The world is full of randomness, no doubt about it. But there’s nothing more amusing than catching your friend, or even yourself, in the middle of a sentence… that makes you go "why the heck do you know that?!"

This phenomenon is also documented on r/AskReddit, where one user, u/IamDK003, decided to find out some of the most oddly random facts people for some inexplicable reason just know.

The 71.1k upvotes indicate that there has been a whole lot to share, so let’s dive into some of the most interesting facts that will raise your brow, and hair. Feeling like you know an interesting fact or two to share? Don't be greedy, share in the comments!

#1

Random-Interesting-Facts Probably the most innocent fact here but- chickens (hens) have an egg song when they lay an egg. It’s like them yelling “I JUST LAID AN EGG! WOOOO!” And then the other hens chime in yelling “YAAAS SHE JUST LAID AN EGG! WOOO!”

squidlygreen , normanack Report

BusLady
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2 months ago

Kinda like upvotes.

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#2

Random-Interesting-Facts A sock over a baseball bat is a really effective home defense weapon. If they grab the bat, the sock will make the bat slip out of their grasp and you can continue beating them until they get out

TheFatMexican09 , Patrick Report

BusLady
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2 months ago

Or die, whatever comes first.

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#3

Random-Interesting-Facts Fidel Castro loved dairy so much that he invested in trying to breed a cow that could survive in the climate of Cuba and still produce a lot of milk. He failed over and over for years until one day a cow that was exactly to his specifications. She produced obscene, record breaking amounts of milk even for a regular cow and could live in Cuba’s sweltering climate. There were regular updates on her health in the Cuban national newspaper and he loved her so much that when she died he erected a huge marble statue of her in her honor

celestialdragonlord , Ninian Reid Report

postboredom
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2 months ago

I bet he had a cow when she died

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#4

Random-Interesting-Facts I broke my collar bone and had to have physical training to strengthen it. They had me squeeze some equipment to measure my grip strength. I hit 140 lbs. He said "Holy crap, thats great! You know, It only takes 50 lbs to strangle someone." My first question was why the f*** do you know that??

dubt53 , bailey.foster Report

BusLady
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2 months ago

That's truly scary.

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#5

Random-Interesting-Facts Redheads require more anesthesia drugs to remain unconscious during surgery

WaterBearMoonCrash , Garry Knight Report

Vic
Community Member
2 months ago

That's why kids you must never dye your hair..

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#6

Random-Interesting-Facts Many deaths in the Middle Ages resulted from pigs wandering into peasant homes and eating babies out of their cradles

ugagradlady , Jon Bragg Report

Hope Floats
Community Member
2 months ago

Sounds like something out of a Stephen King novel... Yikes!!!!

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#7

Random-Interesting-Facts Hedgehogs [poop] when they run fast therefore if sonic the hedgehog was real he would [pooped] himself to death

Minerx_Thomas_YT , Florian Straub Report

Truth Monster
Community Member
2 months ago

Quick! Scat!

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#8

Butterflies sometimes drink blood.

Dogs like squeaky toys because the noise reminds them of small animals dying.

It's not actually known how anaesthetics work.

Also on the note of anaesthesia, until the 80s they weren't used on babies because it was believed they couldn't feel pain.

On average, you walk past 15 murderers in a lifetime.

HelloAutobot Report

BusLady
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2 months ago

I guess the keyword is "walk past."

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#9

Random-Interesting-Facts Imagine this:

You’re walking down the road, and you see a car crash. Someone gets out of a car, and you realize it’s someone you know, so you call their name. They turn, and crumple to the ground.

What happened? They dislocated a bone in their neck, and when they turned their neck, they fully snapped it. There’s a bunch of stories of this happening to people, which is very scary.

DelusionalDonut13 , Jason Burwen Report

postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

This is graphic..

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#10

Random-Interesting-Facts You can fit ×8 250lb* (intact) human bodies (supine) in the back of a 2001 Subaru Outback wagon. Fold down the back seat and toss em in. Source: moved training dummies for an Army first aid class. Got pulled over because a hand was out and "reaching." Sherriff walked up, saw the dummies, laughed and told me to have a nice day after explaining the call.

PanicEnthusiast , RL GNZLZ Report

postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

committed to my memory

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#11

Random-Interesting-Facts If you feel the need to stab someone, stab oranges. They're the same consistency as human flesh

OurLadyofMorningStar , Gunther Hagleitner Report

AntiNutjob
Community Member
2 months ago

Or you know, seek medical help

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#12

Random-Interesting-Facts Licking marshmallows and sticking them on a car on a night below freezing will cause the marshmallows to adhere so strongly that if they are removed while still frozen they will take the car paint with them

ImNotThaaatDrunk , Harsha K R Report

Wendy Franck
Community Member
2 months ago

Thanks for the tip! :)

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#13

Random-Interesting-Facts It's illegal to be intoxicated in a bar in Alaska.

I won a trivia game at work because I happened to know this obscure fact. The lady organizing it accused me of cheating because no one had ever known the answer to "in which state is it illegal to be drunk in a bar?"

