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December 17, 2017

25 fun facts that will make you smile

25 fun facts that will make you smile

1 of 26 We’re all stars Okay, technically we’re all made of stardust, but that’s still pretty cool. Recent research…

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We’re all stars

Okay, technically we’re all made of stardust, but that’s still pretty cool. Recent research found that humans and the galaxy share 97% of the same kind of atoms.

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Moon flowers actually bloom in response to the moon

Sunflowers will follow the sun as it moves across the sky, but their lunar counterparts only open after nightfall or on cloudy days.

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The biggest Dalmatian litter ever was 18 puppies

So there weren’t 101 of them, but a dozen and a half puppies — born this summer in Australia — are still insanely adorable.

PHOTO: Mark Stewart

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You can ride a train through the “Tunnel of Love”

The Ukrainian rails actually service an industrial train, but couples can still hitch a ride and make a wish, according to a new tourist legend.

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Sea otters hold hands while they sleep

They’ll also anchor themselves to seaweed so they don’t drift away. Smart!

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The largest sand castle in the world measured 54 feet high

It took 168 trucks over a week to deliver enough sand for this carefully sculpted masterpiece.

PHOTO: Maja Hitij

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There are over 10 holidays that celebrate chocolate

The National Confectioners Association recognizes everything from National Milk Chocolate Day to National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day. National Chocolate Day alone happens three times annually: July 7, October 28 and December 28. We support this.

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Chocolate is kinda a fruit

In more great chocolate news, the cocoa powder that goes into the average candy bar comes from the “beans” — or fruit of the cacao tree.


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A baby puffin is called a “puffling”

The little chicks start off as black fuzzballs, and then develop their signature clown faces later on.

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And a group of bunnies is called a “fluffle”

Most people dub them a herd, but apparently parts of Northern Canada use this much cuter designation.

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The voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse got married in real life

Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor were married for 18 years until Allwine’s death in 2009.

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Lazy people actually think more

A small 2016 study found that people who possess a strong need for cognition move around less than those who avoid mentally taxing tasks. The not-so-scientific inference: Laying around a lot just might mean you’re brainier.

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Fall leaf colors are present year-round

The red, orange and yellow pigments only show once chlorophyll — the chemical that makes leaves green — breaks down in the autumn.

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Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s once won a wine competition

That’s right. The 2002 Charles Shaw Shiraz from Trader Joe’s and its $2 price tag beat over 2,000 wines in the 2004 Annual International Eastern Wine Competition.

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The way you eat Oreos says something about your personality

Kraft Foods once surveyed hundreds of Oreo eaters and sussed it out: Biters are easy-going and self-confident, while dunkers displayed more energetic and adventurous qualities. Twisters, on the other hand, are sensitive and trendy.

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The Queen drinks champagne almost every day

Her cousin Margaret Rhodes says that the monarch likes to enjoy a glass of bubbly most nights before going to bed. Cheers to that!


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The moon has its own time zones

An astronomer even designed a special watch that relies on “lunations,” or the amount of time it takes for the moon to revolve and rotate around the Earth.

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Americans eat 100 acres of pizza a day

That adds up to a whopping total of 3 billion pies per year, or 46 slices per person.

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Smiling is actually contagious

Since people possess an instinct for facial mimicry, your grin can literally turn someone’s frown upside down.

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A team of six women programmed the first digital computer

While historians have only recently recognized their achievements, the female mathematicians participated in a World War II program coding instructions into the revolutionary Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC).

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Baby elephants suck their trunks for comfort

They’re just like human kiddos, except a tad bigger.

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There’s a 107- acre forest made up of a single tree

The “Trembling Giant” in Utah’s Fishlake National Forest includes over 47,000 quaking aspen trees that share the same root system. Some scientists estimate it’s close to a million years old.

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Tomatoes are both a fruit and a vegetable

Mystery solved! While botanists consider them fruits, the Supreme Court legally declared them vegetables in an 1886 case on import taxes.

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There’s an official rock paper scissors league

The championship once aired on ESPN, but for some reason the sport hasn’t quite taken off.


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Dr. Suess wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” on a bet

Theodore Geisel‘s editor didn’t believe the author could write a book in 50 words or less. The finished product contains 50 words on the dot.

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Source: 4029 Northwest Arkansas News 25 fun facts that will make you smile

25 fun facts that will make you smile


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