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Weird Facts You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

I think all people love urban legends, chilling stories and interesting facts. But we all know that most of them should be treated as rumors and lies. Most, but not all. Here are 20 weird facts that shed a new light on some urban legends. Check them out.

1. Safe sex in Venezuela is ridiculously expensive

Due to the very high inflation in Venezuela, a packet of condoms on the legitimate market can cost up to $750.

Source: Bloomberg

2. Picasso’s full name has 23 words

Artist Pablo Picasso using flashlight to make a light drawing in the air. Via

Artist Pablo Picasso using flashlight to make a light drawing in the air. Via

His real name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.

Source: Wikipedia

3. Someone landed in the middle of Manhattan. Twice.

Thomas Fitzpatrick safely landed in the middle of Manhattan

In 1956, drunken pilot Thomas Fitzpatrick safely landed in the middle of Manhattan. When he told his story in a bar two years later, no one believed him. Therefore he landed again.

Source: auraisland.com

4. This building is in Canada… and in the United States.

Haskell Free Library and Opera House

Welcome to the Haskell Free Library and Opera House. The library is located in the US and the opera house in Canada.

Source: heskellopera.com

5. Albert Einstein had a plan B for his life

Einstein playing his violin, 1929

Einstein playing his violin, 1929. Via

Einstein once said: “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.” His mother played the piano reasonably well and wanted her son to learn the violin.

Source: Wikipedia

6. Blossoming cherry trees in Washington, D.C. were donated by Japan

The Washington Monument, as seen from West Potomac Park across the Tidal Basin

The Washington Monument, as seen from West Potomac Park across the Tidal Basin

On February 14, 1912, Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki donated 3020 cherry trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations.

Source: Wikipedia

7. Ed O’Neill can’t actually time travel.

newspaper

Actor Ed O’Neill was filmed reading a newspaper about 20 years ago, a scene from an episode of Married With Children. Some time ago, the internet went crazy when someone spotted he was reading the SAME newspaper in his latest sitcom, Modern Family. Apparently ,TV and movie props are routinely reused, even decades later.

8. Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark

Thomas Alva Edison in 1911 with his famous light bulb. Via

Thomas Alva Edison in 1911 with his famous light bulb. Via

It’s a great reason to invent the light bulb!

9. Native Americans helped America win Word War II

An unidentified Code Talker on Tarawa in November 1943. Via

An unidentified Code Talker on Tarawa in November 1943. Via

Yes, it’s true. During World War II,  American soldiers used a variety of codes to communicate with one another. The Germans managed to crack most of them, except one. They failed to encrypt messages translated into Navajo language.

Source: wikipedia

10. There is such a thing as “too handsome for Saudi Arabia”

The actor, photographer and poet Omar Al Gala Borkan was expelled from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome. According to local police he might be too tempting for women.

Source: HuffingtonPost

11. Twister was once considered raunchy

When the game was released in 1966, the company that produced is, was accused by its competitors of selling “sex in a box”.

Source: wikipedia

12. The Pentagon is prepared for zombies

The Pentagon has actual plan i case of an attack by zombies. This idea is somehow both disturbing and comforting.

Source: CNN

13. A woman’s womb is really flexible

The womb can stretch up to 500 times of its initial size during pregnancy.

14. “I have a dream …” was not part of Martin Luther King’s original speeches

The phrase was inspired by a singer named Mahalia Jackson, who encouraged King to speak to the crowd “about the dream.” After speaking with Jackson, King rewrote that part of his speech.

15. Donald Duck is the world’s most modest nudist.

Donald Duck never wears pants, and yet he is always wrapped in a towel when he comes out of the shower.

16. IKEA is a babymaker

10% of European babies are conceived in an IKEA bed.

Source: TheWire

17. The 8th president was the first American

Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born after the United States declared independence. All the presidents before him were considered British subjects.

18. Mother produce milk at the sound of a crying baby

Both young mothers and pregnant women can automatically begin lactating when they hear crying baby – even if it’s someone else’s kid.

Source: wikipedia

19. It’s possible for one twin to be three months older than the other

Kate and Amy Elliot

Kate and Amy Elliot

Kate and Amy Elliot broke the Guinness World Record for “longest interval between the birth of twins.” The girls were born 87 days apart.

Source: mirror.co.uk

20. Fahrenheit is not as popular as Americans think

Thermometer with Fahrenheit and Celsius units. Via

Thermometer with Fahrenheit and Celsius units. Via

Actually, only a few countries use Fahrenheit. These are the Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Palau and United States. The rest of the world uses Celsius.

Source: wikipedia

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