Cochineal “beetles” — actually a species of scale insect that parasitizes cactuses — are a major source of red food coloring.
The Food and Drug Administration has a handbook detailing the levels of “insect fragments” and other icky-sounding contaminants that are safe for humans to consume in specific foods.
The “bloody mary” cocktail may be named after England’s Queen Mary, who had hundreds of people burned at the stake.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, wealthy Europeans ate remedies containing human body parts to cure disease.
The tiny polyps that make up coral spawn by releasing eggs and sperm into the water. An entire reef typically releases all at once over about 20 minutes, usually under a full moon.
The Pacific Ocean is larger than all land masses on Earth combined.
The pressure in the deepest part of the ocean is over 8 tons per square inch, which is equivalent to having 50 jumbo jets piled on top of you.
Pez candy was invented to help people quit smoking cigarettes; the original Pez dispensers were shaped similarly to a cigarette lighter.
Babies are born without “kneecaps,” as we know them. Babies have cartilaginous structures in their knees which turn to bone by the age of 4.
Cheese is the most shoplifted food in the world. That’s Cheesy
You can’t visit the world’s biggest waterfall, because it’s actually deep underwater in the ocean, between Iceland and Greenland. The flow of the Denmark Strait cataract is 2,000 times more powerful than Niagara Falls.
The YKK on your zipper? It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha, which roughly translates to Yoshida Company Limited. It’s estimated that this company makes half the zippers in the world.
Beer was legally classified as a soft drink in Russia until 2011.
A hummingbird’s heart can beat up to 1,260 times per minute (in one species, at least).
Toilet seats are cleaner than your cell phone. Realllyyyy?! Ewwwwwwwwww
Chewing gum can’t be digested.
The longest hiccupping attack lasted 68 years. Whattttttttt
Octopuses are considered the most intelligent invertebrate; they’ve even been observed using tools.
More people have been to the moon than the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean.
Tsunamis can move at speeds over 500 miles per hour!
Twister was considered a risqué game when it came out in the 1960s.
Flamingos turn pink due to the sheer amount of shrimp they consume.
It may be surprising, but a whole lemon actually contains more sugar than a single strawberry! That’s partly because of the size difference, however — a cup of strawberry slices has more sugar than a cup of lemon slices. For more wacky bits of information, check out the strangest little-known fact about every state.