It all started a couple of months ago while arguing with my Let's Get Sciencey brother in arms, Marco. The subject? How many Eiffel Towers deep is the ocean?

Of course, we Googled and "mathed" our way to the answer.

After that, we kept looking for more random science facts to feed our awkward personalities that rely only on weird bits of trivia when put in the awful situation of attending a party.

The hardest thing for us was to find at least one genuine scientific source to back up the facts we found, so, after filtering all our information, arguing like two bitter old ladies, and continuously raising our standards, we gathered 100 weird science facts.

However, ain't nobody got time to read 100 facts. So we selected our favorite 29 and illustrated them, just to prove how freaking ridiculous they are.

More info: letsgetsciencey.com

#1

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

The Aspidocelis Uniparens lizards are all females. There are no males as they don't need them for reproduction.

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Dynein
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1 year ago

I've heard about them and just checked some more facts on wikipedia. Just as I remembered, these lizards still need a stimulus - "pseudo-copulation", i.e. one female humps anther. An interesting fact that I didn't know is that they're triploid - they don't have two (like pretty much any other animal), but three sets of chromosomes. Which explains why they don't reproduce sexually. Normally, a zygote gets half of the total number of chromosome sets from each of the parents. But you can't really do that with three sets, you'd either get gametes with a different number of sets, meaning the offspring might be di-, tri-,or tetraploid (which doesn't work within one animal species), or both gametes would only get half of one of the sets - that would be even worse.

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We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Some Northern Cardinals are half female, half male, with their bodies colored half red on the male side and brown on the female side.

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Natasha Forchione
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1 year ago

Say whaaaa.....O_O

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#3

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

There's a volcano in Guatemala that erupts every hour. It's been doing so for over a century.

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Meop
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1 year ago

Every hour?!? The air in that area must be very polluted by all the ash..

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#4

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Hyenas are closer related to cats than dogs.

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HANS
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1 year ago

The hyenas got a big laugh out of this one!

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#5

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Beta Mandrils gain bigger testicles, more colors on their face, and the ability to reproduce only after winning a fight.

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Ahnnah Newell
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1 year ago

I would never gain that because I can't fight.

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#6

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

You can make whiskey out of diabetic person's urine. That's how much sugar it contains.

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Vernice Aure
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1 year ago

I can only imagine the circumstances surrounding this discovery...

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#7

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Phobias are caused by memories passed down genetically from our ancestors.

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Kusotare
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1 year ago

This is scientifically unprovable.

Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/genetic-memory-how-we-know-things-we-never-learned/?redirect=1. There is also proof that trauma is passed down genetically and has negative affects on the offspring of victims. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5977074/

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Ahnnah Newell
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1 year ago

bull

Kenny Kulbiski
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1 year ago

Who knew? Apparently one of my caveman ancestors was terrorised by a clown.

elfin
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1 year ago

I disagree with at least the wording of this. I can belief that instincts can be passed down--things bigger than us are dangerous, jaws and claws are dangerous, but I'd sure like to see evidence that memories can actually be passed down genetically.

Christina Sersif
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1 year ago

That's interesting. It also explains the people who have an irrational fear of something, but can't explain where or why it came from.

Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

When my son was around four months old, there was an intense thunderstorm and there was a bolt of lightning right overhead followed by a very loud crack of thunder only about a second later. The baby was on a rug on the floor and I was sitting on the sofa. Looking down on him I realized that he was staring at my face in order to learn how to react to this. I am absolutely certain that he would have had to deal with a lifelong phobia of lightning and thunder if I had shown signs of being afraid. I was of course startled, but not afraid. So keep your cool around your little ones.

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Katchen
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1 year ago (edited)

This sounds as though it’s trying to explain natural selection or imprinting but not quite getting it.

Olof T
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1 year ago

Bogus. Only mutations that affect the reproductive cells can be passed on to the next generations. Memories are not mutations and does not affect the reproductive cells. There is a part of the brain that exists specifically to spot snakes. That's why many people are instinctively afraid of snakes. It has nothing to do with memories from our ancestors. If a child sees a parent being afraid of bees or dirt there is a chance that the phobia is passed on because a child's cognitive brain is easy to affect.

Esther
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1 year ago (edited)

Did something happen to my ancestor(s) that makes me afraid of thunder and lighting? Or that I'm afraid of heights? Dogs that I'm not familiar with? Does that also explain why I'm afraid of strangers? (I'm not afraid of small children I don't know, it's the grown people that I don't know that I worry about)

Patrick Millet
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1 year ago

Some common phobias like fear of snakes and spiders, perhaps also heights or closed spaces and such are theorized to be evolved traits that helped our ancestors survive in the wild but other phobias are clearly not. At best, they are a hijacking of our inherited survival mechanisms, but I don't think clowns were common predators for humans.

Patrick Millet
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1 year ago

(although they have been, at itmes)

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karen snyder
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1 year ago

Wow. This particular type of Stupid hurts in every direction. Biological determinism is about the most uneducated crap that there is. HINT; Real phobias come from real trauma; Not ancestral, genetic "memories."

