8 Supposed Facts That Just Ain’t True

The Statue of Liberty wears a size 879 shoe.

Pandas eat bamboo largely because they have no umami taste receptors. Meat tastes bland to them.

Brazil once tried to sell an aircraft carrier on eBay.


8 Supposed Facts That Just Ain't True

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Brazilian athletes funded their trip to the 1932 Olympics by selling coffee along the way.

The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour!

In the 1920's and early 1930's women dominated the screenwriting profession in Hollywood's movies.

On average 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

Lonomia obliqua is the world’s deadliest caterpillar.

Octopus wrestling was a popular sport in the 1960s. A diver would fight an octopus in shallow water and drag it to the surface.

The official name of Spain is the "Kingdom of Spain."

3.2 million people visit the Statue of Liberty every year.

Steven Spielberg declined to direct the Harry Potter movies and said "It's just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There's no challenge."

Nigeria makes more movies every year than the US.

There's a town in Spain where 700 people share the surname "Japon" as they are descendants of 17th-century samurais who stayed there after an embassy returned to Japan.

A man who survived the sinking of a ship in 1871 was finally able to overcome his fears and decided to sail again in 1912: he died in the sinking of the Titanic.

If you eat a polar bear liver you'll die. Humans can't handle that much vitamin A.

All totalled the sunlight that strikes Earth at any given moment weighs as much as an ocean liner.

There is a city in Norway called “Hell”

All the departure boards at NYC's Grand Central are exactly one minute wrong.

80%of the biomass of fish in the world's oceans has been lost in the past 100 years.

The more features your phone has the longer you spend in the toilet.

If you would have bought an iPhone in 1991 part by part it would have cost you US$3.56 million.

Impotence is legal grounds for divorce in 24 American states.

In an analysis of 200000 ostriches over 80 years not one tried to bury its head in the sand.

By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back you cannot sink into quicksand.


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The inventor of the heart stent approached numerous companies for funding and was rejected. It was funded by the owner of Fuddrucker's restaurant whom he met by chance on a golf course.

If we had the same mortality rate now as in 1900 more than half the people in the world today would not be alive.

About 60 million Reichmarks equivalent to £125m today was generated for the Nazi state by slave labour at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.

Leonardo Da Vinci was the first to explain why the sky is blue.

The serial number of the first MAC ever produced was 2001.

Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

Bibliomancy is the practice by some people of opening the Bible at random to be guided by whatever verse they see first.

Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in early 1900 in San Francisco.

The World's Oldest Sperm was discovered in Antarctica: 50-million-year-old sperm cells from a worm.

The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet.

In 2012 a court in Italy ruled that telling a man he has "no balls" is a crime punishable with a fine.

The original story from “Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights” begins “Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.”

White blood cells make up about 1% of your blood.

During WW2 the Oscars' statuettes were made of painted plaster due to a metal shortage.

The Mount Everest grows 0.1576 inches (4mm) each year.


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