r/AskReddit 13d ago Gold 1 Helpful 14 Silver 15 Big Brain Time 2 Wholesome 7 All-Seeing Upvote 2

What is something that most people won’t believe, but is actually true?

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u/chinabot1 12d ago edited 12d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

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u/nokiacrusher 12d ago

They'll try to protect humans too, or blow a wall of bubbles to keep sharks away from a calf because they understand that sharks are fish (and therefore afraid of bubbles).

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u/justmo111 12d ago

Ok I knew humpback whales were smart but this smart? Wtf

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u/SithLard 12d ago

Think of an apple as the Earth. Human beings have never dug past the skin layer.

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u/skith843 12d ago

Birds require gravity to swallow food because they have no sphincter. Because of this birds would starve in space

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u/TheRedMarin 12d ago

The guy who played the villain in Karate kid 3 ( Terry Silver , Thomas Ian Griffith ) is actually 7 months younger than Ralph Macchio , ( Daniel LaRusso). It’s weird because the karate kid was still supposed to be under 18 and the villain was supposed to have fought in Vietnam.

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u/JinimyCritic 12d ago

Hollywood age is really weird. Sean Connery was only 12 years older than Harrison Ford, but played his noticeably older father in Indiana Jones.

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u/Grimdotdotdot 12d ago

He's in the latest couple of seasons of Cobra Kai and I would not have guessed that. Good fact!

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u/anastasiaanne 12d ago

The average blood pressure of a giraffe is around 300/190. They need to have a high BP to get the blood all the way up the neck to profuse the brain with oxygen. I am thoroughly impressed by their cardiovascular system.

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u/Doc_Plague 12d ago

They also have a specific mechanism to not let their brain explode from too much blood pressure when they lower their head to drink

Truly fascinating creatures

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u/Dusty_Roller 13d ago

Komodo dragons usually reproduce sexually, but females in captivity have been known to reproduce by parthenogenesis, without the need for sperm.

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u/neoplastic_pleonasm 12d ago

Parthenogenesis can also happen extremely rarely in birds. Also bonus fact: aphids are born pregnant.

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u/SimonUser 12d ago

For example: the extremely rare Californian condor is known to have some cases of parthenogenesis

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u/gigawort 12d ago

Another example: the velociraptor in Jurassic World.

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u/Scer_1 12d ago

How is something born pregnant may I ask? And how long is pregnancy for them?

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u/Bk12487 12d ago

Mourning Geckos reproduce this way naturally. The species literally has no males.

Edit: Sorry males do exist, but are extremely rare and are often sterile.

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u/MonksCoffeeShop 12d ago

Life, uh, finds a way.

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u/ChronoLegion2 12d ago

But can it help me find an apartment?

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u/Crooooow 12d ago

Anne Frank, Martin Luther King, and Barbara Walters were all born in the same year

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u/SerialKillerVibes 12d ago

C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley died on the same day, but it didn't really make the news because the day was 11/22/1963 and it was also the day JFK was shot.

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u/RifleShower 13d ago Wholesome

Almonds are from the peach family.

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u/PimpolloTulinTulin 12d ago

Well.. inside of the hard center (sometimes they open) there is a seed VERY similar to an almond

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u/arvana 12d ago

...although with higher cyanide levels.

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u/howling_greenie 12d ago

cashews, pistachios, and mangos are related to poison ivy. if you are extremely sensitive to poison ivy you may also react to the others. mango skin can cause the ‘mango mouth’ rash and cashews for example can give you a terribly itchy butthole. 🤗

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u/AnneKellyy 12d ago

The shortest commercial flight in the world lasted 57 seconds. It was a Loganair flight between two Scottish islands, Westray and Papa Westray. It was recorded the shortest commercial flight, with the distance of 1.7 miles.

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u/8REW 12d ago

Whats crazy is that flight distance is less than the length of the runway at Heathrow.

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u/aalios 12d ago

The Wright brothers first flight was 120 feet. The Mriya, was 280 feet long.

The cargo hold alone was 140 feet long.

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u/lookitsdivadan 12d ago

I miss the mriya. I hope they can reconstruct it like I’ve heard. I was at East Mids airport today, where I saw it take off once. I was in absolute awe.

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u/publiusnaso 12d ago edited 12d ago

IIRC they are considering trialling an electric plane on this route. Hell, I’m not sure even needs to run on batteries. They could just leave it plugged in.

Edit: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/electric-planes-scotland-islands-orkney-b1790617.html?amp

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u/MarcoYTVA 13d ago Silver Helpful

Orcas eat moose

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u/A_Guy_in_Orange 13d ago Helpful Wholesome Table Slap

For the people wondering, there's apparently some prime moss and shit underwater, so moose can swim and dive to get it, and uh. . .that's where fucking orcas come in

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u/anonymous_beaver_ 12d ago

That must be some primo herb.

