16 Facts About Humanity That Sound Made-Up But Are Completely True
Betty White, the American sweetheart was born in 1922 and is a staggering 93 years of age as of today. But age can be measured in other terms. Did you know that she was born six years prior to the first ever loaf of sliced bread was sold by the Chillicothe Baking Company on July 7, 1928. So she's older than sliced bread!
#15 Your smartphone outsmarts the computers used to launch the first space shuttle.
Technology has come a long way. We're past the barrier of size with our laptops and smartphones. But do you remember the humongous computers that were used to launch the first Apollo missions? According to NASA the average smartphone of today is more powerful. You should be proud. You're probably reading this on one.
#14 Up to 50% of the DNA in our gastrointestinal tract cannot be classified as a form of known life
"We know it's not anything that we've seen before; it's sort of the equivalent of an uncharted continent right within our own genetic information. And there's a lot of it...And even in the relatively sterile blood, around one to two percent of this information is dark matter -- can't be classified, can't be typed or matched with anything we've seen before," says biologist and explorer Nathan Wolfe.
#13 France was still executing people via guillotine when Star Wars came out.
We think human rights violations and bestiality are a relic of the past but we're delusional. The last known time the guillotine was used as a form of execution in France was in 1977, just a few months before the first Star Wars film was released.
#12 Toddlers shoot someone in the U.S. once a week.
The Washington Post reports that people have been shot by toddlers 43 times in 2015, which averages to about once a week. This includes 31 shootings where the child shot himself or herself.
#11 If you lined up all living people, the queue would loop the Earth 56 times.
If they sat on each other's shoulders they would pass the Moon and be 1/5th of the way to Mars.
#10 The Inside Of Your Mouth Is Made Of The Same Skin Cells As That Of A Vagina
A stratified squamous epithelium consists of flattened epithelial cells arranged in layers upon a basal membrane. This type of epithelium is well suited to areas in the body subject to constant abrasion, as it is the thickest and layers can be sequentially sloughed off and replaced before the basement membrane is exposed. It forms the outermost layer of the skin and the inner lining of the mouth, esophagus, and vagina.
#9 During World War I, a monkey was promoted to corporal.
A few years before World War I, Albert Marr discovered a baboon on his farm in Pretoria, South Africa. The two became such good friends that Marr took "Jackie" with him when he joined the Third South African Infantry Regiment. The baboon eventually became company mascot, with rations, a pay book, and his own uniform. In 1916 Marr was shot in the Battle of Agagia, and when the medical team arrived, Jackie was licking the wound.
#8 Scared Of STDs? You'll Probably Get One.
The Centers for Disease Control and Infection estimates that there are 19.7 million new STIs every year in the U.S., and more than half of all people will have an STD/STI at some point in their lifetime.
#7 The 15 largest ships in the world emit as much air pollution as all of the world's 760 million cars.
Is it really the cars that are the problem? We need to reconsider.
#6 The first Native American the Pilgrims encountered in the New World already spoke English.
What are the odds!
#5 Vending Machines Kill More People Every Year Than Sharks Do
Every year sharks kill 5 people. Vending machines kill 13. Be on guard next time.
#4 Until 1995, less than 50% of the US population supported the idea of interracial marriage.
And it was ILLEGAL in Alabama as recently as 2000. Most Americans today, however, approve.
#3 Humans are the only primates whose tooth size decreases as brain size increases.
For the past 2.5 million years, brain size has increased while tooth size has decreased. Usually in primates, when the brain grows so do the teeth, because the body needs more energy from food consumption. So scientists call what happened to humans an "evolutionary paradox."
#2 Ants Outnumber Humans 1.5 million to 1.
A single ant colony consists of over 20 million individual ants. Do the math.
#1 The first man to fly and the first man to set foot on the moon were alive at the same time.
Orville Wright (left) died of a heart attack in 1948. Neil Armstrong (right) was 17 years old at the time.
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