20 Hard-to-Believe Yet True Facts Shared By This Online Community
In this age of information overload, it’s no surprise that we often come across incredible facts that seem too extraordinary to be true. However, the internet is a treasure trove of knowledge, and every now and then, it surprises us with astonishing revelations.
From mind-bending scientific discoveries to historical oddities, this Reddit thread shares incredible facts that might initially defy belief but are, in fact, undeniably true. Scroll below and read some of those mind-blowing facts.
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1/8 pregnancies end in miscarriage.
Edit: You guys keep messaging me with 1/4, 1/3, and a bunch of other numbers so let me clarify… 1/8 of known pregnancies end in a miscarriage. When you factor in unknown, it goes up. There are articles and studies done that can articulate that better than I can, but anyone who is messaging me with nothing more than a number? Feel free to argue amongst yourselves.
Technically it’s more. A woman in her fertile years having regular unprotected sex with someone who can impregnate her is going to have multiple miscarriages. It’s relatively common for fertilised eggs to go away with menstruation.
THAT DOESN’T MEAN CONTRACEPTION IS OPTIONAL. WRAP IT UP.
The average number of human skeletons inside the human body isn’t 1.
That thought makes me uncomfortable for some reason. Ik this is because of pregnancies but still, creepy fact lol.
Think about those people that find out later in life they partially absorbed a twin in the womb.
“I now have the power of a grown man and an infant”
There are also people who are born missing bones, or who have lost them in accidents. Technically, they don’t have a complete skeleton.
That the last execution by guillotine in France was in 1977 the same year that Star Wars premiered on movie theathers.
Hopefully he got to see Star Wars before being guillotined.
And was witnessed by sir Christopher Lee, who would later go on to be in a star wars movie.
Yeah no, Lee witnessed the last *public* execution in France, back in 1939.
This is correct. I got my facts mixed up, I am ashamed by my inaccuracies.
However, still cool that Sir Christopher Lee saw the last public guillotine, the last private one was when star wars came out, then he was in a star wars as a person who was decapitated.
Sharks have been on the planet longer than trees.
Sharks exists longer than the ring of Saturn.
For a long time after trees evolved, there were not yet any fungi or bacteria that would break it down, so when a tree died, it just sat there, dead. Decomposers eventually evolved, that’s why there’s oil layers under the soil.
Before that we had Mushrooms trees.
The Cambrian period alone lasted 53 million years, and that was basically just sponges, trilobites, and other weirdos vibing in the ocean. Dry land plants hadn’t evolved yet, so on land, it was just dry rock as far as the eye could see.
Even after the Cambrian period ended, it would be another 70 million years before algae got around to turning into dry land plants, and it took another 10 million years for them to become the first trees.
France borders Brazil.
France doesn’t border the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe, but it does in the Caribean.
Canada is closer to France than Britain is.
I would appreciate an explanation of this one.
Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.
The Tyrannosaurus rex lived closer in time to the founding of Waffle House than it did to Stegosaurus.
You guys can stop with the Cleopatra pyramids fact. It’s been done to death. Might even say it’s extinct.
A picture with a T-rex riding a scooter while holding an iPhone is more accurate than him fighting a Stegosaurus.
Based on your comment and the one that you replied to I’m starting to think my Christmas sweater of Santa riding a stegosaurus might not be historically accurate.
No, Santa is eternal. Who do you think brought presents to the little stego’s on Christmas??
More people are killed by vending machines than shark attacks every year.
To be fair, if people made a habit of shaking sharks back and forth because dammit I paid for the Snickers now GIVE IT TO ME YOU PIECE OF [TRASH]
Sorry, what was I saying?
I forget what’s it called, but that’s actually a form of deceptive statistics caused by the potential for one event being more commonly created than the other so you can’t directly compare the level of danger
Ie: people are near vending machines far more often then they are sharks so there’s more opportunity for people to die that way on any given day
Martin Luther king jr and Anne Frank were the same age. King just lived longer. (Timelines f me up).
So was Bob Newhart, and he’s still alive. It’s wild that these historical figures still could be alive today.
One might argue that if Anne Frank was alive today, she wouldn’t have been a historical figure.
She would always have been a talented writer, and she would have had an amazing story, even as a survivor. So maybe not an iconic figure, but she still could have made a name for herself.
A man, Michel Lotito, ATE an entire airplane. It took him 2 years.
His parents, feeding him as a baby: Here comes the airplane!
Michel Lotito: challenge accepted
“Lotito holds the record for the ‘strangest diet’ in the Guinness Book of Records. He was awarded a brass plaque by the publishers to commemorate his abilities. He devoured his award.” ?
The reason there’s not a lot of Egyptian mummy’s is because the British elite ate them in the early 1800s due to a misunderstanding that eating them had healing properties.
Not just eat them, but they would also mix parts with their beauty creams, makeup and other medicines and etc. it was INSANE.
They made a specific color of paint with it to replied:
And had mummy unwrapping parties.
Sometimes when I’m putting together some mediocre ass party I think about all the ABSURD parties that have happened throughout history and get a little sad. Like my party will never be as wild as a mummy unwrapping party.
Hopefully less curses being unleashed at your parties.
Cleopatra lived closer to the time of the first moon landing than to when the ancient pyramids were built.
I know this is true, I’ve heard and verified it myself dozens of times, but a part of my brain is always floored with this fact. Like, it sounds crazy, but it’s true.
