25 Wack Facts

Luke Adelhoch

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In this day and age, we have the power to learn something new every day through our easy access to all sorts of information. But some facts are more unbelievable than many others despite being true. And to me, these are some of the most interesting to learn. I’ve listed twenty five of these bizarre facts below– and yes, all of them are true.

  1. Strawberries are not berries, but bananas and eggplants technically are.
  2. Cleopatra’s birth was closer to the opening of the first Pizza Hut than it was to the construction of Egypt’s pyramids.
  3. Tyrannosaurus Rex lived closer on the timeline to human beings than to Stegosaurus.
  4. Dinosaurs are technically not extinct, as birds are considered to be full-fledged dinosaurs rather than descendants by modern scientists.
  5. One in two hundred men today are directly descended from Genghis Khan, accounting for about 0.5% of the world’s population.
  6. Pill bugs are not actually bugs at all, but in fact crustaceans. They are one of the most prolific species of isopod in the world!
  7. Most adult cats are lactose intolerant.
  8. The moons of Jupiter are named after the lovers of the Roman god Jupiter’s lovers. When a satellite was sent to survey the planet, it was named after his wife Juno.
  9. While owls are considered wise in America, comparing someone in India to an owl is a way of calling them foolish.
  10. Beeves is the plural of the word beef.
  11. Alphabetical order means absolutely nothing.
  12. You can constantly see your nose, but your brain consciously chooses to filter it out.
  13. When Oxford University was opened, calculus had not been invented yet. It is also three hundred years older than the Aztec Empire.
  14. There is no official plural of the word “platypus.”
  15. “Arctic circle” literally means “Circle of bears,” meaning that the Antarctic circle is the anti-bear circle.
  16. Bears have existed on all continents at some point in the history of life except for Australia and Antarctica.
  17. A micro-animal called the tardigrade is capable of surviving nuclear fallout and the void of space, but they are regularly killed due to being crushed by snails or eaten by each other.
  18. The only wild monkey population in Europe is about 300 Barbary Macaques living in Gibraltar. When and how they got there is still a mystery.
  19. J.R.R Tolkien died before finishing all of his setting building for Middle Earth. The Silmarillion had to be finished by his son, but there are still many facets of the world that were simply never completed even in Tolkien’s notes.
  20. Sharks have some of the best dental hygiene in the animal kingdom, as their teeth are constantly replaced and are practically immune to cavities.
  21. Donkey Kong got his name because the creator of the game believed that “donkey” was an English term for stupidity.
  22. Bullfrogs do not need to sleep.
  23. Chuck E. Cheese’s full name is Charles Entertainment Cheese and he is an orphan.
  24. There is a psychological order called Boanthropy that makes people believe they are actually cows.
  25. Shrek’s name comes from the German word schreck, meaning fear or fright.
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