No matter how many all-nighters you pull devouring volume after volume of dust-laden encyclopedias, it will never be enough. Because learning is a process, and there’s no end visible on the horizon.

But most of us are just fine with one or two "did you know that?" facts always ready to be served at a dinner table. Except they get old fast and nobody wants to listen to another “banana is a berry,” like, ever.

Luckily, one Reddit user who goes by u/RyanBlitzpatrick did everyone a favor and asked people on r/AskReddit “What's a fact that just blows your mind?” 3.6K upvotes and 3.5K comments later, the results are in and you’d better get your notebook ready, 'cause these are some of the hand-picked knowledge bites that may honestly surprise you.

#1

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow When you dream, one part of your brain is making up the story, and another part is experiencing those events and is genuinely surprised by all the twists in the plot.

jayantadey1996 , Quinn Dombrowski Report

ElusiveIntrovert
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1 month ago

So, my brain is playing tricks on my brain??? :O

K.Kobayashi
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1 month ago

It's running simulated training sessions for itself, which may help you deal with real-life situations.

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MiraiJack
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1 month ago

In my case, a third part is giving weed to the first one, because my dreams are f*cked up.

Marley Lennon
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1 month ago

I had a dream once where I asked Leonardo DiCaprio to be my friend and he said “DiCapriNO”

Rick
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1 month ago

I had a dream once where I punched Leonardo DiCaprio in the face and then said “HAHAHAHA! Catch Me If You Can!” and then ran away laughing, but he did catch me because everybody knows you can’t run in dreams.

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Roald Andresen
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1 month ago

It's incredible what kind of story ingredients the "making up story" part of the brain makes use of. In my dreams, sometimes I fly, sometimes I'm rich, even sometimes I have sex. Incredible and unbelievable.

magicalbarrie
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1 month ago

One time I was financially secure, absolutely blows my mind the impossible things the brain can invent.

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Judi Young
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1 month ago

I can’t take my eyes off hose filthy feet! 🤢

Amber Sanders Amlie
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1 month ago

All I can see, so gross.

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Karen Garnett
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1 month ago

LOL, I got stuck on the dirty feet. After that, the point of this went out the window

Morgan
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1 month ago

Dirty feet

AnnieLaurie Burke
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1 month ago

Is that guy dreaming about washing his feet?

Marigen Beltran
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1 month ago

So part of my brain has very little imagination? And the other part is bored?

Audrey Bob-The-Builder
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1 month ago

So.... no ones gonna talk abt how dirty those feet are?

Christina SchweitzerGrigoriou
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1 month ago

I am often aware that I am dreaming and sometimes"edit" or "critique" my dream while asleep...

Thomas Ewing
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1 month ago

Another part sees it coming and wakes you up! lol

Jus
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1 month ago

My parts are so connected that I often know that it's a dream and I also know I can't fight myself - if I meet a monster and doubt I can kill it, I won't kill it. If I even suspect there's something wrong, something will be wrong. I can't force my brain to do what I want when I'm not convinced myself. How can you explain it? I'm not afraid of monsters, ghosts or aliens in real life. In dreams they always run after me and kill me.

Ikram Mahyuddin
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3 days ago

Wow, that's really wow

Elaine Dodge
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3 weeks ago

And another part is screaming for help because it's locked inside the head of a hoarder with filthy feet and HE'S PUTTING THEM ON THE COUCH!

Denis Brown
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3 weeks ago

Are you saying that I am NOT Brad Pitt?

Denis Brown
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3 weeks ago

Are you trying to tell me that I am not Brad Pitt and that I don't have gobs of money and a giant fanbase?

Reese’s Puffs
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3 weeks ago

Look at his nasty feet though

Cheyenne Arnett
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3 weeks ago

It's just a weird brain rp

Craymoss
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4 weeks ago

All I can think of is brah, look at your funky ass feet!!

Gabrielle Letamendi
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1 month ago

Maybe she be dreaming that her feet were clean. Her brain clearly made up that part of the story

Bill
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1 month ago (edited)

The people you see in dreams are people you have seen in real life. Your brain can't make up new faces in dreams

O Vince Long
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1 month ago

Dreams are pretty much your "emotions" being literal and how you feel about certain things you've encountered throughout the day, and it all gets magnified when your in that dream state! you could be snoring loudly, and in your dream state you'll be hearing a motorcycle/hot rod etc, you could have a light from your "Bluetooth" blinking near your eye, and in your dream state you'll be seeing flashing lights from a police/ambulance vehicle etc

Eunice Grace
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1 month ago

As in the night dream so in the day "dream" Mary Baker Eddy. Your life now is an illusion u created and are living. You can wake up any time. Or why not create a better dream (life).

