15 Things that Can’t be True but actually Are.

Via on Feb 5, 2014


The World is Unbelievable.

In Buddhism, coincidence is a thing—a sign that we’re on the right path, living mainly in the present moment. 

Did you know? Consuming poppy seeds can indeed make you fail a drug test. Elephants are afraid of mice. It’s possible for a woman to get pregnant, while already very pregnant. You can get HIV twice. The darker the coffee, the less caffeine it has. So lighter roasts = more caffeine. MSG is perfectly fine to eat and has no adverse effects on your health.

Hat tip to Reddit, for far more like this:

1. When you get a kidney transplant, they often (but not always) leave your original kidneys in your body and put the 3rd kidney in your pelvis.

2. It is possible for a professional mimic to forget his own voice.

That happened to Gary Oldman, IIRC. He had to take voice training classes to regain his British accent while they were making Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, he had spent so long doing other accents on screen he’d forgotten his original voice.

Also why Christian Bale sounds like he is from nowhere when he’s actually from Wales

3. Only 10 to 13% of indexed data on the Internet is pornography. 4 times that amount is spam.

4. There used to be a flying reptile that was as tall as a giraffe.

5. We went to the moon before we thought to put wheels on suitcases.

6. The founder of match.com, Gary Kremen, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on match.com

That sounds like a pretty strong endorsement for match.com actually.

No kidding.

“Works so well, it stole my girlfriend.”

7. Mammoths were alive when the Great Pyramid was being built.

8. Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire.

Aztec 1428-1521

Oxford University ~1096

9. Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. were born in the same year. It’s amazing what you had no idea overlapped each other in the past.

10. Less time separates the existence of humans and the tyrannosaurus rex than the t-rex and the stegosaurus.

11. The brother of John Wilkes Booth saved Abraham Lincoln’s son from being hit by a train without knowing who it was he saved.

“in 1863, a year an a half before his father was shot, Robert Todd Lincoln was in Jersey City, New Jersey (of all places) and almost fell off a train platform and run over by a train. His life was saved and he was pulled to safety by… famous actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth. You can’t make this stuff up…”

12. Cows have best friends and they get stressed out when they are separated.

Rabbits do that too. I take my male to the vet with me when the little girl needs to go for her issues, since he destroys everything in a desperate panic to find her again if he doesn’t come along. Sigh.

13. In the early 1900s, a wave of molasses rushed through the streets of Boston at 35mph killing 21 people. Decades later, locals said on hot summer days they could still smell molasses in the air. Ah yes, the Boston Molassacre.

14. A moose can dive underwater up to nearly 20 feet in search of food.

15. The lighter the roast of coffee, the more caffeine it has. Counterintuitive, but true.

For more: Reddit.


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29 Responses to “15 Things that Can’t be True but actually Are.”

  1. mccubma says:

    #bestbuds (item 12!)

  2. sabine says:

    cool! thank you for this article!!

  3. Sam Anana says:

    Galileo was offered a visiting professorship @ Harvard!

  4. Michelle says:

    #12 – as good an argument for vegetarianism/veganism as i've ever heard.

  5. Dana says:

    The coffee thing's absolutely true. That's why you tend to see darker coffees available in finer grinds. Grinding it more finely releases more caffeine.

  6. Nicola Bourne says:

    What a fantastic & enlightening article! Thank you.

  7. This suggestions a solution to an age-old mystery: – who built the great pyramids? Now we know it was mammoths!

  8. Drew says:

    Particularly enjoyed #5.

  9. Amy E says:

    8. Oxford University formed 30 years after the Battle of Hastings??? Sceptical!

  10. Dan says:

    This is a bunch of crap. A moose cannot dive for 20 minutes. They can go under water for a full minute and dive 20 feet deep to feed on bottom growth. Don't believe the hype!

  11. Joyce says:

    Number 5. So weird when you think of it!

  12. dawn says:

    only 10-13% is porn – ONLY???? how did porn get so normalized?!?!? 10-13% being porn signifies a very sad state of affairs for our civilization.

  13. Poney says:

    How exactly does this list of random “Did you know?” items translate into a recommendation to live in the here and now? *Enlighten* me please.

  14. Luis says:

    Number 8…true. But the Aztec empire was build influenced by the Teotihuacan culture (have you heard the pyramids of the sun and the moon) 2 thousand years ago….just saying…a thousand years before Oxford…

  15. Kylee says:

    You should not compare molasses to the boston massacre. What the hell is wrong with you?

  16. Anne-Marie S says:

    I got such a kick of out this!! Well done!!

  17. Joseph says:

    The cow best friend thing really got to me. Loved this article.

  18. James Heckel says:

    Why Jersey City "of all places?" It's a pretty darn cool place to be, a least in 2016!

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