Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Facts That Sound like Lies but are Completely True

I found this really fun and interesting page on BuzzFeed titled 77 Facts That Sound like Lies but are Completely True. There were a handful of them that had to with different countries, geography and history and I wanted to share them:

1. Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa.
2. Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barbara Walters were born in the same year, 1929.
3. The name Jessica was created by Shakespeare in the play Merchant of Venice.
4. Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid.
5. Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto.
6. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.
7. Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire.
8. France was still executing people with a guillotine when the first Star Wars film came out.
9. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.
10. New York City is further south than Rome, Italy.
{the green line is the straight line...maybe around Capri?}

11. North Korea and Finland are separated by one country.

12. John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, has a grandson who’s alive today.
13. Alaska is simultaneously the most northern, the most western, and the most eastern state in the U.S.
14. The pyramids were as old to the Romans as the Romans are to us.
15. 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.
16. Every two minutes, we take more pictures than all of humanity in the 19th century.



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