25 Facts That Sound Made Up But Are Totally True

There are some things in life that are just obvious. Like painfully obvious. The sky is blue. Okay…duh? Then there are things that aren’t necessarily obvious but still sort of make sense. Like the fact that Canada is the second largest country in the world, but 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border. It sounds a little crazy, but if you stop and think about what most of Canada actually looks like (ice? moose? polar bears?), you can see why it would be true.

Then there are things that are just plain crazy. Like mind-bogglingly crazy. For example, cucumbers being berries or Cleopatra living closer to the moon landing than to the building of the pyramids. How about the fact that Saudi Arabia imports both camels and sand from Australia? Allow us to repeat that…Saudi Arabia imports both camels and sand from Australia. We aren’t even lying. But that’s the kind of world we live in. As usual though, while some of these facts are straight up mind-benders, others are just there for the fun of it. Well, you”ll just have to see for yourself. These are 25 facts that sound made up but are totally true!

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Wyoming only has 2 escalators. According to the New York Post, the "citizens of America’s least populated state, are unfortunately being forced to use their legs to move between the floors of buildings."

escalatorSource: nypost, Image: pixabay

Note: this mostly has to do with a lack of population, older buildings, and a preference for elevators.


The CEO of Food for the Poor, one of the largest NGOs in the world, is name Robin Mahfood. Or to put it another way...the CEO is robbin' mah food.

robin-mahfoodSource: wikipedia; Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Robin-1-at-Boys-home.jpeg

During World War II, the United States tested "bat bombs". Bats carrying individual bombs would be released from the the bigger bomb in mid-air. Just imagine, instead of the Arms Race we almost had the Wings Race.

batImage: wikipedia, Source: wikipedia

There are about 200 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. In the brain of 3-year-old child, there are about 1 quadrillion synapses, and in an adult there are about half that many. The bottom line is that even with a measly 500,000 trillion synapses, there are more synapses in your brain than stars in our galaxy.

milky_way_galaxySource: businessinsider.com, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Milky_Way_Galaxy_shimmering_over_Nanga_Parbat,_Pakistan.jpg

There were people alive during the World War II bombing of Japan who were born during the Samurai period. How is that possible? Because Japan basically went from swords and spears to tanks and planes in just a couple generations. Who says Civilization isn't realistic?

bombImage: pixabay, Source: wikipedia

Note: the Satsuma Rebellion is said to be the last battle fought by samurai in Japan. It happened in 1877. The bombs were dropped on Japan only 68 years later in 1945. In the meantime, the government had instituted massive “westernization” measures which led to extremely rapid changes in Japan as it modernized at blistering speed.

To make a long story short, Japan’s Samurai period ended much more recently than most people think.

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