I have a never ending quest to fill my brain with amazingly interesting and often useless facts. I’m super competitive whenever I do trivia night with my friends, and I do well in most categories except sports, the absolute worst of all trivia categories. Many people enjoy expanding their knowledge of all things trivia. And why not? It’s fun!
Some true facts are so weird or interesting that you can’t help but be intrigued. And that intrigue turns into you researching some random fact that you didn’t know that you wanted to know...
5. Horses can’t vomit.
Horses’ lower esophageal sphincter, or cut-off valve, is so strong that it is practically impossible for anything to travel up the equine esophagus once it has gone down. Yes, it sometimes happens, but it’s really rare. Rodents can’t throw up either.
4. Cigarette companies used to tout their product as a healthy option.
In 1964, US Surgeon General Luther Terry and his Advisory Committee released a report called Smoking and Health. This was one of the first research-based reports that made clear connections to smoking and its negative effects on the human body.
Learn more from Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising (SRITA).
3. Romans used urine to clean and even whiten their teeth.
What’s even more surprising? The ammonia in urine is the main cleaning ingredient that made it effective. So yeah, some Romans cleaned their teeth with urine, and it actually worked. I wouldn’t try it at home though.
2. Pope Francis, the first Pope from the Americas, was a bar bouncer, janitor, and chemical technician.
Pope Francis is a pretty interesting fellow. However, some popes were interesting for more heinous reasons like putting hits out on other popes, exhuming and putting a dead pope on trial, and selling the papacy- twice.
1. The national animal of Scotland is a unicorn.
And it has been the world’s most magical national symbol since the 1300s.
What are some of your favorite facts that you know people want to know?