Sometimes the world can seem cold and cruel – but I’m about to drop some knowledge that will brighten your day and remind you that life is worth living, after all. You’re welcome.
1. A penguin named Nils Olav was once knighted in Scotland by a visiting royal Norwegian regiment.
2. There are more public libraries than McDonald’s locations in the US.
3. In Sweden, there is a rabbit show jumping competition called the Kaninhoppning.
4. No two dogs’ nose prints are alike.
5. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. engaged in a pillow fight on the day he was assassinated.
6. In parts of Canada, a group of bunnies is called a fluffle.
7. Mr. Rogers personally replied to every piece of fan mail that he ever received.
8. Cows produce more milk when listening to the song Everybody Hurts by REM.
9. Charlie and the waitress from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are married in real life.
11. Welsh folklore describes corgis as “the preferred mount of fairy warriors.” Picture it and try not to smile.
12. Think your facial hair is truly magnificent? You can enter it in this competition – or simply admire the contestants.
13. A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.
14. A prison in Washington has been successful in rehabilitating prisoners by allowing them to bond with cats.
15. Some universities use puppy rooms to fight stress.
16. Pigs have orgasms that can last for half an hour.
17. These vending machines in Istanbul feed stray dogs in exchange for their recycling a bottle. Will work for food!
18. Turk and JD from Scrubs are best friends in real life.
19. Hundreds of trees are planted each year by squirrels who have forgotten where they put their nuts.
20. A monkey was once taken to court for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana. He was tried and convicted.
21. Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, wrote his daughter initials on its surface – where they’ll stay for over 50,000 years.
22. Goats have accents.
23. A group of pugs is called a grumble.
24. Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn.
25. Cows have best friends and experience separation anxiety.
26. The man who voices Winnie the Pooh calls children who are fighting cancer to deliver them a message of encouragement from their favorite bear.
27. In April 1930, the BBC reported that there was no news that day, and played piano music instead.
28. The actor who voiced Mickey Mouse married the actress who voiced Minnie in real life.
Did one of these facts make you crack a smile? Of course it did – because you’re not a robot. Tell your friends, and spread the good cheer. We could use some more joy in our day.