20 Friday Fun Facts

Plus a Few Others

WRITTEN BY: Mike Gregory
The ant, when intoxicated, will always fall over to its right side.
Image Source: Wiki Commons Steve Jurvetson
The ant, when intoxicated, will always fall over to its right side.

You're going to college, you're smart, and you know a lot. But did you know that Walt Disney was afraid of mice? Did you know that a snail can sleep for three years, or that the lipstick you have on, most likely, contains fish scales? Here are 20 other facts that you may not have known, or possibly, you might not have wanted to know.

1.) The animal with the largest brain in proportion to its size is the ant. They are the smartest species of insects with about 250,000 brain cells.

2.) Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

3.) American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad in first class.

4.) 30% of Chinese adults live with their parents.

5.) 200 million people in China live on less than $1 a day.

6.) People spend about two weeks of their lives at traffic lights!

7.) Armadillos are able to contract leprosy.

8.) The original name of Bank of America was Bank of Italy.

 9.) Toxic house plants poison more children than household chemicals.

10.) Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England, but only in tropical fish stores.

11.) In Bahrain, a male gynecologist can only examine a woman's private parts through a mirror.

12.) Pearls melt in vinegar.

13.) Ticks and turtles can breathe through their butts.

14.) Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

15.) It took approximately 2.5 million blocks to build the Pyramid of Giza, which is one of the Great Pyramids.

16.) The women of Iceland earn two-thirds of their nation's university degrees.

17.) The Mall in Washington, D.C. is 1.4 times larger than Vatican City.

18.) The US tops the world in plastic surgery procedures. Next comes Mexico.

 19.) 22% of American women aged 20 gave birth while in their teens. In Switzerland and Japan, only 2% did so.

20.) Most Zambians don't live to see their 40th birthday.