27 Unbelievable Facts That Prove Life Is Pretty Strange

Step into a world where reality defies logic, the extraordinary becomes the norm, and jellyfish live forever. From the depths of our oceans to the far reaches of space, we’ve gathered some truly incredible facts that will leave you questioning everything. Or at least, it’ll help you make for some really interesting water cooler conversation.

1. There’s a species of frog that freezes in winter and thaws in spring

These animals can freeze solid in winter. Here's how they survive.

Wood frogs (Rana sylvatica) are cold-blooded amphibians that can survive the winters of Alaska and Canada by freezing 70% of their body water in extracellular ice masses.

2. A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus

Image of the planet Venus with text below it that reads, "1 day on Venus: 243 Earth days, 1 year on Venus: 224.7 Earth days." The planet appears in shades of brown and gold, illustrating its dense, cloudy atmosphere.

This is because Venus takes longer to rotate on its axis (243 Earth days) than it does to orbit the sun (224.7 Earth Days)

3. Honey never spoils

A close-up image of a golden spoon drizzling honey into a golden-rimmed teacup filled with tea. The honey creates ripples on the surface of the tea as it flows from the spoon. The scene is warmly lit, highlighting the richness of the honey and tea.

In fact, archeologists have found pots of honey in Ancient Egyptian tombs that are over 3,000 years old and totally edible. However, if not stored properly, honey can undergo natural changes (darkening, becoming cloudy, crystallizing) over time. The USDA recommends storing honey for up to 12 months for the best quality.

4. Octopuses have three hearts

A cartoon octopus with a detailed diagram showing its three hearts. The diagram highlights two branchial hearts in purple and one systemic heart in blue. Arrows point to each type of heart. The background is light blue.

It’s believed that the three hearts are an evolutionary adaptation that helps them manage the limited oxygen supply in the ocean. One heart circulates blood around the body, while the other two push it past the gills to pick up oxygen.

5. Humans share more than 60% of their DNA with bananas

A futuristic scene featuring a robotic humanoid, a banana, and a glowing DNA strand. The background is filled with digital and scientific elements, suggesting themes of biotechnology and genetic engineering.

We’re also 60% identical to chickens and 96% identical to chimpanzees.

6. There is a fish that can walk on land

A close-up of a mudskipper, a fish capable of living both in water and on land. It is lying on a muddy surface near water, showcasing its elongated body, bulging eyes on top of its head, and speckled, brownish skin.

The mudskipper is a fish that can walk on land with its pectoral fins and breathe air.

7. The Eiffel Tower can be 5.9 inches taller during the summer

A surreal image shows a giant tape measure extending from a hand at the top of the Eiffel Tower, seemingly measuring its height. The sun shines brightly in a clear blue sky. Below, people walk through a manicured garden with trimmed hedges.

Due to thermal expansion, the iron structure expands in the heat.

8. There’s a planet where it rains glass, sideways

A surreal, cosmic scene featuring a swirling, blue-and-white planet surrounded by clouds and shooting stars. Bright light emanates from the top left corner, highlighting the planet's intricate textures and adding a mystical glow to the celestial landscape.

The planet HD 189733b is a “blue marble” planet that’s 63 light years from Earth. It’s believed that the atmosphere’s blue color is from molten glass rain. This is because of a combination of high quantities of silicate particles in the air and daytime temperatures that exceed 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine that with wind speeds of up to 5,400 mph. What an incredibly hostile environment.

9. Humans and giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks

Illustration of side-by-side skeletal structures: on the left, a human skull with cervical vertebrae, and on the right, a complete giraffe skeleton. Both are displayed against a black background, highlighting anatomical differences.

Both humans and giraffes have seven neck vertebrae.

10. There are more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way

A captivating night sky filled with countless stars and the glow of the Milky Way galaxy stretches above a forest of tall pine trees and a distant mountain peak. A shooting star is visible, creating a serene, magical atmosphere.

The Earth has over 3 trillion trees, while the Milky Way contains an estimated 100-400 billion stars.

11. The hottest temperature ever recorded was in California

A red stop sign with the warning "Extreme Heat Danger: Walking after 10 AM not recommended" is posted on a wooden walkway in a barren, desert landscape under a clear blue sky. The surrounding area appears dry and sparse.

Death Valley holds the record for the highest recorded temperature on Earth, reaching 134 degrees Fahrenheit in 1913.

12. A blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car

A classic cream-colored Volkswagen Beetle is parked on a grassy area with trees and blooming flowers in the background. The car has a vintage look with chrome accents and a license plate reading "KA-VW 33H.

A blue whale’s heart can measure 5 feet tall, 4 feet wide, and 5 feet long. It’s approximately the same size as a Volkswagen Beetle.

13. You can hear a blue whale’s heartbeat from over 2 miles away

A humpback whale swims gracefully underwater, surrounded by deep blue ocean water. Its large pectoral fin is prominently extended, and its body shows distinctive white and gray markings. The surface of the water reflects light above.

