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15 Compelling Facts That Are Very Hard to Believe

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Among the huge number of pseudofacts, there still are some that are both true and very hard to believe. We at Bright Side decided to take things seriously and check some of them thoroughly. We bet you've never heard about these 15 facts!

  • There is not a single bridge across the Amazon River (it is more than 4,300 miles long). The only bridge is the Rio Negro bridge, which opened in 2010. It connects the banks of the Rio Negro River, which is the tributary of the Amazon.
  • Both the skin and fur of a tiger are striped. Moreover, you will not find 2 tigers in the world with identical stripes.
  • In 2012, a missing woman was unexpectedly found during a vacation in Iceland when it turned out that she was on the search team searching for herself. According to the woman, she didn't recognize herself in the description and decided to help with the search.
  • If you've ever looked at the map during long flights, you must have noticed that planes don't fly in straight lines. Instead, it looks like the path is curved. First of all, a straight line on a 2D map doesn't match a line on a 3D globe. Secondly, the shape of Earth is an ellipse, flattened near the poles. So the shortest distance between the poles is not the arc of a circle. For example, if you fly from India to the US, you will fly over Russia, England, Greenland, and, yes, this really is the shortest way.
  • Alaska is the most northern, the most western, and the most eastern US state. The Aleutian Islands, which are also part of Alaska, cross the 180th meridian, which is why they are the most eastern.

  • How can you see Africa from Great Britain? Very easily, if you go to Gibraltar, a foreign territory of Great Britain located on the Iberian peninsula. Of course, you can easily see Africa from the shores of Spain, which is also located nearby.

  • The apples that we buy in supermarkets are harvested between 5 and 12 months before they get to the supermarket. For the rest of the time, they are stored in special fridges with low levels of oxygen to prevent decay.
  • There are a few theories as to why we need sleep. It is probably necessary for growth and development (the younger a person is, the more they sleep). Perhaps it restores all the systems of the body and activates the memory and attention. But there isn't any clear answer as to why we sleep.
  • The pits, leaves, unripe fruits, and stems of an avocado are poisonous. Oddly enough, they are more dangerous for animals, especially birds. The avocado is absolutely safe for humans, and it's very beneficial for our health.
  • The pattern on every person's tongue is as unique as a fingerprint.
  • A Japanese koi fish named Hanako lived for 226 years. It died in 1977.
  • There is a so-called "Paris Syndrome," and it's a state popular among the Japanese. It is their great disappointment in the capital city of France. Of course, people of other nationalities can also experience it. The Japanese consulate in France even had to open a hotline to provide psychological support to people.
  • Brown eyes are actually blue but with a brown pigment. American biologist Gregg Homer even set up a company that is developing a procedure to possibly allow people to change their brown eyes to blue.
  • Paper cuts are more painful than knife cuts for a very simple reason. The thing is that a knife makes a deep wound and causes bleeding. The blood coagulates, and the wound heals much faster. Paper doesn't make deep cuts, and there is no bleeding, so the wound takes longer to heal and causes more pain.
  • The companies Puma and Adidas, who manufacture sporting goods, were set up by brothers whose last name was Dassler. The brothers owned a company that produced sports shoes called Gebrüder Dassler. But they had a fight, and each brother opened his own company. Puma was originally named RuDa (from Rudolf Dassler), and Adidas was named Addas (from Adolf Dassler).

Do you know any other unbelievable facts? Tell us in the comment section below!

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