There are some things in life that we accept as being fact and don’t question at all. The sun rises, politicians lie, celebrities get involved in scandals, and if you’re lucky, you could hit a slots jackpot when playing online.
On the other hand, there are some things in this world so bizarre and strange that you question if they’re possible. We’ve gathered a list of 30 facts that although may seem too peculiar to be true, we assure you they are. If you don’t believe us, go ahead and Google it!
Take a look at this list of facts that are so outrageous you may question your very reality.
- Although Kangaroos can move at a serious pace forwards, they are completely incapable of walking backwards.
- The milk of the female hippopotamus comes out in a distinctly pinkish colour.
- A more known fact than others, but still bizarre; the goat is the only animal in the world that has a rectangular pupil.
- Many Caucasian babies are born with blue or grey eyes, but develop darker eyes over the course of growing up.
- The shortest war in history lasted only slightly longer than the average sitcom, going on for no longer than 38 minutes.
- Sea Lions are they only animal known to have natural rhythm, they often clap their flippers in a steady beat.
- When using the correct surface, a glass ball can bounce higher than rubber a rubber ball.
- The smallest official country in the world takes up just 0.2 square miles and is the Vatican City.
- Strangely, your fingernails grow faster when you are cold.
- Legendary writer Shakespeare was likely born from illiterate parents, and likely had children that were also illiterate. Now that’s a bizarre fact!
- Applesauce was the first food eaten by astronauts in space.
- Snails can hibernate in their shells for as long as three full years without external sources of food or water.
- The average person will spend roughly two weeks of their life sitting in a car, waiting at a traffic light.
- The shortest commercial flight in the world normally takes less than 2 minutes, if winds are favourable.
- Elephants use their feet to ‘hear’ vibrations in the ground, which they can detect for miles around.
- After a shipwreck in the 1980s, phones in the shape of Garfield the cartoon cat have been washing ashore on a French beach regularly ever since.
- In a friendly joke that got out of control, the Northwest Territories of Canada were very nearly renamed to Bob.
- National Geographic reports that if an adult had all their blood vessels placed end to end, they would circle the world four times.
- If you were to try a new variety of apple every day, it would take 20 years to have tried one of each type currently available.
- In a bizarre, still partially unexplained mystery, a whale was found in the middle of the Amazonian rainforest. The only logical explanation is that the animal was washed up the river during a flood, and deposited into the forest after the water receded. Although the nearest river was 50 feet away.
- The inventor of Pringles, Frederic Baur, was laid to rest inside a Pringles tin. It was his wish, and his family honoured it by putting his ashes in a Pringles tin upon his passing in 2008.
- Fergie, now iconic for being a member of the legendary band The Black Eyed Peas, voiced Charlie Brown’s sister in the Peanuts cartoon. She provided the voice for two films, and many episodes of the series.
- Two legendary auction houses, Christies and Sotheby’s, played a game of rock, paper scissors to decide who would sell a $20 million art collection. The owner of the collection, Takashi Hashiyama, decided it was the fairest way to make the decision. Christie’s won after consulting 11-year-old experts of a good strategy to win.
- Three men attempted to sue NASA for trespassing on Mars, which they claimed they inherited from ancestors 3,000 years ago. NASA laughed it off.
- A 1965 iteration of the Barbie doll came complete with a dieting book that read simply “Don’t eat!”
- The US military is reportedly working on a device that allows direct audio communication via mental projection. It would be used to transmit private messages.
- In a 1,500-year-old human faeces were found that contained the skeleton of an entire rattlesnake. Archaeologists believe it may have been eaten whole during a ritual.
- The winner of the 1922 Nobel Prize was given a house by Carlsberg brewery in Denmark. In addition to the house, they provided a direct feed of beer into the house, for free, for life.
- In 1978, a French man named Michel Lotito ate an entire Cessna airplane over the course of two years.
- A man in Denmark was found to have a rogue tooth growing inside his nose.
And there you have it. Do you feel just a little more knowledgeable, or perhaps a tiny bit weirded out too?