Finally! The Answers To Some Of Life’s Most Pointless Questions

Updated for 2018 – now with 20 of the best !

I’m guessing that we have all come across the items mentioned in this blog at one point in our lives; from pen lids to Barbies to toilet roll, there is a fascinating (or unusual) fact about them all. So if you’re looking for a way to pass time at your boring, mundane job then look no further – our blogs are the ultimate tool when it comes to procrastination! Some of these answers to the most thought about questions are so bloody obvious – i’m kinda annoyed it took so long for me to realise the answer and even then it’s because I did some research online.

Here at the Roundhay Web Design offices, we can’t believe just how many M&M’s are made every single day – you’ll be surprised too!

Top 20 Which Are Actually The Best!

1. Why Do Pen Lids Have Holes In Them?

Well, there is actually a very important reason behind this – one of life’s most asked questions! The hole in the pen lid actually increases air flow which in turn decreases the chance of choking, pretty neat huh since so many of us are guilty of chewing on pens like this!? But beware around 100 people per year still die from choking on pen lids!

10 blue bic pens laid with the lip pointing towards camera one without a lid

2. What Is The Point Of The Small Pocket Found In Most Jeans?

Nope, it isn’t there to store emergency cash… It was actually designed with cowboys in mind. It was common in the 1800’s for cowboys to store their pocket watch on a small chain from their waist coat to this mini pocket to avoid it getting broken. Levi’s were the first jean’s to have this feature and still do to this day! Who still keeps their pocket watch here or is yours stuffed with receipts?

silver coloured pocket watch with chain half inside a tiny pocket of some blue jeans

3. What Is Barbie’s Real Name?

Barbie was created by American business woman Ruth Handler who cites her birthday as March 9th, 1959. She is manufactured by toy company Mattel inc and has be a staple of childhood for almost 6 decades, but did you know her official name is actually Barbara Millicent Roberts. You’re welcome.

8 barbies faces from 1959 to 2015 showing how much the have changed

4. What Is That Dab Of Toothpaste Called That You Squeeze Onto Your Toothbrush?

Perhaps your morning dental hygiene routine doesn’t provoke much curiosity or perhaps, like me, you day dream about pointless questions, in which case you’ll be interested to know that dab of toothpaste is called a nurdle. Seriously, someone actually set out to find a name to describe that dab of toothpaste you can see in the image above. I have a question for whoever did that – why??!!

white toothpaste on a blue brush with a out of focus female face in the background

5. What Are Those Plastic Liners In The Lid Of Fizzy Pop Bottles Actually There For?

Legend once said that the plastic liner was there to be used whilst competitions were running, you know the ones where if you find the lucky golden lid or whatever then you win a life time supply of pop. Well no, that legend is WRONG. It is actually there to preserve the fizz in the pop, it creates a tight seal to ensure the liquid and carbonation is kept in the bottle – if it wasn’t there then your beverage would end up going flat very quickly.

Side note: Hyman Frank first patented the plastic bottle top way back in 1872. Thanks Mr. Frank

white fizzy pop bottle lid with a blue lip liner sat on an empty white desk

6. What’s The Purpose Of The Hole In The Middle Of A Spaghetti Spoon?

Are you a student attempting to successfully adult for the first time? Well if you’re like me, in your unsuccessful attempts you’ve probably portioned enough pasta to feed a small army to impress your parents! Well fear not, I’m here to educate you! It is actually thought that the hole in the middle of a spaghetti spoon holds the perfect amount of spaghetti for one person. Bet your glad I answered that question – next time you cook pasta you won’t end up with enough to feed the street

dry spaghetti through the middle of a black spaghetti spoon

7. How Many M & M’s Are Produced Each Day In The USA?

M & M’s were launched in the 1930’s and it’s safe to say they’re incredibly popular and one of the best selling ‘candies’ in the US. They are manufactured in America by the Mars Confectionery Group at their sites in New Jersey and Tennessee. Both sites produce an incredible 6 billion individual M & M’s in a 24 hour period. That’s 69,000 per site every single second! At 12 billion per day is it any wonder that there is an issue with obesity Stateside!

purple m and m caramel packet sat on a large amount of the candies

8. How Long Is A Fully Stretched Out Slinky?

The good ‘ol slinky was created by a mechanical engineer by the name of Richard James accidentally! In 1943 Mr James was working on a spring that could steady ship equipment when he happened upon what we now know as the slinky. Fully stretched out slinky measures 87 feet from end to end!

