The Internet at the Speed of Thought

The Most Mind-Bending Facts and Statistics on the Internet

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Stop messing with my mind!

For me, school was more about memorization rather than critical thinking. Names, dates, formulas, and the like were crammed into my head even though most of them were intangible to my self-centered teenage mind. Sure Columbus sailed the ocean blue over two hundred years ago, but what does that much time feel like? Millions were killed in the Holocaust, but it sadly becomes more about numbers than individuals. And space is so vast, we can’t comprehend most of it.

To put the universe into perspective, smart and educated Redditors explain history and science in ways we can grasp with our puny minds.

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Why didn’t teachers tell us this amazing stuff?

Forget Fossil Fuels

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Samsung is responsible for 25% of South Korea’s GDP(klxander)

Big and Little

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If you lined all living people up the line would loop the earth 56 times.

If they sat on each other’s shoulders they would pass the moon and be 1/5th of the way to mars.
Standing shoulder to shoulder in a square, the same number of people, earth’s population, could fit in inside the city of Butte Montana, twice (if completely empty). The same is true for Jacksonville Florida, Oklahoma city, and Houston Texas.

The earth’s population could fit in the following cities once(if completely empty): Charlotte, NYC, Kansas City, Memphis, and Suffolk Virginia.

3 Dimensionally All humans would fit inside a building that was 1 cubic kilometer, only twice the volume of an existing building (a Boeing factory).

And if you removed all the empty space in our atoms we would all fit inside an M&M. (puckbeaverton)