You may have heard many titbits in your youth or from sources that seemed too good to be true. Given that this universe is full of bizarre things and history has mentions of things that cannot be true, sometimes bizarre is correct.
Sometimes things and information is so odd that most of human common sense disregards it as false, but there is evidence to prove that such things happened or are in progress. Despite seeming false to many people, these 10 facts will blow your mind as they are true.
1 Mammoths were alive when they were building the pyramids
Essentially the last of the woolly mammoths went extinct around 1650 BC. While scientific discoveries tell us that most populations of woolly mammoths disappeared during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene periods, some still survived on islands in Alaska and Russia.
You would be surprised to know that the Egyptian empire was thriving and many of the famous pyramids were constructed by the time the last mammoth died. In fact, the Great Pyramid of Giza was almost 1,000 years old at the time of mammoth extinction.
2 The city of Chicago was raised by over a foot during the 1850s and ’60s without disrupting daily life
The 19th century Chicago had a severe mud problem due to its closeness to a lake shore marsh. The roads, sidewalks and streets of the city were filled with mud. Somewhere the mud was 10 feet high in the city.
This caused lots of disease outbreaks like typhoid fever, dysentery, and even cholera. The newly formed Chicago Board of Sewerage Commissioners came up with a plan in 1855 and hired E. Chesbrough of Boston who was an engineer to solve the problem of mud accumulation in the city. He said the solution was storm-sewers, which would require increasing the level of the city.
After much thought, the board decided to life the streets, sidewalks and foundations of buildings in the city from 4ft to 14 feet in the foundations to increase the flow of drainage. This whole operation took 20 years, but not a single soul was disturbed and the city still attracted tourists from all over the world.
3 Turtles can breathe from their butts
Though it sounds gross, there are some species of turtles that are able to breathe through their butts. The process is absorption of oxygen through skin tissue. Turtles poop, pee, mate, and lay eggs through one hole, technically called a cloaca or vent.
In some species of aquatic turtle there are structures which are called cloacal bursae. These are essentially tissues that are filled with blood vessels, which allow oxygen to be absorbed across them.
4 Nintendo was founded in 1889
The history of premier gaming company Nintendo is pretty unbelievable. Originally the company was called Nintendo Koppai and was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi way back in 1889.
The company produced Hanafuda Cards, which are essentially playing cards but are used to play multiple games. In 1963, Hiroshi Yamauchi, grandson of Fusajiro Yamauchi renamed the company from Nintendo Playing Card Co. Ltd. to Nintendo Co., Ltd.
The company first entered the arcade game business in 1975 with a game called EVR Race. In 1985, the company launched its now famous Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES and it was the same year the iconic game Super Mario Bros was released and rest as they say, is history.
5 A Banyan Tree near Kolkata, India is bigger than the average Walmart
Trees are known for their long lives and great heights, but believe it or not, there is a tree in India that is known for its width.
The 250 year old banyan tree located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Kolkata, India has aerial roots that cover 3.5 square acres of land, which equals roughly 156,000 square feet, or 14,400 square meters.
That is larger than an average Wal-Mart which is just under 105,000 square feet or 9,750 square meters.
6 Pluto had not yet made a full trip around the Sun, from the time it was discovered to the time they revoked its status as a planet
Formerly a planet Pluto is now known as a dwarf planet is the farthest body away from the sun. Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, and was originally considered to be the ninth planet from the Sun. but in 2005 Pluto was excluded from the list of planets and reclassified as a dwarf planet.
Pluto takes 248.09 Earth years to complete one orbit around the sun. It was discovered on 18th February, 1930 and is supposed to complete its first full orbit around the sun somewhere around March 23, 2178.
7 When you get a kidney transplant, they leave your original kidneys in your body
Kidneys are located in our body at a very inaccessible place. Hence when there is a need to transplant a kidney, the new kidney is placed in the pelvic region as it is more accessible and the doctors just redirect the major blood vessels and arteries from the old kidney to the new one.
The old kidney remains in the body, doing no harm whatsoever.
8 North Korea and Finland are separated by only one country
Yes the two countries are technically separated by a single country, namely Russia. They could have been neighbours if not for the largest country on the planet which covers 17,075,400 square kilometers.
Just for reference, Finland and North Korea are approximately 6 and half kilometers from each other, about the same distance apart as the United States and Finland.
9 The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland
Yes, it is true that the national animal of Scotland is Unicorn, which is not a real animal. But here is the reason why, the unicorn is viewed a symbol of purity and grace by the Scottish people. The coat of arms of James VI of Scotland had two unicorns on it.
10 Cleopatra lived closer in time to the building of the first ever Pizza hut than to the building of Pyramids
Cleopatra was the last active Pharoah of Ancient Egypt. She was born in 69 BC and died in 30 BC. While the constructions on the pyramids of Giza spanned from 2550 BC to 2490 BC. The first ever Pizza hut was opened on June 15, 1958 in Wichita, Kansas.
This means that Cleopatra’s lifespan is around 500 years nearer to the opening of the first Pizza Hut than to the building of the Pyramids of Giza.