Are you into trivia and unusual facts? Want to be a Trivial Pursuit master? MentalFloss.com is chockful of thought-provoking articles and has a great feature called the Amazing Fact Generator. Every time you click on the “Hit Me Again” a new random fact pops up. Here’s some of the amazing facts we learned from MentalFloss.com.

 

There’s a rumor that Twinkies have a shelf life of 20-plus years. The truth of the matter, however, is that it’s closer to 25 days. The plastic-wrapped desserts contain the same apocalypse-vulnerable preservatives you’d find in most commercially baked breads.

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Courtesy of Hostess

 

 

Each glass panel on the Grand Canyon Skywalk can support 800 people, despite being only 2.5 inches thick. (Nope. Nope. Nope.)

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Courtesy of YouTube

 

 

Barry Manilow did not write his hit “I Write the Songs.” (Well that’s ironic.)

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Barry Manilow (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Courtesy of Huffington Post

 

 

Earmuffs were invented by a 15-year-old. (Ears everywhere thank you, kiddo!)

Happy little girl standing on snow ground

 

Crickets’ ears are located on their front legs, a little below their knees.

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Even Fidel Castro lashed out against New Coke, calling it “a sign of American capitalist decadence.” (See? Nobody liked it.)

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Courtesy of Google

 

 

Between 1912 and 1948, art competitions were a part of the Olympics. Medals were awarded for architecture, music, painting, and sculpture.

A closeup of a young woman painting on a canvas.

 

 

Big Ben doesn’t refer to a clock; it’s actually the name for the bell inside that famous clock tower.

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Courtesy of GetYourGuide.com

 

 

The dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane— a socialite who was tired of servants breaking her expensive dishes. (I have the same problem.)

A full dishwasher - ready to go. It is all loaded up with dirty dishes.

 

 

According to some estimates, Americans are sitting on $30 billion worth of unredeemed gift cards.

A gift card being exchanged through hands - isolated over a white background. A clipping path is included.

 

The USDA allows the term “wyngz” for wing-like chicken products that contain no wing meat. (Um…is it actually made from chicken?)

Fried chicken wings

 

The man who invented the Super Soaker also developed circuitry for the Galileo space probe. (He was clearly a Renaissance Man.)

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Courtesy of Amazon

 

 

The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. (Sssshhh…don’t tell them they’re not real.)

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The most expensive telephone number in history was 666-6666. It sold for $2.7 million at an auction in Qatar. (Well I guess they’ll never forget their phone number.)

Green vintage telephone on brown wood desk background

 

 

While working on Pac Man, video game designer Tohru Iwantani was allegedly inspired by the shape of a pizza with one slice removed. (Who isn’t inspired by pizza?)

Fresh pizza on a plate on a white background

 

Contributed by Shellie Sylla, Marketing Manager Steadfast Management