15 Real, Proven Facts That Are So Unbelievable, They Kinda Sound Like Bullsh*t
Recently, Redditor u/kinein_myrrhineasked, "What is a real, proven fact that sounds like impossible fantasy bullshit?" As an enjoyer of any kind of fun fact, I took it upon myself to sift through some of the best facts in this thread, fact-check them, and share them with you all! So, without further ado, here are 15 facts so unbelievable, they seem false, but are 100% true:
1."Babies have more bones than adults. A lot more."
2."There's a jellyfish that doesn't have an anus! Whenever too much waste product builds up in its body, it simply makes a hole somewhere on its body, discharges the waste, and then the hole closes back up again."
3."The US military has lost several nuclear weapons and not all of them have been recovered."
4."It took a long time for the Giant Tortoise to be scientifically recognized because to be catalogued, a sample had to reach London. Turtles turn out to be really, really good to eat."
6."The first English scientists to receive a preserved platypus were so absolutely 100% convinced it was a hoax that he nearly took the specimen apart trying to find evidence that it had been assembled from multiple different animals."
7."The Children's Crusade was a Holy Crusade made up nearly entirely of children. Their goal was to siege and take the Holy Lands for the Catholics, fixing their fathers' and brothers' perceived failures and taking the city. Most of them died before getting anywhere out of Europe."
8."If there are 23 people in a room, the probability that two people have the same birthday is over 50%."
Historic Attempt A private, Space-X launched Moon lander has entered lunar orbit, setting it up for a safe and historic landing. Intuitive Machines, the company that built the lander, said in an update on its website that the Odysseus probe "continues to be in excellent health" after passing the one million-kilometer (or roughly 621,000 mile) […]
A European satellite was expected to fall to Earth on Wednesday, February 21, after nearly 30 years in space, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).The ERS-2 satellite was launched in 1995, following on from its sister satellite, ERS-1, which had been launched four years earlier. At the time of their launch the ERS satellites were viewed as the most sophisticated observation satellites ever developed, ESA said.ESA retired the ERS-2 in 2011 and began the process of deorbiting, and after 13 years the satellite is set to naturally re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.“As the spacecraft’s reentry is natural, without the possibility to perform manoeuvers, it is impossible to know exactly where and when it will reenter the atmosphere and begin to burn up,” ESA wrote on its website.Using data acquired on Wednesday morning, ESA’s Space Debris Office predicted that the reentry of ESA’s ERS-2 satellite will take place at approximately 15:49 pm UTC (10:49 am ET) on February 21. Credit: ESA/HEO via Storyful
BERKELEY, Feb 21 (Reuters ) - - Artificial intelligence experts and industry executives, including one of the technology's trailblazers Yoshua Bengio, have signed an open letter calling for more regulation around the creation of deepfakes, citing potential risks to society. Deepfakes are realistic yet fabricated images, audios and videos created by AI algorithms, and recent advances in the technology have made them more and more indistinguishable from human-created content. The letter, titled "Disrupting the Deepfake Supply Chain," makes recommendations on how to regulate deepfakes, including full criminalization of deepfake child pornography, criminal penalties for any individual knowingly creating or facilitating the spread of harmful deepfakes and requiring AI companies to prevent their products from creating harmful deepfakes.
Varaha has attracted investor interest as an end-to-end developer for carbon credits that it generates by working with thousands of smallholder farmers yielding crops on a total land of over 700,000 acres across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Kenya. Generally speaking, carbon offsets are granted when an organization or company engages in a practice that reduces CO2 emissions, such as replacing fossil-fuel-based energy sources with renewable energy sources, or (rarely) removes CO2 from the atmosphere through technology like carbon capture. Polluters then purchase these offsets to counter the CO2 they're emitting, which lets them claim to be reducing their emissions or heading toward "net zero" carbon emissions.
Marine researchers say they discovered more than 100 new species and several previously unidentified seamounts during an expedition in the southeast Pacific, off the coast of Chile, over January and February.A Schmidt Ocean Institute expedition led by Dr Javier Sellanes of Chile’s Universidad Catolica del Norte identified species including deep-sea corals, glass sponges, sea urchins, amphipods, squat lobsters, and others during an exploration of seamounts along the Nazca and Salas y Gomez Ridge, located both inside and outside of Chile’s jurisdiction, the Schmidt Ocean Institute said.Using an underwater robot capable of reaching depths of 4,500 meters, or just under three miles, researchers mapped 52,777 square kilometers of seafloor and discovered four previously unknown seamounts, or underwater mountains, according to the institute.“The scientists found that each seamount hosted distinct ecosystems, many of which are vulnerable, including thriving deep-sea coral reefs and sponge gardens,” they said.“We far exceeded our hopes on this expedition. You always expect to find new species in these remote and poorly explored areas, but the amount we found, especially for some groups like sponges, is mind-blowing,” said Sellanes. “These thriving and healthy ecosystems indicate that the Nazca-Desventuradas and Juan Fernandez Marine Parks effectively protect delicate marine habitats.”The Schmidt Ocean Institute said a second expedition would launch on February 24, and its underwater dives would be streamed live on the institute’s YouTube channel. Credit: Schmidt Ocean Institute via Storyful