“Beer’s Good For Radiation Exposure”: 23 Things That Sound Like Complete Nonsense But Are Actually True

Whether it’s how loud the sun really is or the life-giving purpose of wildfires, some information really does need to be double (and possibly triple) checked with a solid Google search. A recent online survey wondered, “What sounds like complete nonsense but is actually true?” And we compiled the 23 most draw-dropping flabbergasting facts!

NBA Player’s Long Arms Saved a Dolphin

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“In 1978, a dolphin at Marine World ate a bolt. A dolphin’s esophagus is really long, so Golden State Warriors player Ray Flipper (love the irony) with an 8ft wingspan was called in, lubed up, and reached down the dolphin’s gullet to retrieve the bolt. The dolphin was fine.”

Twins Born 90 Days Apart

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“The longest recorded time between the first twin being born and the second is 90 days.”

“One twin was three months early, but after she was born, the doctors were able to stop the contractions so the mother could carry the other twin to term.

Dragonflies Experience Extreme G-Force

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“Dragonflies experience up to 9Gs when cornering. They’re the most efficient predator, catching up to 95% of the prey they go for, they breathe through their anus, and most species can’t walk.”

“A dragonfly can download 9 TBs a second while cornering and upload 6 TBs a second!”

London Is a Forest

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“It’s technically a forest – the largest ‘urban forest’ in the world. It has almost as many trees as people.”

“‘Forest’ by a particular definition as used by the United Nations and the Forestry Commission is ‘anywhere that is more than 20% trees’. London is 21%.”

Immortal Jellyfish

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“There’s a species of jellyfish that is effectively immortal and can revert back to a juvenile form.”

“It’s entirely possible that there’s a jellyfish alive now that, if it hadn’t succumbed to predators or disease, could have been alive since T-rex walked the earth. Or millions of years earlier.”

Beer’s Good For Radiation Exposure

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“Drinking Beer after being exposed to some kinds of ionizing radiation can reduce the adverse effects. So…. road trip to Chernobyl, anyone!?”

“My uncle worked on a power plant’s HVAC systems; he’d work a day then have the next day off and was instructed to drink beer.”

Orcas Predate Moose

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“They’re natural predators. In Alaska, the moose swim between islands, and orcas grab them.”

“Living in Norway, we have plenty of moose, but so far, nobody has got my favorite trivia question about their largest predator correct. All guesses are bears, wolves, humans, etc.”

The Pyramids of Egypt Are Ancient

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“There were mammoths after the great pyramids were built for 500 years.”

“It blows my mind, thinking that for many of the famous Egyptians we know, the pyramids were already ancient to them in their time. Pyramids of Giza to Cleopatra was 2500 yrs approx.”

The Beatles Didn’t Last Long

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“They were only a band for ten years; their recording discography is only seven years between their first and their last albums. They had two distinctly different eras, the mop top years and the acid years. Yet they were only around for ten years in total.”

The Longest Manned Flight

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“The longest manned, refueled flight in history was 64 days long. The aircraft was a Cessna 172.”

“That is absolutely amazing. I cannot imagine being stuck in a 172 for 64 days straight. I would go insane from claustrophobia. And that isn’t even taking into account bodily functions.”

A Titanic Coincidence

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“14 years before the Titanic sank, Morgan Robertson wrote a fictional story in which a ship, described as the largest ever built, was woefully short on lifeboats, and it struck an iceberg and sank. The ship in the story was also a triple-screw propeller liner named the Titan.”

Fire Can Prompt Germination

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“Some plants/seeds (called pyrophytes) need to burn in a fire before they can grow/sprout.”

“Giant Sequoias in CA are a good example, but there are others in CA too. The annual “wildfire season” in CA is an essential part of the ecosystem, so long as they’re controlled.”

Caesar’s Victory at the Seige of Alesia

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“Julius Caesar built a wall around the city the Gallic defenders were defending from and then built a second wall to keep the Gallic reinforcements out. He and his army hung out in between the two walls and eventually won the battle even though they were outnumbered 3 to 1.”

Colorado Has a Lot of Buddhists

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“It has a high Buddhist population due to the CIA training Tibetan guerilla fighters in the Rockies during the 60s to fight the Chinese communists but then abandoning the plan.”

“I live in Colorado. Near me, there’s a nice house with a giant temple owned by Buddhists.”

Sharks Are Older Than Trees

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“If you’ve spent any amount of time with sharks in the wild/ up close, you’ll realize that even the most feared ones are extremely cautious creatures. Then the logic hits you; you don’t get to have an evolutionary lineage that goes back 400+ mil years by being reckless.”

All the Planets Can Fit Between the Earth and the Moon

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“Yes, but that would play havoc with the tides and evening mood lighting.”

“You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big space is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”

Paint Is Heavy

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“Paint on a plane can add 600 – 1200 pounds to the weight of the aircraft.”

“That’s why the space shuttle’s external fuel tanks, which were originally painted white, were subsequently left unpainted. Early U-2 spyplanes were also left unpainted to reduce weight.”

No One Born After 1935 Has Set Foot on the Moon

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“There are only four fellas left alive who walked on the moon, and they’re all over 87 years old.”

“We quickly discovered it is far more economical to send robotic probes everywhere, including the Moon. For the cost of one human space program, NASA can launch several probes.”

More Captive Than Wild Tigers

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“There are more tigers in captivity in the US than in the wild worldwide.”

“The majority are in Texas. So, not only are they endangered, but the majority of them are forced to live in Texas! It just gets worse and worse.”

The Sun Is Loud

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“If sound could travel through space, the roar of the sun would be deafening even though it’s 93M miles away. Luckily for us, the vacuum of space doesn’t transmit sound.”

People born deaf that gain hearing later in life are surprised the sun doesn’t make any noise.”

Squirrels Aren’t Always Cute

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“Squirrels can be ferocious killers that snack on those adorable little chipmunks on occasion.”

“Squirrels will eat anything. I once saw one munching away on a sparrow. I would love to know if he caught it or found it.”

Herpes Monkey Island Exists

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“There is an island off the coast of South Carolina that you’re not allowed to go to due to a massive population of free-range monkeys with herpes.”

“These were monkeys imported from a lab in Puerto Rico specifically due to the herpes virus in the 70s.”

Asbestos Was Allowed To Linger

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“Asbestos was only banned in the UK in 1999. The unbelievable part is – asbestos was known to be dangerous as far back as ancient Egypt, about 2500/3000 BC.”

“That means it only took us 4500/5000 years to ban it. And we call ourselves intelligent!”

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