The average office desk is home to 20,000 germs per square inch. It harbors 400 times more germs than the toilet, which gets cleaned and disinfected regularly. source
Commonplace Fun Facts
The Drake equation is a probabilistic argument used to estimate the number of active, communicative Extraterrestrial life civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy. Designed by Frank Drake, he estimated between 1,000 and […]
The rise in popularity of LEGO bricks can be attributed to the amount of imagination a child can use to build something with the bricks. The bricks are so versatile that the […]
The word Yupik describes a family of five languages, spoken by residents of Siberia and Western Alaska. Each one of those languages is similar, but different—if two people from a different region […]
On the edge of the Caspian Sea in southern Russia is a small village called Archib. With a population of only 1,200, it’s the last remaining spot in the world where Archi […]
Penguins can jump as high as six feet in the air.
The Capuchin Crypt in Rome consists of five chapels and a corridor 60 meters long—and it is decorated with the bones of 4,000 deceased monks. The coffee drink cappuccino takes its name […]
A group of toads is called a knot. source
The first written language, cuneiform, had about 3,000 characters. It was developed by the Sumerians around 3100 BC. source
Buckingham Palace’s 775 rooms include 78 bathrooms, 92 offices, 52 royal and guest bedrooms and 188 staff bedrooms. source
Author Ernest Hemingway was an accomplished fisherman. He caught 7 marlins in one day — a world record at the time. Some of his techniques were not very sportsmanlike, however, such […]
If a baby stork is unhappy with how it is being reared, it will leave its nest and choose another, to be adopted by the new family.
Backpfeifengesicht is a German word referring to a face badly in need of a fist.
You may not have used the word before, but it’s quite likely that you have experienced it. Shemomedjamo is a Georgian word for when you’re really full, but you can’t stop eating because […]
The very first email message was sent by Ray Tomlinson in 1969 between two computers run by the US Defense Department. The message was supposed to say “LOG”, but the computer crashed […]