r/AskReddit 13d ago Big Brain Time 2 Wholesome 7 All-Seeing Upvote 2 Gold 1 Helpful 14 Silver 15

What is something that most people won’t believe, but is actually true?

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u/chinabot1 13d ago edited 13d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

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u/nokiacrusher 13d ago

They'll try to protect humans too, or blow a wall of bubbles to keep sharks away from a calf because they understand that sharks are fish (and therefore afraid of bubbles).

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u/justmo111 12d ago

Ok I knew humpback whales were smart but this smart? Wtf

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u/SithLard 13d ago

Think of an apple as the Earth. Human beings have never dug past the skin layer.

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u/skith843 13d ago

Birds require gravity to swallow food because they have no sphincter. Because of this birds would starve in space

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u/TheRedMarin 13d ago

The guy who played the villain in Karate kid 3 ( Terry Silver , Thomas Ian Griffith ) is actually 7 months younger than Ralph Macchio , ( Daniel LaRusso). It’s weird because the karate kid was still supposed to be under 18 and the villain was supposed to have fought in Vietnam.

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u/JinimyCritic 13d ago

Hollywood age is really weird. Sean Connery was only 12 years older than Harrison Ford, but played his noticeably older father in Indiana Jones.

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u/Grimdotdotdot 13d ago

He's in the latest couple of seasons of Cobra Kai and I would not have guessed that. Good fact!

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u/anastasiaanne 13d ago

The average blood pressure of a giraffe is around 300/190. They need to have a high BP to get the blood all the way up the neck to profuse the brain with oxygen. I am thoroughly impressed by their cardiovascular system.

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u/Doc_Plague 12d ago

They also have a specific mechanism to not let their brain explode from too much blood pressure when they lower their head to drink

Truly fascinating creatures

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u/Dusty_Roller 13d ago

Komodo dragons usually reproduce sexually, but females in captivity have been known to reproduce by parthenogenesis, without the need for sperm.

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u/neoplastic_pleonasm 13d ago

Parthenogenesis can also happen extremely rarely in birds. Also bonus fact: aphids are born pregnant.

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u/SimonUser 13d ago

For example: the extremely rare Californian condor is known to have some cases of parthenogenesis

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u/gigawort 13d ago

Another example: the velociraptor in Jurassic World.

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u/Scer_1 13d ago

How is something born pregnant may I ask? And how long is pregnancy for them?

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u/Bk12487 13d ago

Mourning Geckos reproduce this way naturally. The species literally has no males.

Edit: Sorry males do exist, but are extremely rare and are often sterile.

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u/MonksCoffeeShop 13d ago

Life, uh, finds a way.

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u/ChronoLegion2 13d ago

But can it help me find an apartment?

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u/Crooooow 13d ago

Anne Frank, Martin Luther King, and Barbara Walters were all born in the same year

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u/SerialKillerVibes 13d ago

C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley died on the same day, but it didn't really make the news because the day was 11/22/1963 and it was also the day JFK was shot.

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u/RifleShower 13d ago Wholesome

Almonds are from the peach family.

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u/PimpolloTulinTulin 13d ago

Well.. inside of the hard center (sometimes they open) there is a seed VERY similar to an almond

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u/arvana 13d ago

...although with higher cyanide levels.

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u/howling_greenie 13d ago

cashews, pistachios, and mangos are related to poison ivy. if you are extremely sensitive to poison ivy you may also react to the others. mango skin can cause the ‘mango mouth’ rash and cashews for example can give you a terribly itchy butthole. 🤗

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u/AnneKellyy 13d ago

The shortest commercial flight in the world lasted 57 seconds. It was a Loganair flight between two Scottish islands, Westray and Papa Westray. It was recorded the shortest commercial flight, with the distance of 1.7 miles.

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u/8REW 13d ago

Whats crazy is that flight distance is less than the length of the runway at Heathrow.

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u/aalios 13d ago

The Wright brothers first flight was 120 feet. The Mriya, was 280 feet long.

The cargo hold alone was 140 feet long.

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u/lookitsdivadan 13d ago

I miss the mriya. I hope they can reconstruct it like I’ve heard. I was at East Mids airport today, where I saw it take off once. I was in absolute awe.

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u/publiusnaso 13d ago edited 13d ago

IIRC they are considering trialling an electric plane on this route. Hell, I’m not sure even needs to run on batteries. They could just leave it plugged in.

