Your Dose of Fun Facts - #1
First published: Monday May 3rd, 2021
I now have two series that I am determined to not stop doing them. I am now stable and do not feel like deleting my two series anytime soon. So my schedule with this series is...well, I'm going to try and make it every other day or three days apart from each one.
With my other series, I'm just uploading random things on events or holidays
(P.S. Do not forget Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday ;D)
Yes, my new dog.
Rex is starting to get a bit floofier, and my tabby has absolutely no problem with him. Oh geez, this is really short.
Your Dose of Fun Facts
1. A narwhal's tusk reveals its past living conditions. The so called, "Horn", that narwhals have is an overgrown tooth that are most commonly found in males, some having one or two. These can grow up to 10 ft large (4m)! When you look at the swiveled tusk, the rings can tell you the age and provide clues about how it has lived, much like a tree.
2. The first person convicted of speeding was going 8 mph. According to Guiness World Records, the first person to be charged for speeding was Walter Arnold who was caught going 4x the speed limit at the time of January 28, 1896.
3. The world wastes about 1 billion metric tones of food each year. Wasting food is a huge problem, with 61% coming from homes, 26% from restaurants and other food services, and 13% from grocery stores. The USA seems to have more food than they/we can eat, so we export it to other countries of the world.
4. The world's smallest reptile was reported earlier this year. Do you ever think science goes a little too "above and beyond"? Maybe, but have you ever heard of the tiny chameleon discovered in Madagascar in the month of January, 2021? This tiny reptile was measured to be about 1.1 inches in length, smaller than your thumb!
5. Many feet bones don't harden until your an adult. Feet are one of the many complex parts of the body that contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and 19 muscles. Although these can allow you to make many different movements with your feet, many of these bones remain cartilage until around the age of 21!
6. The heads on Easter Island have bodies. The iconic stone heads that are found in Easter Island are familiar to many people, but what they don't realize is that there is more to it, just a bit underground, I would say. Archaeologists have studying the hundreds of stone statues on the Pacific Island excavated two figures, revealing full torsos that are as high as 33 feet (10m)!
7. Humans are the only animals that can blush. We are also believed to be the only "animals" that feel embarrassment, a complicated emotion requiring to understand the opinions or other people.
8. The wood frog can hold its pee for up to 8 months. Wood frogs in Alaska have been known to hold it in for up to eight months, relieving themselves once the temperatures increase. It actually helps keep the animal alive while it hibernates, having special microbes in their gut that recycles urea into nitrogen.
9. Death Valley isn't the hottest place on earth. You might be saying, "Facter, how is this possible? Are you mad?", but its true. The hottest recorded spot on the planet is in El Azizia, located in Libya, where a temperature of 136 degrees farenheit (58 celsius) was recorded on September 13, 1922. Hotter temperatures have likely happened to be in other places, but this is the highest formally recorded temperature by a weather station. This temperature was only a bit hotter than the hottest in Death Valley, at 134 degrees farenheit (56.5 celsius)
10. Rabbits cannot puke. Unlike cats and other animals who cough up hairballs and other indigestable material, rabbits cannot puke. Their digestive system only goes one way, so the furry critters swallow a plentiful amount of roughage to keep things moving in the right direction.
11. Only 2 mammals like spicy food: humans and the tree shrew. While humans have long had the rare distinction of being the only mammal to enjoy spicy food, the list has a new addition. A study by Chinese researchers found that tree shrews have a mutation in their ion channel receptor which makes them less sensitive to the "hot" chemical in chili peppers.
12. The M's in M&Ms stands for "Mars" and "Murrie." That would be Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie, the two businessmen who created these candy-coated chocolates.
13. The human body literally glows. You most likely cannot see it with the naked eye, but your body always glows. The human body emits a small amount of visible light with an illumination about 1,000x less intense than the levels of light that we would actually be able to see. Japan uses a special camera to track this glow and found that it fluctuates throughout the day, with the body emitting the lowest levels of light around 10:00 AM and the highest about 4:00 PM.
14. Copper door knobs are self-disinfecting. "Oh my goodness Facter, wh-!" I know, I know. Copper and its alloys, such as brass, have been popular manufactering door knobs, and turns out, this may not be because of the pleasant hue of the door knob, but in fact because that the material has been found to kill bacteria. According to one of the studies from the National College of Kathmandu in Nepal, "the metal ions denature protein of the target cells by binding to reactive groups resulting in precipitation and inactivation. The high affinity of cellular proteinsfor the metallic ions results in death of the cells due to cumulative effects of the ion within the cells." In other words, brass sterilizes the bacteria that can build up from the potentially unwashed hands that grip it.
15. Cotton candy was invented by a dentist. It is not known whether William Morrison had an ulterior motive for inventing the soft confection, but the dentist no doubt helped ensure others in his profession continued drawing in plenty of customers.
Katniss rickrolled me and some others today ;D