Bright Side

Internet Users Share 15 Recent Discoveries That Won’t Stop Haunting Their Minds

Every time you think there’s nothing else that can surprise you in this world, someone can prove that you’re actually wrong. For example, we had no idea that bananas make bees aggressive and that spiders don’t have muscles in their legs. So if you want to learn some more interesting facts, just continue reading this article.

The Bright Side team would like to share 15 recent discoveries made by internet users with you that will boggle your mind.

  • Today I learned about manual babbling. Deaf children or children born to deaf parents babble with their hands instead of vocalized babbling. @Dachten
  • Mosquitoes can not only smell what blood type you are, they prefer type O. In fact, people who are type O are twice as likely to be bitten than someone who is type A. @doubleXmedium
  • Beekeepers are advised to not eat bananas. Their smell makes bees aggressive because it releases the same pheromones that alert bees to an attack. @saiasox
  • I learned that you can’t find broccoli in the wild, since it was created by humans by breeding it from wild cabbage. @WTender2
  • The human brain remains half-awake when sleeping in a new environment for the first time. @Cosmogally
  • Today I learned about “latchkey incontinence,” a phenomenon where the urge to urinate gets stronger the closer you are to a bathroom. One example would be when you put your key in your front door when returning home from work. @youagreewithit
  • I visited a DreamWorks animation exhibition yesterday and found an early sketch of Shrek from the film’s production:
  • I learned that koala bear fingerprints are almost indistinguishable from human fingerprints. And though it’s unlikely that they would be at the scene of a crime, police should be aware of this possibility. @amansaggu26
  • Harry Potter has been translated to Ancient Greek so that the students of this dead language would have something fun to decipher. @harmenator
  • I found out that my daughter has uncombable hair syndrome. It is characterized by dry, frizzy hair that stands up from the scalp and that can’t be combed flat. This is what it looks like:
  • I learned that brass doorknobs (or any other brass objects) sterilize themselves from bacteria after about 8 hours. This is called the oligodynamic effect. @1nfin1tus
  • Pencils are yellow because in the 19th century the best graphite came from China. Yellow was a royal color in China, so pencil companies began to color their pencils yellow to show both high quality and an association with this country. @unknown
  • I found out that roundabouts reduce fatalities from accidents by 72-82%. They also lower wait times and save gas. @VictorJ45
  • Spiders don’t have muscles in their legs. They extend them using a system of hydraulics powered by their blood pressure. When they die, spiders’ legs curl up because the blood pressure is gone. @itCompiledThrsNoBugs

Can you continue this list with your own discoveries? Please, do this in the comments.

Preview photo credit AnthropoceneKid / twitter