Amazing Facts About Indian Sports

  1. Chess was originally named “Chaturanga” or “Chaturaangam” meaning intelligent or Smart. This game was invented in India.
  2. Sachin Tendulkar fielded for Pakistan once – Ahead of a Test series in 1987, India and Pakistan were playing an exhibition match where Imran Khan’s team was short on fielders. It was then that a 13-year-old Sachin was asked to field for Pakistan.
  3. The Most awaited T20- IPL cricket series also known as India’s “Indian Premier League” is the 2nd-plushest sports league after the “National Basket Ball Association” /“NBA” of the United States.
  4. PT Usha started her career with a scholarship of Rs 250 – Usha had faced poverty and ill health as a child. But her talent won her a scholarship of Rs 250 per month, allowing her to study in a sports school in Kannur,
  5. Kerala, where she trained and eventually became the “Queen of Track and Field” in India.
  6. Playing cards often called a “Gambler’s delight’ was introduced in Eastern India and surprisingly first introduced as a family game before becoming a confluence for gambling joints
  7. Major Dhyan Chand has a statue with 4 hands and 4 sticks in Austria – Known as the Wizard of Hockey, the legend was honoured by Austrian citizens in Vienna. They made a statue of him with 4 hands and 4 sticks to depict his magnificent skill and control with the ball.
  8. The 1st Indian to have won the coveted Wimbledon Jr. Singles is Ramanathan Krishnan;He won over Ashley Cooper in the finals.
  9. Rahul Dravid has a “Wall” dedicated to him – In front of the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru stands a wall made of 10,000 bricks, commemorating Dravid’s landmark of crossing 10,000 runs. The wall inaugurated by
  10. Sachin Tendulkar also has an electronic meter displaying his total runs which halted at 13,288 after he retired.
    The 1st Indian Women athlete to have been listed as a medal winner in World Athletics Championship is Anju
  11. Bobby George. She entered record books when after winning bronze medal in Long-Jump in 2003(World Championships in in Paris).
  12. Vishwanathan Anand was the first sportsperson to win the Padma Vibhushan – The Padma Vibhushan is the second highest civilian award given in India. Anand received this honour in 2007, making him the first sportsperson in Indian history to accomplish this.
  13. The 1st time India joined the Olympics Games was in 1900, strangely it took 38 years before they brought home the first Olympic medal.
  14. India won its 1stGold Medal in Olympic in the year 1928 in hockey. We defeated Netherlands by a roaring 3-0 in the finals.
  15. IM Vijayan scored one of the fastest goals in international football history – The 3-time Indian Player of the Year and the Arjuna Award winner scored a goal in 11 seconds against Bhutan in the 1999 SAF Games. It is one of the fastest goals in international football.
  16. Kapil Dev never missed a match because of injuries – In 184 innings as a batsman in Tests, not once was he run out. Such was his fitness that in his 16-year career spanning 131 matches, he did not miss a single match due to injury or fitness issue.
  17. Abhinav Bindra’s career almost ended before he won the Olympic gold – In 2006, after the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the shooter had a career-threatening spinal injury but went through vigorous rehabilitation to change his posture. He won gold in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 after overcoming this injury.
    Mary Kom’s family found out about her boxing interest through a newspaper – As boxing was not considered to be an appropriate sport for a woman in her family, Mary Kom tried to hide her passion for the sport. But after she won the Manipur state championship, a newspaper published her photo which her father saw.
  18. Sushil Kumar’s father was a DTC bus driver – Even though he had a small income, his father, Diwan Singh, supported Sushil with his dreams and ensured that he did not face any troubles while pursuing his career in wrestling.
  19. Vijender Singh is called the Indian David Beckham – He earned this title thanks to his looks. Apart from being a successful boxer, his good looks prompted the foreign media to give him this title.
  20. Leander Paes is the oldest player in Open era Tennis to win a Grand Slam – After winning the Men’s Doubles title at the 2013 US Open with his partner Radek Stepanek, Paes became the oldest player to win a Grand Slam Title in the Open era (post 1968).
