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Top 10 MIND BLOWING Facts That Sound Like BS but are True

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When you’ve been doing this job as long as we have, you get used to the idea that truth is stranger than fiction. History, science, art… they’re all full of factoids that seem implausible on the surface, but turn out to be true underneath. Still, there is a limit to this implausibility. It’s not like we’re going around claiming lightning magically gives you tattoos, or that you can survive jumping off the top of the Empire State Building, or that the Muppets were inspired by a porno, right? →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 → → GET A T-SHIRT - http://www.toptenz.net/toptenz-t-shirts →Top 10 Objects That Were Clearly Invented Just to Annoy Physics: https://youtu.be/0MVGeRa-vLo Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Brand new videos 7 days a week! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theoriginaltoptenz/ Learn more about the host: →Simon's VLOG: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvqt8j7DfPmveJp3UOk9XTg Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 Historical Facts That AREN'T TRUE https://youtu.be/JWfwBvYqnS8?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKajPA6HFawry8Y3my_VX5Q Top 10 Coca-Cola Myths... That Turned Out To Be TRUE https://youtu.be/TXl5l0fLXwE?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnJ9wKIVrfv-6wzyiyPn7GfA Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-mind-blowing-facts-sound-like-bs-true.php Coming up: 10. Lightning Strikes Give You Sweet-ass Tats 9. The Muppets Song Mahna Mahna Came From a Porno 8. F1 Drivers Have Their Weight Monitored More than Catwalk Models 7. Selling Sand to Arabs is a Lucrative Global Business 6. Female Hurricanes Kill More People than Male Ones 5. Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees Can Literally Save Your Life 4. A Woman Survived Jumping Off the 86th Floor of the Empire State Building 3. Soccer Has Ended Multiple Wars (and caused one) 2. The Digit 1 Starts Most Significant Numbers 1. Cleopatra Existed Closer in Time to the First Pizza Hut than the Pyramids Source/Further reading: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/body-odd/heres-what-lightning-strike-can-do-your-skin-f325006 https://youtu.be/X4jbq9SVxAc http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2011/11/_mahna_mahna_how_a_ditty_from_a_soft_core_italian_movie_became_the_muppets_catchiest_tune_.html http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/the-times-sport/f1-drivers-starving-to-get-beanpole-position/story-fniiw3ie-1226733223379 http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20160502-even-desert-city-dubai-imports-its-sand-this-is-why http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21603243-hurricanes-womens-names-seem-kill-more-do-those-mens-deadlier https://youtu.be/I_izvAbhExY http://www.livescience.com/48863-lifesaving-beats-songs-can-help-with-cpr-training.html http://nowiknow.com/saved-by-the-wind/ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/jan/04/usa http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/drogba-heals-the-wounds-of-civil-war-in-homeland-6276549.html http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=sEh7A0arS8kC&pg=PA375&lpg=PA375&dq=Biafran+war+pele&source=bl&ots=MSG1lWtPsA&sig=U7lh4DQORrY6OHbFr0YNijENY0A&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MAIjU5TnEIKrhQf7goCYCw&ved=0CHUQ6AEwDg#v=onepage&q=Biafran%20war%20pele&f=false https://www.theguardian.com/football/2007/feb/21/theknowledge.sport https://plus.maths.org/content/looking-out-number-one http://www.businessinsider.com/facts-that-seem-fake-but-are-true-2014-7
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TopTenz (1 year ago)
This is the 1st video in our series on Facts That Sound Like BS, But are True. If you want to watch them all, here is the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnJ5OLMWOamyE0aTGtd28Lay - Please comment and upvote if you want to see more of these.
Game Pack Alpha (1 year ago)
TopTenz they do know why 1s are more likely, it's to do with percentages. If you had say a 25% increase a year it would take 4 years for 1 to go last 2. 2 would take 2 years to become 3, 3 would take less than 2 years to become 4, 4 would take 1 year to become 5 ect
TheRilluma (1 year ago)
8:21 SoccrPunch
casadilla111 (1 day ago)
6:34- “If you’re giving somebody emergency CPR.” As opposed to, ya know, non-emergency CPR. It’s more of a casual kind of CPR, I guess.
