I have this document on my laptop that I use to compile useless trivia. I’ve had one for years, and since it’s come in handy so many times, I’ll probably always have one. Its word count is in the tens of thousands and it’s in a million different cut-and-pasted fonts and colours, but only after I share the information with someone else do I ever delete any of it.

So since I’m on a mission to clear (or at least ease) my mind of the political and social issues that have been making me lose sleep for months, I’ve chosen to instead saturate my mind (and, if you keep reading, yours) with lots of random, useless and not-so-useless information that will, hopefully, distract you from reality for a few minutes.

You’ll be a hit at the water cooler. Ready? Here we go.

Alligators will give manatees the right of way if they are swimming near each other.

Worldwide, the most popular item at Walmart is bananas. They sell more bananas than any other single item they have in stock.

Sunsets on Mars are blue.

The two tiny holes drilled in every BIC pen is to ensure that the air pressure is the same both inside and outside the pen, which helps the ink flow to the tip.

There are no bridges over the Amazon River.

Sonic the Hedgehog’s full name is actually Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog.

Most toilet paper sold for home use in France is pink.

Bullfrogs do not sleep.

Catnip is 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET, the main substance used in insect repellents.

Surgeons who play video games at least three hours a week perform 27 per cent faster and make 37 per cent fewer errors.

Approximately one million dogs in the U.S. are named as the heirs of their owners’ wills.

Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories per hour.

When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.

During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.

The national animal of Scotland is the Unicorn.

Heart attacks are more likely to happen on a Monday.

You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

It is predicted that the reason why night insects, such as moths, are attracted to lights is because they mistake them for the light of the moon, which they used to navigate the Earth before mankind made artificial lights.

In Uganda, 50 per cent of the population is under 15 years of age.

Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.

In 2015, more people were killed from injuries caused by taking a selfie than by shark attacks.

Arab women can initiate a divorce if their husbands don’t pour coffee for them.

Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch TV for three hours.

The reason the taste of artificial banana flavouring and artificial banana flavoured products doesn’t taste like bananas is because it is based on a type of banana that was wiped out by a plague in the 1950’s.

Catfish are the only animals that naturally have an odd number of whiskers.

Facebook, Skype and Twitter are all banned in China.

The total number of steps in the Eiffel Tower is 1665.

Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.

China has more English speakers than the United States.

During your lifetime, you will spend around 38 days brushing your teeth.

The name for the shape of Pringles is called a Hyperbolic Paraboloid.

See? Great distraction. I’ll have more next week, since I’m sure I’ll still be attempting my political cleanse.

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Gina MacDonald is a freelance columnist, mother and wife who lives outside Port Hawkesbury.