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50 Weird But True Fun Facts That Will Amaze Your Students!

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At Teacher Professional Development, we’re not just about providing top-notch resources and professional development opportunities for teachers across Australia. We also love to sprinkle a bit of fun and wonder into the classroom. And what better way to do that than with some mind-boggling, weird but true facts?

So, whether you’re looking to kick off a lesson with a bang, fill a spare five minutes before the bell rings, or simply want to amaze your students, here are some quirky facts that are sure to get everyone talking.

Fun facts for teachers to share

1. Honey Never Spoils

Believe it or not, if stored correctly, honey can last indefinitely. Archaeologists have even found pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs that are over 3,000 years old and still perfectly edible!

2. Bananas are Berries, But Strawberries Aren’t

In the world of botany, a berry is a fleshy fruit without a stone produced from a single flower containing one ovary. So, bananas qualify, but strawberries, with their multiple seeds, do not!

3. The Shortest War in History

The Anglo-Zanzibar War, fought between Britain and Zanzibar on 27th August 1896, lasted just 38 minutes. Talk about a quick resolution!

4. A Leap Year Isn’t Always Every 4 Years

While most of us know a leap year as one that occurs every four years, there’s more to the story. To keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun, a year that is evenly divisible by 100 is not a leap year unless it’s also divisible by 400. So, the year 2000 was a leap year, but 1900 was not.

5. Octopuses Have Three Hearts

Two pump blood to the gills, while the third pumps it to the rest of the body.

6. You Can’t Hum While Holding Your Nose

Go on, give it a try! It’s harder than it sounds.

7. There’s a Species of Jellyfish that is Immortal

The Turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish can revert back to its juvenile form after reaching maturity, and it can do this process over and over again.

8. The World’s Longest Straight Road is in Australia

The Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor Plain has a stretch known as the “90 Mile Straight” because it’s 146.6 kilometers without a single turn.

9. Cows Have Best Friends

Just like humans, cows form close bonds with certain individuals in their herd. When separated from their best friend, they can become stressed.

10. Australia Has More Camels than Egypt

In fact, Australia exports camels to Saudi Arabia. These camels are descendants of those introduced in the 19th century to help with exploration and construction.

11. More Than 70% of the Earth’s Surface is Covered by Water

While most of us live on land, the vast majority of our planet’s surface is submerged beneath oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers. Yet, over 95% of the underwater world remains unexplored!

12. A Jiffy is an Actual Unit of Time

It’s 1/100th of a second! So, when someone says they’ll be back in a “jiffy”, they better be quick.

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13. Sharks Have Been Around Longer Than Trees

Sharks have been swimming in the oceans for over 400 million years, while trees appeared on land only about 350 million years ago.

14. The Smallest Bone in Your Body is in Your Ear

It’s called the stapes bone and is just about the size of a grain of rice.

15. Over 80% of Australia’s Animals and Plants are Unique to the Country

This includes creatures like the kangaroo, koala, echidna, and the Tasmanian devil.

16. Australia is Home to the World’s Longest Fence

Originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land, the Dingo Fence or Dog Fence stretches over 5,600 kilometers from eastern Queensland to the South Australian coastline.

17. Apples Float Because They’re 25% Air

This is why they’re often used in the game “apple bobbing” during Halloween and other festivities.

18. Avocados are Berries, and So are Grapes

In botanical terms, both avocados and grapes are classified as berries due to the nature of their flowering plants and seed development.

19. Humans Share About 98.7% of Their DNA with Chimpanzees

This close genetic relationship underscores our shared ancestry and the relatively recent evolutionary divergence between the two species.

20. The Earth’s Core is as Hot as the Surface of the Sun

Temperatures in the inner core reach up to 5,700 Kelvin (9,800°F or 5,427°C).

21. A Crocodile Cannot Stick Its Tongue Out

Their tongues are attached to the roof of their mouths, so they can’t move them.

22. Chocolate Was Once Used as Currency

The ancient Mayans and Aztecs of Central America once used cacao beans, the source of chocolate, as money.

23. The Mantis Shrimp Can Punch with the Speed of a Bullet

Their fast and powerful punches can even break glass aquarium walls.

24. The Only Letter Not Appearing on the Periodic Table is ‘J’

Every other letter from A to Z can be found on the table of elements.

25. There’s a Museum in Japan Dedicated to Rocks That Look Like Face

The museum has over 1,700 rocks, and some even resemble famous people!

