One father started telling his daughter very random yet very interesting trivia before bedtime but her curiosity has outlasted his knowledge. So, desperate to keep his little one entertained, redditor u/ExpiringFrog asked people to share tidbits of information that could do the trick. His post quickly went viral, generating nearly 100k upvotes and over 20.5k comments, with interesting facts about pretty much everything you could think of. From guinea pig owning laws in Switzerland to the time it takes a snowflake to reach the ground, I think it’s safe to say that the father is covered! The best part, however, is that you can enjoy these snippets even if you’re not a little girl trying to fall asleep.
You might say collecting random facts don’t really translate into anything useful. However, experts believe that playing trivia games can provide a dopamine rush much like gambling, just without the negative effects. And scrolling through posts like this might just prepare you for these competitions.
“You get a rush or a neuroreward signal or a dopamine burst from winning,” John Kounios, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the doctoral program in applied cognitive and brain sciences at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, told Healthline. “I think whenever you’re challenged with a trivia question and you happen to know it, you get a rush. It’s sort of like gambling.”
Also, remembering these little pears of wisdom is easier if you’re really passionate about the subject matter. “People really like to have some expertise on something and the brain is very good at focusing on things that you’re interested in,” Deborah Stokes, Ph.D., L.P.C., B.C.N., a psychologist in Virginia, who focuses on neurotherapy, said.
“In typical people, my observation, not backed up by any research, is that their interest in trivia is confined to topics that they are generally interested in,” Kounios added. “So if a person is very interested in history, then they may either seek out history trivia, or they might just naturally pick it up in the course of learning about nontrivial aspects of history.”
But being a killer at trivia games doesn’t necessarily mean you’re more educated. “Some people soak up facts,” the professor said. “Plenty of people with a lot more education may not remember what they had for breakfast yesterday morning.”
The Lichtenstein army went to battle in 1866, during the Austro-Prussian War with 80 soldiers and came back with 81. They befriended an Austria man along the way and he joined them.
If you choose to not have children, you’re the first person in your direct line of ancestry to make this choice since the first organism to exist on Earth, about 4 billion years ago.
From the time Pluto was discovered until the time it was demoted from planethood, it still hadn’t made one complete revolution around the sun.
Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn.
Adwaita, a giant tortoise who died in 2006, was born before the United States existed in 1750.
There were wooly mammoths on the planet when the Pyramids were being built.
When a cat walks towards you with its tail up that means it likes you and is excited to see you.
Before 1914 parents could mail their kids to Grandma’s – through the postal service.
The frequency of a cat’s purr has been shown to improve bone density and strength.
The Moon’s diameter is 400 times smaller than the Sun’s. However, the Sun is 400 times further away. This is why we can have both solar and lunar total eclipses.
Sharks predate trees.
A blue whale’s heart is as big as a Volkswagen beetle.
There is the term „rubberducking“ which is used by programmers to help them find mistakes. They explain their problem to a rubber duck and by doing so often find a solution.
Otters have skin pockets for their favorite rocks.