Grace Smith
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1 month ago

Thad’s actually adorable

Fiona Toms-Yarnton
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1 month ago

Hmmm I'm in two minds about this....

Mike Hulett
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1 month ago

Somebody at least GoFund him some socks!🤮

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
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1 month ago

Dreams are mysterious things

River Fields
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1 month ago

his dirty feet though

Ronel du Plessis
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1 month ago

Then my brain can think up a shit storm

Jeyo Hogan
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1 month ago

not me i lucid dream

Harold Houfek
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1 month ago

Somewhere I read that a dream or nightmare lasts about 5 - 10 seconds during REM before you wake up. I find that hard to believe because some of my nightmares to to last forever

Masaya Ichikawa
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1 month ago

Wow!

Lisa Chambers
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1 month ago

what?

Stephanie Barr
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1 month ago

Backbrain for the win! (That's how I write novels)

Jo Choto
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1 month ago

That always fascinates me that so many things can happen in my brain that I don't even know are happening.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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1 month ago

oh, no, you've misunderstood. It's one of my braincells putting together a couple of shitty costumes, and running around a stage screaming and the other braincell is confused

Laura Mayes
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1 month ago

Wtf? Seriously? That’s amazing

Sarah Kaser
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1 month ago

I dream an awful.lot and this explains some of the garbage my brain comes I'll with while I'm sleeping

Aaron Molina
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1 month ago

I have experienced this. I realized I was in dream and all that was around me was me. I pulled the closest person to me and I had a conversation with the young woman. I was surprised I couldnt get her answers to my questions...she had different responses.. .like what is your favorite color, where are you from? haha .. so from that experience, the halves work independently

Val Izhakevich
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1 month ago

Buddy fun

James Paulsell
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1 month ago

the part of my brain that makes up the stories needs a chill pill sometimes

BoredPerson
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1 month ago

Please everyone below my post write all your weird dreams.

Vanessa Sorensen
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1 month ago

I had a giant black snake (the size of a street) that was cylindrical and a horse the size of a horse and I lived inside the snake.

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Kate
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1 month ago

Kinda like when I lie.

Emily Ray Howson
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1 month ago

It’s like the cinema :D

Emily Ray Howson
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1 month ago

WE GET TO WATCH MOVIES EVERYNIGHT BRO!

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Mark Howell
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1 month ago

The thinking and rational side finds out how whacky and wierd it's partner really is. Like 20 years of marriage during the menopause. ;o)))

Danieletc
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1 month ago

To claim dreams are "made" in your own brain is far from a certainty. Very far from it, dreams are barely understood at all. A more accurate fact is that the human consciousness and brain are so complex, we don't understand it. I compare this to claiming that you thought up and created wheat and cows all by yourself, and that that explains how you had a hamburger for lunch. (Or that you dreampt up lettuce, if you're vegan)

Kim
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1 month ago

But the right hemisphere is creating REM-dreams from your experiences and memories. We know that, for now.

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Mojones
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1 month ago

I'm not schizophrenic, I'm a day dreamer

Panda with Heart
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1 month ago

Cool

Paarul Sood
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1 month ago

I can control my dreams, the stories, the reaction.

Kim
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1 month ago

Probably a tiny part of them. Most dreams we don’t even remember we had.

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Margaret Wells
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1 month ago

My dreams are ridiculous and so very life like. I entertain my assistant daily with the latest dream lol

Prairiebee
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1 month ago

This explains why half of my Depression brain is at war with the other half.

BlueShellu
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1 month ago

You know, that explains a lot about me...

Kim
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1 month ago

You know this applies to everybody, not just you.

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shemeowsalot
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1 month ago

the watching side: WOAH am riding ahorse to school! the creator side: :)) (that was an actual dream i had in 4th grade and still remember that the school had turned into a hill idk why)

DforDorothy
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1 month ago

Split personality?

Kim
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1 month ago

Dissociative identity disorder. (DID) That’s the name of the psychiatric disorder that causes a fragmented personality.

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#2

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow 2006, which doesn’t feel THAT long ago, saw the death of two colossally old tortoises. The first, Harriet, was reportedly collected by Charles Darwin when he visited the Galápagos on the HMS Beagle. She belonged to Steve Irwin at the time of her death. Charles Darwin and Steve Irwin shared a “pet.” Estimated to have lived 176 years.

