Life can be really stressful at the best of times, the work grind can be mundane and boring and sometimes you just need to realize that life isn’t that serious and accept that some things are just hilarious.
These facts prove that in the most generic of places and random of things there is always something surprising that will keep you laughing for hours. General knowledge is important, but so is laughing at genuine facts that seem too ridiculous to be real. As Charlie Chaplin once stated “a day without laughter is a day wasted.”
It’s easier to get into Harvard than Walmart
Harvard is one of the most prestigious institutions in the world and only 8.9 percent of applications are accepted. With this incredibly daunting number, many student hopefuls have their dreams dashed before they have even applied.
This acceptance rate might seem crazy, but the surprising place that has an even lower acceptance rate is Walmart! In 2013, the company reported that its employee acceptance rate was 2.6 percent, so it’s easier to get into Harvard than get a job at Walmart!
A 3-year-old became the town mayor
Kids have big dreams when they are young. Their parents tell them to reach for the stars and they can be whatever they want if they set their mind to it. Well, Robert Tufts dreams of becoming mayor came early when he was elected at the ripe age of 3 in the small town of Dorset, Minnesota.
The town chooses their mayor with a name picked out of a hat, and in 2015, Roberts name was the lucky one. His hilarious campaign message of “Being nice and no poopy talk” really won over the locals.
Shoot hoops in the Supreme Court
You could say that politics is a game, some are winners while others are losers. Well, it seems there are other games being played in the U.S. Supreme Court as there is a basketball court on the fifth floor appropriately named ‘The Highest Court in the Land’.
There have been some notable names who played on the court, but mostly it is now used by clerks, off-duty police officers, and other supreme court employees to let off some steam.
Carrots can make you go orange
People will go to great lengths to get a good tan on their skin. When there’s no access to sun, tan enthusiasts will use sunbeds or fake tan, but always risk going orange!
It turns out that alternative tanning methods aren’t the only thing that can turn you orange. Eating too many carrots will have the same effect from the increased beta-carotene in your blood. Eating around three large carrots a day for weeks is something to stay away from!
Stilettos for men
High heels are a fashion statement for women, wear them to work or to spruce up an outfit. They elongate your legs and accentuate the muscles in women’s calves. However, it turns out that heels were originally intended for men and were a status symbol around the 10th century.
Heel-wearing men are also associated with horse riders so they could properly grip the saddle. A complete contrast to today where men have no idea the pain women endure to look great in heels.
Cool cows don’t like country
Music can make us feel relaxed and it turns out cows also share that similarity. Dairy cows will produce 3 percent more milk when they are listening to music. Oxytocin is the hormone key to milk production so when cows are stressed they don’t produce as much milk.
After psychologists proved that playing slow music to cows hugely increased milk production whereas fast music and country did nothing. Don’t be surprised if you happen to pass a dairy farm where they are blaring Beethoven.
Invisible art sells for $10,000
The beauty of artwork is that everyone has their own interpretation of it. What you may believe a painting is evoking may be entirely different to another art admirer.
But when an art collector paid $10,000 for a “non-visible” sculpture created by actor James Franco, it was right to raise a few eyebrows. The piece was dubbed an “endless tank of oxygen”, so in a hilarious move, an art dealer paid $10,000 for air. You know it’s free, right?
The hilarious name for toothpaste
There are some things in the world that have a second name when it is completely unnecessary and don’t actually need it. One of those things is another name for toothpaste. When you place your toothpaste upon your toothbrush, that blob of toothpaste is actually called a “nurdle”.
Colgate actually filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline over the image of a nurdle, claiming that it was copying their packaging. The two companies eventually settled, but it was a big deal over a nurdle.
Fear of long words? There’s a name for that
Some fears are more common while others can leave you confused how someone developed such an irrational fear. General phobias tend to be the fear of spiders, snakes, heights and small spaces, but it turns out some people have a fear of long words.
It seems a little confusing as the given name for this fear is longer than most words in the dictionary. If you do have this fear, you might not want to tell people you have a hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia!
Average licks to the center of a Tootsie Pop
There are scientific experiments and endeavors that completely revolutionize the world we live in. However, some experiments are questionable in their origin and intent. They can also be quite hilarious.
