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8 Brain-Bending Facts That Sound Wrong but Are Actually True


#1: More people die of drowning than dehydration in deserts

Due to the poor drainage in desert areas, flash flooding can be a serious and life-threatening issue.

#2: Your eyes are only halfway up your head

Ask any artist to draw a face and you’ll see they mark halfway up the head for the eyes, half of that for the bottom of the nose, and half of that for the mouth. Your hair covers up a lot of your head, so it gives the impression that your eyes are higher than they are.

#3: There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way

There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way, but three trillion trees on Earth.

#4: All the other planets in the Solar System lined up end-to-end could fit between the Earth and the Moon

A picture says a thousand words.

#5: New York City is further south than Rome

And, for that matter, further west than Santiago, Chile.

#6: Alaska is both the Western-most and Eastern-most state in the U.S.

It has islands on both sides of the 180th meridian, though the International Date Line curves around it to avoid Time Zone weirdness.

#7: In a room of 23 people, there is a 50% chance two of them share a birthday

Actually, it’s 50.73%, or slightly better than a coin flip.


#8: Mushrooms are more closely related to humans than they are to plants

And broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower are all the same species.


h/t: Reddit

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