Edit: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/electric-planes-scotland-islands-orkney-b1790617.html?amp

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u/MarcoYTVA 13d ago Silver Helpful

Orcas eat moose

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u/A_Guy_in_Orange 13d ago Helpful Wholesome Table Slap

For the people wondering, there's apparently some prime moss and shit underwater, so moose can swim and dive to get it, and uh. . .that's where fucking orcas come in

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u/anonymous_beaver_ 13d ago

That must be some primo herb.

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u/TheGrolar 13d ago

Well it's nicely salted

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u/pm-me-gps-coords 13d ago

Y'all making me want ramen with seaweed

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u/Jay985 13d ago

Moose are excellent swimmers also. There's a lake outside my house. It's called Moose Lake. Moose swim in it.

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u/pokersal 13d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome

A moose once bit my sister.

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u/Sixhaunt 13d ago

that's not always it. The moose often swim between the islands over here on B.C.'s coast and orcas pick them off which is why the orca is considered a natural predator to the moose here

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u/BlueFalconPunch 13d ago

Tbf orcas eat everything...whales, great whites,moose...

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u/Soulertan 13d ago Helpful Wholesome Woah Dude

My fish ate its own poo once when there was food in the tank already

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u/05110909 13d ago

Interestingly, from what I've read, wild orcas are pretty harmless to humans. They could easily devour us but they just don't show any interest.

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u/BlueFalconPunch 13d ago Evil Cackle

From what I've read/watched humans tend to suck as a food source. We don't have the blubber or fat content most of the large predators need...we are the iceberg lettuce of the planet.

I personally think we taste bad...at least my snakes think so. https://imgur.com/a/LLQOrbQ

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u/Aliencj 13d ago

Oh we definitely taste bad. The higher you go up the food chain, the more random crap builds up in the body. For instance, a big old fish is going to taste much worse than a young small fish.

Relating this back to humans, we live a long time, eat garbage, take all kinds of medicines and drugs, and to begin with our meat is like pork so it ain't great without a lot of bbq sauce.

I imagine a full grown human must taste like the dirtiest pork you've ever eaten x 10.

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u/refused26 13d ago

Wasn't there a guy who did an AMA here on reddit who served his amputated leg to his friends? It was a bbq party and his friends were all willing participants. If I remember, he described the taste as gamey. Lol

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u/havron 13d ago

Yep! Link here (WARNING: Mild to moderate gore, depending on your sensitivity to such things). Honestly a pretty fascinating read. I think we've all wondered to at least some degree what eating human flesh would be like, and this dude made it happen for him and his bros. Ethically sourced, even, or at least consensually with no added harm.

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u/com2420 13d ago Wholesome

Sharks are older than trees

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u/Shinynales 13d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Mind Blown

And older than the rings of Saturn

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u/Guido-Guido 13d ago

That’s way crazier

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u/theBaron01 13d ago

There's more time between the first and last dinosaurs, than the last dinosaurs and us.

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u/Soul_Like_A_Modem 13d ago Spit-take

There's more time between the construction of the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the time of Cleopatra, than between the time of Cleopatra and now.

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u/1015267 13d ago

Fact check just made it even more mind blowing. Shark’s 450 million years old. Rings of Saturn 10-100 million years old

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u/imfreerightnow 13d ago

I can’t even wrap my head around 450 million years of anything.

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u/mousatouille 13d ago

This is the first one in this thread that I thought "there's no way that's true." I had to Google it and I'll be damned, it's really true.

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u/Lutefisk_Mafia 13d ago

But! The oldest currently living tree is older than the oldest currently living shark!

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u/chrom_ed 13d ago

That we know of. Oceans a big place.

Kidding obviously, but they did discover some deep water sharks that can live hundreds of years. https://www.livescience.com/what-is-oldest-shark-llm.html#:~:text=In%20a%202016%20study%20in,or%20minus%20about%20120%20years.

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u/Dreadsin 13d ago

Black pepper is a stone fruit, similar to an apricot

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u/woombhs 13d ago Wholesome Take My Energy

some tortoises can breath through their butthole

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u/Ratmatazz 13d ago edited 12d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Bravo! Tree Hug

Humans can smell some components of the smell of rain (the geosmin part of petrichor, specifically) far better than sharks can small blood in water.

We are very very sensitive to it.

Edit: thank you all for enjoying this fact I really like reading all your replies and I’m learning even more about this. Now go own people in trivia! Science is awesome! Thank you for the premium/gold whoever did that!

