As the old adage goes, truth is stranger than fiction. But how true is that really?

Well, as it turns out, extremely true. These facts will have you wondering how exactly the human race got to this point. The world is a ridiculous place.


u/SuruchiSushi asked:

What is a fact so ridiculous that it sounds fake?

Here were some of the answers.


Sir "Prime"

The term "Prime Minister" as we know it today emerged in the 18th century, during the prolonged conflict between Britain and France. It was first applied insultingly to Sir Robert Walpole, who is now considered the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. It was used by members of Parliament against Walpole, who served for 21 years and oversaw the increasing power of his role and simultaneous withdrawal of King George I from cabinet meetings. The derogatory nature was derived from its comparison to France's Chief Minister, Cardinal Richelieu. The British were proud of not to be an absolute monarchy, like France, so the comparison was intended to be offensive.

Zhyko-

Space In Space

When two galaxies merge, almost nothing collides despite each having trillions of stars.

mrbigmac61

Yep, it's because there's really just far too much space between objects when you zoom in. Even the asteroid belt has thousands of miles of empty space between each asteroid. If you flew through the asteroid belt, you'd only crash if you did so on purpose.

nsci2ece

Rubber Duckie, You're The One

Giphy

In 1992, shipping containers with around 28,000 rubber ducks were lost at sea(in the Pacific Ocean).... they're still being found today...

BlueSparkle2810

Scientists use the reports of where they turn up to perform research about ocean current patterns.

CLint_FLicker

'Murica

It's legal to own, and drive a tank in the USA. You can even drive it on the road if you replace the steel tracks with rubber tracks. The guns and cannon must be disabled though.

KKKKOOOOBBBBRRRRAAAA

Sheer Skill And Luck

On the 29th of September 1940 two planes had a mid-air collision, got stuck together and successfully landed. The pilot used the controls of the top plane and the engines of the bottom plane.

alphaechothunder77

A New -Shloop-

France didn't stop executing people by guillotine until 1977.

whereismattdamon

Yeah Star Wars: A New Hope came out the same year. Crazy

AttemptHelp

Still In Love With Judas

When Jim Caviezel was playing Jesus in Passion Of The Christ, he was struck by lightning. He also got pneunomia, dislocated his shoulder and was accidentally scourged.

I'm guessing God was sending a message.

Phtpnk

2 actors have died playing Judas Iscariot in live biblical productions by accidentally hanging themselves for real in his death scene

acronicality

Dovetailed

The U.S. federal government spent $356,000 (of taxpayer money) studying whether or not Japanese quail are more sexually promiscuous on cocaine.

_Dankey_Kang_

The problem with calling out this sort of thing is that it sounds far more ridiculous than it actually is. There's any number of the things that they might have been trying to ascertain, but my hunch would be the more generalized version of the question would be "What effect does cocaine have on animal behaviors?" which in turn could have been leading to a larger question of "What's the best way to dispose of all this cocaine the DEA just seized?"

I'm 100% speculating to the motivation here, research that sounds weird and random like that often has extremely practical goals.

TheyMakeMeWearPants

En Garde

The last known honor duel occured between two members of the French National Assembly in 1967. It began when one said "shut up idiot" to the other. The duel was fought with swords and ended after two wounds were sustained.

Nemian007

The most unbelievable part of this fact is two members of the National Assembly being present and awake at the same time

emissaryofwinds

The Tango Morir

Giphy

The dancing plague (or dance epidemic) of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, Alsace, (now modern day France) in the Holy Roman Empire in July 1518. Around 400 people took to dancing for days without rest and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected collapsed or even died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion.

PublicOccasion

Inter-relations.... 

A Whale is more related to a cow, than a cow is to a horse.

Also that cows graze along the magnetic north and south pole lines. Stormygeddon

For anyone interested in seeing how closely certain animals are related, use the OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer. It's great. artullos

All my Ladies.... put your hands up!

Giphy

Women only got full voting rights in Switzerland in 1991. bob4for4

Women got voting rights in certain Cantons from 1959 onwards. In 1991 the last Canton was forced by the highest jurisdictional instance. Voting rights in general (matters that concern the whole country) were granted in 1971. Still crazy to think about. My mother still had to fight for her voting rights. MsLavanda

The Uni....

Hunting unicorns is legal in Michigan. CyanideFlavoredSoap

And judging by the amount of times we see unicorns in the wild, they are good at it. jutudubu

Everything is legal unless there is a law forbidding it. In which states is hunting unicorns illegal? evilgwyn

Wasted Power. 

There's more computing power in a smartphone than was used to land on the Moon. JasonsBoredAgain

The computing power used for the moon landing was equivalent to a calculator. Not scientific, but the basic one you get for free when you subscribe to a crap[y magazine. oneilltattoos

back then.....

In the eighteenth century (1700s), rich Europeans would rent pineapples for parties, because they were such a rarity that they cost the equivalent of approximately $8000 today.

Edit: They were to show off at parties, not to eat. Which is why they were rented. werm_on_a_string

What About Bob?

Giphy

That Bob Ross was once in the army, but decided that he didn't like yelling at people, so became a super chill artist instead. He also read every fan letter received and phoned frequent writers when they fell out of touch to make sure they were okay. He also never collected a salary from his show.

Overall, we don't deserve Bob Ross. SpritzyFizzy

The Change....

Now reading "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge. Some surprising facts about brain in simple words:

  1. Blind people use their "visual part" of the brain (that is used to process visual information when the person is not blind) to process information while reading Braille. This is because visual part are unused in blind person's brain, so it is used for other/new activities.....

  1. There is a procedure of removing already amputated leg/arm. The thing behind it is that people with amputated limb usually feels it for long time and it needs to be psychologically "removed" from the brain so the feeling of limb wont disturb the patient anymore. rutade

Marco? Polo! 

The concept of Pasta was invented by the Greeks, then it reached Italy through the Arabian invasion of Sicily, but in order to sell it in America and the UK pasta producers invented the legend that it was brought by Marcopolo from China Echoes-act-3

Moooooo........

People can suffer from a psychological disorder called Boanthropy that makes them believe that they are a cow

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boanthropy IncisiveGuess

Insomnia for the Win!

Giphy

A 61 years old amateur runner won a several day long marathon in Australia on his first attempt because no one had told him you were supposed to stop to sleep, so he just didn't. He did set a new record, but I don't know by how much. Dr_Chemiramen

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