A dragonfly
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People Share The True Facts That Are The Most Difficult To Believe

Our planet is a world of wonder, with surprises that will never cease to amaze.

Okay, okay, we all know that. But what specific things make the world so rare and unique? What facts are the hardest to believe?

We've curated some of the best answers to the r/AskReddit question, "What 100% fact is the hardest to believe?"

Clouds are just gonna cloud.

Clouds seen from an airplane
Unsplash | Taylor Van Riper

"Clouds weigh hundreds of thousands of pounds, full of water, effortlessly floating above our heads. No support, No structure, just weight, floating around above us and we're like, yep totally believable, because they're clouds, duh."

-u/dang_dude_dont

Good to know there's a strategic cheese reserve.

Wheels of cheese
Unsplash | Katrin Leinfellner

"The US has a 1.4 billion pound cheese surplus. It’s all stored in the Cheese Cave in Missouri."

-u/greengiant333

"I live in Springfield, Mo where the cheese is stored. Full time guards and no one is allowed in the underground unless you work there or you have someone that will sign for you. Basically like a military installation."

-u/Imactuallyadogg

It's hard to even fathom.

Lithograph of the Krakatoa eruption
Wikimedia Commons | Parker & Coward, Britain

"The Loudest Sound In Recorded History Was The Krakatoa Volcanic Eruption Of 1883

It ruptured the eardrums of people more than 40 miles from the epicenter, created a sound wave that circled the globe seven times, and could be heard all the way in New York City, a short 10,000 miles away."

-u/Bma1500

Things are getting crowded.

A huge crowd of people
Unsplash | CHUTTERSNAP

"105 billion people have lived so far. 7.9 billion of us are currently alive."

-u/Figurinitoutfornow

"This is counting anatomically modern humans - homo sapiens. So we're counting every human going back roughly 300,000 years. Neanderthals are not counted, since they aren't homo sapiens."

-u/KaesekopfNW

Is this good luck or bad luck?

'Fat Man' atomic bomb
Wikimedia Commons | U.S. Department of Defense

"Tsutomo Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip and on the day he was supposed to leave, the atomic bomb dropped. He survived with minor injuries and returned to his home in Nagasaki where he went to work 3 days later. As he was describing his experience to his supervisor, the second bomb was dropped and he survived without any injuries. He ended up living into his 90s."

-u/Hopeful_Jaguar_5833

I guess I see where he was going with it.

Pile of lemons
Unsplash | Thitiphum Koonjantuek

"In 1995, a man named MacArthur Wheeler robbed two banks at gunpoint, he was arrested mere hours later because he didn't wear a mask. instead, he decided to coat his face in lemon juice because he read that lemon juice can be used to make invisible ink. His logic, was that it would make his face invisible."

-u/AnnigidWilliams

What is this, a crossover episode?

A moose
Unsplash | Richard Lee

"A moose can dive underwater down to nearly twenty feet in search of food."

-u/ofsquire

"There's more than that. They really like seaweed, so they will go diving for that and while they can swim, they're very slow at it. Because of this, the main predator of the moose is the orca, because they just pick them off when they see them."

-u/The_mystery4321

The biggest predators of moose are actually wolves and bears — but orcas have been known to at least eat moose, if not actually hunt them.

Our planet's gone through some weird phases.

Coal
Unsplash | Dylan Hunter

"For 60 million years, there was no bacteria, fungus, anything to decompose trees. They just got crushed under the weight of other dead trees. This is where about 90% of coal comes from."

-u/moldyhands

"Also petrified wood as well."

-u/Sir_Distic

From the era of leg warmers.

Ciabatta bread
Unsplash | Toa Heftiba

"Ciabatta bread was invented in 1982.

It's advertised and perceived as this, traditional, rustic Italian bread that peasants must have enjoyed, but nope--created in the 1980s."

-u/Darmok47

"I for one can’t believe we were still making new kinds of bread 40 years ago. You’d think we would have figured out all the ways to make bread by now."