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u/ReasonablyConfused 13d ago

I believe it’s because humans burn through a lot of water to survive. We have a built in “Find water soon or die” element to our design. It’s not just about rain, it’s to smell wet earth.

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u/theseglassessuck 13d ago Silver

It’s thought to be a reason why humans are attracted to sparkly things: light on water sparkle sparkle, very good.

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u/superstudent98 13d ago Silver Gold

I don't care if this is true or not, it's now my new favorite fact and I will repeat it to everyone I meet

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u/DepecheClashJen 13d ago Gold Bravo!

It's such a great smell, too.

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u/Lurker117 13d ago Silver

One of my favorite parts of quitting smoking has been that I can smell the rain again. I couldn't for years when I smoked.

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u/BeagleWrangler 13d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Hugz All-Seeing Upvote Starstruck

I quit smoking a couple weeks ago and it has been absolutely miserable. I needed to hear this today. Thank you.

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u/AspiringChildProdigy 13d ago Silver

I quit smoking close to 10 years ago.

You will never, ever regret quitting. Between your sense of smell coming back, your sense of taste enhancing, not getting winded when you walk up a flight of stairs (and if you weren't there yet, you would be), your fingers not being stained/stinking..... It is so totally worth it.

You can do this.

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u/-retaliation- 13d ago

totally agreed, I smoked for 10yrs, stopped for 3yrs, then smoked for another 4yrs and I'm 3 months into quitting again I really wish I had done it sooner/not gone back. I really just feel so much better.

I've always gotten pangs every once in awhile, but its just so not worth giving up all the benefits of not smoking. My clothes don't smell, I don't feel like a jerk subjecting my gf to my smokers mouth, I don't have to go outside a dozen times a day when its boiling hot/rainy/-40c outside, $20/pack x2-3 a week, having to carry them around with me while keeping them from being crushed or get wet when I want to go out doing things + the trash of empty packs and butts and ash everywhere.

the benefits of quitting are just fucking endless. You think it helps you cope with stresses, or depression, or whatever. but its not it just makes you feel shitty whenever you think about it and makes things worse.

I hope whoever might need to see this does and knows, if you want to quit

YOU. CAN. DO. IT.

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u/Before_I_Wake 13d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote LOVE! Wholesome (Pro)

Hey, me too. I quit cigs earlier this year, been vaping and tapering off (I know it's not "the way", but it's progress). When my niece was born a few years ago, I was heartbroken that I couldn't smell the new baby smell everyone talks about. My nephew was born earlier this year, there is no greater smell than that new baby head smell. I cried like a child meeting him, and none of my nieces or nephews has a bond to me like he does. He wants me to hold him, because I don't stink anymore. He cuddles INTO me like he's trying to cuddle my heart through my ribs. I'm living something I thought I'd never get to, you can do this. WE can do this!

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u/Globalist2 13d ago

I quit when my first child was born, after 10 years of smoking (and 9 years of trying to quit). Starting was the worst decision I've ever made, and quitting was certainly one of the best.

Also, Petrichor smell is awesome... like it's cleansing my brain.

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u/zenitramsoph 13d ago

That’s such a sweet story thanks for sharing and great job!!

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u/ruggedeman 13d ago edited 13d ago

How does one differentiate between the smell of rain and the smell of dirt and asphalt?

(Edit: I’m learning so much about rain and smell and that I still can’t tell :( )

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u/GeorgeWKush7 13d ago

Rain smells more crisp

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u/Mkitty760 13d ago Wholesome

Clean. New. It smells like the feeling you get when you're being forgiven for something you shouldn't have done.

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u/MCRV11 13d ago

Oddly specific but very accurate

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u/PM-ME-YOUR-1ST-BORN 13d ago

Humans are really great with our senses when it comes to water. We can hear the difference between cold and hot water.

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u/MaritMonkey 13d ago Gold

This is totally anecdotal but we're also really good at hearing volumes of water moving into containers.

I was in college during Napster/Kazaa/DC++ heyday and a classmate of mine made a program that translated, via over 200 samples, the rate of a file downloading into the sound of a small stream of water.

So, like, a small file would be a little cup. A bigger file would be a gallon cooler or 5gal bucket. Slow speeds would drip drip drip while faster downloads would sound like hoses or taps with various pressure.

Early ABX testing (vs visual progress bars) showed it to be absurdly accurate, even when monitoring multiple files at once. But he ended up scrapping the idea after turning it in as a class project because it had the unexpected downside of making people have to pee. :/

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u/holy_wha_eh 13d ago

This is both extremely impressive and hilarious.

