Top 10 MIND BLOWING Facts That Sound Like BS but are True

Top 10 MIND BLOWING Facts That Sound Like BS but are True

Mind-Blowing Fact That Sound Like BS, But
Are True 10. Lightning Strikes Give You Sweet-ass Tats
Getting hit by a bolt of lightning is not fun. Aside from knowing that you’ve angered almighty
Zeus, you suffer horrifying agony, terrible burns, and (possibly) a stopped heart. Oh, and you might just wind up getting a sweet-ass
tattoo. ‘Lightning Flowers’ (also known, less-romantically,
as ‘lightning trees’) are strange, fern-like, spiraling figures that can be flash-fried
into your skin if a lightning bolt explodes nearby. Essentially burns that are caused by static
electric traveling along the tiny blood vessels under the skin, they can last anywhere from
a few hours to months and months. A type of Lichtenberg Figure, they’re weird,
almost plant-like, and, to be honest, kinda cool. See, unlike most burns, lightning flowers
look intentional. The tiny little whorls, the way they radiate
out from one central point… it all looks like some ink artist has spent hours agonizing
over the design. Usually appearing on the arms, back, neck,
chest or shoulders of lightning-strike victims, they might make you look like a tat-loving
hippie, but they certainly don’t make you look like a burns victim. They’re also useful. If paramedics bring your unconscious body
in and the doctor sees your magic tat, he’s gonna know immediately that you need treating
for a lightning strike. 9. The Muppets Song Mahna Mahna Came From a Porno
Even if you think you haven’t, you’ve heard Mahna Mahna. The song has appeared in everything. It was made stupendously famous by the Muppets
in their 1976 TV premiere, having already featured on Sesame Street and the Ed Sullivan
show years earlier (complete with Jim Henson puppets). So, where did this globe-striding, era-defining
ditty come from? Err… a softcore Italian-Swedish porno. The year was 1968, and Italian films were
routinely flouting censors by filming softcore porn and dressing it up as ‘arthouse cinema’. In this instance, the titillating subject
was ‘Scandinavian sexuality’, which gave the Italians plenty of excuses to include
shots of hot Norwegian girls kissing, and even-hotter Danish girls posing as nude models. But the piece de resistance was a scene set
in a Swedish sauna, in which a bevy of buxom blonds stripped off, giggling, for the camera. Composer Piero Umiliani was tasked with coming
up with a catchy ditty for this mildly-erotic sauna centerpiece. He came up with Mahna Mahna. The producers evidently knew he was onto something. The same year the porno came out, they released
Mahna Mahna as a single. It got to 55 on the US Chart, caught the attention
of Jim Henson, and the rest is (unlikely) history. 8. F1 Drivers Have Their Weight Monitored More
than Catwalk Models Quick, what’s the most-restrictive profession
where eating is concerned? Most of you probably said ‘catwalk models’,
and it’s true that agencies routinely get their girls to starve themselves. Some of you also said ‘jockeys’, who often
take diuretics to keep their weight down. Both professions are crazy-bad for weight
watching. But there’s a less-likely profession that
may be even worse: Formula One. F1 racing is a scarily-precise science. Winners and losers are declared on fractions
of a second, and cars are so streamlined that they carry absolutely no unnecessary weight. An extra 5kg can wipe out 0.2 seconds on every
lap; a horrendous setback in F1 terms. As a result, drivers are pressured to lose
weight in order to compete. Over the last few years, this has gotten insane. Drivers now have to be between 60-65kg if
they want to compete in the big leagues. In 2013, Jenson Button admitted that he has
to starve himself, compete in triathalons, and avoid carbs like the plague to stay F1-ready. Others develop bulimia or anorexia. Some drivers have said they’re monitored
and restricted even worse than catwalk models in what they can eat, despite eating disorders
in F1 getting almost no airtime whatsoever. 7. Selling Sand to Arabs is a Lucrative Global
Business “He could sell sand to the Arabs!” is
one of those classic, slightly-racist expressions beloved by old, slightly-racist uncles the
