14 Facts That Will Turn Your World Upside Down
Forget about all the things you thought you knew and check out these facts. Our life is a lie and here's the proof.
1. You can't stick your thumb into your nose.
This is a lie, and you've just proved it yourself. You can actually stick your thumb into your nose and that's exactly what you've just done.
2. Chupa Chups comes from Spain.
The famous lollipop was created by Enric Bernat from Barcelona, Spain, and its logo was designed by Salvador Dali in person. In Spanish, it is pronounced with an "oo" sound, as in "food".
3. Goldfish have a memory span of more than 3 seconds.
An Australian student busted this myth with an experiment which proved that the fish retain associative memory for at least 6 days. They can even solve simple problems, like swim to another beacon if they're not fed at the first one.
4. Owls have long legs.
This fact was discovered by accident, by someone who thought to lift the bird a little.
5. Flying moths don't eat our clothes.
What? Then who makes those holes in our clothes? Well, their offspring are responsible for that. The moth lays its eggs into fur and when they hatch, the little maggots start eating the clothes.
6. Some paving blocks are not actual blocks.
Some of them really are actual blocks, obviously, but in some cases, this cheaper and faster method is preferred.
7. Some potato chips are not 100% potatoes.
The smooth and even chips are only 40% potato flakes mixed with starch, flour, and water. The ingredients are all blended together and pressed in special molds. The ones that are 100% potatoes can be recognized by their uneven edges and texture.
8. Diamonds are cheap carbon in excess.
The De Beers company has a monopoly on the diamond market. Its founders first bought diamond mines in South Africa in 1888 and then proceeded to buy in other places where it turns out that these less precious stones were mined. The high prices of diamonds are the result of a marketing ploy and the company's owners' stinginess.
9. Hello Kitty is not a cat.
According to Anthropologist Christine R. Yano, who studied it as a mass culture phenomenon, Hello Kitty is not a cat, but a girl. Her argument is that you'll never see her walking on all fours like cats do, and she also has a pet cat.
10. The Earth is not round.
It isn't flat either, relax! The Earth actually has the shape of a geoid.
11. This is how they stack towels in stores.
For marketing or just simple convenience, this is how some stores stack towels. This is also an example of an anti-theft solution because you need a shop assistant to bring you the items you want to buy.
12. Coke in glass bottles is different from Coke in cans.
Taste is affected by many factors, including touch and smell. The same drink will taste different if consumed from different vessels. Food chemists say that the polymers covering the insides of an aluminum can may absorb part of the taste and smell, while glass has no taste or smell.
13. Napoleon wasn't short.
In Napoleon's time, the average height in France was about 5'3" - 5'4", so the emperor was quite tall. He preferred small hats which diminished his stature a bit.
14. There is gravity in outer space.
There is gravity on the ISS, but it is weaker than on Earth. The astronauts aren't floating, but falling very slowly along with the station.