40 Surprising Facts That Will Shock Even the Most Intelligent People

We can read thousands of books and research nearly anything online but that doesn’t mean that we will know everything. We could go as far as to read all the books in the world, and again, we wouldn’t be able to fathom everything that the world has to offer. That is why we need to learn every single day and explore every possibility this planet is able to give.

Here are 40 of the most surprising facts that you probably didn’t know:

Penguin Love

Source: NUS

When a male penguin falls in love with a female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble to present to her. Not just any pebble, though; male gentoo penguins search through piles of pebbles to find the smoothest, most perfect ones. When a penguin has selected his pebble, he presents it to his intended companion. If she approves, she puts the stone in her nest.

Slouching Is Good For You

Sitting straight up is bad for your back. You should slough at an angle of 135 degrees.

Hotter Than The Sun

A bolt of lightning is six times hotter than the sun. A bolt of lightning, which can reach temperatures of roughly 30,000 kelvins (53,540 degrees Fahrenheit). The sun, on the other hand, is eclipsed in this case – its surface temperature is just 6,000 kelvins (10,340 degrees Fahrenheit).

Music Takes Over TV and Internet 

In 1939, American composer and pianist Earl Wild gave the first concert in the world that was broadcast on live television. 58 years later, his performance was the first online concert on the internet.

Virtual Aerobics

In order to burn just 1 calorie, you need to click a mouse button 10 million times.

The Never-Ending Day

The planet’s orbital period is 224.65 days, which means that a year on Venus is 61.5% as long as a year on Earth. Unlike most other planets in the Solar System, which rotate on their axes in a counter-clockwise direction, Venus rotates clockwise (called “retrograde” rotation). It also rotates very slowly, taking 243 Earth days to complete a single rotation.

Double-Double Boil and Trouble

If you make ice cubes with tap water, they will be white; if you use boiled water, they will be transparent.

Eternal Movember

When his body was exhumed in June 2017, Salvador Dali’s mustache was exactly the same as on the day he died.

Unknown DNA

99% of the microbes that live inside humans are unknown to science. In fact, recent studies have shown that every human cell within our bodies is outnumbered by roughly 1.3 microbes. And this latest discovery suggests the overwhelming majority of them are totally alien to us.

Who Needs The Gym?

Source: Youtube

 

When you take a hot bath, you burn as many calories as you would if you went for a 30-minute walk.

Translation Please?

The great physicist Albert Einstein passes away in Princeton Hospital, New Jersey on 18 April 1955. The cause of his death was the rupture of an aneurysm, which had already been reinforced by surgery in 1948. However, his very last words will remain forever unknown because they were uttered in his native German. Namely, as he lay dying in bed, he muttered a few last words in that language. The only witness was his nurse and she, unfortunately, didn’t speak the language.

OUCH!

A paper cut is more painful than a regular cut because such a wound almost never bleeds, so the nerve endings stay open to the air, which irritates them.

Royal Cousins

Queen Elizabeth II is related to Vlad Tepes, the famous prototype for Dracula.

Psychadelic Bees

In the high mountain forests of Nepal, there are giant bees. The length of their bodies can be up to 1.1 inches. These bees produce special honey that can cause a person to hallucinate. The Gurungs that live in that part of the Himalayas collect such hallucinogenic honey.

Ghostly Bears

Polar bear fur is transparent, not white. The hair of a polar bear looks white because the air spaces in each hair scatter light of all colors. The color white becomes visible to our eyes when an object reflects back all of the visible wavelengths of light, rather than absorbing some of the wavelengths.

Shrinking Cells

When you gain or lose weight, your fat cells don’t disappear; they just change their size.

Hello Green Eyes

Only 2% of Earth population naturally has green eyes. The appearance of green and shades of green are the result of a  phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering; which is a 25 cent term used to describe the way light scatters after riding its spectrum wavelength.

Blue Means Go

Some Japanese traffic lights have a blue light instead of green because historically both colors were named with the same word.

Missing Pieces

The Bombay phenotype is a phenomenon whereby certain elements of the blood are missing. It results in a person having a mixed blood type. Only 0.0004% of the world’s population have such blood. There is even a special storage of this blood so that people who have it can have a blood transfusion if necessary. What is curious is that this unique blood type can be transfused to any person with a regular blood type.

Kung-Fu Infiltrates Pokemon 

Source: FunnyJunk

The Pokemon characters Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan were named after Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

Avoiding Crossed Signals

Mayday is the word that is used instead of SOS in radio chat. The call is always given three times in a row to prevent it’s being mistaken for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual Mayday call from a message about a Mayday call.

What’s In a Name?

The last names Van, Lee, and Zhang are the most popular in the world.  21% of the entire population of China has them.

