12 Facts That Look Fake But Are Real

In the past, we had already presented to you facts which at first sight, could appear as exaggerated or even insane, but which nevertheless turned out to be indeed real. Whether they are anecdotes incredible or statistics unsuspected, there is a myriad of information all more unusual each other. And today, thanks to subreddit AskReddit launched by user JustinMGH several years ago, here is a new selection of facts that look fake, but are nonetheless real.

1) The birthday paradox

In a room of 23 people, there is about a 50% chance that two people will share the same birthdaythis is known as the birthday paradox, in the sense that this mathematical truth contradicts intuition, with most people believing this probability to be much less than 50%.

2) Samsung alone generates 25% of South Korea’s GDP

Besides, the company also manufactures satellites, robots, supertankers and many other distinct products. Its best-known products, such as televisions, smartphones and other home electronics, actually represent a much smaller percentage of its annual turnover.

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3) Australia is one of the countries with the most skin cancers.

One in two Australians will get skin cancer in their lifetime. In addition, the probability of skin cancer for people in this country is 13 times higher than the average for other countries, due to the prolonged exposure of Australians to the sun. Among the countries most affected by skin cancer, Australia is in second place, behind New Zealand.

4) Americans have more guns than anywhere else in the world

According to a 2018 report published by Small Arms Survey, the United States has 120.5 guns per 100 people, with 393.3 million guns owned by American gun owners for a total population of nearly 330 million. Thus, the United States is the only country where the number of firearms belonging to civilians is greater than that of the population.

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5) The total biomass of ants exceeds that of wild birds and mammals combined

In a recent study published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers have estimated that the total biomass of ants worldwide was 12 million tons, more than the biomass of birds and wild mammals combined. It would also represent 20% of total human biomass. The study in question also suggests that the numbers could be even higher, stating: “the true abundance of ants is probably considerably higher”.

6) Almost every silent film in the history of cinema has been lost

It seems that more than 90% of cinematographic works before 1929 have disappeared forever. This can partly be explained by the composition of the films of the time, made up of film-nitrate, an extremely flammable compound. In addition, many studios have experienced terrible fires, the best known being the one that occurred in 1937 which destroyed a large part of the archives of several production companies, such as 20th Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ( MGM). It was not until the 1950s that nitrate film was replaced by acetate, but also that the studios decided to put more effort into the preservation of archives and films.


7) The difference between a million and a billion is huge

This is particularly noticeable when comparing with seconds, in the sense that 1 million seconds corresponds to approximately 11 days, where 1 billion seconds equals over 31 years.

8) The release date of Monster and Co. is closer to the fall of the Berlin Wall than to the present day

The Pixar Studios animated film was released in 2001, 12 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. And the fact is that we can even say the same thing for all the films released before 2005which therefore applies to the trilogy of Lord of the Rings of Peter Jackson, but also the prelogy of Star Warsor even the first 4 parts of the saga Harry Potter.

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9) The Vatican has two popes per km²

With a total area of ​​0.439 km²the Vatican is the smallest state in the world and, although it hosts only one pope, statistically speakingone pope for 0.5 km² is equivalent to two popes per km².

10) Nintendo already existed at the time of the Ottoman Empire

Although the decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire occurred over several decades, the Empire will officially end in 1922 with the abolition of the sultanate of the last sovereign, Mehmed VI, allowing the emergence of a Republic the following year, thus marking the independence of present-day Turkey. And the fact is that Nintendo was founded in 1889, originally as Nintendo Koppai. At the time, the company mainly produced playing cards, called Hanafuda. It was not until the 1970s that the company began to diversify its activities, in particular by producing toys and arcade terminals, and thus became one of the main pioneering companies in video games.

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11) It is possible to go from North Korea to Norway by crossing only one country

Indeed, since Russia shares common borders with the two countries in question. Note however that there are more than 7500 km separating Norway from North Korea, so you will need to have a little time in front of you, and probably a Russian visa too.

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12) 80% of men in the Soviet Union born in 1923 did not survive World War II

This could be explained in particular by the fact that at that time, all men between the ages of 18 and 19 who had completed their education had to complete a military course. Thus, between 1941 and 1942, many young men born in 1923 were recruited, years when the Soviet army also suffered heavy losses.

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And to find out these unlikely but real allergiessee our previous article on the subject, right here.

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