Feb 14 at 8:08pm by Aileen
Part 4: Items 31-40
More obscure facts and scientific oddities that most people haven’t filed in their brains…
31. How Crowded Are We, Really?
10% of all the humans who have ever lived are alive in the world right now.
32. And You Thought Stillness Was a Meditative Virtue…
The planet Earth travels through space in its journey around the sun at a stunning 67,000 miles per hour, and we’re all moving that fast along with it!
33. Good Old Dihydrogen Monoxide
The human body is about 60% water, which is 2/3 hydrogen. All the hydrogen – in our bodies and everywhere else in the universe – was created ~12 billion years ago in the Big Bang.
34. No Burped Compliments to the Chef on the ISS
Astronauts in space cannot belch – without gravity, gas cannot separate from liquids in their stomachs.
35. They’re Just Creatively Falling Down
Actually, there IS gravity in space. It’s just that astronauts in orbit are in a continual state of falling – gravity being equivalent to acceleration. There are no regions of space entirely without gravitational forces, just as there is no true vacuum in space – there are lots of loose atoms and particles out there.
36. And You Thought It Was Watson and Crick
DNA – the molecule of inheritance – was first discovered in 1869 by Swiss biologist Friedrich Mieschler, just a decade after Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution. Mieschler called the phosphate-rich chemical “nuclein.”
37. Mom Knows Whereof She Speaks
While Mom’s chicken soup won’t really “cure” your cold, it will make you feel much better. There are anti-inflammatory properties in the broth that have been shown to reduce congestion and ease fevers.
38. My, That’s a Funny-Looking Chicken
If the brain stem is left intact after beheading a chicken, it can continue to live (with some care in feeding). There is one documented case of a headless chicken living on for 18 months after he was supposed to have become Sunday dinner!
39. Beware the Random Bagel Test!
You will test positive for opiates on a drug test if you eat just two poppy seed bagels (or muffins) for breakfast.
40. Facts Sometimes Come Later Than Fiction
In Jonathan Swift’s immortal Gulliver’s Travels , the author described the size and speeds of rotation for two moons of Mars – Phobos and Deimos – more than 100 years before either were discovered!
The Entire Series:
1-10 of 50 Weird Science Tidbits & Oddities
11-20 of 50 Weird Science Tidbits & Oddities
21-30 of 50 Weird Science Tidbits & Oddities
31-40 of 50 Weird Science Tidbits & Oddities
41-50 of 50 Weird Science Tidbits & Oddities