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  • Writer's pictureSiheli Siyathra

Interesting Facts

When sea otters sense danger, they show the predators their babies. This is basically to make them feel mercy.

A Googol is a number followed by 100 zeroes.

The computer term “there’s a bug in the system” emerged when an actual moth was found inside a calculator in 1946.

Squirrels automatically plant millions of trees each year because they forget where they bury their acorns.

A rainbow that happens at night is called a moonbow. They’re mostly white and really rare.

A giraffe’s neck can reach up to 6 feet. Yet, it only contains the same number of bones as there is in a human neck.

In 2009, a team of scientists went to locate the Loch Ness monster. To their surprise, they found about 100,000 golf balls instead.

Tim Storms holds the Guinness world record for the deepest voice. He reached notes so low only elephants could hear.

How many words for snow do you know? The Scottish have 421 words for the stuff. Some of them are “feefle,” “spitters” and “snaw pouther.”

The skin of a Polar bear is actually black. But because its fur is clear and the strands are hollow, they scatter light. This creates the illusion of the fur being white.

Just like our fingers, our tongue has its own unique print. We also have over 10,000 taste buds. Each of them has a lifespan of 10 days.

In 1815, Indonesia’s Mount Tambora had the biggest volcanic eruption known to man. It lasted two weeks and created an ash layer in our atmosphere. 1816 became the year without a summer.

A day wasn’t always 24 hours. 4.5 million years ago, it was only 4 hours. That was because the moon was closer to Earth. 3.5 billion years ago, a day was 12 hours. By the time humans came around, it was already 24 hours.

A hashtag symbol isn’t actually called a hashtag. Its actual name is “octothorpe.” “Octo” means eight and it refers to the eight points of the symbol.

It’s impossible to walk on Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, or Neptune. None of these gas planets have a solid surface. On Venus, though, you’d be swimming in lava. Lucky you.

There’s a 5,000-year-old Egyptian necklace made from a meteorite. When scientists analyzed it, they found that it contained the same metals as an asteroid.

In the 18th century, sugar was so expensive that only rich people could afford it. I bet that when someone had a decayed tooth, they were considered a big deal.

Our noses can detect about 1 trillion smells. Sounds impressive, but a dog’s nose can detect 10,000 times more than that (please don’t ask me the exact amount. Really don’t want to do the math). While humans can smell a teaspoon of sugar in a cup of coffee, a dog can smell a teaspoon of sugar in one million gallons of water.

Goats were the first to discover the energizing effects of coffee. They ate coffee berries in the morning and stayed hyper for the rest of the day.

When the typewriter was invented, all the keys were in alphabetic order. But the machines got jammed when people typed too fast. So, the QWERTY keyboard was introduced to slow them down.

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