Facts that you didn’t know and likely won’t care about (26 Photos)

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  • anonymous

    kill this article. kill it before it infects the others.

  • Anonymous

    Alaska was purchased from Canada, not Russia.

    • DatDude

      The Alaska Purchase was the acquisition of the Alaska territory by the United States from Russia in 1867 by a treaty ratified by the Senate.

  • NaTaS

    # 7 is wrong

  • Anonymous

    Come on Chive. I would have expected better from you. I hate these kind of posts that keep perpetuating myths. Some of what you posted are true, but others are just plain wrong, or have awful grammar. Here are a few examples:

    #3 – One birthday is celebrated by at least other million people in the World. Other? Maybe that should be ‘celebrated by at least A million’? Besides the poor grammar, the reality of this statement is actually much higher. Based on a world population of 7 billion, over 19 million people share your birthday with you.

    #4 – The typical lead pencil can draw a line is 35 miles long? Where is the word ‘that’ in the sentence? The statement is true though.

    #5 – Butterflies tastes with their feets? Are you kidding me? Were these written by a 2 year old? This one is true as well.

    #6 – According to several reputable sites that I researched, the average weight of an iceberg is more in the 100,000 – 200,000 ton range, not 20,000,000. (newfoundlandandlabrador.com, wikipedia)

    #7 – This stupid myth has been busted numerous times by many people including Mythbusters. Yes, with a large enough piece of paper, it can be folded more than 7 times easily.

    #8 – Thanks for correcting this one.

    #10 – Actually, the correct way to say this is that Venus has a retrograde rotation.

    #16 – The leech only has one brain in the front. That brain is connected to a nerve cord that runs down the length of the body similar to our spinal column and has numerous (21) ganglia that are not ‘brains’.

    #17 – CBS’s Cartoon Theater and The Gerald McBoing-Boing show were both animated series that ran in primetime before the Flintstones. The Flintstones was the first successful animated series to run in primetime. Cartoon Theater and Gerald McBoing-Boing only lasted for a few months.

    #23 – Money is the number one thing that most people argue on? My last argument was not ‘on’ money, but it may have been about money.

    I would hope that you would spend at least a few minutes examining these ‘facts’ before posting them. Don’t just take what you see on answers.yahoo.com, or fun-facts.com. Next you will be telling us that goldfish only have a 3 minute memory, and the great wall of China is visible from space. (both are untrue by the way)

  • Blas

    #14 is crap, new record breaked recently http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/nstv/2012/01/pa

    • Blas

      #7, sorry…

  • Frenchgirl

    In france we've got a strawberry museum too^^

  • Thomas Greywolf

    Numbers 2, 3, 7, 11, 13, 19 & 20 are all BULLSHIT … check shit before you post it ….

  • naluukti

    #1 And you stole two port cities from us just in time for the Yukon gold rush too, ya jerks!

  • TJP

    Learn to fucking spell!

  • JMA

    I am glad that these facks wer postid heer. My lurnin ante gud and I lik it win I can git sum lurnin frum the cumpewter. Gud jobb!

    • Noegod

      Holy crap! Now that was funny!

  • Edaea_Sinid

    #21 A new challenger appears! Fight!

  • monoxxide

    #11 cause we all speak spanish here in the usa dont ya know

  • Brier

    If only a million people share each birthday, wouldn't that mean there are only 365 million people on the planet? And snakes can't jump either.

  • CanadianBacon

    Whoever the person was that said that Russia was Purchased from Canada, you’ve made me lose faith in north americas education system. There should be a post for retarded comments on TheChive. I actually laughed out loud when i saw your attempted correction.

  • Don

    I knew….Most of those already.

  • HoopleDoople

    The grammar is atrocious, but I can live with that. On the internet that is par for the course. That said, I wouldn't mind if an editor went through and made corrections before posting. What really kills me though is the multiple factual errors. I rely exclusively on comedy websites for all my information so I can not stand for this!

    The following are all flat out wrong or highly suspect (and this may not even be a complete list):

    3 – technically true, but lacking in information. Assuming 7 billion people on Earth with equally spread out birthdays, you would share your birthday with ~19 million other people. Unless of course you were born on February 29th, in which case you would *only* share with over 4 million people.

    4 – pencils today are made with graphite, not lead. I doubt graphite and lead pencils deplete at the same rate, so either this fact goes beyond pointless (lead pencils just aren't relevant) or false (if it describes graphite instead).

    7 – seriously chive? If Mythbusters has covered this you have no excuse.

    8 – an old myth that is obviously false as many animals lack anything remotely resembling legs. And qualifying it with mammals doesn't make it true either. Sloths can't jump (or indeed stand).

    10 – there are untold numbers of planets that exist, humanity has simply has yet to discover virtually all of them. I guarantee at least one of them (in addition to Venus) spins clockwise. Venus is merely the only planet in our solar system that spins clockwise

    11 – the figure used here is ~300 million. However, this applies to English LEARNERS not speakers. The vast majority of this 300 million probably isn't even fluent enough to speak Engrish let alone English.

    13 – This "fact" is often packaged with kangaroos inability to walk backwards as well, and is highly in doubt. I can't find a definitive source either way, but there are quite a lot of claims that Emus can walk backwards (though poorly).

    15 – stress as the cause of octopuses eating their own arms is doubtful. Some research apparently indicates a virus that attacks the nervous system may be the cause of this behavior

    20 – just a plain old myth that has been disproved by boring scientific studies. Women don't blink twice as often as men.

  • Ace

    Alaska was bought from Canada not Russia

    • Cdnclipper

      So the US purchased Alaska in March of 1867, Canada was not even a “country” till July of 1867… So even if every history book was wrong and they did not purchase it from Russia it would still not have been Canada….. Moron! I suggest reading a book once in a while instead of just looking at pictures on the chive!

  • jeremy

    #23 no its not.

  • Guest

    #22 was a little factoid stuck into either a Cracked or Mad magazine back in the early 80s, and hasn't been true for a very long time.

  • word up

    what about dolphins? they jump

    • word up

      thought it said can

      • Cdnclipper

        And you went with dolphins? How about that other Mammal tht jumps…. Humans

  • Ace

    #5 feets. SRSLY?

  • Max Power

    Chive Engrish?

  • oogie

    number 7 was disproven on mythbusters

  • blah

    Nice grammer chive

  • Anonymous

    I can and have folded paper in half more than seven times on numerous occasions.

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