Monday, March 17, 2014
Sunday, February 09, 2014
A few strange but (likely) true facts:
I've verified a few of these simply because I didn't believe them. But some are straight from a link via Boing Boing.
--Both of your eyes have a pretty large blind spot.Your brain is just super clever and fills it in with whatever it thinks should be there in the first place.
--The first man to fly and the first man to walk on the moon were alive at the same time. Neil Armstrong was 17 when Orville Wright died.
--Possible Rubik cube permutations: 43,252,003,274,489,856,000.
--Cleopatra lived closer in time to the moon landing than she did to the building of the Great Pyramids.
--If there are 23 people in a room, there's a 50% chance two of them share a birthday. edit: google "birthday paradox" for more information.
--Humans share 50% of their DNA with... banana.
--There was once a war between Honduras and El Salvador started by a soccer game.
--Your body is creating and killing 15 million red blood cells per second.
--When you get a kidney transplant, they usually just leave your original kidneys in your body.
--If you melted down the Eiffel Tower, the pool of iron would be less than 3 inches deep (in a square area the same dimensions as the tower base).
--An octopus has three hearts.
--Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia.
--The founder of match.com, Gary Kremen, lost his girlfriend to a man she met on match.com
--The last recorded living child of African American slaves died in 2011.
--There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the US.
--Hippo milk is pink.
--New York City is further south than Rome, Italy.
--There is an immortal jellyfish. When old it reverts itself back into it's youngest stage and relives life over again
--If you're standing in Detroit and start walking south, the first country you will enter is...Canada.
--Mammoths were alive when the Great Pyramid was being built.
--The lighter the roast of coffee, the more caffeine it has.
--Alaska is the most northern, the most western, and the most eastern state in the U.S.
--Everybody expected the Spanish Inquisition. They gave a 30-40 days warning.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Sunday, December 16, 2012
When we were the press of a button away from total nuclear annihilation, this, ten floors down in a Ukraine silo, was one of the actual buttons. One guy had the key to the button cabinet and the other sat by the phone awaiting orders to press it. Each bomb was 50 times the capacity of the Hiroshima bomb, and there were very many ready to go.