  21. Dhanraj Pillay has no exact record of his goals and is the only Indian to have played 4 World Cups, 4 Olympics, 4 Champions Trophies and 4 Asian games – One of the best players in hockey history, Pillay played in all these tournaments between 1990 and 2004. Under him India won the Asian Games in 1998 and 2003. Another interesting fact is that there is no exact record of the number of goals he scored, but he and other statisticians claim it is around 170.
  22. Baichung Bhutia was the first Asian born player to score in the English league – On 15th April, 2000, he scored for his English club Bury against Chesterfield. This was his first goal for the club, making him the first Asian-born player to score in an English league
  23. Rahul Dravid is the first non-Australian cricketer to have spoken at Sir Donald Bradman’s oration – In December 2011, Rahul Dravid went to Canberra to give a speech at Sir Donald Bradman’s oration. He was the first non-Australian cricketer in history to have spoken there.
  24. Geet Sethi is the only cueist to score 1000+ breaks in billiards and 147 in snooker – Geet Sethi’s break of 1276 was unbeaten for 15 years and his 147 points break in snooker was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. He is the only player in the world to hold both records.
  25. Mountaineer Bachendri Pal also crossed Ganga from Haridwar to Calcutta on a raft – Apart from being the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest, she also led a team of 18 women in 3 rafts which crossed the mighty Ganges river from Haridwar to Calcutta covering a distance of 2155 kms in 39 days.
  26. Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s family missed his Olympic moment due to cable strike – While Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won the silver medal at the Athens Olympics, his family could not view the magical moment because of a cable operator’s strike. His wife got updates from a DD reporter over the phone.
  27. The favourite pastime game of Snakes & Ladders originated in India by a famous poet names Gyaydevji . He called it “Parambadham”
  28. The famous game Polo initiated and parentedfrom India. However this has been modified by overseas countries.
  29. 1951 – 1962: Indian Football team’s glorious years – The 1950s and 1960s were the glorious years for the Indian Football team and it ranked among the top 20 teams of the world. Under the tutelage of the legendary Syed Abdul Rahim, they won the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games, and finished fourth in the 1956 Olympics.During the team’s peak period, they were automatically advanced to play in the 1950 FIFA World Cup. But they could not participate in the games due to lack of resources, financial constraints and other internal issues. Let’s tap the hidden talent in our country and bring back Indian football into the league?
  30. 1952 – Khashaba Jadhav, the first Indian to win an individual Olympic medal for India – Khashaba Jadhav won a bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics and became the first Indian to win a medal at this platform. His bright future in wrestling was visible ever since he won his first wrestling bout at the age of eight in just two minutes against a local champion wrestler. He won his Olympic medal after defeating players from Mexico, Canada and Germany. Unlike today, when players are welcomed with a lot of media attention, Jadhav was just greeted by his fellow villagers after the remarkable feat!
  31. 1958 – Mihir Sen crossed the English Channel and became the first Indian – Mihir Sen Known as the first Indian to conquer the English Channel from Dover to Calais in 1958, Mihir also created history by being the only man to swim the five oceans in one calendar year in 1966. By the time of his death at the age of 66 in 1997, Sen also had his name recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for long distance swimming. Enough reasons to feel proud of this amazing sportsman.
  32. 1960 – Milkha Singh broke the 400m Olympic record but lost the bronze by just 0.1 seconds – Who doesn’t know about this Flying Sikh’s contribution to Indian sports? And when we talk about some of India’s most memorable sporting moments, we cannot skip Singh’s performance in the 1960 Olympics where he broke the 400m Olympic record but still lost the bronze by just 0.1 seconds. He also won Gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.
  33. 1975 – India won World Cup Hockey, Malaysia – In this historical victory against Pakistan on 15th March 1975, India won the Hockey World Cup held at Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia with a score of 2-1. Players like Ajit Pal, who was the captain of the team, and Aslam Sher Khan played a crucial role in this victory. India has 8 Olympic Gold Medals under its name which is a great achievement in itself.
