Quite Interesting Facts 6
-There is a one-celled animal called Chaos Chaos which is different from any other creature. Being amorphous, but with three nuclei, it will often try to go in more than one direction at a time, stretching itself to great lengths before pulling back into “shape” and going in only one direction. When it reproduces, it becomes three smaller creatures, not two.
-Try to say the alphabet without moving your lips or your tongue. Every letter will sound exactly the same.
-The world’s largest flower is also one of the worst smelling flowers. Rafflesia Arnoldii is often over 3 feet wide and its petals are almost an inch thick. You wouldn’t want it in your garden, however, because it smells like a rotting animal. The flower is attempting to attract flies for pollination.
-Approximately one out of every ten people who ever lived are alive today.
-Nine out of every 10 scientists who ever lived are alive today.
-In 1657, A Japanese priest set a kimono on fire in Tokyo because it carried bad luck. The flames spread until over 10,000 buildings were destroyed and 100,000 people died.
– One out of every 125 Americans is a millionaire.
-We all know that whales are big, but few of us realize just how big. The biggest species is the Blue Whale. This animal is bigger than any dinosaur that ever lived. The biggest dino (brachiosaurus) was only 50 tons and 80 feet long. One blue whale is as big as 25 of the largest elephants. (150 tons, 100 feet long) Think of 75 Volkswagen vans. They are that big! And they grow fast. Youngsters gain weight at the rate of ten pounds per hour. A blue whale’s tongue is about the same weight as three Chevy station wagons. Their heart is about the same size as a Toyota. This monster organ beats about nine times per minute. At the other end of the spectrum is the hummingbird with up to 1200 beats per minute, or 133 beats for every time the whale’s heart beats.
-No piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
-You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
-Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
-Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
– In 1939 an author named Ernest Vincent wrote a 50,000 word novel called Gadsby. The only thing unusual about the novel is that there is not a single letter e in the whole thing.
–Ferdinand Waldo Demara, Jr., a high-school dropout, posed as a monk, a professor of psychology, a cancer researcher, a penal officer, a teacher, and a surgeon, all without the proper education or certification. As a surgeon he successfully performed amputations and even thoracic surgery.
-On December 5, 1664, a ship sank off the coast of Wales. The only survivor was a man named Hugh Williams. On December 5, 1785, another ship sank. One man survived, another Hugh Williams. On December 5, 1860, yet another ship went down with only one survivor – you guessed it – his name was Hugh Williams.
-If your cat scratches up valuable furniture, tape balloons to it. The cat will never scratch there again.
-The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a be
– The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the to release calming hormone