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7 Pictures Showing How Life Tricks Us Every Day

The word truthiness was named Word of the Year in 2005 by the American Dialect Society and in 2006 by Merriam-Webster. Coined by comedian Stephen Colbert, it means:

1. Truth that comes from the gut, not books.

2. The quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true.

We at Bright Side have collected some photos which show exactly how our life is full of truthiness.

1. Crocodiles can walk underwater... they don’t do it all the time... but still.

You might have seen image of crocodiles swimming in water, but that doesn’t mean they can’t walk underwater. In nature, crocodiles usually inhabit shallow rivers and lakes, which are not deep enough for them to be able to walk on their back legs. Ultimately, whether they walk or swim depends on the amount of water they’re in.

2. Nature didn’t create baby carrots — humanity did

Baby carrots were invented in the 1980s by California carrot farmer, Mike Yurosek. One year, he couldn’t sell his harvest because many of his carrots weren’t the right size and shape to be sold in stores. So he used an industrial bean cutter and shaped them into what we now call “baby carrots” to make use of his crop and make them more appealing to stores.

3. Hedgehogs mainly eat creepy crawlies... not apples.

Hedgehogs have a huge appetite, despite their small size. They eat any kind of invertebrates, snakes, worms, lizards, amphibians, fish, eggs, insects, carrion, roots, and mushrooms. Hedgehogs can eat apples and other fruits, but it’s really more of a treat than something they should usually eat.

4. What the camera can’t see, just stays under the table...

It can get really hot in a news studio, especially in the summer. So the presenter uses whatever means possible to stay cool but still look professional for the camera. Better that than being sweaty and flush on air.

5. Peanuts don’t grow on trees... they grow underground.

Peanuts don´t grow on trees like other nuts, because peanuts are actually legumes. The plant flowers above, while the peanut grows underground.

6. Journalists don’t remember their lines.

When a journalist goes on air, the complete script of their performance has been written beforehand and loaded onto a special display device called a teleprompter. They read the entire script from there during the broadcast.

7. Lots of soccer fields use artificial turf.

FIFA’s rules claim that natural grass should be used in international soccer club competition matches or between representative teams of national soccer associations affiliated with them. But recently, they’ve started to allow an artificial alternative because natural grass is too hard to maintain. Some top stadiums use a specific blend of real grass with artificial components that are permitted by soccer associations.

In the end, truthiness may or may not be the actual truth.

Do you know any interesting things that we consider fact, even though they’re not true? Shake our truthiness sense a little with some photos in the comments.

Please note: This article was updated in April 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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