21 facts people found impossible to forget

Can someone explain to me how these things are true?

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed community to share the hardest-to-believe and mind-boggling fact they know. And wow … did they deliver a lot of crazy facts that I’m going to think about for a while:

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The exact flight time may change slightly depending on wind and other conditions, but the entire flight – connecting two Orkney Islands in Scotland – covers only three kilometers and has been a regular non-stop flight for around 50 years. You can watch a short video of the entire flight here.


Park warden Roy Sullivan has survived lightning not once, not twice, but seven times.

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Sullivan worked at Shenandoah National Park and was first stricken in 1942; his last love at first sight came in 1977. In interviews, he speculated that there was something about his physical makeup that attracted him to love.

Guinness World Records recognized him as the person struck by lightning more than any other human being. According to a statistician, the odds of being hit that many times are 4.15 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.


If a man pees on a pregnancy test and it turns out positive, it could mean he has testicular cancer.

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Some types of testicular cancer produce the same hormone – chorionic gonadotropin – that pregnancy tests are designed to recognize. (NOTE: Men should NEVER rely on pregnancy tests to check for testicular cancer, as there are many types of testicular cancer that tests do not detect. Instead, learn how to self-assess and see your doctor regularly. .)

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The cat – named Stubbs – was elected in writing in 1997 when, it seems, human candidates were in short supply. Stubbs then served as honorary mayor for 20 years until his death in 2017.


In 2002, electrician Mike McDermott, 51, won the lotto TWICE in a year – and to make matters even more unlikely … he did it both times using the same numbers!

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The President of the United States, John Tyler, born in 1790 and who served as President from 1841 to 1845, still has a living grandson.

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Tyler married his second wife later in life and was in her 60s when they had their children. One of these children, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Sr. (born 1853), had her last child at the age of 75. This child, Harrison Ruffin Tyler, is now 92 years old and lives in a retirement home in Virginia.


Woman named Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic and its sister ship, the British.

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Jessop was a 24 year old flight attendant aboard the RMS Titanic when it hit an iceberg on April 15, 1912. She quickly got out of bed, got dressed and helped the women and children get into the lifeboats before giving a baby and telling him to get on her- even in a lifeboat.

Four years later, after training as a nurse with the British Red Cross, she was sent to the hospital ship HMHS. British. On November 21, 1916, the ship struck a mine. She escaped in a lifeboat that almost got sucked into the British, but she survived and continued to serve on ships for another 34 years before retiring.


Speaking of the Titanic, in 1898, 14 years before her sinking, author Morgan Robertson wrote a book about a huge, supposedly unsinkable British liner that struck an iceberg on an April trip across the North Atlantic and suffered massive deaths due to an insufficient number of lifeboats.


The Appalachian mountain range is older than humans, land animals, and even trees.

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Its oldest rocks formed around 1.1 billion to 541 million years ago. By comparison, trees are around 350 million years old, land animals are around 500 million years old, and humans (or at least our ape ancestors who started walking on two legs) arrived around 6 million years ago. ‘years.


Sharks are also older than trees!


Former Oakland A slugger Khris Davis hit exactly 0.247 each year for four consecutive seasons (2015-18).

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Cleopatra was closer to the invention of the iPhone than to the construction of the Great Pyramids.

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The Great Pyramids of Giza were built around 2500 BC Cleopatra lived from 69 BC to 30 BC The iPhone, meanwhile, was announced in 2007, so Cleopatra lived well over 300 years closer to the creation of the iPhone that of the construction of the Great Pyramids!


Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970.

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A 2018 World Wildlife Federation report involving 59 scientists from around the world blamed the increasing consumption of food and resources by the world’s population.


Harriet Tubman was alive during the lifetime of Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan.

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Abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy Harriet Tubman was 4 years old when Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, died on July 4, 1826. She was a few weeks before 89 when Ronald Reagan, the 40th President, was born. . She died at the age of 91 on March 10, 1913.


Two NFL quarterbacks playing for the same team suffered the same injury under almost identical circumstances on the same date, exactly 33 years apart:

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On November 18, 1985, Washington quarterback Joe Theismann broke his right tibia and fibula in a home game that ended 23-21. Three-time defensive player of the year Lawrence Taylor was involved in the injury, which occurred around the 40-yard line. Theismann’s Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Jacoby was out of the field due to injury.

On November 18, 2018, Washington quarterback Alex Smith broke his right shin and fibula in a home game that ended 23-21. The only other three-time defensive player of the year, JJ Watt, was involved in the injury, which occurred around the 40-yard line. Smith’s Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams was off the field due to injury.

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George HW Bush hated broccoli so much that when he was President he created a mini-scandal by banning it from the White House and Air Force One.

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Bush told reporters, “I don’t like broccoli and I don’t like it since I was little and my mom made me eat it. And I’m the President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat broccoli anymore!

First Lady Barbara Bush must have cleaned up, saying, “I love broccoli. We’re going to have broccoli soup, a broccoli main course, a broccoli salad, and a broccoli ice cream.


Michigan couple Jay and Kateri Schwandt had 14 sons in a row before they finally had a daughter. Back when they only had 12 sons, one expert estimated that the odds of having 12 consecutive sons are one in a million.

Do you have a favorite fact that is hard to believe and against all odds? Let us know in the comments, and it could feature in a future BuzzFeed community post!

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