FASCINATING FACTS OF THE DAY: 18 More Facts That Sound Completely Fake
Our world is full of weird and wonderful things. Some of these crazy things have already happened in history while some are going on right now. Sometimes we hear facts that sound fake but surprisingly they turn out to be absolutely true. Here we have compiled a list of facts that are so bizarre that people usually dismiss them as fake facts but they are true.
1. To make a sword out of the blood, you will have to kill 359 people to get enough iron from their blood.
This may seem weird, but it’s actually true that to make an average long sword, you need the blood of at least 359 people. It can be proved in the following way.
The weight of an average British long sword lies between 1.1 and 1.8 kg. Let’s consider the middle value i.e. 1.45 kg.
The iron content of the long sword lies between 0.002% and 2.1%. Let’s take the median carbon content 1.051%.
So, the total amount of iron in the long sword will be 1.45 kg – (1.45 kg * 1.051%) = 1.4347605 kg.
The blood of an average person contains 4 grams i.e. 0.004 kg of iron.
Thus, to make an average long sword, we will need iron extracted from the blood of (1.4347605 / 0.004) = 358.69 i.e. 359 people.(source)
2. Viagra dissolved in water can make cut flowers stand up straight for up to a week beyond their natural lifespan.
Viagra is a widely popular drug due to its ability to treat male impotence. Apart from that, researchers from Israel and Australia have found that viagra, when added to water, can double the shelf life of cut flowers. When 1 mg of viagra is dissolved in vase water, it can make the cut flowers stand up straight up for a week.
Professor Yaacov Lasham, a plant researcher at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, and his group have found out that the vase life of flowers is increased by viagra by retarding the breakdown of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP).(source)
3. More people are bitten each year by New Yorkers than by sharks.
Studies have shown that in US the chance of being attacked by sharks is 1 in 11.5 million while the chance of a person being killed due to a bite from other people is less than 1 in 264.1 million. In New York, each year people are bitten 10 times more by other people than worldwide by sharks.
The statistics of the shark-vs.-human war shows that all over the world, about 100 million people are killed by humans while only 7 people are killed by unprovoked shark attacks each year.(source)
4. Lincoln is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
As a young man, Abraham Lincoln was an accomplished wrestler. In the book “Abraham Lincoln: The Praire Years” the author, Carl Sandburg, states that once after dispatching an opponent in a match, Lincoln challenged the entire crowd of onlookers and said, “I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.” But no one dared to accept the challenge.
He played 300 matches in his lifetime and had lost only once. His huge fame in wrestling world earned him the honor of “Outstanding American” in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.(source)
5. Roughly, 14% of humans do not have a Palmaris longus muscle in their arm.
Bring the thumb and fifth finger of one of your hands together. Then, flex the fingers inwards i.e. towards your wrist. You will see a small elongated tendon-like muscle popping up in the center of your wrist. This small popped up muscle is known as palmaris longus. If flexing your wrist in the above way does not produce a visible muscle, then you are among the rare 14 percent of people in the world who doesn’t have the PL muscle.
In Europe and North America, 5.5 to 24 % of Caucasian populations and in Asia (India, Japan, China, Turkey, and Malaysia), 4.6 to 26.6 % of people do not have palmaris longus tendon.(source)
6. A tiger with broken teeth killed 436 people. Therefore, it is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest number of kills.
During the 19th century, a female Bengal Tiger, Champawat Tiger, killed an estimated 436 people in Nepal and Kumaon area of India. The number of death caused by Champawat Tiger is the highest number of fatalities caused by a single tiger in the world and has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
It started its attack in Nepal in a region close to the Himalayas. She managed to evade hunters and eventually the Nepalese Army was called in. Even they couldn’t capture or kill her, but they managed to force the tigress to abandon her territory. Then, she crossed the border and reached the Kumaon district of India and continued her killing spree. She grew so bold that she started prowling around villages and killing people in broad daylight. Finally, in 1907, the British hunter Jim Corbett shot her dead. Later on, a postmortem on the tigress showed that the upper and lower canine teeth on the right side of her mouth were broken.(source)
7. In 1932, there was a war known as the Great Emu war in Australia between emus and soldiers of WWI. The emus won.
After World War I, many British veterans and ex-soldiers from Australia took up farming within Western Australia. They started facing difficulty when as many as 20,000 emus migrated into the area. They consumed and spoiled the crops. Moreover, they left gaps in fences from where rabbits would enter and cause further problems. Therefore, the ex-soldiers requested the Minister of Defense to let them use machine guns to gun down the emus. He agreed and provided military personnel with guns.
The first attempt to kill the emus was made on November 2, but they didn’t manage to do any significant damage. Similar attempts were made again, but the futile results made the Minister of Defense withdraw the military back. By November 12, the military action was resumed, and finally, it was stopped on December 10.
Despite the two attempts, farmers requested military assistance again in 1934, 1943, and 1948 to which government did not provide any assistance.(source)
8. A chicken named Mike lived for 18 months after having his head cut off and had a career of touring sideshows.
In 1945, a Wyandotte chicken called Mike had survived for 18 months after having his head cut off. This seemingly impossible feat earned it the name Miracle Mike. Mike’s head was severed when its owner, Lloyd Olsen, decided to have him in supper on September 10, 1945. After beheading, Lloyd found out that Mike didn’t die. So, he decided to take care of the chicken and fed him a mixture of milk and water through an eye dropper and small grains of corn.
