People Share Statistics That Seem Fake But Are 100% Real

As the saying goes, you can't believe everything you read.

But every now and then, you might find yourself reading or hearing a piece of information that you at first think couldn't possibly be real.

Until you are presented with verified, reliable information to back it up... Then you have to eat your words and put your disbelief behind you.

Perhaps the most surprising instances of these are statistics, which at first glance you can't possibly believe are accurate and find yourself proven otherwise.

Redditor Leefiey was eager to hear the most surprising facts and statistics that people still have trouble believing are accurate, leading them to ask
"What is a fact or statistic that seems fake but is real?"

And You Thought Sharks Were Dangerous...

"Horses kill more people every year in Australia than all the other beasties combined."

"Everyone thinks it's the spiders and snakes that'll get you, but it's the horses you've really got to watch."- Gingerbread_Cat·

The Dangers Of Scientific Advancement

"It took us more time to go from bronze swords to iron swords than it did for us to go from iron swords to nuclear weapons."- IMJUSTABRIK

Frightening People For Generations!

"Sharks have existed longer than trees have."- Capital_Indication_4

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The Great Unknown

"I saw a scale model of the earth, moon and sun in a museum."

"The sun was about the size of a basketball, and the earth was on the opposite side of the room, the size of a small marble, I'd guess about 30 metres away."

"The moon was the size of a tiny pinhead, about 10cm away from the earth."

"On this scale, the nearest star to earth, Proxima Centauri, wouldn't be in the same building, or even in the same city."

"It would be 10,000km away."

"And that's just one star, the nearest one to us, in a galaxy containing billions of stars, which is just one of billions of galaxies."

"The scale of the universe really is mind bogglingly big."

"Far bigger than we can begin to comprehend."- Qabbalah

Zero Points To The Lost World For Authenticity...

"We live closer in time to Tyrannosaurus Rex than the T Rex did to the Stegosaurus."- reiveroftheborder

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From Bad To Worse?

"After the British made head protection mandatory in WW1, the amount of head wounds increased."

"It's due to they were no longer KIA, but 'only' a head wound."- WouldUKindlyDMBoobs

Sarah Palin Can Confirm...

"USA is only 2.4 miles from Russia."

"2 islands in the Bering Strait, the body of water in the Pacific Ocean that separates Alaska from Russia, are 2.4 miles from each other at the narrowest point; one island is owned by Russia, the other is owned by USA."- Qabbalah

But Where Did "Ginger" Come From?

"In English, the color orange was named after the fruit."

"Before that, orange was just considered a shade of red."

"That's why gingers are called redheads."- I_might_be_weasel

redhead wink GIF by KobieGiphy

At Least We Can Be Sure He Didn't Lie About It

"George Washington didn’t know dinosaurs existed."- Silver34

But What Did They Want To Do With Those Cobras?

"New Delhi hired people to hunt cobra snakes which led to people having Cobra Farms to earn money, then the government stopped the project which led the Cobra Farmers to release their snakes, causing twice as many snakes than they first started."- cathabit

The Truth Lies Between The Lines...

"Barcode scanners scan the white lines, not the black ones."- the_blast_radius

Scream Bar Code GIF by joelremygifGiphy

But Does It Make It Easier To Avoid?

"Wombat poo is cube shaped, to stop it rolling away."

Perception Can Be Dangerously Misleading

"The Oxford University in England existed centuries before the rise and fall of the Aztec civilization."- RefrigeratorStatus96

"Time Is The Longest Distance Between Two Places..."

"A million seconds is 12 days."

"A billion seconds is 31 years. "

"A trillion seconds is 31,688 years."

"People have a lot of trouble comprehending numbers that big."- sunbearimon

Loop Time GIF by PsyklonGiphy

One thing that makes science so remarkable is how difficult it can be to believe.

And yet, scientists have been working since the beginning of time to prove that facts are, indeed, facts.

Do you have anything to add? Let us know in the comments below.

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