Often, reality is far weirder than fiction. When compared to reality, which has endless possibilities and can therefore result in infinitely surprising scenarios, fiction is constrained by our capacity for imagination. We have developed the ability to manage so many facets of our lives that we are in denial when we witness coincidences, accidents, or anything unexpected since they did not turn out to be what we had anticipated. Here are some examples of facts that may seem like bullsh*t yet are true.
Our planet is brimming with marvels. Some of these things are simply too wonderful for our brains to process and grasp. When this occurs, it appears improbable and surreal to the point where it may sound fake or, to use slang, bullshit. But after reading the well-explained theory behind these facts, the wisdom of scientists catches up with us, and we are able to comprehend the awesomeness of it all.
Indeed, human actions are also considered. After all, people are also amazing in and of themselves.
#1 The killer whale is a natural predator of the moose
The natural habitats of moose are the forests of the Northern Hemisphere with temperate and subarctic climates. At present, they are mostly found in Canada, Alaska, New England, Russia, Fennoscandia, and the Baltic states.
They are the largest species in the deer family, but unlike deer, they also feed on aquatic vegetation such as lilies and pondweed. They are unique in their ability to dive underwater and often reach lake bottoms to feed on plants. Moose have special fatty pads in their nose that help close the nostrils preventing water from entering.
Being a large animal, a fully grown moose has few enemies except Siberian tigers. Packs of grey wolves and brown bears are known to prey on vulnerable moose, especially females with calves. As moose often dive for food, they are also preyed on by killer whales when swimming between islands near North America’s northwest coast. There are also instances of moose being attacked by Greenland sharks. (source)
#2 Tumors can have hair, teeth, bone, and even complex organs such as eyes and brain matter. In rare cases, they can also contain structures resembling a fetus
Named after the Greek words for “monster” and “tumor”, teratomas are tumors that result from abnormal development of germ cells and embryonic stem cells. Both these types of cells are pluripotent, that is, they are a type of stem cell that can develop into several types of tissues including those of intestines, lungs, nervous system, bones, teeth, and the tissues of various organs.
Tumors of these cells often result in the development of abnormal structures having even skin and cysts which may have abundant hair. Rarely, they could also develop into a malformed fetus which may even have a few complete body parts.
Teratomas develop in people of all ages and typically form in the ovaries, testis, or tailbone. They usually are harmless, unless they grow quite large, divert blood flow from vital organs, or result in autoimmune illnesses. Over a quarter of ovarian tumors and almost half of testicular cancers are teratomas. (source)
#3 It takes a week to 10 days to make a jellybean
Source: Brandon Dilbeck
During the first phase, the syrup is made by boiling sugar and other ingredients to the right consistency. Flavor and color are then added to the syrup which is then piped to the starch casting area. The casts are made using cornstarch, and the heated syrup is squirted into the tiny molds. Each tray contains several hundred to over a thousand molds. When everything is cooled down, the candy centers are dumped out and the cornstarch is recycled.
The candy centers are then added to stainless steel, hollow sphere which rotates several hundred times per minute. To these rotating spheres, more sugar, flavor, and syrup is added, all of which forms the hard shell around the previously made candy centers. A glaze of confectioner’s sugar is also added to give them their glossy coat. This whole process takes between six to 10 days.(source)
#4 Wasps get aggressive towards the end of summer because they get drunk on fermenting fruit hanging from the trees
Source: JB aus Siegen
The worker wasps only have time to enjoy themselves before they die once they have completed taking care of their queen. Wasps have a very wide range of feeding preferences. Despite mostly consuming nectar, they also hunt for food.
They have been observed to consume human food, honeydew, human waste, living insects, and even honeybees and spiders. They also feed on ripe and fermenting fruits which gets them drunk. They become bolder and more likely to attack as a result.
#5 In 1919, a large tank storing 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst during a heat wave flooding the streets of Boston at 35 mph with molasses killing 21 and injuring 150
Source: Boston Public Library
he molasses tank belonged to Purity Distilling Company, and the molasses was to be transferred to another plant in Cambridge. The tank was 50 feet (15 meters) tall and 90 feet (27 meters) in diameter containing 2.3 million US gallons (8,700 cubic meters) of molasses. On January 15, 1919, the temperature had risen from 20 F to above 400 F (-170 C to 40 C), and around half-past midday, the tank collapsed shooting rivets like bullets.
The molasses wave was 25 feet (8 meters) high and flooded several blocks two to three feet deep. It was strong enough to damage nearby railway girders and momentarily tip a railroad car off its tracks. A truck was also hurled into Boston Harbor.
Buildings were swept off their foundations, and being a very sticky liquid, it was as nearly impossible for those caught in the wave to survive. Rescue efforts were hampered as reaching the victims was made difficult because of the syrup. Several of the dead were so thickly coated that they were hard to spot.
#6 Radioactive elements were added to toothpaste and chocolates in the 1920s
Source: Fact Source
We all remember Radium in our watches and on stickers, but when it was newly isolated in the 1920s, American businessmen put the radioactive element in consumable products, thinking it will sell more.
What is even more bizarre that they even labelled these products as radioactive, which today, would have made people run away as fast as possible.
They put Radium in everything – chocolates, woollen sweaters, toothpaste, lipsticks and even in cigarettes.
#7 There are people on the planet who haven’t had human contact forever
Source: Fact Source
The North Sentinal island in Andaman is home to the most isolated group of the people in the world. They hate any outside human contact, and also cannot really afford it since they do not have the immune systems to handle our diseases.
Yes, they are so isolated for millennia that their bodies haven’t evolved to fight even simple diseases like the common cold.
#8 Squirrels have been trained and acted as spies
Source: Fact Source
Sounds like paranoia, but the Iranian intelligence agencies captured a squad of 14 squirrels with alleged hi-tech gear on them and detained the whole group. They accused them of spying on the nuclear power plant where they were caught.
This is not the first time an animal has been accused of spying. A vulture was caught by Saudi authorities for spying and a cat was accosted by the Brazilian police when it tried to smuggle illegal goods into a prison.