There are some pretty crazy things in the world. Some occur in nature, some are manmade, and some occurred in history. Either way, there are things out there that will blow your mind. Here are a few wild facts that sound too far out to be true.
A Fish In a Fish
There is a creature in the ocean called the oceanic isopod. It is a fish parasite that actually replaces a fish’s tongue. It enters through the fish’s gills, they severe the blood vessels of the tongue, and then take over the food consumption. You have to see it to believe it.
Oceana is a non-profit organization that uncovered the truth about the fish that consumers buy. According to what the organization discovered, much of the fish you buy is purposefully mislabeled. This means that when you think that you are buying expensive yellowtail, you could actually be eating catfish or another cheap type of fish. Sadly, you never know what kind of fish you are eating unless you caught it yourself.
Death By Guillotine
When you think of a person being put to death by guillotine, you often think of life hundreds of years ago. Today, this just sounds like cruel and unusual punishment. What you may not know is that in France, the guillotine was used up until 1977. This was the same year that Star Wars: A New Hope came out. Mind-blowing!
Jellyfish look bizarre, and their anatomy is just as bizarre and a bit disgusting. They use the same hole to eat as they do to excrete waste. This is pretty disgusting when you think about it.
Bugs On Your Face
Many people hate bugs, and some are terrified of them. If you are one of these people, you should know that at all times of the day, there are mites with worm-like bodies all over your face. Fortunately, they are microscopic, and you can’t see them, but they are there. Fortunately, you can’t see them without a microscope. If you could, it really might freak you out.
Breathing and Swallowing At the Same Time
Food and liquid travel down the same tube in your throat. Because of this, it is impossible to swallow and breathe at the same time. If you try, there is a good chance that you are going to start choking. Since the choking can result in aspirating your food and causing pneumonia, you should just take our word for it.
Nearly all of the water that we drink on a daily basis has been recycled again and again for millions of years. This means that when you pour yourself a glass of water, there is a good chance that it passed through a dinosaur at some point. This is pretty crazy and pretty gross.
Australia Is Huge
Everyone knows that Australia is enormous, but did you know that it is the size of a planet. The diameter of Australia is almost twice of the diameter of Pluto; therefore, Australia is actually bigger than a planet.
Since diamonds are a girl’s best friend, all women should want to visit Saturn or Jupiter. On these two planets, it actually rains diamonds. The intense lightning storms turn methane into soot, which turns to diamonds before crashing down to the ground. Unfortunately, we can’t get to either of these planets to collect the loot. If it rained diamonds on Earth the way that it does on Saturn and Jupiter, they would likely have no value.
There are plenty of jobs where you are expected to smile all day. Any job where you work with the public requires you to appear happy. However, this fake smile can cause withdrawal from the job, which can be detrimental to your health.
When you think of carrots, you think of a bright orange vegetable. What you may not know is that carrots weren’t always orange. Originally, they were bright purple, similar to an eggplant. According to the experts at The Carrot Museum, the orange color game from the gradual selection within the yellow carrot populations. Over time, the purple carrot evolved to the color purple.
Leeches and Garlic
If you have ever seen a movie or a television show that features vampires, you know that they are afraid of garlic. If you want to keep vampires away, you wear a necklace made from garlic. Leeches are basically the vampires of the animal kingdom because they attach to the skin and suck the blood. Scientists in Norway who were studying leeches found that they were more attracted to garlic-covered skin than clean skin. According to science, technically, vampires are afraid of garlic.
Have you ever had a craving for a nice big cup of ice? If you have, it doesn’t mean that you are craving something crunchy, and it doesn’t mean that you are thirsty. Craving ice is actually a symptom of something more serious, such as anemia or a lack of iron. If your craving continues even after having a cup of ice, you should call your doctor. It could be nothing, but it is worth being checked out. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Mike the Headless Chicken
Have you ever heard the expression, “he’s been running around like a chicken with his head cut off?” Its a common
expression, and it may seem silly. How can a chicken live without a head? In Fruita, Colorado, there was a chicken named Mike, who was born without a head. He managed to live for 18-months before passing away, which proves that chickens can live without a head. Every year, Fruita holds a ceremony in his honor.
Vampire bats are strange little creatures. They didn’t get their name because they turn into vampires when they aren’t flying. They actually got their name due to the amount of blood that they consume. Every time a vampire bat feeds of their victims, they consume half of their body weight in blood. When you think about consuming half of your body weight in food, you can image how much blood this is for a bat.
Flamingos are many beautiful shades of pink. It is this pink color that makes them so distinctive. When flamingos are born, they aren’t pink. They are actually white when they are born. They get their pink color from all of the shrimp that they eat. Can you imagine what a flamingo would look like if their main diet were eggplants or carrots?
Women wear high heels all the time. Some women prefer smaller heels that add just an inch or two to their height. Other women love the really high heels that make them six or seven inches taller. What you may not know is that high heels were initially designed for men. Many years ago, taller men were considered to be more powerful, so they wore high heels. Eventually, it became a style strictly for women, and if a man wore high heels with a suit and tie, he would look pretty silly.
Un Kono Kuro
In Japan, there are many breweries, but one of them stands out among the rest, for a pretty disgusting reason. The brewery is called Un Kono Kuro, and elephants are involved in the brewing of the beer. Actually, their droppings are used. Elephant poop is used in the brewing process, which is really gross. Somehow, it still sells and is a very popular beer in Japan.
The Troxler Effect
The Troxler Effect causes a person to see something that actually isn’t there in their peripheral vision in mirrors. People who experience this freakout, and often believe that they are being haunted. People also tend to think that they are crazy.
The acid in your stomach is very powerful. It is so powerful, that according to experts it can dissolve a razor blade. If you wanted to prove this yourself, you would likely end up in the hospital. It is better if you just take the experts’ word for it/
Most people think that they will always have the same color eyes that they were born with. If you are Caucasian, this isn’t always true. About 10 to 15 percent of the Caucasian population undergoes changes in their eye color as they age. It isn’t a dramatic change, however. If you do experience a drastic change in your eye color, is it a sign that you could have a disease of the eye, such as Horner’s syndrome or pigmentary glaucoma.
Your lungs are a lot larger than you may think. They have a surface area that is roughly the size of a tennis court, or about 2,800 square feet.
Eating Or Sleeping
If you have to choose between eating and sleeping, you should choose to sleep. You can live for about three weeks without food; however, you can only last about 11 days without sleep before your body starts shutting down.
Some people prefer to sleep on their backs. Some rollover in the middle of the night and end up on their backs. What you may not know is that humans are the only living things that sleep on their backs.