17 Surprising Scientific Facts Bordering On The Impossible


Socrates once bravely admitted: "All I know is that I know nothing". 

Unfortunately, we are only able to discover a tiny amount of knowledge that the Earth creates. Fortunately, you can discover 17 of these pieces of information through this list.

Don't be hard on yourself, there is plenty of time to discover the secrets of the universe!

Source: https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities...

1. Livestock farming does more damage to the environment.

Due to CO2 emissions and soil and water pollution.

2. The earth was once purple.

Microbial geneticists from the University of Maryland say that ancient microbes used not chlorophyll to absorb sunlight but another molecule called retinal. They absorbed the green part of the spectrum, reflecting the red and blue ones, which resulted in purple.

This theory is additionally supported by the fact that the sun transfers most of its energy in the green part of the visible spectrum, while chlorophyll mostly absorbs blue and red waves. There’s also a supposition that the balance may shift again one day: the Earth will once more become purple, while looking green from space due to atmospheric changes.

3. Private owners in the US have more tigers than there are in the wild.

On the one hand, the overall growth of the tiger population in recent decades is great. On the other hand, their masters often treat them as ordinary cats, which is, of course, improper.

4. 43% of British Airline pilots confessed to falling asleep during their flights.

We hope you won’t stop traveling by plane after learning this.

5. Cleopatra lived closer in time to the Moon landing than to the Pyramids' construction.

The Great Pyramid of Cheops, the largest of the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, was built around 2540 BC. Cleopatra lived much later in 69-30 BC. Now count: man stepped on the Moon in 1969.

6. 90 years of a person's life is less than 5000 weeks.

A little more than 4,500 weekends — is it few or many? It’s up to you to decide. Every week of your life.

7. The USA has more public libraries than McDonald's restaurants.

In spite of the popular stereotype that Americans love fast food, the number of McDonald’s joints is fewer than that of public libraries in the US. And that’s not counting school libraries.

8. There are about 30 times more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way.

It’s more than 3 trillion trees. Now think what it might have been 100 years ago!

9. 8% of Asian men are direct descendants of Genghis Khan.

Genghis Khan thought the more offspring a man has, the more significance he bears on the world. His harem counted several thousand women, many of whom gave birth to his children. That’s why 8% of men from 17 locations in Asia have one of history’s greatest conqueror’s genes in their Y chromosomes. Incredible!

10. The Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the last 40 years.

Sadly, despite all efforts of mankind, wildlife is still diminishing.

11. In 42 minutes of free fall, you can cover the distance from one pole of the Earth to the other.

The Reddit users are all in all correct: you really can get to the other side of the Earth very quickly. However, scientists have recently adjusted the count and proved that it would only take you 38 minutes to do so.

12. The proportion of Popes 1 sq kilometer in the Vatican is 2.3.

Don’t believe us? Count for yourself: the surface area of the Vatican is just 0.44 sq. km.

13. When 70 people come together, there's a 99% possibility that at least two of them were born on the same day.

From a layman’s point of view it seems doubtful, but mathematically it’s all correct. If one member of the group is born on day X, then there are only 364 days left for the second member, 363 days for the third one, etc. To calculate this possibility, you just need to multiply these proportions: 365/365 * 364/365 * 363/365, etc. As a result, fewer than 0.01% of the group have different dates of birth.

14. There are more people living in the Greater Tokyo than in Canada

This seems to be impossible, yet it’s absolutely true: the Tokyo agglomeration is populated a little more densely than the second biggest country in the world.

15. At least 15% of daily Google quaries have never been repeated in 15 years.

Google carried out a statistics survey for its 15th anniversary. It showed that, on average, every 6th search query was unique in that period. The search engine is constantly being updated, of course, but this data still proves how diverse and incredible we all are!

16. Just 5% of the %10 of wines become better after 1 year, while only 1% do so after 5 years.

This seems to be a good reason to open the bottle at once.

17. It was only in 2015 that London achieved the population level of 1939.

76 years and 3 full generations without wars and catastrophes are what it took the British capital to repopulate itself to pre-war numbers. Interestingly, both Berlin and Paris have yet to reach their pre-war populations.

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