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Old 26 December 2014, 05:31 AM
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Comment: Facts That Sound Like Lies But Are Actually True . . .

1. Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barbara Walters were born in
the same year, 1929.

2. Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.

3. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.

4. Hippo milk is pink.

5. The heart of a blue whale is so big, a human can swim through the
arteries

6. Vending machines are twice as likely to kill you than a shark is.

7. Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire.

8. Not once in the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme does it mention that he’s
an egg.

9. France was still executing people with a guillotine when the first Star
Wars film came out.

10. Armadillos nearly always give birth to identical quadruplets.

11. Betty White is actually older than sliced bread.

12. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

13. North Korea and Finland are separated by one country.

14. Mammoths went extinct 1,000 years after the Egyptians finished
building the Great Pyramid.

15. Nintendo was founded as a trading card company back in 1889.

16. The last time the Chicago Cubs won the baseball World Series, the
Ottoman Empire still existed.

17. John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, has a grandson
who’s alive today.

18. Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.

19. Alaska — it’s simultaneously the most northern, the most western, and
the most eastern state in the U.S.

20. There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every
beach on Earth.

21. There’s enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South
America in one foot of water.

22. For every human on Earth there are approximately 1.6 million ants. The
total weight of all those ants is
approximately the same as the total weight of all the humans on Earth.

23. An octopus has three hearts.

24. You can’t hum while holding your nose. (maybe , a little bit)

25. It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter.

26. And this is what sand looks like under a microscope:

27. There is 10 times more bacteria in your body than actual body cells.

28. And 90% of the cells that make us up aren’t human but mostly fungi and
bacteria.

29. Every two minutes, we take more pictures than all of humanity in the
19th century.

30. The probability of you drinking a glass of water that contains a
molecule of water that also passed through a dinosaur is almost 100%.
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Old 26 December 2014, 01:49 PM
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Usually these lists end with something like, "31. 100% of people reading this list just tried to hum while holding their nose."
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Old 26 December 2014, 02:36 PM
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I succeeded, too!
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Old 26 December 2014, 02:53 PM
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I've told people this, but they doubt me. Still, it is absolutely true:

Charlton Heston once told me that my son was cute.
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Old 26 December 2014, 04:09 PM
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Number 27 isn't exactly true: the bacteria live either on your skin or in your digestive system, which is considered to be external (since it opens directly to the outside at both ends). So from an anatomy perspective, the bacteria live on you, not in you.
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Old 26 December 2014, 04:12 PM
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Doctors may consider it external, but I doubt most (if any) laypeople consider the digestive system external.
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Old 26 December 2014, 04:21 PM
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If someone's trying to dazzle me with factoids I expect them to be familiar with the science behind it instead of just parroting random trivia.
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Old 26 December 2014, 05:17 PM
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Next time I hear "She Blinded Me With Science", I think I'm going to sing "She Dazzled Me With Factoids" instead.
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Old 26 December 2014, 05:35 PM
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If someone's trying to dazzle me with factoids I expect them to be familiar with the science behind it instead of just parroting random trivia.
Whose to say the writer wasn't familiar but wrote for a general audience instead of a medical journal?
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Old 26 December 2014, 07:09 PM
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Then they could have explained it to the general audience.
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Old 26 December 2014, 08:36 PM
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"Facts that sound like things you'd learn on a really boring science class, but are actually quite interesting to science geeks."
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Old 26 December 2014, 08:41 PM
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"Facts that are actually factually accurate instead of being only sort of accurate so when you repeat them to someone who's actually studied the topic you won't sound like a complete fool."
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Old 26 December 2014, 09:04 PM
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Most trivia would make one sound like a complete fool if said to someone who studies the topic. If the expert is a decent human being they won't be a dick about it, and might even use the moment to explain a bit more about said trivia.
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Old 26 December 2014, 10:28 PM
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13. North Korea and Finland are separated by one country.
How do they figure that? Finland borders Russia, and North Korea borders China, so there are two countries separating them.
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Old 26 December 2014, 10:35 PM
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A tiny part of northeast North Korea -- 10 miles along the Tumen River -- borders Russia, so it's technically true.

ETA: It's the world's fifth shortest land border.
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How do they figure that? Finland borders Russia, and North Korea borders China, so there are two countries separating them.
North Korea also borders Russia:

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Old 26 December 2014, 10:38 PM
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At its far northeast extent, North Korea abuts Russia, which abuts Finland.
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Old 27 December 2014, 06:22 PM
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22. For every human on Earth there are approximately 1.6 million ants. The total weight of all those ants is
approximately the same as the total weight of all the humans on Earth.
Therefore each human averages out as weighing more than one and a half million ants? Even babies? I can't wrap my head around that one, it can't be right, can it?
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Old 27 December 2014, 08:33 PM
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Seems that it's wrong, but only because humans weigh more, not less, than ants. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29281253

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There are 7.2 billion humans on the planet today - if we take everyone over the age of 15, they weigh a combined total of about 332bn kg. If we imagine there are 10,000 trillion ants in the world, weighing an average of 4mg, their total weight comes to just 40bn kg.
(Which admittedly assumes away the babies you mention.)
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Old 27 December 2014, 09:32 PM
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But Steve, the calculation you provided does not assume that all people are 15+ years old, but only calculates for those who are. Adding youngsters can only add to that 332 bn kg. If they had assumed all humans were adult-sized, they would have had to assume the average adult was about 45 kg (about 100 lbs), but they used a figure of 62 kg.
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