The world is a strange place. You think you know how it works, but all it takes is one good documentary, and you end up questioning everything around you. Maybe even your own existence.

Heck, if you're lucky, you don't even need a twenty-to-sixty-minute video to expand your horizons. A quick scroll might be enough. And it brings me great joy to tell you that today we are, indeed, fortunate.

Recently, Redditor Aden_Elvis77 asked other users to share facts that sound fake but are actually true, starting a thread that has become an online archive of some of the most interesting trivia you can find.

#1

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread An infinite supply of food would not solve world hunger. We actually have more than enough food to end world hunger, the issue is with distribution/logistics.

honeybutterbuscuit , Dennis Siqueira Report

#2

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread More plastic flamingos exist on earth than living flamingos.

The same is true for unicorns.

Positive-Source8205 , Alan Levine Report

#3

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread it took longer for humans to go from a Bronze sword to an Iron sword, than It took to go from an iron sword to the atomic bomb.

Joe_PM2804 , Ricardo Cruz Report

BetterBitterButter
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And if we don't tread carefully it won't take long to send us to ash age.

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#4

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Humans can smell some components of the smell of rain (the geosmin part of petrichor, specifically) far better than sharks can small blood in water.

Ratmatazz , Anna Atkins Report

Celena Camps
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in a rain forest area .. and love the smell of the rain. Also can sense the rain (hours before) is coming by the smell, moisture in the air.

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#5

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread James Garfield could write in Greek with one hand and in Latin with the other at the same time

TheDangerHeisenberg , Aaron Burden Report

#6

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread I’m shocked by the amount of people that refuse to believe narwhals are real animals. I’ve got one tattooed on my forearm, so I probably get people talking to me about them more often than normal lol. It usually ends in me pulling up pictures on google, and them still being skeptical.

cheechiie , пресс-служба ПАО " Report

Mr.Kris
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They probably think the earth is flat too, lol.

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#7

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" marks the one and only time that Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny have ever officially appeared in the same place at the same time, as well as Daffy and Donald.

All characters screentime between both companies was timed down to the frame to make sure they both had exactly equal amounts with their characters

Yuni_smiley , epicurious_aussie Report

UKGrandad
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, they didn't want Mickey or Bugs to suffer a bruised ego if one got more screen time. Cartoon characters are famously precious about these things.

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#8

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread The average blood pressure of a giraffe is around 300/190. They need to have a high BP to get the blood all the way up the neck to profuse the brain with oxygen. I am thoroughly impressed by their cardiovascular system.

anastasiaanne , Gary Bendig Report

#9

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread A single coal power plant produces more toxic waste in a year than every nuclear power plant has ever made.

ob-2-kenobi , Jason Blackeye Report

OhnoI’vebeencensored
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Slightly misleading, the nuclear waste is much more toxic but has a much smaller volume/mass, so is much easier to contain. The coal plant just spews toxic gases into the air and dumps toxic ash in sludge ponds. Not to mention carbon emissions. A more revealing statistic is the comparison of deaths per terawatt hour of electricity generated. 24.62 for coal, 0.03 for nuclear. Source: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/death-rates-from-energy-production-per-twh

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#10

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Anne Frank, Martin Luther King, and Barbara Walters were all born in the same year

Crooooow , F. Ferro Report

BetterBitterButter
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anne Frank a life that was cut short by evil and yet we know her name across the world. Dr King didn't live for very long as well and we know him through whatever he did in that time.

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#11

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Platypus glow under blacklights

KingZaneTheStrange , Meg Jerrard Report

#12

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Komodo dragons usually reproduce sexually, but females in captivity have been known to reproduce by parthenogenesis, without the need for sperm.

Dusty_Roller , Spencer Weart Report

K- THULU
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Watch out guys, we're one evolutionary leap away from being obsolete.....

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#13

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Shaq 3-point stats. He made: 1 in his career

berlinheroes , Cubahora Report

#14

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Our eyes view everything upside down, but our mind flips it right side up

alexisallore , Paul Savage Report

#15

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread The northernmost point in Brazil is closer to Canada than it is to the southernmost point in Brazil.

prof_dynamite , Lara Jameson Report

Agfox
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Similarly, the easternmost point in Brazil is closer to Africa than it is to the westernmost point in Brazil

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#16

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Every single person on Earth could have about 950 square feet in Texas and leave the rest of the world completely empty. (Not that anyone would want that!)