world over. Just like “he could sell snow to the Eskimos,”
it uses a seemingly-unlikely situation to big up the persuasive powers of its subject. Although, in this particular case, its subject
isn’t all that impressive. Selling sand to Arabic countries is a lucrative
global business. Australia, for example, shifts tons of the
stuff to Dubai every year for construction projects. Germany recently signed a deal with Saudi
Arabia to supply the Wahhabist Kingdom with sand. Altogether, the global market for sand is
thought to be worth over $89bn. There’s so much money in the stuff that
mafia groups have moved in and started stripping tropical beaches under cover of night. And the Middle East is one of the biggest
market drivers. The trouble is that wind-blasted desert sand,
such as that found in the Gulf, is too fine to be used in construction. So Gulf countries are forced to import the
stuff; a lucrative market when those same countries are trying to outdo one another
with insane construction projects. 6. Female Hurricanes Kill More People than Male
Ones If we asked you to name a deadly hurricane,
we’re betting most of you would have a female name pop into your head (likely Katrina or
Audrey). There’s a good reason for that. ‘Female’ hurricanes are more-likely to
kill people than ‘male’ hurricanes. Since about 1979, hurricane names have alternated
between female and male. However, even when hurricanes were exclusively
female (1953-1979), how masculine or feminine their names were varied. In 2014, researchers at the University of
Illinois crunched the data of all hurricanes to make landfall in the USA, separating them
out into names that sounded masculine or feminine. They then divided them into hurricanes that
hit populated areas, and those that didn’t. For non-destructive hurricanes that missed
population centers, names made no difference. But for those that hit areas full of people,
the results were staggering. The most ‘male-sounding’ hurricanes killed
on average 11 people. The most ‘female-sounding’ hurricanes
killed an average of 59. The researchers theorized that this is because
we’re all hilariously sexist. We tend to think women are unthreatening and
less-powerful than men, so when we hear a female hurricane is coming, we kick back and
refuse to evacuate. When a male one with a testosterone-fueled
turns up, by contrast, we run for the hills. 5. Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees Can Literally
Save Your Life Oh, come on. This is getting ridiculous now. How could a 1970s disco song that just happens
to be called Stayin’ Alive possibly help you, well, stay alive? We’re glad you asked. It turns out that this particular Bee Gees
song averages 103 beats per minute. That’s pretty much exactly the rhythm you
need to be hitting if you’re giving someone emergency CPR. This isn’t us pointing out a wacky coincidence. Emergency medical courses (like, say, for
lifeguards or whatever) frequently train their students using Stayin’ Alive. The American Heart Association (AHA) has official
advice which says, in event of a heart attack (we kid you not) “call 9-1-1 and push hard
and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” The song was chosen because it hit the right
beats, and also because it’s famous enough to be known to the general public. In countries where the Bee Gees are less-popular,
songs such as the Beatles’ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da are used instead. 4. A Woman Survived Jumping Off the 86th Floor
of the Empire State Building Stepping off the top of the Empire State building
is pretty final. You plunge 86 stories onto hard, unforgiving
concrete. That’s not something anybody survives…
unless their names is Elvita Adams. In 1979, the Bronx resident decided to end
it all. She took a ticket to the observation deck
at the top of the Empire State building, climbed the security fence, and jumped. When she arrived at hospital, she was still
alive. If you’re wondering how the heck this is
possible, we’ll end your suspense. Adams did jump off the Empire State, and she
did go crashing down onto concrete. But the concrete in question wasn’t the
sidewalk far below. After despairingly leaping out into the unknown,
Adams was buffeted by a freak gust of wind. It just happened to be strong enough to blow
