OMG | December 28, 2018
Facts are what make the world go round and they give us the knowledge to get on in the world...and win some bar bets! But sometimes the facts betray our minds and leave us a bit dumbfounded, sometimes the bare truth isn't always so clear-cut.
Below is a list of some facts that I promise are....
and completely true! (Would I lie to you?)
1. The High Five didn't exist until 1977
What? How did people express their friendship within the form a hand gesture before 1977? I guess they didn't.
Actual sciencey fact: The first one was shared between Los Angeles Dodger Dusty Baker and his teammate Glenn Burke on Oct. 2, 1977!
2. Africa is closer than you may think
Want to get closer to Africa? Then just move to Maine!
A peninsula of Maine called Quoddy Head (love that name!) is just 3,154 miles away from El Beddouza, Morocco, okay, there probably isn't a bus service...
...but it means that it's a lot closer than you may think.
3. A Kidney too far...
When you get a kidney transplant, they apparently leave the other kidneys in your body and just 'pop' the third one somewhere in your pelvis.
Now, I'm all for time-saving methods, but this seems like it's going a little too far... remind me to never trust my surgeon ever again!
4. Some lizards can squirt blood out of their eyes
The horned lizard, which can be found in rural desert areas of Texas and other southern states, have an extremely effective way of warding off predators.
The lizard, when it sees a coyote or similar predator, will squirt blood from its eyes into the mouth of the predator.
It tastes disgusting and looks pretty gross too, so you can expect them to leave the little guy along pretty quick.
5. Shine bright like a diamond!
Apparently, it rains diamonds over on Jupiter and Saturn...
Apparently, new atmospheric data for the gassy planets indicates that carbon is abundant in crystal form.
And taking into consideration the sheer size of Jupiter and Saturn compared to earth...
Okay, who's up for moving planets? They know were the glam is at!
6. Wyoming isn't very uplifting...
Believe it or not, they only have two Escalators in the whole of Wyoming!
Imagine the queue for those!? I'll take the stairs, thanks.
7. The Mosquito isn't just annoying, it's plain evil...
Don't fear the humble Shark, or the silly snake...there's one creature you should fear above them all... it isn't just annoying, it's deadly.
Mosquitos kill more humans every year, than any other creature! There are 750,000 deaths a year caused by the spread of Malaria by these little Hitlers... I'm inventing a wearable Mosquito net! Gotta be safe than sorry!?
8. More Pizza than man
We didn't get math puzzles like this in school! It makes little sense, but one 18 inch pizza is more than two 12 inch pizzas.
The area of a circle increases with the square of the radius, so the larger the circle, the more pizza you get.
I'll take their word for it, as long as you get more pizza, it sounds perfectly okay to me!
9. High heels were originally designed for men
Though they are now identified with being a female fashion symbol, high heels were first designed for men.
At the end of the 16th century, Persian-inspired style was all the rage in Europe, and heels were seen as being virile and masculine.
It also gave them a little height boost, obviously.
10. John Tyler, you old dog!
John Tyler, who was the 10th president of the United States, was born in 1790 and somehow has not one, but two grandchildren who are still alive!
What is this sorcery, I hear you ask?
Well, this is down to the fact that he was still fathering children well into his seventies... yeah, bet you wished you hadn't asked now, eh?
11. There's a popular brewery that makes beer from elephant poop
The Japanese brewery, Sankt Gallen, produces a beer called Un Kono Kuro, made with coffee beans that have passed through an elephant.
It’s incredibly popular - I guess people aren't fussy!
Fancy trying one?
12. So close and yet so far...
Despite their massive cultural and political differences, Finland and North Korea are only separated by one country.
Russia shares a small land border with North Korea.
So, despite Russia being larger than most continents, it's true. Not a bad conversation starter at the dinner table!
13. Off with their heads!
26. This will Pluto your mind
Between the time it was discovered (1930) and the year it was denounced as a planet (2005), Pluto did not complete a full orbit around the sun.
In fact, it didn't even come close, as a full orbit takes the not-planet around 248 earth years to complete.
27. Oxford University predates the Aztecs by about 500 years
A lot of us think of Aztecs as some ancient civilization, but in actuality their time only started in 1440 AD.
That's only a couple of hundred years before the declaration of independence, and 500 years after one of the world's most famous universities was founded in England.
28. Neil Armstrong had to go through customs when coming back from the moon
Yup. Believe it or not, it looks when it comes to customs check, there really are no exceptions.
29. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia
Everyone thinks of the Arabian countries as the home of the Camel, but did you know that Australia has the world's largest population of wild Camels?
And of course, Saudi Arabia has lots of money, so they can always afford to import them.
Why wouldn't you want a Camel after all?
30. Tiffany & Co. was founded before Italy was
Yup - believe it or not, Tiffany's was founded way back in 1837 in NYC.
Italy, as we know it now, didn't come to be until over 100 years later in 1946, during the aftermath of WW2.
One thing's for sure - they're both classy as hell!
31. The USA flag was designed by a high school student for a science project
This one absolutely blew my mind. The current version of the Stars & Stripes has been in use since 1960, but was originally designed by a high school student named Bob Heft for a science fair project in 1959.
He got a B-. There's just no pleasing some teachers!
