Spaghetti will always break in three.
The only surface a gecko can’t walk across upside down is Teflon.
The world’s longest continually-lit lightbulb has been on 24/7 for 114 years.
These are just a few things you can read about in The Secret History of Everyday Stuff, written by Benedict le Vay.
The book points out the “utterly extraordinary in the ordinary.” In his book, le Vay documents 30 years worth of collected trivia that he’s come across during his career as a journalist. Anything that he’s found curious, or ridiculous or remarkable can be found in his new book.
Anything odd that caught his attention is in the book, such as this interesting fact about the Guinees Brewery in Dublin.
“The lease was for, I think, 10,000 years…and they leased it at what then seemed like a reasonable rent,which was… 5 pounds a year…and the lease expires in something like 10,079,”
The book also gets into the obtuse labels on ordinary things.
“There’s one on American airlines packet of nuts, it says, ‘Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts'”.
The Livermore Centennial Bulbcam even has its own webcam, or bulbcam, as they call it.