In the world of fake news, shams, and bogus claims, it’s hard to tell a fact from fiction. And you simply get used to doubting things. You read "unicorns exist" and the mind detects deceit. But what if I tell you they’re just bulky and we call ‘em rhinos? Sounds about right.

So when someone on r/AskReddit asked what fact sounds fake at first but is actually real, redditors rolled up their sleeves. 26K upvotes and 14.3K comments later, we have the finalists of these mind-boggling facts ready down below. Get ready to get that trivia muscle pumped up for the next game after quarantine is over. After you're done, take a look at our previous lists of crazy-sounding facts here.

#1

Ancient sailors believed that cats were magic and would often risk their own lives, even in an "every man for himself" situation, to save a cat from a sinking ship. All ships had at least one ship's cat as cats would eat the rats that have always plagued ships. The ship's cat would often be given a rank and sailors would generally take excessively good care of their cats.

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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10 months ago

What about Titanic.

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#2

Cheetahs can't roar. They meow like house cats.

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mph seti
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10 months ago

And it's adorable. Check You Tube.

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#3

Because the number of possible combination of genes isn't infinite, there are probably at least 7 humans that looks the same as you.

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Steve Bowman
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10 months ago

Name one!

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#4

The sun is so loud, if space was filled with air instead of being a vacuum, we'd be hearing screeching sun noises at 125 decibel at all times.

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ALAYNA BUCKLEY
Community Member
10 months ago

sun: *s c r e e c h *

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#5

T-Rex (~64 million years ago) is nearer to now in years than it is to Stegosaurus (~151 million years ago)

Images depicting them fighting are very very wrong.

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Michelle Muirhead
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10 months ago

Bit disappointed to discover this fact.

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#6

The founders of Adidas (Adi Dassler) and Puma (Rudolf Dassler) are brothers.

..and their HQs are literally next door to each other in Germany.

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read041
Community Member
10 months ago

Talk about sibling rivalry.

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#7

That most of the oxygen on earth doesn’t come from trees. It’s comes from plankton in the ocean

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Helen Haley
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10 months ago

And we're trashing both. Sigh

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#8

Distance from USA to Russia 4 kilometers

This fact is always amusing.

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Ben Smith
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10 months ago

Alaska...

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#9

One horse is actually 15 horsepower.

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zims
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10 months ago

When you team them up their horsepower goes exponential, too

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#10

Pocahontas and Shakespeare lived during the same time

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SoozeeQ
Community Member
10 months ago

Whoa. Mind blown!

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#11

President Coolidge got sent a raccoon for Thanksgiving one year, but instead of eating it, he granted it a pardon because it was "cute"

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Michelle Muirhead
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10 months ago

Good for him!

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#12

Lyrebird's imitations will seriously sound exactly like the thing they're trying to imitate. If they imitate a chainsaw, you will think it's a chainsaw. It sounds like a perfect recording.

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Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
10 months ago

Yep, they are incredible.

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#13

Jack the Ripper was still active when Nintendo was founded

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Schern Hanley
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10 months ago

mind blown

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#14

A lot of the earliest war gods were actually goddesses.

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Steve Bowman
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10 months ago

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Like transgender?

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#15

There isn’t a single bridge across the amazon river.

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South Asian
Community Member
10 months ago

Whoaaaaaaa

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#16

Astronomer here! The coldest place we know of in the universe is actually... on Earth!

To explain further, the coldest places we know of that naturally occur in the universe are inside dark nebulae with little to no star formation, and thus no starlight to heat things up. The coldest one known so far is the Boomerang Nebula, where the temperature has been measured as low as 1 degree above absolute zero (−272 °C or −458 °F). However, we regularly get below this temperature in labs on Earth! Specifically, absolute zero is at –273.15°C (or –459.67°F) and labs on Earth regularly get to within a tenth or even a hundredth of a degree of that.

Pretty cool!

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Steve Bowman
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10 months ago

Cool it is.

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#17

It takes about 3-4 generation before your entire existence is completely forgotten (assuming you don't invent the cure for cancer or discover the fifth dimension or anything like that)

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
10 months ago

I don't remember the guy who discovered the fifth dimension.

