14 Facts That Changed the Way We See the World
No matter how many encyclopedias and scientific literature you read, there is always something interesting that you may be unaware of. For example, do you know what the initial purpose of bubble wrap was or that bats can communicate with each other?
Bright Side learned 14 facts that will prove to you that our world is full of amazing things.
Initially, bubble wrap was meant to be textured wallpaper. When its sales failed, the manufacturers tried to present it as greenhouse insulation and that failed too. Finally, it took off when IBM needed a material to protect their goods during transportation.
- Researchers have found out that bats know how to address each other individually and have disputes quite often.
- When a person you love rejects you, your brain has the same reaction as it does to physical pain.
- According to some data, malaria has killed about 50 billion people during the entire existence of mankind. At the same time, according to demographers, about 100 billion people have been born throughout the entire existence of our planet.
- In 1896, a U.S. psychologist George Stratton invented the invertoscope, glasses that invert an image before the light enters the eye. During the first days of using these glasses, Stratton was disoriented but after 3 days, he got new visual-motor associations. Day by day he had fewer feelings that the world was inverted up and down and left and right. When the scientist took the glasses off, his world perception had broken again. But this time the process of adjusting to normal vision was much faster.
- The Bluetooth term is an English adaptation of the word Blåtand, which means “blue-toothed” in Dutch. It was the nickname of the Vikings’ king, Harald Bluetooth that lived in Denmark in the 10th century. The merit of Harald I is that he was able to unite the hostile Danish tribes into one kingdom. It is implied that Bluetooth does the same thing with communication protocols, combining them into one universal standard. By the way, the Bluetooth logo is a combination of 2 Scandinavian runes — Hagall (ᚼ) and Bjarkan (ᛒ), that make up Harald’s I Bluetooth initials — h and b.
- The current Emperor of Japan, Akihito, is going to abdicate in April 2019 and transfer the throne to an heir. It will be the first voluntary abdication of the Emperor in 200 years in The Land of the Rising Sun.
- When Ashton Kutcher was 13, he almost committed suicide when he jumped off a hospital balcony. His brother named Michael was lying in the hospital waiting for a donor’s heart and the chances of being able to have the surgery were decreasing day by day. According to Ashton, the condition of his brother suffering from cardiomyopathy was depressing him a lot. That’s why eventually he decided to jump off the balcony so that his brother could get his heart. But their father stopped Ashton at the last moment. Turned out, the heart for transplantation was already on the way. The photo above depicts the famous actor with his brother Michael.
- An analysis of the history of almost 200 world countries shows that there are only 22 countries in the world that the British didn’t invade. Here are the countries: Andorra, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Guatemala, Cote d’Ivoire, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mali, the Marshall Islands, Monaco, Mongolia, Paraguay, Sao Tome and Principe, Sweden, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and the Vatican.
- Rice doesn’t require that much water for growing. But since rice can grow in such conditions and weeds cannot, the water becomes a natural protection from them. By the way, more than half of the world’s population feeds on rice.
- On the 24th of May, 1987 the Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 50th anniversary. On this occasion, 300,000 people got on the bridge and stayed there for several hours. Due to the huge weight, the middle part of the bridge sagged by 7 feet. There were 500,000 people who also wanted to get on the bridge but the authorities closed the entrance due to safety reasons.
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