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50 incredible facts about the world that will make you look cultured
Have you ever sat at the table with friends or family, enjoyed a perfectly acceptable lunch or dinner and listened helplessly as the conversation slowly turned to the subject of “culture” or “art” or “the world”?
Don't panic - instead, arm yourself with some incredible facts about the world that will make you seem thoroughly cultured. Facts that will make anyone's jaw drop.
Do you want to master this exquisite dinner table trick?
Then read on.
First you have to build "presence". Let me explain what I mean by that.
You have to come across as cultured, like you really know what you're talking about. Then you are ready to recite any of the 50 facts below and leave those around you in shock.
Master the body language of a seasoned academic with this simple 4-step technique:
- Apron your lips (pout)
- Raise an eyebrow (creates an aura of fascination).
- Lift up your Coca-Cola and let it circle briefly in the glass (show your sophistication)
- Finally, lean back slightly in your chair (and show that you are at peace with yourself)
Now you are ready for the facts.
Category 1: nature
- The deepest place on earth is the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. It is 11,034 m (36,201 feet) deep. That's almost 7 miles!
- The longest river in the world is the Nile, with a length of 6,853 km. Its water resources are shared by 11 different countries.
- Lobsters are not "biologically immortal", but they do produce an enzyme that repairs their cells and helps their DNA replicate indefinitely. Hence the myth originates.
- The deepest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Baikal, which is located in Siberia. It drops to a depth of 1,620 m (5,315 feet). Madness!
- Pineapples take two years to grow.
- Acacia trees in Africa communicate with each other. They emit gases to warn other trees so that they can produce the poison tannin in good time, which protects them from hungry animals.
- Armadillos are bulletproof. (This is NOT an invitation to test this fact.)
- Niagara Falls never freeze.
- Each limestone / granite block that makes up the Great Pyramid of Giza weighs 2.5 tons. And there are 2.3 million of them. Yes, you've read that correctly.
- It would take you about 18 months to walk the entire Great Wall of China. (It's over 5,000 miles long).
Category 2: History
- The national flag with the most colors is Belize (1981), with 12 colors.
- The first cell phone call was made on April 3, 1973 in NYC.
- Buzz Aldrin (the second person to walk on the moon in 1969) apparently peed on walking on the surface.
- In ancient Egypt, the word was pronounced for “cat”, “mew” or “meow”.
- The American Revolution (1765-1783) came before the French Revolution (1789-1799).
- The Anglo-Zanzibar War (1896) was the shortest war ever - it only lasted 38 minutes!
- The printing press, which revolutionized the way information was passed on, was invented by Gutenberg around 1440.
- The largest contiguous land empire in history is the Mongol Empire (13th & 14th centuries).
- Egypt is classified as the oldest country in the world and dates back to 3100 BC. BC back.
- Tim Berners-Lee created the very first web browser (World Wide Web) in 1990.
Category 3: Art & Culture
- In 2019, scientists discovered the oldest known work of art in the world on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It was created 44,000 years ago.
- The name "sandwich" comes from an 18th century aristocrat, the 4th Earl of Sandwich.
- 9310 tweets are sent every second.
- “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo da Vinci is the most expensive painting in the world and is valued at 450.3 million dollars.
- The most visited country in the world, with 90M visitors, according to UNWTO figures in 2018, is France. Who is in second place? Spain.
- 92% of the world's currency is digital.
- “Avengers: Endgame” is the top grossing film of all time and grossed over 2.7 billion US dollars!
- The richest company in the world in 2020 was the oil giant Saudi Aramco.
- The “Statue of Unity” in the Chinese province of Henan is the highest in the world with a height of 182 m. Note: The Statue of Liberty, on the other hand, is only 93 m high!
- With more than 50,000 tree and plant species, Brazil has the greatest biodiversity of any country in the world.
Category 4: People & Countries
- Scientists say that by looking at tears, you can tell the reason for a person's crying. When the first drop comes out of the right eye, it is tears of joy. Otherwise there are tears of pain.
- In 2019, for the first time in the UK, more electricity was generated from renewable energy sources than from fossil fuels. Did you also know that Norway gets 0% electricity from coal? And Germany has installed 1 kW of renewable power per person in the last ten years? (Climate change is the biggest global problem of our time, but there are some things that can be positively addressed!)
- The longest reigning monarch of all time was Louis XIV of France. He ruled for 72 years and 110 days. How exhausting.
- Marie Curie was the first person to receive TWO Nobel Prizes - one for physics in 1903, the other for chemistry in 1911 for her work on radioactivity.
- King Henry VIII of England had servants called “Grooms of Stool” (in German “Stuhlpfleger”) who wiped him clean after using the toilet. Yuck.
- 0.5% of the male population are descended from Genghis Khan. (Scientists conducted a study in 2003 that showed around 16 million guys share a Y chromosome with the famous emperor).
- Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Isle of Man all claim to have the oldest parliament in history. They were all founded in the 9th and 10th centuries.
- With 815 million hectares, Russia is the most forested country in the world.
- With around 1.4 billion people, China is the most populous country in the world.
- The youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate is Malala Yousafzai (she was only 17 years old in 2014). She was honored for her work as a child rights activist and as an advocate for the right of girls to education.
Category 5: “No way! Really now?"
- Sunsets only exist because the earth's atmosphere acts like a prism for light. In science this phenomenon is called “scattering”.
- Molecules and particles in the atmosphere (which are more numerous at sunset) scatter the short-wave purple and blue light away from your eyes so that we can see the other colors of the spectrum, such as yellow and orange.
- The most remote place in the world are the Tristan da Cunha Islands in the southern Atlantic. They are 2,434 km from St. Helena, the closest inhabited place. Imagine if your mother sends you out to buy groceries, but the local supermarket is closed? It's a long journey.
- When you make a Google query, it uses 1000 computers to find the answer in 0.2 seconds.
- There are nearly 5 billion internet users in the world.
- The average age of the world population is around 30 years (as of 2019).
- We actually produce enough food to feed everyone on the planet; the problem is the distribution.
- In 2010, Google was trying to find out how many books there are in the world. They estimated the population at 130,000,000. (Let's call that a semi-fact, okay?)
- The roar of a tiger can be heard up to two miles away.
- The earth is 147.2 million kilometers from the sun, and about 4.5 billion years old. It is a difficult legacy.
- Owls don't have eyeballs.
Well please, those were 50 facts for you! Thank you for reading. Hopefully by now you will be able to arm yourself with a few “facts” to kickstart your next conversation about “culture” and “the world”. Good luck!
Below is a list of sources for some of the facts listed above.
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