Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • Hawaii’s state fish is the humuhumunukunukuapua’a, which means “trigger fish with a snout like a pig.”


  • In 1871, American lawyer and former United States Congressman Clement Vallandigham was trying to prove in court that a man had accidentally shot himself, and had not been murdered by his defendant, when he accidentally shot himself while demonstrating his theory. He died of his wounds but won the case.


  • Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs are just a few successful examples of people who never received a college degree.


  • Jimmy Carter pardoned all Vietnam draft dodgers almost immediately after taking office.


  • Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert, was saved from a train accident by Edwin Booth, brother of his father’s killer, John Wilkes Booth.


  • Ninjas would carry crickets to disguise stray sounds the ninjas made.


  • Thomas Edison’s last breath is contained in a test tube in Dearborn, Michigan. Edison gifted his dying breath to his dear friend and admirer Henry Ford.


  • The Amish are among the fastest growing populations in the United States, with an average of seven children per family.

Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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