August 9, 2012 by Karthik Ilakkuvan
Did you know Tug of War used to be an official Olympic sport? Or Chuck Lorre, the guy who created Two and a Half Men, composed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song?
Maybe you’d like to know that the average person takes 23,000 breaths. Or that daydreaming makes you smarter (tell your teachers that!).
At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Self, is this post just going to be a bunch of random, relatively useless facts?” To that, I respond: “Should have read the title.”
In the office, when we’re not being enthralled by amazing interviewees, giving ballin’ tours, or having a blast with the dean staff, we find ourselves wanting to know more information. Enter: https://twitter.com/UberFacts
A dozen of my favorites:
- A 20 ounce bottle of Mountain Dew contains the equivalent of about 22 packets of sugar.
- There is no word you can write using only the bottom row of the keyboard (bvcxnmzz).
- Neil Patrick Harris was the voice of Spiderman in the 2003 animated series and in the “Spider Man: Shattered Dimensions” game.
- A snail can stay asleep for 3 whole years (just two years, 362 days more than me)
- You are only born with 2 fears — We are naturally afraid of falling and loud noises.
- It takes about 4 seconds for a silence to become awkward (….uhh, so how’s everyone’s day been?)
- You are more likely to memorize what you’ve written, if you wrote in blue ink.
- If Barbie were real, she would be too skinny to bear children, and too disproportionate to walk upright.
- Today, we walk about 10% faster than we did in the year 1994 (interestingly, the Today show is also about 10% longer than it used to be in 1994, as well)
- In Oklahoma, it’s actually illegal to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.
- The Apple app store once sold an “I Am Rich” application — It cost $999.99 to purchase and did nothing.
- “Scrubs” has been described as the most medically-accurate television show on air (and was created by a W&M alum!)