19 Astonishing Facts That Seem Fake at First Glance

Mithridates VI couldn’t poison himself because he was immune to poisons.

Mithridates VI of Pontus had been taking small doses of various poisons since childhood to work up an immunity to them. During the riot, the Romans wanted to take him hostage, and Mithridates tried to poison himself but couldn’t because of his training. Oh, the irony!

Source: livius

If we lived in complete darkness, we would be able to stay up for 36 hours and would need 12 hours to get rested.

How many hours would a day last for a person who can’t tell the time of day by external signs?

French speleologist Michel Siffre carried out several experiments on the matter, including one from 1964 to 1972. He placed himself in a specially equipped bunker with no light, constant temperature and humidity, and absolute silence. He spent several months like this.

The results showed that his inner clock altered: he needed 36 hours awake and 12 hours of sleep. Later, he conducted similar experiments with other volunteers in a cave — with the same result.

Sources: cabinetmagazine, neuron

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