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Junior Taamas
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We live in a weird and wonderful world, and
the way we study, explore, and understand
that world (as well as make progress) is called
Science. Today we’re going to focus on the
weird, the things that make you go “Huh,” and
if it doesn’t at least stir a sense of wonder in
you, maybe it’ll get you through a round of
trivia at the local pub. Please enjoy 25 Weird
Science Facts You May Not Know.

25. At least half of Earth's
Oxygen comes from the
ocean, not trees. Tiny
aquatic plants called
phytoplankton live near the
surface of the water, drift
with the currents, and
generally do what plants do
- make oxygen as a
byproduct of taking in
sunlight and carbon dioxide.

24. You fart after you die. Any
gasses being held inside by
clenched muscles get
released. Gases also build
up from bacteria and
decomposition, so there's
more where that came from.

23. Microbiologists at the
University of Idaho say that
there are about ten times
the number of bacterial cells
in your body as there are
human cells. However, this
is a good thing as we need
most of those bacteria; the
overwhelming majority of
them are beneficial.

22. 10% of Europeans are
naturally immune to the HIV
virus due to a genetic
mutation. Scientists believe
this mutation was a result of
all the plagues in the middle
ages. So your ancestors
survived the time of The
Black Death and The Pox,
and today you're immune to
HIV. Genetics are weird,

21. Conifer oils (think pine
trees) actually contain an
compound called Alpha-
Pinene. This has been used
to treat bronchial issues
such as asthma and is being
studied for other
inflammatory diseases.

20. Playing a *moderate*
amount of video games is
actually good for you. It
boosts your memory and
multitasking skills, can help
those with dyslexia,
increases coordination, and
reduces stress.

19. There's a migraine
medication (Sumatriptan)
that can actually cause some
people's blood to turn dark
green when taken in large
does. It causes something
called sulfhaemoglobinaemia
which basically means
there's sulphur in your
hemoglobin. That's not
exactly a good thing. Don't
bleed green kids.

18. People actually avoid
information that threatens
their happiness and
worldview. They will
surround themselves with
things they agree with,
basically creating their own
reality. According to
researchers at Carnegie
Mellon Univeristy, "People
often avoid information that
could help them to make
better decisions if they think
the information might be
painful to receive." It's not,
"THOSE ignorant people!"
It's actually all of us to one
degree or another.

17. Luna moths have no mouths.
Once they emerge from their
cocoon, they have a 7 day
lifespan during which they
mate and then starve to
death. (And yes, it would be
a great band name, but
there's already a band
named The Luna Moth.)

16. Coffee is the most widely
used recreational drugs we
know of. It's also one of the
most addictive. It's a
stimulant, like cocaine.
When someone says they
need a cup of coffee or that
they are grumpy before
coffee in the morning, they
aren't kidding. They may be
having withdraw symptoms.

15. Tears you cry when you're
upset actually contain a
hormone that's a natural
painkiller. Your body
releases this hormone
(called leucine enkephalin)
when you're under stress. So
if you ever feel like you need
to just sit and have a good
cry, your body is just trying
to comfort itself.

14. Hot and cold water sound
different when being
poured. It's actually
noticeable to the human ear
if you pay attention. Water
changes viscosity (aka its
thickness or stickiness)
depending on temperature.
Long story short, the colder
the water, the higher the
pitch, whereas pouring
something hot like, oh,
say..coffee...is going to have
a lower, more comforting

13. There are animals and plants
considered to be
"Biologically Immortal."
While they can and do die,
this is due to injury or
disease. They don't really
age (at least not in the sense
of breaking down) and won't
die from old age. Jellyfish
and Lobsters are two
examples of this.

12. The smell that grass gives
off when it's cut is actually a
distress signal. You're
basically smelling the grass
screaming in pain. Don't tell
social media, or we'll have a
hashtag about it....

11. Velociraptors were actually
only about the size of a
Turkey, not the 6'-7' beasts
we've come to know and
love from That Dinosaur
Park Franchise. Those
'Raptors were actually based
on a dinosaur called
Utahraptor. So in that scene,
in the first movie, with the
kid talking about a giant
turkey? Actual VELOCIraptors
weren't even giant turkeys.

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10. Honey, when sealed, does
not rot or go bad. It's
literally edible thousands of
years later. Egyptian tombs
have been found with jars of
still edible honey inside.

9. Sunflowers are sometimes
used to clean up nuclear
waste and radioactive soil.
Sunflowers actually pick up
radioactive isotopes, so as
they grow, they literally suck
the radiation up out of the
soil. The flowers and stems
are then radioactive, so no
word on if they glow at

8. Several hundred earthquakes
actually occur worldwide on
a daily basis; they're just of
such a low magnitude (2 or
lower) that we often don't
notice. Or, you know, in the
middle of the ocean.

7. Despite being taught in
school we have five senses -
sight, touch, smell, taste,
and sound - humans really
have over 20. For example,
Proprioception is the ability
to tell where your body parts
are in relation to other body
parts, even when you can't
see them, and
Equilibrioception is basically
your sense of balance, which
allows you to stay upright
when doing important things
like walking.

6. The weight of the average
fluffy, cumulus cloud is a
little over a million pounds.
Clouds are made up of tiny
drops of water dispersed
over a large area (much
larger than it seems from
the ground) and water is
very heavy. For context,
that's roughly the weight of
100 elephants.

5. Up until the 1960's, doctors
determined if a woman was
pregnant by injecting her
urine into a female frog. If
the frog laid eggs within a
day (due to the hormones in
the pregnant woman's
urine), it was considered
positive. Before frogs,
rabbits or mice were used,
but these had to be killed
and dissected in order to
tell if the hormones had any
effect on the animal.

4. Octopus have nine brains,
three hearts, and blue
blood. Two hearts for the
gills, one for everything else,
and one central brain with a
smaller one at the base of
each arm.

3. African Elephants are
pregnant for 22 months. It's
the longest gestation of any
mammal. Some sharks,
which are not mammals, can
carry their young for over
three years.

2. With the ability to pull
100,000 times their own
body weight, the strongest
creatures on Earth are
actually a type of bacteria.
Uh, Gonorrhea, to be exact.

1. There is a species of beetle -
the Bombardier Beetle - that
shoots a boiling hot
chemical mixture at it's
enemies by mixing
hydroquinone and hydrogen
peroxide together, which are
stored separately in the
beetle's abdomen until
needed. It literally farts fire
at you. They live on every
continent except Antarctica.


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