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25 Strange But True Facts That Will Shock You

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You might think these facts sound totally false, but trust us, they’re totally true facts! Here is a list of 25 Strange But True Facts That Will Shock You

Fact #1 American colonists used to rent a Pineapple

Shocking but true fact American colonists used to rent a Pineapple

Pineapples were very expensive in the 1700s, so American colonists would rent a pineapple and carry it around a party to flout their wealth.

Imported from the Caribbean islands, pineapples that arrived in America costed a fortune. One pineapple could cost as much as $8000 (in today’s dollars).

Fact #2 World largest door is owned by NASA

World largest door is owned by NASA

The world’s largest doors are reputed to be those of the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Centre, on Merritt Island, Florida. The building is the fourth largest structure in the world by volume – and actually the largest when originally completed in 1965. 

At 456 feet high, the world’s largest door is taller than the Statue of Liberty and take about 45 minutes to completely open or close.

Fact #3 Bill Gates changed his school’s program codes to sit with girls

Harvard drop out

Bill Gates and fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen would hack into their school’s scheduling software so that he was placed in class with mostly female students.

Fact #4 “Hello” didn’t become a greeting until the telephone arrived.

"Hello" didn't become a greeting until the telephone arrived

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. But Thomas Alva Edison coined the greeting “Hello”.

Bell was insisting on “Ahoy!” as the correct way to answer the telephone. It was trounced by “hello,” which became the standard as the first telephone exchanges, equipped by Edison, were set up across the United States and operating manuals adopted the word

Fact #5 Pop-up ads are the most hated forms of Advertsing

POP up ads

Popup ads have to be one of the most universally hated parts of online marketing. They’re annoying, interruptive and distracting.

Ethan Zuckerman who invented pop-up ads has apologized to the world for creating one of the Internet’s most hated forms of advertising.

Fact #6 Mount Everest is not the World’s Tallest Mountain

Mount Everest

Depending upon how you define “highest mountain,” Mount Everest has some rivals!

Mauna Kea has an altitude of 4,207.3 meters (13,803 feet) – much lower than Mount Everest. However, Mauna Kea is an island and if the distance from the bottom of the nearby Pacific Ocean floor to the peak of the island is measured, then Mauna Kea is taller” than Mount Everest.

Moreover, Chimborazo in Ecuador has the distinction of being the highest mountain above Earth’s center. It has an elevation of 6,263 m (20,548 ft).

This is because Earth is not a sphere – it is an oblate spheroid. As an oblate spheroid, Earth is widest at its equator. This means that mountains near the equator are technically higher than those in other areas.

Chimborazo is just one degree south of the equator while Everest is 28 degrees north.

Fact #7 Kissing and Cuddling Relieves You From Pain

Kissing and Cuddling with your partner can significantly relieve pain and improve the healing of bruises due to the increased release in oxytocin.

Kissing helps you release endorphins, it interact with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs such as morphine and codeine.

Fact #8 Genetically You’re More Like Your Father

While you inherit DNA from both parents, you end up using your father’s DNA more. Genetically, you are more like your dad than your mom.

Fact #9 Shani Shingnapur had no Doors, Locks and Crime

weird but true facts about Shani Shingnapur village

The village of Shani Shingnapur, India, had no doors, locks or crime for over 400 years until 2010. The villages do not bother about security because of their undying faith in Lord Shani, the god of Saturn, who is considered the guardian of the village.

Fact #10 Bullfrogs do not Sleep

weird but true facts bullfrogs donot sleep

Bullfrogs, which are scientifically known as Lithobates catesbeianus, do not go into a state that fits the definition of sleep. However, they do go into states of rest throughout the day. A study conducted in 1967 concluded that they do not go to sleep

Fact #11 World Record to Solve Rubik’s Cube is 4.22 seconds

Rubik's Cube 4.22s world record

It took the creator of the Rubik’s Cube, Erno Rubik, one month to solve the cube after he created it. The fastest human record is held by Australian Feliks Zemdegs, who solved it in 4.22 seconds in 2018.

A robot developed by MIT students Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo has set the world record for solving the Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds.

