Every so often I come across some information that for the most part is totally meaningless yet it will make you sound brilliant if you recite it to your daily contacts.

Here are a few of my recent favorites.

Did You Know That …

  • Netflix is responsible for 15% of global Internet traffic.
  • 80% of mass shooters showed no interest in violent video games, a researcher found.
  • Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State, because one of them couldn't get into medical school and the other couldn't sell enough pottery.
  • Research has shown that dogs actually like the silly, high-pitched voice their owners use to talk to them.
  • During the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to set aside their differences if the world was ever invaded by aliens. (Looking at today’s congress I think we have some evidence)
  • The film Jaws is based on a Peter Benchley novel. When he couldn't think of a title, his father suggested 'What's That Noshin' On Ma Leg'.
  • Mantis shrimps' eyes are more evolved than those of humans: they have four times as many color receptors and can see UV, visible and polarized light.
  • 1 in 3 children can use a tablet before they can speak, a survey found.
  • When Czechoslovakia split, it split not only the country, but also the national anthem, which had verses both in Czech and Slovak language.
  • Three of the four members of Metallica divorced their wives during the recording of The Black Album due to its troubled production. (At least it was correctly named)
  • A cyberchondriac is someone who scours the Internet looking for details of their illnesses. (The older I get the more of this I do)
  • A study using MRI scans showed that the brains of people who exercise moderately look 10 years younger than those who don't.
  • Installed in 1410, the world's oldest astronomical clock still in operation is in Prague.
  • Scientists at the University of Alberta spent seven years working out that human urine contains 3,079 different chemical compounds. (Too Much Information)
  • Studies have suggested that losses are, psychologically, twice as powerful as gains. So, winning $100 feels as good to us as losing $50 feels bad.

Some Final Thoughts

See you sound smarter already. No need to thank me.