The second, Adwaita, was born before the United States declared its independence from England. Think of it: just 14 years ago, there was a land creature alive that was older than our country. Just incredible.

harpo-polo , wikipedia Report

Guild N. Stern
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1 month ago

Not my country.

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#3

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow November 2, 2000 was the last time all humans were on the planet together. Since then at least one person has remained on the international space station

theguy4785 , nasa Report

Scagsy
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1 month ago

What about Major Tom?

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I wish it was as easy to remember these facts as it was to scroll through. In reality, we do learn things every day, but not much of that information sticks with us.

But memory is a very complex function. It turns out, much of it is generated not only through recollection, but also through the emotions that are attached to it. Shahram Heshmat, a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Springfield, believes that “emotion affects all the phases of memory formation.”

For example, “Attention guides our focus to select what’s most relevant for our lives and is normally associated with novelty.” And nothing focuses the mind more than a surprise which escalates emotional intensity.

#4

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank were born in the same year.

Also, that same year, Betty White was already 7 years old.

Rob_Vegas , wikipedia Report

Scagsy
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1 month ago

A good year for the human race

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#5

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow The oldest living tree in the world methuselah is 4851 years old

social-shipwreck , Matthew Dillon Report

Iapetos
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1 month ago

Respect the elderly!

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#6

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow That the Oxford Univeristy is older than the Aztec Empire

TheRhinoMonk , Samuel M Report

Kit Tan
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1 month ago

Oxford University established in 1096, the alliance of three city-states forming the Aztec Empire occured in 1428.

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Another interesting thing which escalates long-term memory is not the recollection of a fact itself, but rather the so-called mood memory. Prof. Heshmat explains that “Our current emotional state facilitates recall of experiences that had a similar emotional tone.”

For example, being in a bad mood primes us to think of and remember unpleasant moments.Having said that, most of the things we forget easily have to do with our inability to put them in our long-term memory.

#7

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow The sound made by the Krakatoa volcanic eruption in 1883 was so loud it ruptured eardrums of people 40 miles away, travelled around the world four times, and was clearly heard 3,000 miles away.

That's like you standing in New York and hearing a sound from San Francisc

armagoei , NASA Goddard Space Report

martin Phiri
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1 month ago

loud and deadly

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#8

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow If time travel were possible, you would need a time-and-space-machine to survive the trip, otherwise when you travelled back in time, the planet would be at a different point in its rotation around the sun and our solar system would be at a different point in space as it rotates, which means you'd travel back in time and be in an empty part of space

brad-corp , Herman Rhoids Report

Bardhi's Dad
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1 month ago

Omg! I have to cancel all my plans after I read this!

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#9

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow The International Space station is closer to the earth than San Francisco is to L.A

BareassedM , NASA Report

Peter Bear
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1 month ago

True. We don't realize how close 'space' is, really. Our mental idea of distance is generally good in the horizontal plane, but pretty lousy in the vertical.

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Meanwhile, forcing yourself to memorize things is likely not to be very effective because our brains are not capable of making sense of dense information quickly and forming strong associations.

It's better to use super simple tricks such as visualization (imagine what you are trying to remember), repetition (boring but effective), and learning the opposite things (create associations in your head).

And never underestimate the power of understanding that which you’re learning, because you'll never be able to remember something you can’t explain yourself.

#10

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow Arctic foxes can survive temperatures as low as -70 degrees Celsius

Weeneem , Tambako The Jaguar Report

Wubbleyew
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1 month ago

Look at that smug face. He knows he's tough

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#11

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow If an underwater bubble is collapsed by loud sound, light is produced and no one knows why

1 -Mark_YU5MAV- , AleGranholm Report

Chyppa Homer
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1 month ago

Good. So next power outage I'm gonna fart in the tub and yell at it :D

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#12

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow Some people don’t have an inner monologue, like they literally don’t have a voice in their head.

DublD96 , Matt Gibson Report

Lynda Momalo
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1 month ago

I can't even imagine. Those must be the people who fall asleep easily!

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#13

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow A woman once jumped off the 86th floor of the Empire State Building but the wind pushed her back and she fell on a ledge on the 85th floor. She survived.

reddit.com Report

Tivoli
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1 month ago

It like God ticking 'uninvite'.

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#14

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow The fact that nobody knows that if we all see colours the same way

anime_fan77 , oh_debby Report

Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

I think about that. It's more than just how you identify a color. There are colors in the aqua family I see as blue and my husband sees as green.