Fact #12 Tigers have Striped Skin not just Striped Fur

strange but true facts

Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.

A tiger’s stripes help to break up the outline of its body and make it hard to see. They also look like shadows as the tiger stalks through long grass in the moonlight.

Fact #13 Blue streetlights help in Crime Reduction

strange but true facts

Some areas in Scotland and Japan switched to blue street lights at night, and saw a decrease in crime & suicide rates.

The idea was that blue light can have an effect on people’s state of mind. One study in 2017 backed up this notion; it showed that people who had experienced psychological stress become relaxed when they lay in a room with blue lights.

Fact #14 The Boston Marathon Didn’t Allow Female Runners Until 1972.

Boston Marathon shocking facts

Until 1972, women were prohibited to run the Boston Marathon—the oldest and most prestigious marathon (26.2 miles) in the United States. In 1967, Kathrine Switzer managed to get a bib number for the race by entering as K.V. Switzer and sneaking on to the course in gender-obscuring baggy gray sweatpants.

Switzer became famous as the “first woman to run Boston,” and the road was paved for women’s eventual admittance to the storied race

Fact #15 Dogs are banned from Antarctica

Siberian Huskies

All dogs are banned from Antarctica since April 1994 of an environmental clause in the Antarctic Treaty that required non-native species to be removed.

This ban was made because of concern that dogs might spread diseases (distemper) to seals.

Fact #16 “Bluetooth” technology was named after King Harald Bluetooth

King Harald Bluetooth

“Bluetooth” technology was named after a 10th century king, King Harald Bluetooth. He united Denmark and Norway – just like the wireless technology united computers and cell phones.

Fact #17 People don’t Sneeze in their Sleep

People don’t sneeze in their sleep due to their brain shutting down the reflex.

Fact #18 Brain is our fattiest organ

unbelievable but true facts about brain

The brain is our fattiest organ, being composed of nearly 60% fat. The brain is composed of neurons and glial cells and is the largest part of the central nervous system

Fact #19 Grasshopper Mouse eats Snakes and Scorpions

Grasshopper Mouse

The grasshopper mouse is known to be immune to various venoms released by its prey scorpions, snakes, etc. They eat insects such as grasshoppers, worms, spiders, centipedes, scorpions, snakes, and even other mice. 

Fact #20 Steve Jobs Rarely took Shower

Steve Jobs rarely used to take shower and used to move around barefoot in the Atari offices. He was shifted to night shift because of complaints about his hygiene.

Fact #21 King Cobras make Nest for their Eggs

The King Cobras are the only spices of snakes in the world that build a nest for their eggs. They protect their eggs delicately and get very aggressive if someone tries to harm their eggs.

They lay between 20 to 40 eggs in the nest and remains there until they hatch.

Fact #22 Taj Mahal was sold to foreign tourist three times

natwar lal

Another bizarre but true fact about Taj Mahal which is hard to believe but it really happened. Notorious Indian con man Natwar Lal sold Taj Mahal three times to wealthy foreign tourist.

He even sold Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan and also the Parliament House of India along with its 545 sitting members.

Fact #23 Ice cream Testers use Gold Spoons to taste Ice Cream

Ice cream testers use gold spoons to be able to taste the product 100% without a slight percentage of ‘after-taste’ from typical spoons.

Fact #24 Average Life Expectancy of Rock Stars is lowest on the Earth

A very disturbing but true fact revealed by the study of a Sydney-based university that Pop and rock stars die very young as compared to average general people.

The study deduced that musicians die up to 25 younger than average general people. They also found that musicians and rock stars have 10 times greater chances of death by accident, suicide and homicide.

Rock stars average life expectancy is almost same as of Zimbabweans, which happens to be lowest on the earth.

Fact #25 Leonardo da Vinci never went to School

Leonardo DA Vinci was incredibly intelligent

Leonardo DA Vinci had a vast knowledge in the fields of geography, science, math, botany, music, architect, sculpture, painting, anatomy, engineering and many more.

But the most shocking but true fact is that he had never been to school for basic or primary education. He just got some informal education in Latin, geometry and mathematics.

Rest all the knowledge he gained, he learned himself from observations and out of curiosity to learn things.

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