I've known it for so long I don't even remember where I learned it.

sharknado523 , PunkToad Report

Shelp
Community Member
2 months ago

Being accused of cheating because you have some culture always infuriated me

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#14

If you squeeze a male's testicles hard enough, the adrenaline overload can kill him.

Do with that information as you wish.

ReddieForTheUnknown Report

postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

This one is quite testable for bad situations, but dont go testing it out on everyone cuz that would be nuts

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#15

Random-Interesting-Facts Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was a really popular novel, and was made into a stage play. The actor playing the eponymous role(s) was so good at switching from the good doctor to the evil Hyde that people wrote to the police claiming that he absolutely had to be the real Jack the Ripper (who was thought likely to be a qualified doctor based on the way he dissected his victims). They thought no normal person would be able to make such a transformation.

jelilikins , Rumble Press Report

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

Oscar material.

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#16

Arigato" is Japanese for "Thank you."

"Obrigado" is Portuguese for "Thank you."

Portugal was the first European country to really make meaningful contact with Japan, which was the easternmost heavily-populated country/region in Asia. Portugal happens to be the westernmost country in Europe.

The two words, Arigato and Obrigado, are linguistically completely unrelated.

Those two very similar words developed in completely isolated contexts on opposite ends of the world's largest landmass, and they mean the same thing.

Ronald_Deuce Report

ADHORTATOR
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2 months ago

so the first portugese sailors made a good impression.."These white guys are so polite!"

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#17

Random-Interesting-Facts Before clocks were invented clockwise and counter clockwise were called deisul and widdershins

mikefranks88 , themtube2 Report

AntiNutjob
Community Member
2 months ago

Sounds like two Scottish mates I'd like to go down the pub with

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#18

Random-Interesting-Facts An important predator to the Canadian Moose is the Killer whale. The Moose will swim over seastraits and get picked off by the killer whales.

artparade , Colin McMillen Report

Cactus McCoy
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2 months ago

Other way round would be scary.

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#19

Random-Interesting-Facts If you shake/jangle your keys at a moth, it will do a backflip (it’s a defence mechanism)

HushUK , Donald Hobern Report

postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

Were you just jangling your keys at different insects to see what would happen lol

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#20

Random-Interesting-Facts Male hedgehogs masturbate for pleasure and you have to be careful picking them up because sometimes they have semen on their feet. It’s something you have to look out for when you’re a hedgehog owner like myself

WhyY_196 , Franco Dal Molin Report

EA
Community Member
2 months ago

*realises why hedgehogs always look so happy in photos * 😳

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#21

Necropants are a pair of pants made from the skin of a dead man, which are believed in Icelandic witchcraft to be capable of producing an endless supply of money

goblinsexologist , Jennifer Boyer Report

BusLady
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2 months ago

Or an endless supply of OMG's.

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#22

You can neutralize the smell of a rotting corpse by covering it with the ashes of a common camp fire! any wood ash should work, friends.

AsphaltSommersaults Report

BusLady
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2 months ago

I'll remember that the next time I go camping with my ex.

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#23

Random-Interesting-Facts 1 pound of sugar per 1000 pounds of concrete will ruin the concrete and it will never set firm

cayden_13 , Zeyus Media Report

Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel for the poor builder who discovered that. "When's my house finished?"/"Um... never. Spilt the sugar sorry"

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#24

Random-Interesting-Facts If you have a shrimp allergy you also can't eat cicadas

mctoasterson , Erik Starck Report

ravina nimje
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2 months ago

Why would one eat Cicadas?

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#25

Random-Interesting-Facts Pigeons sing in 5/4 and 17/8 time signature.

neohylanmay , aimee rivers Report

Death Metal Kitty
Community Member
2 months ago

Ah... so a typical Tool song then.

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#26

Random-Interesting-Facts The farthest fall for a human being to survive without a parachute is 33,300 feet

BoWiggly , USASOC News Service Report

Wubbleyew
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2 months ago

I need more info, how?

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#27

Random-Interesting-Facts If you put a needle into the gum line between the 7th and 8th tooth you’ll hit a nerve that runs past your nose and up to behind your eye. Hitting this nerve causes excruciating pain that no painkiller will help you with. You’ll basically need to be given local anaesthetic or put in an induced coma to stop feeling it.

A_Cuddly_Burrito , marissa anderson Report

postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

My friend wants to know whether it is the upper jaw or the lower jaw

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#28

Random-Interesting-Facts The Defense mechanism of the sea cucumber is to eject its toxic internal organs out of its anus, causing the predator to eat them and die.

Also they reproduce by having the female shoot out the egg cell and the male shooting the sperm at it

omXgabeasts , Colin and Sarah Northway Report

Wubbleyew
Community Member
2 months ago

Pew pew making laser babies

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#29

Random-Interesting-Facts The last wild cow died in Krakow, Poland in 1627

adstaylor77 , Lis S. Report

Shelp
Community Member
2 months ago

Although they were protected by the king of Poland himself! Sadly, as the protection program began, there were already too few cows left

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#30

Random-Interesting-Facts It takes approximately 140 bananas (in one sitting) to kill someone

herbharlot , Fiona Henderson Report

postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

I doubt 140 of any fruit (in one sitting) would help you

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