50 Totally Amazing Facts We Learned from Snapple Bottle Caps
These crazy bits of trivia will leave you thirsty for more!
Every '90s kid—and adult, for that matter—can recall the sound of popping open a bottle of Snapple and flipping over the cap to read one of the flavored tea's famous "Real Facts." No matter how thirsty you were, there was no way you were going to take a sip of Snapple without reading your fact to your friends and waiting to hear theirs.
And while you may have doubted the accuracy of those so-called "Real Facts," many are 100 percent true. From unbelievable information about toe wrestling to mesmerizing details about a star that's a 10-billion-trillion-trillion-carat diamond, these are the best Snapple facts of all time, taken straight from the Snapple website. And for even more totally true facts, check out these 100 Random Facts You'll Want to Share with Everyone You Know.
#950: The first spam message was transmitted over telegraph wires in 1864.
We may think of spam as a modern annoyance, but it turns out, spam first came to fruition more than 100 years ago. According to Time, "The first unsolicited messages came over the wires as early as 1864, when telegraph lines were used to send dubious investment offers to wealthy Americans." And if you're having a spam problem, check out these 13 Genius Ways to Stop Getting Junk Mail, According to Marketing Experts.
#1,416: Mangoes can get sunburned.
If you stay out in the sun too long and forget to apply the proper amount of sunscreen, then you'll probably end up with a bad sunburn. And mangoes can relate. The fragile fruit can also be damaged by the sun, getting burns that result in bleaching, lesions, and discoloration. In fact, in 2014, Australian mango growers lost nearly a quarter of their crop due to sunburn.
#829: Women's hearts typically beat faster than men's hearts.
According to Columbia University's Gender-Specific Medicine, men's hearts are larger, but women's hearts beat faster than men's. And for more gender-specific health oddities, check out these 50 Signs of Poor Health Women Should Never Ignore.
#4: Slugs have four noses.
Humans have two eyes, two ears, two hands, and just one nose—and that seems to be all we need. However, slugs have not one, but four noses, according to National Geographic. And if you think that's weird, the slimy creatures also have 3,000 teeth.
#166: Before mercury, brandy was used to fill thermometers.
When you look at a thermometer to check the temperature, it's mercury you see inside. However, before mercury was used, thermometers were filled with brandy (yes, that brandy), according to Discover. And for even more entertaining trivia, check out these 125 Facts That Will Make You Feel Instantly Smarter.
#170: In 1878, the first telephone book ever issued contained only 50 names.
Yes, when the first phone book was issued in 1878, there were only 50 names inside and they were all in Connecticut.
"The telephone directory widely considered to be the absolute first phone book was nothing but a sheet of cardboard with the names of both private people and businesses who had a telephone," according to Smithsonian. "The fact that there were 50 people to call in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1878 definitely had something to do with the fact that the telephone was invented near there less than two years previously and was first demonstrated by inventor Alexander Graham Bell in New Haven."
#296: Abraham Lincoln was the tallest U.S. president at 6'4", while James Madison was the shortest at 5'4".
"Americans have grown taller over time—and so have their leaders," writes David Sim for Newsweek. When it comes to the U.S. presidents, there's an entire foot between the height of the tallest president and the height of the shortest. Abraham Lincoln takes the top spot at 6'4", while James Madison lands at the bottom at 5'4". And for more presidential facts, check out the 30 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About U.S. Presidents.
#1433: Toe wrestling is a competitive sport.
If you have dexterous digits on your feet, then you might want to become a toe wrestler. Started in 1974 at a bar in Wetton, Staffordshire, "the idea for the game started when a group of friends was sitting around drinking at Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn and bemoaning the fact that the U.K. didn't produce world champions at anything. The solution? Create a new sport there in the U.K. and ensure that a U.K. citizen would take the cup," according to Ripley's.
#97: A turkey can run at 20 mph.
When you think of speedy animals, you might imagine cheetahs, gazelles, horses, or jackrabbits. But it turns out, turkeys are pretty fast too. According to National Geographic, wild turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour. However, they can only keep that speed for short bursts. And for more information on the animal kingdom, check out the 75 Animal Facts That Will Change the Way You View the Animal Kingdom.
#269: Horseback riding can improve your posture.
According to the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, "horseback riding … simulates … the development of equilibrium, flexibility, and whole-body muscles while improving the balance and postural adjustment."
#1405: Cherophobia is the fear of happiness.
