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Home » Interesting Facts

Did you Know ?

Submitted by on Friday, 6 January 2012No Comment

  1. A Boeing 707 uses four thousand gallons of fuel in its take-off climb.
  2. The planet Saturn has a density lower than water. So, if placed in water it would float.
  3. Since 1959, more than 6,000 pieces of ‘space junk’ (abandoned rocket and satellite parts) have fallen out of orbit – many of these have hit the earth’s surface.
  4. It takes 70% less energy to produce a ton of paper from recycled paper than from trees.
  5. Every year in the US, 625 people are struck by lightning.
  6. Hawaii is moving toward Japan 4 inches every year.
  7. The rocket engine has to supply its own oxygen so it can burn its fuel in outer space.
  8. The North Atlantic gets 1 inch wider every year.
  9. Oxygen is the most abundant element in the Earth?s crust, waters, and atmosphere (about 49.5%)
  10. A stroke of lightning discharges from 10 to 100 million volts & 30,000 amperes of electricity.
  11. A bolt of lightning is about 54,000?F (30,000?C); six times hotter than the Sun.
  12. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the Universe (75%).
  13. The average distance between the Earth & the Moon is 238,857 miles (384,392 km).
  14. The moon is 27% the size of the Earth.
  15. The Earth weighs 6.6 sextillion tons, or 5.97 x 1024 kg.
  16. The center of the Sun is about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (15 million ?C).
  17. Sunlight takes about 8 minutes & 20 seconds to reach the Earth at 186,282 miles/sec (299,792 Km/sec).
  18. The highest temperature on Earth was 136?F (58?C) in Libya in 1922.
  19. The lowest temperature on Earth was -128.6?F (-89.6?C) in Antarctica in 1983.
  20. Sunlight can penetrate clean ocean water to a depth of 240 feet.
  21. The average ocean floor is 12,000 feet.
  22. The temperature can be determined by counting the number of cricket chirps in fourteen seconds and adding 40.
  23. House flies have a lifespan of two weeks.
  24. Chimps are the only animals that can recognize themselves in a mirror.
  25. Starfish don’t have brains.
  26. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  27. Shrimp’s hearts are in their heads.
  28. Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
  29. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds
  30. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
  31. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  32. Porcupines float in water.
  33. An ostrich’s eye is bigger that its brain.
  34. An iguana can stay under water for twenty-eight minutes.
  35. The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultra-violet light.
  36. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  37. The pupil of an octopus’ eye is rectangular.
  38. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  39. The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.
  40. Ants cannot chew their food, they move their jaws sideways, like scissors, to extract the juices from the food.
  41. Hummingbirds are the only animals able to fly backwards.
  42. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  43. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  44. A cat’s jaws cannot move sideways.
  45. Armadillos get an average of 18.5 hours of sleep per day.
  46. Armadillos can walk underwater.
  47. There are more beetles than any other kind of creature in the world.
  48. Certain frogs that can survive the experience of being frozen.
  49. Only humans sleep on their backs.
  50. The human brain is 80% water.
  51. Everyone’s tongue print is different.
  52. As an adult, you have more than 20 square feet of skin on your body–about the same square footage as a blanket for a queen-sized bed.
  53. In your lifetime, you’ll shed over 40 pounds of skin.
  54. 15 million blood cells are produced and destroyed in the human body every second.
  55. Every minute, 30-40,000 dead skin cells fall from your body.
  56. The brain uses more than 25% of the oxygen used by the human body.
  57. If your mouth was completely dry, you would not be able to distinguish the taste of anything.
  58. There are more living organisms on the skin of a single human being than there are human beings on the surface of the earth.
  59. Muscles are made up of bundles from about 5 in the eyelid to about 200 in the buttock muscle.
  60. Muscles in the human body (640 in total) make up about half of the body weight.
  61. The human body has enough fat to produce 7 bars of soap.
  62. The human head is a quarter of our total length at birth, but only an eighth of our total length by the time we reach adulthood.
  63. Most people blink about 17,000 times a day.
  64. Moths have no stomach.
  65. Hummingbirds can’t walk.
  66. Sea otters have 2 coats of fur.
  67. A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.
  68. A zebra is white with black stripes.
  69. The animal with the largest brain in relation to its body is the ant.
  70. The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.
  71. A crocodile?s tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.
  72. Crocodiles swallow stones to help them dive deeper.
  73. Giraffes are unable to cough.
  74. Sharks are immune to cancer.
  75. Despite the hump, a camel?s spine is straight.
  76. Cheetah’s can accelerate from 0 to 70 km/h in 3 seconds.
  77. A giraffe’s neck contains the same number of vertebrae as a human.
  78. The heart of giraffe is two feet long, and can weigh as much as twenty four pounds.
  79. On average, Elephants sleep for about 2 hours per day.
  80. Lobsters have blue blood.
  81. Shark’s teeth are literally as hard as steel.
  82. A mosquito has 47 teeth.
  83. Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen make up 90% of the human body.
  84. Seventy percent of the dust in your home consists of shed human skin
  85. Fish are the only vertebrates that outnumber birds.
  86. A cockroach can live for several weeks without its head.
  87. The average human produces a quart of saliva a day — about 10,000 gallons in a lifetime
  88. Elephants have been known to remain standing after they die.
  89. The embryos of tiger sharks fight each other while in their mother’s womb, the survivor being the baby shark that is born.
  90. Ants do not sleep.
  91. Nearly a third of all bottled drinking water purchased in the US is contaminated with bacteria.
  92. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over 1 million descendants.
  93. An Astronaut can be up to 2 inches taller returning from space. The cartilage disks in the spine expand in the absence of gravity.
  94. The oldest known fossil is of a single-celled organism, blue-green algae, found in 3.2 billion year-old stones in South Africa.
  95. The oldest multicellular fossils date from ~700 million years ago.
  96. The earliest cockroach fossils are about 280 million years old.
  97. Healthy nails grow about 2 cm each year. Fingernails grow four times as fast as toenails.
  98. 20/20 vision means the eye can see normally at 20 feet. 20/15 is better; the eye can see at 20 feet what another eye sees at 15 feet.
  99. The average person has 100,000 hairs on his/her head. Each hair grows about 5 inches (12.7 cm) every year.
  100. There are 60,000 miles (97,000 km) in blood vessels in every human.

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