- Education and Science
Some Crazy Facts You Never Knew: Vol 1
Welcome to my yet another interesting edition of facts. If you haven’t noticed yet, I love facts and I also love to share them with people so nobody claims to be ignorant of things happening around us.
Let’s see some of them below;
- Obesity often leads to type 2diabetes. This is because research has it that eating more fruits, vegetables and fiber can actually change the blood’s sensitivity to insulin within as little as two weeks. There is more than 3 million recorded cases of Obesity per year in USA.
- It is a well known fact that a Cheetah is the fastest animal on land, reaching top speed of about 112km/hr, amazing. But the irony is that a Cheetah can’t run more than 300 yards or 30 minutes and after that, it must stop to breathe for 45 minutes unless it will die.
- Cancer research and study has it that the amount of water that women drink correlates to their risk of colon cancer, with heavy water drinkers reducing their risk up to 45 percent.
- Apparently about 75 percent of people have no symptoms when they first acquire HCV (Hepatitis C Virus). So according to research, 4 of every 100 infants born to HCV-infected mothers become infected with the virus.
- Elephants are one of the most sensitive living land animals; with their trunks they can smell water up to 3 miles away. Interestingly too, they are also one of the three mammals that undergo menopause- humpback whales and human females are the other two.
- After three years at the top, Google have finally overtaken Apple to become the world’s most valuable global brand in the 2014 ranking of the Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand with worth value of $159 billion over Apple’s $147 billion.
- Dr. Dre whose real name is Andre Young became the first World’s hip hop artiste billionaire when Apple completed a $3bn acquisition of his Beats Electronics. This became the most expensive acquisition in Apple’s 38-year history.
- World War II that lasted for about four years (1939-1945) was the most destructive conflict in history. It cost more money, damaged more property and killed more people (as more than six million Jews were killed by the Nazis representing a fraction of dead people) than any other recorded war ever.
- In the United States, the city of Los Angeles has one of the largest concentrations of homeless people. It houses over 57,000 homeless people according to a recent statistics (second only to New York City).
- It has been discovered that every human being has a unique tongue print; just like our finger prints.
- Mars is the planet that has the largest volcano in the solar system called Olympus Mons. It is 25.75 Kilometers high and is almost three times the size of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth which is 8848m high.
- No two Zebras have the same pattern of stripes. In fact, some scientists believe that zebras are social animals just like bees because their stripes are like identity badges that help zebras to recognize one another.
- Laughing has been discovered to be a good therapeutic. So, watching a comedy or funny movie for even just 15 minutes can increase your blood flow and laughing every day can keep your heart happy and healthy.
- Recently according to a health study, it was found that a sedentary 40-year-old woman who begins walking briskly half an hour a day, for four days in a week, can enjoy almost the same low risk of heart attack as a woman who has exercised regularly her entire life.
- Mexico is a country classified by World Bank as an ‘upper-middle-income’ developing country, but 40% of her over 100 million populations are living in poverty and about 15,000 to 30,000 Mexicans are homeless on the streets of her capital, Mexico City.
- Cows have been discovered to produce more quantity of milk when listening to soothing music. So if you are into dairy farming, then when next you want milk out from your cows you might as well consider a John Legend songs. Lols
- Barcelona is a city in Spain that boasts the home to arguably the best football club side in the world, is one of the best places for young people to live in. This is simply because it boasts of a major cultural and economic center in Southwestern Europe and home to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites including the world famous Sagrada Familia (is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí). Barcelona is considered to be the World’s top city-beach since the city lies along the Mediterranean Sea.
- Denmark’s flag called the ‘Danneborg’ or ‘the spirit of Denmark’ is considered to be the oldest national flags in continuous use till date. History have it that the flag represents a vision thought to have been seen by the Danish King Waldemar II before the Battle of Lyndanisse, which took place in Estonia in 1219.
- When seen from space our planet the earth, looks like a giant blue marble. This is simply because most of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. But deep inside, the Earth is full of hot, liquid rock.
- The first living creature to travel into space was a dog called Laika. The spacecraft which carried her on 3rd November, 1957 was called Sputnik 2.
- Space Shuttle Vostok1 became the first manned mission after it was successfully launched and sent into space on 12th April, 1961. The spaceship had Yuri Gagarin as the chief commander who was the first man to travel into space.
- The Tsunami that hit Southeast Asia on 26 December, 2004 became world most powerful and destructive natural disaster witnessed in more than 40 years. It killed tens of thousands of people, destroyed cities, infrastructures and holiday resorts in dozen countries of Asia.
- Mount Kilauea in Hawaii, USA has been found to be the most active volcano in the world.
- Transamerica Pyramid, a specially designed building survived the famous 1989 earthquake of San Francisco, USA.
- In summer, the North and South Poles have daylight for three months and no night-time while in winter, they both have three months of darkness. This is usually caused by the angle of elevation and depression of the Earth towards the Sun.
- Only 7% of the Earth’s surface is covered by rainforests, yet 80 percent of the World’s plant and perhaps animal species are found there.
Did you enjoy reading some these facts?
- The hump of a camel is bigger than that of a cow and so the camel’s hump helps it to survive without food for as long as two weeks. No wonder camels are normally found and used for long distance travels in deserts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
- Kangaroo rats do not drink water because they have the ability to turn the dry seeds they eat into water. Also they never sweat, even in a very hot weather.
- Prairie dogs are actually short fat squirrels found most especially in the deserts. They are called dogs because they make sound so similar to a dog’s bark.
- The hot air balloons that we see today took its first flight on 5 June, 1783 in France but there were no people on board other than three animals- a sheep, a duck and a rooster- as passengers. The balloon was invented by French brothers Joseph and Jacques Montgolfer and they made the first balloon flight carrying people five months later on 21 November, 1783.
- Egyptians studied mathematics and geometry; they were regarded as great architects. The Great Pyramid of Giza was built by the then Egyptian pharaoh called Khufu with the help of his famous architects around 2560 BC.
- Killing someone in a hit-and-run is a one time fine in China, but if you hit someone with your car then you would have to take care of his medical bills. So people prefer to go back and kill a person they accidentally hit.
- In most prisons that exist in Bolivia, inmates live as a community buying or renting houses and also having to invite with their families sometimes to live with them.