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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 circumstances.
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.
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.