Joseph Drummond (3 days ago)
benford's law seems really simple to me. -there ARE no zeros. nothing begins with zero, so one is the default. -look at the numbers one thru ten, TWO of them begin with a one, so you would expect any number to have a 20% chance of beginning with a one -then there's the advantage of going first. anyone who has two kids, at some point they had one kid, right? -then there's economies of scale. think of wolves. a LONE wolf has a number of one. a pack of wolves is more efficient, so it grows to ten or more...those also begin with one... until it has twenty -which is a lot of mouths to feed, less efficient, and the pack splits. so then, if you saw a wolf, chances are you saw one wolf, or 10-19 wolves. -if it's even more efficient to get even larger, then multiples of ten are easily achieved by doubling in size approx. pi times, making the number a single digit longer, and always a one
Starr Portman (4 days ago)
You can also use "row row row your bow" or "another one bites the dust" for cpr. I had my cpr instructor in stitches when I let her know about "another one bites the dust"... pun intended
Darrin Scott (5 days ago)
The 'sexist hurricane' thing was debunked; analysis figured out by simply swapped Katrina and Sandy, the two outliers, into male names, the results would have skewed the data to make male hurricanes more deadly. Other analysts crunched the data and concluded the results were not robust enough to draw the conclusion the female-named hurricanes kill more people by virtue of their gender.
Drop and Offset (6 days ago)
BlueLion84 (6 days ago)
King Drogba! <3
Russ Mal (10 days ago)
F1 car + driver must be at a minimum weight. Teams want drivers to loose weight so those kilos can be used as ballast. The ballast is distibuted around the chassis to improve handing . For 2019, drivers will have to weigh at least 80kg. If they're under then weight will be added to their seats, thus drivers shouldn't have to undergo such rigorous and possibly unhealthy eating practices to satisfy a bunch of engineers.
mr worm (11 days ago)
Steve Slaughter (17 days ago)
In our CPR refresher class taught by a firefighter, he also suggested Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" to get the same rhythmic beat. (got a few predictable laughs)
Stuart K. Seels (17 days ago)
ohm state (19 days ago)
Louisiana is a state, not a country. 10:00
HoshiSanada (19 days ago)
1. Pizza Hut is a tad inconsistent. Since they're franchised the experience can vary. My best friend has one that tastes like disappointment, but the one near me is yummy.
Derva Kommt von hinten (20 days ago)
so the suicidal woman was dragged to the hospital where time, effort and resources would be wasted on her maybe causing another injured person not to receive treatment just so she could try to kill herself later????
HerrNilssonTheMonkey (9 days ago)
People don't usually try to commit suicide for sport, you gimp.
Andrea Bergstrom (25 days ago)
Simon, random COUNTIES in Alabama not random COUNTRIES.
Ron Babu (27 days ago)
Female HURRICUN is scarier than male HURRICUN!!
KandaPanda (30 days ago)
the theme of the people's court...also from a porn called 'Barbara Broadcast'.
Ari selasie (30 days ago)
Number 4 was bs and you know it! If a person falls for an entire floor of a building you use it as filler to say she fell off of the empire state building...we're not stupid guy
Timothy Issler (1 month ago)
If I ever get struck by lightning, I'm going to a tattooist before I go to a doctor.
Aquamarine (1 month ago)
Female hurricanes more deadly? Can you say “Mother Nature”;)
Christopher Lafrance (1 month ago)
The office taught me spr.
Hellefleur (1 month ago)
Pretty sure clip at 0:28 is fake. Lighting strike would light up the area and remove the shadow from the car since you know, it's brighter than a puny bulb.
TheVenator (1 month ago)
Number 5 But "another one bites the dust" works just as well :-)
Gork Skoal (1 month ago)
Jupitor and Saturn are huge. They are also extremely light expecially for the size. if you used timeywimey and timelord science to make jupitor say about the size of sanfranico. It would float on the water. The same for Saturn. Urinous is also pretty cool. It does contain a ton of toxic chmicals...it's uper atmosphere is also largely water. Nasa's laste probe to reach Urinous showed not only is it largely watter, but after it was cleaned, possibly quite drinkable and safer than water in flint. This is because water on earth has so many natural toxins as wells as man made toxins, it's getting increasling hard to clean it enough to be drinkable
Crispy Chicken (1 month ago)
the statement aboutwhy hurricanes with male names kill less people is BS .. the hurricanes are named long before they have even a chance for landfall, so nobody is killed yet when the name is given ...
