Life can be weird, and there are plenty of facts out there that sound far too strange to be true. Here we have a collected some of the surprising facts that are actually true. Sometimes the weirder they are, the more real they are!
Scotland’s National Animal is a unicorn
In Celtic mythology the unicorn was a symbol of purity and innocence, as well as masculinity and power. Tales of dominance and chivalry associated with the unicorn may be why it was chosen as Scotland’s national animal. – Visit Scotland
Peanuts are NOT nuts
Peanuts are actually legumes and belong in the same family as lentils and beans
All the planets in our Solar System could fit between the Earth and Moon
Rhino horn is made up of Keratin, which is the same type of protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails
Tyromancy is the practice of predicting the future with cheese
Two 12 inch pizzas are smaller than one 18 inch pizza
The area of two 12-inch pizzas is equal to 226 square inches, whereas one 18-inch pizza will give you a bit more with 254 square inches.
Even though Froot Loops are different colours, they all have exactly the same flavour
In 2018 Taco Bell was voted as the best Mexican restaurant in America
Per the results of a nationwide survey known as The Harris Poll, more than 77,000 Americans deemed the California-based, Chinese-owned chain the best Mexican restaurant in the country.
The Greenland Shark has an average lifespan of 272 years, but some have been estimated to live to 500 years
There are more trees on Earth, than there are stars in the Milky Way
NASA estimates there are 100-400 billion stars in the galaxy, whereas there are over 3 trillion trees on our plant.
There is a McDonald’s in every continent except Antarctica
Television was invented only two years after the invention of sliced bread.
The TV was invented in Japan in 1926, whereas the first fully functioning machine to slice bread appeared in 1928.
Sonic the Hedgehog’s full name is actually Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog
There is no specific time zone at the South Pole
Since Antarctica is largely uninhabited, the continent is not officially divided up into time zones. However, there are a number of research stations; each of which observes its own local time.
The Boston Marathon didn’t allow female runners until 1972
The British Royal Family is named after the town of Windsor
The Royal Family changed their name in 1917 from Saxe-Coberg-Gotha to Windsor so it would sound less German. They chose the name Windsor due to their links with the town.
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