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46 Weird Facts Most People Don’t Know

Prepare to have your mind blown.

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Flamingos bend their legs at the ankle, not the knee

They essentially stand on tip-toe. Their knees are closer to the body and are covered by feathers. This is just the first of many weird facts to blow our minds!

Roller coasters were invented to distract Americans from sin

In the 1880s, hosiery businessman LaMarcus Thompson hated that Americans were tempted by hedonistic places like saloons and brothels. So he set out to straighten up one of the most immoral places he could think of: Coney Island in New York. There, he built America's first roller coaster to give New Yorkers some good, clean fun—away from seedier pastimes.

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Ice pops were invented by an 11-year-old by accident

In 1905, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson left soda powder and water outside overnight with its wooden stirrer still in the cup. The mixture had frozen in the chilly nighttime weather, and so the Epsicle was born. He sold the treat around his neighborhood and a nearby amusement park and even patented the recipe. Years later, he changed the name to Popsicle because that’s what his kids called their pop’s concoction. And if you liked these weird facts, you won't want to miss these 18 history lessons your teacher lied to you about.

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Sloths can hold their breath longer than dolphins can

By slowing their heart rates, sloths can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes. Dolphins need to come up for air after about ten minutes.

JEANETTE RANKIN Jeanette Rankin shown during a June 1970 visit to Washington. Rankin was the first woman to win a seat in Congress. The Montana Republican arrived at the House of Representatives in 1917, three years before American women won the right tovoteAP/Shutterstock

A woman was elected to Congress before women’s suffrage

American women were given the right to vote in 1920, but Jeanette Rankin became the first woman in the U.S. federal office in 1916. Here are 15 more fascinating facts you never learned about America.

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Froot Loops loops are all the same flavor

No point in eating around the purple ones—all Froot Loops taste like, um, froot. Other than the Wild Berry Froot Loops, of course.

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Supermarket apples can be a year old

These weird facts might have you changing the way you eat. Those fresh apples aren’t all that fresh, per say. They’re usually picked between August and November, covered in wax, hot-air dried, and sent into cold storage. After six to twelve months, they finally land on your grocery store shelves. Here are 21 common food myths that are wildly untrue.

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It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose

You just tested it, didn’t you? Normally, when you hum, the air is able to escape through your nose to create the sound, and of course, it can't do that when you're holding it shut. This is one of the weird facts you can test out for yourself. Go ahead, try it.

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Octopuses have three hearts

Squids do too. One pumps blood to their whole systems, and two are dedicated just to the gills. Learn the truth behind 12 science trivia questions people always get wrong.

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Most wasabi paste isn’t real wasabi

Wasabi is expensive, so most companies use horseradish instead. Real wasabi is actually milder than what you’ve been getting with your sushi.

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