A Twitter user by the name of McKay Coppins—who also happens to be an author and a dad—took to the internet to ask for some random trivia. His kids were asking for interesting facts and he wanted to have some interesting things to tell them. Well, it's safe to say that Twitter did not disappoint him. When he woke up the morning after posting the tweet, he had received over 3,000 responses.
Keep reading to see some of those responses, and to learn some super interesting facts.
The Tweet That Started It All
So, here is the Tweet that kicked off this whole fact fest.
McKay's two young children just wanted to learn some interesting things about the world around them, and now we all get to benefit from their curiosity.
Blue Whale Farts
"The bubble created by a blue whale fart can be large enough to hold a full grown horse." —@bmoreabsurd
Well, that's certainly a fact that I never knew I needed to know.
The Truth About Wombat Poop
"Wombats poop cubes." —@suzgraggen
Yup, this one is absolutely true. Something about their diet and the way their intestines are shaped creates poop cubes. Wombats are adorable and super interesting.
Colorful Bread Tags
"The plastic tags on bread bags indicate the day on which the bread was baked." —@DavidJuurlink
Apparently the different colors refer to different days. It's like a secret baker's code.
Star Wars Facts
"George Lucas' [ex]-wife won an Oscar for editing the original Star Wars movie. George has never won an Oscar." —@Quizmonster
We think Lucas probably deserves an Oscar at this point.
The Patron Saint Of The Internet
"The patron saint of the internet is St. Isidore of Seville, who tried to record everything ever known." —@FernandoGaita10
Well, it looks like we're well on our way to achieving that goal.
The Cat's Meow
"Cats only meow at humans, not other cats, [because] they're mimicking what we sound like to them." —@AmandaBecker
Well, who knew that cats liked to talk to us so much?
"Woodpeckers can slam their beaks all day every day against a tree and never get a concussion." —@cathyob1
They must have some pretty hard heads and some pretty durable brains.
The Mysterious Death Of Edgar Allan Poe
"Edgar Allan Poe, arguably the inventor of the detective story, died under mysterious circumstances - which have never been solved." —@IseultSidhe1
I guess that's the definition of irony, which is something that Poe would know a lot about.
"The name of the blob of toothpaste on your toothbrush is called a nurdle. Colgate-Palmolive once filed a suit against GlaxoSmithKline over its usage. But it was settled cleanly out of court in 2011.
Nobody knows the terms of the settlement lol." —@jilliette17
"Owls don't have eyeballs. They have eye tubes. And if you look in an owl’s ear, you can see it’s eye." —@DawnSenate47
Imagine if you had eye tubes. That would be wild.
"Naughty goats are made to wear pool noodles on their horns so they don't hurt people." — @ExpandingViolet
I guess that's what happens if you keep trying to head butt people.
The Alligator Hack
"If you're being chased by an alligator, run in a circle. They are very fast in a straight line but can't corner worth beans." —@BS_immunized
I just hope I'm never in a situation that requires me to use this knowledge.
Sharks Are Older Than Trees
"Sharks as a species are older than trees as a species. There were sharks swimming around on the planet before any trees." —@drewphilp
Well, that's super cool to know.
The Original Name For Candy Corn
"The original name of candy corn in the 1880s was Chicken Feed,
because many of the candies of the day had a farming theme to appeal to a more agricultural US." —@tweyant
"Crows can remember faces and hold grudges. They also teach their friends and family about these faces.
Also, they hold funerals and do what's called "anting" (essentially taking luxurious ant baths)." —@hollyp96