We're all a little bit of an expert in something. Somewhere in the back of our minds we have a treasure trove of knowledge on some supposedly worthless topic. Usually, we bust these out at parties or dinner events to impress our friends, even when they never asked for it. While they may react negatively towards you info-dumping on them, the internet is a safe space, and we're all here to learn.
Reddit user, u/critically_dangered, wanted to learn the unbelievable when they asked:
Never Look At Syrup The Same Way Again...Giphy
In the early 1900's a wave a molasses rushed through the streets of Boston at 35mph killing 21 people. For decades later, locals said on hot summer days they could still smell molasses in the air
What's Worse Than Sand In Your Shoes?
A container of 4.8 Million legos was dropped in the ocean over 20 years ago, people are still finding them on beaches to this day
History Is Full Of "If Only" Moments
The Ancient Greeks and Romans designed the first ever steam engine in the 1st Century AD. Unfortunately knowledge of it was lost for centuries due to the Christians burning down the Serapeum, a Pagan temple that also operated as a library for Ancient Greek knowledge. Lord knows what could have happened if Michaelangelo, da Vinci, or Ben Franklin had access to it and its designs.
The Trickiest Map Question
Alaska is the Northernmost, Westernmost, and Easternmost state.
Thank You, Snapple
Blue whales have incredibly large veins. They're so big that a human can swim through them.
I found that fact out on a Snapple cap.
*quickly does math in head
There are more nipples than the population of the earth
Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.
Clean Benches For All
Chewing gum is illegal in Singapore
If you've ever looked on the underside of a public bench, you probably understand the desire to ban chewing gum. In 1992, the Prime Minister of Singapore was so fed up with the expense of cleaning wads of gum off of public facilities and the new public transportation system that he made the import and sale of chewing gum illegal. Though the ban is still in place, in 2004, the government made an exception for certain types of sugar-free gum sold by dentists or pharmacists, who must record the names of anyone who buys it.
A Real Meeting Of The Minds There
Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Leon Trotsky, Josip Tito, and Sigmund Freud lived in Vienna at the same time in 1913.
And The Chances Only Go Up From There
The Birthday Problem/Paradox
In a room of only 23 random strangers, there's a 50% chance that at least 2 of those people share the same birthday.
Three's A CrowdGiphy
When you get a kidney transplant, they usually just leave your original kidneys in your body and put the 3rd kidney in your pelvis.
My left kidney failed when I was like, 19. They left it in. I recently had a stomach cat scan (now 37) and they showed me my tiny shriveled kidney bean that was dead (known as a floating kidney) and my giant right kidney. They do leave them in. I hope I don't need a new one tho ever.
Sort Of A Twofer With This One
There is more fresh water contained in Loch Ness than in all rivers and lakes in England and Wales combined.
It also has more monsters in it than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.
Sci-Fi Rapunzel Sounds Really Cool
Each cell has about 2 meters of DNA and you have about 75-100 trillion cells in your body.
If you took all the DNA in your body, uncoiled it, and lined it up, it would reach the sun and back ~300 times.
So, if you were trapped in a tower, you could pull some out, braid a rope out of it, and climb down. Better than waiting for your hair to grow.
They Were Not Alive At The Same Time
The Stegosaurus was as old to the Tyrannosaurus as the T-Rex is to us.
Dinosaurs lived for a long time...
So...Titan Is A Stinky Hole?
The most amazing fact I heard of this week is that Saturn's moon Titan has riverine valleys like Earth, except they are formed by flowing liquid methane. Of course, it also rains methane, but the drops are twice as large as rain on earth and fall at a fifth of the speed.
It also has volcanoes that spew a "magma" that is water and ammonia, and at -100C has the same viscosity as molten rock.
You're Suddenly Not Yourself
It is possible for a professional mimic to forget his voice.
This happened to a kid I knew in middle school in the 90s when Beavis and Butthead was popular. He got into the Beavis voice and stayed there for a long time. Even in classes and formal settings like that his voice was still Beavis trying to imitate a normal voice. It was sad and disconcerting.
WOW. Don't Ever Trust Birds.
The greater honey guide is a bird that drops its eggs into other birds nests. When born, the chick has two teeth at the end of its beak. It then uses that beak to destroy the other eggs/kill the other birds in the nest. So the momma bird returns to a war zone nest and basically has to raise the chick that slaughtered its babies. It loses the teeth like two days after being born.
Birds are savage.
...The Animal Kingdom Sure Is Interesting.
Hyenas have such an aggressive and hormonal society that the females often grow psudopenis.
Count Yourself Lucky
If you are 25 years-old, apx 1/3 of all the humans that were alive at your birth, have died.
A Thought For The StarsGiphy
At least 1 person has stayed in space (ISS) since November, 2000 making October 31st the last date all of humanity was on the earth together.
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