  34. 1980 – Praksh Padukone wins All England Badminton Title – After registering a victory over Liem Swie King of Indonesia, Padukone became the first Indian to win the All England Badminton championships. One of the finest badminton players produced by India, Padukone was awarded the Arjuna Award and also the Padma Shri for his achievements. He has won the nationals championships for a record nine times.
  35. 1982 – India’s Golf stars win Gold at the Asian Games – Indian Golf teams brought India into the spotlight by winning gold in the 1982 and silver in the 2006 Asian Games respectively. ‘Bunny’ Laxman Singh, Rajiv Mohta, Rishi Narain and Amit Luthra represented the Indian Golf team. Apart from these amazing victories, Jeev Milha Singh’s contributions to this sport cannot be ignored as he became the first player from India to join the European Tour in 1998. He has won three European Tour Titles, four Japan Golf Tour titles and six Asian Tour tiles, after defeating some of the best players in the world.
  • 1983 – Cricket World Cup Victory. Repeated in 2011.India created a much talked about history when it won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1983 by defeating the West Indies. In the nail-biting final, India lost the toss and was asked to bat first against WI, which arguably had the world’s best bowling attack at the time. India managed to score just 183 runs overall and were in low spirits. “Team, if this is not a winning total its definitely a fighting total,” Kapil Dev, the then captain of the team said. And, India did put up a brave fight, defeating the opponent by 43 runs in a remarkable way. Highlights of the match

  • Apart from the 1983 victory, India created history once again by winning its second World Cup title in 2011 by defeating Sri Lanka at the Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai. India became the first country ever to win the World Cup on its home ground. The much-awaited victory won millions of hearts and was certainly an emotional and proud moment for the entire nation. Remember the last over? Here it is!

  • 1999 – The amazing duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi – The Paes – Bhupathi duo was unbeatable and created history whenever they played together. They reached the finals of the men’s doubles in all four grand slams and the ATP Masters in 1999 and also won the French Open and Wimbeldon. Paes’ amazing performance also took India to the semi finals of the Davis Cup in 1993.
  • 2000 – Karnam Malleswari’s glorious performance at the Olympics – Malleswari wrote yet another golden chapter in Indian sports history by becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. Malleswari bagged a bronze in the 69 kg category of the weight-lifting championship at Sydney Olympics in 2000. She started the competition with a brave lead where she entered the competition at 105 kgs, while other lifters opted for a 100 kgs weight, and she later went up to 110 kgs over the next two attempts. Watch for yourself how effortless she made it look!

  • 2000 – Viswanathan Anand wins the World Chess Championship – Once nicknamed the “Lightning Kid”, Anand marked a remarkable victory by winning the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2000. He became the first Indian to win a world chess championship. He again won the FIDE championship in 2007. He has won world championships five times and Lubomir Kavalek, the great chess player, once called him one of the most versatile world champions ever.
  • 2003 – Anju Bobby George’s remarkable long jump – Anju Bobby George created history and became the first Indian medalist at the World Athletics Championships, when she took the long jump (6.70 m) bronze in Paris in 2003. Later, in 2005, she won a gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics, which she considers her best performance. Her success brought her from the 61st place in 2001 to the 6th place in the world rankings in 2003. She holds the current Indian national record in long jump with her personal best of 6.83 meters.
  • 2004 – The unbeaten Indian Kabbaddi team marks its first win at the first Kabaddi World Cup – Did you know that India has won all five Kabaddi world cups played till now? How amazing is that! With the recent 2014 Asian Games win by both the men and women Kabaddi teams, India has marked its unbeaten territory in this sport. Apart from 2014, India has won Gold medals in the Asian Games in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.
  • 2004 – Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s much talked about Silver medal – When India’s ace shooter Rathore bagged a silver medal after scoring 179 points at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, it created quite a stir nationwide. He gave India its first silver medal in an individual event at the Olympics.
