We can make up anything we want in our imagination. But there are some facts that are stranger than fiction. Did you know that strawberry is not a berry? And that banana is? Or that people can be immune to poison?
FeedFond has compiled the following 19 facts that will give you some food for thought.
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- #19 Shark attack.
- #18 Dolphins on the phone.
- #17 Monkey see, monkey do.
- #16 Russia is bigger than Pluto.
- #15 Koalas have unique fingerprints.
- #14 Hit by a meteorite.
- #13 Gadget – the first atomic bomb
- #12 Neil Armstrong’s Space Suit.
- #11 Vitruvian Man.
- #10 Awake for 36 hours.
- #9 Ironic!
- #8 100-foot worm.
- #7 Bananas are berries.
- #6 Strawberries are not berries.
- #5 Fake flamingos outnumber the real ones.
- #4 Ants everywhere.
- #3 Diamonds in the sky.
- #2 Pinky promise.
- #1 Is Oxford University older than the Aztec empire?
#19 Shark attack.
If you ever come across a shark while you’re swimming, the first thing to do is to stay calm. Try to slowly steer clear from the shark’s path. Just stay still till the shark has moved away. However, if you need to defend yourself, aim and hit the shark’s gills, nose tip or its eyes.
#18 Dolphins on the phone.
When dolphins reach adolescence, they develop their own tone that’s a signal for other dolphins by which to recognize them. The short tone perception would enable dolphins to recognize their family member on the other side of the telephone.
#17 Monkey see, monkey do.
When monkeys look at their own reflection, the first thing they do is to check their crotch as a sign of recognition.
#16 Russia is bigger than Pluto.
Russia has a surface area of 17,098,246 sq. km. while that of Pluto is 16,650,000 sq. km. No wonder the planet got ousted from the solar system.
#15 Koalas have unique fingerprints.
Besides humans, koala bears are the only other animals that have unique fingerprint patterns.
#14 Hit by a meteorite.
Ann Hodges is the only woman who has survived a meteorite strike while she was sleeping on her couch at her US home in 1954. This incident made her quite famous.
#13 Gadget – the first atomic bomb
Although the two atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are well remembered in modern history, the first atomic bomb was part of the Manhattan Project in 1943, and it was called Gadget. It was used in the first nuclear test.
#12 Neil Armstrong’s Space Suit.
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, wore a spacesuit that was made in a bra and lingerie factory.
#11 Vitruvian Man.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s art on human anatomy, Vitruvian Man, identified the standard proportions that artists use to measure human body parts – our foot is as long as our forearm; our thumb is as long as our nose; our lips are as long as our index fingers.
#10 Awake for 36 hours.
From 1964 to 1972, French speleologist Michel Siffre carried out experiments whereby he placed himself in a bunker for a few months that completely shut out any light and maintained constant temperature, humidity and silence. The outcome of these experiments, later on carried out on others also, showed that humans can stay awake for up to 36 hours and will need 12 hours of rest.
Mithridates VI of Pontus trained himself since childhood to be immune to different poisons. Well, that actually led him to dire consequences when Romans tried to capture him. He tried to kill himself by poisoning but that didn’t work.
#8 100-foot worm.
Did you know there’s something called pyrosome? Well, it’s a 100-foot hollow worm that also goes by the name of a sea unicorn. Its body is transparent and consists of numerous organisms that glow in the dark. A pyrosome can grow to the size of a blue whale.
#7 Bananas are berries.
Going by the definition of berries that says these are soft fruits that contain seeds, bananas fall in
the berry family.
#6 Strawberries are not berries.
However, strawberries don’t qualify as berries as these are not exactly the fruits of the trees but are an overgrowth.
#5 Fake flamingos outnumber the real ones.
Since flamingoes are beautiful birds, some people make their replicas to adorn their lawns and grounds. In reality, flamingoes are pretty rare. While there are only 2-3 million live flamingoes in the world, their artificial counterparts number almost a billion.
#4 Ants everywhere.
There are 1 to 10 quadrillion of ants on the earth, which means there are 1.6 million ant per every person. The mass of humans and ants is the same.
#3 Diamonds in the sky.
The skies of Jupiter and Saturn actually rain down diamonds. The pressure inside these planets causes the carbon to turn to diamonds. Methane is converted to carbon by lightning and it hardens as it gains momentum. So after 1,600 kilometers, there are chunks of graphite that fall from the sky and these turn into diamonds after 6,000 kilometers.
#2 Pinky promise.
When we make promises, we join our little pinkies and make a vow. However, this gesture didn’t have such innocent connotations when it originated in Japan. During the period 1603 – 1868, bandits used to cut off their pinkies as a sign of loyalty.
#1 Is Oxford University older than the Aztec empire?
Well, yes it is older by 200 years! Oxford University goes back to 1096 when it got its first students. However, the Aztec city-state of Tenochtitlan was founded in 1325.
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