Invincible Bugs

A cockroach can live a few weeks without its head. It will eventually die of hunger. cockroaches do not have blood pressure the way people do. They don’t have a huge network of blood vessels like that of humans or tiny capillaries that you need a lot of pressure to flow blood through. They have an open circulatory system, which there’s much less pressure in. After you cut their heads off, very often their necks would seal off just by clotting

21 Senses

Besides the senses that we all know, such as smell and touch, a person also has another sense: proprioception(being aware of the position of one’s body parts). While we are accustomed to the five senses, many neurologists identify nine or more senses, and some list as many as 21.

Beautiful People

Only 5% of the population of Brazil lives in the Rio Grande state. However, this is the place where 70% of all Brazilian models are from.

Reach For The Sky

Bananas have a curved shape because they reach for the sunlight when they grow. Bananas go through a unique process known as negative geotropism. In the botanical history of the banana. It originated in the middle layer of the rainforest, where there is little sunlight. If the fruit were to grow towards the small amount of light that penetrates sideways through the vegetation, the plant could overbalance and topple over.

The Bird Has A Name

The Bluebird from the Twitter logo has a name: Larry. The creators of the social network named the bird after basketball player Larry Bird.

1 Words, 2 Meanings

The Spanish word “esposas” means both “handcuffs” and “wives.” Both words come from the Latin spondere, meaning, “to bind”.

Galileo’s Middle Finger

Galileo Galilei’s middle finger is stored in The Museum of Science in Florence. The finger was removed by one Anton Francesco Gori on March 12, 1737, 95 years after Galileo’s death. Passed around for a couple hundred years it finally came to rest in the Florence History of Science Museum.

Impulse Buys To Last A Lifetime

Source: Thoughtco

 

The iPhone, the Harry Potter books, and the Rubik’s Cube are the top 3 most sold products in human history.

Napoleon Slept Next To Mona Lisa

Napoleon Bonaparte took the Mona Lisa to have it installed in Josephine’s private quarters. After a few years, the painting was returned to the Louvre, which became a museum in 1804.

Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend

To tell a real diamond from a fake, you need to breathe on it: a fake one will become foggy, and a genuine one will stay clear.

Blushing Belly

When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red. A response that is the result of the sympathetic nervous system causing increased blood flow throughout the body. During periods of embarrassment, the body releases adrenaline, a hormone that prepares the body for stressful situations. Adrenaline also makes the blood vessels dilate in order to improve blood flow and oxygen delivery in case the body has to suddenly flee a dangerous situation. The veins in the face, as well as in the stomach lining and throughout the rest of the body, they have more blood than normal flowing through them, and they appear red.

Dark Wedding Traditions

Having bridesmaids in a wedding wasn’t originally for moral support. They were intended to confuse evil spirits or those who wished to harm the bride.

Body Shamming Politics

New Zealand will deny people residency visa’s if they too high of a BMI and there are cases where people have been rejected because of their weight.  Health standards for entry into New Zealand are strict at all levels but they are particularly strict when it comes to dishing out residence visas. Less so for temporary visas such as visitor, work, and student.

Braking It

During a car crash, 40% of drivers never even hit the brakes.

Sharing Cells

Whenever a pregnant woman suffers from organ damage like heart attack, the fetus sends stem cells to the organ helping it to repair. Fetal cell microchimerism is defined as the persistence of fetal cells in the mother for decades after pregnancy without any apparent rejection. Fetal microchimeric cells (fmcs) engraft the maternal bone marrow and are able to migrate through the circulation and to reach tissues.

Tears of Joy?

When a person cries and the first drop of tears come from the right eye, its happiness. if it from the left eye, it’s pain.

Brown Eyed Girl

Brown eyes are blue underneath, and you can actually get a surgery to turn brown eyes blue. Eye color is the result of variations in the amount of melanin, a pigment found in the front part of the iris of the eye. The total lack of this pigment results in blue eyes, some pigment gives green, and lots of pigment gives brown eyes. So light brown eyes just have a bit less melanin than darker brown eyes

It’s All In The Scent

Ants have a remarkably sophisticated sense of smell, allowing them to pick up odors that dictate how they behave and how they interact with each other, a new study says.  Each ant has a subtle, unique aroma, made from a blend of chemicals called pheromones stuck on the outside of its body. Minute differences in each ant’s body odor provide behavioral cues that allow the insects to maintain complex social colonies with different roles for queens, workers, nurses, and soldiers; all without saying a word. Using exquisitely sensitive antennae instead of noses, they can even sniff out an intruder from another colony

Cool Down 

After working out, it takes 5 hours for your body temperature to return to normal. While you exercise, blood vessels near the surface of your skin dilate and glands in your skin secrete sweat to help cool you down. Despite these measures, however, your body temperature can still rise by a couple of degrees Celsius before the rate of heat loss equals the rate of heat gain from metabolism. Occasionally, core temperature during exercise can rise to as high as 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit, although this is more unusual

via Awareness Act http://awarenessact.com

March 6, 2018 at 10:23PM

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