Thursday, March 14, 2013

Random Facts

1. There are more stars than there are grains of sand on Earth.

2. West­ern Aus­tralia is twice the size of Alaska.

3. The solar sys­tem is in orbit around the cen­ter of the Milky Way. We’re mov­ing at about 483,000 miles an hour.

4. There are more mol­e­cules in a cup of water than there are cups of water in the ocean.

5. There are almost more atoms in a grain of sand, than there are grains of sand on Earth.

6. The sen­tence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” uses every let­ter in the alphabet.

7. A group of goril­las is called a shrewdness.

8. A group of flamin­gos is called a stand.

9. A group of giraffes is called a tower.

10. A group of uni­corns is called a blessing.

11. A group of crows is called a murder.

12. A group of larks is called an exaltation.

13. A group of ravens is called an unkindness.

14. A group of fer­rets is called a business.

15. The guy that voices Sponge­Bob SquarePants is the nar­ra­tor in Power-puff Girls.

16. The sound you hear before water starts to boil is actu­ally the first water vapor bub­bles form­ing at the bot­tom and implod­ing as they reach colder water just above. The sound you hear is the shock wave that is cre­ated from the cav­i­ta­tion that occurs.

17. A sun­set is usu­ally more bril­liant than a sun­rise because of the dust and par­ti­cles that are kicked up by the sun heat­ing the ground cre­at­ing ther­mals. The dust then refracts the light and cre­ates col­ors in the sky.

18. Worker ants take 250 naps a day that last a lit­tle over a minute long on aver­age and total to around 4 and a half hours of sleep. This allows 80% of the work­force to be active at any one time. Queen ants on the other hand, take 90 naps a day which aver­age about 6 min­utes each, get­ting about 9 hours of sleep a day. Sci­en­tists think this may be why worker ants live only for months while the queens live for years.

19. Ants don’t have enough mass to die on impact, no mat­ter the height.

20. Heli­copters do not take off or land by chang­ing the speed of the rotor blades. The rotor blades are mov­ing at the exact same speed at all times even when the heli­copter is hov­er­ing, accel­er­at­ing, slow­ing down or on the ground. It’s just the angle of the blades being changed.

21. Hugo Boss designed and man­u­fac­tured the uni­forms for the Nazi’s.

22. New York is area code 212 and LA is 213 and Chicago 312 because the largest cities got the quick­est num­bers to dial on a rotary phone.

23. Goats have hor­i­zon­tal slit-shaped pupils which increases their periph­eral depth per­cep­tion which is very impor­tant when climb­ing cliffs.

24. The length of your fore­arm from elbow to wrist is the same length of your foot from heel to toe. Try it if you don’t believe me.

25. With arms spread straight out, the dis­tance from mid­dle fin­ger tip to mid­dle fin­ger tip is equal to your height.

26. George Wash­ing­ton (Mr. First Pres­i­dent) almost joined the British Navy, but his mother con­vinced him otherwise.

27. With just 57 peo­ple in a room, the chance that there are two peo­ple who share a birth­day is at least 99%! With 23 peo­ple in the room, there is a 50% chance.

28. On a chess­board, a knight can visit each square exactly once.

29. When you dream, every­thing you see in that dream, you’ve seen before in real life.

30. Every time you shuf­fle a deck of cards, it’s extremely likely that your spe­cific arrange­ment of cards has never existed and will never exist again. The chance that you’ve recre­ated a shuf­fled deck from any point in human his­tory is sim­i­lar to win­ning the lot­tery 100 times over.
Or to say it another way: You can re-arrange a deck of cards into more com­bi­na­tions than there have been nanosec­onds since the birth of the universe.

31. Aladdin is Chinese.

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