Not everyone yearns for entertaining experiences—some people avoid pleasurable pursuits whenever possible. That includes those who suffer from cherophobia, which is a fear of happiness. Due to the belief that something bad might happen or that being happy (or showing others that you're happy) is a bad thing, those with the condition will avoid doing things that others would eagerly embrace.
#340: There is an underground mushroom in Oregon that measures 3.5 miles across.
Not only is it impressive that there's a massive mushroom in Oregon's Malheur National Forest that spans a full 2,385 acres, but the fungus is also entirely underground, according to National Geographic. Officially called the armillaria ostoyae, the 'shroom is hilariously known as the Humongous Fungus. Estimated to be anywhere from 2,400 years to 8,650 years old, the giant mushroom is thought to be the largest organism on earth.
#354: Bamboo can grow three feet in one day.
Guinness World Records confirms that bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet: Increasing at a speed of 0.00002 mph, it's capable of growing nearly three feet in just one day.
#460: Astronauts actually get taller in space.
Due to the fact that there is no gravity in space, astronauts can grow several inches taller, according to Smithsonian magazine. However, the space-travelers shrink back down to their normal size once they return to Earth.
#1020: DFW airport in Texas is larger than the island of Manhattan.
Stretching an area of 26.9 square miles, Texas' Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is not only the fourth largest airport in the world, but it's also bigger than the entire island of Manhattan, which is 22.8 square miles.
#62: The life span of a taste bud is about 10 days.
Your taste isn't the only thing that evolves as you get older—your literal taste buds are changing all the time. In fact, "taste bud cells undergo continual turnover even in adulthood, and their average lifespan has been estimated as approximately 10 days," according to findings published in the journal Neuroscience.
#1373: "Unprosperousness" is the longest word in which no letter occurs only once.
"Unprosperousness" is how you might refer to someone who's not fortunate. It's also a word that includes 16 letters that are all used at least twice, making it the longest word in which no letter occurs only once, according to Guinness World Records.
#14: Camel's milk does not curdle.
If you're in the mood to make some dairy-based cheese, then you'll need to curdle some milk in the process. However, that won't be possible if you've got camel's milk, because it simply doesn't curdle. "Due to its composition, camel milk does not curdle naturally and won't coagulate as easily as other types of milk," explains Scientific American.
#423: U.S. paper currency is actually a blend of cotton and linen.
If you're holding a stack of cash in your hands (lucky you!), then you'd likely say you had paper bills in your possession. However, what we refer to as paper currency is actually a blend of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
#1320: A traffic jam once lasted for 11 days in Beijing, China.
If you despise traffic, just be thankful you weren't on the roads of Beijing, China, in the summer of 2010, according to ABC News. For 11 days, around 10,000 vehicles were trapped along a 74.5 mile stretch on the Beijing-Tibet expressway.
#873: President William McKinley had a pet parrot that he named "Washington Post."
It's not unusual for a president to share the White House with a pet or two. But William McKinley, who led the country between 1897 and 1901, really loved animals, keeping kittens, roosters, and even a pet parrot that he named "Washington Post." Apparently, the parrot was so patriotic that when McKinley began humming the tune to "Yankee Doodle," Washington Post would finish it, according to the official Mount Vernon website.
#60: The tongue is the fastest healing part of the body.
Snapple was mostly right on this one. But to be more specific, "wounds in the oral cavity heal faster and with less scarring than wounds in other parts of the body," according the Department of Periodontology and Oral Biochemistry at the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam. This is because saliva "promotes the healing of oral wounds."
#17: A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
It's common knowledge that hummingbirds are teeny-tiny creatures, but you might not realize just how little they are. While some hummingbirds weigh up to 20 grams, the smallest ones weigh just 1.8 grams, which is less than the weight of a penny (2.5 grams).
#164: The first vacuum was so large, it was brought to a house by horses.
This is another fact Snapple got mostly correct. There have been various vacuum-like inventions over the years dating back to the mid-1800s, but according to Popular Mechanics, "in 1898, John S. Thurman of St. Louis created his gasoline-powered 'pneumatic carpet renovator.' While technically not a vacuum because it didn't suck, the machine produced an 'air-blast' to dislodge the dust and blow it into a receptacle. The device was the size of a horse-drawn carriage. Thank goodness Thurman made house calls."
#1287: Blueberries are also called "star berries."
Blueberries have an undeniably appropriate name. However, the tangy treats were once called "star berries," which comes from the star-shaped area or "crown" on the top of the berry.
#1000: A group of porcupines is called a prickle.
