Remembering all the math I did in high school, I can only say that looking at numbers can be confusing. Or just boring. But sometimes, they can offer you a better understanding of the world than a news show. And in a much more entertaining fashion, too.

In October, Redditor u/alexbbtkd asked other platform users, "What's a crazy statistic?" and has received plenty of answers. We've combed through all of them and picked out the most surprising ones just to broaden your horizons. So put on your smarty pants, get a notebook, and enjoy!

#1

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know If you were to compress earth’s existence into a 24 hour day, life would first appear at 4am, plants would first appear at 10pm, dinosaurs from about 11pm-11:40pm, and humans emerge at 11:59pm.

From Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything”

justf*ckinwitya , Greg Rosenke Report

ZAPanda
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1 month ago

This is really trolling the creationists man.

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#2

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know You are more likely to be bitten by a stranger in New York City than by a shark anywhere else in the nation.

You are more likely to be killed by a vending machine than by a shark.

What we can learn from this is that strange vending machines in NYC should be avoided at all cost

rhett342 , Nariman Mosharrafa Report

Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago (edited)

Sharks are seriously misunderstood animals.

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#3

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know That the Catholic Church hid a (now self) reported 8.4 child rapes per day for over 71 years.

northsidemassive , Channel 82 Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

WTF. ONE is bad enough but over 8, and every day. Seriously that is so f****d up. Those poor kids.

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#4

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know That there are A LOT more empty homes in the US than there are homeless people.

JethroKirby , Eric Muhr Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't doubt that it would be the same in Australia. It's morally criminal that there are people living on the streets when there are so many empty houses. And if a homeless person goes into one of those houses they can be charged with trespassing.

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#5

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know The average person is a 28 year old Chinese man

PassMeThatPerrier , Good Faces Report

Rowlie
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1 month ago

this made me feel special

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#6

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know 40% of homeless are employed.

coppertin , Nick Fewings Report

Rainy Day Wolf
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1 month ago

dystopian

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#7

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know The top 10% of drinkers account 60% of all alcohol consumed in the US. And they drink the equivalent of 74 drinks per week.

So the entire alcoholic beverages industry is kept alive by severe alcoholics.

WaTar42 , Pawel Kadysz Report

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

This is so sad. Alcohol is protected by long standing human custom and sometimes religion, and seems to be exempt from the common classification of a 'drug'. In NZ in level 4 covid lockdown (the first one, most extreme lockdown), we couldn't get takeaways etc delivered. Or go get them. We could only order essential items online, and children's winter clothing was added to the list after a while. BUT: alcohol delivery was all the time, even in level 4. To your door, advertised everywhere. More available for delivery than food. More essential than almost every item, even at one point more important and legslly available before being able to buy clothes for your child. This isn't about the lockdown, the point I'm making is that it was, almost unspoken and nationwide, a 'necessity'. Every other drug (street, pharma, tobacco etc) is treated so differently, but they are no different to alcohol. It is such a juxtaposition and it really upsets me sometimes EDIT: I understand that alcohol dependency is serious, and a person can die without alcohol when they are seriously addicted. That was not the point I was trying to make: I meant the free for all that governments and society allows on alcohol, despite it being a drug like any of the ones they ban/regulate/monitor. It's that unfortunate attitude around alcohol that leaves so many people dependent to the point where alcohol was essential during lockdown, despite no acknowledgement of why that needed to be available

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#8

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know One third of adults still sleep with a comfort object

real_Tfilms , Sharon McCutcheon Report

Ray Martin
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1 month ago

Mine is a CPAP machine.

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#9

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know There is more actual lemon in Lemon Pledge cleaner than there is in Country Time lemonade

jackof47trades , Julia Peretiatko Report

ZAPanda
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1 month ago

sooo - drink bleach, like trump said...?

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#10

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know More first responders and survivors have now died due to 9/11 related illnesses than the number lost at Ground Zero on the day of the attack. The number will continue to rise because of the huge amount of health problems caused by the dust and smoke that everyone in the surrounding areas inhaled when/after the towers fell.

jodaqua , Anthony Fomin Report

Grant Barke
Community Member
1 month ago

Also, the number of fatal traffic accidents in the United States increased after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, for a period of 12 months due to flying avoidance.

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#11

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know The U.S government has 'misplaced' six thermonuclear warheads. They were either lost or stolen in transit and at this juncture, one of the largest nuclear superpowers in the world has no idea where they are.

CaptainExplosions , wikipedia Report

J. F.
Community Member
1 month ago

And that's only the USA, there are 8 other countries with such warheads

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#12

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know It is estimated that bears kill over two million salmon a year. Attacks by salmon on bears are much more rare.

triclops47 , Pradeep Nayak Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a fact that there are more airplanes in the ocean than there are submarines in the sky.

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#13

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know The most common cause of death for pregnant women is homicide

possiblyhysterical , Suhyeon Choi Report

May
Community Member
1 month ago

I can only find statistics from America on this - anyone have numbers that apply to the rest of us?

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#14

40% of cops are domestic abusers

moistowletts Report

May
Community Member
1 month ago

American cops.

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#15

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know 86% of British people live within 8 miles from where they were born.

Jasonhopkins99 , Gregory Hayes Report

David Woollands
Community Member
1 month ago

True here

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#16

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know Sharks predate trees by 100 million years…

minnow99 , Alex Steyn Report

DE Ray
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, so that's why they're predators! They predate!

