In a world where fake news and false factoids are rampant, it is hard to distinguish what is true and what isn’t, especially when it sounds so unbelievable. We have gone through some crazy news stories and unbelievable tales from history and culled some of the most interesting, unbelievable facts that sound like BS, but are completely true.
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10. The Founder of Match.com Lost His Girlfriend to Someone She Met on Match.com
9. Oxford University is Older than the Aztec Civilization
8. There Are Waterfalls Underwater
7. In a Vacuum, Metal can be Welded Together Without Heat
6. Sharks Are Older Than Trees
5. The Odds of You Existing is 1 in 102,685,000
4. The 9/11 Attacks Killed 1,500 People on the Road
3. While Developing Vaccine for Rabies, Pasteur’s Team Had a Loaded Gun in Case Someone Became Infected
2. The Romans Used Stale Urine as Mouthwash
1. The First Movie Played at the White House Featured the KKK as the Heroes
This is the 2nd 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.
In November of 2018 MIT claimed they "made the first heavier than air ion propelled aircraft of any kind in history to carry its power supply." If you click on the purple icon to the left, you can see a patented one flying that was carrying its power supply more than 10 years earlier. It is also many times more powerful for its weight. It flies also for minutes rather than seconds!
But the fact that I am here is 1/1. Cause my consciousness only works when I exist, so that other 1x10^28500 don't know they exist. Doesn't matter how many times you roll a 90000 trillion sided die, you will always end up with consciousness. Cause *you can't be conscious of your own inconsciousness*.
2:08 I was just about to comment, did anyone else hear that?
Angel Falls - Total Height 3,212ft. Longest Drop 2,684ft. Highest Altitude - 4,209ft. The Auyan Tepui (Tepui - table top style mountain, think 'Mesa') highest altitude is 8,038ft. So I guess they added the total fall with the Tepuis highest point to get 11,000ft. I don't know, I give up.
YouTube is giving me a link to the 9/11 encyclopedia Britannica article because apparently this video contains "misinformation"
Sounds like YouTube doesn't like when you bring up 9/11. I guess doubting the official story is "misinformation" these days.
Number 8, underwater waterfalls, I think that one is open to debate, I am no physics or anything professor and I am sure someone will ut me straight,but I would have thought it was more a matter of stratification of the different water temperatures or maybe thermal separation, I think that the traditional thought of a waterfall is much nicer and beautiful.
Oddly enough, they got the wording wrong when it comes to the odds of you being alive. The odds of you being alive are, if you're reading this, 100%. The odds of you existing? 100%. Why? Because you ARE alive and you DO exist. Now, if they'd reworded it, it would be more factual.
I'm not sure about the underwater waterfalls. When I Google the term, most of the results say it's an optical illusion - but I want to believe TopTenz because it's normally a reliable source of information. Can anyone clarify this issue for me?
While I champion the effort for finding all these sources (and citing them), I challenge the JSTOR article. That article you cite was from 1890! I'm no scientist, however is there not ANY more recent article or publication on urine fermentation? Surely we have a better understanding in 130 years time, no? Interesting video nevertheless. I might hint next time to be more cautious with some of these "facts" as this channel appeals to a large audience who may be ignorant in some of the misinformative information being passed along. You mean well, however it would benefit all of us if the script was fact checked before posting. :) Best!
'The Kings School' in Canterbury was founded 500 years before oxford and has been continuously operating ever since. It is the oldest continuously operating school (and English language school) in the world.
#2 The Romans actually taxed piss,this was because it was useful in so many ways. They sent people out to collect it from outside house's, I wonder if that's where they got the frase "Taking the Piss" from.
Simon, There is no such thing as a 'true' fact. That is redundant. All facts are true or they would not be facts. It is the same with viable alternative. All alternatives are viable or they would not be an alternative. The same with retreat back. Retreat means to go back. Strange this English language.
Just to add more zeros to #5 i have a story about my mom, before i my mom got with my father she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and her doctors told her it was impossible for her to get pregnant, well she married my father and about a year later she decided to take multiple pregnancy tests after seeing symptoms of pregnancy and obviously she was pregnant and i was born healthy and her cancer was gone.
#7 ummmmm, Duh! Ok without oxide aluminum for example can be welded at much less temperature. Add vacuum and no oxides and you must still reach the melting point of the metals. Then lets talk about without heat........ Are you saying at absolute zero? Sorry but everything you state as fact on #7 is in fact bogus information.
He also invented the Federal Reserve and the IRS, and massacred the German population in the United States, among many many other horrible things, he was actually pretty damn evil if you look over his whole presidency.
