We live in a world full of interesting and some mind-blowing facts! Did you know that cows moo in different accents and oranges were originally green? So, here are 25 random facts that you didn’t expect to hear.
25. According to scientists from Brown University, the human brain remains half-awake when sleeping in a new environment for the first time. Our brain is in survival mode when we sleep in a new place.
24. 7-Up was originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda. It contained lithium citrate up until 1950.
23. The human eye is so sensitive that on a clear, moonless night a person standing on a mountain peak can see a match being struck as far as 50 miles away.
22. We weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead. This is because the moon is attracting us and the gravitational force of the Moon reduces the gravitational force of Earth a little.
21. Chocolates can kill a dog. Theobromine is a bitter alkaloid of the cocoa plant found in chocolate. Although harmless to humans, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and even death in animals that digest theobromine slowly, such as dogs.
20. Flamingo milk is red in color. It is due to a pigment called canthaxanthin. They store it in their liver. This pigment is deposited in their feathers when they grow. Male flamingos can produce milk too as they have the hormone prolactin just like females.
19. Diamonds can be billions of years old. Because diamonds are so old and grow very slowly, they are perfect to learn more about the history of the Earth.
18. Every 14 days a language dies. As many as half of the world’s 7,000 languages are expected to be extinct by the end of this century as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish.
17. According to psychology professors at Iowa State University, surgeons who play video games make fewer mistakes during surgery. The study said, “video games can improve fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual attention, depth perception, and computer competency”.
16. The giant Pacific Octopus has 3 hearts, 9 brains, and blue blood.
15. What’s the time? It is one of the most frequently asked questions. It’s no surprise that the word ‘time’ is the most commonly used noun in English.
14. The Eiffel Tower is taller in summer than in winter. This is because it is made of iron and iron expands in heat and contracts in the cold. In summer, the tower grows nearly 6 inches.
13. The human brain takes in 11 million bits of information every second from the environment. But the conscious mind is able to process only 50 bits per second.
12. Arabic words are written right to left, but Arabic numbers left to right. So, it’s a little tricky to read sentences with numbers.
11. A photon of light takes only eight minutes to get to the Earth from the surface of the Sun. But it can take 100,000 years from the core of the Sun to get to the surface.
10. Crows in Japan have been found to place nuts on the road to break open their tough shells by the moving vehicles. They even know to wait for the red light of traffic signals to retrieve the nuts. Now, that’s smart.
9. Sharks have been on earth longer than trees have. Trees didn’t appear on earth until the late Devonian period, some 360 million years ago. Sharks have been around for at least 400 million years.
7. Turritopsis dohrnii is a jellyfish that can live forever. After the adult form has reproduced, they transform themselves back into their juvenile polyp state. They can do this over and over again. This is the only known immortal creature.
6. Indonesia’s Kawah Ijen volcano spews out blue lava. This phenomenon is caused when the volcano’s sulfuric gases come into contact with the air temperature above 360 degrees Celsius.
5. According to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, chewing gum while studying makes you get better at math. Students who chewed gum showed a 3% increase in standardized math scores and their final grades were better compared to those who didn’t chew gum. This could be because chewing gum reduces stress, which leads to better concentration and focus.
4. Nepal’s flag is triangular. It is the only country that does not have a rectangular national flag.
3. The center of the galaxy tastes like raspberries. In 2009, astronomers were able to identify a chemical called ethyl formate at the center of the Milky Way. Ethyl formate is responsible for the flavor of raspberries.
2. In 1915, Charlie Chaplin entered a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest in San Francisco. Not only did he not win, he failed even to make the final. There were a total of 40 participants and he won the 27th position.
These were same short random facts that might have amazed you. Let us know in the comments which facts you found the most astonishing!