In 2017, Bill Gates told Time, “You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning. Reading fuels a sense of curiosity about the world, which I think helped drive me forward in my career and in the work that I do now with my foundation”. This is true, not just for tech moguls, but for every other person in this world. Not only does learning new things keep you updated with the current world, it also improves your brain health and makes you happier in life. Studies also show that laughter is the best medicine. So, for fun and to keep your learning appetite filled, we have gathered some mind blowing facts of all time.
1. In 1930, BBC reported “There Is No News”.
On April 18, 1930, the BBC’s news announcer had nothing to communicate. So, he stated, “There is no news”, before piano music was played for the rest of the 15-minute segment. (source)
2. Some cats are actually allergic to humans.
Not only can cats get seasonal allergies to pollen and grass, they can also become allergic to humans. It’s not because of of how we shed our skin or how many times we bathe. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, it’s usually caused by residue from our perfume, soap or laundry detergent. (source)
3. You might be drinking water that is older than the solar system.
We know that the Earth is old and the sun is old but did you know that water may be even older than both? According to astrophysicists’ calculations, the same liquid we drink and that fills the oceans may be millions of years older than the solar system itself. (source)
4. Stars don’t really twinkle.
When we look up at the sky, it might appear as if the massive celestial bodies in the night sky are sparkling, but it turns out that the flashing we see is merely a “space mirage”. The light emanating from the stars are constant but the Earth’s atmosphere bends and refracts the light, which is why they appear to twinkle. (source)
5. The inventor of the microwave wasn’t trying to create a microwave.
Over 30 million microwave cookers are sold annually throughout the world. It’s inventor, Raytheon engineer Percy Spencer, was testing a radar magnetron, when he realized that the peanut cluster bar in his pocket had melted. After conducting further testing, he figured out that the microwaves could be concentrated to heat food and ended up making the first working microwave oven in 1946. (source)
6. The blob of toothpaste that sits on your toothbrush has a name.
It’s called a “nurdle”. (source)
7. Zebra stripes act as a natural bug repellant.
According to a report published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the black and white stripes may be an evolutionary feature to fend off harmful horseflies. (source)
8. The record lowest temperature in the U.S. was -80°F.
During winter season, it can get pretty chilly in some parts of the U.S., however, the coldest recorded temperature ever in the country was recorded in January 1971 in Prospect Creek, Alaska. According to NOAA, the temperature dropped down to -80°F (-62.2°C). (source)
9. Night owls tend to be smarter than early birds.
According to research published in Personality and Individual Differences, night owls tend to have higher I.Q.s than early risers. The study explains that this is because nocturnal adults have found a way to become more productive at night, deviating from the path our ancestors took. Another study also found that night owls are more outgoing and extroverted than early birds. (source 1, 2)
10. Koalas sleep up to 22 hours a day.
Cats sleep an average of twelve hours a day, and some can sleep up to sixteen hours in a twenty-four hour period. According to the Australian Koala Foundation, however, koalas can sleep between 18 and 22 hours a day. This is because they require a lot of energy to digest, and taking long naps help them conserve energy. (source)
11. Octopuses can taste with their arms.
Octopuses do not have a backbone, which allows them to maneuver in and out of very small spaces. They also have three hearts, blue blood and eight arms that they can not only grab with, but can also taste. According to the Library of Congress, they are also capable of moving at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. (source)
12. Every day, more than 100 acres of pizza is served in the U.S.
According to the National Association of Pizza Operators, the United States pizza industry “serves about 100 acres of pizza a day”. This means that an astounding 350 slices of pizza is sold every second in America. In order to keep up with demand, approximately 17% of all American restaurants are pizzerias. (source)
13. “Aviation English” is the language all pilots are required to speak, no matter where they are from.
It’s not uncommon for pilots to make trips to international destinations and for this reason, it’s incredibly important for both pilots and those coordinating air traffic to be able to clearly communicate and understand one another. This is why the “Aviation English,” a 300-word language was created and all aircrew are required to know the language, despite their nationality. (source)