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The internet is chock full of amusing and interesting information. But some of it is so ‘out there’ that your initial instinct might be skepticism. While having that instinct is really important in this day and age (yuck, misinformation), the reality is that some claims are simply weird. Fact really is weirder than fiction in some cases.
One r/AskReddit fan, u/Fairy_Electra, sparked a really fun discussion on the online group by asking everyone to share the most ridiculous facts they know. Not only are they beyond bizarre, but they might reignite your curiosity about the world, too. We’ve picked out some of the best posts, so check them out below!

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Crows have the intelligence of a 7 year old human child. They recognize faces, make tools, use currency amongst themselves, understand physics and are self aware. They've been seen doing things like dropping walnuts in intersections for cars to run over and waiting for the light to pick up the seeds from the street.

If you p**s them off, they'll tell other local murders about you and pass that hatred of you on to their offspring, making you a lifetime enemy and do s**t like drop rocks on your car windshield and punch holes in your screen door.

I know this last fact from personal experience because my grandma made enemies with the crows where she lived when they started eating her crops. She would swing her broom at them and accidentally killed one by throwing a shoe at it. Every time I visited her, they'd s**t all over my car and tuck bramble into my car's vents and exhaust. Even after she died, they peck at her gravestone and leave shells and bramble around her grave.

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Someone booked a press conference at 4 seasons lawn care instead of 4 seasons the hotel. They then proceeded with the press conference anyway.

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When it comes to life in the digital age, having a healthy amount of skepticism for everything you read, watch, and hear online is an absolute must. One study conducted by researchers from MIT found that false news spreads more rapidly than real news on the Twitter (now X) social network. And it’s not because of bots, either. It mainly comes down to real people retweeting false news.

“We found that falsehood diffuses significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth, in all categories of information, and in many cases by an order of magnitude,” Sian Aral, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, said.

#4

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Cats don’t communicate to one another through meowing. Meowing isn’t cat speak. Cats developed their meows in order to communicate with humans (and get their attention/beg for food).

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Cows are really social animals and always have, at least, one friend. And we humans actually can become one of their friends. Resulting in us being able to train them and even being able to ride them and doing horse jumping with them.

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know There's a town in Japan with the grave of Jesus Christ. This is based on the story that Jesus travelled to Japan for the 12 years before his ascension to divinity. His brother, Isukiri, took his place on the cross and Jesus fled back to Japan, becoming a garlic farmer until his death of old age, married with 3 daughters.

I greatly prefer this version of events.

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The MIT study found that false news stories were a jaw-dropping 70% more likely to be retweeted than real news items. Not only that, but real stories took roughly 6 times longer to reach the benchmark of 1,5k people than misinformation.

Essentially, this suggests that falsehoods are more likely to go viral—and they do so faster and with more impact—on social media platforms than real news.

This means that internet users should take the time to double-check any claims that sound dubious, overly dramatic, ‘spicy,’ or have a clear bias. If it sounds too good or bad to be true, it probably is. (Real life is often much more mundane and nuanced.) In short, don’t repost/reshare/retweet anything mindlessly because you’d only be adding to the problem.

#7

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Every "c" in the "Pacific Ocean" is pronounced differently.

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Mimi La Souris
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4 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

who said it slowly in his/her/their head to check? ✋🏻 (edit for saphyre)

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#8

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know If you take a leech and put it in a maze, it will eventually find it's way around. If you take that leech, blend it and feed it to another leech, that leech will already know it's way around the maze. This is called chemical memory.

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know TASER is an acronym. It stands for Thomas A. Swifts Electric Rifle. It's from a book published in 1911 called Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle.

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That said, skepticism is hard work. Double-checking every single claim that you come across in the news or on social media can be exhausting. Not everyone has the time to spend countless hours cross-referencing facts and delving into history books to refute iffy and spammy misinformation.

There are jobs to work, kids to raise, college essays to write, chores to avoid, and cute pets to photograph. That’s why evaluating the (un)reliability of a source rather than each individual fact is a better way to spend your time.

