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15 Crazy Facts We Couldn’t Imagine Were True

Something that never gets boring is knowing random facts, as long as they are interesting of course! If you’ve been looking for some nice ice-breakers or just fun conversation starters, we suggest that you arm yourself with these cool, unbelievable, and very interesting facts. For instance, Scotland’s national animal is, wait for it, a unicorn!

Bright Side has prepared 15 hard-to-believe facts that definitely took us by surprise and we’d love to pass our knowledge on to you.

1. You can tell if water is hot or cold by listening to the sound it makes.

British sensory branding company did an experiment where they recorded pouring a glass of cold water and a glass of hot water and made people guess. Interestingly enough, most of them guessed which was which correctly.

2. There are more ways to arrange a deck of cards than there are atoms on Earth.

There are a lot of ways to arrange a deck of cards. The number starts with an 8 followed by 67 zeros.

3. A “butt load” is a real measurement.

A butt load is a real measurement that is equivalent to 126 gallons.

4. Cleopatra lived closer to the moon landing than the building of the Great Pyramid.

Cleopatra (who lived from 69 BCE — 30 BCE) lived closer to the moon landing (1969, CE) than to the building of the Great Pyramid (2,560, BCE). This also means that she lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than to the building of one of the great Wonders of the World.

5. Mom dolphins sing to their babies while they’re in the womb.

Dolphin moms teach their babies a “signature whistle” while they are in the womb. These whistles in the dolphin world are their names and how they recognize each other.

6. Giant mushrooms

Over 400 million years ago, the natural landscape was not as abundant in trees and plants, instead, there were giant 24 ft (8 m) mushrooms towering over everything!

7. Honey doesn’t go bad.

Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil. Yes, if you buy a jar of honey now, your great-great-great-great-great grandkids can still eat it one day, without any problems! It does, however, crystallize with time, but all you have to do is put it in water and warm it until it’s back to its original state and you can eat it.

8. Norway once knighted a penguin.

Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III is a king penguin who resides in the Edinburgh Zoo, in Scotland. He is the mascot and colonel-in-chief of the Norwegian King’s Guard. He was knighted by King Harald V and Nils was the first penguin to receive such an honor in the Norwegian Army.

9. Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn.

The unicorn is frequently found as an ornament on mercat crosses. And in Forres, Scotland there is a National Unicorn Museum.

10. The water we drink today was consumed by dinosaurs first.

There is almost a 100% chance that the water molecules we are drinking today have passed through a dinosaur’s system.

11. Lego is the biggest tire manufacturing company in the world.

In 2011, Lego manufactured over 318 million tires, while brands such as Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear all produced below 200 million each.

12. High heels were invented by Persian warriors.

The origin of high heels’ is unclear, but the oldest depiction of them dates back to Persian paintings of warriors from 1590. They were supposedly meant for Persian soldiers on horseback, to help them gain leverage while in their stirrups.

13. The Woolly Mammoth still existed when the Great Pyramids were being built.

While the Egyptians were building the pyramids, a colony of Woolly mammoths that had survived, took residence on a small island called Wrangle Island. Mammoths lived there up until around 1,650 BCE, which is nearly 1,000 years after the pyramids were built.

14. We can see the residual effects of the Big Bang on TV.

A small percentage of the static we see on a TV is leftover radiation from the Big Bang. In other words, we are watching a small part of the creation of the universe.

15. Winnie the Pooh was actually a girl.

He is a “he” in the books and cartoons, but it turns out that the character was inspired by a real, female bear, called Winnipeg or Winnie.

What is a cool, random fact you know? Share it with us and everybody else reading your comments!