Bob 2.0
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1 year ago

It's not "genetic memory"- that doesn't exist. It's more that the people who were genetically disposed to be afraid of certain dangerous things survived to mate while others didn't. It's close to genetic memory, but I thought I should point that out.

Dynein
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1 year ago

You can have all kinds of phobias... including phobias of balloons, dolls, needles... I have a reeeaaally hard time believing this fact; maybe a misunderstanding from the most common phobias being not exactly wrong fears in essence, just far too extreme? "Understandable" fears aren't based on memory either, though, it's just that if you have a natural , partly genetic fear of something dangerous (i.e. a "useful phobia"), you are more likely to survive AND pass that down to your descendants.

Michael D.
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1 year ago

This on I don't believe at all.

Isle_of_stressed_pilots
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1 year ago

Did someone like, repeatedly stab my ancestors with a needle or...?

Jude
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1 year ago

Love that blanket statement that phobias are genetic memories. I suggest the authors read the entirety of the article from the NCBI and learn just what DNA methylation is. Or is their other job writing for the National inquirer and the Daily Mail? At no time does the article state that memories are passed down but only that trauma *may* cause transgenerational changes by DNA methylation.

Daric Apai (Darquestar1)
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1 year ago

If someone has a fear of dying alone and not ever having progeny then how can they pass this on?

Jace
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1 year ago

That’s part of the social and sexual reproduction system giving you those feelings.

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Daria B
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1 year ago

I have arachnophobia. Does that mean my family are descendants of villains from Spiderman?

Jo Choto
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1 year ago

How is this science? It is impossible to test or prove.

Whatevers not taken
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1 year ago

I'm calling bullshit on this one. Where is the proof.

Quinn Nix
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1 year ago

This is true! And the movie "Altered States" was based on real science. (Wink. Grin.)

Sophie Warner
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1 year ago

So my genes now contain the pathological, but completely rational, fear of chickens? (There was an incident in my childhood, long story!) Cool! Sorry kids...

Sally Miller
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1 year ago

But think of it this way: it was evolutionarily advantageous to avoid spiders, snakes, heights, , because they could cause death.

Ashley Lopez
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9 months ago

Then why am I afraid of going down the escalator?? .__.

Rachel Austin
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1 year ago

Interesting...well I have always had a phobia of wasps 😬

Allie G.
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1 year ago

I think "memories" is a bad word choice, but I can't think of a better one. Phobias tend to be things that we are afraid of for survival reasons, such as arachnophobia would theoretically prevent you from being bitten by a venomous spider because you'd be a mile away before it noticed you. This is not to say however that some of these phobias aren't cultural (we learn to be afraid of things because our parents are afraid of them, see my cousins and their fear of any animal in the world because of their mother. We had to hide the guinea pig when they came over because he might suddenly gain a 5ft vertical leap and go straight for the jugular) and some are due to psychological issues (fear of balloons, fear of your own limbs, etc.).

Sally Miller
Community Member
1 year ago

Scientists don't really talk about "proving" things. When the science supports/negates a theory, they write about it. Then other people write about it, and eventually it gets spun in ways that aren't "provable" necessarily.

ゾーイドレーガー
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1 year ago

no wonder I'm a dog magnet

Anna Wentz
Community Member
1 year ago

One word.Epigenetics. my friends studying genetics never shut up about it. I'm not sure if this is factually accurate. Epigenetics change how your genes are read causing certain traits to be displayed base on familial background. A classic example is if your grandmother was in a famine...your probably going to be on average skinnier or shorter than someone whose grandmother wasn't. Not sure if this applies to phobias but I could see it.

Dynein
Community Member
1 year ago

Your one-sentence-summary of epigenetics is correct, but in the example, the offspring has more weight - famine leads to epigenetic changes that make the metabolism more efficient and improve the ability to form fat reserves. Traumatic experiences with e.g. animals CAN affect the offspring, but only in really general terms like increased likelihood for depression. But as the scientific "fact" is stated here, it would have to be something exact like someone having a traumatic experience with a dog and their offspring instinctively being afraid of dogs - for genetic reasons, not because the parent teaches them that fear. And that doesn't work, you can't pass on the memory of an exact object.

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Nick Laurie
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1 year ago

rubbish

Yael
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1 year ago

I thought phobias were caused by either classic conditioning or a vicarious fear like when a child sees a parent fear something, they learn to fear the same thing??

Jessica
Community Member
1 year ago

Then I must've had something terrifying happen with spiders

Olof T
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1 year ago

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1 year ago

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Annette VanDeusen
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1 year ago

I believe that!!

Jack Urquhart
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1 year ago

says who.

GenXandEarnedItAll
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, my idiot ex-husband is scared of spiders and has passed this fear onto my son...