The News Literacy Project urges people to start things off by doing a quick search to learn more about a particular news outlet or reporter. You can look at the ethical guidelines and standards they follow and get an eye for the general quality of their work.

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Are they transparent about where they get their information from? Do they link to multiple sources? Do they credit other people or organizations? Do they make corrections if they realize that they’ve made mistakes?

#10

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Pineapples used to be so expensive and rare that rich people would RENT them for fancy parties as decorations.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep. This was when pineapples were grown in the hothouses of grand estates. Creating the right environment for growing pineapples was so expensive that only the richest families could afford that.

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know You will never find broccoli growing in the wild because it was developed through centuries of careful plant breeding.

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#12

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Frogs can't keep their eyes open when eating food . When a frog swallows food, it pulls its eyes down into the roof of its mouth. The eyes helps push the food down its throat.

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Credible sources aren’t afraid of owning up to errors. They are not secretive about where they get their data from. Nor are they scared of showing a more nuanced, rather than biased, view of the world.

Of course, no single source is going to be ‘perfect.’ They’ll make mistakes from time to time. But they’ll own up to them. And they’re still a better alternative than heavily politicized outlets with a clear agenda and a narrow view of things.

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#13

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know The Lewis and Clark expedition can be tracked because they left excess deposits of mercury in the soil.

They were all constipated from their meat based diet, so they were taking these mercury based laxatives called Thunder Clappers.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is simultaneously the best name for, and the worst concept for, a laxative.

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know If sound could travel through space, the roar of the sun would be deafening even though it's 93M miles away.

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This video has the sounds of all the planets in our system. https://youtu.be/IQL53eQ0cNA?si=oWNK5r13mVYfF3bg

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know In the 1970’s there were about half as many people as there are today.

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Which of the facts in this list surprised you the most, Pandas? What is the most ridiculous or bizarre fact that you personally know? What do you do when you stumble on a claim on the news or social media that you’re not quite sure you can trust?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so if you have a spare moment, why not scroll down and share yours in the comment section?

#16

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know There exists a jellyfish by the name of Turritopsis dohrnii that can control its own aging process making it immortal.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Would that be more commonly know as "the immortal jellyfish" by any chance? /s

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know In 1927, a guy named Ebenenzer Byers injured his arm on a train and got prescribed a medicine called Radithor to deal with the pain. He apparently really liked how it made him feel, taking more and more and more until the effect stopped.

He started getting headaches, lost weight and his teeth began falling out. And then in 1931 his f*****g lower jaw fell off.

Radithor, it turns out, was just Radium mixed into water. That's it. He irradiated himself for about 4 years until eventually he died in 1932.

Edit: I really hate and love the fact that nearly every comment is a dad joke. This is amazing and I blame all of you for it.

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#19

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know The Supreme Court in America has a basket ball court in the top floor and it’s called. You guessed it: the highest court in the land.

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#20

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Birds’ bones are not hollow to be lighter. They are also more dense, which means they end up weighing about the same even though they are hollow. The structure does add some stiffness, but does not really make them appreciably lighter.

The *actual* reason that birds’ bones are hollow is to add volume to the air sacks that are part of their (extremely different) respiratory system.

*The insides of birds’ bones are part of their respiratory system?!*

Also, air only flows one way through birds’ lungs, with these air sacks basically pumping air through them.

Birds are weird af.

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#21

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Most of the sand on tropical beaches is parrotfish poop.

Parrotfish feed on algae and microorganisms found on coral, they crush it in their beaks, and pass it through their digestive system.

Some species produce 2000 pounds of sand per year.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh. I remeber I used to love eating sand when I was a kid, does that mean I was eating s**t?

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know You can see your own nose. Your brain just ignores it.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one bothers me for years now. What else is my brain not telling me?

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Counting non-stop, it would take you about 12 days to count to a million.

It would take you 31 years to count to a billion.

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#24

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Not really ridiculous, but more sad.

We don’t know Albert Einstein’s last words, as he spoke them in German to a nurse who only knew English.

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#25

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Vikings would use animals bones when creating their weapons are armor which would make it stronger due to the carbon being added to the metal, not due to their belief of the animal's spirit embodying the weapon or armor.

