Random world facts can be surprising in the best possible way and can sometimes catch us completely off guard. Whether we’re delving into the world of science, technology, history, or culture, these random facts will not only amuse and entertain you but also educate you.
In case you’re gearing up for a family holiday with kids and looking for some fun topics to talk about, these nuggets of knowledge can come in handy. With that being said, keep on reading these fascinating facts all the way until your curiosity is completely satisfied.
The Wold’s Oldest Toy: A Stick
It might just seem like a piece of wood but a stick is quite versatile and can come in handy in many different scenarios. You can use it as a prop for a sporting activity such as baseball or cricket, play fetch with your pet dog, or if you’re in an especially adventurous mood, use it as a make-believe lightsaber. This is why, in 2008, the National Toy Hall of Fame inducted the stick as one of the oldest toys ever.
The Winning Goal in the First World Cup Was Scored by A One-Armed Player
Héctor Castro was one of the players on the Uruguay soccer team in 1930 when the team participated in the first-ever soccer World Cup. Interestingly enough, Castro only had one arm since he had accidentally cut off one of his forearms while handling an electric saw as a teenager. However, this didn't stop him from being one of the heroes of the first World Cup, scoring the winning goal for his team.
The Pope is Not Allowed to Become An Organ Donor
In 1970, Pope Benedict XVI became an organ donor but according to the Telegraph, when he ascended papacy in 2005, his donor card became invalid. This is because the Vatican claims the Pope’s body belongs to the universal Catholic Church and so, upon his death, his body must be buried intact.
Albert Einstein’s Eyeballs in NYC?
According to several credible reports, Albert Einstein’s eyeballs were presented to his eye doctor Henry Abrams upon his death. Abrams then proceeded to preserve these organs in a safety deposit box. It is understood that he had been presented with the scientist’s eyeballs by Thomas Harvey, the person who had performed his autopsy and allegedly, had illegally taken the mathematician’s brain and kept it for himself.