14 Facts That Show a World We Haven’t Seen Yet
We can find anything we want on the internet, read every article out there, watch any video we choose, and see the entire universe from our phones. But even after all this, the world still finds ways to amaze us and prove that life is full of interesting discoveries, captivating adventures, and new stories.
Bright Side was stunned by these 14 facts and couldn’t help but tell you about them.
1. There is a breed of chicken called a “Silkie.”
It looks like a toy but aside from the feathers that look like silk, this breed has some other unusual qualities: this chicken has black skin and bones, blue earlobes, and 5 toes on each foot (other chickens have only 4). And they cost $25 each.
2. This is a real heart from a blue whale.
This is the only heart of a blue whale we’ve ever had because dead whales usually sink. But when one blue whale was washed ashore in 2014, researchers did all they could to extract the heart and save it from decomposition.
This heart weighs 440 lbs, it’s the size of an average car, and every beat moves 220 liters of blood. But despite all of this, a whale’s heartbeat is the slowest among all other animals on the planet: at 4 to 8 beats per minute.
3. If butterflies have a chance, they will drink your blood.
Maybe you already know that butterflies can drink turtle tears. But these insects have another dark secret: all kinds of butterflies will drink blood if they find it. The thing is, blood contains minerals and nutrients, for example, glucose and sodium. Butterflies need a lot of these elements and they are hard to come by.
4. In 1952, Wernher von Braun wrote a book called The Mars Project and a man named Elon was the leader of the colonists.
Basically, The Mars Project is a manual about how to make an expedition to the Red Planet and colonize it. In one of the chapters, the author says that the government should consist of 10 people with a leader whose name is Elon. Do you think this is a coincidence?
5. Thor’s hammer exists and only the worthy ones can lift it. But there is a trick you should know about.
English inventor Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” And this is true. Allen Pan created Thor’s Hammer and demonstrated how it works on YouTube. The hammer uses powerful electric magnets that won’t let you lift it. There is a fingerprint scanner in the handle and if your fingerprint is in the database, you will be able to lift the hammer.
6. Fremdschämen is the German word we all need.
Fremdschämen is a German word that describes the state when you feel awkward because of someone else’s behavior. It is used when you feel ashamed for somebody else.
7. Scientifically speaking, cats are liquids.
In physics, a liquid is something that conforms to the shape of its container but retains a (nearly) constant volume independent of pressure. Cats really fit the definition. Sometimes, they act like liquids and can take any shape.
A study and several conferences were conducted in order to understand how to classify cats: as liquids or as solid objects. The question is still unanswered, but the researchers have already received the Ig Nobel Prize.
8. The KFC mystery was revealed.
It is known that the KFC chicken recipe contains 11 herbs and spices. Not long ago, Twitter user Mike Edgette found that 5 girls named Spice and 6 men named Herb are subscribed to the official KFC account. Mike tweeted his discovery right away and it went viral.
KFC thanked Mike for his detective work and sent him a big painting with Mike himself on Colonel Sanders’ back with a beautiful forest in the background.
9. You can live your entire life eating only potatoes with oil.
If you are preparing for the apocalypse, then it may be a good idea to add potatoes and oil to your shopping list. Potatoes contain a balanced amount of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. And they will also provide the body with enough vitamins. But potatoes don’t contain enough fats so oil is not just tasty, but also necessary.
Dana Hunnes, senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, says that potatoes with oil can be used as a short-term diet for people who are trying to lose weight.
10. In Great Britain, there are “thankful villages.”
In Great Britain, there are 52 thankful villages where all the inhabitants returned home alive after the end of the First World War. There are also 13 doubly thankful villages that had the same success after the Second World War. There is a sign near every village warning drivers to be extremely careful.
11. Rap battles appeared in the 5th century.
Rap battles are competitions where people try to humiliate each other with the best punches. Interestingly, in the 5th century, there were competitions called “flyting.” During this competition, 2 poets were supposed to insult each other using classical poems. And the loser was the one with the worst poetry.
12. The smallest snowman in the world is only 2.7 microns tall.
To put this in perspective: the thickness of a human hair is 75 microns. In order to create such a snowman, scientists put 3 spheres of silica on top of each other. They were 0.9 microns in size. The eyes and the mouth were made with an ion beam and the arms and the nose were made of platinum. See, science can be fun!
13. Crocodiles and alligators don’t die because of old age and continue growing forever.
Some animals have what is called “negligible senescence” which means that theoretically, they can live forever. For example, crocodiles cannot die of old age and they will continue to grow eating more and more food. However, you are very unlikely to see a 1000-year-old crocodile. Most animals die because of hunger, disease, and other predators.
14. The heaviest person ever weighed 1,400 lbs.
The heaviest person in the world that has ever lived was Jon Brower. At his peak weight, he was 1,400 lbs (635 kg). Just imagine: at the age of 12, he already weighed 294 lbs! Obviously, this weight leads to a lot of problems. For example, when he was in the hospital, it took 13 people to roll him to change the bed sheets.
Did you know any of these facts before you read the article? Which of them do you think was the most interesting?