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You ever read something on the internet and think, "well that can't be real"? Sometimes there are facts that are so outlandish that you can't believe that they're true. The real world is a very strange place, and thanks to the internet, we have access to the weird truths about the world. Here are a few examples.

u/XNTOL asked: What fact sounds fake at first but is actually real?



How do you even figure that out?

The day Michael Jackson's hair caught on fire was the exact middle of his life, to the day.

divshappyhour

Talk about a mid-life crisis. I'll see myself out.

gbr555

Bad joke.

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A Russian luxury SUV Manufacturer attempted and failed to use whale penis skin for their SUV interiors.

PersephoneXXX1209

Woah.

It is estimated viruses kill about 50% of ocean biomass every 4 days.

SonofBenson

99.9% of which is bacteria and single-celled plants and animals, just in case anyone's thinking "wow what do they do with all the dead whales".

ThadisJones

Bad squirrels.

Iran arrested 14 squirrels on suspicion of espionage.

PizzaLeftovers_

Nigeria once arrested a goat for stealing stuff in human form.

Some other African country arrested someone for murdering a human in hyena form.

ithilras

Witchcraft!

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When compasses were first used on ships, sailors were afraid of them because they thought it had evil powers. Compasses were stored in boxes called a "binnacle".

thisisanasparagus

That's funny. My husband was asking me, "How do you say compass in Spanish?" to which I replied, brújula. He was like, "Brújula? That sounds like bruja, a witch." The name makes sense if they were thought to have evil powers/brujería/witchcraft.

TheOneQueen

Why would he eat it?

President Coolidge got sent a raccoon for Thanksgiving one year, but instead of eating it, he granted it a pardon because it was "cute".

LargeBigHuge

That's weird.

Orcas are a natural predator to moose.

chrisv267

Moose swim between islands or from land to islands and orcas annihilate them from below.

chrisv267

I didn't know clouds weighed anything.

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A typical cumulus cloud actually weighs 1.1 million pounds (498,951 kg).

NoC0nnection_

The rare pineapple.

It takes 2 years for a pineapple to grow.

BobMightBeCool

Have a pineapple plant in my yard. Can confirm. It's now Year 4 and it's about to bear 2nd fruit. And you only get one pineapple.

burnblue

Bad joke.

There isn't a single bridge across the Amazon River.

BobMightBeCool

I'm so glad all those bridges across the Amazon River found love.

Panda_Boners

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