  • 2005 – Pankaj Advani won the World Billiards Championships –
    National snooker star Pankaj Advani created a sensation when he won the IBSF World Billiards Championship in 2005 at Qawra, Malta, and became the first playe to achieve a “grand double” by winning both time and point formats. He also won the World Championship in 2003 at the age of 18 and became the youngest Indian to win the title. He has eight world titles under his name so far.
  • 2007 – Six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh – Who can forget the amazing six sixes in one over by Yuvraj Singh in the T20 Cricket World Cup 2007 match against England? Singh’s incredible batting against Stuart Broad was a treat for cricket fans across the globe. The first ball was hit hard and sent to cow corner while the second ball went to backward square leg followed by four other amazing sixes. His incredible innings won him a record of making a half century in just 12 balls. Singh’s incredible batting paid off and India won the match (also becoming the first T20 champions).
    Watch this video to relive the amazing over.

  • 2008 – Abhinav Bindra’s gold medal at the 2008 Olympic – Abhinav Bindra’s glorious gold medal in the men’s 10m air rifle shooting competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics marked India’s arrival in the international sports scene apart from cricket. This splendid victory not only brought India in the limelight but also made Bindra the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games. Check out the gold winning moment here:

  • 2009 – Saina Nehwal becomes the first Indian woman to win a Super Series Tournament – Saina Nehwal is among those very few players who have brought badminton into the limelight. She became the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament as she grabbed the much deserved title after defeating a higher ranked Lin Wang from China in Jakarta.
    Saina Nehwal also made India immensely proud when she won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics. After the victory, instead of celebrating the victory in the court, Nehwal showed a more humble side and first went to the Chinese player who was retired from the match after an injury.
  • 2012 – Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th century and retirement – The “God” of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, has always been the country’s pride. At each match he played throughout his career, the entire nation kept faith in him to lead India to a victory. In 2012, Tendulkar proved his amazing batting capabilities yet again as he became the first batsman to make a 100 international centuries. Another emotional moment in the history of Indian cricket was Tendulkar’s retirement. Millions of fans shed tears as the master blaster bid goodbye to his 24 year long cricketing career. Take a peek at Tendulkar’s retirement speech that made everyone emotional –

  • 2014 – Mary Kom’s “golden” come back – Five time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom captured everyone’s heart with her first Asian Games gold medal in the women’s 48-51 kg boxing. The victory was even more special for her as she had returned to the ring after a break of two years in which she delivered her third baby. Three cheers for the strong come back!
  • Kamaljeet Sandhu is the first Indian woman who had won the Asian games gold in 400meter running race in the year 1970, she had completed the race in 57.3 seconds.
  • Talimeren ao is the first captain of the India’s first football captain joined In the year 1948.
  • Durand cup is the oldest football competition in India which was first held in the year 1888 and it was named after the founder of the game Sir, Mortimer Durand.
  • Bhausaheb Nimbalkar could not break the world record of 452 runs scored by Bradman because he had to go for his marriage. Actually, he had made 432 runs before the final day and he had to go for his marriage on the last day. So, he could not break the record.
  • Sourav Ganguly is the only Indian player to hit a ton in the knockout match of a world cup
  • Mohammad Azharuddin is the only batsman to score three centuries in the first three test matches.
  • Ravi Shastri is the only Indian Cricketer to have batted on all five days of a test match.
  • Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi was the only Indian Cricketer to have played for two countries. He played for both India and England. (He is the grandfather of Saif Ali Khan.)
  • Indian Team is the only one to have won world cups of 60 overs, 50 overs and 20 overs.

Amazing Facts about India

  1. India is the world’s oldest, largest and continuous civilization – the Indus Valley civilization.
  2. India is also one of the largest democracies in the world.
  3. Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.
  4. The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wondersof the World, is in India.
  5. The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982
  6. One of the largest employer in the world is theIndian Railways , employing over a million people
  7. India is the only country other than US and Japan, to have built a super computer indeigenously.
  8. India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century. Christopher
  9. Columbus, attracted by India’s wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India when he discovered America by mistake.
  10. Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
  11. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011.
