25 fascinating facts that will change the way you look at things

The world's full of mysteries that never cease to surprise or amaze us.

Some become old wives' tales or stories that are passed down from generation to generation. The problem is we often don't know if these snippets of information are true or not, even we sepend hours scouring the internet trying to separate fact from fiction.

So we've put together a list of 25 fascinating facts - ranging from fun trivia to useful tips - that will change the way you look at things!

1. Did you know that it's impossible to hum if you block your nose? 

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Go on - give it a try!

2. When Star Wars burst into movie theaters, France still practiced the death penalty and had prisoners on death row

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The last person executed in France died in September 1977 and the death sentence was finally abolished in 1981.

3. When the last mammoths roamed the Earth, some pyramids in Egypt had already celebrated their 1,000th birthday

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4. Sticking with Egypt, Cleopatra's reign was closer in time to the launch of the iPhone than it was to the construction of the Great Pyramids. 

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5. Have you always imagined that the Giza pyramid complex is in the middle of a desert? 

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Well, you'll be surprised to know that it sits on the outskirts of Giza itself!

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6. The surface of Pluto is slightly smaller in size than Russia - although watch this space (excuse the pun), as this may have been recently debunked!

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7. Sticking with Pluto, did you know that when it was discovered in 1930, this tiny 'planet' (yes, we believe it's a planet!) had still to complete a full orbit of the sun? 

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Pluto will complete its orbit in 2178 - something for later generations to witness

8.  Think human beings and their Earth are really important?  To put this into perspective, here's a graphic showing the Earth next to the Sun... the teensiest of dots on the stellar landscape!

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9. And our Sun is minute in comparison to VY Canis Major, one of the biggest stars in the Milky Way!

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10. Coming back to Earth, did you know that world maps don't show countries' actual size and spatial layout?

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It's true!  Country sizes are incorrect as seen in this video!

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If you want to research this for yourself, there are plenty of online links.  To help you out, here's the Gall-Peters projection - a map that shows the true size and spatial layout of each country and continent.

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11. For any amateur biologists among you - here's a fully-intact child's skull. As you can see, all their adult teeth are in place for when each milk tooth falls out! 

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12. Q-tips aren't supposed to be poked in our ears!

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13. Some fun trivia... Lou Bega, famous for the song Mambo n°5 (A Little Bit Of...) uses a stage name.  His real name is David Loubega. 

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14. Watch out if you buy a Snickers double bar… they only contain the equivalent of 1 1/2 bars!

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So not fair!

15. Here's a montage of Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe being morphed into one - there's certainly some doppelganger stuff going on here!

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They may have both starred in blockbuster sagas, but they're definitely not the same person!

16. The Krusty Krab restaurant in SpongeBob SquarePants isn't a treasure chest but a crab trap!

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17. Here's a pineapple plantation. No, they don't grow from trees, but rather from plants!

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18. Winnie the Pooh is a girl (or sow, to use the correct word)!

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That one blew us away!

19. Less time separates us from T-Rex than T-Rex from Stegosaurus

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20. In North Dakota, German is the language most often used after English.

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21. In Back to the Future 2, Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly as well as the character's son and daughter.

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22. Do you know Barbie's real name? 'Barbie' is just a nickname.  The doll's full name is 'Barbara Millicent Roberts'.

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23. The order of the alphabet is completely arbitrary.

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24. Put your finger in your ear and have a scratch.  Remind you of anything? You got it - Pac-Man! 

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 25. Even some hard-core gamers may not know that Mario hits blocks with his fist and not his head!

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