asian adult male with a blue top and jeans playing with a multi coloured slinky

9. Bananas, Grapes And Oranges. What Type Of Fruit Do They Fall Under?

This one will blow your mind. Bananas, grapes and oranges are actually officially classified as BERRIES! This is one of those questions you could ask your friends and they will get the answer wrong.

lots and lots of yummy yellow bananas starting to slightly go brown

10. Who Invented Cotton Candy?!

Was it a mad scientist, a chef or even a chemist?! No, it was in fact a dentist! A bloody dentist invented candy floss, which used to be known as fairy floss, now i’m not sure if this was an extremely clever way of dentists getting business or just an absolute fail of an idea from one completely idiotic dentist.

candy floss on a stick made to look like a minion

11. What is the name for a group of Zebra?

Ever found yourself watching a wildlife documentary wondering about the collective names for animals? Well here’s one for you: Is it a herd? Is it a pride? No! It’s a DAZZLE of Zebras!

a dazzle of zebras standing on a grassy plain

12. How Many Golf Balls On The Moon?

Curtesy of astronaut Alan Shepherd there are THREE golf balls on the moon! Mr Shepherd launched three golf balls using a makeshift club during his Apollo 14 mission way back in 1971.

view of earth from the moon

13. When was the barcode first used?

Barcodes are on everything now, it’s almost impossible to buy something without one, but when were they first introduced? June 26th 1974 on specifically on a ten pack of Wrigley’s chewing gum!

centre of a barcode on white background

14. Which country consumes the most coca cola?

If you’d ever wondered which country drinks the most of that fizzy goodness then you may, like me, have put your money on the ‘soda’ guzzling US of A. Well you’d be very wrong, it’s actually Iceland at a huge 417 bottles per capita!

woman holding out glass bottle of coca cola

15. What Happened To Napoleon’s *Ahem* ‘Whatsits’?

Ever found your mind wondering to the nether regions of a French military leader? No? Well I’ll tell you anyway. After his death Napoleon Bonaparte had no further use for his penis, as such it was removed during the autopsy and has passed hands across the globe. It now resides with a private collector in New Jersey who I like to think uses it as a conversation piece in his lounge.

napoleon bonaporte on horseback

16. What Food has the longest shelf life?

If you’re planning ahead for a large snow storm, bunkering down before a nuclear war or stockpiling for the apocalypse, it may interest you know that honey doesn’t spoil. For practical reasons it is often given a shelf life of around 2 years and though it will darken in colour and change in flavour it will never actually go ‘off’.

a woman laid down covered in honey

17. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

We all know the words to this old nursery rhyme and it was probably a staple of our childhoods, but do you know who penned the famous tune? None other than Mozart himself, at the grand old age of 5 none the less!

copy of sheet music for twinkle twinkle little star

18. How are Almonds Classified?

‘Well this is obvious’ I hear you say, Almonds are nuts. Oh, how wrong you are, prepare to be blown away because almonds are actually classified under PEACHES! You sneaky little almonds.

cake with almonds on the top and groups of almonds next to it

19. How Long Does A Dragonfly Live?

As the saying goes: ‘Life is short’ well spare a thought for the humble dragonfly whose average lifespan is a mere 24 hours! To put that into relative terms they would be graduating from dragonfly college with their little dragonfly degrees at 5 hours old!

dragonfly on a leaf

20. How Fast Can A Rubik’s Cube Be Solved?

If done perfectly a Rubik’s cube can be solved in as little as 17 turns! A useless fact that I’m sure the ‘Sub 1 Reloaded’ already knows as it holds the robot record for solving the tricky cube in the fastest time: an astonishing 0.637 seconds!

boy doing a rubiks cube with rubiks wallpaper in background

Thank You For Wasting Your Time Reading My Blog…

I hope you have enjoyed passing some time reading my pointless, waste of time blog. Just think – if you hadn’t read it, then these questions would still be floating around your head with you wondering what on earth the answer is!

Anyhow, nothing wrong with adding some pointless trivia to your brain. Keep your eyes peeled for the next set of pointless questions and answers I throw at you.  Why not check out my blog on crazy ideas that actually worked out pretty well – it won’t disappoint!