10 Shocking Facts That Seem Exaggerated But Aren’t



Often times, the truth tends to be a lot stranger than what we read in a fiction story. Every now and then, a little tidbit of information will come across the wire, revealing something truly odd that had happened – whether it be decades ago or just yesterday. Some people will refuse to believe this information when they hear it, while others take it as fact almost immediately. It doesn’t matter which type of person you are, as long as you listen to what is being told. Sometimes, though, a fact seems too exaggerated to be real, so we all dismiss it. That would be wrong. Here are ten shocking facts that seem exaggerated but aren’t.

Soviet Soldiers

During World War 2, over 80 percent of all males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 did not survive combat. In total, they lost over 13 percent of the entire population.

South Korean GDP

Samsung is the largest multi-national conglomerate with its home in South Korea. Most people don’t realize how big they are, though. With an annual revenue of over $300 billion, Samsung accounts for the majority of South Korea’s GDP.

Coconut Killer

Believe it or not, death by coconut is actually far more likely than actually being eaten by a shark in the ocean. Sounds like a cartoon, right?

Nintendo Empire

Nintendo has been around longer than most gamers believe. The renowned company has actually been around during the same time as the Ottoman Empire.

Height of Mount Everest

The official height of Mount Everest was actually reported wrong. Back in 1856, Andrew Waugh measured the precise height, declaring it 29,000 feet tall. His report added 2 extra feet, as he did not want people to believe he was just estimating.

Vatican City

The Vatican City is the smallest state in the world, both in population and area. Oddly enough, there are actually 2.3 popes per square kilometers. That is, of course, if the size of the state were proportionally increased along with its population.

Loop the Earth

There are over 7.1 billion people on this planet, which means if everyone lined up shoulder to shoulder, we could wrap around the Earth a total of 56 times.

Pocahontas and William Shakespeare

It’s odd to think that both Pocahontas and William Shakespeare were alive during the same time period. In reality, they both died less than a single year apart, just over 100 miles away from each other in the very same country.

Sharing Birthdays

When you bring a group of 23 people together in the same room, there is a 50 percent chance that two people there will share the very same birthday.

Heavy Clouds

Clouds actually have a water density, but their size makes up for this. The average cloud is one kilometer across, which means it could weigh 1.1 million pounds.