I think people get tricked because of technological advancements. The 19th, 20th, and 21st century alone advanced more in technology than the previous 5k years.
Like it only took 50 years to go from first plane flight to literally sent a rocket to the moon.
The look and feel of 2500 BCE doesn’t feel that different to 33 BCE. But even something like the 1950s feels a hundred generations removed from 2023.
The human body is the most efficient on earth for running. We use the least energy for running less then any other creature on earth.
[Writer’s Note: technically, *one* of the most efficient on earth. A unique experiment on mice, engineered to lack the gene called CMAH—that’s responsible for the long-distance endurance trait in humans—made them run stronger, for longer, and with less fatigue.]
It’s theorized that before weapons were invented, humans would chase deer until the deer collapsed of exhaustion.
And we are able to cool our bodies much more efficiently based on how we sweat. That was another evolutionary advantage, and it enabled hunters to pursue game until the animals were exhausted.
Vatican City contains 5.9 popes per square mile.
Until last year there were twice as many as that.
That’s about 2.28 metric popes per square kilometer.
Viagra, when mixed in water, can make flowers stand upright for several days.
Strengths is the longest word in English with only one vowel.
You can’t tickle yourself or lick your elbow.
Chalk is edible.
You can tickle yourself on the roof of your mouth.
And the bottom of your foot.
Oh yeah I super can
depends on the person, i cant
Yeah, I’d have to sacrifice a knee for that.
Orcas evolved from a land mammal.
Also whales and dolphins have a more recent common ancestor with deer than they do with any fish in the sea.
Also with humans and the platypus, as we’re all mammals.
The variant of this that I tell people: Camels are more closely related to whales than they are to horses.
Yep, any even- toed ungulates! Also includes giraffes and boar.
4300 years old: The oldest pine tree in the world stands in the Inyo national forest, California. But no one knows what the tree looks like, where it is exactly, or if it really exists because the government keeps its location a secret.
And also because the older one was killed when a sample was taken from it.
I heard that the scientist who took the sample was completely mortified. I can only imagine.
This is accurate, he was unfortunately blamed for the demise of the tree, a bit unfairly. I heard the story on an Ologies podcast(highly recommend the podcast in general) where Allie hosted a tree expert(I forget the technical “ologist” name) and he described the story of when the oldest tree on earth was having a sample taken from it by some guy. The tool used to take the sample got stuck, so he tried another tool ending in the same result. I can’t remember the exact specifics but if I recall he wasn’t aware that this was indeed the oldest tree in the world and the damage ended up being enough to be the demise of the tree somehow.
Edit: to clarify that the guest on the podcast was not the same person that hurt the tree
Dendrologist! That one and the one about bats are my favorite episodes.
Men are seven times more likely to leave their partner after their partner is diagnosed with cancer than women are.
Check if this was true and it is. source I want to emphasize that most people – regardless of gender – do not leave their partners when they get sick.
1 in 5 vs 1 in 34… Pretty stark difference.
To be more precise, that study reported:
“Women composed 53% of the patient population. Divorce or separation occurred at a rate similar to that reported in the literature (11.6%). There was, however, a greater than 6-fold increase in risk after diagnosis when the affected spouse was the woman (20.8% vs 2.9%; P < .001). Female gender was found to be the strongest predictor of separation or divorce in each cohort. Marriage duration at the time of illness was also correlated with separation among brain tumor patients (P = .0001). Patients with brain tumors who were divorced or separated were more likely to be hospitalized, and less likely to participate in a clinical trial, receive multiple treatment regimens, complete cranial irradiation, or die at home (P < .0001).”
In plain English, there’s seemingly a ~80% chance of staying together when the sick partner is a woman, but the chances of staying together improve to ~97% when the sick partner is a man. Ughhhhhhhhhhh
Humans with a deficiency in thyroid-stimulating hormone production can fix that by taking a pill made of dessicated, ground up, smashed into pill form pig thyroid. The best part is it smells a little like bacon.
I’ll have to crush one up and taste it. LOL. Insulin used to be made from the pancreas of cows and pigs. But there were problems with that method so they came up with a bunch of other ways to make it. It is still produced but not widely used.
I tasted mine this morning. I don’t have a baseline for what powdered pig thyroid is supposed to taste like, but I don’t think the pill tastes much like anything at all.
Bacon, isn’t it supposed to taste like bacon??? So this means you can skip the side of bacon with your eggs in the morning if you’re on thyroid medication.
How dare you suggest anyone deprive themselves of bacon. YOU HEATHEN!
Goats like to stand on trees.
Goats can defy gravity to walk up mountains
Seriously, look up pictures of mountain goats. they can stand on mountains without any visible foot-holds.
Hell, they can climb dams.
I once watched a goat fall out of a tree. I was really worried because it was a pretty tall tree and he landed on his side, but he just stiffly walked it off. I still wonder about that goat because, again, it was a pretty huge tree and he just pancaked.
Hippos kill at least 500 people a year.
I’ve traveled a bit. The only time I’ve seen locals get scared of wildlife was in the Okavango Delta when we encountered a pair of Hippo ears sticking out of the water.
We were out there camping years ago, it was absolutely stunning. Not a cloud in the sky, hundreds of miles away from any major light pollution and I still haven’t made peace with the fact that I’ll probably never see the night sky like that again. Went to bed, woke up needing to pee later on. Got my boots on and headtorch, unzipped the tent and was face to face with an adult hippo about 10-12ft away.. didn’t need to pee after that, went back to bed and tried to ignore what I saw.