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u/Annanake420 13d ago

Nice. I walked outside yesterday and smelled rain. It never actually rained here but I could see it in the mountains in the distance. Cool beans .

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u/BmMjO 13d ago

I can smell rain before it starts and told my coworker (who smokes and can't smell anything per his telling me). I said "It's about to rain, I can smell it." He looked SO confused even after I explained and told me "It's your diabetic powers man." I miss working there, bloody covid.

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u/eXclurel 13d ago

Same. A friend of my made so much fun of me because of it. He always thought I was making it up despite the fact that it actually rained.

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u/Abatonfan 13d ago edited 13d ago

I laughed at diabetic powers. I swear I’m the only one that can smell subtle changes in my blood sugar just from my body odor (something about being chronically higher than 180-200 makes me smell stinkier). And of course the obvious ketones in urine and it smelling like a nail salon.

There’s also a nurse’s smell powers. Once you smell what a GI bleed or cdif smells like, you will never forget. I actually was suspicious of a GI bleed in my grandmother a few weeks before she was hospitalized with one (in the hospital for something else, but she is also the one to chug pepto…).

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u/prof_dynamite 13d ago Silver Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

The northernmost point in Brazil is closer to Canada than it is to the southernmost point in Brazil.

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u/dkl65 13d ago edited 13d ago

Your comment reminded me of a post I saw on instagram saying “the westernmost point of China is closer to Germany than to the easternmost point of China” with a map showing the distances, and everyone in the comments misunderstood it, reading the sentence without “to” in “than to the”.

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u/GetTheFalkOut 13d ago

Shows why reading comprehension is such an important skill. Even if you have the right info out there, there are some people who won't understand.

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u/Joe_PM2804 13d ago

the easternmost point in Brazil is closer to Africa than it is to the westernmost point in Brazil.

it's a really fucking huge country.

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u/chrom_ed 13d ago

You're the first person to give me a fact I didn't believe. Totally blew my mind.

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u/Faust_8 13d ago Silver Gold Wholesome Seal of Approval Shocked

There would be a lot more ancient Egyptian mummies if we didn’t grind most of them up to paint with or…eat.

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u/Pope_Industries 13d ago Silver Gold Platinum Wholesome

You can't just say that and not fucking explain anything.

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u/MadameCat 13d ago Helpful Wholesome

The answer is: Victorians be wack. Mummy brown was a very popular paint pigment for the time, creating a rich brown color that couldn’t easily be replicated, and eating bits of mummies (mixed into other things mind you, it was considered a medicine and not a food) was thought to possibly cure diseases. Probably had 0 scientific backing behind it even back in the day but trendy rich people are trendy rich people no matter the era.

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u/Kataphractoi 13d ago Silver

Mummy brown predates the Victorian period by a couple centuries. Mummies were also sold as firewood because when in the desert and not a lot of stuff to burn to cook with... So many mummies were burned, sold as paint pigment, and as party centerpieces (look up mummy unwrappings...Victorians were fucking weird), that "fake" mummies had to be made with bodies of executed criminals to keep up with demand.

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u/saysthingsbackwards 13d ago

We're gonna need more mummies

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u/eveningsand 13d ago

Paging Mr. Fraser, Mr.Brendan Fraser...

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u/hot_atmosphere_bruh 13d ago

During the Victorian era it was super popular to have mummy unwrapping parties and the party would normally include eating the mummy. It had something to do with the material that was used to preserve the mummies.

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u/emilicia 13d ago Silver

What the fuck

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u/maryssssaa 13d ago

Grave robbery, cannibalism, and corpse desecration. Of course.

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u/myheartincheck 13d ago

Okay this was the first one I actually struggled to believe and had to look up.... Wow

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u/CalebKetterer 13d ago Wholesome

Antarctica is the world's largest desert.

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u/Don_Bardo 13d ago

Knowing this once got me 10 cents off a cup of coffee

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u/gandalfx 13d ago

There's some area there where it hasn't rained for literally over a million years. It's so dry that nothing lives there. They used the area to test Mars rover equipment because it's the closest you can get on earth compared to the real thing.

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u/PromiscuousMNcpl 13d ago

McMurdo Dry Valleys

They are fucking insanely barren. Like 2 fungus and a few dozen species of bacteria live there.

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u/Positive-Source8205 13d ago Starry

More plastic flamingos exist on earth than living flamingos.

The same is true for unicorns.

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u/MysteryBay22 13d ago Silver Helpful

There are more unicorns on earth than flamingos? Wild.

