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23 Mind-Blowing Facts That Almost Sound Like Lies

::immediately questions everything::

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite random fact. Here are some of the craziest ones.

And yes, I fact-checked them all!

2. It's possible to use sign language with an accent.

"If you grow up using one sign language and then learn a different sign language, you’ll sign with an accent."



4. We see, use, and drink the same water that the dinosaurs did.

"All the water on Earth today is all the water there’s ever been. We’re basically drinking dinosaur pee."


5. Shakespeare invented a ton of words, like "gossip" and "lonely."

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"William Shakespeare has added over 1,700 words to the English language, like 'torture' and 'swag.'"

—Mohammed May, Facebook

6. Six Flags is named that because six different countries' flags have flown over Texas.

"Six Flags theme park gets its name from the six flags (or countries) that have occupied Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States. The original theme park, Six Flags Over Texas, is located in Arlington, Texas."



9. Most people only breathe through one nostril at a time.

"The nasal cycle always gets me. Basically, you breathe in more through one nostril than the other at all times, and the nostrils switch every 15 minutes or so. This explains why, when you have a cold, one nostril is always stuffier than the other."



11. George Washington never knew dinosaurs existed.

"Washington died (1799) before dinosaurs were even discovered or identified (1841) so he lived in a world with no ‘saurs."


12. The world's largest wild camel population is in Australia, not in the Middle East or the Sahara Desert.


"Australia has the largest feral camel population on Earth. This means that Saudi Arabia has had to import its camels from Australia!"

—Brittany Barnes, Facebook

13. Early Harvard students didn't have to learn calculus.

"Harvard was founded (1636) before modern calculus was derived (around 1660–70)!"



15. The national anthem stole its melody from an old British drinking song.

"The U.S. national anthem’s melody was originally the melody for a British drinking song."


17. There's an entire book that doesn't contain a single letter E.

"Georges Perec wrote an entire book without using the letter E. It’s in French and called La Disparition (The Disappearance). No letter E in the whole book! And then a guy called Gilbert Adair translated it into English, still without a single letter E. It’s called A Void in English as The Disappearance has two Es in it."


18. We know next to nothing about our oceans.

"The ocean covers 70% of the Earth and we have explored less than 5% of it. What?!?!??"



20. We never see ourselves with our own eyes, so we'll never get an accurate look at our own faces.

"We will never see ourselves with our own eyes, only in mirrors or pictures."


22. It's pretty easy to find someone who shares a birthday with you.

"The birthday paradox says that you only need 23 people in a group for there to be a 50% chance of two having the same birthday."



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