40 astonishing facts you’d never believe are true

1. There’re more stars in the universe than grains of sand on earth.

2. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

3. Most humans alive today have never made a phone call.





4. In the African country of Lesotho, the people are known as Basotho and speak Sesotho.

5. The Western Lowland Gorilla’s scientific name is Gorilla gorilla gorilla.

6. Horses cannot breathe through their mouths.

7. Salvadore Dali designed the Chupa Chups logo.

8. There is an immortal jellyfish.

9. Astronauts cannot cry in space due to the lack of gravity.

10. The name Canada comes from the native American word Kanata meaning ‘Big Village’.

11. When split into two or more pieces, provided that each piece retains enough of the center disc, each piece of a starfish will grow into a new, individual starfish.

12. The top richest 1% of Americans own 42% of the nation’s wealth while the bottom 80% own just 7%.

13. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.

14.There are more atoms in a grain of sand than there are grains of sand in the whole world.

15. Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” sold more copies than any single by The Beatles.

16. Alcohol kills more people than all illegal drugs combined.

17. Giraffes can go without water for longer than camels.

18. Ralph Lauren’s real name is Ralph Lifshitz.

19. A loofa is a vegetable.

20. In Texas, it is illegal to shoot a buffalo from a hotel room.





21. Richard Nixon’s VP – Spiro Agnew’s name is an anagram for “grow a penis

22. Tomatoes are a fruit.

23. If you stretched out all the DNA in your body and put them end-to-end, it would be about six times the distance that Pluto is from the Sun.

24. Bananas are a type of berry.

25. The American accent is more deeply rooted in England than the current British accent.

26. Before they became a fashion accessory, high heels were originally for cavalrymen.

27. Humans in peak condition can outrun any animal on earth in a marathon.

28. The total weight of all ants on earth is greater than the total weight of all humans.

29. Eagles mate while airborne.

30. Astronauts in orbit feel weightless because they are constantly falling, not because there is no gravity in space.

31. Popeye has four identical quadruplet nephews named Pipeye, Pupeye, Poopeye and Peepeye.

32. Falling coconuts kill far more people per year than sharks.

33. It’s illegal to tickle a woman in Virginia





34. Wombats poo cubes.

35. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on Earth.

36. Cockroaches can live for weeks without their heads before they starve to death.

37. If you shuffle a deck of cards and deal all 52 it’s 100% certain that that permutation of cards has never ever been dealt before.

38. A strawberry is not a berry. In fact, it’s technically not even a fruit.

39. Google’s Page rank algorithm is named after Larry Page, not Web pages.

40. Honey never goes bad. Archaeologists have found 2000-year-old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs, which still tasted delicious.

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24 replies
  1. Barry O
    Barry O says:

    “37. If you shuffle a deck of cards and deal all 52 it’s 100% certain that that permutation of cards has never ever been dealt before.”

    Not a fact and not a certainty.

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    • Jon
      Jon says:

      You would never ever get a deck of cards in the same order. The odds of doing so would be 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000. This is done by 52 factorial!

      The chances of a particular sequence occurring is so small that it can never happen in the life of the universe. Therefore you cannot get the cards in a particular sequence. This is the argument for the existance of God. Note to self = It’s just as daft.

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      • Jon is wrong
        Jon is wrong says:

        Just because the odds are really small. Like, really freaking small, doesn’t mean that it “can never happen in the lifetime of the universe.” It just means that it probably won’t happen in the lifetime of the universe.

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      • chuck tucker
        chuck tucker says:

        So, by your statement “the argument for the existance of God. Note to self = It’s just as daft.” you don’t believe in God.

        Therefore, you must believe in this fairy tale: First there was nothing and then it exploded.

        Bless you.

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        • petite cuiller
          petite cuiller says:

          aaah, you’re a funny one. Thanks for the laugh, we don’t have enough people like you here.
          Wait …

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        • AnotherOne
          AnotherOne says:

          At least we are following empirical evidence. We prefer that over that talking snake and generation over generation of incest. Also I am sure that he did not sneeze.

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  2. Peter
    Peter says:

    Thanks. Stumbled upon. I enjoyed reading. 25 is just wrong though. In England the counties have distinct dialects ,even towns have differing accents. There is no British accent. Who cares? Somebody. In Lancashire – Accrington. Not Burnley 🙂

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    • hunter bell
      hunter bell says:

      they mean what we consider english, and what we consider american. Post revolution, everyone (britain and america) spoke in a dialect similar to ours now, only later did Britain switch over.

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  3. Robert Burns Glennie
    Robert Burns Glennie says:

    “27. Humans in peak condition can outrun any animal on earth in a marathon.”

    A reason, believe palaeontologists, why the human primate took to walking upright – it didn’t make them go faster, but they could simply run down their prey.

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  4. Tony
    Tony says:

    37. Because the probability is non-zero, it cannot be said that it is impossible to happen during the lifetime of the universe.
    A non-zero probability means that it could happen the very next time you do the shuffling and dealing. Only probability equal to zero means 100% certainty of it not happening. The lifetime of the universe has nothing to do with it.
    The lifetime of the universe is only relevant to probability. It is not relevant to certainty.

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  5. Benson Wright
    Benson Wright says:

    It’s true about honey never going bad. In some traditional african culture they used to preserve cooked meat in honey for months and it never became bad. However this was done by chopping the meat in small pieces and putting it in a pot then they pour honey in it and leave it for months. It’s a good preservative.
    The reason why giraffes can go long without water is because they mostly feed on leaves which contain water.

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  6. Barre Madey
    Barre Madey says:

    Benson you are wrong. You say the reason why giraffes dont get thirsty is because they do eat leaves a lot. But even goats do eat a lot of leaves

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  7. bob
    bob says:

    For the banana being a berry, how is this true??? How is it a berry? It grows on a tree! Its not circle! You cant eat the outside of it! A banana ain’t a berry!

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