Random Facts

Dying Illegal
Dying Illegal

Contrary to popular beliefs, it is not illegal to die in the town of Longyearbyen, Norway.

No 'B' Until Billion
No 'B' Until Billion

If you were to write out every number (one, two, three, etc.), you wouldn't use the letter "b" until you reached one billion.

Star Sailor
Star Sailor

The term "Astronaut" comes from Greek words that mean "Star" and "Sailor".

Einstein Turned Down Israel Presidency
Einstein Turned Down Israel Presidency

Albert Einstein was offered a presidential seat in Israel. He declined.

What Sparked The Need For Fingerprinting?
What Sparked The Need For Fingerprinting?

These two men look nearly identical, they had the same name, and they were sent to the same prison. Before imprisonment, they had never met. They are the reason why fingerprints are used to identify people.

The Shortest War In History
The Shortest War In History

The Anglo-Zanzibar War lasted only 40 minutes, making it the shortest war in history.

Knocker-ups: The Human Alarm Clocks
Knocker-ups: The Human Alarm Clocks

Before alarm clocks were invented, people were hired to wake up workers for their shifts.

A River Under Mexico Ocean
A River Under Mexico Ocean

Located in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, there's a secret underwater river called Cenote Angelita (Spanish for Little Angel).

Safety Coffins
Safety Coffins

People were buried alive so often in the 19th century that inventors patented safety coffins that would give the "dead" the ability to alert those above ground if they were still alive.