Stille20
Community Member
1 year ago

Phobias can be cause by genetic memories, but other things as well

•DepoCatoes
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1 year ago

lol, how that supposed happen when our ancestor die fisrt before "biological" thingy 😂

Marika Aeon
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1 year ago

well in this case my ancestor(s) must be really brave person or live at really save place ...since I am not scared of any animal instead of hornet :D I don't why but this is only animal thanks to which I start running :D

Bluebell Rizzi
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1 year ago

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#8

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

The world's fasted land animal ever recorded was a cheetah named ... Sarah.

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Note Worthy
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1 year ago

The also taught her to fetch. Thats why the area is named Sarah-getty.

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We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Songbirds are into voyeurism.

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Vernice Aure
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1 year ago

So much for territorialism...

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#10

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Grasshoppers have ears on their stomachs.

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Vic
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1 year ago

I wish I had extra stomachs on my ear, so I could eat more..v😊😊

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We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Scallops have up to 200 eyes.

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Christina Sersif
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1 year ago

but taste delicious

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#12

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Raccoons see with their hands. Actually, they use their sense of touch to locate their food and are able to differentiate between objects at night only with their paws.

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Virgil Blue
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1 year ago

Pans labyrinth flashback!

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#13

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

A man called Charles Osborne spent 68 years of his life hiccuping. He died one year after they stopped.

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Ahnnah Newell
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1 year ago

that is so sad.. .

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We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Sometimes Komodo dragon females mate with their male offsprings. They're also capable of reproducing without males.

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Vernice Aure
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1 year ago

Well, considering the the bacterial load in their mouths, it must be hard to get a mate. Talk about dragon breath...

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#15

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Peanuts are legumes, not nuts. So technically speaking, people that are allergic to peanuts are actually allergic to legumes, not nuts.

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Christina Sersif
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1 year ago

We can bring you a nice plate of lettuce

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We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Apples float because they're 23% air.

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Walter Nata
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1 year ago

Not because they are witches? Well thanks a lot Monte Python.

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#17

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

The country with the most tornadoes per square mile is ... the United Kingdom.

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Marika Aeon
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1 year ago

what? can anybody explain me this?

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#18

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Naked mole rats live in colonies with a single queen giving birth to all the workers.

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Wesley Liford
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1 year ago

like bees and ants.

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We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Violin bows are only made from horse hair.

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Shireen
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1 year ago

Really?! Is that why they're so expensive?!

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We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Fruit flies use poop to attract their mates.

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Christina Sersif
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1 year ago

Well that's just sh!tty

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#21

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

The orange existed for 200 years before the color orange.

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Christina Sersif
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1 year ago

So what color was orange before orange?

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Polar bears are cannibals.

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Christina Sersif
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1 year ago

Considering their lack of resources and how it continues to dwindle, this doesn't surprise me. It's all about survival.

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#23

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

There's a species of horned screeching birds called ... the horned screamers. They're as terrifying as they sound.

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debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago

where can i hear their albums?

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#24

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong littered the moon's surface with over 100 pieces of trash.

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Christina Sersif
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1 year ago

Everywhere humans go we destroy. SMH.

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#25

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

The Alps formed after the dinosaurs went extinct.

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Lucinda Overhoussen
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1 year ago

The meteorite landed just off the coast of Mexico. If it had hit deep water or land, the dinosaurs would not have been wiped out and the earth would still be the land of the dinosaurs.

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#26

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

The ocean is eleven Eiffel Towers stacked on top of each other deep (3,682.2 meters).

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Ahnnah Newell
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1 year ago

not all parts of the ocean are that freakin' deep, so which one do you mean?!

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#27

We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Great apes are incapable of telling the difference between musical genres.

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Mimi
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1 year ago

Koko the famous gorilla, capable of sign language, was able to share her thoughts - amongst others- about death, about nature and friendship. I'm pretty sure she could tell the difference between Deathmetal and Mozart, then. But little do I know...

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We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

Lobsters and jellyfish are immune to the passing of time. Sadly, they're not protected from disease of injury.

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pete stringer
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1 year ago

This is technically incorrect, Lobsters can repair their own DNA (by regrowing the materials that maintain it called telomerase ) there is a lot of research into it, HOWEVER nature prevents immortal crustaceans in a rather cruel way. While they can theoretically get larger and larger as time passes assuming they avoid danger and disease, eventually they get so big that to shed their old shell for the newer one to accommodate their size they aren't able to physically ingest the energy required and either die crushed in their own shell, or via the variety of issues arising from being unable to make the change due to dietary limitations. (at one point their stomach not allowing enough food to convert to the energy required to shed etc) - most however do not live to be large enough for this to be an issue due to fishing and dangers of being so large. Largest one recorded weighed: 51.5 lbs (23.36 kg) and was caught in Maine, USA in 1926. Largest-Lo...294772.jpg Largest-Lobster-from-Maine-5cdedb4294772.jpg

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We Illustrated 29 Real Science Facts To Prove How Ridiculous They Are

The most dangerous animal in the world is ... the common house fly.

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Just a Purpler
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1 year ago

I'd be curious to see the citations for this, I've been told and seen research showing mosquitoes are the most dangerous.

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