  12. The second largest pool of engineers and scientists is from India.
  13. The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage destination. Larger than either Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 million (US) to the temple everyday.
  14. ‘Zero’ in the number system was inventedby a mathematician from India. His name was Aryabhatta.
  15. The highest cricket ground in the world – At an altitude of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket Ground in Chail,
  16. Himachal Pradesh, is the highest in the world. It was built in 1893 and is a part of the Chail Military School.
  17. India leads the world with the largest number of films.
  18. Varanasi, also known as Benaras, was called “the Ancient City” when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C., and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
  19. Water on the moon was discovered by India – In September 2009, India’s ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its
  20. Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.
  21. Over 4700 daily newspapers in more than 300 languages are produced in India.
  22. The first rocket in India was transported on a cycle – The first rocket was so light and small that it was transported on a bicycle to the Thumba Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  23. Calculus, Trigonometry, and Algebra originated in India.
  24. India is the world’s second-largest English speaking country – India is second only to the USA when it comes to
  25. speaking English with around 125 million people speaking the language, which is only 10% of our population.
  26. This is expected to grow by quite a margin in the coming years.
  27. The decimal system and place value system were developed in India around 100 B.C.
  28. India is Largest number of vegetarians in the world – religious reasons or personal choices or both, around 20-40% of Indians are vegetarians, making it the largest vegetarian-friendly country in the world.
  29. The world’s largest producer of milk- India recently overtook the European Union with production reaching over 132.4m tonnes in 2014.
  30. 90 countries from all over the world buy software from India.
  31. The Brihadeswara Temple is situated in Tamil Nadu is the first granite temple of the world. It was built in just five years during the 11th century.
  32. You would be amazed to know that the concept of shampoo was first invented in India when herbs were used for strengthening hair.
  33. Around the 17th century, India was one of the richest countries in the world.
  34. Today, India is the world’s third largest economy.
  35. India is one of the only three countries that makes supercomputers (the US and Japan are the other two).
  36. The world’s largest road network is in India—over 1.9 million miles of roads cover the country.
  37. So much so that Pizza Hut had to open their first pure vegetarian restaurant in the country.
  38. India grows 1.2 million tons of mangoes every year, weight equivalent to 80,000 blue whales.
  39. The state of Meghalaya is the wettest inhabited place of earth.
  40. May 26 is celebrated as the Science Day in Switzerland in honour of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, because on the day, Kalam visited the country.
  41. Martial Arts was first created in India.
  42. The world’s biggest family lives in India. One man, 39 wives and 94 children.
  43. India is the world’s largest importer of arms.
  44. Until 1986, the only place where diamonds had been officially found was in India.
  45. India’s tech capital, Bangalore, has increased its office supply by six times since 2006, and now has more Grade-A offices than Singapore.
  46. India is the largest producer of films in the world.
  47. India leads the world with the most murders (32,719) per year, with Russia taking second at 28,904 murders per year.
  48. To avoid polluting the elements (fire, earth, water, air), followers of Zoroastrianism in India don’t bury their dead, but instead leave bodies in buildings called “Towers of Silence” for the vultures to pick clean. After the bones dry, they are swept into a central well.
  49. Karmanasa River in India is considered to be a cursed river and it is believed that touching its water would ruin one’s plans. There’s hardly any development along this river. People around this river just eat dry fruits because cooking food would require water!
  50. Two major religions, Buddhism and Jainism, were established in India.
  51. The India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final match in Mohali drew 150 million viewers worldwide.
  52. Lonar Lake, a saltwater lake in Maharashtra, was created by a meteor hitting the Earth and is one of its kind in India.
  53. Today, India has the world’s largest school in terms of students, the City Montessori School in Lucknow. It has more than 45 thousand students!
  54. Indian Railways employs more than 1.3 million people. That’s more than the population of many nations.
  55. More than 54 crore people voted in the 2014 General Election – more people than the population of USA, UK, Australia and Japan combined.
  56. Number of births in India every year is more than the total population of Australia, and many other nations.
    India has the largest English speaking population in the world.