her onto the ledge of the 85th floor, fracturing her hip. Before Adams could try jumping again, security
guards had grabbed her and dragged her back inside. Although no-one else has ever survived leaping
off the Empire State, freaks of nature occasionally do save those plummeting from great heights. In 2007, a window cleaner plunged 47 stories
and managed to survive thanks to pure luck. 3. Soccer Has Ended Multiple Wars (and caused
one) Passions run high at soccer matches. Heck, Europeans consistently beat each other
into comas while watching the sport. But could they run high enough to change the
entire fate of a beleaguered nation? The answer is undoubtedly ‘yes’. In the past century, soccer has been the driving
factor in ending three separate civil wars. Two of those civil wars took place in the
Ivory Coast. The first Ivorian Civil War lasted from 2002-2007,
and killed nearly 2,000 people. The reason it stopped? The local soccer team qualified for the World
Cup. On the back of their qualifier win, the Ivory
Coast soccer team dropped to their knees on live television, and begged the nation to
put aside their differences. They then arranged for a qualifier for the
African Cup to be held in a rebel-controlled city. This led to dialogue between the two sides,
leading to a peace agreement. When the second civil war erupted in 2011,
killing 3,000, soccer player Didier Drogba was instrumental in helping reach peace. The third incident took place in Nigeria. In 1969, during the worst of the apocalyptic
Biafran War, Pele brought his Brazilian club to the country to play the Nigerian national
team. Both sides agreed a 3-day ceasefire to watch
the match. On the other hand, soccer has also directly
caused at least one war. In 1969, El Salvador and Honduras faced each
other in 3 grudge matches. Blood was so bad that the final 3-2 to El
Salvador culminated in Salvadoran troops invading Honduras. 2.The Digit 1 Starts Most Significant Numbers
Random numbers are the bane of the trivia aficionado. Go to a quiz, and you might be asked to guess
the liters of wine Moldova produces, or the weight of each planet in the solar system,
or he population figures for random counties in Louisiana, or whatever. By nature, these questions are designed to
be impossible to answer. But if you want a head start, you should make
sure your guesstimate begins with the digit 1. There’s about a 30% chance that any random,
significant number will start with a 1. Logic tells us that this is plainly nuts. The chances of 1 or 2 or 3 or so-on starting
any randomly-selected longer number should equal around 11%. In practice, this doesn’t happen. After 1, the chances of a 2 starting the number
are 18%, and so-on until 9, which has an infinitesimal chance of showing up. This means that you can go combing through
any random set of significant data – baseball batting averages, the length of the world’s
longest rivers, the number of McDonald’s in a certain area – and your figures will
be significantly more-likely to start with a 1. No-one knows why this should be, but it happens. It’s even got a name: Benford’s Law, and
it has real-world purposes. People faking tax returns tend to insert too
many figures from the mid-range (4,5,6), instead of figures starting with 1, giving their game
away. 1. Cleopatra Existed Closer in Time to the First
Pizza Hut than the Pyramids We all know the Pyramids are old. They were built around 2,500BC, over 1,000
years before Moses is thought to have lived. But few of us realize just quite how old they
are. When Cleopatra was queen of Egypt, she was
closer in time to the building of the first Pizza Hut than she was the first Pyramid. Cleopatra reigned between 69-31 BC. The first Pizza Hut was built in 1958. That means the gap between Celo and a great,
big pile of disappointing pizza was 2,000 years. By contrast, the gap between the queen and
her ancestors building the first pyramid was 2,450 years. Look at other comparatives, and this factoid
just gets crazier. Julius Caesar famously got involved with Cleopatra,
and probably spent some time admiring the Pyramids. At that point, the pyramids were to Caesar
older than the oldest Roman ruins are to us now. Makes you think, huh?