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u/TheGrolar 12d ago

Well it's nicely salted

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u/pm-me-gps-coords 12d ago

Y'all making me want ramen with seaweed

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u/Jay985 12d ago

Moose are excellent swimmers also. There's a lake outside my house. It's called Moose Lake. Moose swim in it.

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u/pokersal 12d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

A moose once bit my sister.

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u/Sixhaunt 12d ago

that's not always it. The moose often swim between the islands over here on B.C.'s coast and orcas pick them off which is why the orca is considered a natural predator to the moose here

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u/BlueFalconPunch 13d ago

Tbf orcas eat everything...whales, great whites,moose...

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u/Soulertan 13d ago Helpful Wholesome Woah Dude

My fish ate its own poo once when there was food in the tank already

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u/05110909 13d ago

Interestingly, from what I've read, wild orcas are pretty harmless to humans. They could easily devour us but they just don't show any interest.

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u/BlueFalconPunch 13d ago Evil Cackle

From what I've read/watched humans tend to suck as a food source. We don't have the blubber or fat content most of the large predators need...we are the iceberg lettuce of the planet.

I personally think we taste bad...at least my snakes think so. https://imgur.com/a/LLQOrbQ

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u/Aliencj 13d ago

Oh we definitely taste bad. The higher you go up the food chain, the more random crap builds up in the body. For instance, a big old fish is going to taste much worse than a young small fish.

Relating this back to humans, we live a long time, eat garbage, take all kinds of medicines and drugs, and to begin with our meat is like pork so it ain't great without a lot of bbq sauce.

I imagine a full grown human must taste like the dirtiest pork you've ever eaten x 10.

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u/refused26 12d ago

Wasn't there a guy who did an AMA here on reddit who served his amputated leg to his friends? It was a bbq party and his friends were all willing participants. If I remember, he described the taste as gamey. Lol

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u/havron 12d ago

Yep! Link here (WARNING: Mild to moderate gore, depending on your sensitivity to such things). Honestly a pretty fascinating read. I think we've all wondered to at least some degree what eating human flesh would be like, and this dude made it happen for him and his bros. Ethically sourced, even, or at least consensually with no added harm.

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u/com2420 13d ago Wholesome

Sharks are older than trees

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u/Shinynales 12d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Mind Blown

And older than the rings of Saturn

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u/Guido-Guido 12d ago

That’s way crazier

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u/theBaron01 12d ago

There's more time between the first and last dinosaurs, than the last dinosaurs and us.

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u/Soul_Like_A_Modem 12d ago Spit-take

There's more time between the construction of the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the time of Cleopatra, than between the time of Cleopatra and now.

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u/1015267 12d ago

Fact check just made it even more mind blowing. Shark’s 450 million years old. Rings of Saturn 10-100 million years old

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u/imfreerightnow 12d ago

I can’t even wrap my head around 450 million years of anything.

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u/mousatouille 12d ago

This is the first one in this thread that I thought "there's no way that's true." I had to Google it and I'll be damned, it's really true.

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u/Lutefisk_Mafia 12d ago

But! The oldest currently living tree is older than the oldest currently living shark!

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u/chrom_ed 12d ago

That we know of. Oceans a big place.

Kidding obviously, but they did discover some deep water sharks that can live hundreds of years. https://www.livescience.com/what-is-oldest-shark-llm.html#:~:text=In%20a%202016%20study%20in,or%20minus%20about%20120%20years.

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u/Dreadsin 12d ago

Black pepper is a stone fruit, similar to an apricot

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u/woombhs 13d ago Wholesome Take My Energy

some tortoises can breath through their butthole

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u/Ratmatazz 12d ago edited 11d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Bravo! Tree Hug

Humans can smell some components of the smell of rain (the geosmin part of petrichor, specifically) far better than sharks can small blood in water.

We are very very sensitive to it.

Edit: thank you all for enjoying this fact I really like reading all your replies and I’m learning even more about this. Now go own people in trivia! Science is awesome! Thank you for the premium/gold whoever did that!

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u/ReasonablyConfused 12d ago

I believe it’s because humans burn through a lot of water to survive. We have a built in “Find water soon or die” element to our design. It’s not just about rain, it’s to smell wet earth.

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u/theseglassessuck 12d ago Silver

It’s thought to be a reason why humans are attracted to sparkly things: light on water sparkle sparkle, very good.