Eurotrash4367 (2 months ago)
A broken clock is still accurate twice per day.
Case Dillon (2 months ago)
Pizza Hut is not disappointing. At least not in comparison to most other large pizza chains.
Eric Vickery (2 months ago)
huriken hehehe
Philip Frandsen (2 months ago)
"Selling sand to arabs" - not racist. It's just a saying - don't be stupid
Dan Hayami (2 months ago)
Baseball batting averages don't start with one unless it's a pitcher.
Alexander Jackson (2 months ago)
Use kilo's and lbs when describing weight. thanks, a lot of your subscribers are americans.'
stephen mcdonagh (2 months ago)
Hold on, how is "Selling sand to the Arabs" in any way racist...?
raco (3 months ago)
about point 6. can u be more "wannabe progressive"?
Jim Ellison (3 months ago)
GREAT VIDEO.................
xAbominationx (3 months ago)
yup. in my CPR classes Stayin Alive was used.
L Jaw (3 months ago)
Louisiana is a continent now? :) The Mandela effect is getting way out on hand! 😂
Bose de-Nage (4 months ago)
So why is the idea of selling sand to Arabs racist? The comment is to do with resources where they live not the people so don't be a PC idiot
MeatyPunk (4 months ago)
Number 5- Cmon, I’ve watched the office like a million times
kailomonkey (4 months ago)
I'm pretty sure there are mathematical studies and explanations for why numbers start with 1 more often than not. Numberphile has videos on every mathematical peculiarity :P I would hazard a guess that it has to do with ranges tending to start from zero. As you raise a range from 0-1 to 0-9 slowly all the previous ranges contain more of the lower numbers, for instance. The ranges from 0-10 to 0-19 slowly increase the starter of 1 dramatically to double even without collating, and much more so when aggregating. 0-20 to 0-29 obviously brings 2 up in the mix, with 1 still remaining on top when aggregated. And so on until 0-99 where everything is looking even except that it has already skewed by aggregation of lower ranges... Then we hit 0-100 to 0-199 and the whole thing continues... Simple.
kailomonkey (4 months ago)
I should say that the mere existence of ranges doesn't explain this completely. You would also have to show that in datasets, ranges are extremely fluid, perhaps in contrast to assumption.
phrebh (4 months ago)
My CPR instructor specifically said not to try to use a song to time your compressions.
NYLT 17-3 (4 months ago)
About the hurricane thing... Harvey and the city of Houston would like a word...
zerothis baud (4 months ago)
F-Zero (by the same people as F-1) currently requires teams to have two cars. About halfway through the race drivers get out of the first car and into the second. To encourage fitness (lower weights), the F-Zero rules originally would have required drivers to jump a barrier, run 100 yards on foot, then jump another barrier. By the first race however, they decided it was best to park the first car about 2 feet from and facing opposite from the second. Drivers must still unbelt, remove the steering wheel, jump out, step to the other car, jump in, belt up, and install a steering wheel as fast as possible. So fitness is still an issue.
SkyCharger001 (4 months ago)
#2, it also depends on the numberbase used. for example, in binary (and perhaps unary) every number other than 0 starts with a 1. And because 1 exists in more numberbases than 2 it also has more chances to start a number than 2, and because 2 exists in more numberbases than 3 it has more chances to start a number than 3... ad infinitum
Anthony White (5 months ago)
I love the fact that my country (El Salvador) is so bad at taking a loss they literally started a war lmao
Dezash (5 months ago)
Femi Awo (5 months ago)
I had to google Mahna Mahna; and you're wrong, I've never heard it before, but it is catchy.
