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(Buzzfeed)   Plug your nose and try to hum. Can't do it, can you (unless you have a deviated septum)? Here are 76 other factoids that sound fake, but are true. Bonus: They are all on a SINGLE PAGE. GLORY BE   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 110
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2014-03-18 11:49:38 PM  
Factoids are false. That's what the word means.
 
2014-03-18 11:54:12 PM  
why do these headlines seem so long, mommy? you said I could stop reading them hours ago
 
2014-03-18 11:55:46 PM  
I read that as 'Plug your nose and try to cum'.
 
2014-03-18 11:56:54 PM  
62. Also, this is what Jupiter would look like if it were as close to us as the Moon is

Not for very long it wouldn't.
 
2014-03-19 12:12:59 AM  
I must admit I got lightheaded while plugging my nose and trying to hum the theme from I Dream Of Jeannie
 
2014-03-19 12:13:12 AM  
fun list
I knew some.

I used to sell bottles containing air the the last breathe of Jesus Christ.
100% guarentteed at least one molecule of O2 that was once in Jesus' lung.
Ok, that's a lie, but I bet you COULD sell a ton of those.
 
2014-03-19 12:43:35 AM  
59. One in every 5,000 babies is born with a condition known as "imperforate anus.". This means the baby is born without an anus and has to have one created manually in the hospital.
 i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-19 12:47:08 AM  
Ahh, the glories of burning a hole in your nose with inhalants.
 
2014-03-19 12:47:30 AM  
No, but I can do a nose bag pipe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXRvaoVNIAM
 
2014-03-19 12:51:55 AM  
I don't have a deviated septum, but I can hum with my nose plugged.
 
2014-03-19 12:53:03 AM  
So it's basically a rehash of this site.  And others before it.  But mostly this word for word.   http://didyouknowblog.com/
 
2014-03-19 12:58:18 AM  

Makh: So it's basically a rehash of this site.  And others before it.  But mostly this word for word.   http://didyouknowblog.com/


B-b-b-but-buzzfeed.
 
2014-03-19 01:06:16 AM  
Huh. I just did that and whistled an Eb out my ass. Is that one of the factoids?
 
2014-03-19 01:30:58 AM  

bdub77: I read that as 'Plug your nose and try to cum'.


i22.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-19 01:33:59 AM  
"BuzzFeed" and "Glory Be" on the same page will break the internet.
 
2014-03-19 01:46:30 AM  
FTFA:

3. Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa.


Good to know....I just always assumed it was Florida.
 
2014-03-19 01:53:38 AM  

Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: I must admit I got lightheaded while plugging my nose and trying to hum the theme from I Dream Of Jeannie


As did the last man who went down on Barbara Eden.
 
2014-03-19 02:24:04 AM  
Dildo of god!
 
2014-03-19 02:25:22 AM  
So I see I'm not the only one who actually tried to do that.
 
2014-03-19 02:32:01 AM  
Yeah, I'm not going to bother with a "sound fake but are true" list when the example in the headline is false.
 
2014-03-19 02:33:10 AM  
We used to have fun with stuff like this in high school. Tell a cute girl "Did you know you can't touch your elbows behind your back" and then watch them try it.
 
2014-03-19 02:36:18 AM  
75. At the time the current oldest person on Earth was born, there was a completely different set of human beings on the planet.

Fairly certain that's common with every "oldest person" current or otherwise.
 
2014-03-19 02:39:18 AM  
57. Mario hits blocks with his hand, not his head.

57b.  The bushes and the clouds in that screenshot use the same sprite.  It's just recolored.
 
2014-03-19 02:46:00 AM  

scottydoesntknow: 59. One in every 5,000 babies is born with a condition known as "imperforate anus.". This means the baby is born without an anus and has to have one created manually in the hospital.
 


Seen this while trying to debunk "hold your nose and cum" and shiat the bed.
 
