962. Several thousand people were affected, across several villages. It forced a school to close. It wasn’t fun, though — other symptoms included crying, fainting, rashes, and pain.
  9. Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”
  10. The fist product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum.
  11. Nobody knows who built the Taj Mahal. The names of the architects, masons, and designers that have come down to us have all proved to be latter-day inventions, and there is no evidence to indicate who the real creators were.
  12. The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees.
  13. Kansas state law requires pedestrians crossing the highways at night to wear tail lights.
  14. Ketchup was used as a medicine back in the 1930’s.
  15. In 2006, someone tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. The price got up to $3,000 before eBay shut it down.
  16. Did you know that 111,111,111 X 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321.
  17. If a pregnant woman has organ damage, the baby in her womb sends stem cells to help repair the organ.
  18. James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. president continuously bought slaves with his own money in order to free them.
  19. The Romans used to clean and whiten their teeth with urine. Apparently it works. Please don’t do it, though.
  20. More than 47 percent of New York City’s residents over the age of 5 speak another language, other than English, at home.