10 Absurd Facts That Are Sure to Surprise You

10 Absurd Facts That Are Sure to Surprise You

In a world filled with surprising things, it’s not that hard to fill our curiosity. While books and documentaries can surely provide us with knowledge, there are some things that you can only discover with the help of the internet. Today, we are listing such facts that sound absurd, but are totally true.

1. Sneezes travel at about 100 miles per hour and can send up to 100,000 germs into the surrounding air.

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Sneezing is a natural process that expels irritants from the nasal cavity. The immune process helps keep our body safe by clearing the nose of bacteria and viruses. While it sounds absurd, sneezes can travel at about 100 miles per hour and a single sneeze is capable of sending 100,000 germs into the air. The process of using tissues to sneeze is not only polite, but also prevents the germs from spreading to your surroundings.

2. Ostrich eggs are the largest of all eggs. They weigh up to 3 lbs, which is over 20 times the weight of a chicken egg.

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An ostrich is not only the largest living bird, it also lays the largest of all eggs. A female ostrich, or hen, can lay 40-100 eggs per year and each egg measures approximately 6 inches in length and 15-18 inches in circumference. On average,  its weight is close to 3.1 lbs (1.4 kilograms), with a thickness of 0.06 inches. As comparison, an average-sized chicken egg weighs approximately 57 grams (about 2 ounces).

3. Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries. A lemon contains 70% sugar and a strawberry contains only 40% of sugar.

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Some people consider strawberries and lemons to be healthy foods since they contain a low amount of sugar. However, not many people are aware of the fact that lemons contain 70% sugar, whereas strawberries contain only 40% sugar. The reason that lemons taste sour even with having more sugar than the strawberry is because of the high amount of citric acid within them. The strawberry has less sugar than the lemon but there is no acid content present in the strawberry; which is why it tastes sweet.

4. Humans could possibly walk on water, if it was on the moon.

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On Earth, it is impossible for humans to walk on water, unless we are suspended by a cable or a powerful jet pack is supporting our weight. However, on the moon, it is practically possible to walk on water. According to the BBC, this is because of weak lunar gravity, which would require less muscle power, and our small feet wouldn’t need to move all that fast to avoid sinking.

5. Hummingbird eggs are about the size of a small jelly bean or pea.

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Did you know that only the female hummingbird works in building the nest and raising the chicks? Other than that, a hummingbird will usually lay 2 eggs in the nest and sometimes only 1. If there are two, each of them will be laid on separate days, but the eggs will hatch on the same day. This is because the female will not start incubating the the eggs until the second egg is laid. The eggs are also extremely tiny, less than half an inch long, or about the size of a small jelly bean or pea.

6. Flamingos bend their legs at the ankle, not the knee.

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Flamingos are magnificent creatures that are known for their pinkish color, curiously shaped bill, slender necks and long, delicate looking legs. According to the National Aviary, the long legs and neck serve a purpose, which is to allow the birds to wade and forage in water several feet deep. While flamingos are pink in the wild, it is not their natural color. The pink or scarlet red color is due to their diet of microscopic shrimp and algae. Another common misconception is that flamingos are the only birds that have backward knees. In reality, their knees are hidden by feathers and are located close to the bird’s body. The prominent joints that we see are actually their ankles.

7. Your phone is seven times dirtier than your toilet.

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A study conducted by Initial Washroom Hygiene found that toilet seats are far cleaner than the average mobile phone. During the study, samples were taken from smartphones as well as toilets. The samples were then studied, through which researchers discovered that the handheld devices contained more microbes than the toilets. To put things in perspective, the swabs from toilets showed bacteria on around 220 areas around the seat, whereas the average mobile phone boasted a disgusting 1,479 such spots. Experts believe that this is because of our habit to carry our smartphones everywhere, including the toilet.

8. Scientists believe that we yawn because it helps cool the brain.

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Yawning is a natural process. Humans as well as most vertebrate animals yawn every single day. For centuries, scientists have been trying to figure out why we yawn. Today, they finally have an answer. A series of experiments suggests that it cools the brain. Basically, when we yawn, we take in cooler air and act like a radiator. The study also suggests that we yawn more when the air is cool, and yawn less when the air is hot.

9. In order to burn one calorie, you’ll have to click a mouse 10 million times.

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Standing for one hour will burn 50 calories. If you are someone who wishes to burn calories without much movement other than your body, you can keep clicking your mouse. While it’s not the best way to burn calories, if you are up for a challenge, then you would have to click your mouse 10 million times, or 10 times every second for 11 and a half days. The process however, would only burn just one calorie.

10. One standard pencil can draw a line that is 35 miles long or write approximately 45,000 words.

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The word “pencil” derives from the Latin penicillus, meaning “little tail”. The average pencil holds enough graphite to draw a line about 35 miles long or to write roughly 45,000 words. However, there’s no record of anyone testing this statistic. Another interesting fact is that most pencils sold in America today have eraser tips, while those sold in Europe usually have none.

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