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#27

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Kangaroos can't hop backwards. If you're ever in a fight with a Kangaroo (looking at you Aussies)...just get behind him.

**thanks Daniel Tosh.

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#28

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know The chainsaw was invented to aid with childbirth.

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#30

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know The term for single pieces of confetti is confetto.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like many Italian-derived words, particularly for food, we in English fail to distinguish between plural and singular terms. See also spaghetti (pl of spaghetto), panini - panino, bruschetta - singular form, plural bruschette, etc.

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know A word you can type on the top letter row of a standard keyboard is TYPEWRITER

And the only word in the English language with 3 consecutive double letters is BOOKKEEPER. I'm a bookkeeper.

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#32

Umami can be translated as " tasty taste".

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#33

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Snails can sleep for 3 years.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They always told me i'm an expert sleeper .... but I'm not nearly that good :(

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Clouds can weigh millions of pounds, and snails have thousands of teeth.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's not teeth but a radula, a tounge covered in hard spines used to lick-grind their food.

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Baby Koalas get their immune systems by letting the mother Koala literally c**p in their mouths.

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#36

That following the invention of basketball in 1891 it took another 15 years before someone replaced the peach baskets with metal hoops & nets, which had previously required someone with a ladder to go get the ball out of the basked after each & every point scored.

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In all of recorded human history, only one person has survived an untreated rabies infection. Otherwise, for all intents and purposes, untreated rabies is 100% fatal.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It has a 100% death rate once symptoms show. If you get rabies treatment as soon as you're bitten by a rabid animal, you have a very good chance of survival.

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know Roses have prickles not thorns. One of the few things I remember from botany class.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thorns are modified plant organs such as branches, prickles are sharp outgrowths from the epidermis of a plant. Roses do indeed have prickles and not thorns.

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Everyone once held the record for the youngest person in the world.

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know I don’t know if it’s ridiculous but is definitely fascinating. ‘Dreamt’ is the only word in the English language that ends with ‘mt’.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Meanwhile "dreamed" is also correct. Let's just eliminate that one lone ranger

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know If you properly shuffle a deck of playing cards odds are that the arrangement of those cards has never been seen, nor will be seen again. Another way of saying it..there are 52 factorial (52!) ways if arranging a deck of cards....an impossibly large number.

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4 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For those who, like me, slept through the lesson: 52! (52 factorial) is 52 × 51 × 50 ... × 3 × 2 × 1.

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#42

Cleopatra lived closer to the creation of Pizza Hut than she did the creation of the great pyramids


Trex lived closer to modern day man than he did stegosaurus.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It took 4 times longer to get from copper- to steel swords than it took from the development of steel swords to nuclear weapons

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#43

Teddy Rosevelt wanted a wrestling ring in his NY Governor’s office. When he didn’t get one, he told people to meet him at the governor’s mansion until he tweaked his back.

When he was president, he learned Jujitsu in the Oval.

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#44

You know the Challenger explosion? It was caused by launching during conditions that were too cold for one of the critical o-rings. That type of o-ring smells like cinnamon.

These are the kind of weird tidbits that you pick up while learning materials science.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel so bad for Roger Boisjoly, who desperately tried to warn everyone it was too cold for the launch and was ultimately ignored. He never got over it, apparently.

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“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know The Telletubbies are around 10 feet tall.

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#46

In Japan in the 1980’s, an unknown person or group of people kidnapped the president of a candy company, taunted the police, claimed to poison said company’s candy (no poisoned candy was found), targeted another candy company, poisoned a few packs of this company’s candy, and then taunted the police some more. They stopped because a chief of police committed suicide by lighting himself on fire. Over a million officers worked on the case, yet no leads ever lead to capturing whoever was dubbed “The Monster with 21 Faces”. One of my favorite unsolved mysteries, especially considering how many hints the perp/s gave to police.

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#47

The incident where Michael Jackson caught his hair on fire in the '80s was, within a day, the exact halfway point of his life.

a) 8/29/1958 - date of his birth
b) 1/27/1984 - date of burn incident
c) 6/25/2009 - date of his death

Days between a and b - 9,282 days
Days between b and c - 9,281 days.