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u/Eli_JMI 13d ago

Crickets’ ears are on their legs

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u/ReaverRogue 13d ago edited 13d ago Helpful

I love the idea that, as a species, they’ve got no idea they’re the ones chirping. So it scares the shit out of them every time.

chirp chirp

“WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?!”

Edit: for all of the delightful r/iamverysmart candidates in the replies, it’s a joke. I’m well aware of where a cricket chirps from, and that odds are it isn’t startling to them. Y’all need to lighten the fuck up.

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u/FrogInABlender64 13d ago

WHAT IF WE’RE THE ONES CHIRPING

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u/cheechiie 13d ago Silver Wholesome Narwhal Salute

I’m shocked by the amount of people that refuse to believe narwhals are real animals. I’ve got one tattooed on my forearm, so I probably get people talking to me about them more often than normal lol. It usually ends in me pulling up pictures on google, and them still being skeptical.

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u/WhiteFox1992 13d ago edited 13d ago

I accidentally caused several debunking YouTube channels to prove the Blue Footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) is a real bird.
They're kind of like seagulls except with bright blue feet and beaks similar to the extinct dodo.

Another real bird with a weird name is the Great Tit (Parus major), it is just a small bird that looks similar to a Finch or a Chickadee.

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u/EmyLouSue 13d ago

Fun fact there are also brown footed boobies, almost exactly the same genetically, but won’t mate because they dance differently so now we have two distinct boobies

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u/SkinnyObelix 13d ago Silver Helpful

Everest is nowhere close to being the farthest away from the center of the earth. The top of Chimborazo in Ecuador is 2.1 km farther away, even crazier is that Chimborazo isn't even the highest mountain in the Andes.

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u/FlurriesofFleuryFury 13d ago

I appreciate seeing a genuine fun fact on here!

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u/Muscalp 13d ago edited 13d ago

So how come everest is regarded as the highest mountain?

I checked, chimborazo is the furthest because its located on the equator where the earth is broadest due to centrifugal force.

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u/BTRunner 13d ago

It's measured from sea level, not the center of the earth.

The sea level must be further from the center around south American than at the Indian Ocean.

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u/tylermchenry 13d ago

Yes, this is because the Earth is not perfectly round. It bulges out a bit at the equator, which is not much relative to the overall average diameter of the Earth, but quite significant relative to the height of mountains above sea level.

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u/nnnfed 13d ago

Everest is the tallest mountain measuring from sea level to the top I believe. Mauna Kea, in Hawaii is actually the tallest mountain from base to top.

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u/-Vayra- 13d ago

And Denali is I think the highest if you count from base (above sea level) to top. Everest is higher above sea level, but also the base of Everest is pretty high up in the Himalayas already while Denali's base is fairly close to sea level.

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u/Meowsommar 13d ago Helpful

Strawberry is not a berry but banana is

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u/[deleted] 13d ago edited 13d ago Silver Helpful Tree Hug

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u/edlee98765 13d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome I'm Deceased

My fruit jam isn't what I thought it was.

That's a berry jarring experience.

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u/tazzietiger66 13d ago

The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima released an amount of energy equivalent to the conversion of 0.7 grams ( about the weight of a paperclip) of matter into energy.

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u/arthurjeremypearson 13d ago

A paper clip. The chosen weapon of the bad guy in Student Bodies.

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u/deepbluesteve 13d ago

Most companies have terrible IT security.

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u/NetDork 13d ago

While working on a business degree my wife did a study on IT breaches at hotels. In 2016 there was a hotel that got breached by an exploit that was announced and patched in 1999. Most of the breaches that year were from exploits that were 3-5 years old.

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u/BrockVegas 13d ago

They all share the same weakest link:

The users.

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u/RadioactiveCornbread 13d ago

A lot of these answers aren't even things I wouldn't believe.

They're just things I straight up didn't know. Interesting thread.

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u/donniesuave 13d ago Silver Wholesome

Weird fact but I’ll take it

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u/UnoriginalUse 13d ago

The reason the USA has so many grape-flavoured drinks and Europe has nearly none is that blackcurrants have been banned in the USA.

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u/SandmanAlcatraz 13d ago edited 12d ago

For people wondering why blackcurrants were banned in America:

Blackcurrant plants carry a fungus (white pine blister rust) that is deadly for pine trees. Growing blackcurrants was banned to protect the pine trees as they are important to the logging industry.

