15 Things you can get for free, and 30 Random facts

15 Things you can get for free, and 30 Random facts

A list of 15 things you can get completely free. And then some random facts. Impress your friends and family with them. Or read them – be amazed – tell yourself, ‘I have to remember that one’ – and then promptly forget it within the next hour. But still! Be amazed anyway.

15 things you can get for free

  1. Global Grey – Some awesome site run by some awesome woman – free ebooks, or something.
  2. IRS Website – If you live in the USA and your gross income is $64,000 or less, you can have a major e-filing service complete your taxes for you online for free.
  3. Microsoft – Get free Microsoft training in a variety of subjects.
  4. Documentary Heaven – Watch loads of documentaries.
  5. EdX – So many completely free online courses, from languages to biology, and computer sciences to art and culture.
  6. Become an ordained minister – pretty sure this is a US thing only.
  7. Freecycle – Get free stuff that other people don’t want or need anymore. Search your area (works for UK too)
  8. Amazon Prime for students – Get Free Prime for 6 months if you have a student email. This link is for UK, but I know USA has the same offer here.
  9. Cousera – More free courses
  10. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – This isn’t available everywhere, but it’s a great initiative that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school.
  11. Baby Box University – Free box that doubles as a bassinet, and free samples. Available in Canada, UK, Ireland
  12. Google Digital – Get certfied with Google
  13. FreeCodeCamp – Learn coding for free.
  14. Sephora – Free Beauty samples, shipped from USA, they do ship to some international locations, including the UK.
  15. Bank of America – Just for the USA, present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card and get free entry into selected musuems on the first full weekend of every month.

30 Random Facts

  1. There was a bear enlisted in the polish army, called Wojtek, who made it to the rank of Corporal. He also smoked, drank and carried weapons.
  2. Pineapples take up to 2 years to grow.
  3. In a 2008 survey, 58% of British teens thought Sherlock Holmes was a real guy, while 20% thought Winston Churchill was not.
  4. Australia exports camels and sand to Saudi Arabia.
  5. All of the planets (except the earth) in our solar system could fit inbetween the earth and the moon, with a little bit of space to spare.
  6. Human beings only use one nostril at a time. Each nostril takes a turn at being dormant (about five minutes), as the other nostril does all the work.
  7. The original logo for Chupa Chups lollies, was designed by Salvador Dalí.
  8. The number of variations that a pack of 52 cards can produce is more than there are seconds since the Big Bang.
  9. There are more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way. (Around 3 trillion trees to 100 billion stars.)
  10. Cleopatra is closer in time to the swinging 60’s than she is to the construction of the pyramids.
  11. 1 million seconds is 11 days. 1 billion seconds is 32 years.
  12. The Greenland shark has a lifespan of up to 400 years.
  13. There are more hydrogen atoms in a teaspoon of water than there are teaspoons of water in the sea.
  14. Cows have best friends and get stressed when separated.
  15. Nintendo was founded in 1889.
  16. France used the guillotine as a form of execution until 1977.
  17. The Unicorn is the official animal of Scotland.
  18. From when it was discovered to when it was declassified as a planet, Pluto did not make a full orbit around the sun.
  19. The Mantis Shrimp has the fastest punch in the world and can punch with the same acceleration as a 22 caliber bullet.
  20. It’s called a fortnight because it’s fourteen nights.
  21. The Royal Mint, which produces coins and medals for the UK and other countries, was founded in 886.
  22. A human liver can be split in two and both sides will regenerate into fully functioning livers.
  23. Blind people don’t just see black, they see nothing (cover one eye – what you “see” with your closed eye is what blind people see).
  24. The word oxymoron is actually an oxymoron in itself. The root oxy means sharp. While the root moron means dull.
  25. The phrase “Keep your shirt on” meaning “calm down”, comes from when shirts were very expensive so men would remove them before fighting in order to prevent damage.
  26. Koalas, whose main diet is Eucalyptus leaves, can’t recognize Eucalyptus leaves if they’ve been taken off of the branch.
  27. The English word “procrastinate” comes from the Latin roots pro (for) and cras (tomorrow).
  28. If a vampire bat finds another vampire bat that’s starving, it’ll vomit blood into its mouth to save it.
  29. Helping people is part of human nature. (Try dropping something in front of a child, pretend you can’t pick it up. Almost every child will pick it up for you).
  30. After 9/11, a Kenyan Masai tribe offered the US a herd of 14 blessed cows.

 

 

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