These 12 Facts Prove Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction


Everyone loves a good fun fact — a little snippet of info that makes you feel smarter, but it's easy to become a skeptic on the Internet, where misinformation thrives. It's especially easy when something feels like it could be right, but it isn't. Then there's a completely different breed of facts. These are facts that seem so mind-blowingly unlikely that they couldn't possibly be real, but they absolutely are.

Redditor JustinMGH went to /r/AskReddit to find out: "What fact or statistic seems like obvious exaggeration, but isn't?"

Here are 12 of the most amazing facts that sound completely made up, as told by Reddit:

1. "The difference between million and billion is huge (relatively): 1 Million seconds = 11 Days 1 Billion seconds = 31 years" -TheIshark

2. "Nintendo existed at the same time as the Ottoman Empire." -roussell131

3. "You could walk from North Korea to Norway and only pass through one other country. Also, your feet would be a little sore." -SexAndCandiru 

4. "Monsters Inc was released closer to the fall of the Berlin wall than to the present day." -setsomethingablaze 

5. "If you start in Downtown Detroit and head south, you'll end up in Canada." -rugtoad

6. "Cleopatra was alive closer to the Moon landing than she was to the construction of the great pyramids." -redditating_

7. "Similarly [to Cleopatra], we live closer (in time) to the T-Rex, than the T-Rex did to the Stegosaurus!

Edit: This got a lot more attention than I expected. So for anyone wondering, the T-Rex lived about 65 million years ago, while the Stegosaurus lived about 150 million years ago!" -Stitchikins

8. "There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S. than real ones." -Back2Bach

9. "There's enough space between the Earth and the moon to fit in the all the rest of the planets in the solar system." -dylanna

10. "Vending machines kill more people every year than sharks do." --eDgAR-

11. "The typical cloud weighs 1.1 million pounds." -anotherpoweruser

12. "Neutron stars are so dense that if you dropped a gummy bear from one meter away it would hit the surface in a microsecond with the force of 1,000 nuclear bombs." -Endless_Vanity

View more of these incredible facts over on Reddit.

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