When Mike became famous his owner took him for touring sideshows. He was also photographed for a number of magazines. Mike died in March 1947 when a kernel of corn stuck in his throat. After his death, his postmortem report stated that when his owner cut off his head the axe missed the jugular vein and a clot prevented Mike from bleeding to death. So, most of his brain and one ear was left attached to its body even though most of its head was severed.(source)
9. During a kidney transplant, the diseased kidneys are not usually removed and the third kidney is placed in the pelvis.
We know that when a person suffers from kidney failure, they undergo kidney transplantation. We also know that during kidney transplant a healthy donor kidney is placed in the patient’s body which functions in the same way as his original kidney. But people rarely know that the damaged kidney is also left inside the body and the new kidney is placed in the patient’s pelvis. The damaged kidney is not removed from the body because removing it increases the rate of surgical morbidity.(source)
10. Donald Trump is the oldest president elected in US history.
Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, is the oldest elected president in the US history. He took his oath as president at the age of 70. Earlier the record of being the oldest elected president of the US was held by Ronald Reagan who became president at the age 69.(source)
11. Dolphins have mustaches when they are babies.
Dolphins are born with a rim of short hairs around their snout which is similar to the position of a human mustache. The mustache of a baby dolphin helps it to locate and feel its mother during the first few days of nursing. Due to natural depilatory process, these hairs fall off a week or so after their birth.(source)
12. There are more libraries in the US than there are McDonalds.
There are many different types of libraries in the US such as public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries, special libraries, armed forces libraries, and government libraries. In total, there are about 119,487 libraries of all kinds in the US. A statistics shows that in 2015, there were a total of 14,259 McDonalds restaurants in the United States, which is much less than the total number of libraries.(source)
13. John Tyler, the tenth president of the United States (1841-1845), has two alive grandsons.
The tenth President of the United States, John Tyler, served as the President from 1841 to 1845. He was born in the 18th century and died in the middle of the 19th century. However, surprisingly, two of his grandsons are still alive in this 21st century. This is because of the large number of children he fathered, which is 15 to be exact. Five of the children from his second wife lived in the 20th century. One of his son, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, had 6 children from two marriages. His last three children were born when his age was more than 70. One of them died in infancy but the other two grandsons, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr. and Harrison Ruffin Tyler, are living in this 21st century.(source)
14. The deadliest animal on earth are mosquitoes with more deaths attached to them every year than any other animal in the world.
When asked about the most dangerous animal, most people would say sharks, lions, snakes or any other animal. But the reality is different. Every year, there are more deaths due to mosquitoes than any other animal in the world. This is because mosquitoes are the carrier of dangerous diseases like malaria, yellow fever, chikungunya, encephalitis, dengue fever, and others. It is estimated that more than 600,000 people die each year due to malaria. Also, except for Antarctica, mosquitoes are found all over the world. This means it is a huge threat to people throughout the world.(source)
15. There’s only 1 pig in Afghanistan, and he’s in a zoo.
It’s true. There is only one pig in Afghanistan, and its name is Khanzir. He is 14 years old and lives in Kabul Zoo. The reason behind Khanzir being the only pig in Afghanistan is that Afghanistan like most Islamic nations believe eating pork is considered such a sin that even touching them is forbidden.
But Khanzir hadn’t always been a lonely pig. He was sent from China in 2002 as a piglet along with a female pig. They both mated and even had a litter of piglet. But in 2006, a caretaker left the nearby bear’s cage open and one of the bears managed to enter the pig enclosure. It killed all its piglets and gravely injured the female who later died due to the injury. So, Khanzir is left all alone now.(source)
16. The amount of time between Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus is more than the amount of time between Tyrannosaurus and us.
Stegosaurus roamed western North America about 150 million years ago while the Tyrannosaurus evolved only 67 million years ago. So, the difference between the evolution of stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus is 83 million years which is far greater than the difference between us and Tyrannosaurus i.e. 67 million years.(source)
17. The youngest mother in history was 5 years old!
Lina Medina became the youngest mother in the world when she gave birth to a boy at the age of five years seven months 21 days. She was born on September 23, 1933, in Peru. Since her pelvic region was not developed enough to give birth to her child naturally, she gave birth by caesarean section. At the time of birth, her son weighed 2.7 kg. She named him Gerardo after her doctor. Gerardo was raised believing Medina was her sister. He came to know about their real relation at the age of 10. He died at the age of 40.
Lina is currently living in Lima. So far, she hasn’t confirmed the identity of the father of her child or the circumstances surrounding her impregnation.(source)
The US scientists have calculated that diamond rain could be a very common phenomenon on Saturn and Jupiter. It is estimated that diamonds as big as one centimeter in diameter is falling on these planets regularly. Consequently, about 1,000 tons of diamonds are fallen on Saturn every year.
Lightning storms on the surface of these planets convert methane into soot (carbon). The soot hardens when it falls, and it forms chunks of graphite. Eventually, it turns into chunks of diamond due to the extreme temperature and pressure. The diamonds then rains on the surface of these planets and finally melt into the liquid sea of the planet’s super hot core.(source)