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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 (2 years 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.
PRINCE SLIME (1 month ago)
10:02 did you mean random COUNTIES in Louisiana?
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 (2 years ago)
8:21 SoccrPunch
SNARL 302 (1 day ago)
Did he use the E word? That’s as offensive as the N word.
eugene leader (4 days ago)
#9: "No one knows why this happens"? Are you kidding? It happens because the lower a number is the MORE stuff in this world happens to have the quantity or the characteristics of that number. How many things in this world are a total of two? How many things are a total of 57385994932222? 100-199 numbers are significantly lower than 900-999 numbers (and therefore more likely to show up in the world) but each have a total of 100. Same with 1000-1999 vs 9000-9999 etc.
Etrigan (6 days ago)
You don't Pizza hut is better ? How old are you when is the last time you had a pizza from Pizza hut? I assume you're mentally challenged otherwise I mean I know you're not actually the smartest person in the world you're givin scripts to read but Pizza hut is the favored Pizza of eccentric scientists everywhere sing Pizza hut is disappointing is kind of like saying your first born is disappointing
FargoneMyth (7 days ago)
Hurricane Andrew.
Wheels Lifts (7 days ago)
Why do people always look for a huge building when they off themselves? Seems like an unnecessary length of terror where you cant change your mind. I guess people have their reasons, I'll never understand them though
Chaidan Tamaroon (8 days ago)
guessing a 1 at the beginning of a number won't affect how close you were, it will just increase the number of digits you got right.
Lord of Nothing (9 days ago)
So would selling snow to Eskimos also be slightly racist ? Got to include everyone nowadays or you'll have to enter the safe space and apologize to the word police.
chrisswan907 (18 days ago)
For today I found out, why do people name hurricanes?
ALRIGHTY THEN (21 days ago)
The comments about how the Brit shouldn’t be using a British word when talking about football are some of the best.
Donu (21 days ago)
lul they can literally turn hurricanes sexist
Elijah Scribbles (24 days ago)
it's not "hurricun" it's Hur-I-CANE
Trouve Cetto (26 days ago)
Lol I'm wondering if there's something that Dubai and Qatar don't import. Only dates are native, I think ,
Michael Horning (26 days ago)
Cleopatra was not descended from the pyramid builders. She was Greek, descended from Alexander's general Ptolemy.
leonardo magana (27 days ago)
thats not entirely true about the salvadoran war with honduras, there was many other factors among these economical and social tht triggered the war, the soccer game brought these consecuences because of the actions of the fans that attacked the players and began riots, the polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński is the one tht used the game as an excuse for cheap propaganda for his dying career and it worked because people relate one thing with the other.
William Lansberry (1 month ago)
The pyramids and Pizza Hut coexist in the same time period. Did you mean the building of the pyramids?
Kurt Linton (1 month ago)
Benford's Law is not a mystery to mathematicians and if you guess 1 for the start of batting averages you don't know much about baseball...or cricket.
Kurt Linton (1 month ago)
Arabs are Caucasian. Famously, some Egyptians objected to Lou Gossett, jr. playing Anwar Sadat.
Parish antonio (1 month ago)
The people who built the pyramids are not Related to Cleopatra so not her Ancestors. Cleopatra was a queen of Egypt but she was not Egyptian. She was the last of the Macedonian Greek dynasty that ruled Egypt from the time of Alexander the Great's death in 323 BCE to about 30 BCE. She was a talented and resourceful individual of great charm but ruthless when she felt she had to be
RedChimera05 (1 month ago)
I have to point out that the number "1" is most likely to appear because it is first (so to speak). E.g. in the number series 1 - 20, "1" is the starting number 11 times. Not until you hit 29, has the number "2" caught up. When you get to 3 digits, you have to reach 299 until "2" has caught up again. And so the amount of time "1" appears as most often encountered starting number grows 10 times for each new digit added. Not exactly mind blowing, IMO. Interesting list nonetheless.
Cinloksa Nobelnioss (1 month ago)
"Nobody survives that, unless that's not actually what happens and we're lying to you."
re: lightning flowers - fractals. regardless of how they're made, they are very much fractals. just proving that the entire world is nothing more than a huge series of math formulas
Kurt Linton (1 month ago)
+Cyberwizard Productions Don't want an argument but how do you define "fractal". It can't be a strict Koch Snowflake definition, can it?
+Kurt Linton sigh. yeah, they are very much fractals. as are rivers, tree branches, and other things that aren't just the same image getting smaller and smaller. Clouds are also fractals.
Kurt Linton (1 month ago)
They don't look fractal in the photos. A fractal has a repeating pattern with change of scale.
Azyreal (1 month ago)
Pointless fact, I used to play staying alive when I have a zero death winning streak in first person shooters. It seemed to help me stay alive longer
kirbythebamf (1 month ago)
Be me, be from Louisiana Cringe everytime you say hurricane. I hurts
TzuCraft (1 month ago)
Lol @9:58 you got it wrong twice over. You said number of countries in Louisiana and I can only assume you meant county's. But Louisiana is rather unique in that it does not have counties like other states but they are called parishes instead.
