• 100 Strange but True Facts that Will Shock You

100 Strange But True Facts That Will Shock You

What’s the weirdest fact you know of? We bet it’s not as strange as any of these! You might think these facts sound totally false, but trust us, they’re totally true! So, if you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, why not check out these 100 strange but true facts that will shock you!

  1. Donkey Kong got his name because his creator believed ‘donkey’ meant ‘stupid’ in English and wanted to convey the impression that the character was a “Stupid Ape”.
  2. The medical name for a butt crack is “intergluteal cleft”.
  3. People can suffer from a psychological disorder called Boanthropy that makes them believe that they are a cow. They try to live their life as a cow.
  4. The name for the shape of Pringles is called a ‘Hyperbolic Paraboloid’.
  5. There is a McDonald’s in every continent except Antartica.
  6. Mr Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on TV.
  7. A duel between three people is actually called a truel.
  8. The stage before frostbite is called “frostnip”.
  9. The two tiny holes drilled in every BIC pen is to ensure that the air pressure is the same both inside and outside the pen, which helps the ink flow to the tip.
  10. In South Korea there is an emergency number (113) to report spies.
  11. Japan is facing a ninja shortage. There is a high demand for “ninja shows,” but it is a dying tradition and companies have trouble time finding properly trained ninjas.
  12. The process by which bread toasts is called the ‘Maillard Reaction’.
  13. Snails have 14,000 teeth and some can even kill you!
  14. Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was not a man in a suit, it was actually a giant puppet.
  15. Sonic the Hedgehog’s full name is actually Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog.
  16. Even though Froot Loops are different colors, they all have exactly the same flavor.
  17. George Clooney did the voice for ‘Sparky’ – a gay dog in South Park.
  18. Most toilet paper sold for home use in France is pink.
  19. Marmite was one of most confiscated items at airports from the U.K. – to overcome this issue, Marmite made smaller ones for travelling.
  20. The human nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
  21. Cards against Humanity bought an island in Maine to preserve wildlife. It is called Hawaii 2.
  22. Daddy longlegs have penises, which technically makes them not a spider.
  23. The television was invented only two years after the invention of sliced bread.
  24. Bullfrogs do not sleep.
  25. The dark region on the north pole of Pluto’s moon, Charon, is called Mordor.

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Luke Ward is the founder of The Fact Site. He's a professional blogger & researcher with over 9 years’ experience in fact finding, SEO & web design. In his spare time he loves to travel and drink coffee.




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    Simon Baker 2nd May 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Donkey DOES mean stupid in English, in England anyway as Gordon Ramsey will testify to.

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    leotopia 27th January 2018 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Helmut Simon did not freeze to death. He fell

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    Matthew 4th January 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    The human nose CANNOT remember 50,000 different scents. The human BRAIN can RECOGNIZE over 50,000 different scents. We cannot actually recall scents. We can only identify them if we have smell them at least once and then smell them again. It’s an associative process.

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      Tyler Halavick 21st July 2017 at 12:30 am - Reply

      Ok Mathew…

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      Ken Weinkauf 14th March 2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Maybe my memory is an anomaly, but certain memories of mine are associated with smells. When I recall these memories, I can almost smell what it smelled like then. For instance, when I was a boy, I lived in an apartment with a couple of folks who lived on the bottom floor, Every Wednesday, she would make boiled cabbage for dinner, whose smell wafted up into the entire building. Whenever those memories come to mind, I can almost smell it.

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    Matthew 4th January 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    There is a bridge over the Amazon river and I have been over it many times…

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    Span 15th December 2016 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Elysia the most recent I’ve heard (I am Australian, but that doesn’t make me an authority) is that about 1000 people are bitten by snakes every year, and 2 to 4 die. In India, someone is bitten ever 5 minutes, and someone dies every 8 minutes.

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    Elysia Du 21st November 2016 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Are you sure that #97 is true? I’ve read a book, “100 Deadliest Things in the Planet,” and it showed that the snakes that live in Australia, (I think) bit people like a lot of times and most people got poisoned, like rapid breathing, froozen muscles, etc. I’m so confused!

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      Zari 14th July 2017 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      It says fatal, which means averages only one dies of a snake bite every year. So there can still be hella lot of people getting bitten by snakes, but they survives.

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    Me 26th June 2016 at 2:52 am - Reply

    I don’t know if # 59 is a mistake or a lie but it is most certainly untrue,there are several movies that exceed that amount before that date.

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      Luke Ward 26th June 2016 at 3:01 am - Reply

      It’s no mistake, it’s in the Guinness World Records as the first film with a $100 million budget.

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