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26 Completely True Facts That'll Make You Say "Sounds Fake, But OK"

One 18-inch pizza is more pizza than two 12-inch pizzas?!?!

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1. High fives weren't invented until 1977.

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The modern, triumphant high five that's common today was first shared between Los Angeles Dodger Dusty Baker and teammate Glenn Burke on Oct. 2, 1977.

2. Maine is the closest US state to Africa.

A peninsula of Maine called Quoddy Head is 3,154 miles away from El Beddouza, Morocco, making it way closer than other states you might've thought, like Florida or North Carolina.
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A peninsula of Maine called Quoddy Head is 3,154 miles away from El Beddouza, Morocco, making it way closer than other states you might've thought, like Florida or North Carolina.

3. When you get a kidney transplant, doctors usually leave your original kidneys in your body and put the third kidney in your pelvis.

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4. Nintendo was founded all the way back in 1889.

It started as a playing card company waaaay before televisions or video games were invented.
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It started as a playing card company waaaay before televisions or video games were invented.

5. It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter.

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Many planets away, storms are a lot more glamorous than they are here on our trash planet.

6. The entire state of Wyoming only has two escalators.

7. The animal that kills the most people every year isn't snakes, sharks, or even other humans — it's the mosquito.

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Mosquitos kill an average of 750,000 people a year, mostly because of malaria. Compare that with 475,000 human-related deaths, 50,000 snake-related deaths, and 10 shark-related deaths per year.

8. One 18-inch pizza is more pizza than two 12-inch pizzas.

The math may seem all wrong, but it's true: The area of a circle increases with the square of the radius, so the larger the diameter of the pie, the more pizza you get.
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The math may seem all wrong, but it's true: The area of a circle increases with the square of the radius, so the larger the diameter of the pie, the more pizza you get.

9. The difference in time between when the tyrannosaurus rex and the stegosaurus lived is greater than the difference in time between the T. rex and us.

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The stegosaurus roamed the Earth 150 million years ago, and the T. rex evolved around 67 million years ago.

10. John Tyler, the 10th president of the US, who was born in 1790, has not one, but two grandchildren who are still alive.

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Lyon Gardiner Tyler, 93, and Harrison Ruffin Tyler, 89, are still around, thanks to the fact that their grandpa was still fathering children into his seventies.

11. Strawberries aren't berries, but bananas, pumpkins, and watermelons are.

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Berries have to have their seeds on the inside! Take that, strawbs.

12. Finland and North Korea are separated by just one country.

Russia shares a small land border with North Korea.

13. Almost as many people were killed by guillotine in Nazi Germany as in the French Revolution.

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Some 16,549 people died via guillotine in the French Revolution, but after Hitler declared the guillotine the state execution method in the 1930s, the machine took roughly 16,500 lives in Nazi Germany.

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

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In 2015, there were 16,536 public libraries in the US, and just 14,248 McDonald's.

15. Honey never goes bad.

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Honey pots found in ancient Egyptian tombs are still perfectly preserved, thanks to honey's acid, lack of water, and hydrogen peroxide!

16. The coldest place in the universe that we know of is right here on Earth.

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It's not in the far reaches of outer space or on Mars! Scientists at a regular old lab in Massachusetts managed to get the temperature down to 810 trillionths of a degree F above absolute zero (-459.67°F). Brr.

17. Horses can't vomit.

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You'll never see a horse blow its cookies, thanks to the anatomy of its esophagus and stomach.

18. The filling in between the wafers in a Kit Kat is...other Kit Kats.

Turns out, what makes Kit Kats so delicious is the defective Kit Kats that are used to make the filling.
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Turns out, what makes Kit Kats so delicious is the defective Kit Kats that are used to make the filling.

19. The lines dividing roads and highways into lanes are actually 10 feet long.

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They seem about one foot long when you're driving, but federal guidelines require them to be 10 times longer than that.

20. Baby carrots weren't invented until 1986.

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Mike Yurosek, a carrot farmer from California, invented the veggie snacks as a way to get use out of misshapen full-sized carrots. A year later, carrot consumption jumped by almost 30%, thanks to Yurosek's bright idea.

21. Corpses can have orgasms.

Do not try this at home, but if you oxygenate the sacral nerve of a legally dead body, it can be brought to orgasm.
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Do not try this at home, but if you oxygenate the sacral nerve of a legally dead body, it can be brought to orgasm.

22. Some rhubarb grows so fast you can hear it "pop" as it grows.

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The noise comes from the buds cracking open. Listen to a real-time recording of it here.

23. A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus.

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It takes about 243 Earth days for Venus to spin fully around, but only 225 Earth days for Venus to rotate around the sun. Kinda makes your head spin, huh?

24. Bangladesh has a larger population than Russia.

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Bangladesh, which is roughly the size of Iowa, has a population of 164,425,000, while enormous Russia has a population of 141,927,297.

25. Can openers weren't invented until 48 years after the invention of cans.

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Cans that could keep food fresh for months or years were invented in 1810, but people had a lot of trouble opening them until the opener was finally invented in 1858. Before that, most people resorted to brute force to get the darned things open.

26. And the founder of Match.com lost his girlfriend to a guy she met on Match.com.

Founder Gary Kremen said he knew his dating website had really taken off when it happened. 😕
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Founder Gary Kremen said he knew his dating website had really taken off when it happened. 😕

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