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Did You Know? – Fun Facts & Funny Follow-Ups

They say, with age comes wisdom. (Don’t believe it. I know plenty of stupid old people.) It’s also been said that the older you get, the more you realize you don’t know. (This is true. I’m so old that I don’t even know what I don’t know.) So here are a few random and surprising facts you may not have known that might make you a little wiser as you grow older. (Or not.)

(Note: Everything in uppercase is a documented fact. Everything in lower case is just me making shit up.)

Fun Facts

THE WORD FOR THE FEAR OF LONG WORDS IS “HIPPOPOTOMONSTROSESQUIPPEDALIOPHOBIA.”

The word for the man who came up with that word is “Asshole.”

ELVIS PRESLEY WAS JEWISH.

That’s right, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was a hunk, a hunk of burning Jew.

BARRY MANILOW DID NOT WRITE HIS HIT SONG “I WRITE THE SONGS.”

But he did write “Copacabana,” so I still hate him.

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SNEEZE WITH YOUR EYES OPEN.

Which is why every time I have a sneezing attack while I’m driving I’m sure I’m going to die in a car accident.

CHICAGO WAS NOT NAMED “THE WINDY CITY” BECAUSE OF ITS WEATHER. IT WAS MOST LIKELY BECAUSE ITS RESIDENTS WERE THOUGHT TO BE “WINDBAGS” OR “FULL OF HOT AIR.”

Considering that Jesse Jackson, Jenny McCarthy and Kanye West are all from Chicago, that sounds about right.

Sad, But True

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 99% OF ALL THE SPECIES THAT EVER LIVED ON EARTH ARE NOW EXTINCT.

That sounds bad but would you really want velociraptors living in your neighborhood?

MILLENNIAL WOMEN IN AMERICA TODAY ARE WORSE OFF THAN THE BABY BOOM GENERATION. THEY ARE GENERALLY POORER, SHUT OUT OF HIGH PAYING TECHNOLOGY JOBS AND MORE LIKELY TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

And they do all that in heels.

OUTSIDE OF HOSPITALS, CPR ONLY WORKS ABOUT 2% OF THE TIME.

If that’s true, then please don’t ever try it on me. I don’t want any strangers giving me mouth-to-mouth. Unless they’re attractive women. Then I’ll try it.

IN THE U.S. THERE ARE MORE EMPTY HOUSES THAN HOMELESS PEOPLE.

I have an idea — give them all the keys!!!

THE U.S. IS THE FATTEST DEVELOPED NATION IN THE WORLD.

We should change our country’s motto from “In God We Trust” to “If You Can Eat It, We Can Fry It.”

THE U.S. RANKS 29th IN EDUCATION AROUND THE WORLD.

Which explains why we still think we’re the greatest country in the world.

Stop! You’re Killing Me 

PEOPLE WHO EAT FRIED POTATOES TWO OR MORE TIMES A WEEK DOUBLE THEIR RISK OF A HEART ATTACK.

Which means that chili-fries should probably be registered as a lethal weapon.

PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK ON CHRISTMAS EVE THAN ANY OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR.

Which is another reason I’m glad I’m Jewish.

LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THE U.S. HAS DECLINED FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW. MEN’S LIFE EXPECTANCY IS NOW 76 AND WOMEN’S IS 81.

So stop telling me that 60 is the new 40. Because 80 is the new dead.

OPIOID ABUSE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN AMERICA TODAY FOR PEOPLE UNDER 50.

For people over 50, it’s trying to get their adult children to leave home. 

AROUND 10,000 PEOPLE ON FACEBOOK DIE EVERY DAY, LEADING TO MORE THAN 30 MILLION PROFILES WITHOUT A LIVING OWNER.

Which explains why I have over 30 million Facebook “friends.”

No Surprise There 

84% OF AMERICAN VEGETARIANS GO BACK TO EATING MEAT.

Have you tried Tofurkey?

PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE BELT WATCH MORE GAY PORN THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE NATION.

Maybe so, but their gay-pride parades are the worst. 

FLORIDA HAS A HIGHER PUBLIC MASTURBATION RATE THAN ALL OTHER STATES COMBINED.

If you’ve ever been to Florida, this fact does not surprise you. 

MOST MILLENNIALS DON’T THINK THEY REACH ADULTHOOD UNTIL THEY’RE 30, AND 30% OF THEM STILL LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS.

Remember when we used to say “Don’t trust anyone over 30”? Well now I don’t trust anyone under 30.

50% OF ALL LOST REMOTE CONTROLS ARE FOUND IN COUCH CUSHIONS, 4% ARE IN THE FRIDGE OR FREEZER AND 2% TURN UP SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE.

I found mine up my butt. Which explained why every time I farted the channel changed.

SMART PEOPLE CURSE MORE.

I fucking knew that.

You Gotta Be Kidding

IN 1979, A WOMAN JUMPED OFF THE 86th FLOOR OF THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING AND LIVED. THE HIGH WINDS BLEW HER BACK ONTO THE LEDGE ONE FLOOR BELOW.

The funny part is that on her way home after that she got hit by a bus.

IN A 2017 UNDERCOVER TEST, THE TSA FAILED 80% OF THE TIME.

But at least nobody’s getting on planes with too much shampoo.

80% OF U.S. CURRENCY HAS COCAINE ON IT.

It should be noted that 60% of that money once belonged to Keith Richards.

THERE IS AN ENORMOUS “ISLAND” OF DEBRIS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN THAT’S TWICE THE SIZE OF TEXAS.

The irony is that it’s mostly made up of plastic recycling bins.

DURING THE WAR, OUR GOVERNMENT SENT OVER 12 BILLION DOLLARS IN CASH TO IRAQ…AND LOST IT!

Is that what they mean by “The cost of war”?

IN 2000, THERE WERE 4 MILLION AMERICANS OVER 85. BY 2050 THERE WILL BE 19 MILLION.

And that’s when we’re taking over. 

About The Author:

Richard Basis

Richard Basis

Richard Basis is a self-professed “Late Baby Boomer” who embraces the fact that he’s getting old. He was born and raised in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Richard spent the majority of his career in entertainment advertising as a writer, producer and creative director of TV promos and movie trailers. Now he is a valued member of the Manopause Team, a copywriter and blogger for fun and profit.

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