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#15

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow That there are people in the world who don't like music. Not one specific type, but music as a whole.

That both blows my mind and disturbs me

IncertRandomNameHere , Eugene Peretz Report

Madison Feehan
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1 month ago

Hope I don't run into any of these people, because we wouldn't be vibin'!

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#16

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow I still can’t get over the fact that teddy roosevelt got shot and continued to give a three hour speech

stevew32 , wikipedia Report

Hunter
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1 month ago

i remember learning about that i think it went like I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose

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#17

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow Ant biologists still don't know the maximum life span of most ant queens. They just live too long to keep track, and they're not too easy to keep in captivity. The longest one on record is like 30 years old, and there could easily be species that live longer than that

Broflake-Melter , yokohamayomama Report

My O My
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1 month ago

Are they all called Elizabeth?

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#18

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow There is a termite colony in the Amazon Rain Forest that is the size of Great Britain and is almost 4,000 years old. There are also hundreds of millions of termite mounds

Redditor_2017 , cell Report

Bardhi's Dad
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1 month ago

scary

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#19

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow The U.S government has an official for a Zombie apocalypse. CONPLAN 8888 also known as Counter-Zombie Dominance was written in 2011. And just in case you think it's weird bureaucratic humor, the first line reads, 'This plan was not actually designed as a joke.'

sdsanth Report

Wubbleyew
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1 month ago

A plan for Zombies but no real plan for covid. Nice work

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#20

There are more trees on Earth then there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

Confirmed by NASA.

Spajster Report

Indra Servo
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1 month ago

If you compared Milky Way with other galaxies, it's not that big

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#21

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow A neutron star is so dense that a teaspoon of material from one would weigh around 10 million tons

ladies-pmme-nudespls Report

pei meow
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1 month ago (edited)

🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯

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#22

If the timeline of the universe (up to now) was compressed into a year starting on new year's day, Homo sapiens would appear at 11:54 pm on December 31st

vsbobclear Report

Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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1 month ago

We really mess up a lot in less then a second.

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#23

Mitochondria is only passed down by mother so there's a concept of mitochondrial eve, all humans today have their mitochondrial dna derived from her

k110111 Report

Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

Hold onto your hats if you're a white supremacist. The place or origin is believed to be East Africa.

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#24

Strawberries aren’t berries. But bananas are

CallumDudo Report

pei meow
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1 month ago

Bananaberries!

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#25

The Fermi Paradox.

With the number of potentially habitable Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone, it’s very strange that we haven’t detected alien signals of any kind so far.

There’s lots of theories as to why that is, but my favorite is called the great silenceDark Forest (which sounds way cooler). Basically everyone else out there is being quiet and not transmitting because they know of some danger that we are unaware of, and they don’t want it to find them. Gives me chills.

Edit: It’s interesting that most of the replies here, joking or serious, correspond to legitimate theories on the Fermi Paradox.

azermanus Report

Scagsy
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1 month ago

They may be transmitting in an entirely new form which we don't possess

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#26

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow That the biggest bacteria species known, Thiomargarita namibiensis, can have a maximum diameter of 0.7 millimeters, which is big enough for you to see it without a microscope.

That's insane if you consider that your average bacteria species has a diameter of 0.001 millimeters.

Cachuchotas , wikipedia. Report

KittyComics
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1 month ago

wow

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#27

How a computer does what it does. Blows my mind how 1's and 0's can do so much. Maybe I'm uneducated, but still mind blowing

VeryAutisticWeeb Report

Johnny
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1 month ago

The 1's and 0's aren't so amazing, binary math is easily understood -- the amazing thing to me is the timing, the fastest CPU's can reach 5Ghz, that's so fast that light can only travel around 2 inches with every CPU clock tick.

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#28

A pig will eat a whole human body except for the teeth

TheTommyKnockerZ Report

pei meow
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1 month ago

I don't want to know how they found that out.

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#29

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow The way the human brain works. These cells that are powered by tiny jolts of electricity are collectively having conscious thoughts, coming up with morals and empathy and every human behavior

pigeon_q , Jerimee Richir Report

Rissie
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1 month ago

Those eyebrows.....

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#30

Interesting-Facts-Mind-Blow That Neutrinos have mass and every second of every day about a billion of them are going through every square inch of your body - but the space between your atoms is so huge there's pretty much a 0% chance they will ever hit you

ProbablyNotArcturian , Ryan Report

Jus
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1 month ago

I'm more amazed that we consist of atoms with huge spaces in between and we are still in one piece. Wow.

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