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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Mushrooms are more closely related to humans than to plants.
There are several reasons why. Mainly and in simplistic terms, this is due to a common evolutionary link and physiology that makes fungi look more like animals than plants (i.e. fungal protein).
There is a tree near Kolkata, India that is bigger than the average (non-super) Walmart. The average size of a Walmart is around 105,000 square feet; The Great Banyan Tree is 156,000 square feet.
The Japanese embassy in Paris has a 24 hour hotline that tourists can call when they start having panic attacks. Why? Because Paris isn't as nice as they thought it would be. The phenomenon even has a name - Paris Syndrome.
Note: in Japan, Paris is highly romanticized. So when tourists show up at Charles du Gaulle airport and see that it’s just as messy and chaotic as any other city, they start experiencing actual physical symptoms (anxiety attacks and fainting). About 20 tourists are flown back to Japan every year.
Since the Cubs last won the World Series (1908), Arizona became a state, got a baseball team, and that baseball team proceeded to win the World Series. Also, there were two world wars, and we landed on the moon.
Poop transplants are an actual thing. And just in case you were wondering how it works...you receive a special enema or swallow the poop in pill form. In other words, yes, you ingest somebody else's fecal matter.
Note: these are typically used to re-introduce necessary bacteria into the digestive tract.