60 Weird Facts That Will Make You Question Everything — The Whirlpool of Wisdom

Author Adidas Wilson
6 min readSep 18, 2023

The world is filled with fascinating, bizarre, and downright weird facts. Here, we’ve rounded up 60 of the most peculiar tidbits that might just make you question everything you thought you knew.

Bananas are Berries, but Strawberries Aren’t: In botanical terms, a berry is a fleshy fruit without a stone produced from a single flower containing one ovary. So, bananas fit the bill. But strawberries? They develop from a flower with multiple ovaries making them, technically, not berries.

Honey Never Spoils: You can eat 3,000-year-old honey. Found in Egyptian tombs and still perfectly preserved, honey’s long shelf life can be attributed to its low moisture and high acidity.

A Leap Second: To keep our clocks in sync with Earth’s rotation, a ‘leap second’ is added. This adjustment has been made 27 times since 1972!

Wombat Poop is Cube-shaped: This unique shape prevents it from rolling away, marking its territory to attract mates.

The Shortest War: The war between Britain and Zanzibar in 1896 lasted 38 minutes.

Giraffes and Humans Have the Same Number of Neck Vertebrae: Despite their long necks, giraffes have only seven neck vertebrae, the same number as humans.

More Fake Flamingos Than Real Ones: There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S. than real ones!

A Day on Venus is Longer than a Year: Venus completes one rotation in 243 Earth days-its year is 225 Earth days.

Vending Machine Dangers: You’re more likely to be killed by a vending machine than a shark. Machines falling over when people shake them cause several deaths each year!

Pound Cake’s Name Origin: The name comes from its original recipe: a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.

There’s a Word for the Day After Tomorrow: “Overmorrow” is the official term, though rarely used.

Your Taste Buds Have a Short Lifespan: They live only 10 to 14 days.

Jellyfish are 95% Water: Without a heart, brain, or bones, they’re almost entirely made of water.

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Author Adidas Wilson

Adidas Wilson was born in Chicago, surviving a near death experience driving off a bridge in an 18 wheeler and getting hit by a train. Author and Motivator