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#17

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know There are more combinations in a 52 deck of cards than stars in the known universe.

GuccGunBushWacker97 , Amanda Jones Report

Some Cool Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

52!

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#18

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know 39% of the world's population is overweight and that number is only getting "bigger"

Crazylivykid , towfigu Report

May
Community Member
1 month ago

Processed food is killing us - shame it's so delicious!

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#19

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know If you were born in 1923 in the Soviet Union as a male, you would have an 80% chance of dying in world war II.

Proud-Pain-7064 , Kevin Schmid Report

Damon
Community Member
1 month ago

Male privilege

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#20

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know In the US, you are more likely to be killed by a cow than you are to be killed by a coyote.

[deleted] , Wolfgang Hasselmann Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Your more likely to be killed by a cow than all the stereotypical deadly Australian creatures put together.

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#21

Humans, (Homo sapien sapien), appeared on earth ~200,000 yrs. ago and didn't reach a population of 1 billion until 1804. About one hundred years later, 1920's, there were 2 billion. We now add a billion people to the planet every 12 years.

ProudLiberal54 Report

May
Community Member
1 month ago

Yup - this is going to end well...

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#22

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know That you can fit all the planets in our solar system between the Earth and the Moon and still have some room spare.

Mind blown

Aggsthen , Harman Smith and Laura Generosa Report

Kira Okah
Community Member
1 month ago

Space is a lot of, well, space. Some great correct to scale maps out there, so much space.

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#23

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know More energy from the sun hits Earth every hour than the planet uses in a year.

Redshift_1 , Selvan B Report

ғɪɴɴ ᴅ. ʜᴀʀᴍᴀɴɴ
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1 month ago

All I know is that that pic is mesmerising

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#24

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know 1 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with a skin cancer by the time they're 70.

Edit. Google search actually says (multiple times) that "at least 2 in 3 will be diagnosed with skin cancer by 70"

F*ck.

romilliad , Spute2008 Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide is our motto. Also no hat, no play for primary schools.

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#25

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know We are closer in time to the birth of Cleopatra than she was to the construction of the Great Pyramid

TonyHerbs , 20thcenturystudios Report

80 Van
Community Member
1 month ago

I’ve seen this one appear on these lists many times, and I don’t know why it’s so interesting to people. I don’t associate Cleopatra with the pyramids at all except they are both from Egypt. That would be similar to being shocked that we are closer to the birth of Gandhi than he was to the building of Taj Mahal just because they are both from India.

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#26

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know According to the FBI, there are currently more than 25 active serial killers in the US

timelizard13 Report

May
Community Member
1 month ago

We don't get many serial killers in Europe - are our police better, or does living in America turn more people into serial killers?

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#27

The United States "land of the free" incarcerates more citizens per capita than any other country: US: 629 inmates per 100,000 citizens

Compared to other countries: Cuba: 510, Brazil: 381, Russia: 326, China: About 250, Mexico: 169, UK: 131, France: 100

rohnoitsrutroh Report

Lucifer
Community Member
1 month ago

The for profit prison industry certainly does add to the reason why it is so.

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#28

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know Broccoli has more protein per calorie than a steak.

NuttyNatterer , Louis Hansel Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Not quite. 3 ounces of broccoli is 31 calories and 2.5g of protein. 3 ounces of New York strip is 195 calories and 18g protein. I suppose if you're using a much fattier cut of steak maybe. Regardless, you'd need to eat over a pound of broccoli to get the same amount of protein as the 3 oz portion of steak. And the broccoli is an incomplete protein anyway, so there's no real comparison...

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#29

1 out of 25 people are sociopaths. No automatic sense of empathy.

CheeCheeReer Report

ThatOneWriter
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1 month ago

Obligatory "Sociopath does not immediately equal violent and/or serial killer" comment

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#30

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know There are approximately 78,000,000,000,000 000,000 atoms in a grain of sand.

MinerDy , jim gade Report

ғɪɴɴ ᴅ. ʜᴀʀᴍᴀɴɴ
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1 month ago

That's a lotta zeroes

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#31

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know 60% of people with Bipolar disorder are unemployed

[deleted] , Andre Styles Report

May
Community Member
1 month ago

Are they the unmedicated ones? Both the people I know with Bipolar, have pretty normal lives as long as they stay on their medication

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#32

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know One in 4 people have had sex at work

FatesCause , krakenimages Report

Rowlie
Community Member
1 month ago

Judging by the picture it hepls with builiding the team spirit

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#33

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know Men are about 7 times more as successful at suicide than women.

adamsbrad47 , Ethan Sykes Report

May
Community Member
1 month ago

They tend to use more dramatic (and successful) methods. Women more often use pills/drugs

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#34

Human life expectancy has increased more rapidly in the past 50 years than in the past 200,000 years.

amrodd Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

According to the bible that's not quite true. Apparently Noah lived to be 950yo, Methuselah was supposedly the oldest living human that died at 969yo. Lol.

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#35

35 People Are Sharing The Craziest And Most Disturbing Stats They Know 20% of produce and fruit in the usa is never sold and is left to rot

qmrk346 , Anton Darius Report

May
Community Member
1 month ago

Taken with the 1 in 7 Americans use foodbanks, this is just tragic

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