Fett Up with Puns (5 months ago)
Tfw when you wanted to jump off the Empire State Building because you are depressed, only to be caught by the guards resulting in fines and jail time, making you even more depressed
Chris Carrigan Brolly (5 months ago)
Afaik the Ptolemaic Pharaoh Cleopatra wasn't related at all to the builders of the pyramids. Aside from that, she was of the line of Ptolemy, one of Alexander the Great's generals, and was named after Alexander's sister, Cleopatra of Macedon. This last fact caused some consternation between my friends and I this past week, which is why I remember it.
murk1e (5 months ago)
“Nobody knows” why Benford’s law works. Wrong. It’s valid when you have data that scales over several magnitudes. Numberphile have done a series on this.
letsgetverydrunk (5 months ago)
tf is soccer
AdmiralOddSock (5 months ago)
Football... CMON man, you're British!
jb888888888 (6 months ago)
_Tyrannosaurus rex_ lived closer to today than they did to _Triceratops._
Haley R. (6 months ago)
I love the Brits, I do, but the way you pronounce the word 'hurricane' makes me want to murder everyone you care about.
HerrNilssonTheMonkey (9 days ago)
Are you going to hit them in the head with an AlumINUM bar?
Owain Shebbeare (5 months ago)
Haley R. Well it is OUR language!😁😁😁
Paul Brasier (6 months ago)
Hurricane Andrew ,
Roscoe is my dog (6 months ago)
He called football soccer, I thought he was a Brit? Maybe his scripts are written by an American
Roscoe is my dog (5 months ago)
Owain Shebbeare you're right I never noticed that hahaha
Owain Shebbeare (5 months ago)
Roscoe is my dog This channel does seem to be aimed at Americans, hence the atavistic use of American units too, as well as other references to things like dialing 911 in an emergency, which is really only for North America.
Scotty McScott (6 months ago)
OMG stop trying to be PC. It isn't names that sound more feminine or masculine. They literally go back and forth from male to female. We've gone too far when this is too offensive for people to handle.
LobsterPuncher (6 months ago)
Yes, point out that there is sand in an Arabian territory is racist. It's also racist to say you could sell a tree to a mountain man. It's also racist to exist and speak.
Rich RC (6 months ago)
C'mon Sezme? Sezzzme street? I'm English and no one in the UK no matter where they're from, says seZZmee.
DANIxDANGER (6 months ago)
I knew #5 because of The Office...
Vicky Fox (7 months ago)
Soccar...? It's called FOOTBALL! I'm surprised a war hasn't started just because of the beautiful game's name...
Michael Kindell (7 months ago)
Pizza Hut is pretty decent pizza, sir! Maybe not great, but not disappointing
Byron Dowling (7 months ago)
Hurricane Harvey probably changed that a bit now
Ok (7 months ago)
I'm pretty sure the Nigerian civil war one is a lie.
KoKi GAmI (8 months ago)
Give all hurricanes male names. Problem solved
Brandon Gibson (8 months ago)
We do actually know why Benford's Law exists. It has to do with base 10 counting system instead of using other bases.
Mark Jarrett (8 months ago)
Staying Alive is no longer used as it is no longer fast enough. The compression speed is about 120 bpm
Josiah Hockenberry (8 months ago)
Dude. It's hurri-CANE. Not hurri-CAN. Just sound it out. I know English is difficult for those who made the rules but come on!
Owain Shebbeare (5 months ago)
Josiah Hockenberry ...and you forgot to mention that English is even harder for you Americans! 😁😁
James Rempel (8 months ago)
Simon, re: #2, you say that it is not known why digit 1 starts disproportionately many numbers. But that's not true, it's a well understood phenomenon. The reason is that many natural numbers roughly follow exponential growth curves (e.g. corporate revenue, expenses, heights of trees, etc.). This is particularly true in finance. For example, suppose you run a business and in the first month you earn $1. Each month thereafter you earn 5% more. Your earnings start with 1 for 15 months, with 2 for 8 months, with 3 for 6 months, with 4 for 4 months, with 5 for 4 months, with 6 for 3 months, with 7 for 3 months, with 8 for 3 months, and with 9 for 2 months before rolling over to start with 1 again. It is not mysterious.
Scott Webster (8 months ago)
# 9 lmao 1968 my birth date !
EricLinstone (9 months ago)
Miyoooh (9 months ago)
I knew the one about Stayin' alive from my health class
Kartos (9 months ago)
Cleopatra's ancestors weren't Egyptian. You mean predecessors.
