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15 Facts That Totally Sound Fake But Are True

By Shaiqa Bushra, 27 June 2018

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Imagine getting 90% in a test for which you never prepared. How bogus that may sound? Similarly our science, history and geography has many such facts that you may never find palpable but are actually true.

Did you know that Cashews are poisonous in their original form? Or that they grow outside the fruit known as Cashew Apple? In this article, we present you 15 of such innumerable facts that can blow your mind.

1If you indulge in a group of 23 people, there is a 50% chance that someone has the same birthday as yours

Also known as the ‘Birthday Problem’, this fact is based on the principles of permutation and combination. If we assume that there is an equal chance of birth every day of the year, keeping aside 29th February, there is a 50% chance that you share a common birthday with someone else.

If the group increases to 70 people, there is almost cent percent (99.9% precisely) chance of the same fact. In that case you can always keep a gift with you(LOL)!

If you indulge in a group of 23 people, there is a 50% chance that someone has the same birthday as yours

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2Samsung and the chunk of South Korea’s GDP

As per data available for the year 2017, Samsung’s revenue was 17% of South Korea’s GDP which stood at $1082 Billion. And the fact holds true for a number of years. Its affiliates also hold almost a fifth of countries total exports.

Samsung and the chunk of South Korea’s GDP

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3A crook sold Eiffel Tower, almost twice

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The first reaction after reading the heading, how can it be? But the fact is true. A crook, Count Victor Lustig, managed to convince some dealers to bid for the Eiffel Tower.

It is said that he read an article about the rusting of the tower and the high cost that is being spent on its maintenance. Many Paris people wanted the tower destroyed, so as to reduce these costs. Dressed as Government Director who was given this task to sell the tower, he started giving tours of the tower to interested dealers.

He managed to convince a dealer who paid $20,000 for the tower and $50,000 in bribe so that he gets the tower. Lustig ran away from Paris and came back years later and tried to repeat the act but he could not fool the police this time around.

A crook sold Eiffel Tower, almost twice

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4Heroin was once a medicine

Yes, you heard it right! During 1890s, Heroin was used by Bayer, the German Pharmaceutical Company as a remedy for cough and cold. They even marketed Heroin as an ingredient in children medicines and it was later banned in the year 1924 from being used in medicines.

Heroin was once a medicine

 

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