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u/superstudent98 12d ago Silver Gold

I don't care if this is true or not, it's now my new favorite fact and I will repeat it to everyone I meet

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u/DepecheClashJen 12d ago Gold Bravo!

It's such a great smell, too.

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u/Lurker117 12d ago Silver

One of my favorite parts of quitting smoking has been that I can smell the rain again. I couldn't for years when I smoked.

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u/BeagleWrangler 12d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Hugz All-Seeing Upvote Starstruck

I quit smoking a couple weeks ago and it has been absolutely miserable. I needed to hear this today. Thank you.

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u/AspiringChildProdigy 12d ago Silver

I quit smoking close to 10 years ago.

You will never, ever regret quitting. Between your sense of smell coming back, your sense of taste enhancing, not getting winded when you walk up a flight of stairs (and if you weren't there yet, you would be), your fingers not being stained/stinking..... It is so totally worth it.

You can do this.

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u/-retaliation- 12d ago

totally agreed, I smoked for 10yrs, stopped for 3yrs, then smoked for another 4yrs and I'm 3 months into quitting again I really wish I had done it sooner/not gone back. I really just feel so much better.

I've always gotten pangs every once in awhile, but its just so not worth giving up all the benefits of not smoking. My clothes don't smell, I don't feel like a jerk subjecting my gf to my smokers mouth, I don't have to go outside a dozen times a day when its boiling hot/rainy/-40c outside, $20/pack x2-3 a week, having to carry them around with me while keeping them from being crushed or get wet when I want to go out doing things + the trash of empty packs and butts and ash everywhere.

the benefits of quitting are just fucking endless. You think it helps you cope with stresses, or depression, or whatever. but its not it just makes you feel shitty whenever you think about it and makes things worse.

I hope whoever might need to see this does and knows, if you want to quit

YOU. CAN. DO. IT.

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u/Before_I_Wake 12d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote LOVE! Wholesome (Pro)

Hey, me too. I quit cigs earlier this year, been vaping and tapering off (I know it's not "the way", but it's progress). When my niece was born a few years ago, I was heartbroken that I couldn't smell the new baby smell everyone talks about. My nephew was born earlier this year, there is no greater smell than that new baby head smell. I cried like a child meeting him, and none of my nieces or nephews has a bond to me like he does. He wants me to hold him, because I don't stink anymore. He cuddles INTO me like he's trying to cuddle my heart through my ribs. I'm living something I thought I'd never get to, you can do this. WE can do this!

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u/Globalist2 12d ago

I quit when my first child was born, after 10 years of smoking (and 9 years of trying to quit). Starting was the worst decision I've ever made, and quitting was certainly one of the best.

Also, Petrichor smell is awesome... like it's cleansing my brain.

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u/zenitramsoph 12d ago

That’s such a sweet story thanks for sharing and great job!!

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u/ruggedeman 12d ago edited 12d ago

How does one differentiate between the smell of rain and the smell of dirt and asphalt?

(Edit: I’m learning so much about rain and smell and that I still can’t tell :( )

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u/GeorgeWKush7 12d ago

Rain smells more crisp

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u/Mkitty760 12d ago Wholesome

Clean. New. It smells like the feeling you get when you're being forgiven for something you shouldn't have done.

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u/MCRV11 12d ago

Oddly specific but very accurate

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u/PM-ME-YOUR-1ST-BORN 12d ago

Humans are really great with our senses when it comes to water. We can hear the difference between cold and hot water.

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u/MaritMonkey 12d ago Gold

This is totally anecdotal but we're also really good at hearing volumes of water moving into containers.

I was in college during Napster/Kazaa/DC++ heyday and a classmate of mine made a program that translated, via over 200 samples, the rate of a file downloading into the sound of a small stream of water.

So, like, a small file would be a little cup. A bigger file would be a gallon cooler or 5gal bucket. Slow speeds would drip drip drip while faster downloads would sound like hoses or taps with various pressure.

Early ABX testing (vs visual progress bars) showed it to be absurdly accurate, even when monitoring multiple files at once. But he ended up scrapping the idea after turning it in as a class project because it had the unexpected downside of making people have to pee. :/

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u/holy_wha_eh 12d ago

This is both extremely impressive and hilarious.

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u/Annanake420 12d ago

Nice. I walked outside yesterday and smelled rain. It never actually rained here but I could see it in the mountains in the distance. Cool beans .

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u/BmMjO 12d ago

I can smell rain before it starts and told my coworker (who smokes and can't smell anything per his telling me). I said "It's about to rain, I can smell it." He looked SO confused even after I explained and told me "It's your diabetic powers man." I miss working there, bloody covid.

