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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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2014-03-19 05:11:41 AM
I can plug my nose and hum... but only for like 1 second... dunno if that counts...
 
2014-03-19 05:14:23 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: 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.


Oh, forgot to mention: they're assuming about 0.1mm thickness for the sheet of paper (which is realistic) to get the moon-earth distance.

/it isn't actually possible of course
 
2014-03-19 05:19:01 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.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-19 05:27:43 AM
Hehe, dog food lid.
 
2014-03-19 05:32:32 AM

Hoopy Frood: 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.


yeah, the limit used to be thought to be 7 or 8 times but a few years ago somebody found a way to do 12.

still kind of a pointless fact though. if humans could fly, they could reach the moon too.
 
2014-03-19 05:34:50 AM

Hoopy Frood: 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.


Assuming your average piece of 20lb office paper is roughly 0.003in thick (give or take), I did the maths and...Jesus.
 
2014-03-19 05:51:35 AM

ghostfacekillahrabbit: 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.


They didn't say a fully grown human, I mean a 4 year or a midget would find that quite doable...
 
2014-03-19 05:56:08 AM
#78: If you crushed the brain of everyone that works at buzzfeed into a tiny ball of goo.. everyone on earth would thank you profusely.
 
2014-03-19 05:59:17 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.


Heh, good times, good times...

/still remember a certain class period and a VERY clueless sophomore trying this very thing
 
2014-03-19 06:06:38 AM
The more stars than grains of sand in all the world's beaches is mindblowing
 
2014-03-19 06:20:59 AM

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


That doesn't work out all the time either. Just ask David Carradine.
 
2014-03-19 06:21:40 AM

spesimen: still kind of a pointless fact though. if humans could fly, they could reach the moon too.


Really?  None of the other species that can fly appear to be reaching the moon, unless I missed a fairly major development in biology somewhere.
 
2014-03-19 06:28:29 AM
Dragonflies can't walk.

/mental floss.com has a random fact generator
//Doesn't work on mobile...
 
2014-03-19 06:58:25 AM
I can never decide if I hate Buzzfeed for making me feel old, or I like them for making me feel smart.
 
2014-03-19 07:36:28 AM

TheCheese: 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.

Heh, good times, good times...

/still remember a certain class period and a VERY clueless sophomore trying this very thing


We should have another PDX Fark party.
 
2014-03-19 07:50:37 AM
The heart of a blue whale is so big, a human can swim through the arteries.
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

If by 'swim through' you mean 'get jammed in there with your arms pinned at your side and drown in whale blood.'
Unless you are relying on blood pressure to push you through. And what happens when you reach the end of the line?
Not to mention, how does the whale feel about you taking a fantasic voyage though it's bloodstream?
 
2014-03-19 08:01:35 AM

Jim_Callahan: spesimen: still kind of a pointless fact though. if humans could fly, they could reach the moon too.

Really?  None of the other species that can fly appear to be reaching the moon, unless I missed a fairly major development in biology somewhere.


yup! i saw it in superman 4   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zVsd5ubpJ4
 
2014-03-19 08:03:20 AM

Bob The Nob: 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.

[i.imgur.com image 300x224]


We always tried to get one of our friends to do this all the time. She never did it. Then, finally, during our senior prom she got drunk, ripped off her shirt, and screamed "HA YOU ASSHOLES, I CAN TOTALLY TOUCH MY ELBOWS BEHIND MY BACK" as she did it.

Worth it.
 
2014-03-19 08:03:55 AM

Atomic Spunk: 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.


I like your list better.
 
2014-03-19 08:05:17 AM

CeroX: I can plug my nose and hum... but only for like 1 second... dunno if that counts...


me too
 
2014-03-19 08:09:05 AM
Nope - I can't hum without that pesky air being able to go out my nose
 
2014-03-19 08:11:49 AM

Jim_Callahan: 42 minutes would get you to the other side, which means you need a second hole lined up with the first.


You'd also need a means to move once you got to the center, since all the mass would be equally distributed around you. Gravity would be pulling on you from all sides equally, holding you in place.

cyberspacedout: and a guy named John K was Ren


That's John Kricfalusi, the guy that created Ren & Stimpy.
 
2014-03-19 08:29:08 AM

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


All we need now is an appearance by Angry Dragon.
 
2014-03-19 08:32:09 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.
 


Along with other problems, this happened to some friend's of mine child, born 12-13 years ago. I had no idea it was that common, was a new one one me.

/he's fine now
 
2014-03-19 08:34:46 AM
13. Woody from Toy Story has a full name too - it's Woody Pride.

Sounds like a porno name.
 
2014-03-19 08:42:14 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.
 


Oh great, we're keeping the no-anus gene going.
 
2014-03-19 08:42:23 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.


I  still get ditzy barmaids to do this.
 
2014-03-19 08:43:56 AM
If the entire population of Brighton (UK) was laid end to end in the London-Brighton railway line, they'd all be electrocuted.

51% of the people on the planet make up the majority of the population.
 
2014-03-19 08:44:55 AM

blender61: 29. North Korea and Finland are separated by one country.

Then so is Norway.


And Palestine.
 
2014-03-19 09:29:42 AM
25. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.
26. A strawberry isn't a berry but a banana is.
27. So are avocados and watermelon.


Somehow I skipped #26, which made #27 really weird.
 
2014-03-19 09:45:41 AM
Reno, NV is farther west than Los Angeles, CA. El Paso, TX, is farther from Texarkana, TX than it is from Los Angeles.
 
