Some facts are so surprising that they are powerful enough to make us wonder if they are indeed real. As an enthusiast, our cravings to know the world beyond us is not going to cease. For that exact reason, we have collected some amazing facts that are guaranteed to make you say “whoa”. Without further ado, here are some amazing facts.
#1. There is a unique breed of chicken called “Silkie”.
Silkie is an unusual breed of chicken that is extremely fluffy, small and has a calm personality. This chicken is an ideal pet since it enjoys attention and being around it’s owners. One of the most interesting characteristics of the bird is that they are extremely fluffy. While their feathers come in different colors, the Silkie chicken has black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and 5 toes on each foot; whereas other chickens have only 4 toes.
They are also extremely quiet, love to be held, and if allowed, will even sit on their owner’s lap all day. (source)
#2. In the Amazon, butterflies will drink the tears of turtles to provide necessary sodium in their diet.
It might sound weird but the fact that butterflies in the Amazon drink the tears of turtles is true. Bees are also known to flap around the eyes of turtles to consume tears, since the tears are known to contain an abundance of sodium. According to Phil Torres, a researcher at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru, the turtles’ diet mainly consists of meat. So, their tears are rich in sodium and other essential nutrients that butterflies and bees need to survive. Scientists studying the turtle and butterfly relationship found that while the process causes no harm to either individuals, the turtles do seem to be annoyed by the insects. (source)
#3. In 1952, Wernher von Braun, a German-American rocket physicist, astronautics engineer and space architect, wrote a non-fiction scientific book called Project Mars: A Technical Tale and a man named Elon as the leader of the colonists.
We are all aware of the name Elon Musk and his attempt to colonize Mars. Decades before Elon Musk would hatch the plan to colonize Mars (and decades before he was even born, for that matter), Wernher von Braun, a German-American rocket physicist, astronautics engineer and space architect, wrote a book called “Project Mars: A Technical Tale”. The novel was about a massive 1980’s project to colonize Mars. During the mission, however, the it was discovered that Mars was already inhabited by an advanced civilization, and the leader of the Martian government was given the title: Elon. Was it a coincidence or did Wernher von Braun have the ability to predict the future and the rise of Elon Musk? (source)
#4. Thor’s hammer exists in real-life and only its rightful owner is capable of lifting it.
The character Thor became widely known after Marvel’s 2011 smash hit movie – Thor. The movie was based on Stan Lee’s original Marvel Comic character of the same name. While many fans around the world tried to replicate Thor’s hammer, not everyone was successful; but one man was. Allen Pan, an amateur engineer who creates YouTube videos focusing on his inventions, created a one-of-a-kind replica of Thor’s hammer. The hammer is equipped with an electromagnet and fingerprint scanner that detects the user’s fingerprint upon touch. If it matches the information in the database, it turns the electromagnet off, allowing the user to lift the hammer. If not, then he/she will have a hard time lifting it since the electromagnet is extremely powerful and won’t budge. (source)
#5. In 2017, a Twitter user discovered that KFC follows 11 herb and spice accounts on the social media platform. When he tweeted his discovery, KFC sent him a framed painting of himself on Colonel Sanders’ back.
For decades, many people have been trying to figure out the ingredients of the world renowned Kentucky Fried Chicken. Mike Edgette of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, however, figured out something unusual on KFC’s Twitter account. While going through their official page, Mike found that KFC follows ‘five Spice Girls and six guys named Herb’. He immediately tweeted his finding to KFC: ‘@KFC follows 11 people. Those 11 people? Five Spice Girls and six guys named Herb. 11 Herbs and Spices. I need time to process this.’
Mike’s tweet garnered plenty of attention around the world; including those who manage KFC. Since Mike’s tweet gained immense attention, and thus provided the food-chain with a great deal of publicity, KFC sent Mike a huge painting to show their gratitude. The painting depicting Mike, drumstick in hand, enjoying a piggyback ride from Colonel Sanders himself, with a stunning backdrop of mountains and forest. He also received 52 $5 gift cards for his discovery. Apparently, KFC purposely added the hidden message in their account, hoping that someone would eventually figure it out. That someone just happened to be Mike Edgette. (source)
#6. Humans are capable of surviving entirely on a diet of potatoes and butter.
Today, the world is obsessed with the apocalypse and at least 50% of the population is anticipating for it to happen. Then there are people who are prepared for any impending doom waiting to happen on Earth. If you’re not apocalypse-ready, don’t worry, all you need to do is plant some potatoes in your backyard. According to Katherine Basbaum, a cardiovascular dietitian for the University of Virginia health system, potatoes and butter would provide enough macronutrients for the body at a “very basic level”. However, it does not mean that it’s a healthy diet. She also went on to add that staying alive and staying healthy are two very different things. (source)
#7. Rap battles existed as far back as the 5th century.
Rap battles have existed long before the modern rapping style was popularized. These competitions were known as Flyting and were actively practiced between the fifth and sixteenth centuries in England. They were a way of hurling insults at opponents in order to humiliate each other in public. When two people were Flyting, they would use provocative poems to gain the public’s support. The term “flyting” comes from Old English and Old Norse words for “quarrel” and “provocation”. (source)
#8. Those little “warranty void if removed” stickers are illegal in the United States.
Most of us have seen the “warranty void if removed” stickers at least once in our lives. Manufacturers label their products with these stickers to reduce claims by preventing people from trying to fix the product. Well, it turns out that those little stickers are illegal, according to The Federal Trade Commission. “Provisions that tie warranty coverage to the use of particular products or services harm both consumers who pay more for them as well as the small businesses who offer competing products and services,” Thomas B. Pahl, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. According to the agency, placing such stickers on products violates the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. (source)
#9. The sun and moon look about the same size to us because the moon is 1/400th the size of the sun and happens to orbit at 1/400th of the distance between the Earth and the sun.
According to NASA: “The Moon is about 400 times smaller than the Sun, but it also just happens to be about 400 times closer. The result is that from Earth, they appear to be the same size. And when its orbit around Earth takes the Moon directly between Earth and the Sun, the Moon blocks our view of the Sun in what we call a solar eclipse”. (source)
#10. You have no muscles in your fingers that help allow them to move. All of the work to control your fingers is done by muscles in your forearms and palms.
Our bodies use muscles for every physical activity we do. Of course we cannot imagine being able to do basic activities without the 650 muscles in our body, however, it might come as a surprise that our fingers, which help us to grab onto things, write, eat and almost everything we do on a daily basis, contain no muscles. So, how does our body achieve the task of making our fingers move if they have no muscles? Our fingers do have some muscles that help the hair on your fingers stand out straight but do not contain muscles that help them move. The movement is achieved by the concerted actions of the tendons, bones and muscles that are present in the palms of our hands. (source)