Here are 21 instances where truth is truly stranger than fiction. Each of these random facts are just as unbelievable as the next, but they’re all true.
Each is fun and surprising as well as great conversation starters… if you’re into that. The human race has seen and done some incredible things and the amount of knowledge that remains a complete mystery is mind-boggling.
Check out these 21 random facts about humanity:
1. More than half of all people will get an S T D in their life
Recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Infection show that there are 19.7 million new STIs every year in the U.S., and more than half of all people will have an S T D/S T I at some point in their lifetime.
2. During World War I, a monkey was promoted to corporal
A few years before World War I, Albert Marr discovered a baboon on his farm in Pretoria, South Africa.
The two became such good friends that Marr took “Jackie” with him when he joined the Third South African Infantry Regiment. The baboon eventually became company mascot, with rations, a pay book, and his own uniform. In 1916 Marr was shot in the Battle of Agagia, and when the medical team arrived, Jackie was licking the wound.
3. Most peaceful era
4. The inside of your mouth is made of the same type of skin cells as the inside of a v*gina
A stratified squamous epithelium consists of flattened epithelial cells arranged in layers upon a basal membrane.
This type of epithelium is well suited to areas in the body subject to constant abrasion, as it is the thickest and layers can be sequentially sloughed off and replaced before the basement membrane is exposed. It forms the outermost layer of the skin and the inner lining of the mouth, esophagus, and va*ina.
5. The 15 largest ships in the world emit as much air pollution as all of the world’s 760 million cars
And just one of the world’s largest container ships can emit about as much pollution as 50 million cars.
6. If you lined up all living people, the queue would loop the Earth 56 times
If they sat on each other’s shoulders they would pass the Moon and be 1/5th of the way to Mars.
7. Congress mentions Adolph Hilter 7.7 times a month
Thanks to a project from the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation called Capitol Words, visitors can search for and visualize any word or phrase to see how often it’s appeared in the official Congressional Record.
Since 1996, the earliest date Capitol Words’s database goes back to, House representatives and senators have said the word “Hitler” 1,771 times—an average of 7.7 times a month.
8. A toddler shoots someone in the U.S. once a week
According to the Washington Post, people have been shot by toddlers 43 times in 2015, which averages to about once a week. This includes 31 shootings where the child shot himself or herself.
9. The first Native American the Pilgrims encountered in the New World already spoke English
“The Abenaki chief Samoset from what is today Maine learned to speak English from fishermen who visited his coastal territory.
So it was a surprise to the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation when he entered their settlement and announced, “Welcome, Englishmen!” The first Indian to greet the Pilgrims, Samoset fostered goodwill and trade with the Europeans,” states the Encyclopedia of World Biographies.
10. Two out of three Australians will get skin cancer in their lifetime
Over the past decades, the incidence of skin cancer has risen dramatically in Australia. From 1982 to 2010 melanoma diagnoses increased by around 60 percent. According to the Cancer Council of Australia, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
11. Vending machines kill more people every year than sharks do
Sharks kill — on average — less than one person every two years in the U.S. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, vending machines have been responsible for “at least 37 deaths and 113 injuries since 1978.”
12. Until 1995, less than 50% of the US population supported the idea of interracial marriage
And it was ILLEGAL in Alabama as recently as 2000. Thankfully, most Americans, including the older generations, have changed their tune since then.
13. Napoleon was actually 5 foot 6 inches tall, no shorter than the average Frenchman of his time
The myth may have been spawned due to a difference in measurements. “The French inch was actually longer than the British inch, leading to any height appearing shorter to the English speaking world.
In 1802 a doctor called Corvisart said Napoleon was 5 foot 2 inches by the French measurement, which equates to about 5 foot 6 in British.”
14. The first man to fly and the first man to set foot on the moon were alive at the same time
Orville Wright (left) died of a heart attack in 1948. Neil Armstrong (right) was 17 years old at the time.
15. Betty White is older than sliced bread
America’s sweetheart was born in 1922, a full six years before the Chillicothe Baking Company sold the very first loaf of sliced bread on July 7, 1928.
16. Fifty percent of everything you say is expressed with just 100 words
According to the Oxford Dictionaries, you only need to know 10 words to understand 25% of what native [English] speakers say and write.
You need to know 100 words to understand 50% of what native speakers say & write, and 1000 words to understand 75% of all the words used in common, every day English.
17. Your smartphone’s computer is more powerful than the computers used to launch the first space shuttle
According to NASA, the computers used for current space missions are much smaller and more powerful than the computers used for Apollo missions. So yes, that tiny cell phone in your pocket has more computing power than the giant computers used during the Apollo era.
18. Up to 50% of the DNA in our gastrointestinal tract is not identifiable as a form of known life
“We know it’s not anything that we’ve seen before; it’s sort of the equivalent of an uncharted continent right within our own genetic information.
And there’s a lot of it…And even in the relatively sterile blood, around one to two percent of this information is dark matter — can’t be classified, can’t be typed or matched with anything we’ve seen before,” said biologist and explorer Nathan Wolfe.
19. Humans are the only primates whose tooth size decreases as brain size increases
For the past 2.5 million years, two trends in human evolution have been linked—brain size has increased while tooth size has decreased. We’re the only primates who can make that claim.
Usually, when the brain grows, so do the teeth, because the body needs more energy from food consumption. So scientists call what happened to humans an “evolutionary paradox.”
20. France was still executing people via guillotine when Star Wars came out
The last time the guillotine was used as a form of execution in France was in 1977, just a few months before the first (but really fourth) Star Wars film was released.
21. Ants outnumber humans 1.5 million to 1
A single ant colony can consist of over 20 million individual ants. And the biomass of all the ants on Earth is roughly equal to the biomass of all the people on the planet.
If you thought these were interesting you can check out even more facts by clicking here.