Floccinaucinihilipilification—one of the longest words in the English language—is the act of estimating that something is worthless.
The medical term for ice cream headaches is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.
The metal bit at the end of a pencil that holds the eraser in place is called a ferrule.
The 1967 Outer Space Treaty forbids any nation from trying to own the Moon.
Spiders recycle webs by eating them.
The office cubicle was invented by Robert Propst in 1968. His original design was called the Action Office System and provided “a social kind of privacy” for the worker.
Africa is the only continent with land in all four hemispheres.
Without Earth’s protective magnetic field, astronauts on Mars will be exposed to solar radiation that may affect their mental fitness. They could experience lapses in attention and slower reaction times.
In Queensland, Australia, it’s illegal to own a pet rabbit unless you’re a magician.
Ackwards is an old English dialect word that describes a creature lying on its back that can’t get up.
Blood donors in Sweden receive a thank you text when their blood is used.
According to a 2015 study, having 10 more trees on your block can make you feel as healthy as someone who’s seven years younger.
“Bloodcurdling” isn’t just an expression: Research shows that watching horror movies can increase a certain clotting protein in our bloodstreams.
On average, people in India spend 10 hours and 42 minutes a week reading, the most time of any country on Earth.
Almonds and peaches are members of the same family.
A group of pugs is called a grumble.
The dot over your lowercase “i” is called a tittle.
Wisdom teeth serve no purpose. They’re left over from hundreds of thousands of years ago. As early humans’ brains grew bigger, it reduced space in the mouth, crowding out this third set of molars.
A cat’s ability to see well at night is due to its tapetum lucidum, a structure that reflects visible light back through the cat’s retina. It’s also what causes the eyes’ weird ‘glowing’ effect in the dark.
The word “dude” originated in the 1800s as an insult to men overly concerned with the latest fashion trends.
The cubicle did not get its name from its shape, but from the Latin “cubiculum” meaning bed chamber.
The heads on Easter Island have bodies.
Goosebumps are actually caused by a muscle. It is called the arrector pili muscle.
The space between your eyebrows is a glabella. That’s also the name of the bone underneath that space that connects your brow ridges.
According to a Japanese study, looking at cute animal pictures can boost your focus.