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    28 Little-Known Facts That People Wish Others Knew About, And I've Gotta Say, I Will Never Forget Some Of These For As Long As I Live

    I've gotta say, the serial killer who recorded audiobooks really threw me for a loop!

    Over on r/AskReddit, u/Just_Free_Tea recently asked, "What is a fact that you think barely anyone else knows?"

    As someone who is obsessed with fun facts and trivia, I was all ears.

    Here are 28 little-known facts, from the unexpected shape of raindrops to the serial killer who recorded popular audiobooks:

    1. "The nuke stockpile in Washington State is guarded by trained dolphins that seek out and clamp a balloon on unfamiliar divers." —u/Gothsalts

    dolphin jumping out of the water

    2. "Raindrops don’t fall in the drip shape popularly conveyed. They fall in the shape of tiny parachutes or hamburger buns." —u/CBGville

    3. "American serial killer Edmund Kemper recorded over 5,000 hours of audiobook narration between 1977–87. If you're into audiobooks, you might've been read to by a 6'9" self-described 'bumblebutt' who killed eight people, including his mother." —u/SnowMiser26

    Kemper in his jail uniform

    4. "Boanthropy is a psychological disorder in which a person believes they are a cow and try to live their life as one. Medical explanations suggest late-stage syphilis as one of the causes." —u/j451k4

    cows

    5. "The Dutch national color is orange, but the flag is red, white and blue striped, because the dye they used for orange faded fast at sea, while red did not." —u/3xTheSchwarm

    dutch flags in the street

    6. "Hans Zimmer was the keyboard player on 'Video Killed The Radio Star.'" —u/Kryodamus

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    While Hans Zimmer is now widely regarded as one of the most successful movie score composers of all time, he got his start playing synthesizer for The Buggles, the band who performed "Video Killed The Radio Star." The music video for that song went on to become the first music video aired on MTV.

    7. "Before being born, two of the four chambers of a baby's heart are not used, they're actually bypassed! There's no need to pump deoxygenated blood to the lungs when in the womb because the lungs aren't breathing air yet, and so are not supplying oxygen." —u/whomp1970

    close up of a baby's feet in the hospital

    8. "The sound used for a dolphin in nearly every single TV [show] and movie is actually the same Kookaburra bird recording." —u/HFXmer

    9. "The Jews were expelled from Spain in the 1400s. No Jewish children were born again in Spain until 1966." —u/RifleShower

    10. "Since 1969, there have been more Popes (five) than head coaches of the Pittsburgh Steelers (three)." — u/Marco_Escuandola

    pope and a football couch

    11. "Of all the US States, Maine is the closest to Africa. Seriously look at a globe, not just that flat oval map you saw in every classroom growing up. Africa is further north than you think, and Maine is further east than you think." — u/slytherinprolly

    lighthouse

    12. "The 'dog days of summer' refers to the time of the year when the dog star, Sirius, is brightest in the sky." — u/Personal_Return4940

    13. "Acronyms are things that you can pronounce like a word, like POTUS, NASA, [and] PETA. Initialisms include things like CIA, DEA, [and] ASPCA." —u/Gavman04

    FBI looking at a wall

    14. "1.7 billion years before modern humans evolved, a natural nuclear fission reactor was active underneath what is modern Africa." —u/ProbablyABore

    nuclear plant

    15. "The Eiffel Tower can be 15 centimeters taller during the summer due to thermal expansion meaning the iron heats up, the particles gain kinetic energy, and take up more space." — u/_quinn_06

    Eiffel Tower in the distance of the city

    16. "[It] takes 1,200 pounds of pressure to break a healthy femur." —u/diet_pepsi_lover

    person in hospital bed with a broken leg

    17. "Carrots don’t improve your eyesight. That myth has its roots in a World War II propaganda campaign." —u/bookiebakermusic

    someone eating a carrot

    18. "The original red velvet cake didn’t use food coloring. The red color was a result of a chemical reaction between vinegar and dutch cocoa powder." —u/Dense_Calligrapher36

    piece of red velvet cake

    19. "None of the Founding Fathers of America knew what the fuck a dinosaur was." —u/AmerisaurausRex

    painting of the founding fathers

    20. "'Third World Countries' is a term taken from Cold War propaganda. The first world is America and her allies. The second world is the Soviets and their allies. The third world is everybody else. Over time it has been appropriated to mean 'poor countries,' but that’s not its original usage." — u/wheresmychin

    21. "It actually used to be called Duck Tape because the polyurethane coating was waterproof like a duck's feathers." —u/Judoka229

    Duck tape

    22. "The British trained seagulls to poo on the periscopes of enemy submarines." —u/swallowyoursadness

    23. "The chainsaw was originally invented to cut open the pelvis to assist in childbirth if there was a breech." —u/SaintCaspian

    someone using a chainsaw to cut wood

    24. "There are more Subway restaurants than there are McDonald’s." —u/According-Pool3427

    subway sign

    25. "Sauerkraut wasn’t invented in Germany. It was a primary source of food by the Chinese while building the Great Wall of China." — u/Dovahkiing12

    someone scooping sauerkraut out of a jar

    26. "In Victorian England, they would clean chimneys by throwing a goose down it." —u/jordymills

    someone cleaning a chimney

    27. "The cigarette lighter was invented before the match." — u/golu_281105

    28. "The sun is actually white. At about 5,000K, it's brilliantly white, not yellow or red. The yellow sun is a product of atmospheric diffraction of light off of oxygen molecules, which also gives us a blue sky." —u/free_from_choice

    the sun against a clear sky

    Do you have any little-known facts that you wish more people knew? Share them in the comments!