100 thoughts on “Top 10 MIND BLOWING Facts That Sound Like BS but are True

  1. This is the 1st video in our series on Facts That Sound Like BS, But are True. If you want to watch them all, here is the playlist: – Please comment and upvote if you want to see more of these.

  2. Hurricanes are named after women because when they come they are wet and wild. But when they leave they take your house and car.

  3. Just watched the Swedish film with Mah Na Mah Na. It's not a porno. There's a few boobies floating around, and they may be there for the sake of fan service, but the film is definitely not a porno.

  4. "Great big pile of disappointing pizza!!!" LOL!!! You got that right!!! Small, local, family owned pizza places are the best ever!!!!

  5. There is nothing even remotely 'racist' about saying someone could sell sand to Arabs. Arab is a proper term for the people of Arabia, one that no Arab would be offended by, and observing that they have lots of sand in their part of the world is a perfectly fair and unoffensive observation. Would it be racist to say that someone could sell camels to an Australian? Is it now off limits to notice when people of a certain region have an abundance of a resource? Should we stop buying lumber from Canada because it's 'racist' to notice that Canadians have a lot of trees?

  6. Regarding hurricanes, guess we need to give them all masculine names from now on. It will apparently save lives.

  7. Fact…. an untold number of fools are going to make the same comment about Cleo on here like they're first to write it when it's on here a dozens of times. Wankers.

  8. If your batting average starts with a 1 than you're a garbage hitter… (0.189 0.174) Or…. you're batting a thousand… (1.000)

  9. I don't see the Nascar thing as an eating disorder. Sounds like they are purposely on the diet and I imagine if/when they aren't racing anymore most if not all will go to regular diets.
    A disorder strikes me as a lack of real reality or something not fully under your control.
    I don't see that being why the drivers do it.

  10. Whoa, whoa, whoa…you tell us the tale of the lady who jumped off the Empire State, tease us with an even better tale of a window washer falling 47 stories and surviving because of luck, and then not follow through with said tale? That’s messed up!

  11. The theme song from The People's Court was also used in porn before the tv show. Seems like, because there wasn't an internet for easy searchability, lots of porno music ended up in other works when the person using them figured no one would ever find out.

  12. Oh please. I'm from New York and i know pizza. The worst Pizza Hut pizza is still better than the best British pizza.

  13. I'll give you a MIND BLOWING fact that sounds like BS but is true and also related to this video.
    Swedish Sauna is a well used expression in English but fact is we don't have any saunas, there are some in a few bath houses but almost no one has one at home. Probably much less saunas per capita than US or England, look it up.
    Bonus facts. The Swedish Chef in the Muppet show, his "language" sounds much more like Norwegian than Swedish.

  14. Gender bias is to blame for the hurricane thing?! Really? Get a life people…and that’s coming from a guy who watches YouTube in his free time…

  15. how is 'selling sand to arabs' or 'selling snow to eskimos' racist? what a stupid thing to suggest.

  16. Yeah, those sweet Tattoos are likely burned nurves just under the skin. They will cause a lifetime of pain. It will take years to grow back if at all.

    Best just to stay inside during T-storms.

  17. Two things – a. soccer did not start a war: the Honduran – El Salvadoran conflict was a parallel event to the World Cup qualifying game, which was then mythologized as the impetus to the brief war. b. it's actually not too difficult to understand why the number 1 is the most common first digit in a random number, it has to do with scaling: regardless of the number of digits in a number as you increase the number value of the quantity to be measured the progression is such that when you arrive at a number that starts with a 1 (say 1000), you will need to DOUBLE the number of the measured quantity units order to reach the new leading digit (2000), an increase of 100 %, whereas to increase the value from 2000 to 3000 only requires an increase of 50 %, from 3000 to 4000, an increase of 33 %, etc. Taking all those increase percentages and re-normalizing provides the probability values shown in the video.

  18. And if you think naming a destructive storm after a woman is sexist, you obviously have never seen the gals grabbing for items at a clearance sale.

  19. #2 (Benford's Law) sounds related to the Zipf (phenomenon?). With Benford's Law being to numbers and statistics with an equivalent for letters and words being Zipf. ;]
    Pretty sure I learnt about the Zipf thing on Vsauce years ago. Someone should do a video on OCTOMATICS…

  20. I really think you need to research “female hurricanes kill more” look at Australia buddy category 5 cyclones are common for us and yasi and Larry are both male names remember that next time a category 4 Katrina comes along 😉

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  22. There is a plant in south Wales, dredgers take sand from the sand bank and it is sold to Arab countries, particularly for their golf courses.

  23. " Mah Na Mah Na": Not exactly from an "Italian/Swedish porno"; a film company from one country did a documentary about the other nation's porno industry. I forget which way around, but at any rate, the Muppet song was from the documentary itself.

  24. In Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology use to name Cyclones with girls names because they started off as a small blowjob and finished by pissing off with half of the house.