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u/noobwithboobs 13d ago edited 13d ago

Holy shit I knew currants were part of the life cycle but I had no idea that it was why there's no currant-flavoured stuff in North America.

Like a decade ago I worked in a lab that was trying to breed trees resistant to the fungus. The trees are Western White Pine, and they've been nearly wiped out (edit: turns out there's many species of pine affected and this was just the species my lab was focused on). The fungus is White Pine Blister Rust, Cronartium ribicola.

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u/Driftmoth 13d ago

They're allowed again now, but there's basically no demand because no one is familiar with them. It was originally because of some plant disease.

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u/ColonelBelmont 13d ago

I'd never heard of a blackcurrant in my life until a similar reddit thread mentioned them a couple years ago. I gather that it is some sort of a fruit, but other than that I have no idea.

Why that means we have grape-flavored drinks and Europe doesn't... I don't really understand. We have grapes.

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u/Otherside-Dav 13d ago

Blackcurrants are utterly delightful in drink form,

If you get a chance see if you find Blackcurrant Ribena

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u/MarkNutt25 13d ago

People familiar with both blackcurrants and grapes seem to generally prefer blackcurrant-flavored food over grape-flavored food.

So, most things that we Americans put grape flavoring in, the Europeans use blackcurrant flavoring instead. For example, if you buy a pack of Skittles in Europe, the purple ones will be blackcurrant-flavored. If you buy the Skittles in the US, the purple ones will be grape-flavored.

But if you give a European bag of Skittles to an American, they'll generally hate the purple ones; because the blackcurrant taste is unexpected, unfamiliar, and therefore, unpleasant. As a result, there's basically no market for blackcurrant-flavored foods here in the US.

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u/strawberrycereal44 13d ago

Unicorn is the national animal of Scotland

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u/Angrypenguinwaddle96 13d ago

I’m from England and our national animal is the lion which is the sworn enemy to the unicorn and they both appear on the coat of arms.

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u/danishih 13d ago Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Wholesome Seal of Approval

I think you'll find The Red Bull is the sworn enemy of the (Last) Unicorn

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u/Misterfrooby 13d ago

Humans are the best long distance runners in the animal kingdom.

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u/Malvania 13d ago

*at moderate or higher temperatures.

At very cold temperatures, I think Siberian Huskies overtake us.

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u/Skhmt 13d ago

Yeah... Huskies will run while pulling a sled for an entire day, multiple days in a row. Very few humans can even attempt that.

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u/its_justme 13d ago

Ultra marathoners run for days, it’s insane. Check out the Moab race. I don’t get it, apparently you micro sleep automatically while running at night. Makes no sense at all.

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u/belaxi 13d ago

I’ve never ran a marathon. But I did hike for about 36 hours straight one time to catch our only ride out of the backcountry. (An Injury had slowed the group, but they were eventually heli-vacked out). Anyways, microsleeps while still moving down a trail is absolutely a real thing. Hours 12-16 were the hardest. At a certain point you reach an exhaustion equilibrium and your body just stops telling you to stop. The last 12 hours were surprisingly fun, lots of giggling and shared suffering, but I don’t remember it super well.

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u/T_WRX21 13d ago

I used to be in the Army.

During the first Iraqi elections, we patrolled for an entire week. Nobody laid down to sleep, and we had very little food.

Sometimes I would hallucinate, or sometimes I would wake up in a different place entirely. Every now and again I would purposely go to sleep, if we had time, and wake up patrolling a neighborhood.

I still think that week fucked me up permanently, cuz I've had issues with sleep ever since.

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u/Mithlas 13d ago

I still think that week fucked me up permanently, cuz I've had issues with sleep ever since.

Science hasn't even started to explain how short-term sleep deprivation can screw people up permanently

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u/Practice_NO_with_me 13d ago

chuckles I'm in danger.

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u/ProjectShadow316 13d ago

or sometimes I would wake up in a different place entirely. Every now and again I would purposely go to sleep, if we had time, and wake up patrolling a neighborhood.

That's god damn wild...and absolutely terrifying.

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u/Ckrius 13d ago

Yes, yes it did.

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u/KingZaneTheStrange 13d ago

Platypus glow under blacklights

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u/singlerider 13d ago

That is a really fucking weird, but great, fact!

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u/-Slartibart 13d ago Silver Gold Helpful

The Rope Around The Earth Problem

Take a rope tied tautly around a basketball. Now the rope must be lengthened so that there is a one foot gape between the ball and the rope at all points, as if the rope is hovering a foot away around the entirety of the ball. How much must the rope be lengthened to accomplish this? 6.28 Feet.

