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    21 Mind-Blowing Facts People Have Found Impossible To Forget

    Can someone explain to me how these things are true?

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share the most hard-to-believe, mind-blowing fact they know. And wow...did they deliver a whole lot of wild facts I will be thinking about for some time:

    1. The shortest commercial flight is only 57 seconds.

    A plane flies over a watery passage and the text "about a minute"

    2. Park ranger Roy Sullivan survived getting struck by lightning not once, not twice, but seven times.

    Sullivan sits in a hospital gown in a hospital chair

    3. Some people have such a strong sense of smell that they can smell things like Parkinson’s disease or when someone is lying.

    A man with a long nose smells a flower

    4. If a man pees on a pregnancy test and it comes out positive, it could mean he has testicular cancer.

    A positive pregnancy test

    5. In Canada, there's only four people per square kilometer!

    Five young people hold up a Canadian flag

    6. For 20 years, a cat served as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska.

    A photo of a yellow cat with the text "the mayor"

    7. In 2002, 51-year-old electrician Mike McDermott won the lotto TWICE in one year — and to make things even more improbable...he did it both times using the same numbers!

    A smiling man holds giant check after winning the lotto

    8. United States president John Tyler — who was born in 1790 and held the presidency from 1841 to 1845 — still has a living grandson.

    A portrait of john tyler and the text "still has a living grandson"

    9. A woman named Violet Jessop survived the sinking of both the RMS Titanic and its sister ship, the Britannic.

    The titanic sinking

    10. Speaking of the Titanic, in 1898, 14 years before it sank, author Morgan Robertson wrote a book about a huge, supposedly unsinkable British passenger liner that hit an iceberg during an April journey across the North Atlantic and suffered mass deaths because of an insufficient amount of life boats.

    The book's cover

    11. The Appalachian mountain range is older than people, land animals, and even trees.

    The sun setting over the mountain range

    12. Sharks are older than trees too!

    A scary looking great white shark

    13. Former Oakland A's slugger Khris Davis hit exactly .247 every year for four consecutive seasons (2015–18).

    Davis hitting a homer in an A's jersey

    14. Pigeons can be trained to tell the difference between paintings by Picasso and Monet, and — once trained — even correctly recognize works by those artists they'd never seen before.

    15. Cleopatra was alive closer to the invention of the iPhone than the building of the Great Pyramids.

    16. Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970.

    17. Harriet Tubman was alive during both the lifetimes of Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan.

    Images of Jefferson, Tubman, and Reagan

    18. Two NFL quarterbacks playing for the same team suffered the same injury under nearly identical circumstances on the same date exactly 33 years apart:

    Side-by-side images of Joe Theismann and Alex Smith both injured on the field

    19. There are a bunch of fruit that are part of the rose family, like apples, pears, cherries, and plums!


    20. George H.W. Bush hated broccoli so much that when he was president, he created a mini-scandal by banning it from the White House and Air Force One.

    First lady barbara bush holds broccoli at a press conference trying to fix her husband's faux paus

    21. Michigan couple Jay and Kateri Schwandt had 14 sons in a row before they finally had a daughter. Back when they only had 12 sons, one expert put the odds of having 12 consecutive sons at one in a million.

    Do you have a favorite hard-to-believe, against-all-odds fact of your own? Let us know in the comments, and it could be featured in a future BuzzFeed Community post!