Science Trivia

  • Every four days the worlds population increases by one million people.

  • The Sun loses 360 million tonnes of material each day.

  • DNA unravels at 7000 RPM (revolutions per minute).

  • The DNA in a single human cell is 37 metres long when unravelled.

  • Most people put their right sock on first.

  • A single bacteria cell, given all the food it needs, could divide into a ball of cells the size of the Earth in 24 hours.

  • The oldest living thing is a Box Huckleberry bush growing in Pennsylvania, USA. It is 13,000 years old.

  • Some species of Bamboo can grow at the rate of 1 ½ metres in 24 hours.

  • The head of a Woodpecker striking a tree is travelling at more than 1,300 miles per hour - twice the speed of a bullet.

  • A sneeze leaves your nostrils at the speed of 180km/hr.

  • Your brain consumes about 20 percent of the oxygen that your body takes in, even when asleep - it never rests!

  • Your blood vessels, if laid end to end, would encircle the globe twice over.

  • Men have more blood in their circulatory system than women and more red blood cells.

  • Hair grows faster in the summer than in winter, just like your nails do

  • Ringworm is not caused by a worms but by a highly contagious, very itchy fungus infection, tinea.

  • Your muscles produce enough heat to boil one litre of water for an hour - that's what shivering is all about.

  • You can get bloodshot eyes from a sneeze.

  • Less than half a kidney can take over all the tasks that two kidneys usually accomplish together.

  • 10 million people around the world have a birthday on the same day as you.

  • The largest ovarian cyst weighed 134 kg and had to be carried out of the operating theatre on a trolley.

  • Babies are born far sighted - their eyes start to focus properly between 3 to 6 months of age.

  • A Russian woman, between the years 1725 and 1765, produced 69 children including 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.

  • Phobias are named after the Greek or Latin of what is feared:

Acrophobia: heights  Aerophobia: flying   Agoraphobia: open spaces
Ailurophobia: cats   Amaxophobia: vehicles, driving Anthropophobia: people
Aquaphobia: water  Arachnophobia: spiders Astraphobia: lightning
Brontophobia: thunder Claustrophobia: closed spaces Cynophobia: dogs
Gephyrophobia: bridges Herpetophobia: reptiles Mikrophobia: germs
Murophobia: mice  Nyctophobia: darkness Ochlophobia: crows
Ornithophobia: birds Thanatophobia: death Xenophobia: strangers


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