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Conversation starters

01 Aug 11

This website archives some of the weirdest, most interesting, and above all, random, facts you will ever come across. We’re sure you’ll learn something new here (if not a lot of things) and won’t have any trouble breaking the ice next time you’re facing the dreaded awkward silence situation. Here are a few to get you started:

  • In Zeigler, Illinois, only the first four firemen to arrive at a fire will be paid.

  • Nearly 50 million tons of e-waste (electronic waste such as cell phones and computers) is created each year around the world. This is enough to fill a line of garbage trucks across half the globe.

  • A white New Orleans man in the late nineteenth century transfused himself with blood from a black woman he loved so he could overcome anti-discrimination laws by claiming he was black and marry her.

  • On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.

  • Nicotine patches and even melatonin (an over-the-counter sleep aid) are reported to increase the vividness of dreams and nightmares. The nicotine patch in particular is said to intensify dreams