I love new info, and with the internet at my fingertips, it’s easy to find all sorts of weird junk out there.
So today, Diply figured we’d get our brains full of strange, but mostly useless facts – just for fun’s sake! Check out these odd little tidbits – and if you can contribute to our ‘weirdarium’ – let us know in the comments!
1. Dudette? No. According to Merriam-Webster, the correct female equivalent for “dude” is actually “dudine.”
Source: Lebowski Fest
It’s more than just, like, your opinion, man. Now that an official dictionary has dropped the knowledge bomb, we can all stop using the word “dudette.” And I’m sure no one will regret it.
2. The film Pearl Harbor cost as much as the actual rebuilding of Pearl Harbor
Michael Bay’s piece cost $140 million to produce, and he ended up taking a $4 million pay cut. Oh, and the movie lasted an hour longer than the actual attack.
3. “Anatidaephobia” is the fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you
Source: Reddit | no_one_cares_for_you
Hard to believe this, eh? Well, your instincts are right. It’s not a real word but a parody of the many possible phobias out there. Coined by cartoonist Gary Larson (ask your parents), this weird word made its way around the internet a while ago, sparking all sorts of debates about its logistics.
4. A couple in Sweden were fined for naming their kid “Brfxxccxxmnpcccclll mmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116.”
According to the couple, the name is pronounced “Albin.” Well, sure, that would’ve been everyone’s first guess? They never registered the unapproved name, and the fine remained even after the couple offered to name their child “A” instead. I guess it’s best not to let your cat name your kid by walking on your keyboard.
5. You may not see white dog poop anymore
Source: Reddit | bodieotis
Come to think of it, I haven’t seen one of those sticks of ivory feces around in a looooong time. But there’s a reason, as for all things. Until recently, dog food was made with a lot more meat and bones in it. These days, dogs rarely consume as much calcium as before, which gave their poop that dusty, white color.
6. Scientists are still searching for the “loneliest whale” in the world
He’s been singing to himself for almost 30 years now. Back in the 1980s, some researchers began studying a unique whale song that was much higher pitched than any other. Because its song was so much higher than the others, the lady whales didn’t even recognize it. Talk about forever alone!
7. This pecan pie vending machine actually exists!
Source: Atlas Obscura
Cedar Creek, Texas is where this glorious machine is stocked daily and available 24/7. It’s owned by Berdoll Pecan Farm who decided to make this because their pies were so popular. Now excuse me while I check flights to Texas!
8. The word “goober” means peanut
Source: Imgur | ambur
Surprisingly, this word is real and not made up by that guy Gary Larson. I had always thought it was a light-hearted way of calling someone weird or even dumb. The more you know…
9. Marilyn Monroe had an IQ of 163. Albert Einstein’s was 160.
Source: Reddit | VerGuy | Imgur | AbstruseWalrus
Now, they say IQ is relative. And frankly, Monroe didn’t do nearly as much for the advancement of theoretical physics as Einstein did. Still, it’s cool to know she wasn’t the stereotypical “ditzy blonde” that a lot of people made her out to be. She is also reading James Joyce’s Ulysses, which I can assure you is not a relaxing read. I am jealous now, Monroe.
10. Pineapples don’t grow on trees
Source: Imgur | kolla
Well, I can’t stop staring at that… Weird, huh? It could just be one of those things I never even considered, but I hadn’t imagined this. I always thought they’d grow on some kind of palm tree type ‘thing.’ But too late now. What is seen cannot be unseen!
11. Hippo milk is actually pink!
Source: Facts List
Bamboozled again! Apparently, this pink milk has about 500 calories in a single cup.
12. Umm… this?
Source: Reddit | Sandi315
I’m not gonna lie, there’s not a really credible source for this one. But it makes sense, no? When you consider the scale of our world, there’s probably more people interacting with donkeys than planes. And it’s scary!
13. Pomato – a plant that combines potato and tomato!
Source: Blogger | knowledgeforall
Sadly, it’s not a separate fruit-veggie to eat. It just grows the potatoes on the bottom and the tomatoes on the top. But if you’ve ever wanted to grow french fries with ketchup ready to go, that’s probably as close as you’ll get!
14. While filming The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence was nicknamed “Katpiss Neverclean”
Obviously, it was all fun and (hunger!) games on that set. And really, if you could think of a better nickname for her than that, I’d like to hear it!
15. Eating a polar bear’s liver will poison you
Source: Imgur | sless44
We all know polar bear livers look absolutely delicious, but humans can’t handle that much vitamin A. Polar bears are just experts at storing vitamins throughout their body though. So if you ate their liver, with or without fava beans and a nice Chianti, you would definitely succumb to poisoning known as Hypervitaminosis A.
16. Apparently, ants don’t sleep
Source: Instagram | @kevinsights
Such party animals! Wait… are ants actually animals? And do they actually party all the time? Well… They do rest and are almost useless in really cold temperatures, so no. But they don’t ‘sleep’ because their nervous system isn’t complex enough to allow for what we would call ‘sleep.’ Poor little fellows have no dreams, just work — I guess I can relate.
17. Cellphones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats
Many little, everyday handheld items go unwashed in our cleaning routines, so it’s not too surprising that they can build up a lot of grossness. Plus, if you’re not tweeting from the toilet, when are you gonna have time to tweet, amirite? It all adds up, not weird at all!
18. Napping after learning something new makes you remember it more
So, three New York-based researchers conducted a study with students to see if napping would help in this way. And they found that it totally does! We all napped a lot in college — if we only studied right before, instead of, you know, drank…
19. The inventor of the Gameboy was originally a janitor at Nintendo!
Unbelievable! I’m sitting here stunned, gaping at the screen… But let me… Ugh! Okay. So, his name was Gunpei Yokoi and he had a handful of jobs at one of Nintendo’s factories, including janitor. (I’m gaping again.) Thing is, he was very inventive and curious and was always playing around with machinery. One day, Yokoi submitted his idea and design of the Gameboy in the ’80s and it was an instant hit!
20. Mark Zuckerberg is colorblind, which is why Facebook is blue!
Source: Imgur | willowtreewade
Blue is the easiest color for Zuckerberg to notice and discern different shades of, so he chose it for the main look of his website. It was a good call though since a lot of marketing experts agree that blue is seen as a strong, trustworthy color. Talk about weirdness going conventional, huh.
Again, this gives more credence to the phrase, “it’s not easy being green.”
Well, that concludes our daily weird-o-rama! Until next time, Zuckers!