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77 Mind-Blowing Facts That I Haven't Been Able To Stop Thinking About

My brain hurts.

1. Try to breathe and swallow at the same time. You can't.

2. It's also impossible to hum while holding your nose.

3. If you could fold a piece of paper in half 42 times, it would reach to the moon.

4. Coconuts kill more people than sharks every year. Same with cows.

5. "umop apisdn" is "upside down" spelled upside down with different letters of the alphabet.

6. Brussel sprouts grow on stalks like this:

Did you know this is how brussel sprouts grow?! #farmerEM

7. And pineapples grow out of the ground like this:

Today I learnt that pineapples grow like this 😊

8. Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPad than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.

9. There are more trees on Earth than stars in the galaxy.

10. Some of the apples you can buy in a grocery store are over a year old.

11. Every Froot Loop tastes the same. The color doesn't matter.

Froot Loops logo

12. The toy Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

13. Woody from Toy Story has a full name too — it's Woody Pride.

14. And while we're at it, Mr. Clean's full name is Veritably Clean.

15. Oh, and Cookie Monster's real name is Sid.

16. Carrots were originally purple.

17. The word "swims" has a secret:

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

19. The Lion King was released closer to the moon landing than to today.

Walt Disney Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

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

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

22. Armadillos nearly always give birth to identical quadruplets.

23. Betty White is actually older than sliced bread.

24. The words "Pacific Ocean" are a good example of how difficult English can be:

Every "C" in Pacific ocean is pronounced differently

25. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

26. A strawberry isn't a berry, but a banana is.

27. Avocados and watermelons are also berries.

28. New York City is further south than Rome, Italy.

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

@NivenJ1 and only one country separates North Korea from Finland

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

31. There are more fake flamingos in the world than real flamingos.

32. If you put your finger in your ear and scratch, it sounds just like Pac-Man.

PAC-MAN / BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. / play.google.com

33. Maine is the closest US state to Africa.

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

35. The name Jessica was created by Shakespeare in the play Merchant of Venice.

36. This is how big a traffic light is:

37. There are more tigers in Texas than the rest of the world.

38. John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, had a grandson who was alive this year.

john tyler
Fierceabin / Getty Images / Via geneamusings.com

39. The probability of you drinking a glass of water that contains a molecule of water that also passed through a dinosaur — you know, dinosaur pee — is almost 100%.

40. There are fewer atoms on Earth than there are ways to arrange a deck of cards.

41. Humans share 60% of their DNA with bananas.

Man dressed as a banana and woman dressed as a strawberry on a beach
Bob Thomas / Getty Images

42. There have been studies that show that goats, like us, have accents.

43. Wombats are way bigger than you thought:

do you guys know how big a wombat is? because i certainly did not.

44. The difference in time between when Tyrannosaurus Rex lived and Stegosaurus lived is greater than the difference in time between Tyrannosaurus Rex and now.

45. The lint that collects in the bottom of your pockets has a name — gnurr.

46. Oxford University is older than the Aztec empire.

47. Beethoven and George Washington were alive at the same time — in fact, George Washington was in his forties when Beethoven was born.

48. Pluto never made a full orbit around the sun from the time it was discovered to when it was declassified as a planet.

pluto looking sad
Cthoman / Getty Images

49. A thousand seconds is about 16 minutes.

A million seconds is about 11 days.

A billion seconds is about 32 years.

I'm tellin' ya, a billion is a lot:

tweet reading people don't have a strong inuitive sense of how much bigger 1 billion is than 1 million 1 million seconds is 11 days 1 billion seconds is about 31.5 years

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

51. And there's enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of water.

Map of Lake Superior between USA-Canada. Detail from the World Map.
Omersukrugoksu / Getty Images / Via upload.wikimedia.org

52. There are more public libraries than McDonald's in the US.

53. It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter.

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

55. This is what poppyseeds look like under a microscope:

@BrowofJustice The poppy seed is neither round nor smooth. It is shaped like a kidney bean and is stamped with a beautiful honeycomb pattern. This is my own photo of poppy seeds, taken under a dissecting microscope.

56. A "butt load" is an actual unit of measurement, equivalent to 126 gallons.

57. Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln have the same exact birthday — down to the year.

58. Scotland is farther north than Alaska.

59. Not only is Reno, Nevada, west of Los Angeles, but so are six state capitals.

map of reno and LA
Google

60. If you're in Detroit and you walk south, you'll actually walk into Canada.

61. Every odd number has something in common:

every odd number has an "e" in it

62. This is what Pluto looks like compared to Australia:

63. "Will Will Smith smith?" and "Will Smith will smith" are sentences that make complete sense.

64. The pyramids were as old to the Romans as the Romans are to us.

65. If you dug a hole to the center of the Earth and dropped a book down, it would take 42 minutes to reach the bottom.

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

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

68. If you say "Jesus" backwards it sounds like "sausage."

bunch of frankfurter sausages on black background
Juanmonino / Getty Images

69: The "ueue" in "queue" is silent.

70. And so is the "ea" in "tea."

71. Turtles can breathe out of their butts.

72. The dot over an "i" is called a "tittle."

dot over an i
CrazyLegsKC

73. There are more atoms in a glass of water than glasses of water in all the oceans on Earth.

74. Speaking of the world, it's just a cat playing with Australia:

flat-earther: [opens mouth] me: did you know the world is actually just a cat playing with Australia??

75. At the time the current oldest person on Earth was born, there was a completely different set of human beings on the planet.

76. And at the time you were born, you were briefly the youngest person in the entire world.

77. And, finally, this is what Shaq looks like holding a chicken wing:

shaq dwarfing a chicken wing
youtube.com

Mind. Blown.

This post is an update of a 2014 article by the same name.

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