Facts And Statistics That Seem Terribly Wrong But Actually Aren’t

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We all grow up knowing a bunch of facts and statistics about the world, and these things shape our outlook. For example, we know that Canada is north of the United States. And we know that New York City is also really far north, but Rome on the other hand is right down there near Africa. We also know that deserts are made of sand and that third world countries are those poor places in Africa.

Well, here are a few shockers for you: more than half the states reach farther north than the southern tip of Canada; Rome is actually farther north than New York City; Antarctica is the largest desert on Earth, and…get ready for this…the Arctic Ocean is actually a desert as well. And the third world? While it may refer to poor countries today, the third world originally referred to countries that were neutral during the Cold War. Although many of these countries were in South America and Africa, Switzerland and Austria were also third world countries.

The world isn’t as simple as you thought it was, is it? Well, get read for some more, because these are some Facts And Statistics That Seem Terribly Wrong But Actually Aren’t!
 

The United States Navy is the second largest air force in the world.
 

Saudi Arabia imports sand and camels from Australia.
 

Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria is/were third world countries. This is because the actual definition of "third world country" referred to any nation that wasn't allied with the US (first world), or the USSR (second world).
 
Helmets on the battlefield led to an increase in the number of injured soldiers. Before helmets, head injuries usually meant certain death.
Sharks have been around longer than trees. Sharks have been around for 400 million years; trees for 350 million years.
 
The Arctic is both an ocean and a desert.
 
There are more trees on Earth (3 trillion) than there are stars in the Milky Way (100 billion).
 
More people in deserts die of drowning than die of dehydration. The reason is flash flooding. Also, if people die of dehydration, it is usually only one or two people. When people die in flash floods, it's usually the whole village.
 

The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. For several thousand years, unicorns were thought to be real. They were associated with nobility and purity, and their natural enemy was thought to be the lion, a symbol embraced by English royals.
 

Mushrooms are more closely related to humans genetically than to plants.
 

The London Tube (subway) was opened during the American Civil War.
 

The last execution by guillotine in France was in 1977.
 
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