The world is full of wonders and has several captivating facts that can sometimes seem unrealistic and amazing at the same time. Here is the list of top ten facts that are too hard to believe until they are explained.
1. Russia Is Bigger Than Pluto
Russia is a massive country. It is larger than the three continents of Europe, Australia, and Antarctica combined. It is almost twice the size of Canada, which is the second largest country on earth. Russia is the world’s largest country because of its landmass that occupies one-tenth of all the land on earth. It has a total area of about 17 million square kilometers and easiest country to spot on the map. If Russia is to be folded up in a shape of a ball and released in orbit, astronomers on earth would still consider it larger than Pluto. By the way, Pluto is not a planet, but it is the largest object in the Kuiper belt as well as the tenth-most-massive body that orbits the Sun. However, Russia has a larger surface area than Pluto. The surface area of Russia, 6,601,000 sq. mi. (17,098,000 square kilometers) Is greater than that of Pluto, which is estimated to be 6,409,000 sq. mi. (16,600,000 square kilometers).
2. It Is Illegal to Sing the “Happy Birthday to You” Song in Public
“Happy Birthday to You” is by far one of the most well-known songs in the English-speaking world. But is singing this traditional birthday song in public actually illegal? Yes, it is. In the 1980s, the Warner/Campbell purchased the rights to the song for $25 million and were expected to hold the copyright to it until the year 2030. This is the reason why the song Happy Birthday To You is hardly ever sung in movies or TV shows; otherwise, the filmmakers will have to pay royalties to the copyright holder for doing so. The same goes in public places such as restaurants, although it didn’t stop most people from chanting along due to its catchy tune and its favorite tradition of it being sung to billions of birthday celebrants every year. As long as nobody gets caught, most don’t even care and continue to broke the rule.
3. Peanuts Are One of the Ingredients of Dynamite
It is true that peanuts can be used to make dynamite. But how is it possible? The reason is simple; peanut has an oil that can be processed to produce glycerol, which is useful to make nitroglycerine, an active ingredient to create dynamite. George Washington Carver, who is an American scientist and inventor, has a fascination for researching alternative uses of peanuts and through his hundreds of discoveries. Peanuts can be useful to create paints, tuberculosis medicine, and nitroglycerin which happens to be helpful in creating dynamite because is an oily, explosive liquid which is made from nitrating glycerol and it is highly volatile that can explode when being shaken.
Alfred Bernhard Nobel is a Swedish chemist, engineer, and industrialist who invented dynamite in 1867 because of his interest in powerful explosives. He discovered that dynamite is safer to use and easier to handle when nitroglycerin was absorbed to dryness with kieselguhr, porous siliceous earth. There are many processes to create dynamite without the use of peanuts because there are many other available ingredients that can be used instead. Though peanuts have an explosive flavor and are the bomb, that doesn’t mean you should fear and stay away from it. Just as long as it has not undergone the nitration process, it is safe to eat.
4. There Are More Chickens Than People on Earth
Chicken is the most popular type of poultry around the world. The growing demand for more chickens causes the industry to improve the technology of artificial incubation machines to aid the hatchings of millions of chickens and to lessen the human manual labor. Varieties of chicken were being enhanced to make them resistant to diseases and science has improved their medications to increase their mortality and growth rate. Chickens were being forced to grow 65 times faster than their bodies could handle.
According to the United Nations; Food and Agriculture Organization, the average number of chickens worldwide is about 22 billion, which is nearly three chickens per person! China, which is one of the most populated countries in the world, has the largest number of chickens. In 2002, there were almost about 4 billion chickens in China. China rules the global record of having the highest number of chickens. More chickens were raised and slaughtered for food than all other livestock on earth. Hundreds of chickens were killed each year by every McDonald’s restaurants. Today people consume almost a hundred million tons of chicken meat and over 1 trillion eggs annually.
5. It’s Possible to Sneeze With Your Eyes Open
Is it really impossible to sneeze with your eyes open? Interestingly, experts say it is “absolutely possible” to do so. In most cases, it’s just the body’s automatic blinking response to sneezing that makes you close your eyes. The pressure released from a sneeze is likely to make it difficult to keep your eyes open.
