16 Quirky Facts From the World of Science. Stuff You Don’t Learn in School!

Knowledge. Who doesn’t like it, even if it is not very useful? Well, that’s right! We have gathered quite unusual information for you. Which of them do you find most interesting?

#1 The DNA of a banana is 50% alike human DNA

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#2 Tardigrades are the most enduring creatures on earth. They are able to withstand eternal permafrost, radiation and even survive in space. Scientists are still investigating how they are so strong.

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#3 Honey is the only food that does not go off. It is all because of hydrogen peroxide, which is formed by the oxidation of glucose to gluconic acid.

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#4 Sloths are great swimmers and can easily cope with periodic floods.

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#5 Basilisk is a species of lizard it won’t kill you at first sight but it can run on water. Hence the term “Jesus Christ lizard”.

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#6 Theoretically, if there was a shaft in the depths of the earth, the journey to the other side of the planet would take 42 minutes. Of course, no one or anything can survive such a journey because of the temperature inside our planet.

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#7 Diamond rains fall on the surfaces of Saturn and Jupiter

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#8 How big is the Milky Way? If we assume that our Earth is the size of a microscopic human cell, then the Milky Way is the size of the United States.

16 Quirky Facts From the World of Science. Stuff You Don’t Learn in School!

#9 Do you like Star Wars or Star Trek spacecrafts? From a scientific point of view, their appearance is meaningless – there is no air resistance up there, so the vehicle might as well be a big square.

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#10 In space we wouldn’t also witness epic battles. Sound as well as fire aren’t perceived, so clashes of even the largest fleets would be played in silence.

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#11 If human ear would be able to hear sounds under 20 Hz, we would be able to hear our own muscles shrink. It’s a bit… scary.

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#12 “Peace & quiet” places can drive us crazy. In Orfield Laboratories in the USA, a chamber was created which absorbs 99.99% of the sound. A person can only stay there for a dozen or so minutes because one begins to hear own heart, lungs and stomach working. This leads to confusion and a feeling of utter panic.

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#13 Do you know how old are the pyramids? Very old. This is best illustrated by the fact that Cleopatra lived closer to the time of landing on the moon than their construction.

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#14 What can you do as the Emperor of Rome? For example, start fighting against Poseidon! Emperor Caligula was so mad that he set up an army on the seafront and told his soldiers… to attack the waves. He later announced that he “defeated the god of the seas and oceans”.

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#15 A facial hair tax. That’s right, it was during tsar of Russia in the reign of Peter I the Great. He considered beard to be ‘the wild custom of uncivilised nations’ and ordered the payment of tax on it. The nobility there didn’t like it very much, as they considered the beard to be their hallmark.

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#16 Coca-Cola thrown into water will sink. The Cola Light will float on the surface. The sugar is simply heavier than the sweeteners used in Cola Light.

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Which of these weird facts surprised you the most?