2014-03-19 09:45:47 AM
FTFA: 42. Duck Hunt is a two-player game. Player two controls the ducks

Mind. Blown.
 
2014-03-19 09:51:44 AM

Grandemadaca: 25. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.
26. A strawberry isn't a berry but a banana is.
27. So are avocados and watermelon.

Somehow I skipped #26, which made #27 really weird.


It is Scotland. For some reason it still makes sense.
 
2014-03-19 10:16:35 AM

limeyfellow: Grandemadaca: 25. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.
26. A strawberry isn't a berry but a banana is.
27. So are avocados and watermelon.

Somehow I skipped #26, which made #27 really weird.

It is Scotland. For some reason it still makes sense.


I've never seen coffee and snot mixed up and splattered on a keyboard until this morning. Good job, sir.
 
2014-03-19 10:31:46 AM

mdeesnuts: FTFA: 42. Duck Hunt is a two-player game. Player two controls the ducks

Mind. Blown.


I...did not know that either. I don't remember an option for "Player 2 push Start."
 
2014-03-19 10:44:50 AM
Who didn't know about #42?  I thought that was pretty common knowledge.
 
2014-03-19 11:10:54 AM
#67 and #68 are different ways of saying the exact same thing.
 
2014-03-19 11:44:48 AM

MythDragon: The heart of a blue whale is so big, a human can swim through the arteries.


If by 'swim through' you mean 'get jammed in there with your arms pinned at your side and drown in whale blood.'
Unless you are relying on blood pressure to push you through. And what happens when you reach the end of the line?
Not to mention, how does the whale feel about you taking a fantasic voyage though it's bloodstream?


There is no "end of the line" in a circulatory system ;-)
 
2014-03-19 11:46:07 AM

maram500: 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...?"


So.....Goatse Junior?
 
2014-03-19 11:48:27 AM
13. Woody from Toy Story has a full name too - it's Woody Pride

New name for my penis
 
2014-03-19 12:38:52 PM
70. Peanuts are not nuts. They grow in the ground, so they are legumes.

That peanuts grow in the ground has nothing to do with why they're legumes. That has to do with which plants they're related to and the form of the fruit they produce. The vast majority of legumes don't fruit underground, which is something that should be immediately obvious to anyone who knows what a legume is, because there are tons of legumes that are immediately familiar (peas, beans, lupine, clover, alfalfa, etc.)
 
2014-03-19 01:07:13 PM
There were these twins I knew in Boulder ..
 
2014-03-19 01:11:57 PM

ghostfacekillahrabbit: 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.


So you think models can only be scaled up? Maybe that is a 1:8 scale, or a 1:4 or 1:16.
In other words: YOU CAN'T MAKE ABSOLUTE SIZE COMPARISONS WHEN 1 THING IS SCALED AND ANOTHER IS NOT unless you know the numbers and do the math.
 
2014-03-19 01:12:05 PM

lindalouwho: MythDragon: The heart of a blue whale is so big, a human can swim through the arteries.


If by 'swim through' you mean 'get jammed in there with your arms pinned at your side and drown in whale blood.'
Unless you are relying on blood pressure to push you through. And what happens when you reach the end of the line?
Not to mention, how does the whale feel about you taking a fantasic voyage though it's bloodstream?

There is no "end of the line" in a circulatory system ;-)


There is for you when you get stuck in a vein for the return trip to the heart. I guess for the whale too now that you are an embolism.
 
2014-03-19 01:36:45 PM
How is Alaska the most eastern state? Because it is just east of Siberia? If you consider that, then doesn't that cancel out it's status as most western state?

/whynotboth.jpeg
 
2014-03-19 01:39:06 PM

smatt: 13. Woody from Toy Story has a full name too - it's Woody Pride

New name for my penis


Congratulations to your penis, for having the courage to come out of the closet!
 
2014-03-19 01:49:37 PM

Combustion: mdeesnuts: FTFA: 42. Duck Hunt is a two-player game. Player two controls the ducks

Mind. Blown.

I...did not know that either. I don't remember an option for "Player 2 push Start."


There's no prompt, it just automatically has the second controller port active so they can pick it up whenever they want. IIRC if #2 takes no actions for a few seconds it goes back to random movements.
 
2014-03-19 02:16:19 PM

danielscissorhands: How is Alaska the most eastern state? Because it is just east of Siberia? If you consider that, then doesn't that cancel out it's status as most western state?


I think it's because the Aleutian islands span out beyond the 180° longitude line, putting a few of them in the Eastern hemisphere.
 
2014-03-19 02:21:57 PM

lindalouwho: MythDragon: The heart of a blue whale is so big, a human can swim through the arteries.


If by 'swim through' you mean 'get jammed in there with your arms pinned at your side and drown in whale blood.'
Unless you are relying on blood pressure to push you through. And what happens when you reach the end of the line?
Not to mention, how does the whale feel about you taking a fantasic voyage though it's bloodstream?

There is no "end of the line" in a circulatory system ;-)


True, but I don't think even Buzzfeed is claiming a human could swim through a whale capillary exchange. Things get pretty tiny at the cellular level.
 
2014-03-19 02:31:52 PM

Jim_Callahan: spesimen: still kind of a pointless fact though. if humans could fly, they could reach the moon too.

Really?  None of the other species that can fly appear to be reaching the moon, unless I missed a fairly major development in biology somewhere.


We fly all the time in airplanes....and yes....we did reach the moon.
 
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