The @UberFacts Manifesto

Life according to wildly popular Twitter account @Uberfacts.

Part One: On Love

Love actually has nothing to do with your heart — It’s all chemical reactions inside of your brain. Our brains love music the same way it loves food and sex — We download songs we enjoy because the mind perceives them as rewards. Its possible for someone to feel “addicted to love” — Sniffing cocaine and being madly in love affect the same areas of the brain. Falling in love produces the same type of high as doing cocaine. Falling in love can act as a potent painkiller. It only takes about 0.2 seconds to fall in love. It takes a person about 15–17 months to get over a break up with someone they were in love with.

In addition to love, St. Valentine is also the patron saint of plagues.

Pixar credits its success to its anti-Disney approach — Meaning no songs, no happy village, no love story. Narcissism stems from the Greek God “Narcissus” who was a heartbreaker and was cursed by the gods to fall in love with his own reflection. The Beatles used the word “love” 613 times in their songs.

Research says people who love and feel loved tend to live longer, have better health, and make more money. 80% of people claim they love pizza! There’s a Japanese word for that “we could fall in love” feeling you sometimes get when first meeting a person — It’s “Koi No Yokan.”

During the earliest wedding ceremonies, the bride and groom would make love for the first time in front of the entire village. The drop in serotonin levels in the body when in love, is what causes us to literally obsess about someone. The brain overlooks the flaws of a person you are in love with, making it harder to leave them after they’ve hurt you. Love is more powerful than sex.

Love is more powerful than sex.
Love is more powerful than sex.

Part Two: On Dog

The average dog can learn 165 words, count up to 5, and even have a basic understanding of arithmetic. The largest amount of dogs owned by one person was 5,000. Dogs, just like humans, are more likely to steal objects in the dark when they think they cannot be seen. 7% of all Facebook accounts belong to dogs and 4% of all accounts belong to cats.

There are enough preservatives in a bag of Doritos to mummify a small dog. Parks in London are watered by more than one million gallons of dog urine every single year.

Dogs can understand that when we look at them and then stare at something, they should turn their attention to it. A new breed of cat has been discovered. It looks like a werewolf, but behaves like a dog. A cat’s brain is more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s brain. Humans and cats have identical regions responsible for emotion. A dog passed out from overwhelming joy after her owner came home after two years.

PETA states that Pokémon glamorizes violence against animals, in a similar way to dog fighting. In the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 dogs, cats, and other domestic animals and this is where they’re kept.

Part Three: On Universe

Scientists say that the universe is precisely 13.75 billion years old. Some scientists say that if space is truly infinite, then there is probably an exact copy of you somewhere in the universe. There’s an area of the universe a billion light years away that has virtually nothing in it, not even dark matter. Our universe might just be a hologram.

Human brain cells, the universe and the internet all have similar structures. NASA experts claim that in 20 years, they will be able to answer if we are alone in the universe. There’s a theory that states our universe has collided with other universes in the past and we can view the scars by studying the night sky.

70% of our universe is made up of dark energy, however no one is sure of what that is exactly.

Part Four: On Future

Our bodies have the ability to predict the future! There was a “prophecy” written in 1595 predicting the popes of the future — The next pope corresponds with the last one on the list.

250 dead people are currently frozen, waiting to be revived with future technology. An Israeli computer scientist created an algorithm that predicts the future based on articles and tweets on the Internet. Future cell phones may be charged by micro-windmills built into the phone.

The last bite of food determines whether or not you’ll want to have it again in the future. People who trust their gut feelings are more likely to correctly predict the future. George Washington predicted the USA would only last for 20 years. By 2030, it’s predicted that 40% of all American adults will be obese. Y2K (the mass computer bug that was supposedly going to occur in the year 2000) is now predicted to occur in 2038. Sir Isaac Newton predicted that the world would end in the year 2060.

By 2020, depression will be one of the leading causes of death and disability.

Part Five: On Death

Some old myths claim that when you’re born, you’re actually crying from your death in your past life. On average people fear spiders more than they do death. The cause of Robin William’s death has been revealed — He died from asphyxia due to hanging and was found by his personal assistant.

Loneliness can literally make you sick. This feeling is associated with heart problems, viral infections, and increased chances of death. Dolphins have been witnessed torturing porpoises to death for pure fun. You can literally be “scared to death.” Fear causes your body to pump adrenaline into your blood, which can be toxic in large amounts.

Nike’s slogan “Just Do It” came from the last words of a murderer on death row.

We die because our cells die. Though they replace themselves over and over again for 70-odd years, they can’t do so forever. Jellyfish and lobsters are considered biologically immortal — They don’t age and will never die unless they are killed. The world’s oldest person lived to be 122-years-old. Her diet was olive oil, port wine, and 1 Kg of chocolate a week. Women look their oldest every Wednesday at 3:30PM.

Part Six: On @UberFacts

The game “Monopoly” was originally created to warn people of the dangers of capitalism:

By spewing out tens of thousands of the most “unimportant things you’ll never need to know,” as the UberFacts Twitter page cheekily pronounces, Sanchez has accumulated over 7 million followers since launching the account in 2009 when he was a bored college student at SUNY New Paltz. (“Total hippie town, drum circles. I only went there for a year.”)

Today he says he makes about $500,000 a year just from sponsored links. The way this works is that a company called Social Reactor, which pairs social media influencers with advertisers, supplies him with galleries or other web pages that he links to in his Tweets. He gets paid for every click those pages receive. Then there are the branded deals he’s done with companies like Ford and Paramount, wherein a simple tweet, accompanied by a link and a hashtag, becomes a virtual slot machine, gushing out thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. Plus the apps. The iOS app, which has been downloaded 1.5 million times, is estimated to generate $60,000 a week from advertising, though that has not yet been implemented.

“There are so many tweets going out each day that it was tough for one person, being me, to make sure that every single one of them was completely true,” he says, adding, “Anything that I posted up there, I thought was true. And I’m always bummed to find out that it isn’t.”

Money isn’t made out of paper, it’s made out of cotton. Touching or feeling money can help you overcome negative physical and emotional experiences. Studies at Princeton University have found that money can buy happiness when you make up to $75,000 a year.

Holding money in your hand reduces stress and pain.