2014-03-19 02:50:36 AM  

fusillade762: 62. Also, this is what Jupiter would look like if it were as close to us as the Moon is

Not for very long it wouldn't.


It'd kinda look more like the ending of 'Melancholia'!
 
2014-03-19 02:51:30 AM  
This was a crappy list.

Overly Americana, and attempt of humour have no place when presenting "facts."
 
2014-03-19 02:56:10 AM  
#75 is definitional.
 
2014-03-19 02:59:28 AM  
Well I just did it. Maybe I have a deviated septum though, my nose is pretty jacked
 
2014-03-19 03:04:40 AM  

weltallica: This was a crappy list.



So, a typical buzzfeed link?
 
2014-03-19 03:05:37 AM  
Billy West also did Ren & Stimpy before Doug. For the first 3 seasons, he was the voice of Stimpy and a guy named John K was Ren, and them West did both for the last 2.
 
2014-03-19 03:11:08 AM  
More factoids:

Sugar doesn't actually cause cavities because teeth are made of sugar.

People are 2 feet taller on average now compared to people who lived 200 years ago. And 200 years from now, people won't be any taller than they are today because of global warming.

Beer was invented by preschool teachers as a way to make their kids nap while the teachers had sex.

If John Lennon were alive today, people would stare at him in amazement because he's supposed to be dead.

It's possible for an attractive lady to save a man's life simply by sucking on his penis.
 
2014-03-19 03:18:14 AM  

fusillade762: We used to have fun with stuff like this in high school. Tell a cute girl "Did you know you can't touch your elbows behind your back" and then watch them try it.


Or...

Bet you can't fit my whole dick in your mouth.
 
2014-03-19 03:18:40 AM  
No. 78: Flight MH370 was ABDUCTED in mid-air by an ALIEN SPACECRAFT and its passengers and crew are now residing safely in an alternate universe.
 
2014-03-19 03:19:55 AM  

doglover: Factoids are false. That's what the word means.


Here's a factoid for you:  The word "factoid" has more than one definition.

fac·toid
noun \ˈfak-ˌtoid\
: a brief and usually unimportant fact
Full Definition of FACTOID
1
:  an invented fact believed to be true because it appears in print
2
:  a briefly stated and usually trivial fact
 
2014-03-19 03:31:20 AM  
24. Betty White is actually older than sliced bread.

Pfaf... she's older than unsliced bread.
 
2014-03-19 03:38:29 AM  

noneyourbase: 57. Mario hits blocks with his hand, not his head.

57b.  The bushes and the clouds in that screenshot use the same sprite.  It's just recolored.


Yes, but do you know why they did that?

scatteredmind: scottydoesntknow: 59. One in every 5,000 babies is born with a condition known as "imperforate anus.". This means the baby is born without an anus and has to have one created manually in the hospital.
 

Seen this while trying to debunk "hold your nose and cum" and shiat the bed.


Well, I feel like crap for having laughed at that factoid. And it must be fun to be the guy with the scalpel who has to do that. "Well, let's see...I'm tired of just puncturing into the bowel. Maybe this time I'll make it star-shaped and about five inches wide...?"
 
2014-03-19 03:38:35 AM  
Hey, a Buzzfeed list that took longer than a minute to read and we can comment on it.

I accept this link even though 10% of their "facts" were about how old the pyramids were.
 
2014-03-19 03:53:01 AM  
29. North Korea and Finland are separated by one country.

Then so is Norway.
 
2014-03-19 04:00:11 AM  
FTA: 17. The heart of a blue whale is so big, a human can swim through the arteries.

Directly beneath this is a picture of a man who is clearly twice the size at least of the arteries on the scale model of a blue whale heart he's posing with.
 
2014-03-19 04:09:49 AM  
If you think about it most of those things seem like they would be true after thinking about them for a second or two except for folding a piece of paper 42 times since it seems damn near impossible.
As for the factoid about turtles breathing out of their asses it explains almost every photo I've ever seen of Mitch McConnell.
 