  57. At an estimate, 25% of the total workforce of the world’s population will be from India in the next year or so.
    And despite budgetary constraints, India’s space program is one of the top 5 space programs in the world.
    India has more mosques (300,000 mosques) than any other nation in the world.
  58. And the third largest Muslim population in the world.
  59. Takshila is said to be the first every university in the world; it started around 700 BC.
  60. Every 12 years, a religious gathering called the Kumbh Mela occurs in India. It is the world’s largest gathering of people
  61. Around a 100 million years ago, India was an island.
  62. India’s name is derived from the “Indus” river.
  63. Indus Valley Civilisation is the world’s oldest civilisation.
  64. India, hence, is the world’s oldest, most advanced and continuous civilisation.
  65. India has been the largest troop contributor to the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions since its inception.
  66. India has the world’s third largest active army, after China and USA.
  67. The Tirupati Balaji temple and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple both, receive more visitors than the Vatican City and Mecca combined.

Amazing Facts in the World

  1. Greenland is the largest island in the world.
  2. The average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells.
  3. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles (274 km) per hour.
  4. Your stomach needs to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it would digest itself.
  5. The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour!
  6. Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels
  7. Every person, including identical twins, has a unique eye & tongue print along with their fingerprint.
  8. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
  9. A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime
  10. Cats have over 100 vocal sounds; dogs only have 10
  11. Emus and kangaroos can’t walk backwards.
  12. The penguin is the only bird that can swim but can’t fly.
  13. The cheetah is the only cat that can’t retract its claws.
  14. A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away.
  15. A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.
  16. A crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.
  17. Sir Isaac Newton was only 23 years old when he discovered the law of universal gravitation.
  18. There are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being.
  19. 15 million blood cells are destroyed in the human body every second.
  20. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.
  21. Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
  22. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
  23. Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
  24. What is called a “French kiss” in the English-speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.
  25. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”
  26. The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!
  27. Some worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food!
  28. Dolphins sleep with one eye open!
  29. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  30. In France, it is legal to marry a dead person.
  31. Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.
  32. 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.
  33. The harder you concentrate on falling asleep, the less likely to fall asleep.
  34. You can’t hum while holding your nose closed.
  35. Women have twice as many pain receptors on their body than men. But a much higher pain tolerance.
  36. There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world.
  37. For every human on Earth there are 1.6 million ants.
  38. The total weight of all those ants, however, is about the same as all the humans.
  39. On Jupiter and Saturn it rains diamonds.
  40. A flea can jump up to 200 times its own height. That is the equivalent of a human jumping the Empire State Building.
  41. There are 5 temples in Kyoto, Japan that have blood stained ceilings. The ceilings are made from the floorboards of a castle where warriors killed themselves after a long hold-off against an army. To this day, you can still see the outlines and footprints.
  42. There is a snake, called the boomslang, whose venom causes you to bleed out from every orifice on your body. You may even turn blue from internal bleeding, and it can take up to 5 days to die from the bleeding.
  43. A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber.
  44. Saturn’s density is low enough that the planet would float in water.
  45. 68% of the universe is dark energy, and 27% is dark matter; both are invisible, even with our powerful telescopes. This means we have only seen 5% of the universe from earth.
  46. The founders of Google were willing to sell Google for $1 million to Excite in 1999, but Excite turned them down. Google is now worth $527 Billion.
  47. In the past 20 years, scientists have found over 1,000 planets outside of our solar system.
  48. There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.
  49. If a pregnant woman has organ damage, the baby in her womb sends stem cells to help repair the organ.
  50. If you started with $0.01 and doubled your money every day, it would take 27 days to become a millionaire.
  51. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  52. A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water.
    If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you’ll feel thirsty.
    If it’s reduced by 10%, you’ll die.
  53. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
  54. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.
  55. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so that they do not drift apart.
