25 Ridiculous Facts That Will Make You A Little Sad About Completely Arbitrary Things

Posted by , Updated on June 19, 2015

Do you have an over optimistic friend, whose optimism never fails to annoy you senseless? Than be sure to show him/her these ridiculous facts! Don’t worry, though we have done numerous lists on hunger, poverty, war, and famine, this list is not one of those. Rather it’s intended to be semi-tongue-in-cheek about arbitrary things (so you’re not going to depress your friend too much…at least we don’t think so). With that said, these are 25 ridiculous facts that will make you a little sad about completely arbitrary things. Disclaimer: These are not intended to minimize actual suffering in the world.

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Getting a silver medal in the Olympics will make you feel worse than getting a bronze (because you just missed the gold)

olympicsSource: Cornell University, Image: pixabay

Some scientists believe that they have found the loneliest whale in the world because it sings at a strange frequency. They haven't actually found it yet though...they've only heard its song.

whaleSource: blogs.discovery.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

Pluto didn't even manage to make one trip around the sun before it had its "planethood" stripped

plutoSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

Pigs get depressed

pigSource: unleashed.org, Image: pixabay

Washing your underwear with other laundry will cause all your clothes to be contaminated with fecal matter

washing machineSource: abcnews.go.com, Image: pixabay

When a new male takes over a pride of lions he kills all of the cubs because they weren't his

lionSource: lionaid.org, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

In developed countries, marriage rates for educated women over the age of 30 drop off steeply. In most cases this isn't because they don't want to be married but rather because educated women are beginning to significantly outnumber educated men. And people rarely marry outside of their educational/social class

educationSource: economist.com, Image: pixabay

There are only 30 amur leopards, 35 Javan rhinos, and less than 400 Sumatran tigers left on Earth

amur leopardSource: mashable.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

There are 200 corpses of deceased climbers on Mount Everest. They serve as waypoints for climbers

mount everestSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

In the US there are more empty houses than homeless people

homelessSource: businessinsider.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

Every year in the US 2,500 left-handed people die from using equipment designed for right-handed people

left handedSource: nytimes.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

Scientists accidentally killed the world oldest animal. It was a 507 year old clam named Ming

oops my bad won't let it happen againSource: wikipedia

60% of people lie 6 times per hour. That's one lie every ten minutes.

lie and truthSource: University of Massachusettes, Image: pixabay

Nazi experiments are the reason we know so much about hypothermia (and various other medical disorders)

NazisSource: wikipedia, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

You have a higher chance of dying on your way to pick up a lottery ticket than you have of actually winning

lottery ticketSource: bbc.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

You have a 14% higher chance of dying on your birthday

happy birthdaySource: bbc.com, Image: pixabay

Although dogs are notorious for looking like they are ashamed of something they've done, according to scientists that is not at all the case. As cute as it looks, your dog isn't feeling what you think it is. It's just your own emotions being reflected back at you.

i made you a birthday cake but i eated itSource: abcnews.go.com

Over 150 species become extinct every single day

ripSource: biologicaldiversity.org, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

You have a 1/3 chance of going bald by the time you are 30 (if you are a guy)

bald manSource: askmen.com, Image: pixabay

By the age of 50 your chances go up to 1/2

noooooooSource: askmen.com

Cancer kills 50% of pets over the age of 10

dogSource: National Canine Cancer, Image: pixabay

Since male chicks don't lay eggs, many times they are disposed of in grinders

chickSource: wikipedia, Image: pexels.com

About 1/3 of divorce filings in the US contained the word "facebook" in 2011

facebookSource: abcnews.go.com, Image: pixabay

A scientist named George Price found a mathematical formula for altruism which supposedly proved that there is no such thing as a truly altruistic act

formulaSource: economist.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

Happy people are generally more satisfied with their jobs but also tend to earn less than unhappy people

moneySource: blogs.wsj.com, Image: pixabay

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