Porcupines are famous for their quills—and each animal can have more than 30,000 of the sharp spikes, which they use to pierce potential predators. That's why it's so perfect that a group of the skewer-covered creatures is called a prickle.
#1141: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams chipped off a piece of Shakespeare's chair as a souvenir when they visited his home in 1786.
While we obviously wouldn't suggest that you follow their example, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams performed a bit of vandalism back in 1786. On a trip to William Shakespeare's former home in London, they hacked off a piece of the Bard's old chair and took it with them as a souvenir. While it seems like a rather shocking thing to do, Adams claimed that they were acting "according to the custom," the official Monticello website notes.
#38: Fish cough.
Under the sea, fish live an existence that is very different from ours on land. However, we do share some similarities, including the fact that both humans and fish cough. More precisely, a fish's cough is called a "gill purge," according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
#931: The nothingness of a black hole generates a sound in the key of B flat.
Turns out, space isn't totally silent. NASA reports that "in musical terms, the pitch of the sound generated by the black hole [in the Perseus cluster] translates into the note of B flat. But, a human would have no chance of hearing this cosmic performance because the note is 57 octaves lower than middle-C."
#453: Raindrops can fall as fast as 20 miles per hour.
Whether it's drizzling or pouring, you probably consider how much it's raining rather than how fast the precipitation is coming down. However, if you bothered to track rain as it fell to Earth, you'd find that the terminal velocity of a typical raindrop is about 20 miles per hour, according to Union University.
#1007: OMG was added to dictionaries in 2011, but its first known use was in 1917.
OMG may be an abbreviation that many of us started using when texts, tweets, and other short messages became the norm, but it turns out it was first used in 1917 in a letter from a British admiral to Winston Churchill, according to The Wall Street Journal. It was only added to modern dictionaries in recent years (Snapple's fact says 2011, however, Merriam-Webster entered it into its online dictionary two years earlier, in 2009).
#1319: Ancient Egyptians slept on headrests made of wood, ivory, or stone.
The pillows we use in the U.S. today tend to be filled with feathers or polyester. But in ancient times, Egyptians didn't use anything as soft or cozy. Instead, they used headrests that were made of hard materials such as wood, ivory, or simple stone. The Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, has a collection of the headrests, which were called "weres."
#1356: The world's largest mountain range is under the sea.
When you think of massive mountains, you might imagine Mount Everest or Kilimanjaro. But if you're looking for the largest mountain range on Earth, you'd need to check out the mid-ocean ridge, which the National Ocean Service reports stretches for 40,389 miles with 90 percent of it under the sea.
#1489: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, both of whom had never been to a baseball game.
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" is a beloved part of baseball culture, but it turns out that it was written by two men who had never even been to a game. "On the 2nd of May, 1908, the United States Copyright Office received two copies of a new song titled 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game,'" according to the Library of Congress. Lyricist Jack Norworth "maintained that he had never attended a professional baseball game before penning those 16 lines, which were set to music by songwriter and publisher Albert Von Tilzer (1878-1956), who also had never seen a baseball game."
#441: Jousting is the official sport in the state of Maryland.
Jousting is the official state sport of Maryland and has been since June 1, 1962. The sport was brought to the state from England, thanks to the influence of colonial Maryland's first governor, Cecil Calvert.
#463: The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
The dot above the letter "i" might seem like an afterthought, but it actually has a name. According to Merriam-Webster, "In English, tittle can refer to any point or small sign that is used as a diacritical mark. It has been applied to the dot over the letters 'i' and 'j.'"
#445: If there are two full moons in a month, the second one is called a blue moon.
Although the term "blue moon" sounds like it was inspired by the shade of the lunar occurrence, the moon doesn't actually appear blue. Instead, blue moons are all about timing. This event occurs when two full moons fall within the same month or when an extra full moon takes place during a single season. And it's not as rare as the saying "once in a blue moon" would have you believe—it occurs around every 2.5 years, according to NASA.
#42: Frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open.
Frogs close their eyes while eating, but it's not because they're savoring each morsel. "Frogs use their eyes to push food down while swallowing," according to Discover. "It turns out that while swallowing, a frog's eyes actually retract down towards its esophagus. … Eye retraction may aid swallowing by helping to push food back toward the esophagus, but this hypothesis has never been tested."
#424: The zip in zip code stands for Zone Improvement Plan.
During World War II, delivery services in the United States started using postal zones to cope with the increasing amount of mail that was being sent around the country. Then, according to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, "in the summer of 1963, the Zone Improvement Plan (or zip code) was introduced to the public" to increase the productivity of the system.