  56. The Golden Poison Dart Frog’s skin has enough toxins to kill 100 people.
  57. The male ostrich can roar just like a lion.
  58. The giraffe’s tongue is so long that they can lick the inside of their own ear.
  59. Cats have 32 muscles in each of their ears.
  60. Butterflies taste their food with their feet.
  61. A tarantula can live without food for more than two years.
  62. The tongue of a blue whale weighs more than most elephants!
  63. Ever wonder where the phrase “It’s raining cats and dogs” comes from? In the 17th century many homeless cats and dogs would drown and float down the streets of England, making it look like it literally rained cats and dogs.
  64. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
  65. Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures and have demonstrated the ability to do simple mathematical calculations.
  66. A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon.
  67. Birds don’t urinate
  68. The word “gorilla” is derived from a Greek word meaning, “A tribe of hairy women.”
  69. Prisoners in Canadian war camps during WWII were treated so well, that a lot of them didn’t’ want to leave when the war was over.
  70. Gorillas burp when they are happy
  71. In New York, it is illegal to sell a haunted house without telling the buyer.
  72. In 2006 someone tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. The price got up to $3,000 before eBay shut it down.
  73. It is considered good luck in Japan when a sumo wrestler makes your baby cry.
  74. A woman from California once tried to sue the makers of Cap’n Crunch, because the Crunch Berries contained “no berries of any kind.”
  75. Apple launched a clothing line in 1986. It was described as a “train wreck” by others.
  76. In Japan, crooked teeth are considered cute and attractive.
  77. A Swedish woman lost her wedding ring, and found it 16 years later- growing on a carrot in her garden.
  78. Donald duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.
  79. The chance of you dying on the way to get lottery tickets is actually greater than your chance of winning.
  80. Cherophobia is the fear of fun.
  81. The toothpaste “Colgate” in Spanish translates to “go hang yourself”
  82. Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight.
  83. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  84. Cockroaches can live for several weeks with their heads cut off, because their brains are located inside their body. They would eventually die from being unable to eat.
  85. Scientists have tracked butterflies that travel over 3,000 miles.
  86. To produce a single pound of honey, a single bee would have to visit 2 million flowers.
  87. The population is expected to rise to 10.8 billion by the year 2080.
  88. You breathe on average about 8,409,600 times a year
  89. More than 60,000 people are flying over the United States in an airplane right now.
  90. Hamsters run up to 8 miles at night on a wheel.
  91. A waterfall in Hawaii goes up sometimes instead of down.
  92. A church in the Czech Republic has a chandelier made entirely of human bones.
  93. Under the Code of Hammurabi, bartenders who watered down beer were punished by execution.
  94. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  95. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.
  96. You are 1% shorter in the evening than in the morning
  97. The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump!
  98. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!
  99. The word “gorilla” is derived from a Greek word meaning, “A tribe of hairy women.”
  100. Prisoners in Canadian war camps during WWII were treated so well, that a lot of them didn’t’ want to leave when the war was over.
  101. Gorillas burp when they are happy
  102. In New York, it is illegal to sell a haunted house without telling the buyer.
  103. In 2006 someone tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. The price got up to $3,000 before eBay shut it down.
  104. It is considered good luck in Japan when a sumo wrestler makes your baby cry.
  105. A woman from California once tried to sue the makers of Cap’n Crunch, because the Crunch Berries contained “no berries of any kind.”
  106. Apple launched a clothing line in 1986. It was described as a “train wreck” by others.
  107. In Japan, crooked teeth are considered cute and attractive.
  108. A Swedish woman lost her wedding ring, and found it 16 years later- growing on a carrot in her garden.
  109. Donald duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.
  110. The chance of you dying on the way to get lottery tickets is actually greater than your chance of winning.
  111. The toothpaste “Colgate” in Spanish translates to “go hang yourself”
  112. Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight.
  113. Drying fruit depletes it of 30-80% of its vitamin and antioxidant content
  114. A 2010 study found that 48% of soda fountain contained fecal bacteria, and 11% contained E. Coli.
  115. 9 out of 10 Americans are deficient in Potassium.
