Here are some facts that you can toss around at your next cocktail party that sound outrageous but are true.
1. Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa.
A peninsula of Maine called Quoddy Head is 3,154 miles away from El Beddouza, Morocco, making it way closer than other states you might’ve thought, like Florida or North Carolina
2. When you get a kidney transplant, doctors usually leave your original kidneys in your body and put the third kidney in your pelvis.
There are 3 main reasons for this, First, removing the kidneys is a major operation that can require six to eight weeks of recovery. Second, if the person who needs a kidney transplant isn’t already undergoing dialysis, removing the kidneys requires dialysis to begin immediately. Third, some people require blood transfusions either during or after kidney removal. Those transfusions can result in the development of antibodies that can attack and destroy a new kidney. If those antibodies develop, they could prevent a successful transplant.
3. Nintendo was founded all the way back in 1899.
It started as a playing card company long before televisions or video games were invented. The first games that we know today didn’t come around until much later.
4. It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter.
A study published by Dr Kevin Baines, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that “1,000 tonnes of diamonds a year are being created on Saturn”, the approximate number on Jupiter wasn’t discussed but nevertheless the thought of diamonds falling from the sky is impressive.
5. The difference in time between when the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Stegosaurus lived is greater than the difference in time between the T. Rex and us.
This one just means that the earth is really old and humans as much as we would like to believe haven’t actually been here that long.
6. Honey never goes bad.
Honey pots found in ancient Egyptian tombs are still perfectly preserved, thanks to honey’s acid, lack of water, and hydrogen peroxide
7. The coldest place in the universe that we know of is right here on Earth.
It’s not in the far reaches of outer space or on Mars! Scientists at a regular old lab in Massachusetts managed to get the temperature down to 810 trillionths of a degree F above absolute zero (-459.67°F).
8. Can openers weren’t invented until 48 years after the invention of cans.
Cans that could keep food fresh for months or years were invented in 1810, but people had a lot of trouble opening them until the opener was finally invented in 1858