Los hechos alucinantes favoritos de Reddit de todos los tiempos, comprobados


The planets, very much not to scale.
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Redditors love to ask each other for their favorite fun, mindblowing, counterintuitive, or disturbing facts. Every few months a new “fun fact” thread ends up on the front page of Reddit, and thousands of people pitch in with their favorites. I looked at years’ worth of threads, collected the very best facts, and verified them.

I selected only facts that were so cool and surprising that I had to check them before I’d believe them. And then I did check them, and added citations. You can confidently share these facts and know that Google will back you up.

  • “When you get a kidney transplant, they usually just leave your original kidneys in your body and put the third kidney in your pelvis.”—horse_you_rode_in_on[confirmed]
  • “There are roughly 200 corpses on Mount Everest that are used as way points for climbers.”—Scrappy_Larue[NSFW:confirmed]
  • “If you made $5,000 a day since Columbus first stepped in America, you still wouldn’t have one billion dollars today.”—heitorab[confirmed; you’d hit a billion in2040]
  • “People in the southern hemisphere see the moon upside down compared to the north.”—Auxilae[when you look atthis illustrationit’s obvious]
  • “Every two minutes, we take as many photos as all of humanity took during the 1800s.”—UnraoSandhu[confirmed; in fact more photos were takenin the past seven yearsthan all of previous history]
  • “Every day there are [82] YEARS’ worth of video being published on YouTube.”—areemkayandAvioNaught[updated, as the number is way bigger than when they posted this fact]
  • “You could fit all of the planets in our solar system between the Earth and the moon. With room to spare.”—thumper5[confirmed]
  • “You have no muscles in your fingers (besides the tiny tiny tiny muscles around hair follicles). All muscles that control fingers are in your forearm and palm.”—Kii_and_lock[confirmed]
  • “The first professional recording Jon Bon Jovi ever released was a song called ‘R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas.’”—DIP_MY_BALLS_IN_IT[confirmed]
  • “The Mall of America doesn’t actually have heating, even though it’s located in Minnesota. During winter, the heat produced by lights in the stores and the shoppers is enough to keep it at a comfortable temperature.”—buffalo747[confirmed]
  • “The 10th President, John Tyler, has living grandchildren.”—Poor_posture[confirmedlast year and no obits since]
  • “Pyramids and wooly mammoths coexisted.”—cromwest[confirmed, though it was the tail end of the mammoth population]
  • “Sharks were on earth before trees.”—kingJoffi[confirmed]
  • “All of the solid objects around [you] are actually ‘vibrating.’”—judsonm123[confirmed—actually all objectsarevibrations]
  • “43% of all people born prior to 1800 died before the age of 5.”—abbott_costello[confirmed for 1800;roughly confirmed for before 1800]
  • “There are more molecules of air in one breath than there are breaths in the atmosphere. That means that every breath you take probably contains at least one molecule of Newton’s last breath.”—SciolistOW“And one of Hitler’s farts.”—cocothepops[confirmed]
  • “The orbit of Io around Jupiter is short enough that you can observe a solid chunk of the entire orbit in just one night (with a telescope). Like, you can sit there for a few hours andwatch Io orbit around Jupiter.”—cryptoz[confirmed]
  • “George Washington never knew dinosaurs existed.”—jeff_the_nurse[confirmed]
  • “The Earl of Oxford had an audience with Queen Elizabeth I and he accidentally let out a fart. He was so embarrassed that he traveled the world for seven years.”—symbiosa[confirmed, if you trust 17th-century writer John Aubrey]
  • “Ireland’s population in [1840] was 8.2 million. Now, even including Northern Ireland, it’s just 6.6 million.”—bluetoad2105[datecorrectedslightly]
  • “Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Freud and Stalin all lived in Vienna in 1913.”—rustyhaben[confirmed—and so did Archduke Franz Ferdinand, until he was assassinated the next year, sparking WWI]
  • “Redheads typically need more anesthesia than people with different hair color.”—lookslikesausage[yep, about 20% more, as we’re more sensitive to pain. VINDICATED]
  • “Cows have best friends and get lonely if they are separated.”—ByzantineBasileus[confirmed]
  • “A bear enlisted in the Polish army made it to the rank of Corporal. He also smoked, drank and carried weapons to the front during battles. His name was Wojtek.”—snoodletuber[confirmed, though he was probably just eating the cigarettes]
  • “Shaq hit almost 12,000 baskets in his career. Exactly 1 of them was a 3-pointer.”—NoMoreMrSpiceGuy[confirmed]
  • “There are more hydrogen atoms in a teaspoon of water than there are teaspoons of water in the sea.”—unknown[confirmed, or by combiningthisandthis]
  • “There are more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way.”—reissavfc[confirmed]
  • “90% of the population on Earth lives in the Northern Hemisphere.”—xLudikrous[confirmed]
  • “Kale, collard greens, Chinese broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts and broccoli are all the same plant [species]; brassica oleracea. They are just different cultivars.”—cokecakeisawesome[confirmed]
  • “There are more permutations of a standard deck of 52 cards than there are seconds since the Big Bang.”—mveinot[confirmed—over a billion times as many, in fact]
  • “The Mali Emperor Mansa Musa was so rich that while on a pilgrimage to Mecca, he gave away so much gold it caused an economic crisis.”—CoffeeBeanoMan[confirmed]
  • “The color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around.”—Comedyfish_reddit[confirmed]
  • “Elephants can control their dick like a second trunk.”—zach84[confirmed]
  • “14% of the population is missing a tendon in their arm.”—Swiftapple[confirmed, depending on ethnicity]
  • “The CEO of Food for the Poor, the largest international relief and development organization, is named Robin Mahfood.”—garenzy[confirmed]
  • “Nintendo was founded 34 years before the fall of the Ottoman Empire.”— cf809r8 / “>desconocido [confirmado a>,confirmado]
  • “Una camada de gatitos puede tener más de un padre”. –Sammichface[confirmado]
  • “La USAF arrojó accidentalmente 2 bombas nucleares en Carolina del Norte en enero de 1961, y ninguna explotó”. –rotll[confirmadofont>
  • Los Simpsonses en gran parte acreditado con acuñando el término ‘meh.’ ”-[confirmado, “Mneh” y “mnyeh” son anteriores]
  • “Hay [más de mil millones] de insectos por cada persona viva hoy en día”. –tired_commuter[correctedde su subestimación]
  • “Pepsi por un corto período de tiempo comandó la séptima fuerza militar más grande del mundo. ”-confirmado,confirmado a>]
  • “Hay dos cajeros automáticos en la Antártida y solo uno funciona.” –Hang-Out[confirmadofont>
  • “ Si bien los hijos de gemelos idénticos son primos hermanos, genéticamente son medio hermanos ”. –gastropubjscript [confirmadosfont>
  • “ Los entomólogos que estudian cucarachas a menudo se vuelven alérgicos a ellos. Al mismo tiempo, se vuelven alérgicos a la mayoría de las marcas de café molido. ”-crotchblinder[confirmado,confirmado] li>
  • “Hay un lugar en el Pacífico conocido como Point Nemo. En ciertos momentos del día, está más cerca de la EEI que de cualquier masa de tierra. ”-PoglaTheGrate[confirmado,confirmado font>
  • “La letra J no fue inventada hasta 1630. ”-StevesMcQueenIsHere[confirmed; antes era una variante de I]

Algunas citas han sido editadas para mayor claridad.

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