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24 Weird Facts That Sound Too Crazy To Be True

13. The Argania Trees in Morocco produce such irresistible fruits that goats have to perch on these trees like birds to eat them.

Goats on Argania tree
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Argania trees are flowering plants endemic to Morocco. This thorny tree grows to about 8-10 m and lives for about 200 years. The area they cover is about 8,280 km2 and this area has decreased due to grazing and overproduction of argan oil. This has lead to an increase in the number of goats and the goats, in turn, have deteriorated the growth of these trees by climbing up on these trees to eat their fruits and leaves. It must be some tasty fruit for goats to climb like that!(source)

14. The grasshopper mouse stalks its prey in the manner of a cat, sneaking up quietly, and defends its territory by “howling” like a small wolf. It is also immune to venoms of snakes, scorpions, etc.

Grasshopper mouse
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A grasshopper mouse is a carnivorous rodent who howls like a wolf. Yes, they howl! Not only are these rodents extremely sneaky like a cat, they also defend their territory and dines on insects, scorpions, snakes, or even other mice. Beware, and do not judge this animal by its height. Another striking fact about the grasshopper mouse is that it is immune to venoms of its prey such as snakes or scorpions.(source)

15. The “89/98” is a type of a butterfly, and it is called so because of the markings on its wing resemble an 89 and 98.

8998 Butterfly
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The 89/98 butterfly (Diaethria Phlogea) is a species of butterfly with the number 89 printed on one of its wings and the number 98 printed on the other. It is found in Colombia, South America.(source)

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16. Laetiporus is an edible mushroom that can be used as a substitute for chicken as it has the same texture and preparing techniques.

Laetiporus
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The Laetiporus or the chicken mushroom is an edible mushroom that can be prepared like chicken. It can be used as a substitute for chicken in a vegetarian diet. Moreover, it can be frozen to retain its edibility. In some parts of Germany and North America, it is considered a delicacy. However, one must be careful about eating it as it can cause allergies for some people.(source)

17. A British Airways’ flight to Dubai was forced to return to Heathrow Airport because someone took a dump that smelled so bad that it was unbearable for passengers.

British Airways
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Oh, this has been a smelly ride! The passengers of a British Airways’ flight to Dubai was forced to land back in 30-40 minutes due to an unbearably smelly poo. Firstly, the captain informed the passengers that the smell was from liquid excretion in the washroom. Next, the cabin crew was unable to solve the problem and within 40 minutes after takeoff, the captain had to land back due to “health and safety” issues. It must’ve been one hell of a smelly poo.(source)

18. Ancient Greeks used to go to the gym naked, and the word ‘gymnasium’ means “school for naked exercise”.

Gymnasium
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The word Gymnasium comes from the ancient greek word “gymnos” which means naked. Thus, athletes competed nude to encourage aesthetic appreciation of the male body, and to be a tribute to the gods. Consequently, it functioned as a training facility for competitors in public games.(source)

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19. Capybara is the largest species of rodents, exceeding 100lb. Moreover, they are semi aquatic.

capybara size
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Native to South America, the Capybara is closely related to guinea pigs. Adult capybaras grow to 106 to 134 cm (3.48 to 4.40 ft) in length, stand 50 to 62 cm (20 to 24 in) tall at the withers, and typically weigh 35 to 66 kg (77 to 146 lb), with an average in the Venezuelan llanos of 48.9 kg (108 lb). Furthermore, the top recorded weights are 91 kg (201 lb) for a wild female from Brazil and 73.5 kg (162 lb) for a wild male from Uruguay. Well, that’s a heavy rodent!(source)

20. A 70-year-old man robbed a Kansas City bank and then sat down in the lobby, saying he’d rather live in jail than with his wife.

Lawrence Ripple
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Lawrence John Ripple made a shocking remark to the authorities after robbing a bank at gunpoint. He showed the authorities a note, and after collecting the money, he reported himself to the security guard. Additionally, he referred to himself as the “guy he was looking for” to the guard and said that he’d “rather be in jail that with his wife”. On account of a felony, he was arrested, and then, released in 5 days. Well, that must be some extraordinary wife.(source)

21. There was a ten-foot tall ape called Gigantopithecus that is now thought to be extinct. They grew up to 3m (10ft) tall and weighed up to 540kg (1200lbs), and lived in the same region as humans shortly before becoming extinct about 100,000 years ago.

Gigantopithecus
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Gigantopithecus is an extinct ape that existed from nine million years in some parts of China, India, and Vietnam. Being extremely heavy and large in size, they are said to be three times heavier than modern gorillas. Furthermore, it was found that humans and Gigantopithecus lived in the same colonies at some point of time. Dating methods have shown that G. blacki existed for at least a million years, going extinct about 100,000 years ago after having been contemporary with anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) for tens of thousands of years, and co-existing with H. erectus, who preceded the appearance of H. sapiens.(source)

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22. At least 6 Americans have been accidentally shot by dogs in the past five years, including by a dog named “Trigger.”

Shot by a dog
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A chocolate labrador named “Trigger” stepped on a fully loaded gun during a hunting trip. He shot an Indiana woman at point blank range in her foot. In fact, this is one of the many such weird but common incidents in America. Dogs have inadvertently pulled the trigger of guns and shot people near them. Due to the carelessness of gun owners and the increasing number of dogs, the number of dog shootings has increased. Well, it looks like trigger pulled some triggers and triggered a lot of such stories.(source)

23. Newborn ducks will take on the characteristics of the first animal they see. This is called “imprinting” and it’s the natural instinct to follow the first thing they see.

Ducks imprinting
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It has been found that newly hatched ducklings will adopt characteristics of the first animal they see. If the first animal they see is a human, then they will think they’re human and grow up thinking they’re human. The main reason behind this is that the instinct comes from following the first thing that passes by and more often than not, it is the duckling’s mother. Therefore, they follow the mother and learn to swim, find food, and other such things that are necessary for survival. Hence, the basic concept of watch and learn is used.(source)

24. In 2015, two daycare employees in New Jersey were imprisoned for running a toddler fight club among a dozen boys and girls aged 4-6.

Toddler fight club
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Two women employees of a daycare facility were found to instigate and film “fight club” style fights between toddlers. They were reported to have posted such videos on Snapchat. Additionally, they would encourage children to physically hurt each other by shoving each other to the ground and striking each other. However, the parents did not know about this at all and were shocked to hear it. Of course, the first rule of toddler fight club is to not talk about toddler fight club:) (source)

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