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

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on Feb 5, 2014
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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:

    We have best friends and we still die. Everything dies, everything is eaten and there's no such thing as being so "enlightened" that you can't be a part of nature anymore. As long as we are good to one another in life, I think that's all that really counts.

  6. 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.

  7. Nicola Bourne says:

    What a fantastic & enlightening article! Thank you.

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

  9. Alisha says:

    Most of us aren't all round up into tiny ass cages surrounded by filth and feces, and then hung up by our legs in a massive death assembly line as we come closer and closer to a person with a huge knife waiting to slit our throats while we struggle in terror, before we die. Just saying, in case you weren't sure how 99 percent of the animals die in America.

  10. guest says:

    Actually not so much for cattle anymore, in a recent interview with Temple Grandin she stated that around 80% of slaughter houses have adopted her suggestions for design changes that have made the process more humane and less stressful for the animals. Not that that justifies other factory farming practices that continue.

  11. Drew says:

    Particularly enjoyed #5.

  12. Amy E says:

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

  13. 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!

  14. Joyce says:

    Number 5. So weird when you think of it!

  15. Kim says:

    That's what it said, twenty feet not twenty minutes.

  16. Andrea says:

    There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.

  17. Goober says:


  18. 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.

  19. Laura says:

    Plants talk to each other as well Michelle – what will you eat now??

  20. Christy says:

    I pretty well without eating animals. Just had a p and j sandwich and it was delicious.

  21. 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.

  22. 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…

  23. Kylee says:

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

  24. JAH says:

    Yeah, only five people died in the Boston Massacre. The molasses thing was way worse. . .

  25. Anne-Marie S says:

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

  26. Joseph says:

    Sure, but the US was colonized long before it was called the "US," but we don't say it's 500 years old.

  27. Joseph says:

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

  28. BJ says:

    <3 yes. So much love.

  29. James Heckel says:

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