Now take a rope around tied tautly around the equator of the earth. We have the same goal for the one foot hovering gap around the entirety of the earth. How far must the rope be lengthened? 6.28 Feet.

This is so counter intuitive just about no one will believe it until shown the math

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u/Smallzfry 13d ago

In both cases you're increasing the diameter by 2 feet, and since circumference = pi*diameter, the circumference increases by 3.14*2=6.28 feet.

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u/goldfish_11 13d ago

I disagree. I'm sure you are correct, but I disagree.

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u/bryan19973 13d ago

Lmao I feel you

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u/jeeptravel 13d ago

I’ve been trying to picture this for 5 minutes and still can’t see how it’s true. Hopefully YouTube has a video on it

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u/Pazuuuzu 13d ago

It's simple. Circumference is 2r*π.

You add let's say a feet to the radius. The new circumference would be. 2(r+1feet)*π.

If you do the math it's 2r*π+2feet*π.

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u/cyborg_127 13d ago Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Bravo!

To me, I know the math checks out. Everything makes sense on that aspect. But my brain struggled with the concept, because it keeps telling me the rope is so much longer surely it would need more to move 1 foot further out.

Until I thought of it like this:

You have rope: ______
You add length somewhere: _|¯|_ <-- this is basically moving it '1' out
You then go around the entire globe adjusting: _|¯¯¯¯¯¯|_
Until it's all further out.

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u/taolmo 13d ago

I swear this makes it super clear

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u/cosmicpu55y 13d ago All-Seeing Upvote

I must be dumb as fuck because I still don’t get it haha

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u/EastPrimary8 13d ago edited 13d ago

Yep, each leap of 1 unit in radius makes for 2*Pi units in circumference.

Edit: radius instead of diameter.

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u/DoubleLigero85 13d ago

Coal ash is more radioactive than nuclear waste.

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u/wolfhunters1 13d ago

Porcupines are very good climbers so sometimes they climb trees

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u/lodoslomo 13d ago

I think it's more than "sometimes"! They like to eat tree buds and shoots at the very top especially in winter.

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u/YAreUsernamesSoHard 13d ago

Pure water is actually an insulator and does not conduct electricity. It is the impurities dissolved in the water that conduct electricity

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u/honeybutterbuscuit 13d ago Platinum Helpful

An infinite supply of food would not solve world hunger. We actually have more than enough food to end world hunger, the issue is with distribution/logistics.

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u/ChronoLegion2 13d ago

Yep, so Thanos was an idiot. The Snap would’ve fucked up supply chains even more. As explained by his assistant

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u/willdabeastest 13d ago

He should've used the stones to create an amazing trucking company ffs

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u/CuriousCerberus 13d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Bravo! Narwhal Salute Giggle To The Stars

Thanos Trucking

"We'll be there in a snap!"

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u/willdabeastest 13d ago

You can't look me straight in the eyes and tell me he wouldn't look great in a trucker hat.

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u/DTux5249 13d ago edited 12d ago Silver

'Vegetable' is a culinary term, not a scientific one.

When people say "tomatoes are a fruit", they're using the botanists' definition, and ignoring the distinctions made in Cooking.

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u/Fappy_as_a_Clam 13d ago edited 13d ago

What's that saying?

"Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in your fruit salad."

Edit: all these people trying to say how it could be used lol they are either being annoyingly pedantic or have never seen a fruit salad

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u/1980pzx 13d ago Helpful Press F

Pineapples take 3 years to grow.

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u/appleparkfive 13d ago

I don't know, that sounds about right to me. Seeing them the way they're grown is really interesting too.

Same with cashews. Just a weird look

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u/1980pzx 13d ago

No kidding? I would’ve never though a cashew would take that long. I remember hearing somewhere that some grapes used for wine take 10 growing seasons or more until the plant will produce grapes good enough for wine.

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u/BrideOfFirkenstein 13d ago

Vanilla is a very difficult to grow orchid and takes 12 years to mature. We think of it is basic, but it is pretty exotic.

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u/EpicSquid 13d ago

And has to be fertilized by hand since the vanilla orchid bee is extinct.

It's also a vining orchid!

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u/Peacockfur 13d ago Wholesome

Not exactly. Most commercial pineapples are grown from the pups that come from the base of the plant, which take a year to set fruit and then about 4-8 months to fill and ripen it depending on the variety. Pineapples only take 2.5-3 years to fruit if you are planting the green tops, which isn't common except in home gardens. If the farm in question uses tissue culture plantlets that might take closer to three years.

