Nine True Facts That Sound Made Up But Are Actually Completely True

Nine true facts that sound made up but are actually completely true

Sometimes, things sound real but are completely fake. Those fake facts are just so convenient sounding and come perfectly wrapped in a bow tie that they spread like a disease. And then there are other facts that sound like complete made up bullshit but are actually real. Those are the scary ones.

The shared souls over at Reddit gathered up some of the most ridiculous truthful facts together and they're amazing.

Here are the best of them:

When you get a kidney transplant, they usually just leave your original kidneys in your body and put the 3rd kidney in your pelvis.

The 10th president of the U.S has two living grandsons

The United States in World War 2 created a bomb that used bats. The bats would be carrying small incendiary charges and would be released from the bomb in mid air, causing them to fly and scatter to different buildings in the area. The charges would then detonate and set all the buildings on fire. It was tested and proven to be very effective.

If you melted down the Eiffel Tower, the pool of iron would be less than 3 inches deep (in a square area the same dimensions as the tower base).

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

Mammoths were alive when the Great Pyramid was being built.

A day on venus is longer than a year on venus.

Most toilets flush in E Flat.

If you have 23 people in a room, there is a 50% chance that 2 of them have the same birthday.

List some of your favourite fake-sounding facts (that are real!) below


    The reddit for this exact topic, created yesterday.

      anyone who frequents reddit knows gizmodo get half their content from there. if its interesting info who cares where it comes from.

      Sure - but Gizmodo filters out the rubbish .... usually :-)

    The first use of the word "true" in the headline is completely redundant. Angus?...Angus?......Where is he?

      Indeed, tautological in fact...

    "A day on venus is longer than a year on venus."

    Do you mean "A day on venus is longer than a year on Earth."?

      It is worded correctly. It takes longer for Venus to rotate on its own axis (243 Earth days) than it does for Venus to revolve around the sun (227 Earth days)

        Does that also mean that it's almost permanently summer on one side of the planet and winter on the other side?

          That's generally more to do with tilt in the axis than exposure to sun. Our seasons are more related to the fact that half our planet is ever so slightly closer to the sun than the other due to the tilted axis we rotate on. Which is why summer is hotter; The hemisphere experiencing summer is actually closer to the sun than the other hemisphere.
          However, I would imagine that 121.5 earth-days long exposure to the sun could indeed cause a season of sorts.

          Last edited 07/02/14 12:28 pm

            "Our seasons are more related to the fact that half our planet is ever so slightly closer to the sun than the other due to the tilted axis we rotate on. Which is why summer is hotter; The hemisphere experiencing summer is actually closer to the sun than the other hemisphere."

            This is actually untrue. The distance from the sun has only a very minor effect on the temperature difference in seasons on Earth. The true reason is related to concentration of the suns rays on the planet as a result of simply the shape of the planet combined with the axis tilt. When the suns rays approach the Earth, they are more concentrated on the areas that are squarely facing the sun than those that are angled away.

            Edit: Also, you need to factor in increased daylight amount over the summer period. See this link for more details:

            Last edited 07/02/14 12:55 pm

              Well there you go, clearly I need to brush up on my science. Thanks!

              While you've basically pegged it, one interesting bit of trivia is that because the Earth's orbit is actually not quite circular, the Earth is closer to the Sun during the northern winter and furthest during the northern summer. This means that the Southern summer is marginally hotter (because we're closer to the Sun at that time) but also marginally shorter (because the Earth moves faster at perihelion than at aphelion.)

              This effect is negligible compared to the effects of axial tilt. If this were not the case, both hemispheres would experience summer at the same time.

                Thanks, I hadn't planned to go into that detail, but you're 100% correct. I'm glad to see comments that help to increase our awareness on the web.

          Actually, one thing to note is that Venus has a 177.4 degree tilt, compared to Earths 23.45 degree tilt. For all intents and purposes, they only have one long summer day and one long winter night. Same as the very north and south poles on earth, but applied almost everywhere. This is made even worse by the atmospheric conditions which lead to temperatures in excess of 400 degrees Celsius. We've just stumbled across a different point in the article. The rotation of the planet doesn't really determine the length of its 'days' at all.

      No, Venus takes less time to go around the sun, than it does to fully rotate.

      I think they mean that the time it takes for venus to spin completely on its axis (a day) is longer than the time it takes for Venus to travel around the sun (a year). Day = 243 earth days, year = 225.

      The sidereal day is longer, but the solar day is shorter

      WELL NO SEE day means a full revolvement in which the sun is seen from every spot of a planet and year means a full rotaion around the sun

      It also rotates retrograde, compated to all other planets and moons in the solar system.

    Nope. It takes Venus longer to rotate on its axis than it does to make a loop of the sun, hence day longer than year.

    I remember that birthday thing. It is great when you test it in a room full of people.

    The Venus fact is interesting in its similarity to the fact that the moons rotation is synchronous with its orbit around the earth(a 'day' is the same as a 'year' for the moon, relative to the earth), but for completely different reasons. Any celestial body that is locked in to orbit with a body that experiences tidal flow will find itself with one particular point facing the influencing object as a matter of course.

    Last edited 07/02/14 1:04 pm

    Who was the 10th president and who are the grandsons?

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