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73 Facts We Learned In 2017 That Made Us Feel Like Goddamn Geniuses

Edinburgh Zoo has a daily penguin parade!

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1. Edinburgh Zoo has a daily penguin parade.

2. There's a type of dog breed called the Swedish vallhund and it looks like a wolf corgi.

3. The graham cracker was invented to prevent masturbation.

4. The voice on the phone in Sarah Michelle Gellar's Scream 2 death scene is Selma Blair.

5. Your nonsense password is basically useless and the guy who advocated it is sorry.

6. One 18" pizza is more pizza than two 12" pizzas.

7. The average color of the universe is a shade of beige, which astronomers have dubbed "Cosmic Latte."

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8. In 1932, Australia launched a war against emus and lost.

9. Genoa Airport in Italy has an exception to the 3 ounces of liquid rule for pesto, which goes through a special pesto scanner.

10. No one was actually burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials.

11. Baby corn is just regular corn that gets harvested super early.

12. Parrots live in the wild in parts of New York City.

13. Mike Rowe, the rough and gruff host of Dirty Jobs, used to be an opera singer.

14. Capers are actually pickled flower buds.

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15. Paper cuts hurt so much because they don't usually bleed much, leaving pain receptors open to the air.

16. There used to be turbo trains that ran on jet engines, like an airplane.

17. In prehistoric times, there were giant sloths that stood at least 10 feet tall.

18. Lea Salonga did the singing voice for not one, but two Disney princesses: Jasmine and Mulan.

19. Crows are petty animals that can remember your face — and hold a grudge against you if you wrong them.

20. Dead bodies can get goosebumps.

21. The ~golden age~ of cowboys in the US lasted for just 20 short years.

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22. Octopuses' legs have a mind of their own.

23. A full day on Saturn is 10 Earth hours, but a year lasts more than 29 Earth years.

24. If someone got what was coming to them, you'd say they got their "just deserts," NOT "just desserts." BUT it's still pronounced like "desserts."

25. Poisonous frogs aren't naturally poisonous — their poison comes from their diet.

26. Continents shift at the same rate that fingernails grow.

27. Young armadillos are called armadiglets.

28. The Angostura Bitters label is too big for the bottle because men don't know how to communicate ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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29. There's a type of eel that looks like a grumpy old grandpa.

30. One of the largest pyramids in the world is a Bass Pro Shop in Memphis.

31. The royal family's house name changed from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor during WWI because people in England were super not into Germany.

32. Bumblebees used to be called humblebees.

33. Philadelphia Cream Cheese is NOT actually from Philadelphia.

34. Canadian passports have hidden designs that only show up under UV black light.

35. Nokia was founded in 1865, waaaaay before cell phones were even a flicker in anyone's eye.

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36. The architect who first designed the American shopping mall, Victor Gruen, later disavowed malls.

37. Kevin Jonas's real name is Paul.

38. A group of porcupines is called a prickle.

39. And contrary to popular belief, porcupines can't shoot their quills.

40. Psycho was the first movie to show a toilet onscreen.

41. The "mystery" Dum Dum lollipop flavor is just a combination of the end of one batch of candy and the beginning of the next.

42. By law, no one is allowed to have a higher military rank than George Washington. He was posthumously made a six-star general in 1976.

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43. When performing a kidney transplant, doctors leave the old kidney in and put the new one next to it.

44. Hydrox cookies were invented before Oreos.

45. A dingbat is a typographical device other than a letter or numeral (such as an asterisk) that replaces letters in a euphemistically presented vulgar word. Pretty f*cking cool, right?

46. C-sections probably weren't named after Julius Caesar.

47. "Taps" isn't performed live during military funerals — it's played from a recording inside bugles.

48. The name Wendy wasn't popular until J.M. Barrie used it in Peter Pan in 1904.

49. "The Star-Spangled Banner" didn't become the official national anthem until 1931.

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50. The past tense of snow used to be snew.

51. Catherine the Great decorated her palace with tons of X-rated furniture.

52. The original area codes for NYC, Los Angeles, and Chicago are 212, 213, and 312 because they were the easiest to dial on a rotary phone, and were given highest priority.

53. Disneyland's opening day in 1955 was a disaster: People peed in the streets and Sleeping Beauty's castle caught on fire.

54. "Antibabypille" is "birth control pill" in German.

55. Walt Disney was the original voice of Mickey Mouse. He voiced the iconic character for almost 20 years.

56. The sun is actually white.

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57. It’s not healthy for your cat to eat or drink dairy products.

58. Fungi can help trees grow and talk to each other!

59. Light roast coffee actually has more caffeine per bean than dark roast.

60. Bales of hay can spontaneously combust due to moisture.

61. Fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat nine months before Rosa Parks did.

62. The Cowardly Lion costume in The Wizard of Oz was made from real lion skin and fur.

63. Raccoons used to be popular pets, and the Coolidges kept one in the White House.

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64. It feels weird when you poke inside your belly button because you stimulate abdominal tissue that's near the part of your spine that tells your brain you have to pee.

65. The name narwhal means "corpse whale" in Old Norse because their pale, mottled coloring made them look like drowned sailors.

66. A new kind of frog called the purple pig-nosed frog was just discovered, and it's really cute.

67. Most of the Muppets are left-handed because Muppeteers usually operate them with their right-hand.

68. Male fetuses can get erections in the womb.

69. A winery in Spain puts out a glass of sherry and a tiny ladder every day for the mice who live in the cellars.

70. The term "genuine leather" is an actual grade of leather...and is the second-worst type of leather there is.

71. In 2016, scientists found a dinosaur tail preserved in amber, and it was covered in feathers.

72. Arizona iced tea has cost 99 cents a can since 1992.

73. And dogs most likely dream about their owners.

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