2014-03-19 04:13:38 AM  
Not to be a technical prong - he said being both technical and a prong - but it's entirely possible for just about anyone at all to hum whilst their nose is plugged.  Just open your mouth.  You'll need to modulate a bit more with your throat than usual, but humming it is.  Look, another pointless factoid!
 
2014-03-19 04:15:10 AM  
Apparently my grandmother is older than sliced bread as well. I'm going to tell her that next time we talk.

/As is the lathe in my garage... by 45 years.
 
2014-03-19 04:27:56 AM  
66. If you dug a hole to the center of the Earth and dropped a book down, it would take 42 minutes to reach the bottom.

Only if you installed a vacuum tube in that hole (the real world has air resistance) and also no, it would be 21 minutes.  84 minutes is the period of the harmonic oscillator associated with gravity on Earth-diameters, so to reach the center of the planet you need to cut that to 1/4, not 1/2.  42 minutes would get you to the other side, which means you need a second hole lined up with the first.

// NEEEEEEERDS
 
2014-03-19 04:31:48 AM  
48. A million seconds is about 11 days.
49. A billion seconds is about 32 years.
50. And one trillion seconds is about 32,000 years. A trillion is a lot.


Common tactic in political ads; switching units as the comparison goes along to create a shocking sequence.... OMG! million, billion, trillion go 11, 32, 32,000! A trillion is a lot! 984 billion is a drop in the bucket, but a trillion?!
 
2014-03-19 04:35:41 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Huh. I just did that and whistled an Eb out my ass. Is that one of the factoids?


That was a Bm!
 
2014-03-19 04:53:31 AM  
Ok, maybe I'm just moving slow this morning but could someone explain the whole folding the paper 42 times will reach the moon.
 
2014-03-19 04:54:51 AM  

Jim_Callahan: 66. If you dug a hole to the center of the Earth and dropped a book down, it would take 42 minutes to reach the bottom.

Only if you installed a vacuum tube in that hole (the real world has air resistance) and also no, it would be 21 minutes.  84 minutes is the period of the harmonic oscillator associated with gravity on Earth-diameters, so to reach the center of the planet you need to cut that to 1/4, not 1/2.  42 minutes would get you to the other side, which means you need a second hole lined up with the first.

// NEEEEEEERDS


No, if you dug a hole to the center of the Earth and dropped a book down, it would never reach the bottom. A book would burst into flames due to the heat from Earth's core, and the ashes that remain would gently float towards the center, probably with very little oscillation.
 
2014-03-19 05:02:40 AM  

Active introvert: Ok, maybe I'm just moving slow this morning but could someone explain the whole folding the paper 42 times will reach the moon.


Fold it once, it's twice as thick as it was originally. Again and it's 4 times as thick. And so on. Thickness of one sheet of paper x 2^42 is a substantial distance.


Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Not to be a technical prong - he said being both technical and a prong - but it's entirely possible for just about anyone at all to hum whilst their nose is plugged.  Just open your mouth.  You'll need to modulate a bit more with your throat than usual, but humming it is.  Look, another pointless factoid!


If your mouth is open you aren't humming. But you can hum with your nose closed anyway.
 
2014-03-19 05:03:31 AM  

Active introvert: Ok, maybe I'm just moving slow this morning but could someone explain the whole folding the paper 42 times will reach the moon.


It's impossible, but think in terms of multiplying the thickness of a piece of paper by two to the 42nd power, which is 4,398,046,511,104.
 
2014-03-19 05:07:41 AM  

Hoopy Frood: No, if you dug a hole to the center of the Earth and dropped a book down, it would never reach the bottom. A book would burst into flames due to the heat from Earth's core, and the ashes that remain would gently float towards the center, probably with very little oscillation.


Well, you're assumed to have a hole, e.g. you've found some way to stabilize the liquid portions so that the hole remains solid.  I added the vacuum assumption 'cause that's necessary for the harmonic oscillator they're talking about.
 
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