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Facts That Sound Fake, But Are 100% True

Updated October 16, 2017 45.0k votes 8.3k voters 451.0k views14 items

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Human beings love finding out about the world, so it should come as no surprise that most people love reading about new and interesting facts. The vast majority of this kind of information will leave you saying “wow” or nodding in appreciation at the nugget of knowledge that has just been imparted. However, there are some strange but true facts that seem so outrageous that your immediate reaction to them is that they must be fake.

These could be facts that seem completely counterintuitive to how the world seems to work. Or, maybe they are the kind of thing you would have expected the Mythbusters to have debunked a long time ago. Yet, they turn out to be true and leave you astonished that something so bizarre can be genuine. These are the mind-blowing facts – like how the T-Rex is closer to humans than it is to the stegosaurus in terms of history – that have the ability not only to entertain you but also make you doubt the world around you.

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    Millions Of Dollars Of Gold And Silver Flow Through Switzerland’s Sewers Every Year

    A study carried out in July 2017 revealed that Switzerland’s sewers are filled with valuable materials. The research showed that somewhere in the region of $1.8 million worth of gold and $1.7 million of silver enters the country’s sewage system every year. That is the equivalent of almost 7,000 pounds of precious metal being pumped into wastewater.

    Researchers believe that the material probably comes from the extensive gold refineries and pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland, both of which play a major part in the economy of the country. Unfortunately, there is no viable way to reclaim the gold and silver that is lost into the sewers.

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    There Are More Trees On Earth Than Stars In The Milky Way

    Photo: T. R. Shankar Raman / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

    The sheer scale of the universe that encompasses the Earth often makes it seem like space must be infinite, with an uncountable number of stars surrounding it in every direction. Yet, NASA scientists have come up with very good estimates for the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy. This number stands at around 400 billion. While that is certainly a lot, it is dwarfed by the number of trees that are on the planet’s surface. Recent studies have concluded that there are around 3 trillion trees on Earth, almost 10 times the amount of stars in the galaxy.

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    Half Of The Water On Earth Is Older Than The Sun

    Everyone knows that the Sun was around a long time before the Earth. In fact, the Sun’s life first began some 4.6 billion years ago. While that is certainly old, it turns out that as much as half of the water on our home planet may be even older than that. According to research carried out by astrophysicists, much of the water on Earth could have come from interstellar gas that froze when the solar system was first formed. It was then able to travel through space before crashing into the rocky planet humans call home.

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    The Universe Is Beige

    Looking out at the night sky, you would be forgiven for thinking that the universe is black. Apart from the pinpoint light given off from stars, space appears to be a vast collection of nothingness. That hasn't stopped researchers from trying to discover what the real color of the universe is. Surprisingly, it isn’t black, but a sort of beige. By analyzing the cosmic light given off by hundreds of thousands of galaxies and billions of stars, they were able to see what the spectrum would be interpreted as in the human eye.

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