It worked out in the end, though - it was officially hoisted for the first time in 1960, over Fort McHenry in Maryland, with young Bob standing proudly nearby.
32. France was still executing people via guillotine when Star Wars came out
We associate the guillotine with the French revolution of the eighteenth century, but they were still in active use until remarkably recently.
In fact, their use wasn't stopped until September 1977 - after the first Star Wars movie had hit theaters.
33. There are whales still alive that were around before Moby Dick was written
Moby Dick was published in 1835.
Although it seems impossible that anything that was alive at that time would still be around, some subspecies, such as the bowhead whale, have been estimated to have lifespans of up to 245 years.
I guess the whales had the last laugh!
34. If cars could drive through space, you could get to outer space in an hour
We think of outer space as millions of miles away, but it's actually only about 100 kilometers.
If you were able to drive a car there, at the speed that you drive on the highways of Earth, you could quite easily get there in an hour or so.
And if my cat had flippers, she'd be a turtle.
35. Shakespeare invented the name Jessica
We shouldn't be too surprised by this one, really.
After all, there are countless phrases that Shakespeare coined that are still in use today, such as "wild goose chase", "seen better days", and heart of gold, to name but a few.
The name Jessica was first used in his 16th-century play 'The Merchant of Venice', and is still incredibly popular in 2018.
36. Betty White is literally older than sliced bread
We often use the phrase "the best thing since sliced bread", to describe something that's really good.
To be specific, sliced bread was first mass-produced in 1922, which was 6 years before the young-at-heart Betty White was born.
God bless you, Betty!
37. Molasses have killed more Americans than coyotes have
The Great Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts.
A large molasses storage tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150.
In recorded history, Coyotes have killed fewer humans than the 21 who died in the molasses incident.
38. The T-Rex existed closer to our time than the Stegosaurus
According to popular scientific theory, the T-Rex was wiped out, along with the rest of the dinosaurs, about 65 million years ago, during the K-T mass extinction.
The Stegosaurs, meanwhile, bowed out around 150 million years ago.
So when you see a picture like the one above, just know that it's about 85 million years off.
39. Bananas are berries, but strawberries are not
Because the fruit is produced from a single ovary on the flower, a banana is actually classified as a berry, botanically speaking.
The same cannot be said for strawberries, so they are considered a fruit, rather than a berry.
Berry confusing, but both delicious!
40. Harvard is much older than the USA
Harvard is known as a world-leader in education, and it has been that way since long before the US was even a country.
Harvard was founded in 1636, in Cambridge, Massachusetts - over 100 years before the USA, as we know it now, came to exist.
41. Will Smith is now older than Uncle Phil was in the first episode of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'
This has been the case for a few years - despite his youthful looks, Will Smith is now 50 years old!
Whereas James Avery was 44 when the first episode of the Fresh Prince aired.
Avery sadly passed away in 2013 at the age of 68. We still love you, Uncle Phil!
42. Vending machines are (statistically) more dangerous than sharks
Here's another one similar to the fact about molasses and coyotes.
On average, the number of fatalities due to shark bites worldwide ranges between four and six per year.
The yearly risk in the U.S. of dying from a shark bite is roughly 1 in 250 million. In contrast, the yearly risk of dying from a vending machine accident is roughly 1 in 112 million.
43. Nintendo existed as a company 100 years before the Game Boy was released
Despite being seen as a relatively modern technology company, whose gaming consoles were especially popular with Generation X, the story of Nintendo actually dates back to the 19th Century.
Nintendo was founded in 1889, as a trading card company.
It wouldn't release the Game Boy for another century.
44. The Ottoman Empire still existed when the cubs last won a World Series
Facial hair has fallen out of favor with the political class in recent times.
In fact, you'd have to go back to President Taft, who left office in 1913, to find a US President who was willing to rock a bit of facial fur, with his trademark handlebar moustache.
And what a magnificent moustache it was.
45. Humpty Dumpty was never revealed to be an egg
The Humpty Dumpty song has been a favorite with kids since 1870, but if you listen back to it, you'll realize that it never actually says that Humpty Dumpty is an egg.
This changes everything!
Well, not really, I mean it still looks like an egg anyway. Besides, if you had a great fall, you may well crack open too...
46. We put a man on the moon before we put wheels on a suitcase
Air travel was already becoming very popular and affordable years before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, so it makes you wonder why we never thought to put wheels on our suitcases until afterwards.
It makes the whole travelling experience so much easier!
I suppose sometimes you've got to run before you can walk.
47. Flamingos turn pink from eating shrimp
Flamingos are renowned for their striking pink colors, but they are actually born with grayish plumage.
They gradually turn pink after ingesting brine shrimp, their main source of food, otherwise known as Sea Monkeys!
I don't know about you, but I find this a little disappointing.
48. Vampire Bats drink half their own weight in blood
Yep, just to make them even creepier.
I haven't been able to put away that kind of volume since I was about 21.
49. Your fish is probably an impostor
For example—yellowtail sold as mahi-mahi, and everything else that’s actually tilapia.
Lies, filthy lies!
50. Australia is larger than Pluto
You probably knew that Pluto was the smallest (not) planet in the Solar System, but did you know just how small it was?
Pluto measures 2,370 km across, compared to Australia’s 4,000-km diameter.
I hope you learned something today folks, I know I certainly did!