26. The Eiffel Tower Can Grow Taller in the Summer

Due to the expansion of iron in the heat, the Eiffel Tower can grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) during the summer.

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27. The Average Cloud Weighs as Much as 100 Elephants

Clouds may seem light and fluffy, but they are made up of countless tiny water droplets or ice crystals that can add up to a significant weight.

28. A Group of Flamingos is Called a “Flamboyance”

These vibrant pink birds certainly live up to their group name when gathered together.

29. The World’s Largest Desert is Antarctica

Despite being covered in ice, Antarctica is classified as a desert because it receives very little precipitation.

30. The Loudest Animal on Earth is the Pistol Shrimp

The snapping sound produced by the pistol shrimp’s claw is so loud that it can disrupt sonar and even stun small fish.

31. The Great Wall of China is Not Visible from Space with the Naked Eye

Contrary to popular belief, astronauts cannot see the Great Wall of China without aid. It’s often too narrow and blends with the natural landscape.

32. The Original Monopoly Board Game Featured Anti-Monopoly Characters

When Monopoly was created, it was intended to illustrate the negative aspects of monopolies and capitalism. The game originally included anti-monopoly characters and rules.

33. The Dot Over the Letter “i” is Called a Tittle

Now you know the proper term for that tiny dot!

34. The World’s Largest Pizza Was 13,580 Square Feet

Created in Rome in 2012, this massive pizza set a record for the largest pizza ever made.

35. A Group of Owls is Called a “Parliament”

These wise birds certainly have an appropriate collective noun.

36. The First Known Computer Programmer was Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician, is credited with writing the first algorithm intended for processing on Charles Babbage’s analytical engine, making her the world’s first computer programmer.

37. Wombat Poop is Cube-Shaped

Wombats produce cube-shaped droppings, which helps prevent them from rolling away and serves territorial marking purposes.

38. The Electric Chair was Invented by a Dentist

Alfred P. Southwick, a dentist, proposed the idea of the electric chair as a more humane method of execution.

39. The World’s Oldest Operating Library is in Morocco

Founded in the 9th century, the Al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez is recognized by UNESCO as the oldest continually operating educational institution in the world.

40. A “Jiffy” in Computing is 1/100th of a Second

In the world of computing, a “jiffy” is a unit of time equal to 1/100th of a second, just like in the saying.

41.The Original Name of Bank of America was “Bank of Italy”

Amadeo Giannini founded the Bank of Italy in San Francisco in 1904, which later became Bank of America.

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42. The Moon has a Lemon-Like Shape

Due to variations in its gravitational field, the Moon is slightly lemon-shaped rather than a perfect sphere.

43. The Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth is in Russia

Oymyakon in Siberia holds the record for the lowest officially recorded temperature in the Northern Hemisphere, reaching -128.6°F (-89.2°C) in 1933.

44. A “Tittleman’s Crest” is a Random Object Left on Top of a Fence Post

This whimsical term refers to an object intentionally placed on top of a fence post for no apparent reason.

45. The Only Planet in Our Solar System That Rotates Clockwise is Venus

Most planets, including Earth, rotate counterclockwise on their axes, but Venus has a retrograde rotation, moving in the opposite direction.

46. Honeybees Can Recognize Human Faces

These incredible insects can remember and distinguish between different human faces.

47. The Word “Typewriter” Can be Typed Using Only the Top Row of Keys

It’s one of the few English words that can be spelled using only the letters on the top row of a keyboard.

48. The Largest Living Structure on Earth is the Great Barrier Reef

Stretching over 2,300 kilometers, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system.

49. The Shortest War in American History Lasted 38 to 42 Minutes

The “Toledo War” fought between the states of Ohio and Michigan in 1835-1836 is considered the shortest war in American history.

50. A “Murder” is a Group of Crows

A group of crows is known as a murder, adding a mysterious touch to these intelligent birds.

Final Words

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun facts as much as we have. At Teachers Professional Development we believe that learning should be an exciting journey of discovery. And sometimes, the most unexpected facts can spark the most profound discussions and insights.

If you’re looking for more resources to enrich your teaching or professional development opportunities to enhance your skills, don’t hesitate to explore our offerings. After all, we’re here to support you in your noble mission of educating the next generation.

Share these facts with your students and watch their eyes light up with wonder. And remember, the world is full of amazing things – all you need to do is look!

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