27 fascinating facts that make you think twice

The world is a fascinating place, and it's full of weird and interesting facts that you might have never realized were true.

Luckily, the folks over at Reddit have collections about the true facts of life and fun facts that will blow your mind, and we've combed through them to find our favorites.

From a creature that can survive the harsh vacuum of space to the odd state sport of Maryland, you're bound to learn something that makes you think twice.

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There are more trees on earth than there are stars in the Milk Way Galaxy. While the Milk Way boasts 100 billion stars, Earth tops that numbers with its 3 trillion trees.

There are more trees on earth than there are stars in the Milk Way Galaxy. While the Milk Way boasts 100 billion stars, Earth tops that numbers with its 3 trillion trees.

Source: Reddit/resissavfc

The largest living organism is the honey fungus, a giant mushroom that spans 2.4 miles (underground) across Oregon's Blue Mountains.

The largest living organism is the honey fungus, a giant mushroom that spans 2.4 miles (underground) across Oregon's Blue Mountains.

Source: Reddit/Rampant_Durandal

Miss Piggy from The Muppets and Yoda of Star Wars were voiced by the same person: actor and puppeteer Frank Oz.

Miss Piggy from The Muppets and Yoda of Star Wars were voiced by the same person: actor and puppeteer Frank Oz.

Source: Reddit/cold_in_the_south

The Polish Army enlisted a bear during World War II. Wojtek the Syrian brown bear eventually gained the rank of Corporal and often drank beer and smoked cigarettes.

The Polish Army enlisted a bear during World War II. Wojtek the Syrian brown bear eventually gained the rank of Corporal and often drank beer and smoked cigarettes.

Source: Reddit/snoodletuber

In Japan, more paper is used to make manga comic books than to make toilet paper.

In Japan, more paper is used to make manga comic books than to make toilet paper.

Source: Reddit/david1324p

From when Pluto was discovered in 1930 to when it was declassified as a planet in 2006, it had not made a full orbit around the sun. In fact, the former planet takes 248 Earth years to complete its orbit.

From when Pluto was discovered in 1930 to when it was declassified as a planet in 2006, it had not made a full orbit around the sun. In fact, the former planet takes 248 Earth years to complete its orbit.

Source: Reddit/Zooclaw

Kale, collard greens, Chinese broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and broccoli all come from the same plant: brassica oleracea. They are just different breeds, or cultivars.

Kale, collard greens, Chinese broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and broccoli all come from the same plant: brassica oleracea. They are just different breeds, or cultivars.

Source: Reddit/cokecakeisawesome

Cleopatra lived closer in time to the Moon landing than to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Cleopatra lived closer in time to the Moon landing than to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Source: Reddit/StickleyMan

A mantis shrimp can swing its claw so fast it boils the water around it and creates a flash of light.

A mantis shrimp can swing its claw so fast it boils the water around it and creates a flash of light.

Source: Reddit/jicty

The Spanish national anthem has no words.

The Spanish national anthem has no words.

Source: Reddit/ricick

Honey does not spoil. You could feasibly eat 3000 year old honey.

Honey does not spoil. You could feasibly eat 3000 year old honey.

Source: Reddit/Bluecheezeplatter

Dead people can get goose bumps.

Dead people can get goose bumps.

Source: Reddit/ObturateYourForamen

A small percentage of the static you see on "dead" tv stations is left over radiation from the Big Bang. You're seeing residual effects of the Universe's creation.

A small percentage of the static you see on "dead" tv stations is left over radiation from the Big Bang. You're seeing residual effects of the Universe's creation.

Source: Reddit/FanInTheCorner

The state sport of Maryland is jousting.

The state sport of Maryland is jousting.

Source: Reddit/KdogCrusader

When we breathe through our nose, we always inhale more air from one nostril than with the other one — and this changes every 15 minutes.

When we breathe through our nose, we always inhale more air from one nostril than with the other one — and this changes every 15 minutes.

Source: Reddit/Tischlampe

If you were to remove all of the empty space from the atoms that make up every human on earth, the entire world population could fit into an apple.

If you were to remove all of the empty space from the atoms that make up every human on earth, the entire world population could fit into an apple.

Source: Reddit/TheSicilianDude

The woolly mammoth was still around when the pyramids were being built.

The woolly mammoth was still around when the pyramids were being built.

Source: Reddit/midnightschild

There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

Source: Reddit/abbazabbbbbbba

If you somehow found a way to extract all of the gold from the bubbling core of our lovely little planet, you would be able to cover all of the land in a layer of gold up to your knees.

If you somehow found a way to extract all of the gold from the bubbling core of our lovely little planet, you would be able to cover all of the land in a layer of gold up to your knees.

Source: Reddit/TryToFlyHigh

It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.

It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.

Source: Reddit/Bat245

Written language was invented independently by the Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese, and Mayans.

Written language was invented independently by the Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese, and Mayans.

Source: Reddit/NumberMuncher

To know when to mate, a male giraffe will continuously headbutt the female in the bladder until she urinates. The male then tastes the pee and that helps it determine whether the female is ovulating.

To know when to mate, a male giraffe will continuously headbutt the female in the bladder until she urinates. The male then tastes the pee and that helps it determine whether the female is ovulating.

Source: Reddit/Sir_Ostrich

It can take a photon 40,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to earth.

It can take a photon 40,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to earth.

Source: Reddit/Bkaps

Water bears, or Tardigrades, are typically 0.5 mm in length and can survive virtually anything. Even the vacuum of space.

Water bears, or Tardigrades, are typically 0.5 mm in length and can survive virtually anything. Even the vacuum of space.

Source: Reddit/Rage-

Basically anything that melts can be made into glass. You just have to cool off a molten material before its molecules have time to realign into what they were before being melted.

Basically anything that melts can be made into glass. You just have to cool off a molten material before its molecules have time to realign into what they were before being melted.

Source: Reddit/cowboy-up

The critically endangered Kakapo bird has a strong, pleasant, musty odour which allows predators to easily locate it. Hence, it is critically endangered.

The critically endangered Kakapo bird has a strong, pleasant, musty odour which allows predators to easily locate it. Hence, it is critically endangered.

Source: Reddit/trevormatic

In 1903 the Wright Brothers flew for the first time. 66 years later, man landed on the Moon in 1969.

In 1903 the Wright Brothers flew for the first time. 66 years later, man landed on the Moon in 1969.

Source: Reddit/mry8z

Note: A shorter version of this article was originally published by Kyle Russell and Steven Tweedie.

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