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    Updated on May 6, 2019. Posted on May 4, 2019

    17 Totally Odd Facts That You'll Never Forget

    Broccoli was invented by humans!!!!!

    1. Over 50% of pilots have admitted to falling asleep mid-flight.

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    And of these pilots, 29% said that when they woke up, their copilot was asleep as well.

    2. Bamboo isn't a tree.

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    It's a very tall species of grass.

    3. If you hold in your farts long enough, the gas can be re-absorbed and come out of your mouth.

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    The best way to deal with gas is to expel it.

    4. Cocktails were invented so the fruit juice could mask the taste of dead animals in bootleg liquor.

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    To recreate some signature spirit flavors like bourbon, bootleggers would add dead rats or rotten meat to moonshine.

    5. The Great Wall of China has withstood the test of time so well because sticky rice was mixed in with the mortar during construction.

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    Some parts of the wall are fused together so well that weeds can't even penetrate through them.

    6. The oldest "yo' mama" joke is over 3,500 years old and chiseled on a Babylonian tablet.

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    However, it is incomplete.

    7. The popcorn you buy at a movie theater is sold at a 1275% markup.

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    You're not getting a great deal on soft drinks, either.

    8. Teflon (the inside of most frying pans) is currently the only surface that scientists know geckos can't stick to.

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    Ants can't either!

    9. Orca mothers try to set up their adult sons with lady orcas because they want grandchildren.

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    Scientists think that the reason orca mothers live so much longer than their reproductive years is to look after their offspring.

    10. The alphabet used to have 32 letters.

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    Among the six that eventually got phased out were letters that made "ash" and "oi" sounds.

    11. The color of tennis balls is officially considered "yellow."

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    Although 52% of people think that they look more green.

    12. Mount Everest's peak is made of marine limestone, which means that it was once part of the sea floor.

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    About 470 million years ago, the tallest peak in the world was underwater.

    13. While we're on the subject of Mount Everest, it has over 20,000 pounds of human excrement on it.

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    The Nepalese government requires hikers to bring 8 kg of trash down during their descent.

    14. Popeye was based off of a real person.

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    His name was Frank "Rocky" Fiegel and he apparently had the Popeye-esque muscles.

    15. Homework used to be considered controversial and was banned in California in 1901.

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    Some argued that it made students "weak, wan, and nervous."

    16. The last time all human beings have been together on Earth was November 2, 2000.

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    Since then, the International Space Station has been continuously occupied.

    17. And broccoli was invented by humans, not by nature.

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    Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are also man-made, too.

    H/T r/TodayILearned

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