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u/chronically__anxious 13d ago

At birth, kangaroos are roughly the size of a jelly bean!

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u/ob-2-kenobi 13d ago Helpful

A single coal power plant produces more toxic waste in a year than every nuclear power plant has ever made.

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u/lasher7628 13d ago Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Yummy

The ducks at the pond are free

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u/QuasarBoot63 13d ago

How many do you have?

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u/lasher7628 13d ago Silver

I bet you'd like to know!

The CIA will have to do better than that to catch me.

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u/ScyllaOfTheDepths 13d ago

When I was a kid, I wanted a pet duck, so I went to the pond and just picked up a duckling and some lady came out of nowhere and was like "Put it back right now!" and so I did. I guess the ducks at my local pond are premium content or something.

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u/lizzyote 13d ago

My mom once told me if I could catch a duck at the park, I could keep it. I was probably annoying her and she wanted me to go entertain myself for a bit. She did not expect to see 7 year old me strolling around with my new pet duck not 10 min later. I was not allowed to keep it and I do not regret the tantrum I had. Fucking liar.

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u/PhysicalStuff 13d ago

I read that in the sense that they possess freedom and I refuse to change that interpretation.

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u/bikey_bike 13d ago Wholesome

yeah same. i was like hell yeah those ducks really are free aren't they

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u/Pesto57 13d ago

The Cesar salad was invented in Tijuana, Mexico. Ceasar’s Restaurant is still open.

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u/FamiliarAstronaut504 13d ago edited 12d ago

The duck billed platypus does not have mammary glands and sweats out milk, and the male platypus has venomous spurs. Also, the platypus is bioluminescent and glows purple and/or green in the dark.

Also because it doesn't have a stomach to digest its food, it actually has to swallow rocks to grind its food.

"The platypus is an anthology of weirdness. It has a leathery duck-like bill, a flattened tail and webbed feet. The males have a venomous claw on their hind feet, and the females lay eggs. And if you look inside a platypus, you’ll find another weird feature: its gullet connects directly to its intestines. There’s no sac in the middle that secrete powerful acids and digestive enzymes.

In other words, the platypus has no stomach.

The stomach, defined as an acid-producing part of the gut, first evolved around 450 million years ago, and it’s unique to back-boned animals (vertebrates). It allowed our ancestors to digest bigger proteins, since acidic environments deform these large molecules and boost the actions of enzymes that break them apart."

EDIT: the male platypus has venomous spurs - not poisonous ones

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u/CF-MrDrumDePum 13d ago

The most dangerous part of flying in an aircraft is the drive to the airport.

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u/MiffyCurtains 13d ago

True. That's why always make my way there by unicycle.

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u/WittyLingonberry6232 13d ago Helpful

Grindr came before tinder

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u/disfiguroo 13d ago

I can attest that people actually don’t believe this.

I remember tinder coming out and going “oh cool, like Grindr for straight people!” and people would argue that it wouldn’t make sense for the “minority” one to exist first 🤨

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u/bobjkelly 13d ago

There are an infinite number of rational numbers. Similarly, there are an infinite number of irrational numbers. If you pick a number at random, though, it is almost 100% certain to be an irrational number. Almost all numbers are irrational.

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u/robertodurian 13d ago

Some infinities are greater than others

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u/Tallon_raider 13d ago

Job hoppers get paid more. Sorry HR you’re dumber than psychology.

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u/MentallyFunstable 13d ago

When I just got hired I was talking to a coworker and I mentioned my salary bc he said his review was about due and we found out even after all of his raises I was making well over 10k he was. He got a new job and is living the dream too

Always mention pay with coworkers. Not doing so only costs you money

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u/genericdude999 13d ago

Yeah, I was a federal employee and by the end of my career (FI/REd in my forties) I was 2-3 grades higher than the forty-somethings I worked with as a twenty-something right out of college.

Reason: I wasn't a super genius, just got bored with places and jobs easily and was always checking USAJobs for greener pastures. Because they were all federal jobs I carried my pension, annual leave, and sick leave with me wherever I went.

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u/AmeeAndCookie 13d ago

People only notice when things don’t work, not when they work. So people think trains are late and that it rains way more often than in actuality.

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u/BaconReceptacle 13d ago

And IT departments get laid off because everything is working fine and "the company spends to much on IT support". Then everything goes to shit, they outsource their IT and repeat the cycle again.

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