Awesome Factlets Everyone Should Know!


A factlet is a small and brief but completely interesting fact. It is a word that people are not very familiar with since it was just coined pretty recently in response to the confusion about the factoid, which is something that only resembles a fact. So here’s a list of 45 super cool and mind-blowing factlets that you should really know about.

 1.) Factlets 1-5

  • Coca Cola has a pH of 2.8.
  • The Mars family (who owns the Mars chocolate bar) named the Snickers chocolate bar from a horse they owned.
  • Famous American gangster Al Capone had an older brother who was a police officer.
  • Henry Ford who was the founder of Ford Motor Company never had a driver’s license.
  • Donald Duck has a twin sister named Dumbella “Della” Duck.1

 2.) Factlets 6-10

  • In ancient Egypt, noblewomen were not embalmed right after death, but were given a few days to ripen, so the embalmer won’t have any funny (and gross) ideas.
  • Plastic surgeons are busiest during the Christmas holidays.
  • The Chinese were the first recorded to the fingerprint technique as a way of identification as early as 700AD.
  • In 18th century England, there was a person who has a job of swallowing the dice in an event of a police raid.
  • It was popular in Japan until the Meiji era for women to have black teeth and viewed it as fashionable.2

3.) Factlets 11-15

  • There has never been a sex-change operation performed in Ireland.
  • Pacman was originally supposed to be called “Puck Man” until developers saw the more obvious potential of Pacman.
  • When the first telephone service was started in the United States in 1878, people first said “Ahoy” not “Hello” when answering the phone.
  • Charles Dickens’ twenty novels earned him as much as what his lectures did.
  • In China the color of marriage is red instead of white.3

 4.) Factlets 16-20

  • The founder of Wrigley’s, William Wrigley Jr. sent gum to everyone in the phone book during 1915.
  • Leonardo da Vinci was ambidextrous and could write with one hand and draw with the other, at the same time.
  • George Washington’s set of dentures were made from cows teeth, hippo ivory and were held together by metal springs.
  • The story that is most filmed of all time is Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
  • The Bagpipes were in fact created in Iran and was just brought to Scotland by the Romans.4

 5.) Factlets 21-25

  • The contact lenses was first demonstrated by model, Grace Robin in 1930.
  • The ancient Romans considered a person with a crooked or broken nose to have great potential in leadership skills.
  • The buzzing sound of an electronic razor is different in Britain and in the United States of America. It’s in the key of G in Britain and in the key of B flat in the US.
  • The ice pop was created in 1923 when Frank Epperson accidentally left a glass of lemonade outside one cold night.
  • Space Shuttle Apollo 11 only had about 20 seconds of fuel when it landed.5

 6.) Factlets 26-30

  • George W. Bush was the 17th US state governor to become President of the United States of America.
  • One of the ingredients of dynamite is peanuts.
  • The place with the most psychoanalysts in the world is Buenos Aires.
  • 1 in 4 Japanese women own a vibrator.
  • Tomato Ketchup was once considered and sold as medicine.6

 7.) Factlets 31-35

  • Mexico City is the place with most taxis in the world.
  • There was insurance sold in 18th century Britain to assure you won’t be going to hell.
  • A 17th century English woman had on average, 13 children.
  • Sailors often wear a gold ring that would pay for their burial when they die.
  • 33 of the 266 appointed Popes, have died due to violent Peter Paul Rubens

 8.) Factlets 36-40

  • Until the British invasions of the 17th century, India was one of the richest countries in the world.
  • Olive oil was once used in washing the bodies in Mediterranean countries and still practiced today.
  • Nobody knows the location of famous composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s burial site.
  • More than half the world’s population have never used a telephone and has never received or made a telephone call.
  • U.S. President Andrew Jackson fought 103 duels to defends his wife’s honor.8

 9.) Factlets 41-45

  • Eskimos do not gamble.
  • The Academy Awards or Oscars trophies given out during World War 2 were made of wood because of the scarce supply of metal.
  • The name Oz from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” was born from Frank Baum’s alphabetized filling cabinet (O-Z).
  • The ship Mayflower was recycled into a barn when it was retired from use.
  • The youngest mother in recorded history is only five years old when she gave birth. 9