Fascinating Facts

41 facts tagged with Fascinating Facts

  • 1
    In the last 7 years, humanity has discovered 43 potentially habitable planets.
  • 2
    A Robo Fish created by researchers at NYU-Poly was left to interact with normal fish. It was accepted by them and soon guided them as a leader.
  • 3
    There is a mass reservoir of water floating in space that is 100,000 times bigger than our sun and holds 140 trillion times more water than all of our oceans.
  • 4
    Pet dogs and elephants are the only animals that seem to instinctively understand human gesture.
  • 5
    In 1974, canned food from a boat that sank in 1865 was tested by chemists and was found to be still safe to eat.
  • 6
    The focusing muscles of the eyes move around 100,000 times a day. To give your leg muscles the same workout, you would need to walk 80km (50 miles) every day.
  • 7
    When you wake up with a jolt, it's called a Hypnic Jerk. This usually happens during the lightest stages of sleep, and can happen as a natural reaction when you fall asleep in a car or airplane.
  • 8
    If aliens located 60-65 million light years away from us, looked at earth through a really powerful telescope today, they would see dinosaurs!
  • 9
    Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere around 4 billion years ago
  • 10
    In Georgia, there is an airtight room called the Crypt of Civilization that was sealed in 1940. It contains numerous artefacts documenting what life was like at the time of sealing, and is scheduled to be opened in the year 8113 to show people of the future exactly what life was like.
  • 11
    If Earth’s history were condensed into 24 hrs, life would’ve appeared at around 4am, land plants at 10:24pm, dinosaur extinction at 11:41pm, and human history would’ve began at 11:58:43pm.
  • 12
    Scientists have revived a flowering plant from a fruit stored away in permafrost by Arctic ground squirrel 32,000 years ago.
  • 13
    The University of Oxford (teaching since 1096) predates the Aztec empire (1428 - 1521).
  • 14
    In the Victorian era, they had special tea cups that protected your moustache from getting dunked in your tea.
  • 15
    Iceland has been so culturally isolated through history since the Vikings, that compared to other Scandinavian counties, people who speak Icelandic can still read the old Norsk sagas.
  • 16
    The Lion's Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. They have been swimming in arctic waters since before the dinosaurs (over 650 million years ago).
  • 17
    Your body is creating and killing about 2.4 million red blood cells per second.
  • 18
    The strangers in your dreams are actually people that you've seen in real life.
  • 19
    Not only are there rogue planets floating through space completely alone, not orbiting any stars, but it’s possible that these pitch-black lonely planets support life.
  • 20
    In 2011, archaeologists discovered the skeletal remains of a Roman couple who have been holding hands for 1,500 years.
  • 21
    The oldest stone tools found are dated from 2.7 - 2.9 million years ago. The species that made these tools is unknown.
  • 22
    If you have 1 billion dollars and spend $1,000 every day, it would take you 2,740 years to go broke.
  • 23
    Only about 2% of the world population has green eyes.
  • 24
    There are so many kinds of apples that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all.
  • 25
    There is a persistent storm in Venezuela that produces lightning 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour and has been going since at least the 16th century.
  • 26
    Scientists at the Zhejiang University in China have developed an ultra-light material known as carbon aerogel.
  • 27
    Lurch, a Watusi bull, had the largest horns in the world.
  • 28
    A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court.
  • 29
    The largest breed of rabbit is the Flemish Giant.
  • 30
    Some monks can increase their body temperature so much they can dry soaking sheets in a freezing room!
  • 31
    No one knows Albert Einstein's last words. Just before he passed, he spoke several words in German, but his nurse only knew English.
  • 32
    You forget 90% of your dreams.
  • 33
    An unprotected human can survive up to 1.5 minutes in space with no permanent bodily damage.
  • 34
    It's possible to die from a broken heart; it's called Stress Cardiomyopathy.
  • 35
    Your thumb is about the same size as your nose.
  • 36
    The average person in their lifetime will spend an estimated 20,160 minutes kissing!
  • 37
    Daizi Zheng, a Chinese designer, made a Coca-Cola powered cell phone. She designed a battery that uses enzymes to generate electricity from the carbs.
  • 38
    Cows can sleep standing up, but they can only dream lying down.
  • 39
    A cow produces around 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
  • 40
    The 409 escalators in the London subway cover a distance every week which is approximately equivalent to several trips around the globe!
  • 41
    The oldest glowing lightbulb was first switched on in 1901 and lives in fire stations in Livermore, CA. It is known as the Centennial Light.