21 Facts That Will Bring A Smile To Your Face

    Prepare yourself for an influx of oxytocin.

    When we're bogged down in the day-to-day slog of life, it's easy to forget all the good stuff out there in the world.

    So I've made a decision — I'm now your joy delivery person, and I have a big ol' parcel of happy for ya! So sit in your favorite chair, pull on a cozy blanket, and prepare to feel all warm and fuzzy inside after you read this roundup of heartwarming, funny, and cute facts.

    1. Being near someone you love makes you sleepy.

    An image of two women sleeping happily in a car, leaning against each other

    2. Cows have best friends.

    Several cows, all black and white except one copper-and-white one

    3. There's a specific word in Japanese for the act of eating when bored: "kuchi sabishi."

    A woman in a yellow long-sleeved T-shirt enjoying a slice of cake

    4. Pigeons can tell the difference between impressionism and cubism, even identifying specifically a Monet vs. a Picasso!

    A pigeon outdoors, with its head turned to the right

    5. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Well, human lickers at university found out!

    A Tootsie Pop lollipop

    6. There's a 191-year-old tortoise named Jonathan!

    A tortoise on a beach

    7. Japan has over 200 flavors of Kit Kats.

    Two Kit Kats in wrappers, one red and one white

    8. Wombats are the only animal whose poop is cube-shaped, and they stack them up to mark their territory.

    A wombat on grass

    9. The confetti that rains down on Times Square on New Year's Eve is literally made of people's hopes and wishes.

    Times Square with colorful confetti raining down from the sky

    10. Millions of trees grow every year, thanks to forgetful squirrels that can't remember where they bury their nuts.

    A squirrel holding a nut

    11. Mister Rogers's mom knit all his sweaters.

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    His signature cardigans were knitted by his mom, Nancy McFeely Rogers, every Christmas.

    12. Rats giggle when you tickle them, and they love it!

    A rat in the trees

    13. Window washers dressed up as superheroes to cheer up sick kids in a hospital.

    A young girl dressed as a superhero with a red cape

    14. Cows produce more milk when listening to the song "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.

    A woman milking a cow

    15. Night rainbows exist.

    A moonbow in the night sky; it looks like a large white circle around the moon

    16. Bats sing love songs.

    A bat hanging upside down off a green plant outdoors

    17. There's a Valentine's Day for single people in South Korea.

    A woman wearing black and holding a bunch of red roses

    18. Dogs do love their owners, according to science.

    A smiley dog on a pale blue background

    19. There’s a superhero with a hearing aid called Blue Ear that was created by Marvel Comics to encourage a little boy to wear his own hearing aid!

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    Pedro Perez, aka Blue Ear, was created by Nelson Ribeiro and Manny Mederos at Marvel Comics when the mother of a little boy named Anthony Smith wrote to the comics company and told them her son wouldn't wear his hearing aids (which he called Blue Ears) because no superheroes had them.

    The resulting Marvel comic book was a big hit with kids both nationally and around the world!

    20. Bunnies literally jump for joy!

    A small cream colored bunny next to a plant.

    21. Lastly, the football huddle was invented so deaf players could discuss strategy without the opposing team seeing what they were saying.

    Team of female sports players in a huddle, taken from beneath them

    Got a happy fact? Let me know in the comments! Let's keep this joy train moving!