-u/saliners

Let's stop cutting so many down.

A forest viewed from below
Unsplash | Arnaud Mesureur

"There are more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way. Roughly by a factor of 10."

-u/TyroneMings

"I think I heard somewhere that 150 years ago a squirrel could go tree to tree from the Mississippi River all the way to the East Coast without having to touch the ground."

-u/tidder-emanresu

I guess that's what 'venerable' means.

University of Oxford gates
Unsplash | Tetiana SHYSHKINA

"Oxford University is older than the Aztec empire."

-u/didijxk

"It's also about 74 years away from its millennium anniversary.

The University of Bologna, founded in 1088, predating Oxford by just eight years, is 66 years away from its millennium anniversary."

-u/AlienBogeys

Poor Pluto.

Dwarf planet Pluto
Wikimedia Commons | NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute

"From the time it was discovered to the time it lost its status as a planet, Pluto made it less than a third of the way around the sun."

-u/SaturnRocket

"Pluto was discovered in 1930, it lost its status in 2006. 76 years."

-u/erik_wilder

He really played both sides.

Joan Pujol Garcia's passport
Wikimedia Commons | Government of Venezuela

"A spy named Joan Pujol Garcia was awarded the highest honor of service from both the Allies and Axis in the Second World War."

-u/Bma1500

"He was initially rejected by MI6, so he joined axis intelligence just to deceive them."

-u/myaccountsaccount12

Well, it's really cold if you go further north.

Toronto skyline
Unsplash | Alex Shutin

"2/3 of Canada’s population lives south of Seattle."

-u/never_mind___

"Look up Canada population maps. Almost everyone lives within an hour or two of the border, and Ontario dips way down there and has a huge, huge amount of the population."

-u/PretzelsThirst

How to neutralize a spider.

A funnel web spider
Wikimedia Commons | L. Shyamal

"The Australian Funnel Web Spider is often regarded as the world's deadliest and hasn't had a confirmed kill in over 40 years since the antivenom was created."

-u/Regnes

"Some hospitals here don't even give you anti venom for redback bites anymore! They discovered that the deaths are mostly due to allergic reactions so they treat it like any other reaction."

-u/ProsshyMTG

When a lake is that big, it's officially a Great Lake.

Shoreline of Lake Superior
Unsplash | weston m

"There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover north and South America in water one foot deep."

-u/Angry_Elk

"To add to this, apparently every person on earth could stand shoulder to shoulder in Lake Superior, and the water level wouldn't even rise an inch."

-u/bullfrogftw

They're like little fighter jets.

A dragonfly
Unsplash | Utsav Srestha

"Dragonflies accelerate at up to 4G and corner at up to 9G."

-u/automatorsassemble

"While larva they suck water into their butts where they get the oxygen from it. Then they expel it out of their butt rapidly as a jet to propel themselves through the water."

-u/Why_T

Grass would have been like an alien species.

Drawing of dinosaurs
Unsplash | Stephen Leonardi

"Dinosaurs are older than grass.

Every artist rendition you've seen of them roaming fields is wrong. Most ground level plants were ferns or flowering bushes, not grass."

-u/AJCLEG98

"And what was pollinating those flowering bushes? Bees. Yep, bees have been around since the dinosaurs."

-u/__BitchPudding__

SuperPrez.

Portrait of Jimmy Carter
Wikimedia Commons | Ansel Adams

"President Jimmy Carter rappelled into a nuclear reactor that was in partial meltdown to stop the meltdown and save Ottawa."

-u/thebyron

"Just looked it up, that was the Chalk River facility, quite a bit to the north of Ottawa (about 1.5hrs away)."

-u/amooz

Note to self: don't get rabies.

Poster advertising the dangers of rabies
Wikimedia Commons | Wellcome Images

"That only 6 people have survived rabies. Rabies has a 99% Mortality rate.

You can have rabies for an entire year without symptoms and once you have symptoms, its already late. You'll probably die in a couple of days if you have symptoms."

-u/Strange-Listen8048