Friday, April 10, 2015

Random Room #1

Welcome to the Random Room. This time I felt like doing some kind of Random facts about ... Everything. In fact, here you will find fun and interesting facts, but without a specific topic. The Random Room could talk about everything. Maybe, while reading one of these curious facts, you'll find a detail that will surprise you, will make you laugh or say "I didn't know this". I hope my idea will let you discover even more the strange wonders of the world. The password to this new section is simple: Learn Interesting Facts Everyday (aka L.I.F.E. - yes, I did this on purpose).

To seed or not to seed....
1. When Helium is cooled to almost absolute zero (-273°C), the  lowest temperature possible, it becomes a liquid with surprising  properties: it flows against gravity and will start running up and over the lip of a glass container.


2. If you plant an apple seed, it is almost guaranteed to grow a tree of a different type of apple.

3. The average person walks the equivalent of five times around the world in a lifetime.

4. Otters sleep holding hands. Such cute animals, don't you think?

5. The katzenklavier (“cat piano”) was a musical instrument made out of cats. Designed by 17th-century German scholar Athanasius Kircher, it consisted of a row of caged cats with different voice pitches, who could be “played” by a keyboardist driving nails into their tails.

6. People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond.

7. Every second around 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth and every year lightning kills 1000 people.

8. There are about 24,000 species of butterflies. The moths are even more numerous: about 140,000 species of them were counted all over the world.

9. Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
10. Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

11. Some worms, like the ribbon worm, will eat themselves if they can't find any food.

12. In 2008 scientists discovered a new species of bacteria that lives in hairspray.

13. Pepsi originally contained pepsin, an enzyme also present in our digestive system, thus the name.
A hummingbird eating from a flower

14. Hummingbirds are the only animals that can fly backwards.

15. There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. If you took them all out and laid them end to end, they’d stretch around the world more than twice.

16. The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field.

Blood Falls in Antarctica
17. There is a glacier called “Blood Falls” in Antarctica that regularly pours out red liquid, making it look like the ice is bleeding. It’s actually oxidized salty water.

18. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.


19. When Twister was introduced in 1966, it was denounced by critics as “sex in a box”.

20. There are more lifeforms living on your skin than people on the entire planet.

21. Every year over one million earthquakes shake the Earth.
Ok...now what do I do?


22. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined.

23. If you could remove all of the empty space between atoms that make up every human being, the entire world population could fit into an apple.
24. Caterpillars almost completely liquefy as they transform into butterflies.

25. It is impossible to drown and not die. Technically the term ‘drowning’ refers to the process of taking water into the lungs, not to death caused by that process.

26. A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon.

27. In October 1999 an Iceberg the size of London broke free from the Antarctic ice shelf.

28. Bulls are colorblind, so it's the taunting motion that makes them charge at the flag and go crazy.

29. Frogs can't vomit normally, so they turn their stomach inside out.
The Mount Krakatoa
30. Cleopatra lived closer in time to the Moon landing than to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

31. When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, its force was so great it could be heard 4,800 kilometers away in Australia.
A rounded rainbow...? Are you kidding me?!?
32. There is enough DNA in an average person’s body to stretch from the sun to Pluto. And back. 17 times.

33. A rainbow can be seen only in the morning or late afternoon. It can occur only when the sun is 40 degrees or less above the horizon. If a rainbow is seen from a plane, amazingly it is possible to see the rainbow as an entire circle and not just an arc.

34. The invention of tea bags was an accident. Tea was meant to be removed from the bags before being used, but no one made that clear.
35. At over 2000 kilometers long, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth.

The Great Barrier Reef...and a turtle.
36. Only female mosquitoes will bite you.

37. The earth’s magnetic field pulls the electron beams hitting the cathode ray tube in computer monitors. Every computer monitor has to be calibrated relative to its position in the earth’s magnetic field. Adjust a monitor in the northern hemisphere and its colors will be wrong if you plug it into a computer in the southern hemisphere.
Susami Bay Post Box

38. The world’s deepest postbox is in Susami Bay in Japan. It’s 10 metres underwater.

39. The oldest condoms ever found date back to the 1640s (they were found in a cesspit at Dudley Castle), and were made from animal and fish intestines.

40. If you could drive your car straight up, you would arrive in space in just over an hour.

41. Honey does not spoil. You could feasibly eat 3000 year old honey.
42. There are 8 times as many atoms in a teaspoonful of water as there are teaspoon full of water in the Atlantic ocean. I know, this is a little tricky…

43. The risk of being struck by a falling meteorite for a human is one occurrence every 9,300 years.

44. The loneliest creature on Earth is a whale who has been calling out for a mate for over two decades,  but whose high-pitched voice is so different to other whales that they never respond.

45. An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.

46. The known universe is made up of 500 billion galaxies. There are between 500,000 million stars in a normal galaxy. In the Milky Way alone there might be 200 to 400 billion between stars and planets. The best estimates suggest that there are at least 70 sextillion stars in the Universe Now imagine me how great this is…

47. Some fruit flies are genetically resistant to getting drunk, but only if they have an inactive version of a gene scientists have named “happyhour”.

48. The Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads; its buildings are connected entirely by canals and footbridges.
Giethoorn Village

49. It takes 8 minutes 17 seconds for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to the Earth.

50. The deepest part of any ocean in the world is the Mariana trench in the Pacific with a depth of 35,797 feet.

51. A family of people with blue skin lived in Kentucky for many generations. The Fulgates of Troublesome Creek are thought to have gained their blue skin through combination of inbreeding and a rare genetic condition known as methemoglobinemia.

52. Powerful earthquakes can permanently shorten the length of Earth’s day, by moving the spin of the Earth’s axis. The 2011 Japan earthquake knocked 1.8 microseconds off our days. The 2004 Sumatra quake cost us around 6.8 microseconds.

53. Melting glaciers and icebergs make a distinctive fizzing noise known as “bergy seltzer”.

54. Our oldest radio broadcasts of the 1930s have already traveled past 100,000 stars.

55. 10 percent of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment.

56. If you somehow found a way to extract all of the gold from the bubbling core of our planet, you would be able to cover all of the land in a layer of gold up to your knees.

57. To know when to mate, a male giraffe will continuously kick with the head the female in the bladder until she urinates. The male then tastes the pee and that helps it determine whether the female is ovulating.

58. The average human body carries ten times more bacterial cells than human cells. But bacteria inside us produce chemicals that help us harness energy and nutrients from our food. So we probably have to thank those little creatures to be part of us.

59. Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating.
A Supernova
60. If Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in our sky, exploded from red super giant stage to supernova, then our sky would light continuously for two months. It can happen anytime, within a month, tomorrow or even now. So look up and get ready for the magic to begin…

I hope to have let your curiosity go crazy with these Random Facts. Never Stop Snooping Around, my dear Snoopers. As you saw, the world is beautiful and strange. The chance is ours to take. To discover how many fantastic things await us. The future belongs to the curious. Remember it.

4 comments:

  1. I can stay in your blog and snoop for hours. These are amazing facts you have collated. I especially like the first one. Imagine seeing a liquid flowing in an uncommon way. And I don't know about #40. Who dared try it? :)

    Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much Lux.... I had this idea for weeks actually!!! Thanks for snooping around my blog. It's so wonderful to hear that !!!! :)
      Have a fantastic weekend, my dear ;)

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