15 Fascinating Facts To Use When You Have Nothing Interesting To Say
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There are times when we meet someone new. We’re excited! And…there’s no chemistry. The sound of silence is worse than nails on a chalkboard. So, what do we do? We don’t talk about the weather. Instead, we serve up a series of fascinating facts that are sure to be great conversation starters.
Don’t let awkwardness get the best of you. Here is a smorgasbord of fun-filled, fascinating facts that just about anyone can appreciate. And, who knows? With a few nerdy facts, maybe you’ll make a new friend.
President Gerald Ford was a model who graced the cover of Cosmo.
True story. Gerald was quite the catch as a young lad during WWII.
During Prohibition, moonshiners would wear 'cow shoes.'
The footwear left hoofprints behind instead of footprints, which helped smugglers and distillers evade the police.
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The 1904 St. Louis Olympics were the first modern Olympics hosted in the United States.
And the games also included the first Olympic Marathon, which was a disaster: rabid dogs, dehydration, dusty roads, imbibed radiator fluid, and, oh yeah, they ran in plainclothes.
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Adjusted for inflation, 'Gone With The Wind' is still the most successful movie of all time.
The 1939 classic brought in $1.8 billion after adjusting for inflation.
The first university in the country was Harvard.
Which was founded in 1636.
The mosquito is the most deadly creature on Earth.
It's not sharks, snakes, or other humans, but mosquitoes that take out nearly 725,000 globally each year due to the diseases they carry.
The very last car to be able to play cassettes was the Ford Crown Vic.
It had an optional cassette player for Nanas everywhere until 2011.
President Teddy Roosevelt saved football.
At the turn of the century, while the sport was in its infancy, football fields were killing grounds. With little to no safety equipment, there were at least 18 deaths and 159 serious injuries due to football in 1904 alone, mostly among high school players. President Roosevelt threatened to ban the game unless drastic safety measures were taken. By 1906, football introduced the forward pass, abolished dangerous mass formations, created a neutral zone between offense and defense, and doubled the first down distance to 10 yards, which had to be gained in three downs. Fatalities then dropped dramatically.
You can hear a blue whale's heartbeat from more than 2 miles away.
Makes sense considering the animal's heart weighs 400 pounds, about the size of a piano.
Wombats are the only animal in the world that produces cube-shaped poop.
Um, we have so many questions. But it's true. Just Google. Go ahead.
Chinchillas roll around in volcanic ash to stay clean.
The cute South American rodents are actually very clean. They have dense fur with no parasites and, in order to ensure cleanliness, roll around in volcanic ash or clay that is found in their original home in the Andes Mountains.
Apples are made of 25 percent air.
This is why they float.
The time machine in 'Back To The Future' was originally supposed to be a Ford Mustang.
Universal's product placement coordinator for the movie tried to convince Bob Gale (the movie's writer and co-producer) to replace the DeLorean with a Ford Mustang because Ford would give them money. Gale's response? "No, no, no, Doc Brown doesn't drive a f*cking Mustang."
Three times as many cows as people live in the state of Montana.
There are about 2.6 million cows in "Big Sky Country."
Elvis only won three Grammys.
Who has more? Timbaland (4), Lil Wayne (5), Carrie Underwood (7), Skrillex (8), Justin Timberlake (10) and Dixie Chicks (12), just to name a few.