Friday, August 24, 2012

Fun Science Facts:

Write these on your chalkboard as a daily fun fact!
  • Caterpillars are very nutritious, high in riboflavin and iron (Wired, August, 2012).
  • Turritopsis nutricula is a genus of jelly fish which is also regarded as the immortal jelly fish. This is because these species have the ability to transform back into juvenile form once they mate after becoming sexually mature.
  • The planet Saturn has a density that is lower than that of water. So, if you could throw it in the ocean, it would actually float!
  • Every year, the average person is known to have 430 bugs as dinner, lunch or breakfast.
  • Nothing can be quieter than space. Even if a star explodes, you would hear nothing. No air molecules, no vibration thus, no sound.
  • Some chameleons have tongues which are longer than their body.
  • In a school of clownfish, if the female dies, then the dominant male would become a female to continue with the reproduction process.
  • We all know that light takes 8 minutes to reach the earth. But the same light took a whopping time of 30,000 years to make it to the sun's surface from its core!
  • Every year, falling coconuts are known to kill more people than sharks.
  • On an average, man is able to produce enough spit to fill a swimming pool. Imagine the splash the pool will create!
  • Buy an electric eel found in South America and reduce your electricity bills. This creature can produce 600 volts; voltage enough to paralyze a horse.
  • Our worry for the ever diminishing oil and natural gas reserves on Earth could have been dealt with if only man could go to Titan, one of Saturn's moon. This place has 100 times more of such resources.
  • How much does the average man sleep in his entire lifetime? The armadillo spends about 80% of its life in sleeping.
  • Some say that a daily output of poop is enough to power a 60-watt bulb for more than nine hours. Nothing goes wasted!
  • Would you be able to stand on an ice-cream barefooted and say how sweet it is. The butterfly can. The insect has sense organs in its hind feet, with the aid of which it can determine if something is edible or not.
  • It is known that the human body has 206 bones. But as babies we are born with about 300 of them. As we age, some of the bones fuse.
  • The sound produced by the blue whale counts up to about 188 decibels. No wonder, it can be heard even from 853 km.
  • 67,000 miles per hour is the speed at which the Earth is traveling across the sun. And guess what? We are also moving at this speed.
  • If you want to grow taller, say by 2 inches, have a trip into the space. As there is no gravity, the spine becomes free to elongate up to 2 inches. The same happens when we are sleeping, except that the spine stretches up to 1 or 2 cm.
  • If you bring two similar metals (having clean and flat surfaces) together, they would fuse naturally; only when the process is performed in vacuum. This is known as cold welding.
  • Always be nice to your wife when she is expecting. Otherwise, you may become a male sea-horse in you next life. Why so? The male seahorse is the one who gets pregnant.
  • In ancient times, leeches were used as weather forecasters. When they were kept in water jars, they seemed to stay at the bottom during calm weather. It so happened that, when the storms approach, these creatures rose quickly to the top, and descend as the storms passed.
  • More than our own cells in our body, there are microbial cells.
  • Liver is the only organ which has the capability of regenerating itself.
  • The planet Mercury has a day that is twice as long as its year.
  • The Pyramid of Giza is the result of an accumulation of 2.5 million blocks.
  • Passing flatus constantly for 6 years and 9 months would produce an amount of energy that would be enough to create that of an atomic bomb.
  • The stomach would have digested itself if it lacked the lining of mucus.
  • Pumice is the only known rock which can float on water.
  • 300 beats per minute is the pulse of a hedgehog. I wonder what's the heartbeat rate when the hedgehog meets his girlfriend!

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