Engineering students at Purdue University conducted a test to find out how many licks it would take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. To make it even more bizarre, they used a “licking machine” instead of a human tongue. If you’re wondering the exact number, it’s 364.
Cows can have a country twang
You can always tell someone’s origins from their accent. Some accents are stronger than others but there is a distinct accent for different regions.
Well, it turns out that humans aren’t the only ones whos accents are manipulated and developed by their surroundings and cows also have accents through their moos! A UK professor explained “In small populations such as herds you would encounter identifiable dialectical variations which are most affected by the immediate peer group”.
Censorship was censored by China
It is widely known that communism in China means that they do not have many of the social norms that we have in the western world. Instead of upholding the values of free speech, China enures the Internet is censored and access to many western news sites are blocked.
However, as a way of normalizing their actions, China went on to censor the word censorship! So, if you were to access these sites without knowing the word censorship, you wouldn’t get in trouble, right?
Best way to avoid extra baggage fees
Extra baggage fees are a money making machine for airlines. People going on long trips can’t avoid packing light so hope for the best in avoiding the fees that can be quite extortionate. While some people just accept they will be shelling out the money, others will do anything to avoid it.
In 2012, on an 11-and-a-half hour flight from China to Africa, one traveler wore 60 shirts and nine pairs of jeans on the flight to avoid the extra fee. This honestly sounds so uncomfortable but A for effort for this elite saver.
Royalty could attend your wedding
People have been known to send their wedding invites to the Queen of England. When the invitation arrives to Buckingham Palace, it isn’t just thrown away with the rest of the fanmail. The Queen could actually turn up to your wedding, and has been known to do it before!
When a couple in Manchester, England were getting married in 2012, they invited the Queen to the nuptials upon finding out she would be touring their wedding venue. After being told that the Queen was unable to attend, she changed her mind on the day and eagerly met the happy newlyweds.
A town in America has a population of one person
If you have social anxiety and don’t love to be around people, one woman who lives in Monowi, Nebraska might just be living your dream life. 83-year-old Elsie Eiler is the sole inhabitant in the Nebraska town.
She pays taxes to herself and grants her own liquor license as the mayor, bartender and librarian. After Elsie’s story went viral, people around the world made the effort to come and visit her in her home.
President Coolidge the prankster
The 30th President of the United States had quite the devilish sense of humor and loved to play pranks on the Secret Service and the other staff in The White House.
Showing off his big kid nature, Coolidge found it hilarious to press the emergency button in the Oval Office and then proceeded to hide under the desk when the Secret Service came steaming in. It’s refreshing to know that the President liked to mess around too!
There is a legitimate zombie protocol
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion regarding whether zombies are real or not. In many movies they are intended to frighten us, leaving many with irrational fears of them.
Even though real zombies have never been discovered, it turns out the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a real website devoted to “zombie preparedness.” Maybe we should be more concerned about zombies actually existing and start preparing accordingly for the possibility of an eventual invasion.
A painful way to quit social media
Some people are just glued to their smartphones, scrolling through social media all day and not engaging with the physical world around them. For these individuals it can be incredibly addicting and make any day counter-productive.
Computer programmer, Maneesh Sethi, wanted to combat this problem so took things a step further and hired a woman to slap him in the face when he browsed Facebook during work hours. An easy and hilarious job for $8-an-hour!
The secret thing people pray for
Everyone is entitled to pray for whatever they want. While common prayers include health, happiness, success and love, other people have very particular and sometimes hilarious things that they pray for.
After some divulged into their praying secrets, it turned out that that 7% of Christian Americans pray for parking spots! We’ve all been there when the mall parking lot is packed and you end up driving round for hours till you’ve found a spot, but asking God for this might be a little too ridiculous.
Squirrels need infrastructure too!
Squirrels might be agile and have incredibly fast reflexes, but some open spaces are too hard for even the quickest of squirrels to tackle. A town in Washington wanted to ensure the safety of their squirrels and protect them from oncoming traffic.
Over a busy road, they built a hilarious treetop bridge for squirrels to safely pass through and avoid any roadkill incidents. The bridge is appropriately named the “Nutty Narrows Bridge”. More cities should build squirrel friendly bridges like this one!
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