Don Decker (9 months ago)
Just a heads up about Benford's Law. You said that you can use it for baseball batting averages, but because of the way that batting averages work, 2 and 3 would be the most likely premier number. I'm not saying this model or what you picked is wrong, it just may not be the right case.
DrFrenchcore (9 months ago)
arrnt the piramides way older? (giza)
jewcore666 (9 months ago)
Nobody said "catwalk models". They just said models.
notfittolive kill me (10 months ago)
Hurricane Andrew was pretty bad
Laen (10 months ago)
I was trained using stayin alive lmao
Lakita Ward (10 months ago)
I would so get a pic and have them create a tatt from my lightening strike
allasar (11 months ago)
Number 8: a weight difference of 5kg is quite alot. Pretty sure top models don't get that much of a buffer. Hell, if Chris Froome put on 5 kg, he wouldn't win the Tour de France. Number 2: Benford's Law is pretty well understood. Hell, you even showed the reasoning in the video. It all has to do with logarithms.
SICKBubbleGUM 5 (11 months ago)
The way you say hurricane makes me think of street fightee
rtrThanos Ezekyle Abaddon (11 months ago)
Some of us at work were trained in CPR and I found it amusing when they taught us to sing “Stayin Alive” to keep cadence. But I downright laughed out loud when they said that we could also sing “Another One Bites the Dust” because it had the same cadence.
steve cannon (11 months ago)
fact 6 makes me think of an old joke about why they didn't name them after men. The punch line was if they were named for men, they would never get past the Virgin Islands.
Rebecca (11 months ago)
There is a Queen song that also has the right beats per minute for chest compressions. But most people shy away from “Another One Bites the Dust,” in those situations, though...
Jake D (11 months ago)
Another one bites the dust by Queen also has the right amount of beets per minute for CPR
Wanton Donut (1 year ago)
How many countries ARE there in Louisiana?
Tyler Baraby (1 year ago)
I've never heard of "Mahna mahna" and even after listening to it, it rings no bells at all... Am I the only person whos missed this?
Owain Shebbeare (5 months ago)
Tyler Baraby I missed it too, until introduced to it maybe 20 years ago, long after it was released. Never heard it since either.
raiderking69 (1 year ago)
I hate to be a douche, but will.  Cleopatra wasn't Egyptian, she was Greek from the Ptolemy I Soter line of succession after the conquest by and death of Alexander III of Macedon AKA Alexander the Great.  Love your show.
serena Norris (1 year ago)
Wieght watching is hardest on gymnast
C M (1 year ago)
World record for free fall without a parachute and surviving is 33, 333 feet.
Petra44YT Nein! (1 year ago)
Oh, just let models drive the F1 cars.
Spookex (1 year ago)
1991 Fear the hurricane Bob !
Michael (1 year ago)
The builders of the pyramids were not Cleopatra’s ancestors for an informative site you should know she is Greek not Egyptian
TheCaptainLulz (1 year ago)
Ah, Cleopatra, the most misrepresented woman in all of history. Few people grasp that 1, she wasn't a looker. There are coins of her true face and it was indeed that of a Ptolemy, big ugly nose and all. 2, as just stated, she was GREEK. The Ptolemy line had been ruling Egypt for a long time when she hit the scene. Most of what we think of as fact about Cleopatra is nothing more than people remembering Elizabeth Taylor in her movie role. Its certainly not the only thing tainted by Hollywoods past.
MantzyAUS (1 year ago)
Where can I find that Italian movie? For science and stuff...
Kyle Vongfak (1 year ago)
"You know how I got this tattoo? I just got shocked by Lighting just now!" Some guy who is buff."Oh. There goes my life line." He exclaims dropping to the ground."I'm sure it was worth it." Said a man walking by.
Sandi G (1 year ago)
1..... its a very mean number lol wants to be first all the time ;)
0110 (1 year ago)
Another one bites the dust can be used, instead of staying alive. (No Joke)
magicpyroninja (1 year ago)
Love the videos so addictive
magicpyroninja (1 year ago)
Lol how many countries are there in Louisiana
Christian H (1 year ago)
The Empire State Building was the first building built that was high enough that if you jumped off you would reach terminal velocity before hitting the ground.

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