25 Facts That Sound Made Up But Are Totally True

Posted by , Updated on January 6, 2017


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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Malaria has killed half the people to ever live. Apparently death has killed the other half.

mosquitoSource: nationalgeographic, Image: https://pixabay.com/en/mosquito-bite-decease-dengue-213805/

If you have 2 arms, you have more arms than the global average. Be happy?

happyImage: pixabay

Note: for those of you who are having trouble with this concept, if you have 100 people in a room and just one of them is missing an arm, the average number of arms per person would be less than 2 (it would be .995)

In other words, because there are people in the world who have less than two arms, the average number of arms that any given human would have is actually less than 2 (albeit very slightly).


Oxford University was founded before the rise of the Aztec Empire. That also explains the sacrifices so many people make to pay tuition. Wait...was it too soon?

oxfordSource: Factmyth.com, livescience.com, Image: pixabay

Teaching at Oxford University began in 1096 while the founding of Tenochtitlan was in 1325.


Sharks have actually been around longer than trees. Sharks showed up about 400 million years ago while trees came into the picture about 350 million years ago.

sharksSource: smithsonianmag.com, Image: pixabay

Australia actually fought a war against emus (two of them). The emus won.

emuSource: wikipedia.org Image: pixabay

Note: we’re not joking when we say it was a war. It was actually called the Great Emu War and was fought by soldiers with machine guns in an attempt to control the emu population.

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