The universe is an amazing place and so much has happened that it’s impossible to know it all.

There is no harm in trying to though and what’s a catch up with friends without randomly blurting out a fact you read online ‘the other day’?

We’ve put together some of the most interesting facts we could find and also a few totally random ones – because even if these facts won’t impress your friends, you never know what could come up in a pub quiz

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Between 1912 and 1948, art competitions were a part of the Olympics. Medals were awarded for architecture, music, painting, and sculpture.

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The first webcam watched a coffee pot. It allowed researchers at Cambridge to monitor the coffee situation without leaving their desks.

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The entire state of Wyoming only has two escalators.

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The ampersand symbol is formed from the letters in et—the Latin word for “and.”

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Ravens in captivity can learn to talk better than parrots.

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The actor who was inside R2-D2 hated the guy who played C-3PO, calling him “the rudest man I’ve ever met.”

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It’s a myth that no two snowflakes are exactly the same. In 1988, a scientist found two identical snow crystals. They came from a storm in Wisconsin.

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When Disneyland opened in 1955, “Tomorrowland” was designed to look like a year in the distant future: 1986.

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Before George W. Bush took office, some Clinton staffers canvassed the White House offices and removed the W key from over 60 keyboards.

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When the last official Blockbuster Video closed in November 2013, the final rental was the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End.

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The German word kummerspeck means excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon.

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The collective noun for a group of pugs is a grumble. (and ‘heaven’)

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In 1939, Hitler’s nephew wrote an article called “Why I Hate My Uncle.” He came to the U.S., served in the Navy, and settled on Long Island.

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According to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight, 44 percent of Bob Ross’s paintings contain at least one “happy little cloud.”

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On an April day in 1930, the BBC reported, “There is no news.” Instead they played piano music.

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Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” was penned by beloved children’s author Shel Silverstein.

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Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State. (They decided to split one course.)

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The word “PEZ” comes from the German word for peppermint—PfeffErminZ.

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In the 1970s, Mattel sold a doll called “Growing Up Skipper.” Her breasts grew when her arm was turned.

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Before Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, a reporter asked, “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?”

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In the 1980s, Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel was spending $2,500 a month on rubber bands just to hold all their cash.

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The inventor of the AK-47 has said he wishes he’d invented something to help farmers instead — “for example a lawnmower.”

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The Vatican Bank is the world’s only bank that allows ATM users to perform transactions in Latin.

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The duffel bag gets its name from the town of Duffel, Belgium, where the cloth used in the bags was originally sold.

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James Avery (“Uncle Phil” on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) was the voice of Shredder on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

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At Fatburger, you can order a “Hypocrite”—a veggie burger topped with crispy strips of bacon.

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When asked who owned the patent on the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk said, “Well, the people. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”

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The Q in Q-tips stands for quality.

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Editor Bennett Cerf challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book using no more than 50 different words. The result? Green Eggs and Ham.

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The act of stretching and yawning is called pandiculation.

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Sea cucumbers eat with their feet.

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A murder suspect was convicted after the broken-off leg of a grasshopper in his pants cuff turned out to be a perfect match for an insect found near the victim’s body.

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After an online vote in 2011, Toyota announced that the official plural of Prius was Prii.

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In his book, Dick Cheney says his yellow lab Dave was banned from Camp David for attacking President Bush’s dog Barney.

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Lyme disease is named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where several cases were identified in 1975.

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Reno is farther west than Los Angeles.

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William Faulkner refused a dinner invitation from JFK’s White House. “Why that’s a hundred miles away,” he said. “That’s a long way to go just to eat.”

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In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.

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Why did the FBI call Ted Kaczynski “The Unabomber”? Because his early mail bombs were sent to universities (UN) & airlines (A).

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Obsessive nose picking is called rhinotillexomania.

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“Silver Bells” was called “Tinkle Bells” until co-composer Jay Livingston’s wife told him “tinkle” had another meaning.

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Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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How did Curious George get to America? He was captured in Africa by The Man With the Yellow Hat — with his yellow hat.

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In the early stage version of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s faithful companion Toto was replaced by a cow named Imogene.

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Tobias Fünke’s “nevernude” condition on Arrested Development is real. It’s called “gymnophobia” — the fear of nude bodies.

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Hawaiian Punch was originally developed as a tropical flavored ice cream topping.

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Andy’s evil neighbor Sid from Toy Story returns briefly as the garbage man in Toy Story 3.

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Jacuzzi is a brand name. You can also buy Jacuzzi toilets and mattresses.

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During a 2004 episode of Sesame Street, Cookie Monster said that before he started eating cookies, his name was Sid.

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Roger Ebert and Oprah Winfrey went on a couple dates in the mid-1980s. It was Roger who convinced her to syndicate her talk show.

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Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

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When he appeared on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Bill Clinton correctly answered three questions about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

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The archerfish knocks its insect prey out of over-hanging branches with a stream of spit.

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There really was a Captain Morgan. He was a Welsh pirate who later became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.

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In 1961, Martha Stewart was selected as one of Glamour magazines “Ten Best-Dressed College Girls.”

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At the 1905 wedding of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, President Teddy Roosevelt gave away the bride.

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Sorry, parents. According to NASA’s FAQ page, “There are no plans at this time to send children into space.”

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God and Jesus are the only characters on The Simpsons with a full set of fingers and toes.

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The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.

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Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Government officials in Sedona, Arizona, thought the yellow would look bad with the natural red rock of the city.

