There is common knowledge and there is not-so-common knowledge. I hope you feel as enlightened as I did after learning these facts.
1. The amount of pressure used to bite a carrot is the same amount that can bite a finger off.
Our brains just won't let us do it.
2. Pirates wore eye patches so that they could easily adapt to see in the dark.
It really wasn't just because their eye was missing.
3. The current U.S. flag was designed by a high schooler, Robert Heft, for a school project and he got a B- on it.
Don't worry, he got an A when it was chosen to be the country's flag.
4. Nobody for sure knows the inventor of the fire hydrant. The patent was burned in a fire.
What a coincidence.
5. February used to be the last month of the year.
There also was a February 30th.
6. Banana flavored things don't taste like the bananas we know because the flavor is based off a banana that got wiped out by a plague.
The 1950's must have had one heck of a plague going around.
7. Interrobang is the name for this "!?" punctuation mark.
There really is a name for everything.
8. A group of pandas is called an embarrassment.
This isn't some kind of bad joke or insult, a group is literally an embarrassment of pandas.
9. Oklahoma's state vegetable is watermelon.
Yes, watermelon is a fruit. The state fruit spot is taken by strawberry.
10. The youngest pope was 11 years old.
He must have been mature for his age.
11. Most cruise ships have their own morgue.
Very considerate of them.
If you knew more than one of these facts already, I am truly impressed. I'm sure you're a hit during trivia night.