  116. Blueberries will not ripen until they are picked.
  117. About 150 people per year are killed by coconuts.
  118. Ketchup was used as a medicine back in the 1930’s.
  119. Honey never spoils.
  120. About half of all Americans are on a diet on any given day.
  121. A hardboiled egg will spin, but a soft-boiled egg will not.
  122. Avocados are poisonous to birds.
  123. Chewing gum burns about 11 calories per hour.
  124. The number of animals killed for meat every hour in the U.S. is 500,000.
  125. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
  126. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It’s the same with apples!
  127. More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.
  128. Only 8% of dieters will follow a restrictive weight loss plan (such as hCG Drops diet, garcinia cambogia diet, etc.)
  129. Coconut water can be used as blood plasma.
  130. If you somehow found a way to extract all of the gold from the bubbling core of our lovely little planet, you would be able to cover all of the land in a layer of gold up to your knees.
  131. McDonalds calls frequent buyers of their food “heavy users.”
  132. The average person spends 6 months of their lifetime waiting on a red light to turn green.
  133. The largest recorded snowflake was in Keogh, MT during year 1887, and was 15 inches wide.
  134. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
  135. There are more lifeforms living on your skin than there are people on the planet.
  136. Southern sea otters have flaps of skin under their forelegs that act as pockets. When diving, they use these pouches to store rocks and food.
  137. In 1386 a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child.
  138. One in every five adults believe that aliens are hiding in our planet disguised as humans.
  139. If you believe that you’re truly one in a million, there are still approximately 7,184 more people out there just like you.
  140. A single cloud can weight more than 1 million pounds.
  141. A human will eat on average 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders while sleeping.
  142. James Buchanan, the 15th U.S. president continuously bought slaves with his own money in order to free them.
  143. There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.
  144. The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime.
  145. Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.
  146. Coca-Cola would be green if coloring wasn’t added to it.
  147. You cannot snore and dream at the same time.
  148. The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9,000 years old!
  149. A coyote can hear a mouse moving underneath a foot of snow.
  150. Bolts of lightning can shoot out of an erupting volcano.
  151. New York drifts about one inch farther away from London each year.
  152. A U.S. dollar bill can be folded approximately 4,000 times in the same place before it will tear.
  153. A sneeze travels about 100 miles per hour.
  154. Earth has traveled more than 5,000 miles in the past 5 minutes.
  155. It would take a sloth one month to travel one mile.
  156. 10% of the World’s population is left handed.
  157. A broken clock is right two times every day.
  158. According to Amazon, the most highlighted books on Kindle are the Bible, the Steve Jobs biography, and The Hunger Games.
  159. Bob Marley’s last words to his son before he died were “Money can’t buy life.”
  160. A mole can dig a tunnel that is 300 feet long in only one night.
  161. A hippo’s wide open mouth is big enough to fit a 4-foot-tall child in.
  162. Chewing gum while you cut an onion will help keep you from crying.
  163. If you were to stretch a Slinky out until it’s flat, it would measure 87 feet long.
  164. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer
  165. There are more collect calls on Father’s Day than on any other day of the year.
  166. Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.
  167. 95% of people text things they could never say in person.
  168. A crocodile can’t poke its tongue out.
  169. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  170. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
  171. If 33 million people held hands, they could make it all the way around the equator.
  172. Earth is the only planet that is not named after a god.
  173. The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in court.
  174. You are born with 300 bones, but by the time you are an adult you only have 206.
  175. A ten-gallon hat will only hold ¾ of a gallon.
  176. Just like fingerprints, everyone has different tongue prints.
  177. ATM’s were originally thought to be failures, because the only users were prostitutes and gamblers who didn’t want to deal with tellers face to face.
  178. Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions. The word “run” comes in close second.
  179. A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.
  180. One fourth of the bones in your body are located in your feet
  181. Blue-eyed people tend to have the highest tolerance of alcohol.
  182. A traffic jam lasted for more than 10 days, with cars only moving 0.6 miles a day.
  183. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body.
  184. Every year more than 2500 left-handed people are killed from using right-handed products.
  185. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.