16 Surprising Facts that are Actually True

Sometimes the weirder they are, the more real they are!

British Royal Family in 2013

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

Scotland's national animal is a unicorn
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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

Surprisingly true facts - peanuts are not nuts
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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

All planets in solar system can fit between the earth and moon
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Rhino horn is made up of Keratin, which is the same type of protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails

Surprising fact - Rhino horn is made of Keratin - the same protein that makes up your skin, hair, and nails
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Tyromancy is the practice of predicting the future with cheese

Tyromancy is the practice of predicting the future with cheese.
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Two 12 inch pizzas are smaller than one 18 inch pizza

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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

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In 2018 Taco Bell was voted as the best Mexican restaurant in America

Taco Bell voted best mexican restaurant in America 2018
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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

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There are more trees on Earth, than there are stars in the Milky Way

More trees on earth than stars in sky - very surprising and true
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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

McDonald's not in Antartica - not very surprising, but true
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Television was invented only two years after the invention of sliced bread.

TV was only invented 2 years before sliced bread - surprising but true
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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

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There is no specific time zone at the South Pole

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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

Surprising but true that Boston Marathon banned women until 1972

The British Royal Family is named after the town of Windsor

British Royal family - surprising true reason to change name
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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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