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February 21, 2017

15 Facts That Seem Totally Fake But Are Actually True

Some facts just sound too good, or too bizarre, to be true. It’s funny how strange our world really is when you stop and think about it. Like, did you know there’s a Banyan tree out there that’s bigger than your average Walmart? Uhhh… what? How is that even possible? Just trust me (and my source), it is.

Here are 15 facts that seem totally fake but are actually true:

1. Alaska is the most eastern, western, and northern state in the United States

Obviously it’s the most northern state, but with the Aleutian Islands, it simultaneously becomes the most eastern and western state too.

2. We went to the moon before we even thought to put wheels on suitcases

It’s true.

3. Most of the world’s oxygen is produced by the oceans, not trees

It’s estimated that marine plants are responsible for between 70-80% of the oxygen in the atmosphere.

4. Giraffes have the same number of neck vertebrae as humans

And that number is seven

5. There is a Banyan tree near Kolkata, India that is bigger than the average Walmart

This 250-year-old tree has aerial roots that cover 3.5 square acres of land, which is about 156,000 square feet. The average Walmart (that’s not a Supercenter) is approximately 102,000 square feet.

6. A billion seconds is about 32 years

It’s actually four months shy.

7. Cleopatra lived closer in time to the construction of the first Pizza Hut than the pyramids

The Great Pyramid was built circa 2550 B.C., and Cleopatra was born in 69 B.C. The first Pizza Hut restaurant opened in 1958, which is about 500 years closer.

8. If you could fold a piece of paper 45 times, it would reach the moon

9. Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire

It’s also older than the United States, the printing press, and technically the English language.

10. Carrots were originally purple

And surprisingly, they have more beta-carotene than their orange descendants.

11. There is more time separating the existence of the Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex than Tyrannosaurus Rex and humans

Stegosaurus, a Jurassic period dinosaur, had already been extinct for approximately 80-90 million years before the appearance of the Tyrannosaurus Rex (a Cretaceous dinosaur). We’re only separated by 65.5 million years.

12. There are more confirmed deaths from drowning in molasses than there are from coyote attacks

In the 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster, 21 people died, while only two fatal coyote attacks on humans have been confirmed.

13. There are more libraries in the United States than there are McDonald’s locations


14. France has more time zones than the United States or Russia

France has 12 time zones, compared to the United States and Russia with 11. This is due to the number of French islands.

15. We’re living in the past

About 80 milliseconds in the past, actually. Scientists have discovered that the lag between things happening and us experiencing them is approximately 80 milliseconds.