25 Facts And Statistics That Seem Terribly Wrong But Actually Aren’t

We all grow up knowing a bunch of facts and statistics about the world, and these things shape our outlook. For example, we know that Canada is north of the United States. And we know that New York City is also really far north, but Rome on the other hand is right down there near Africa. We also know that deserts are made of sand and that third world countries are those poor places in Africa.

Well, here are a few shockers for you: more than half the states reach farther north than the southern tip of Canada; Rome is actually farther north than New York City; Antarctica is the largest desert on Earth, and…get ready for this…the Arctic Ocean is actually a desert as well. And the third world? While it may refer to poor countries today, the third world originally referred to countries that were neutral during the Cold War. Although many of these countries were in South America and Africa, Switzerland and Austria were also third world countries.

The world isn’t as simple as you thought it was, is it? Well, get read for some more, because these are 25 Facts And Statistics That Seem Terribly Wrong But Actually Aren’t!

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The Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal (at 79.91862° W) is farther west than the Pacific entrance (at 79.52145° W).

The Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal is farther west than the Pacific entrancesource: wikipedia.org; Image: google maps
24

New York City is farther west than Santiago, Chile. New York City is found at -74.005970° W, whereas Santiago, Chile is at -70.48270° W.

New York City is farther west than Santiago, Chilesource: worldatlas.com; Image: google maps
23

The United States Navy is the second largest air force in the world.

The United States Navy is the second largest air force in the worldImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia
22

Saudi Arabia imports sand and camels from Australia.

Saudi Arabia imports sand and camels from AustraliaImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia
21

Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria is/were third world countries. This is because the actual definition of "third world country" referred to any nation that wasn't allied with the US (first world), or the USSR (second world).

Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria is/were third world countriesImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia
20

Unthaw really means to thaw, just as people use literally when they really mean figuratively. It is a phenomenon known as "inverse speak," where the speaker's meaning is actually the opposite of the word's intuitive meaning.

Unthaw is the opposite of unthawImage: wikipedia, Source: wiktionary, dooryard.ca, oxforddictionaries.com

 

 

19

As of this writing, if you have bad credit, it's easier for you to get a new car than a cheaper used one assuming you are buying from a dealership.

As of this writing, if you have bad credit, it's easier for you to get a new car than a cheaper used oneImage: wikipedia, Source: forbes
18

There is a part of Canada that is farther south than a part of California. Actually, more than half of the states reach farther north than the the southernmost tip of Canada. The southern most point of Canada is 41'41N (in Lake Erie). The northern most point of California is 42N

There is a part of Canada that is farther south than a part of California. Actually, more than half of the states reach farther north than the the southernmost tip of Canada.Image: google maps
17

Helmets on the battlefield led to an increase in the number of injured soldiers. Before helmets, head injuries usually meant certain death.

Helmets on the battlefield led to an increase in the number of injured soldiersImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia
16

As long as the power is off, in many cases, you can completely submerge electronics in water and not cause any damage. (Note: Please don't try this at home!)

As long as the power is off, in many cases you can completely submerge electronics in water and not cause any damageImage: wikipedia, Source: lifehacker
15

There are the same amount of numbers between 0 and 1 as there are between 1 and infinity.

There are the same amount of numbers between 0 and 1 as there are between 1 and infinityImage: pixabay, Source: mentalfloss
14

Maine is the closest state to Africa. Just measure it on Google Earth.

Maine is the closest state to AfricaImage: google maps
13

Sharks have been around longer than trees. Sharks have been around for 400 million years; trees for 350 million years.

Sharks have been around longer than treesImage: wikipedia, Source: smithsonianmag.com
12

When you're stuck in the snow, you're supposed to turn your traction control off. This is because you need all the power you can get in your wheels.

When you're stuck in the snow, you're supposed to turn your traction control offImage: wikipedia, Source: latimes
11

The Arctic is both an ocean and a desert.

The Arctic is both an ocean and a desertImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia
10

There are more trees on Earth (3 trillion) than there are stars in the Milky Way (100 billion).

There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky WayImage: pexels, Source: wikipedia
9

More people in deserts die of drowning than die of dehydration. The reason is flash flooding. Also, if people die of dehydration, it is usually only one or two people. When people die in flash floods, it's usually the whole village.

More people in deserts die of drowning than die of dehydrationImage: wikipedia, Source: http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/deserts/features/
8

Key West is farther west than all of mainland South America. Key West is at 81.7800° W; Punta Pariñas, Peru is at 81.32° W.

Key West is farther west than all of mainland South AmericaImage: google maps
7

The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. For several thousand years, unicorns were thought to be real. They were associated with nobility and purity, and their natural enemy was thought to be the lion, a symbol embraced by English royals.

The national animal of Scotland is the unicornImage: wikipedia; scotsman.com Source: wikipedia; scotsman.com
6

Mushrooms are more closely related to humans genetically than to plants.

Mushrooms are more closely related to humans than to plantsImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia
5

Mozart was 20 years old when the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Mozart was 20 years old when the Declaration of Independence was signedImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia
4

Virginia extends further west than West Virginia.

Virginia extends further west than West VirginiaImage: google maps
3

The London Tube (subway) was opened during the American Civil War.

The London Tube (subway) was opened during the American Civil WarImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia
2

Just as with mushrooms, humans are genetically more closely related to sea cucumbers than to insects.

Humans are more closely related to sea cucumbers than to insectsImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia
1

The last execution by guillotine in France was in 1977.

The last execution by guillotine in France was in 1977Image: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia


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