Some Amazing Facts About Science

  1. Every year, over one million earthquakes shake the Earth.
  2. A typical hurricane produces the energy equivalent of 8,000 one megaton bombs.
  3. It takes 8 minutes 17 seconds for light to travel from the Sun's surface to Earth.
  4. The highest speed ever achieved on a bicycle is 166.94 mph, by Fred Rompelberg.
  5. Every year lightning kills 1000 people.
  6. 100 years ago - The first virus was found in both plants and animals.
  7. Female black widow spiders eat their males after mating.
  8. We can produce laser light a million times brighter than Sunshine.
  9. The Earth is 4.56 billion years old, the same age as the Moon and the Sun.
  10. Snakes are true carnivorous because they eat nothing but other animals. They do not eat any type of plant material.
  11. A Dog's sense of smell is 1,000 times more sensitive than a humans.
  12. Polar Bears can run at 25 miles an hour and jump over 6 feet in the air.
  13. Each person sheds 40lbs of skin in his or her lifetime.
  14. There are no poisonous snakes in Maine.
  15. The African Elephant gestates for 22 months.
  16. A single rye plant can spread up to 400 miles of roots underground.
  17. The Universe contains over 100 billion galaxies.
  18. It takes approximately 12 hours for food to entirely digest.
  19. The largest desert in the world, the Sahara, is 3,500,000 square miles.
  20. The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of their life.
  21. There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.
  22. The Virginia Opossum has a gestation period of only 12-13 days.
  23. To escape the Earth's gravity a rocket need to travel at 7 miles a second.
  24. 60-65 million years ago Dolphins and Humans shared a common ancestor.
  25. The Ebola virus kills 4 out of every 5 humans it infects.
  26. Human jaw muscles can generate a force of 200 pounds (90.8 kilograms) on the molars.
  27. The mortality rate if bitten by a Black Mamba snake is over 95%.
  28. The oceans contain enough salt to cover all the continents to a depth of nearly 500 feet.
  29. An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.
  30. The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.
  31. The deepest part of any ocean in the world is the Mariana trench in the Pacific with a depth of 35,797 feet.
  32. Blood sucking hookworms inhabit 700 million people worldwide.
  33. The dinosaurs became extinct before the Rockies or the Alps were formed.
  34. The longest living cells in the body are brain cells which can live an entire lifetime.
  35. Every hour the Universe expands by a billion miles in all directions.
  36. A thimbleful of a neutron star would weigh over 100 million tons.
  37. Human tapeworms can grow up to 22.9m.
  38. The heaviest human brain ever recorded weighed 5 lb. 1.1 oz. (2.3 kg).
  39. Males produce one thousand sperm cells each second - 86 million each day.
  40. The risk of being struck by a falling meteorite for a human is one occurrence every 9,300 years.
  41. An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.
  42. Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air.
  43. The grey Whale migrates 12,500 miles from the Artic to Mexico and back every year.
  44. Polar Bears are nearly undetectable by infrared cameras, due to thier transparent fur.
  45. Christian Barnard performed the first heart transplant in 1967, the patient lived for 18 days.
  46. The seeds of an Indian Lotus tree remain viable for 300 to 400 years.
  47. If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and the Earth would be a small as a pea.
  48. A car traveling at 80 km/h uses half its fuel to overcome wind resistance.
  49. Inbreeding causes 3 out of every 10 Dalmation dogs to suffer from hearing disability.
  50. In 5 billion years the Sun will run out of fuel and turn into a Red Giant.
  51. If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.
  52. It would take over an hour for a heavy object to sink 6.7 miles down to the deepest part of the ocean.
  53. On the day that Alexander Graham Bell was buried the entire US telephone system was shut down for 1 minute in tribute.
  54. When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds of up to 3,000 miles per hour.
  55. There are more living organisms on the skin of each human than there are humans on the surface of the earth.
  56. More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing.
  57. When hydrogen burns in the air, water is formed.
  58. Humans have 46 chromosomes, peas have 14 and crayfish have 200.
  59. The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you is 18 mph.
  60. By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.      

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