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#18

Netflix was founded before Google

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Ben Smith
Community Member
10 months ago

Shipping DVDs door to door!

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#19

Iran arrested 14 squirrels on suspicion of espionage

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Ben Smith
Community Member
10 months ago

Probably low on the list of idiotic things done by Iran

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#20

Orcas are a natural predator to moose

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GoodWolf
Community Member
10 months ago

How?

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#21

You can fit all the planets in our solar system touching end to end between Earth and the moon.

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
10 months ago

Is it wise to do so?

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#22

There is no Date between 03-Sept-1752 to 13-Sept-1752,

Checkout the September Calendar of 1752. 11 days are missing in the Calendar.

This is due to the fact that we converted our Calendar from Julian to Georgian calendar on 2nd of September 1752.

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Sanne H.
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

This is only valid in Britain and the (at that time) British colonies. In other countries they switched either much earlier (e.g. Spain in 1582) or later (e.g. Russia in 1918).

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#23

It takes 2 years for a pineapple to grow.

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Ben Smith
Community Member
10 months ago

It’s an odd looking plant too. Tastes amazing though....but NOT ON PIZZA.

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#24

The guy who sang Peanut Butter Jelly Time died in a police shootout. Also, his brother in law was there trying to talk him out of shooting himself. You know who that brother-in-law was? F***ing Snoop Dogg

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Ben Smith
Community Member
10 months ago

Seems like there’s quite a backstory to this one...

That Guy
Community Member
5 months ago

I would like to know it

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fainasKeturatis
Community Member
10 months ago

I never could imagine that Snoop Dog is the good brother... you learn something every day

David Lepine
Community Member
7 months ago

I mean.. he's never been to prison. soooo

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Luna XD
Community Member
10 months ago

I want a Netflix docuseries on this one! Seems very interesting....

Bill
Community Member
10 months ago

Hello netflix

Lana Jig-maker
Community Member
10 months ago

Wow, Crazy.

Ryan Ricks
Community Member
10 months ago

Technically Snoop wasn't there, it was a recording he made that was then played over the phone.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
10 months ago

Do I sense some anger here?

Bacony
Community Member
10 months ago

This is a multi-storey car park of odd.

Animal lover❤
Community Member
10 months ago

Wow, ok. Cool

Greg Stewart
Community Member
10 months ago

Brian Griffin is Snoop Dog's brother in law??

backatya
Community Member
10 months ago

what kind of person would get a name like snoop dogg? Why can't people be normal?

Vanta Black
Community Member
10 months ago

It's his nickname, because he looks like Snoopy. Or he used to. And he does have a normal real name, sort of; Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.

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Seethon Tawean
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10 months ago

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Dont get that

Vanta Black
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10 months ago

Don't get what? Snoop Dogg's brother-in-law, Jermaine Fuller of Buckwheat Boyz, who sang "Peanut Butter Jelly Time", died during a shoot-out with police, while Snoop tried to stop him, and get him to surrender. What part of that do you not get?

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#25

The Ethiopian calendar is seven years behind the rest of the world. Edit; yeah guys it's still 2013 there

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mph seti
Community Member
10 months ago

Lucky bastards.

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#26

One ten inch pizza is more pizza than two seven inch pizzas.

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South Asian
Community Member
10 months ago

Don't mind either

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#27

Every Canadian is allowed to get a free Canadian flag from the government. However, if you ordered a flag today you would get it in about 110 years.

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Ben Smith
Community Member
10 months ago

Nonsensical at best

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#28

Chickens are one of many species of birds that dont have penetrative genitalia. Read; cocks are cockless. The method of reproduction they use is commonly called a "cloacal kiss" and you can think of it as chickens scissoring, because "bumping holes" is the grossest possible way to phrase chicken sex.

Also chickens are not a flightless species like lots of people think and are generally totally capable of short flight.

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Stijn Cornelis
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10 months ago

That peculiar reproductive system applies to all bird species btw, not just chickens.

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#29

A typical cumulus cloud actually weighs 1.1 million pounds (498,951 kg)

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Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
10 months ago

How does it stay up one asks?

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#30

That ants don't take fall damage

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Shinobi Shabby
Community Member
10 months ago

Makes me feel less guilty

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