Facts That Sound More Fake Than ‘Don’t Worry, You’ll Find Someone’

Don’t you just love having one or two really good facts to keep in the back of your mind to bust out when a conversation gets awkward or when you’re trying to break the ice? They’re a good thing to have, especially if you’re kind of an awkward person or want people to think you’re smart.

The best kind of facts are the ones that seem fake but are totally true…you know, like the fact that you’ll totally find someone someday *insert eye roll emoji here*

This Is Actually Kind Of A Sad Fact

close-up of a flamingo
Photo Credit: Unsplash / Carlota Vidal
Photo Credit: Unsplash / Carlota Vidal

Apparently, there are more fake flamingos in the world than there are real flamingos, which is kind of a bummer. Either we need more flamingos or fewer plastic ones.

I Wonder If They Were All Friends

Tweet: You think that's bonkers, Albert Einstein was alive until the mid fifties, meaning he knows who Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, James Dean, Frank Sinatra and John Wayne were
Photo Credit: Twitter / @reybekillbrum
Photo Credit: Twitter / @reybekillbrum

Einstein was pretty famous, too, so I would wonder if he might have even known some of them and been friends. I mean, everyone loves Frank Sinatra’s music, right? There’s just something about that voice.

And Much More Wholesome, Too

Betty White making devil horns hand symbol
Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Alright, are you ready for this one? Betty White is actually older than sliced bread. Only by six years, but hey, that still makes her older. Maybe we should start saying things are “the greatest thing since Betty White.”

We All Thought This

Tweet: Picasso died in 1973. Thought he was painting in like the 1700s
Photo Credit: Twitter / @ImGoingBroadway
Photo Credit: Twitter / @ImGoingBroadway

It’s so strange to think that Picasso died much more recently than a lot of us would have thought. He tends to get taught up there with some artists that would have died long before that.

Does This Make Barbie More Or Less Cool?

a bunch of different Barbies standing around
Photo Credit: Ian Waldie/Getty Images
Photo Credit: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

So it turns out that Barbie’s actual name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. Does that make her a lot cooler or does it make her kind of a nerd, like, after she took her glasses off in a rom-com?

Poor Dinosaur

Tweet: The ceratosaurius never saw a flower because they're older than the first plant
Photo Credit: Twitter / @pamelaevv1996
Photo Credit: Twitter / @pamelaevv1996

Could you imagine never knowing what a flower is? I mean, I guess it wouldn’t be that bad because they wouldn’t know that they are missing anything, but still! It’s sad to think about.

I Bet He Loved It

Tweet: Salvador Dali could've seen Die Hard if he'd been so inclined
Photo Credit: Twitter / @retro_tube
Photo Credit: Twitter / @retro_tube

In my mind, I would like to think that Dali probably watched Die Hard and he loved it. It was the greatest film that he ever saw in his whole life.

I Don’t Need Proof, I Believe This

a shark swimming in water
Photo Credit: Unsplash / David Clode
Photo Credit: Unsplash / David Clode

Sharks are older than trees. Yeah, let that one sink in. The thing is, there is no part of me that doubts that because the ocean is big and old and scary.

Do You Think She Would Have Liked Pizza?

Tweet: Cleopatra lived closer in time to the opening of the first Pizza Hut than she did the construction of the pyramids
Photo Credit: Twitter / @txbornviking
Photo Credit: Twitter / @txbornviking

I honestly did not pay enough attention in history class, because I literally thought that these two things were happening at the same time, not so far apart from one another.

It’s Too Bad Only One Is Still Here

Tweet: Martin Luther King Jr and Anne Frank were born the same year, 1929, and Betty White was already around seven years old
Photo Credit: Twitter / @CrabClaw9
Photo Credit: Twitter / @CrabClaw9

Do you ever wonder what the world would have been like if people like Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. had lived? I know that’s probably a thing that people think about often, but it’s important to consider.

Pocahontas And Shakespeare Were Contemporaries

Portraits of Shakespeare and Pocahontas
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

When you think about it, it does kind of line up that Pochahontas and Shakespeare would have been alive at the same time. It’s too bad this isn’t something we just know, though, because we should have learned more about it in school.

This One Is Like, Earth-Shattering

Tweet: My whole concept of history has been shattered ever since I saw someone say
Photo Credit: Twitter / @HojbjergFanPage
Photo Credit: Twitter / @HojbjergFanPage

Doesn’t it make you feel a little bit sad that when we learn about civil rights movements and equal rights, we’ve been taught in a way that makes it seem like it happened so long ago? It really wasn’t that long ago, and it’s still happening today.

This One Took Me A Long Time To Think About

Tweet: You can spell the word upside down upside down by using other letters of the alphabet umop apisdn
Photo Credit: Twitter / @nicholasmegalis
Photo Credit: Twitter / @nicholasmegalis

Alright, I won’t lie, this one took me a long time to wrap my head around because I thought that that doesn’t actually make any sense, you can’t spell a word out of different letters, but my scrap paper and pen says it checks out.

Again With The Pyramids

Tweet: There were still living mammoths in the world when the first pyramids were built
Photo Credit: Twitter / @PedrAndrews
Photo Credit: Twitter / @PedrAndrews

Do none of us really know for certain when the pyramids were built in relation to the other things we know about history? Because I’m starting to think that we really have no clue.

I Bet It’s A Sweet Instagram

Tweet: Ruby Bridge is still alive and has an Instagram account
Photo Credit: Twitter / @followloulou
Photo Credit: Twitter / @followloulou

Here is another example of what we were talking about before about how this seems like it would have been so long ago, but Ruby Bridges isn’t that much older than a lot of our parents.

He Would Have Loved Dinosaurs

Tweet: George Washington never knew dinosaurs existed. He died in 1799 - a full 25 years before they found the first fossils
Photo Credit: Twitter / @ahorowitz
Photo Credit: Twitter / @ahorowitz

I’ll be real with you, I thought that the dinosaurs were discovered even later than that. But I am really sad for George Washington and his lack of knowledge about the dinos.

You Know It’s His Ringtone

Tweet: The tenth president of the United States had a grandson that could've heard WAP
Photo Credit: Twitter / @DeadLecturer
Photo Credit: Twitter / @DeadLecturer

Do you ever wonder if someone like him would listen to a song like that and be proud of how far the country has come in expression and acceptance, or would he just not understand?

This Is An Unsettling Fact

a hippo yawning
Photo Credit: Diego Delso / Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Diego Delso / Wikimedia Commons

So it turns out that hippo milk is pink. Well, sort of. What happens is the secretes “Hipposudoric acid” which is reddish in color and it often mixes with the milk creating that pink hue.

Jonathan Has Seen Some Things

Tweet: The oldest living animal today is a tortoise named Jonathan which was hatched in 1832
Photo Credit: Twitter / @jaymanlive100
Photo Credit: Twitter / @jaymanlive100

It’s too bad that Jonathan is a tortoise because he probably has seen and knows some pretty cool things about the world, and it would be cool to know his views on the world.