Facts Stranger Than Fiction — 7 Remarkable Realities

Many amazing realities are facts stranger than fiction. For example, in this world rainbows can appear at night, coyotes can be friends with badgers, and veins of gold can suddenly appear in the cracks that form between slabs of rock during an earthquake. You might think these things sound false, but trust us, these are facts stranger than fiction.

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11

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7 Facts Stranger Than Fiction

Pluto the Dwarf Planet

Facts Stranger Than Fiction — 7 Remarkable Realities
Frozen nitrogen that covers part of Pluto’s surface is in the shape of a heart.

Do you know that the dwarf planet Pluto has never made a full orbit around the sun from the time it was discovered on February 18, 1930, to when it was declassified as a real planetary object? It takes 248.09 Earth years for the minor planet to complete one orbit around the sun.

Strawberries Not Really a Berry

Facts Stranger Than Fiction — 7 Remarkable Realities
Strawberries are an excellent source of manganese, which is a mineral that is part of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD).

Do you know that a strawberry is not a berry, but an aggregate accessory fruit? Berries have seeds inside them. However, a strawberry’s fleshy part does not develop from the plant’s ovaries (as in the case of a flower) but from the receptacle (thickened part of a stem from which flower organs grow) that holds the ovaries.

Blue Whale Nicknamed “Sulfur Bottom”

Blue Whale - Facts Stranger Than Fiction
Blue Whales feed almost exclusively on krill (a small shrimp-like planktonic crustacean of the open seas.).

Do you know that the Blue Whale is the largest and heaviest animal that ever existed on our planet? It can grow up to 30 meters (98 ft) in length and can weigh more than 170 tons (190 short tons). The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car and weighs up to 1300 pounds (600 kilograms). Its blood vessels are so large that a human could swim through them.

A Blue Whale’s tongue alone can weigh more than a female Asian elephant. Blue Whales are the loudest animals on the planet. They are marine mammals belonging to the baleen whale suborder Mysticeti. Coldwater diatoms adhere to their skin and sometimes give their bellies a yellowish tinge, giving the blue whale its nickname of “sulfur bottom.”

Armadillos — Meaning “Little Armored Ones” in Spanish

nine-banded armadillos facts stranger than fiction
Armadillos are known for their unique armor-like shell and their digging habits.

Do you know that nine-banded armadillos, New World placental mammals, always give birth to identical quadruplets? All the young ones develop from the same egg and share the same placenta.

Honey – Include Substances Needed to Sustain Life

Facts Stranger Than Fiction — 7 Remarkable Realities
The earliest written records of honey used as medicine are in Egyptian papyri and Sumerian clay tablets dated from 1900 to 1250 BC.

Do you know that Honey never spoils? A variety of factors such as acidity, lack of water, and the presence of hydrogen peroxide enable man’s oldest sweetener to last forever. However, the sticky treat has to be kept in a sealed condition, or it can spoil if left open, which causes air filling leading to fermentation.

Hurricanes – Nature’s Way of Transporting Heat From Equator to Poles

Hurricane Katrina - Facts Stranger Than Fiction
Hurricane Katrina – A large Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that hit the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Do you know that a single hurricane (average) releases about 1.5 trillion watts of power? It is around half of the world’s total electrical generating capacity.

People are 1% Taller in the Morning

Facts Stranger Than Fiction — 7 Remarkable Realities
On average, when we get up in the morning, we are about 1 cm taller than during the day.

Do you know that you are taller in the morning than at night? You would indeed be about 1 cm shorter when you go to bed at night as the cartilage in your spine slowly compresses during the day. It goes back to normal when you sleep and rest.

These incredible facts stranger than fiction would have surely blown your mind and spun you in a merry-go-round. But, above all, understand that these facts stranger than fiction show that nothing is under our control. God is above everything and He is control of all things we know and don’t know.

We hope these facts stranger than fiction help you to expand your knowledge and know more about the glorious planet that we live in.

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