The blue whale’s heart, which weighs around 400 pounds, pumps 60 gallons of blood with each beat, compared to 2.4 ounces in a human heart.

14. Butterflies taste with their feet

A close-up shot of a butterfly with striking black, white, and orange wings, perched delicately on a cluster of small pink and yellow flowers. The background is softly blurred, highlighting the detailed patterns on the butterfly’s wings.

Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet called tarsi. They use them to help find food and suitable places for them to lay their eggs.

15. A group of flamingos is called a “flamboyance”

A large flock of pink flamingos stands closely together in shallow water, their long legs clustered and reflections visible on the water's surface. The flamingos' heads are turned in various directions, creating a lively and dynamic scene.

Flamingos are social creatures who stand around in vibrant groups, which is perfectly named a “flamboyance.”

16. There’s a species of jellyfish that can live forever

A close-up photograph of a Turritopsis dohrnii, also known as the immortal jellyfish. The jellyfish has a transparent bell with numerous thin, delicate tentacles radiating outward. A red structure is visible inside its bell, all set against a dark background.

The immortal jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii) can revert back to its juvenile form after reaching adulthood. They have been floating in the oceans long before the dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago.

17. Sharks are older than trees

Three sharks swim in clear blue ocean water, captured mid-motion. Their grey, streamlined bodies and prominent dorsal fins are visible as they navigate through the deep sea environment.

Sharks have existed for over 400 million years, while the earliest trees appeared around 350 million years ago.

18. The shortest war in history last only 38 minutes

The Anglo-Zanzibar War: The Shortest War in Recorded History

The Anglo-Zanzibar war in 1896 lasted less than an hour. It was a conflict between the U.K. and the Sultanate of Zanzibar.

19. The smallest bone in the human body is in the ear

Illustration of the human ear anatomy, showing the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. Key parts labeled include the pinna, ear canal, eardrum, temporal bone, malleus, incus, stapes, semicircular canals, vestibular nerve, auditory nerve, cochlea, and Eustachian tube.

The stapes is located in the middle ear and is about .1 inches long. It works with two other bones in the ear (the incus and the malleus) to send sound vibrations to the inner ear and brain.

20. Cows have best friends and get stressed when they’re apart

Cows have best friends too! The science of cow friendship.

Research has shown that cows form close bonds and experience stress when separated from their friends.

21. Bananas are berries, but strawberries aren’t

A partially peeled banana stands upright with its peel curling back, next to a fresh, red strawberry with green leaves at the top, all set against a clean, white background.

Despite their names, bananas are classified as berries, while strawberries are classified as “false fruit,” a pseudocarp. A strawberry is actually a “multiple fruit” that consists of many tiny fruits embedded in a fleshy body.

22. A day on Mars is only slightly longer than a day on Earth

Two planets are shown side by side with labels. On the left is Mars with the label "Mars Day: 24 hours, 39 minutes," and on the right is Earth with the label "Earth Day: 24 hours." Mars appears red with visible surface details, and Earth appears blue and green with cloud cover.

A Martian day (aka a “sol”) is approximately 24 hours and 39 minutes long.

23. A narwhal’s tusk is actually a tooth

Narwhal, facts and photos

The long, spiral tusk of a narwhal is a tooth that can grow up to 10 feet long.

24. Human’s have a “second brain” in their gut

An x-ray style illustration of a human figure, similar to the attached image, highlighting the enteric nervous system. Show the network of neurons within the walls of the gastrointestinal tract, depicted in a glowing blue color. Include the stomach and intestines, with the neural pathways clearly visible. The rest of the body should be in a semi-transparent x-ray style, emphasizing the enteric nervous system with a vibrant glow. The image should have a modern, high-tech look with a dark background to make the glowing nerves stand out.

The enteric nervous system in the gut has around 600 million neurons and can function independently of the brain. It’s often referred to as a “second brain”

25. There are pink lakes in Australia

A vibrant pink lake under a blue sky with scattered clouds. The horizon has a strip of land with sparse vegetation separating the pink water from the sky. The vivid colors are striking, creating a surreal and colorful natural scene.

Australia is home to more than 10 pink lakes. It’s a natural phenomenon that occurs because of a specific type of algae (Dunaliella salina) and a specific type of bacteria (Salinibacter ruber).

26. A day on Earth used to be 18 hours long

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About 1.4 billion years ago, a day on Earth was only 18 hours long because our planet used to have a much faster rotation.

27. You can fit all the planets in the solar system between the Earth and the Moon

Image comparing the sizes of planets with the distance between Earth and the Moon. It shows that all the planets in the solar system can fit in this distance with room to spare. Planets are drawn to scale, with Jupiter and Saturn prominently displayed.

The average distance between Earth and the Moon is about 238,855 miles, which is more than enough to fit the diameters of all the planets in our solar system.

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