All right, number 5 is incorrect. I'm not arguing the math that was used to come up with this number. But this is based on statistics not facts. The very fact that you do exist means that the odds of you being alive are one in one. Any other statement is purely fiction. It's like saying that the odds of Life existing on the planet Earth are one in whatever billion. Since life does exist on Earth we've already won the lottery there for the odds of Life existing on Earth is one in one. this isn't the first time I've seen this mathematical error, and it's usually used to create some incredible fact that is patently untrue. I expected better of your Channel.
That filthy parasite (magrate thatcher) does not deserve to be listed amongst people of note, it should be erased from history with the exemption of a national holiday on the aneversery of its death, where we burn an effigy of it and then we all spit on it to put out the fire once its sutably burned beond recognition
The "odds of you existing" thing is way, way off the mark. Youre far more unlikely than that. Why an arbitrary cut-off at the "dawn of humanity"? You have an unbroken genetic lineage that goes back ~4 billion years to the first life that appeared on Earth. Crunch those numbers if you dare. And why limit it to genetics? Trace your atoms back to the supernova they were forged in, or their protons and neutrons back to H and He from the Big Bang. Then invent some fancy mathematical notation to express the practically infinite unlikeliness of your being. Or consider that the universe may be infinite, in which the odds of your existing are precisely 1:1
About the Aztecs, I heard they lost their empire mainly because several surrounding kingdoms/tribes/whatever joined the Europeans against a common enemy. The Conquistadors would have been eventually sacrificed to Aztec gods, had they tried the dirty deeds alone.
Calculating odds is often a fools game and wildly inaccurate. There was a criminal case brought against a woman in Australia because she had lost a number of children due to cot death, the reason the case was brought was that some idiot involved with the police calculated the odds of a woman losing four or five children to cot death was astronomically high based solely on normal infant mortality rates. This idea was already widely discredited but it was listened to thanks to the feeling that someone needs to be punished when a child dies. The reality is if a sibling dies of an undiagnosed malady the chances of you and your siblings also dying go up and become an almost certainty the more that die.
For number 5: does Dr Allie's calculations assume that each pairing, in the 150,000 generations, had a 1/20,000 chance of occurring. If so, isn't that a bit of a leap to suggest that 1/20,000 would be a constant (especially since human populations have lived in increasingly smaller communities and populations going backwards in time)?
I think using the 1/20,000 calculation has too many variables to be a constant throughout the 150,000 generations. I would think this would cause her calculations to widely inaccurate and imprecise
According to historian Mary Beard, the Roman emperor Vespasian put a tax on human urine. Unfortunately, Ms. Beard gives no details on how the urine tax was assessed or collected, but she does say that Vespasian probably never said the quote attributed to him, "Pecunia non olet" ("Money doesn't stink").
It's true that Oxford university is older than the Aztec empire, but not the Aztec civilization. The Aztecs were part of a larger Mesoamerican civilization that began thousands of years ago. And the main reason Cortez managed to conquer the Aztecs was that neighboring peoples joined with him to fight against the Aztecs. Cortez having metal weapons and firearms was a factor, but hardly the deciding factor.
I contend than (as a single child) any child my parents would have had would produce me. I could have been born male, female, taller, shorter, Healthier, sicker etc... but me, my consciousness would still be that person.
Worked with a man summer 2007 that had lost is wife and daughter on the night of 9/11. They went to a prayer service at a restaurant and when leaving around 10 that night a drunk driver killed them instantly. He was never the same after that.
I think the probability in #5 is too small. If we only consider genetic makeup, it is quite likely that there exists multiple paths of ancestors that would produce the same person.
Like, if you switched the grandparents around (i.e maternal grandmother becomes paternal grandmother and vice versa), it is still possible to create the same "you", even if your parents are different.
It's at most a lower bound for the chance of a particular genetic makeup to exist.
That could be a huge thing for zero g orbital factories... big big thing. Imagine the amazing structures that could be build.
But we would of course need several space elevators to operate the factories in a reasonable way.
You are more likely to have an accident in a car but plane crashes are far more dangerous! You don't walk away from hitting a mountain after falling from 30,000 ft. If your car breaks down, you can walk. No comparison... I refuse to fly unless it is necessary.
blaze556922 Actually automobile crashes are about as deadly. A human can die in a car crash where the speed is as low as 15 mph. The human body is not designed to withstand the energies generated by a piece of rolling metal and plastics weighing in excess of 1000 lbs.
The odds one doesn't make sense. I exist, therefore the odds were 100%. Just like the odds of making an incredible shot in sports. Based on the angles, forces, etc. The odds are always 100% percent that what just happened, was going to happen.
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