These are the best Pokemon facts on the planet. That’s because they aren’t only facts from within the Pokemon game, they’re also about the huge impact Pokemon has made on pop-culture (especially Pikachu). So keep reading and you’ll discover why Pokemon has made such a cultural impact. 1. Pokemon is short for Pocket Monsters. 2. Pokemon is the only video game to appear on the front cover of TIME magazine. 3. When Japanese scientists discovered a new protein in 2008, they named it “Pikachurin.” 4. Charizard’s flame can melt anything. 5. Hitmonlee is a combination of hit, monster and Lee, which references Bruce Lee. Hitmonchan is based on Jackie Chan. 6. Clefairy was considered for Ash’s sidekick—instead of Pikachu. 7. Rhydon is the first Pokemon ever to be created. 8. Drowzee is based on the Japanese myth of the baku, creatures who eat bad dreams of sleeping people. 9. Ekans is snake spelled backward. 10. Ash Ketchum is known as Satoshi in Japan, a reference to Satoshi Tajiri—the creator of Pokémon. 11. Bulbasaur is the first Pokemon in the Pokedex. 12. Mew was an easter egg when Pokémon Red and Green were released in Japan. Nintendo didn’t even know that Mew was programmed into the game. 13. Mewtwo is a clone of the Pokémon Mew, yet it comes before Mew in the Pokédex. 14. Electrode is based on a living Poké Ball, and is often mistaken for one. 15. Koffing and Weezing were almost named “NY” and “LA” due to the persistent smog in those cities. 16. Mario is still a more popular video game franchise than Pokemon. 17. Pikachu is not the original mascot for the franchise. The original mascot prior to Pikachu was Clefairy. 18. Ninetails is based on the Japanese mythological fox that breathes fire and shapeshifts. 19. Dodrio is based on the dodo, a flightless bird, however it is able to fly. 20. Muk is tied with Mew for the shortest English name out of all Pokémon. 21. Pikachu and Meowth are 25 and 52 in the pokedex respectively because the numbers are opposite, much like a cat and mouse. 22. Trainers use Pokemon poop to keep them warm. 23. The pattern found on the chest of an Arbok differs depending on which region you find it. Those Pokemon facts are interesting, but we have so much more to offer at Yellow Octopus. Check out this Pokémon Pokéball Salt & Pepper Shakers, Pokemon Pikachu Nanoblock Kit, and more Pokemon gifts. Should you buy one? Or more? Gotta catch them all!