Everyone has a few favourite pieces of trivia they keep on file, and they’re best when they’re the kind that make people scoff, demand proof, and reach for their smartphones.
A recent Reddit thread asked users for their favourite fact that “sounds like b.s. but is actually true.”
They all sound completely ridiculous, but the facts bear them out.
Here are some of our favourites. Sources or additional reading provided when they weren’t by the reddit users.
Via Reddit user CaptainNoBoat:
killed 430 people.
That tiger killed more people than 300 years of worldwide shark fatalities.
– More people than snakes, bears, wolves, and spider fatalities combined in the U.S. in the last 100 years.
He’s referring to the Champawat Tiger, active mostly in the 19th century, and eventually shot in 1907 by legendary hunter Jim Corbett.
“Mammoths were lumbering around Russia* 3600 years ago.
The Egyptians were making pyramids 4000 years ago.”
*The original post referred to Siberia, but the last surviving mammoths were the small mammoths of Wrangel Island, which is in the Arctic Sea to the north. They may have died out as late as 1650 BC.
Via Reddit user –wasp:
There is a planet that is covered in burning ice. Not dry ice. Ice, but it’s incredibly hot. It is called Gliese 436 b. Its surface is at a constant 800ºF, but the ice remains as ice because the gravity of the planet is so incredibly powerful that it compresses all of the water vapour into a solid state. It is actually called ice-10/ice X.
Via Reddit user Eagle1388:
“There is a measurement of radiation exposure called “The banana equivalent dose”…bananas are naturally radioactive because they are high in Potassium-40 isotopes.”
A dental X-ray, for example, delivers about 50 “banana equivalent doses.”
“Anosognosia is when someone has a stroke or another kind of brain injury, which leaves them with some disability (e.g. the inability to move their arm), and also leaves them incapable of believing they have that disability.
The bullshit part? Squirting cold water into the left ear temporarily enables them to acknowledge the disability – for about 10 minutes.”
Read more about how the treatment works here
“The grandsons of tenth US President John Tyler (born 1790) are still living.”
“14 years before the Titanic sank, a fictional story was written by a man named Morgan Robertson. In the story, the ship was described as the largest ever built at the time (same as the Titanic), it was also woefully short on lifeboats, and it also struck an iceberg and sank. The ship in the story was also a triple screw propeller liner, and it was named the Titan.”
The book, titled “Futility” was apparently reissued after the Titanic sank with some changes.
“Theodore Roosevelt watched his mother die from typhoid fever then went upstairs in his home to watch his wife die from child birth an hour later. This all happened on Valentine’s Day and was Theo’s 2 year anniversary of getting engaged to his wife.”
“A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus.”
Wind blows dust particles all the way from the desert, across the ocean, to the tropics where the sand and its associated nutrients help the fertility of the rainforest!”
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