14 Random Facts

At listerious, we hate to get bored, a characteristic you most probably share. That’s why we are constantly on the lookout for random facts.

Whenever we come across facts that are worth sharing, we write them down. Below you can see the result of months of research and find the ultimate list of random facts.

Important: This list gets updated frequently, so make sure to bookmark it for when you are bored once again!

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14. This is the largest earthquake ever recorded

The largest earthquake that was ever recorded happened on May 22, 1960, in a place called Valdivia, Chile, South America.

The powerful earthquake had a magnitude of 9.5 and happened at 3:15 pm. The horror lasted a full 10 minutes. A tsunami emerged which ran all across the pacific and which destroyed the entire ton of Hilo, Hawaii, over 10,000 kilometers (6,200 mi) away from the epicenter.

San francisco 1906

13. This is why some countries call football soccer

Is it football or is it soccer? In some countries, the same sport has a different name, but there’s a very simple explanation for it.

In the 9 countries that call football soccer, there is a variation of the game that is either equally, or even more popular than the most popular sport in the world. This is usually a variation of rugby.

The term soccer is an abbreviation of the original name of what is now called football, which is “Association Football.” “Asoccer” was turned into “Soccer,” and the other variation of the game was simply referred to as “Football.”

12. This is Belphegor’s prime

Belphegor’s prime is a palindromic prime number. This means it reads the same backward and forward and is only divisible by itself and one.

1 000 000 000 000 066 600 000 000 000 001

The number was discovered by Harvey Dubner, a New York-based engineer and mathematician. It was named after Belphegor, one of the Princes of Hell who came to earth to help people make ingenious inventions and discoveries.

Depiction of demon Belphegor from the 19th century. / Wiki Commons

11. The sister of Marilyn Monroe is 100 years old

The half-sister of Marilyn Monroe celebrated her 100th birthday on July 30, 2019. Even though they didn’t grow together as their parents divorced when she was just 4 years old.

They did, however, meet several times in the fifties and she was also introduced to Joe DiMaggio. Their contact grew stronger the final years before Marilyn’s tragic death on August 4, 1962.

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe’s sister celebrated her 100th birthday. / Wiki Commons

10. Parrots share with their friends so they can eat

Parrots are amazing animals. They can’t just learn how to talk, but they can be thaught a lot of other things as well which makes us learn even more about these fascinating creatures.

Researchers set up an experiment that shows us how caring parrots are for each other. They gave 2 parrots some coins which they could exchange for treats. The moment that both parrots understood how things worked, they gave one parrot all the coins and the other one nothing.

So what happened?

The parrot with all the coins shared them with his friend so he could buy some treats as well.

That’s quite a humble lesson to learn from an African grey parrot!

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9. There are double as many kangaroos in Australia as people

There are an estimated 50 million kangaroos in Australia as opposed to just 25 million people.

But don’t get it wrong, even though it’s a symbol of the country, the kangaroo isn’t Australia’s favorite animal. Even worse, they are considered a pest in many parts of the country because they damage crops and compete with livestock for food.

The solution?

Australians are encouraged to eat more kangaroo meat in order to reduce their population. Poor old kangaroos, both friends and foes at the same time.

There are double as many kangaroos as people in Australia / Pixabay

8. Laughing is good for you

It can really make a difference!

Laughing actually reduces stress hormones which improves your immune system. This makes you an overall healthier person.

By that rationale, children are healthier than adults. They laugh a total of 300 times a day while adults only 15 to 20 times.

Laughing is healthy as it reduces stress hormones / Pixabay

7. This is the oldest animal in the world

He’s living on the tropical island of Saint-Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean, and he was born in the year 1832. He moved to his new residence when he was 50 years old.

Jonathan is a Seychelles Giant Tortoise and is at the moment of writing 188 years old, making him the oldest animal in the world!

He had a photograph taken of him in the year 1886 (at the age of 54):

Jonathan (left) in the year 1886 when he was 54 years old / Wiki Commons

And he had another photograph taken of him in the year 2014 (at the age of 182):

Jonathan, the oldest animal in the world in 2014 / Source

6. A pickle can glow in the dark

A pickle contains a high concentration of sodium chlorite which can act as a conductor for electricity.

If you attach 2 electrodes at each end of the pickle and run an electric current through it, the pickle will actually start glowing!

Just take a look of the effect on the pickle in the video below:

5. This math riddle always ends the same

No matter what number you think of, it always ends up with 3. Just try it out:

  • Think of a number.
  • Double it.
  • Add Six.
  • Halve it.
  • Take away the number you started with.

What number do you have?

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4. The word “verb” isn’t a verb

One of the most peculiar random facts is that the word “verbisn’t actually a verb but a noun.

It can, however, be used as a verb to describe a noun being turned into a verb.

Can you still follow? Here’s an example:

“Any English noun can be verbed, but some are more resistant than others.”

The word "verb" is a noun.
The word “verb” is a noun but can be used as a verb as well.

3. There’s something about the word “One Thousand”

The alphabet starts with the letter “A” and there are 999 numbers before the number 1,000.

Remarkably, the letter “A” appears in the word “one thousand,” but in none of the words from “one” to “nine hundred ninety-nine.”

One thousand contains letter A
One thousand contains the letter A, unlike the 999 numbers before.

2. Exponential growth is remarkable

A lily pad is growing in a pond and it doubles in size every day. It grows and grows and it eventually covers the entire pond after 30 days.

On which day does the lily pad cover half the pond?

A lily pad covering a pond / Pixabay

Answer: On the 29th day!

This shows the power of exponential growth.

1. This is how many thunderstorms there are right now

At any given time, all over the world, there on average 2,000 thunderstorms. These thunderstorms produce a total of 50 lightning events per second.

Ever since the Shuman Resonance studies have been done, it has been possible to monitor global lightning activity, which makes this number pretty accurate.

50 lightning strikes happen every second all over the world.

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