#1451: An "immaculate inning" is when a pitcher strikes out three batters with only nine pitches.
It's always impressive when baseball pitchers dominate a game with 17 strikeouts or no-hitters. They can also achieve an "immaculate inning," which means they successfully strike out three batters with only nine pitches.
"While the 'Immaculate Inning' isn't nearly as rare as it once was—there were none from 1929-52 and eight alone in 2017—any pitcher who can plow through a big-league lineup on nine straight strikes deserves a special place in the record book," according to the MLB.
#1444: Light could travel around the Earth nearly 7.5 times in one second.
Space breaks down the math on this one, explaining, "The speed of light in a vacuum is 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second), and in theory nothing can travel faster than light. In miles per hour, light speed is, well, a lot: about 670,616,629 mph. If you could travel at the speed of light, you could go around the Earth 7.5 times in one second."
#823: Sailors once thought wearing gold earrings improved eyesight.
Earrings may have given pirates a bit of fashionable flair, but the accessories weren't worn simply for stylish reasons. Some pirates thought earrings could improve eyesight and ward off seasickness, according to Live Science.
#84: Oysters can change from one gender to another and back again.
Oysters are a protandric species, which means that they don't remain male or female over the course of their lifetime. Instead, they change genders. With reproductive organs that contain both eggs and sperm, oysters first release sperm when they mature before switching over to eggs once they get a little older.
#310: The word "facetious" features all the vowels in alphabetical order.
If you list vowels in the English language, you'll likely say them in alphabetical order: a, e, i, o, and u. And when you spell out "facetious"—which means "joking or jesting often inappropriately," according to Merriam-Webster—you'll see that you're using each vowel in the same alphabetical order.
#799: The official color of California's Golden Gate Bridge is International Orange.
While the Golden Gate Bridge is obviously orange, it isn't just any old orange—it's International Orange. According to the bridge's website, "consulting architect Irving F. Morrow was commuting to the construction site from his home in the East Bay via ferry" when "he became inspired by the red lead color" of the primer. From there, "Morrow undertook color studies, which resulted in the specification of the unique Golden Gate Bridge International Orange because it blended well with the nearby hills and contrasted with the ocean and sky."
#1254: There is a star that is a 10-billion-trillion-trillion-carat diamond.
Among the biggest celebrity engagement rings in history were Elizabeth Taylor's 33.19-carat whopper and Jackie Kennedy Onassis' 40-carat marquise cut diamond. But those sparklers are nothing compared to a star in the constellation Centaurus that is a diamond of 10 billion trillion trillion carats. Astronomer Travis Metcalfe of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who led the team of researchers that discovered the star, told BBC News, "You would need a jeweler's loupe the size of the sun to grade this diamond."
#86: Until the 19th century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.
Today, tea is something you drink. But until fairly recently, it was a form of currency. "A tea brick could serve as a standard by which one could estimate the value of other goods. It could be eaten in times of starvation or used as a remedy against pulmonary diseases," explains the Museum of the National Bank of Belgium. "In Siberia tea bricks were preferred to coins for their curative qualities. Nevertheless, tea bricks could also simply be drunk like any other kind of tea."
#1159: Jimmy Carter filed a report for a UFO sighting in 1973, calling it "the darndest thing I've ever seen."
Yes, Jimmy Carter, who became president of the United States in 1977, filed a report with the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) in 1973 about an experience he had in October 1969.
While waiting outside for a Lion's Club Meeting in Leary, Georgia, "he spotted what he called 'the darndest thing I've ever seen' in the sky," according to the History Channel. "Carter, as well as 10 to 12 other people who witnessed the same event, described the object as 'very bright [with] changing colors and about the size of the moon.' Carter reported that 'the object hovered about 30 degrees above the horizon and moved in toward the earth and away before disappearing into the distance.'"
#83: Googol is a number (1 followed by 100 zeros).
Although the word "googol" looks like a misspelling of the name of a popular search engine, it's actually a number—and a staggeringly large one at that. If you were to write out a googol, it would be a 1 followed by 100 zeros. And it's actually the inspiration for the brand name Google, which was originally called Backrub.
#990: About 90 percent of all garlic consumed in the U.S. comes from Gilroy, California.
If you're in the United States and are having a bit—or a lot—of garlic with your meal, there's a good chance that it originally came from Gilroy, California. The area grows around 90 percent of the garlic Americans eat, which, the Los Angeles Times reports, is around 150 million pounds per year. And for even more trivia, check out these 50 Facts So Strange You Won't Believe They're True.