  25. Haha, see what you did there with this "female hurricanes kill more people" one – very cunning 🙂 You see, excluding the extremely unlikely case of hurricanes bearing male and female names having killed the same number of people, one of the two groups will inevitably kill more – that's how maths works 😉 It happens to be the ones with female names – if it was the other way around, the "mind blowing" fact would be that "male hurricanes" kill more people 😉

  26. "The digit 1 starts most significant number"
    Since there is no attempt to define what a "significant number" is, there is no way to either prove or disprove this claim. This is basically a cool sounding claim which has no truth value… What is statistically true and unquestionable is that contrary to the logical assumption that all 10 digits would roughly equally frequently occur in the numerical world, the digit 1 does, indeed occur much more frequently than it should, statistically. But not only as the starting digit, and certainly not within the undefined (and really non-existent) realm of "significant numbers".
    (Sorry for pointing out these, but I'm of the opinion that videos dealing with facts should be called out for incorrectly stated "facts".)

  27. Only in the progressive twisted mind selling sand to an air of snow to an Eskimo or water to a michigander which I am one how the f*** you call that racist I love your show but back off that f**** b*****

  28. The staying alive thing is… half true. There's a certain range of effective frequency for chest compressions, and Staying Alive's bpm is at the very lower end of that range. Ideally, you need to go a tad faster at 110 bpm, as the effective range is 100-120. I was taught this on a first aid course from St. John's ambulance in the UK. They were warning us of this factoid.

  29. Yep, you disclose in another video that old Cleo was Greek and not Egyptian! OH well, that's what we get when we kill to much time watching Youtube. I am putting in my will that my ipad with youtube loaded on it be placed in my coffin, just in case….

  30. When I was a young boy, I lived through hurricane Andrew (F5) in Homestead Fla (US) and it was scary as -uck. After it had passed, I found reeds of seagrass completely through & embedded into telephone poles. We had a really big mall made from cement and red brick and a huge blacktop parking lot, it was all gone. It was just erased from the face of the earth. There was just a dirt field with some random weeds sticking out of the ground. My neighbors' house was completely gone but the front stairs were still there with the welcome matt and the daily newspaper untouched. My friends older brother (who was going to start college) just got a brand new mustang, it still had the blue dye on the white writing on the sidewalls of the tires, two days old and they never found his car, the hurricane must have thrown it somewhere. It looked like we lived in the rubble of a war zone. It was scary, I remember seeing grown-ups fight each other for water. Male or female you don't want to experience a hurricane.

  31. Random countries in Louisiana ? I think you meant counties, however Louisiana is the only state to divide its state with Parrishes instead of counties

  32. Female named hurricanes have killed more people than male named hurricanes only because they've had a 2 decade head start when it came to naming.

    The deadliest hurricane on record had a male name. Mitch. Not much further down the list was David.

  33. Part of me wants to see someone do CPR to the intro’s guitar pattern instead of the main tempo.. That’d probably just kill the person.

  34. Another amazing fact. . . At the time that the pyramids were being built, there were still MAMMOTHS walking the Earth, on Wrangel Island, in the Arctic Ocean.!

  35. Wouldn't you be more likely to find significant numbers starting with a 1 because 1 comes first. It obviously dies off from 1 – 2 – 3 ect.

  36. It's sick most of the world. See racing to win is one thing but these other people that take it all over are too fuckign crazy. Have to be nubmer one when it was just a fun chill game, and challenged engineering. instead people with no business camei nand made laws and then do weight ratios, so rather than beign a fun thing, its jsuta drinking game with cars and bilemic men without heart or logic centers. sadness really… if you keep things open and we can all join inand utlize ar minds we can davnce but these pepel will stagnate the world.. and if I say something likethat they pervert it and then give all opportunity to people that are disabled and then contro lteh conomy and say, join our ways or die, so they kill healthy males and femaels off… that is how the mad house grows epotentially. really disturbing…

  37. With a little chemistry they wouldn't need to import sand… in fact one could do lots of interesting experiements with the already sand there… From bricks to cement to Fire crumble. etc etc etc.. list goes on.. or make it into a paste. … sand…. nonsense.

  38. Another way to get lightning tattoo is gain a lot of weight quickly and you can be a heavy nascar driver, as long as you can get in the window.

  39. Simon, there is a lot of evidence, from Egyptologists, but also geologists and other fields that all agree the pyramids are quite a bit older than the 2500 BC time that has been the established 'dates' for the pyramids. Pls look into it, it might be a nice 'today I found out'
    I love your show!

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