31 Mind Blowing Facts

  1. The time difference between when  Stegosaurus  and Tyrannosaurus  lived is greater than the time difference between Tyrannosaurus and now.



  2. The time difference between when The Walton’s aired and now is about as great as the time difference when The Walton’s was set (FDR presidency) and when it aired.



  3. If you properly shuffle a deck of cards, in all likelihood, the resulting deck has never been seen before in the history of the world.



  4. The bushes in Super Mario Bros. were just recolored clouds.



  5. There is a blind guy who can ride his bike in traffic using echolocation.



  6. There is a species of jellyfish that is immortal (turritopsis nutricula).



  7. A small enough animal can fall at terminal velocity without suffering any injury upon impact. An ant (or even a smallish spider) dropped from a tall building will be just fine.



  8. If you could fold a piece of paper in half 50 times, its thickness will be 3/4 the distance from the Earth to the Sun (71 million miles).



  9. Over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day (in USD using purchasing parity power), roughly half of the world’s population.



  10. There are more cells of bacteria in your body than there are human cells. (Indeed, there are more cells of E. coli alone than of human cells.)



  11. Computer hardware has fulfilled Moore’s Law for 40 years and may continue to do so.



  12. The guidance computer from the Apollo 11 mission ran at 1.024 MHz, about 1/6th of the processing power of a TI-83 calculator, and it took human beings to the moon.



  13. Humans landed on the moon, and it happened over 40 years ago.



  14. When you see most stars, you’re essentially looking hundreds or thousands of years into the past.



  15. It takes a photon, on average, 200,000 years to travel from the core of the Sun to the surface, then just a little over 8 minutes from the Sun’s surface to your eyeball, sliding in at 1,100,000,000km/h.



  16. If you cut up a hologram, the entire image is retained in each piece.



  17. If Earth weren’t tilted on its axis, we wouldn’t have wood grain, just “tree brown”.



  18. Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams missed almost five full baseball seasons (1943, 1944, 1945, 1952 and 1953) fighting as a fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War and still managed to hit 521 home runs.



  19. A pencil has the potential to draw a line 38 miles long.



  20. During metamorphosis, what happens in a cocoon is that most of the caterpillar gets dissolved by enzymes into a  soup of undifferentiated cells and then the butterfly grows out of the same DNA.



  21. In the 200,000 years since Homo Sapiens took their first steps across the African plains, just 57 billion people have ever lived — meaning over 12% of all the people ever born are ‘walking’ the planet at this very moment.



  22. 1 sperm has 37.5MB of DNA information in it. That means a normal ejaculation represents a data transfer of 1587GB in about 3 seconds



  23. Pixar Movies: The A113 Easter Egg, The Pizza Planet truck and the next Pixar movie are hidden in their films.



  24. The Earth’s diameter is about 3 mm larger than its circumference divided by pi [ How could one ever measure the earth to such accuracy? Especially considering that it’s not smooth as glass..



  25. The major religion in Antarctica is Christianity with a total of 8 churches.



  26. You live in the past. Use  one hand to touch your nose, and the other to touch one of your feet,  at exactly the same time. You will experience them as simultaneous acts. Clearly  it takes more time for the signal to travel up your nerves from your  feet to your brain than from your nose. The reconciliation is simple:  our conscious experience takes time to assemble, and your brain waits  for all the relevant input before it experiences the “now.” Experiments  have shown that the lag between things happening and us experiencing  them is about 80 milliseconds.



  27. Every day, 16% of the searches that occur are ones that Google has never seen before.



  28. Canadian amputee Terry Fox ran a marathon every day for 143 days straight, before dying of cancer at age 21. As a result, $500M has been raised in his name for cancer awareness.



  29. There is actually a disease called Alien hand syndrome, in which the person with AHS has no conscious control over his ‘alien hand’ and will blurt things out like: “I swear I’m not doing this”.



  30. The Emerald Cockroach Wasp disables the escaping reflex of cockroaches, leads them to its burrow by pulling their antennae, lays a 2 mm white egg into their abdomen and buries them. Then the wasp larvae eat the roaches organs keeping them alive for 8 days until they enter the pupal stage. Eventually adult wasps emerge from the cockroaches abdomen.



  31. Of the almost 193 current member states  of the United Nations, the British have, at some point in history, invaded and established a military presence in 171 of them.