There Are No Surprises Left in the World. But Here Are 23 Facts That Prove the Opposite
To this day, only 0.001% out of all kinds of creatures have been studied, which means that this world still hides many mysteries and secrets. Maybe that's the reason why no living person is able to know everything about our planet? In this article, we tried to find some answers to some of the mysteries surrounding our globe.
Bright Side collected 23 amazing facts that may change your idea of the world. At the end of the article in the bonus section, you will see proof that necessity is the mother of invention.
- Baby rabbits are called kittens and not bunnies as we're all used to thinking.
- In the Middle Ages, earrings were worn mostly by men. Women didn't tend to wear them because the Catholic church prohibited them to pierce ears. But law-breaking pirates and sailors were not going to refuse such decorations. A seaman could put an earring on only after he had visited one of the most dangerous places on earth – Cape Horn, where it was raining almost round the clock and huge icebergs wandered along the coast. Such a sailor had the right to get one free mug of alcohol and could even put his feet on the table in the port taverns.
- The Coca-Cola company sells more than 1 billion items of its product daily.
- Seahorses are the only animals where a male becomes pregnant and delivers offspring.
- The correct way to use bobby pins is to keep the grooved side down. This side prevents the bobby pin from falling due to a better linkage with hair.
- Cows from different countries moo differently. They have their own regional accents just like humans.
- The pacemaker, a device that saves millions of lives, was invented accidentally by an engineer - John Hopps. The scientist was looking for a way to quickly warm up a human's body. Hopp suddenly discovered that a frozen heart could be "started" again by stimulation with electrical impulses. On the basis of his discovery, the first pacemaker was developed.
- Astronauts' helmets have special devices to scratch the nose.
- The ancient Greeks believed that the "life" of a person is concentrated in the liver, and not in the heart. That is why the eagle pecked the liver of Prometheus in the myth and it was restored during the night, thereby preventing Prometheus from dying.
- Dolphins, birds, and crocodiles have an incredible ability of unihemispheric slow-wave sleep. While one hemisphere is asleep, the other is awake and the hemispheres can switch.
- In 1915, the millionaire Cecil Chubb gave his wife a very strange gift – he bought her Stonehenge. However, his wife did not appreciate the gift, and Chubb had to pass Stonehenge to the British people.
There is an International Federation dedicated to the game "Rock, Paper, Scissors." Since 2002, annual international championships have been held with a prize fund of $50,000.
- In China, men are offered a very unusual service – to feel the process of pregnancy and childbirth. Surprisingly, there are many men who want to do it.
- Tomatoes came to Europe only in the middle of the 16th century. For a long time, tomatoes were considered inedible and even poisonous. European gardeners bred them as an exotic decorative plant and ladies decorated dresses, hats, and bouquets with tomato flowers. Tomatoes even took part in the "contract killing." The chef of George Washington tried to poison him by serving hot tomatoes as a garnish to the main dish, after which he committed suicide.
- There is about 4 g of iron in the human body. It is enough to make a nail as long as 7.6 cm.
- Fire has no shadow because fire itself is a source of light. Shadows appear when the beam of light is redirected or blocked. It means that the wall you expect to see the shadow on will be covered by the light from the fire instead, hence, no redirection of light will be there and, as a result, no shadow.
- Glass is liquid. And to be more precise, it is amorphous, which is an intermediate state between solid and liquid. But molten glass always has a liquid aggregate state.
- The most expensive pizza in the world was eaten not by the oligarch or oil baron. The average programmer from Florida turned out to be the lucky consumer. Yes, and the composition of the pizza was the most common: mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes. The thing is that the guy was hungry but he did not want to leave the house for food. So he spent 10,000 bitcoins on pizza which amounted to about $25 back then. Now, the bitcoin-community celebrates Pizza Day on May 22.
- The Netherlands is not the birthplace of tulips. It is believed that tulips appeared in northern Iran and in the mountains of Central Asia in the 10th century. In Europe, tulips appeared only 600 years later.
- There are a lot of nerves in cats' scruff area. When a cat lifts its kitten by its scruff, the kitten stops moving. It helps mother cats securely transfer their kittens.
- The worldwide famous font for blind people was created by the 15-year-old son of the shoemaker Louis Braille, who went blind as a result of an injury. As a basis, the teenager took a "military font" which was actively used for reading in the dark.
- Not only is McDonald's tasty, but it's educative, as well. The thing is that more than 80,000 people graduated from Hamburger University, founded by a well-known fast food chain. Now each of them carries the proud title of Bachelor of Hamburgerology.
Bonus: inside a Bocce ball:
Bocce is a very popular Italian game. The balls used in this game are usually spherical and have a foam core. The insides and outsides of cheaper bocce balls can have different materials like plastic or wood. In the picture, you can see the cheaper version – small balls inside a big one.
Which of these facts amazed you most of all? Are you aware of other interesting facts that you would like to share with us? Let us know about them in the comments!.