October 12, 2012

Phone App For Your Inner Smart-Ass

What’s the best way to be the life of the party? Have something interesting to share, of course.

Did you know rats don’t possess the capability to throw up, or did you know Ivan the terrible blinded his architects after the finished St. Basil’s Cathedral?

Crazy, huh?

These are things I just learned. They’re also practically useless unless I end up on Jeopardy or Who Wants to be a Millionaire, but that’s beside the point.

In my weekly scan for some new way to take up memory on my iPhone I came across OMGFacts, the app!

Screenshot by Anthony Gorrity

While the current version only got two out of five stars on three hundred thirty eight reviews, the app as a whole got three and a half out of twenty eight hundred some odd users, I’d say that’s decent.

AppRats, designers of OMGFacts, have recently seen the errors of their ways with the latest update and a newer-er better-est version is on the way soon, but I digress.

This app is full of all kinds of funny nonsense that people like me get a kick outta telling people like you.

For example, “The total amount of money in a standard Monopoly game is $15,140”, or “Space Jam is the highest grossing basketball movie of all time.”

Aside from the simple factoids above, there’s a short story detailing the interesting fact below the image and headline.

I don’t believe I’ve mentioned it before in a blog, but my Grandfather was in line to be a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, back when it was the big thing on TV.

(Those idiots apparently don’t return phone calls; otherwise we’d be freaking rich- the dude’s a genius.)

Anyhow the guy’s been around the block a time or two, and he took notes the whole time. He’s full of random, sometimes useful, factoids and tidbits of knowledge. This app will make for some interesting thanksgiving discussions with him. I’m digressing again.

OMGFacts is already a widely popular website with millions of followers on the social networks, so their app’s gotta be better than two outta five stars, right?

The app gives you a choice of “Top, Random, Vote, and Submit” all of which shouldn’t need any explaining. The interface is sort of browser-esque, and that’s generated some complaints among the reviews, but I think what the app has to offer definitely outweighs the less than creative interface.

Screenshot by Anthony Gorrity

If you’re looking for some icebreakers to start a conversation at the next office luncheon, or you’re just a knowledge seeking nerd like myself, it’s a pretty neat  way to waste space on your iPhone.

91% of Americans between the ages 20-35 use their phones on the toilet, and that didn’t come from the OMGFact app. So the next time that awkward guy in the cubicle next to yours comes back from a long break giggling to himself, and begins to tell you about some off the wall random fact, you’ll know what he was really doing in the bathroom.

Featured Image Credit: Anthony Gorrity

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