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Reddit Asks The Question: What Is Surprisingly NOT Bullshit?

By Petr Knava | reddit | June 15, 2017 |

By Petr Knava | reddit | June 15, 2017 |

Scrunch up that nose. Narrow those eyes. It’s time to get your sceptical face on, as Reddit asks the question: What is surprisingly NOT bullshit?


A window blew out in the cockpit of a British Airways flight at 17000 feet, sucking the captain out of the window.
His feet snagged on the controls, leaving his body flapping around half outside of the aeroplane.
A steward held onto his belt whilst the first officer landed the flight, all with this guy dangling out of the window.
Somehow everyone was fine.


Nausea can sometimes be fixed by moving your head through a set of positions to readjust the crystals in your inner ear.


This was the first comment in this thread which made me think ‘that sounds like bullshit’ to the extent that I read up on it a little.
Of course, you’re absolutely right - as is entirely appropriate for the thread!
For those who share my initial scepticism, but can’t be arsed to search:
Dizziness and nausea can be caused by loose crystals - otoconia - in the inner ear causing what’s known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV.
This can be alleviated by moving the crystals using the Epley Manoeuvre.
Thank you for showing me something new!


Placebos work even when you know it’s a placebo.
Colorful placebos are stronger than white placebos.
Expensive placebos are stronger than cheap placebos.
Large placebos are stronger than small placebos.
Painful placebos are stronger than painless placebos.
Placebos are stronger today than they were in the past. And getting stronger.
some people asked for sources… these are not scientific but it’ll get you started:
[1], [2], [3], [4], [5] , [6]


The word ewok is never said once in Return of the Jedi


The US Navy’s combat dolphins are serious military assets (to the tune of $14 million in funding a year, and has the Pentagon’s financial backing through the year 2020


Every U.S. state holds onto money that people are owed and haven’t claimed. Including from third-parties. You just have to go to their website and look yourself up. I got $500 from a computer company I bought a laptop from once, and a few other small payments too.
Start here and don’t forget to look at “Search by State.” You may not have anything coming to you… but you might!


If the race is long enough, the human will outrun the horse.


actually any animal! humans are the best long distance runners
edit: check this thread for more info


When Mt. Everest was first measured it was exactly 29,000 ft. Since the scientists assumed that most people would call bullshit on their measurements they actually wrongly added a couple feet.


That Orcas are considered a natural predator of Moose.
Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are the moose’s only known marine predator as they have been known to prey on moose swimming between islands out of North America’s Northwest Coast, however, there is at least one recorded instance of a moose preyed upon by a Greenland Shark.


One of the most venomous animals in the world is a snail.


Geographic Cone Snail, found in Australia and other Pacific regions. It’s toxin is so potent it can cause immediate paralysis in it’s prey (fish). There is no antivenin, and the course of treatment is life support until the body can flush the toxin. Which it does by shitting, pissing, and vomiting itself empty.


One day I came home from work and there was this little white box sitting on the counter. I asked my wife, “What is this thing?”
She said, “It’s a box that emits a high pitched sound that only cats can hear and it will keep Spike off the counters.”
Me: “How much did you pay for this magic box?”
Wife: “It was fifty bucks.”
Wife: “Let’s just see if it works and I’ll return it if it doesn’t.”
I ate my fucking words. This was 10 years ago, and my cat got up on the counter ONE time after we got the box and then never again. The box doesn’t even work anymore. I think it’s not even plugged in anyway. Still, the cat won’t go near it. Sorcery.


One of an octopus’ tentacles is actually a penis and can detach it and throw it at its mate, where she can inseminate herself.
“Here, go fuck yourself.”
Edit: Wow didn’t expect to get so much attention and thanks for the gold! I realize there is one specific species of octopus (Argonaut) that has a detachable penis.


in the cold war the US had plans to drop Magnum size condoms labeled as “regular” on russia to demoralize the population.


Operation Frank Reynolds


The CIA spent $20 million on creating spy cats, by surgically stuffing eavesdropping equipment in cats and dropping them off near Soviet embassies.
The first cat they released was run over by a taxi and killed before it could reach its target.
The CIA, of course, denies the cat was killed; they stated, “the equipment was taken out of the cat; the cat was re-sewn for a second time, and lived a long and happy life afterwards.”
Yeah, I bet it’s still on the farm, playing with my childhood dog.
Operation Acoustic Kitty


Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are not Identical twins!


64% of Canadians Live South of Seattle


There are more trees on earth than stars in the galaxy.
Edit: since there are a lot requests for proof/people who just don’t believe me I will oblige.

~100 billion stars

> 3 trillion trees


One of my favorite is about the number of unique orders for cards in a standard 52 card deck.
I’ve seen a a really good explanation of how big 52! actually is.
Set a timer to count down 52! seconds (that’s 8.0658x1067 seconds)
Stand on the equator, and take a step forward every billion years
When you’ve circled the earth once, take a drop of water from the Pacific Ocean, and keep going
When the Pacific Ocean is empty, lay a sheet of paper down, refill the ocean and carry on.
When your stack of paper reaches the sun, take a look at the timer.
The 3 left-most digits won’t have changed. 8.063x1067 seconds left to go. You have to repeat the whole process 1000 times to get 1/3 of the way through that time. 5.385x1067 seconds left to go.
So to kill that time you try something else.
Shuffle a deck of cards, deal yourself 5 cards every billion years
Each time you get a royal flush, buy a lottery ticket
Each time that ticket wins the jackpot, throw a grain of sand in the grand canyon
When the grand canyon’s full, take 1oz of rock off Mount Everest, empty the canyon and carry on.
When Everest has been levelled, check the timer.
There’s barely any change. 5.364x1067 seconds left. You’d have to repeat this process 256 times to have run out the timer.


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