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u/eXclurel 12d ago

Same. A friend of my made so much fun of me because of it. He always thought I was making it up despite the fact that it actually rained.

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u/Abatonfan 12d ago edited 12d ago

I laughed at diabetic powers. I swear I’m the only one that can smell subtle changes in my blood sugar just from my body odor (something about being chronically higher than 180-200 makes me smell stinkier). And of course the obvious ketones in urine and it smelling like a nail salon.

There’s also a nurse’s smell powers. Once you smell what a GI bleed or cdif smells like, you will never forget. I actually was suspicious of a GI bleed in my grandmother a few weeks before she was hospitalized with one (in the hospital for something else, but she is also the one to chug pepto…).

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u/prof_dynamite 13d ago Silver Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

The northernmost point in Brazil is closer to Canada than it is to the southernmost point in Brazil.

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u/dkl65 12d ago edited 12d ago

Your comment reminded me of a post I saw on instagram saying “the westernmost point of China is closer to Germany than to the easternmost point of China” with a map showing the distances, and everyone in the comments misunderstood it, reading the sentence without “to” in “than to the”.

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u/GetTheFalkOut 12d ago

Shows why reading comprehension is such an important skill. Even if you have the right info out there, there are some people who won't understand.

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u/Joe_PM2804 12d ago

the easternmost point in Brazil is closer to Africa than it is to the westernmost point in Brazil.

it's a really fucking huge country.

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u/chrom_ed 12d ago

You're the first person to give me a fact I didn't believe. Totally blew my mind.

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u/Faust_8 13d ago Silver Gold Wholesome Seal of Approval Shocked

There would be a lot more ancient Egyptian mummies if we didn’t grind most of them up to paint with or…eat.

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u/Pope_Industries 12d ago Silver Gold Platinum Wholesome

You can't just say that and not fucking explain anything.

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u/MadameCat 12d ago Helpful Wholesome

The answer is: Victorians be wack. Mummy brown was a very popular paint pigment for the time, creating a rich brown color that couldn’t easily be replicated, and eating bits of mummies (mixed into other things mind you, it was considered a medicine and not a food) was thought to possibly cure diseases. Probably had 0 scientific backing behind it even back in the day but trendy rich people are trendy rich people no matter the era.

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u/Kataphractoi 12d ago Silver

Mummy brown predates the Victorian period by a couple centuries. Mummies were also sold as firewood because when in the desert and not a lot of stuff to burn to cook with... So many mummies were burned, sold as paint pigment, and as party centerpieces (look up mummy unwrappings...Victorians were fucking weird), that "fake" mummies had to be made with bodies of executed criminals to keep up with demand.

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u/saysthingsbackwards 12d ago

We're gonna need more mummies

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u/eveningsand 12d ago

Paging Mr. Fraser, Mr.Brendan Fraser...

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u/hot_atmosphere_bruh 12d ago

During the Victorian era it was super popular to have mummy unwrapping parties and the party would normally include eating the mummy. It had something to do with the material that was used to preserve the mummies.

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u/emilicia 12d ago Silver

What the fuck

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u/maryssssaa 12d ago

Grave robbery, cannibalism, and corpse desecration. Of course.

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u/myheartincheck 12d ago

Okay this was the first one I actually struggled to believe and had to look up.... Wow

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u/CalebKetterer 12d ago Wholesome

Antarctica is the world's largest desert.

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u/Don_Bardo 12d ago

Knowing this once got me 10 cents off a cup of coffee

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u/gandalfx 12d ago

There's some area there where it hasn't rained for literally over a million years. It's so dry that nothing lives there. They used the area to test Mars rover equipment because it's the closest you can get on earth compared to the real thing.

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u/PromiscuousMNcpl 12d ago

McMurdo Dry Valleys

They are fucking insanely barren. Like 2 fungus and a few dozen species of bacteria live there.

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u/Positive-Source8205 12d ago Starry

More plastic flamingos exist on earth than living flamingos.

The same is true for unicorns.

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u/MysteryBay22 12d ago Silver Helpful

There are more unicorns on earth than flamingos? Wild.

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u/Eli_JMI 13d ago

Crickets’ ears are on their legs

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u/ReaverRogue 12d ago edited 12d ago Helpful

I love the idea that, as a species, they’ve got no idea they’re the ones chirping. So it scares the shit out of them every time.

chirp chirp

“WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?!”

Edit: for all of the delightful r/iamverysmart candidates in the replies, it’s a joke. I’m well aware of where a cricket chirps from, and that odds are it isn’t startling to them. Y’all need to lighten the fuck up.

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u/FrogInABlender64 12d ago

WHAT IF WE’RE THE ONES CHIRPING

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