There are facts we believe and facts we disbelieve, but many of them we disbelieve are actually true. You will be reading 25 of the unbelievable facts here. If you have more, you can write them in the comments section. They may sound unbelievable but these are facts; as true as the Sun and Moon.
1. We can see a candle in the dark miles away
It is said that if the Earth was flat, the human eye could see the light of a candle in the dark from 20 miles away. That’s true, because livescience.com says the farthest object visible with the naked eye is the Andromeda galaxy, located 2.6 million light years from Earth.
2. Human race can fit into a sugarcube
Huffington Post cites that the human race (or the atoms that make us) are 99.9999999999999% empty space. In theory, if you removed all that empty space, humanity could fit into the volume of a sugarcube. –
3. Alaska is the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost US state
That’s right! Geography.about.com states that Alaska’s Aleutian Islands cross from the Western Hemisphere into the Eastern Hemisphere, which technically makes the state both the most Eastern and Western state of the US.
4. The combinations in a deck of cards have not been the same since they came into existence
Qi.com states that if every star in our galaxy had a trillion planets, each with a trillion people living on them, and each of these people has a trillion packs of cards and somehow they manage to make unique shuffles 1,000 times per second, and they’d been doing that since the Big Bang, they’d only just now be starting to repeat shuffles. For an easier and better explanation check this out:
5. The blood of Genghis Khan runs in one out of every 200 people alive today
Genghis Khan was the only ruler in history to have forged the single largest empire in one lifetime. His conquered territories between the west edge of the Pacific to the today’s Hungary. National Geographic further states that as the ruler of one of the largest Empires in history, Genghis Khan made a serious effort to pass on his genes.
6. If a nickel were as big as the Earth, an atom would be the size of a nickel
Someone on Reddit wrote that if you had an atom of gold for every second that has passed since the big bang, your piece of gold would now weigh just 0.14 milligrams and be worth a few cents.
7. 1 out of 10 photographs ever taken in human history were taken in the past 12 months
Is that a surprise? With the sudden surge in the number of selfies, humans will take an estimated 880 billion photos in 2014 alone. says Time.
8. Your blood vessels are long enough to circumnavigate Earth over 12 times
Inside the average human body are 100,000 miles of blood vessels, enough to travel around the 7,900 mile diameter of the Earth. This is a fact, like in science books.
9. Stars are more than grains of sand
Universe Today writes that there are around 10 sextillion stars in the universe – that’s a 1 followed by 22 zeros. On all our beaches, there’s estimated to be around 5 sextillion grains of sand.
10. Antarctica is the world’s largest desert
If you do not know what a desert is, try Google. Geography.about.com writes Antarctica receives less than two inches of precipitation annually. The Sahara can receive up to 4 inches per year.
11. A line of Rubik’s cubes in every possible combination could reach the sun over 17 million times
Westfield.ma.edu says that if you had one Rubik’s cube for every possible permutation of the cube, and laid them out end to end it would stretch out for 261 light years. For perspective, the sun is 8 light minutes away and the closest star, Proxima Centauri, is four light years from Earth.
12. 42 folds of a paper can take you to the moon
Scienceblogs.com states that whenever you fold a piece of paper, it’s thickness grows exponentially. By the time you fold a piece of paper 20 times, it would be 6 miles high, taller than Mount Everest. That means that 42 folds would be enough to make it the 239,000 kilometers to the moon. The most we’ve ever managed is around 13. The problem is that the size of the paper has to be as big as that of a city, maybe bigger.
13. Your brain has more nerve connections than the galaxy has stars
Theastronomist.fieldofscience.com claims that the number of synapses in an average human brain is in the trillions, around 0.15 quadrillion to be exact. With 100 billion stars in the Milky Way, it isn’t even a fair fight.
14. If you have 57 people in a room, there’s a 99% probability that at least two of them share a birthday.
Please check that out yourself!
15. There’s a rainforest in your belly button
National Geographic reports that researchers found 2,368 bacterial species, 1,458 of which may be new to science, exploring 60 belly buttons. This is equivalent to an ecosystem the size of a rainforest.
16. Weight of all ants of the world is same as that of all humans
PBS reports that ants outnumber humans one million to one, making up for their small size. Numbers matter!
17. The Internet weighs as much as a single strawberry
Nerdshumor.com says the vast amount of digital information in motion is made of electrons, just like everything else. It’s estimated that global Internet traffic weighs around 50 grams.
18. Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 was less powerful than a calculator of our time
Computerweekly.com says that even the iPhone5 has 240,000 times the memory of a Voyager Spacecraft. Leap, indeed!
19. Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas
Nhm.ac.uk writes that while we share 95% of our DNA with chimpanzees, we also share 50% with bananas. Going back in time, we both emerge from the same family tree, the tree of life, and that is why we share common characteristics.
20. We have better maps of the surface of Mars than our own ocean floor
NASA cites that around 72% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. To date, we’ve explored only 5% of that massive area.
21. Human fingers are so sensitive that if they were the size of planet Earth, they could feel the difference between houses and cars
Science Daily reports that human fingers are capable of detecting incredibly small nano-scale imperfections in seemingly smooth surfaces.
22. Plankton produce 50% of the world’s oxygen
Phytoplankton, much like trees and plants, use photosynthesis to convert light into energy. There happens to be a lot of plankton, says National Geographic.
23. Russia has a bigger landmass than Pluto
Pluto is one of the largest dwarf planets that we know of. With a surface area of 1.67 x 107 square kilometers, Pluto comes in as large as 3.3% of the surface of planet Earth.
24. There are 16 years worth of video uploaded to YouTube everyday
That’s a claim of YouTube itself!
25. If Mount Everest were placed at the very bottom of the deepest part of the ocean, the peak would still be submerged by a mile of water
The 36,000 feet deep Mariana Trench is in the Pacific Ocean. Place the 29,029 feet Everest in it and see.