Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • Kodak invented the digital camera in 1975 but didn’t pursue it since film was their big moneymaker.


  • At over 8 megapascals (1160 psi), it has been estimated that a grizzly bear’s bite could crush a bowling ball.


  • That drain hole at the inside top of a sink is called a porcelator.


  • The volcanic system beneath Yellowstone holds enough magma to fill 11 Grand Canyons.


  • Written accounts of history only started roughly 6,000 years ago. Modern humans first appeared around 200,000 years ago. This means that nearly 97% of all human history has been lost over time.


  • The sound made by the Krakatoa volcanic eruption in 1883 was so loud it ruptured the eardrums of people 40 miles away, traveled around the world four times, and was clearly heard 3,000 miles away.


  • Damage Control was a Marvel comic series about a construction company by the same name that specialized in repairing the property damage caused by superheroes and supervillains.


  • By the time the Aztec empire was founded, Oxford University was as old as the United States is today.

Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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