The act of a sneeze involves a lot of nerve communication and muscle contract throughout the body, causing involuntarily actions in the gut, sphincter, throat, sinus cavities and even the eyes, among others; which is why the body has difficulty in resisting the instinct to close the eyes before sneezing. The eyelids closing is a natural reflex because the pressure in the sinus cavities is intense in the seconds during a sneeze, causing involuntarily reaction of having the eyelids close. It is possible to sneeze with the eyes open as long as the muscle contract are controlled enough to handle the reflex of closing your eyes from the sneeze or you can try to hold your eyelids open.
6. An Ostrich’s Eye Is Bigger Than Its Brain
An Ostrich has the biggest set of eyes in the entire animal kingdom and lay the biggest eggs in the world, yet its eye is bigger than its brain. Their eyes are about the size of billiard balls and five times bigger than the human eye. Having large eyes allows them the advantage of enhanced vision that will enable them to stay away and be aware of the predators in the Dessert terrain from long distances. Their large eyes allow them good eyesight to thrive in their natural habit. They depend on their brilliant vision and long neck to spot predators quickly.
Even though ostriches have a brain smaller than the size of its eye, they are sharp-witted enough to detect their predators and run in an immense speed up to 40 miles per hour to escape them, or at least until they run in circles. What makes ostriches unique is not only their an incredible speed that can outrun any predators, they also have strong, long legs that can kill a person or predator with a dangerous kick when in a defensive mode or when being provoked. Ostriches can even defend themselves with their 4-inch claw and use it as a weapon.
7. Tigers Have Striped Skin, Not Just Striped Fur
Tigers are of the big majestic cats in the animal kingdom with alluring stripe coats and fur. They are characteristically known to have a playful nature, an excellent swimmer, roar, and are a social animal. They are the biggest cat species and has the strongest bite force amongst all carnivore land animals. But there is more to a tiger than meets the eye.
Interestingly, underneath the tiger’s skin looks the same way as its coats. That is, Tiger stripes are also found on their skin, not just their fur. Why is a tiger’s skin patterned? Actually, in their skin are dark colored hair follicles that create the pattern of black stripes. Tigers are not the only animals who have skin patterns similar to its fur. There are other big cats, such as snow leopard, that have skin that reflects their fur. Another interesting fact is, tigers black stripes serve as camouflage, helping them hunt their prey as close as they can without being spotted easily. The black stripes help the Tigers blend into their surroundings to have an easier chance to catch their prey for lunch.
8. It’s Possible for Corpses to Get Goosebumps
There are several reasons on how a person can get goosebumps. Every hair follicle has tiny muscles that trigger the hair to stand, which makes goosebumps to appear. Goosebumps appear only when there are hair follicles at present. How is it possible for even dead bodies to get goosebumps? When a person dies, their muscles go through many changes that include rigor mortis, which is one of the initial processes of decomposition. The body stiffens up when the muscles contracted by the rigor mortis.
When the hair follicles contract from the skin of the dead person, it causes the appearance of goosebumps. Although goosebumps can occur on dead bodies, the mechanism is different from the living. The living gets goosebumps if they are in exposure to chills or experiencing strong emotions, that’s when their brain sends a signal to the tiny muscles of their skin that have hairs attached, creating goosebumps. Unlike for the dead, the appearance of goosebumps is caused by the natural process of decomposition.
9. Honey Never Expires
Honey is known to have various of health benefits and it dub as ”God’s medicine” because it never expires. In ancient Egyptian tombs, the archaeologists found a thousand-year-old that is still in its perfect edible state! The oldest honey ever found was over 5,000 years old in Georgia, and it’s still in its edible state and safe to eat. According to Smithsonian, the reason to its lifespan is because of its acidity, sugar, low moisture levels, and natural hydrogen peroxide, which makes it truly unique from other sugars because it cannot be spoiled. Bacteria or microorganism can’t survive long enough in honey because of its pH is between 3 and 4.5, which kills off anything that resides in it.
10. In England, the Speaker of the House Is Not Allowed to Speak
The duty of the Speaker of the house is just a chairman who is to ensure that members of the house does not break the rules and is responsible for maintaining order during a debate. Their role is to determine which members of the house may speak but are not allowed to take part in debates. The Speaker does not take part in discussion nor vote except break ties and subject to conventions that maintain their non-partisan status. Aside from the duties of presiding over the House, the Speaker also performs administrative and procedural functions. He or she represents the Commons to the monarch and chairs the House of the Commons Commission. The Speaker is the chief officer and highest authority of the House of Commons and must remain politically impartial at all times.