Lucky Star (1 month ago)
actually I've never heard mahna mahna before, im going to look for it now
matt carnes (1 month ago)
Did Karl Smallwood give you this idea
Speaking on number 1... that's nothing... Tyranosaurus Rex was closer to seeing Queen live in concert than it was to seeing a live Stegosaurus.
Google Sucks (1 month ago)
"Selling sand to the Arabs" is not racist, slightly or otherwise. Unsubbed.
Jack Williamson (1 month ago)
They should call the next hurricane with a unigender name like "Alex" or "Jordan" to freak everyone out LOL
burns268 (1 month ago)
X-Plane Aviation (1 month ago)
I know how to save the world: Name all hurricanes male
dfailsthemost (1 month ago)
Would you pronounce sugarcane "sugarcun"?
Matt Elder (1 month ago)
The Imperial March from Star Wars also fits the CPR rhythm.
Joanne Short (1 month ago)
My daughter has diabetes and I'd hate to thin how long #10 would last on her skin
Freelance opportunist (1 month ago)
Not only does Australia sell sand to the arabs, we also sell them camels.
Jack Martin (1 month ago)
Cleopatra was not Egyptian, she was a descendant of the Macedonian general Ptolemy who claimed the area after Alexander the Great's death. Cleopatra was famous for being the first in her line to even speak Egyptian, she was of course also the last. If TopTenz are so blasé with details, I wonder if there are other errors
Derpman Average Gamer (1 month ago)
i knew the beegees one cuz my life guard class said just to sing stayin alive when going compressions
slayer 1 (2 months ago)
They better hope it's not someone without Rhythm 6:11 LOL
casadilla111 (2 months 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.
Travis Hirschfelt (15 days ago)
Rofl causal CPR, nice. Friend says HEY what are you doing! Oh nothing just giving you some CPR...
Joseph Drummond (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
BlueLion84 (2 months ago)
King Drogba! <3
Russ Mal (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Steve Slaughter (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
ohm state (2 months ago)
Louisiana is a state, not a country. 10:00
HoshiSanada (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
People don't usually try to commit suicide for sport, you gimp.
Andrea Bergstrom (2 months ago)
Simon, random COUNTIES in Alabama not random COUNTRIES.
Ron Babu (3 months ago)
Female HURRICUN is scarier than male HURRICUN!!
KandaPanda (3 months ago)
the theme of the people's court...also from a porn called 'Barbara Broadcast'.
Ari selasie (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
If I ever get struck by lightning, I'm going to a tattooist before I go to a doctor.
Aquamarine (3 months ago)
Female hurricanes more deadly? Can you say “Mother Nature”;)
Christopher Lafrance (3 months ago)
The office taught me spr.
Hellefleur (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Number 5 But "another one bites the dust" works just as well :-)
Gork Skoal (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (4 months ago)
A broken clock is still accurate twice per day.
Case Dillon (4 months ago)
Pizza Hut is not disappointing. At least not in comparison to most other large pizza chains.
Eric Vickery (4 months ago)
huriken hehehe
Philip Frandsen (4 months ago)
"Selling sand to arabs" - not racist. It's just a saying - don't be stupid
Dan Hayami (5 months ago)
Baseball batting averages don't start with one unless it's a pitcher.
Alexander Jackson (5 months ago)
Use kilo's and lbs when describing weight. thanks, a lot of your subscribers are americans.'
stephen mcdonagh (5 months ago)
Hold on, how is "Selling sand to the Arabs" in any way racist...?
raco (5 months ago)
about point 6. can u be more "wannabe progressive"?
Jim Ellison (5 months ago)
GREAT VIDEO.................
xAbominationx (5 months ago)
yup. in my CPR classes Stayin Alive was used.
L Jaw (6 months ago)
Louisiana is a continent now? :) The Mandela effect is getting way out on hand! 😂
Bose de-Nage (6 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 (6 months ago)
Number 5- Cmon, I’ve watched the office like a million times
kailomonkey (6 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 (6 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 (6 months ago)
My CPR instructor specifically said not to try to use a song to time your compressions.
NYLT 17-3 (6 months ago)
About the hurricane thing... Harvey and the city of Houston would like a word...
zerothis baud (6 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 (6 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 (7 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 (7 months ago)
Femi Awo (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (8 months ago)
tf is soccer
AdmiralOddSock (8 months ago)
Football... CMON man, you're British!
jb888888888 (8 months ago)
_Tyrannosaurus rex_ lived closer to today than they did to _Triceratops._
Haley R. (8 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 (2 months ago)
Are you going to hit them in the head with an AlumINUM bar?
Owain Shebbeare (7 months ago)
Haley R. Well it is OUR language!😁😁😁
Paul Brasier (8 months ago)
Hurricane Andrew ,
Derran Lawston (8 months ago)
He called football soccer, I thought he was a Brit? Maybe his scripts are written by an American
Derran Lawston (7 months ago)
Owain Shebbeare you're right I never noticed that hahaha
Owain Shebbeare (7 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (9 months ago)
I knew #5 because of The Office...
Vicky Fox (9 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 (9 months ago)
Pizza Hut is pretty decent pizza, sir! Maybe not great, but not disappointing
Byron Dowling (9 months ago)
Hurricane Harvey probably changed that a bit now
Ok (9 months ago)
I'm pretty sure the Nigerian civil war one is a lie.

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