15 Facts Proving This World Is Weirder Than We Thought
Our world is full of amazing and sometimes unexpected facts. For example, Napoleon was once attacked by rabbits and it’s possible for a dog to become a mayor of a city. Not only will this information raise your IQ, but it will also cheer you up.
Bright Side collected 15 interesting facts that will change the way you see the world. At the end of the article, there’s a bonus that will tell you about the weirdest beauty test ever.
15. Marriages with dead people are legal in France.
In France, a posthumous marriage where one of the spouses is deceased is considered legal. This type of marriage is also legal in China and Sudan. Dozens of requests for registering these marriages have been issued in France since the 20th century and many of them have been approved.
14. The eyes of an ostrich are bigger than its brain.
The eyes of ostriches are often compared to billiard balls. Their eyeballs are so big that only a brain the size of a walnut can fit comfortably in the skull with them. The mass of an ostrich brain is 2 times less than the mass of their eyes.
13. The chainsaw was invented to help deliver babies.
In 1830, orthopedist Bernhard Heine created the first surgical tool for cutting bones where a cutting chain was used. The chainsaw was found extremely useful in symphysiotomy — an alternative to Caesarian delivery. Though the main elements of the chainsaw were created at the end of the 19th century its gasoline engine started to be used actively beginning in the 1920s. Today’s chainsaws have 2 classifications — amateur and professional depending on the use.
12. It was prohibited to pet dogs for 60 years in Iceland.
The ban was issued in 1924 after it had been detected that dogs are the carriers of echinococcosis (also known as tapeworms). This parasitic disease is extremely dangerous because it can cause severe intestinal infections and blindness. In 1984, the ban was canceled, however, after those 60 years, cats became the favorite pet in Iceland.
11. Anatidaephobia is the fear of being watched by a duck.
This term was created by Gary Larson when he drew a caricature for the comic strip The Far Side. It consists of 2 words anatidae and phobia. Larson was admitted to the National Cartoonist Society for his work.
10. Napoleon was attacked by rabbits.
In 1807, Napoleon Bonaparte decided to celebrate the Treaties of Tilsit with an imperial hunt. The man responsible for the arrangement of this event was ordered to buy wild rabbits. The hunt was supposed to entertain the imperial court but the animals were acting really weird. When a horn marked the beginning of the hunt, the little animals united in one big grey lump and started attacking a man with a gun instead of running away from him.
Little did they know, it was the fiercest man in Europe who these thousands of brave rabbits attacked. The generals, marshals, and guardsmen rushed to defend their commander but all their efforts were in vain. Then a really strange thing happened — the emperor got scared and ran away himself. This glorious commander, the hero of the French Campaign in Egypt and Syria was running across a picturesque meadow from thousands of fluffy bunnies.
Maybe his fear can be understood. Just look at the suspicious face of this rabbit — he is definitely up to no good.
9. Vegetarian spider
There are about 40,000 types of spiders all around the world. Basically, they eat insects and other creatures. However, in Central America, an 8-legged vegetarian spider that was called Bagheera Kiplingi was found. It’s the first type of spider known to humanity whose main diet consists of plants.
8. The names of Pokémon characters Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are based on the names of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
These heroes of action and adventure movies became the prototypes for these Pokémon characters. It’s surprising, but no one paid attention to the similarity of the Pokémon’s names and the names of the actors. However, there is still one question left — who was the prototype for Hitmontop?
7. Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th.
This word was introduced by Dr. Donald Dossey, the founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute of Southern California. He kept saying to his patients that once they learn to pronounce this word, they will cure the phobia. Modern specialists would hardly appreciate his strange method of fighting phobias.
6. The LEGO Group company is the largest manufacturer of tires in the world.
This company produces more than 300 million tires per year. There is no other company in the world that produces as many tires as LEGO. However, there is one nuance — they produce tiny tires for construction vehicles and cars for their LEGO kits and can hardly compete with giants like Michelin and Goodyear.
5. Bosco the dog had been the mayor of Sunol for 10 years.
A dog named Bosco, a mix of a black Labrador retriever and Rottweiler, was elected mayor of the small town of Sunol, California. Bosco held this position from 1981 until his death in 1994. Some newspapers wrote that a dog taking the position of mayor is the flaw of the US electoral system. But the residents of Sunol claimed that it was made in jest. Bosco’s monument was installed in 2008.
4. The comics about Donald Duck were banned in Finland in the 1970s’ due to the fact that he was not wearing pants.
The comics with the most popular duck in the world had existed in Finland since 1951. However, in 1977 the Committee on Youth Affairs decided not to buy them anymore. In the debates discussing this question, it was said in jest that the decision had been made due to the fact that this character was not good for youth because he is not wearing pants. Nowadays, comic books about Donald Duck are freely spread across Finland and are in high demand among locals.
3. The procedure of swans upping is held in England annually.
Every year a traditional upping of mute swans is held on the Thames river. According to the tradition, all wild animals in the country belong to the monarch of Great Britain. During the procedure, swan uppers swim along the river by boats, catch the swans and ring them. In 2009, Queen Elizabeth II herself was present at this procedure.
2. Scots have 421 synonyms for the word ’snow.’
Scientists from the University of Glasgow registered 421 synonyms for the word ’snow.’ This surprising fact means that Scots have a lot to choose from when trying to describe their winters. They have such expressions as spitters (little falling snowflakes), snaw-pouther (fine driving snow), and flindrikin (a snow shower).
1. Cats have 4 toes on their back paws and 5 on their front paws.
The 5th toe on their front paws is needed for a better grip. Even people who don’t have cats know how easily they can climb up curtains, sofas, and trees. There is also a special pad on their front paws that cats use for leaving their smell in the places they have visited. It’s one of the methods they use to mark their territory.
Bonus: Strange beauty test
This method became widespread on the Internet by the name ’finger trap test,’ and its weirdness breaks all records. It’s meant to identify how beautiful and hot a person is. All you need to do is to place your index finger against your nose and chin as if trying to say ’Shhh!" If your lips touch the finger, congratulations — you’ve passed the test and are officially hot and pretty. If they don’t, then hopefully you have a good sense of humor. Keep in mind that it’s just another viral and strange test and it would be kind of ridiculous to pay attention to the result.
What other interesting and funny facts are you aware of? Please share them in the comments!