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#48

After mating, the male anglerfish will bite into the female and be fused and eventually absorbed into the female’s body.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is this the one that eventually becomes just a pair of testes on the outside of the female's body?

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The Outerbridge Crossing is a bridge that connects Staten Island to New Jersey. It’s the southernmost bridge in New York State and arguably the outermost bridge in New York City.

Anyway, it was named after Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We have a landmark near Cape Town which is the most south-westerly point of Africa. (after "most southerly" point got debunked, because it's Cape Agulhas). Now that is like being half pregnant. I am busy looking for the most south-south-westerly point now and build my house there.

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#50

Playing the lottery numbers 1-2-3-4-5-6 has just as much of a chance of winning as any other number combination. You're more likely to have to split it with others that also guessed that way though.

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The probability of a shared birthday exceeds 50% in a group of only 23 people.

Or that there are more ways to arrange a 52 deck of cards, than there are atoms on Earth. If you shuffle 52 cards well, that particular deck arrangement is almost certainly unique, and has never occurred in history! You are the first person holding it.

Or that time dilation is an actual thing. GPS systems, to be able to work with this accuracy, have to take both gravitational time dilation and relativistic time dilation (velocity) into account.

Another one is that matter can display characteristics of both waves and particles, it is the wave particle duality of quantum mechanics. It may sound a bit boring, but look into the double-slit experiment, it is mind-blowing. This experiment is the generator of many “crazy” theories and interpretations.

I kind of broke the rules and shared 4… but this crazy stuff sometimes keeps me up at night!

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#52

Ants out number humans one million to one.

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#53

The Caesar Salad was invented in Tijuana Mexico.

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#54

“Your Brain Just Ignores It”: 50 People Share The Most Ridiculous Fact They Know The number of the trees on earth is more than the number of the stars in the milky way.

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#55

An adult male of average height has enough iron in their blood to make a 2 inch iron finishing nail.

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4 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are the Things that Make a Man: Iron enough to make a nail, Lime enough to paint a wall, Water enough to drown a dog, Sulphur enough to stop the fleas, Potash enough to wash a shirt, Gold enough to buy a bean, Silver enough to coat a pin, Lead enough to ballast a bird, Phosphor enough to light the town, Poison enough to kill a cow, Strength enough to build a home, Time enough to hold a child, Love enough to break a heart. Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith

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#56

There are *more* bacteria in you, than there is *you*. Due to the human gut flora.

Scientifically accurate estimates of the bacteria vs human cells ratio: 38 trillion microbial cells (3.8x1013) versus 30 trillion human cells (3x1013), which leads to a 1.3:1 ratio.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

recent studies showing that the intestinal microbiota is our second brain are super interesting, although I would tend to think that it is the first and we have the illusion of the opposite

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Project Acoustic Kitty

In the 1960s, some people at the CIA thought it would be a brilliant idea to use a Cat, wired up with a microphone and antenna, to spy on Soviet Agents talking in Washington DC parks (where you couldn't setup reliable bugs).

There's a couple versions of how the project came to an end. Either:

A) The prototype cat was hit by a cab immediately at the start of it's first field trial.

B) The Cat(s) were proving too difficult to train/control (duh), so those that were surgically 'enhanced' with microphones and antenna were returned to normal.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

CIA spends $$$ time and expertise in conditionning brains to train cats. Cats : meh

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#58

If the earth was covered in glass and something cracked it, it would take approximately 3 hours for the crack to travel the earths entire circumference.

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#59

One of the main reasons syphilis has become such a serious STD over history is largely due to Christopher Columbus and his crew. They got it from llamas they encountered in the Americas. While it's probably that some of the crew, unfortunately, had an infected llama spit at them, the most likely reason why so many got it is because they were sleeping with llamas.

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4 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is not true. Best research says syphilis was a New World disease, based on human skeletal remains, pre Columbian. His voyages didn’t get anywhere close to the Andes (llama territory). His crew likely got it from other humans.

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