Murky-Purple , Marcy Reiford Report

#17

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Carrots were purple in medieval times.

MermaidandtheKraken , Darya Pino Report

#18

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Almonds are from the peach family.

RifleShower , Nacho Fernández Report

Erin Geiger
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you look inside the pit of a peach, the center looks just like an almond

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#19

The Italian name for the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” roughly translates to “If You Dump Me, I Delete You.”

Sunny64888 Report

#20

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Strawberry is not a berry but banana is

Meowsommar , alleksana Report

Grant Barke
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A strawberry is a multiple fruit which consists of many tiny individual fruits embedded in a fleshy receptacle.

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#21

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Sharks are older than trees

com2420 , GEORGE DESIPRIS Report

Grant Barke
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That explains why wood is not a food source for sharks.

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#22

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread The number of ants on Earth has a mass greater than all birds and mammals combined

InquisitaB , Marco Neri Report

S
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ants rule the world ... we couldn't eliminate them if we wanted to -- without killing off ourselves.

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#23

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Black pepper is a stone fruit, similar to an apricot

Dreadsin , M Mahbub A Alahi Report

harpling
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But do ground apricot flakes add zest to food?

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#24

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread The Rope Around The Earth Problem

Take a rope tied tautly around a basketball. Now the rope must be lengthened so that there is a one foot gape between the ball and the rope at all points, as if the rope is hovering a foot away around the entirety of the ball. How much must the rope be lengthened to accomplish this? 6.28 Feet.

Now take a rope around tied tautly around the equator of the earth. We have the same goal for the one foot hovering gap around the entirety of the earth. How far must the rope be lengthened? 6.28 Feet.

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This is so counter intuitive just about no one will believe it until shown the math

-Slartibart , The New York Public Library Report

Kel_how
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No point showing me the math because I most certainly wouldn't understand it. I'll take you at you word.

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#25

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread A French guy once ate an entire airplane.

CauliflowerDaffodil , Khamkéo Vilaysing Report

#26

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima released an amount of energy equivalent to the conversion of 0.7 grams ( about the weight of a paperclip) of matter into energy.

tazzietiger66 , US military Report

Ivy Johnson
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That seems so small - but its genuinely terrifying - a gigantic amount of energy is required to translate energy into mass

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#27

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Everest is nowhere close to being the farthest away from the center of the earth. The top of Chimborazo in Ecuador is 2.1 km farther away, even crazier is that Chimborazo isn't even the highest mountain in the Andes.

SkinnyObelix , Michael Clarke Report

#28

According to the Doomsday argument, there is a 95% chance that in the next 9120 years human civilization will die out.

SheikhYekaterinburg Report

#29

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Your brain can’t really distinguish between imagination and reality.

Darya_Jaen , MART PRODUCTION Report

$cagsy
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mine can. In my imagination I'm a Platinum-selling rock star with a bevy of groupies and a fleet of sports cars parked at my huge mansion. In reality, I'm an out-of-work football coach, living off cereal with a wife and a dog. It's quite easy.

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#30

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread The shortest commercial flight in the world lasted 57 seconds. It was a Loganair flight between two Scottish islands, Westray and Papa Westray. It was recorded the shortest commercial flight, with the distance of 1.7 miles.

AnneKellyy , Josue Isai Ramos Figueroa Report

Kel_how
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine getting to the airport hours early for a 57 second flight 🙃 But honestly, seems like a ferry would be more economical.

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#31

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread Crickets’ ears are on their legs

Eli_JMI , Miguel Á. Padriñán Report

mcborge1
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's not a cricket, that's a grasshopper. Grasshoppers ears are called Tympanum and they are on the body under the closed wings and not on the legs as with crickets.

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#32

People Share 33 Random Facts That May Sound Fake But Aren't, As Shared In This Online Thread The guy who played the villain in Karate kid 3 ( Terry Silver , Thomas Ian Griffith ) is actually 7 months younger than Ralph Macchio , ( Daniel LaRusso). It’s weird because the karate kid was still supposed to be under 18 and the villain was supposed to have fought in Vietnam.

TheRedMarin , Columbia Pictures Report

Kel_how
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And in Cobra Kai, he looks way older than Daniel

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#33

The CIA made a heart attack gun.

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