We Think These 16 Facts Are Pretty Interesting

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There are so many facts out there that it can be hard to winnow down the ones that might pique people’s interest the most. That said, facts are kind of our business, so we feel pretty confident that these 16 facts will not only keep your interest, but they just might be new to you, too!

16. There’s only one letter that doesn’t appear in the name of a U.S. state.

It’s Q.

15. Scotland has 421 different words that mean “snow.”

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🥰 Plan 6: Disfrutar de estos paisajes bajo una capa de nieve. . 😂Coincidir con nieve en Escocia no es difícil, pero tampoco fácil. Suele nevar, y hay veces que nieva mucho, mucho, pero aquí nieva cuando a Escocia le sale de los honores de Escocia. . 😍Es decir, que no se puede garantizar nieve, pero cuando sales y empiezas a recorrer el Parque Nacional de los Trossachs (o cualquier otro paisaje) y la nieve have acto de presencia es simplemente MÁGICO. . 🤦‍♀️Por cierto, la foto es de 2017. . 🤓Así que sí vienes a Escocia en invierno prepárate para: . 🏃‍♀️Aprovechar los días al máximo y aprovechar el calor de los interiores, ves a ver museos que ya verás lo que descubres. . ❄️🌌Salir a cazar nieve y, si hay suerte, alguna aurora boreal. . 🌇Ver puestas de sol increíbles a las 15:30. . 🥃🍻Disfrutar del ambiente y la música de los pubs. . 👯‍♀️👯‍♂️Bailar hasta quedar agotado en un concierto. . 🎄Y sí, sumergirte en el mercado navideño 😍 no he puesto esa foto ya que la semana que viene tendremos sesión de Navidad. . . . . . Por cierto, mañana nos vamos para las islas Orcadas, estaremos unos días fuera y os llevaremos con nosotros 🥰 . . . . . . . . . . #snowinscotland #christmasinscotland #winteriscoming #escociaeninvierno #nieve #viajareninvierno #thisisscotland #ig_scotland #visitscotland

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Some examples are sneesl (to start snowing), feefle (swirling snow), and flinkdrinkin (light snow).

So fun!

14. Armadillo shells are bulletproof.

A Texas man was once hospitalized when he tried to shoot an armadillo and ended up with a ricochet bullet wound in his jaw. Genius.

They are not, as you probably know, strong enough to withstand a hit from a car on a highway.

13. A female octopus lays 56,000 eggs at a time.

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My octi babies have been developing in their eggs for about 45 days now and because their eyes are now formed and chromatophores (specialized skin cells) are well developed I suspect that we may have about 1000 christmas miracles on the way 😊❤️🐙 #octonation #midgetoctopus #octopuseggs

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She spends 6 months protecting the eggs (that she doesn’t eat) and watching babies the size of a grain of rice eventually hatch.

12. Cats have fewer toes on their back paws.

They have 5 toes on the front but only 4 on the back paws, which scientists might help them run faster.

11. McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli.

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My favorite thing about growing broccoli is that after broccoli comes broccolini.

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And if you’re thinking “Why?” well, you’re not alone – the attempt to get kids to eat healthier failed before it made it to restaurants because the children who tested it were “confused” by the taste.

Shocker, I know.

10. A cow-bison hybrid is called a “beefalo.”

You can see what it tastes like (I’m guessing steak) in 21 states.

9. Chicago isn’t called “The Windy City” because of its weather.

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The nickname was coined by journalists in the 19th century who believed the city’s residents were “windbags,” or “full of hot air.”

8. Firefighters make their water wetter.

The chemicals they put into regular water reduces the surface tension, making it easier both to spray and to soak into burning objects. It’s actually known as “wet water.

7. Kleenexes were originally developed as gas mask filters.

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There was a cotton shortage during WWI, so Kimberly-Clark developed a thin, flat cotton substitute that the army bought to use as filters in gas masks. The war ended before the model was perfected, and the cotton substitute was redeveloped into a smoother, softer tissue for blowing noses.

6. Some fungi create zombies to use for their own purposes.

Sort of like how a dark voodoo priest can create a zombie to do his bidding, the tropical fungus Ophiocordyceps takes over an animal’s central nervous system, and, after a little more than a week, it is completely in charge of its hosts movements.

5. Johnny Appleseed had big plans for his trees.

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And it wasn’t eating the apples, either – he planted varieties that were good for making cider (the hard kind).

My sort of guy.

4. Peanuts aren’t nuts.

As anyone with an allergy that crosses over to things like soy or peas and not other nuts can tell you, peanuts are actually legumes.

3. Neither are walnuts, almonds, cashews, or pistachios.

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Pistachios, one of my favorite nuts and promoter of gut health 👌🏻⭐️⭐️⭐️ (explanation below). Ooo and how I love a good close-up of food📸 . All nuts are rich in fiber, which encourages a healthy digestive system by moving food through the gut and preventing constipation. . A type of fiber called prebiotics may also feed the good bacteria in the gut. Feeding the good bacteria helps them multiply and "crowd out" harmful bacteria.🦠 . According to a small, 2012 study, eating pistachios may increase the levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut. In the study, volunteers ate a standard diet with either 0 ounces, 1.5 ounces, or 3 ounces of pistachios or almonds. . 🚨Researchers collected stool samples and found that people who ate up to 3 ounces of pistachios daily showed an increase in potentially helpful gut bacteria, much more so than those who ate almonds. . . #nutritionfact #pistachios #gezondeten #gezondheid #voeding #gesundleben #gesundkochen #wholefoodie #glutenfreeblogger #amsterdamfoodie #eatyourselfhealthy #healthyfoodshare #healthyfood #paleorecipes #paleorecepten #paleolifestyle #intermittentfast #intermittentfasting

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Nuts are “a hard-shelled dry fruit or seed with a separable rind or shell and interior kernel.”

2. Blue whales eat around half a million calories in one bite.

A single swallow of krill contains about 457,000 calories – if you’re a blue whale.

1. Oranges weren’t originally orange.

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They were tangerine-pomelo hybrids from Southeast Asia, and were green – Asian oranges that grow in warmer regions like Vietnam and Thailand still remain green through maturity.

Did you lean a thing or two? Are you going to pass a few on to your friends (that’s the hallmark of a great fact, you know!).

Tell us which ones were your favorites in the comments!