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Brenda Lee was only 13 when she recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

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Dolly Parton once entered a Dolly Parton look-a-like contest—and lost.

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During the Coolidge presidency, the First Family had a pet raccoon named Rebecca who liked to play in the White House bathtub.

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After OutKast sang “Shake it like a Polaroid picture,” Polaroid released this statement: “Shaking or waving can actually damage the image.”

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In Peanuts in 1968, Snoopy trained to become a champion arm-wrestler. In the end, he was disqualified for not having thumbs.

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In France, the Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman movie No Strings Attached was called Sex Friends.

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The famous “Heisman pose” is based on Ed Smith, a former NYU running back who modeled for the trophy’s sculptor in 1934.

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For $45, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing will sell you a 5-lb bag with $10,000 worth of shredded U.S. currency.

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Before going with Blue Devils, Duke considered the nicknames Blue Eagles, Royal Blazes, Blue Warriors and Polar Bears.

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At an NOAA conference in 1972, Roxcy Bolton proposed naming hurricanes after Senators instead of women. She also preferred “him-i-canes.”

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For one day in 1998, Topeka, Kansas, renamed itself “ToPikachu” to mark Pokemon’s U.S. debut.

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Before settling on the Seven Dwarfs we know today, Disney also considered Chesty, Tubby, Burpy, Deafy, Hickey, Wheezy, and Awful.

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The Dictionary of American Slang defines “happy cabbage” as money to be spent “on entertainment or other self-satisfying things.”

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Herbert Hoover was Stanford’s football team manager. At the first Stanford-Cal game in 1892, he forgot to bring the ball.

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The unkempt Shaggy of Scooby-Doo fame has a rather proper real name—Norville Rogers.

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If you open your eyes in a pitch-black room, the color you’ll see is called ‘eigengrau.’

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In 1965, a Senate subcommittee predicted that by 2000, Americans would only be working 20 hours a week with seven weeks vacation.

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There are roughly 70 ingredients in the McRib.

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A baby can cost new parents 750 hours of sleep in the first year.

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Winston Churchill’s mother was born in Brooklyn.

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Brazil couldn’t afford to send its athletes to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. So they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way.

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Before Stephen Hillenburg created SpongeBob SquarePants, he taught marine biology.

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New Mexico State’s first graduating class in 1893 had only one student—and he was shot and killed before graduation.

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George Washington insisted his continental army be permitted a quart of beer as part of their daily rations.

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When Canada’s Northwest Territories considered renaming itself in the 1990s, one name that gained support was “Bob.”

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President Nixon was speaking at Disney World when he famously declared, “I am not a crook.”

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In a study by the Smell & Taste Research Foundation, the scent women found most arousing was Good & Plenty candy mixed with cucumber.

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In 1958, Larry King smashed into John F. Kennedy’s car. JFK said he’d forget the whole thing if King promised to vote for him when he ran for president.

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Before she wrote The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins was a writer for Clarissa Explains it All.

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The male giraffe determines a female’s fertility by tasting her urine. If it passes the test, the courtship continues.

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Hell-o? Hell no! In 1997, Kleberg County in Texas designated “Heaven-o” as its official new phone greeting.

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Jim Cummings is the voice of Winnie the Pooh. He calls sick kids in hospitals and chats with them in character.

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In 1994, two men broke into the National Gallery in Oslo and stole a version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream. They left a postcard that read: “Thanks for the poor security.”

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In 1979, Japan offered new British PM Margaret Thatcher 20 “karate ladies” for protection at an economic summit. She declined.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins made Mister Rogers an honorary captain in 1991.

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In a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill, Admiral John Fisher used the phrase “O.M.G.”

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Truman Show Delusion is a mental condition marked by a patient’s belief that he or she is the star of an imaginary reality show.

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During the first Super Bowl in 1967, NBC was still in commercial when the second half kicked off. Officials asked the Packers to kick off again.

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Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift apart.

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Until 1954, stop signs were yellow.

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Mardi Gras float riders are required by law to wear masks.

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Garbage trucks in Taipei play Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” to let people know it’s time to bring the trash out.

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Asperger syndrome is named for Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger, who described it in 1944. He called his patients “Little Professors.”

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The term “lawn mullet” refers to a neatly manicured front yard with an unmowed mess in the back.

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Mark Twain invented a board game called Mark Twain’s Memory Builder: A Game for Acquiring and Retaining All Sorts of Facts and Dates.

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In 1991, Wayne Allwine, the voice of Mickey Mouse, married Russi Taylor—the voice of Minnie.

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Furbies were banned from the National Security Agency’s Maryland headquarters in 1999. It was feared the toys might repeat national security secrets.

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In the 1880s, a baboon worked as a signalman for nine years on a South African railroad. He was paid in brandy and never made a mistake.

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Carly Simon’s dad is the Simon of Simon and Schuster. He co-founded the company.

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When the mummy of Ramses II was sent to France in the mid-1970s, it was issued a passport. Ramses’ occupation? “King (deceased).”

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The giant inflatable rat that shows up at union protests has a name—Scabby.

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When the computer mouse was invented, it was called the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System.”

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As part of David Hasselhoff’s divorce settlement, he kept possession of the nickname “Hoff” and the catchphrase “Don’t Hassle the Hoff.”

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“Jay” used to be slang for “foolish person.” So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a “jaywalker.”

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Duncan Hines was a real person. He was a popular restaurant critic who also wrote a book of hotel recommendations.

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The only number whose letters are in alphabetical order is 40 (f-o-r-t-y).