In the world of fake news, shams, and bogus claims, it’s hard to tell a fact from fiction. And you simply get used to doubting things. You read "unicorns exist" and the mind detects deceit. But what if I tell you they’re just bulky and we call ‘em rhinos? Sounds about right.
So when someone on r/AskReddit asked what fact sounds fake at first but is actually real, redditors rolled up their sleeves. 26K upvotes and 14.3K comments later, we have the finalists of these mind-boggling facts ready down below. Get ready to get that trivia muscle pumped up for the next game after quarantine is over. After you're done, take a look at our previous lists of crazy-sounding facts here.
Ancient sailors believed that cats were magic and would often risk their own lives, even in an "every man for himself" situation, to save a cat from a sinking ship. All ships had at least one ship's cat as cats would eat the rats that have always plagued ships. The ship's cat would often be given a rank and sailors would generally take excessively good care of their cats.
Because the number of possible combination of genes isn't infinite, there are probably at least 7 humans that looks the same as you.
The sun is so loud, if space was filled with air instead of being a vacuum, we'd be hearing screeching sun noises at 125 decibel at all times.
T-Rex (~64 million years ago) is nearer to now in years than it is to Stegosaurus (~151 million years ago)
Images depicting them fighting are very very wrong.
The founders of Adidas (Adi Dassler) and Puma (Rudolf Dassler) are brothers.
..and their HQs are literally next door to each other in Germany.
That most of the oxygen on earth doesn’t come from trees. It’s comes from plankton in the ocean
Distance from USA to Russia 4 kilometers
This fact is always amusing.
One horse is actually 15 horsepower.
Pocahontas and Shakespeare lived during the same time
President Coolidge got sent a raccoon for Thanksgiving one year, but instead of eating it, he granted it a pardon because it was "cute"
Lyrebird's imitations will seriously sound exactly like the thing they're trying to imitate. If they imitate a chainsaw, you will think it's a chainsaw. It sounds like a perfect recording.
Jack the Ripper was still active when Nintendo was founded
A lot of the earliest war gods were actually goddesses.
There isn’t a single bridge across the amazon river.
Astronomer here! The coldest place we know of in the universe is actually... on Earth!
To explain further, the coldest places we know of that naturally occur in the universe are inside dark nebulae with little to no star formation, and thus no starlight to heat things up. The coldest one known so far is the Boomerang Nebula, where the temperature has been measured as low as 1 degree above absolute zero (−272 °C or −458 °F). However, we regularly get below this temperature in labs on Earth! Specifically, absolute zero is at –273.15°C (or –459.67°F) and labs on Earth regularly get to within a tenth or even a hundredth of a degree of that.
It takes about 3-4 generation before your entire existence is completely forgotten (assuming you don't invent the cure for cancer or discover the fifth dimension or anything like that)
You can fit all the planets in our solar system touching end to end between Earth and the moon.
There is no Date between 03-Sept-1752 to 13-Sept-1752,
Checkout the September Calendar of 1752. 11 days are missing in the Calendar.
This is due to the fact that we converted our Calendar from Julian to Georgian calendar on 2nd of September 1752.
The guy who sang Peanut Butter Jelly Time died in a police shootout. Also, his brother in law was there trying to talk him out of shooting himself. You know who that brother-in-law was? F***ing Snoop Dogg
The Ethiopian calendar is seven years behind the rest of the world. Edit; yeah guys it's still 2013 there
One ten inch pizza is more pizza than two seven inch pizzas.
Every Canadian is allowed to get a free Canadian flag from the government. However, if you ordered a flag today you would get it in about 110 years.
Chickens are one of many species of birds that dont have penetrative genitalia. Read; cocks are cockless. The method of reproduction they use is commonly called a "cloacal kiss" and you can think of it as chickens scissoring, because "bumping holes" is the grossest possible way to phrase chicken sex.
Also chickens are not a flightless species like lots of people think and are generally totally capable of short flight.
A typical cumulus cloud actually weighs 1.1 million pounds (498,951 kg)