100 Weird Science Facts For Showing off at Parties

December 20th, 2018

by Marco G. & Lidia B.

Welcome to our long round-up of weird science facts, the weirdest we managed to gather.

The creation of this piece wasn’t a walk in the park – arguments have been had, tons of coffee had been consumed, and rivalries have started and ended over what actually constitutes as a weird science fact.

Fortunately, after consulting with the cheapest mediation firm we could afford and making peace with each other, we drew a list of criteria and followed it religiously. That’s how we managed to gather 100 weird science facts that we were proud to feature on our website.

We looked specifically for facts that are weird enough to make people think ‘’Huh, they really spent time studying that’’, but digestible enough to generate only minor levels of cringe at the dinner table. Well, most of them, anyway.

*Clears throat* However, if you do wanna go for the full cringe, we do have separate articles on facts about poop and people that have cooked using their bodily fluids.

Obscurity didn’t weigh in as much, but we took it in consideration when necessary. Here’s a list of weird science facts that we thought are worth featuring here.

Weird Science Facts About the human body

The human body is a fascinating mechanism that scientists have yet to unravel completely. There are many things that we don’t know about our own bodies, but some of the things that we do know are strange, or outright gross. Here are a couple of weird science facts about the human body you wish you knew sooner.

Silver lining

Surprisingly, the plagues that wreaked havoc in Europe during the Middle Ages and killed millions of people made 10 % of Europeans immune to the HIV virus. The individuals in question carry a genetic mutation known as CCR5-A32, which prevents the virus from affecting the immune system. Thanks, big scary plague!

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What the movies won’t show

People fart after they die. After death, any gasses held up inside by clenched muscles get released. Furthermore, decomposition and bacteria cause gas buildups, so you’ll be basically farting a good few hours after you die. Because even in death, mother nature doesn’t spare us from causing awkward situations at family gatherings.

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You’ve been warned

There are over 700 species of bacteria in breast milk. This, and the fact that it’s a bodily fluid, should stop you from adding it to your brownies.

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Stay hydrated

Humans need saliva to be able to taste food. I mean, d’oh, you totally knew that already, right?

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Incessant

Charles Osborne spent 68 years of his life hiccuping. As a final ‘’screw you’’ from the forces of evil, the hiccups stopped just a year prior to his death.

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Heart overflowing with joy

The risk of heart attack for Germans doubles when their national football team plays in a World Cup match. When the opposite team scores a goal, German football fans start dropping von by von.

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Speaking of overflowing…

A human produces enough saliva throughout their life to fill two swimming pools. Three if there’s pizza involved.

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iEye

The human eye has a resolution of 576 megapixels. Take that, Apple!

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Some things just work

The only person who was ever cured of HIV/AIDS is Timothy Ray Brown. After undergoing chemotherapy and having a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia, doctors were shocked to find out he was cured of HIV/AIDS. While the transplant came from someone with a natural resistance to HIV, experts still don’t fully understand why. This is why you should always invest AT LEAST a couple of skill points into resistance.

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Bottoms up

The urine of a diabetic person contains so much sugar that it can be purified and made into whiskey. How ‘bout you test that one for us?

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Elvish Pinocchio by the end

Technically, our ears and noses continue to grow throughout our lives. This is not due to physiologic, rather physics factors, as gravity pulls the cartilages of our ears and noses down, stretching the skin and giving the impression of growth. We could’ve made a reference to that Seinfeld episode about rhinoplasty, but we guess everybody has already seen it by now.

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Unbelievable science facts

You might wonder what’s the purpose of an ‘’unbelievable science facts’’ category in an article that is already about weird science facts. Truth is, some bits of science trivia are so weird and unusual that they’re almost impossible to classify.

We’re looking at you, Lake Superior!

So, here’s a list of unbelievable science facts that we had no idea what to do with, but are worth listing, nonetheless. You may now decide to pardon us if some are not actually weird SCIENCE facts, but they are weird, and they are related to science.

Four centuries later, and here we are

Before the 17th century, science and scientists weren’t recognized as, well, scientists. They were actually called ‘’natural philosophers’’, because the concept of scientist wasn’t invented yet. This post is sponsored by the Association of Flat-earthers and antivaxxers.

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Small menu

75% of the world’s food stocks are made from 12 plants and five animal species. Think about that the next time you and your friends can’t decide on what to order.

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Stomach growling

Grasshoppers have ears on their stomachs. On each side of the first abdominal segment of a grasshopper, right under the wings, they have membranes that vibrate when they are hit by sound waves. It’s as if they like hearing themselves talk or something.

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Inception in nature

Lake Superior has an island, which has a lake, which has an island which has a pond which has a boulder. Wait, we’re not done yet – when the pond floods, it becomes the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake on the largest island in the largest lake in the world. Ok, now we’re done.

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Man-made authenticity

The nuclear bombs detonated in 1945 are the reason why experts can detect fake oil paintings. Isotopes such as strontium-90 and cesium-137 that can be found in oil did not exist in nature before the bombings. So, if a picture contains these isotopes, one can safely assume it was painted after 1945. Bam! You’ve been Sherlocked!

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Watch your fingers

You are 10 times more likely to get bitten by a New Yorker than a shark. Brings a whole new meaning to the ‘’Brooklyn Rage’’ trope.

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Check mate

There are more different possible chess game variations (10^120) than there are atoms in the observable universe (10^80). Bazinga!

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They’re watching

Scallops have up to 200 eyes. This later inspired 2Pac to write ‘’All Eyez On Me’’.

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They were wrong. They were very wrong…

Before radium was known to cause cancer, it was thought to have healing qualities. The public was so oblivious to its dangers that it was put in water, chocolate, suppositories and even inserted in the urethra to treat impotence. Hey, at least they didn’t put it on pizza.

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Choking hazard

Toothpicks kill as many people every year as sharks do. Or so do researchers from Sharksford claim.

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Life in waste

Besides global warming, the next big thing that will change Antarctica’s ecosystem is penguin poop. For the last 5,000 years, penguins have provided the rocks in Antarctica with 16 million pounds of nutrient-rich poop, which can one day support plants and animals that can’t currently survive in Antarctica. Think about that next time you’re browsing memes on the John.

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How vast is the Saharan Desert?

It would take you 900,000 Dromedary Camels, back to back, to cover the entire width of the Saharan Desert. Don’t test this theory out if you don’t want to end up with a hoof in your face.

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Save the Queen… from tornados?

The award for the country with the most tornadoes per square mile goes to… the United Kingdom. You thought we would say Kansas, right?

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Utmost professionalism

The temperature of tennis balls affects the way they bounce. This is why Wimbledon tennis balls are kept at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only that, but to make sure the best ones are used, the staff goes through over 50,000 tennis balls. And you thought your job was boring?

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Peachy, not nutty

Almonds are a member of the peach family. Pretty peachy of them, if you ask us.

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How many moons from here to the moon?

You can fit 11 moons in the space between the Earth and the Moon. Taking into account that the moon is about as big as the American continent, you should measure your words wisely when telling your SO you love them to the moon and back.

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Habits from the womb

Newborn babies pick up their parent’s accent while still in the womb. So those bad accents that your friend makes might have pathological roots.

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Peanut salad

Peanuts are legumes, not nuts. So technically speaking, people that are allergic to peanuts are actually allergic to legumes, not nuts.

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We are not alone

Ann Hodges is the only person to have been injured by an extraterrestrial object. In 1954, the woman was napping when she was struck by a meteorite. Thankfully, she only ended up with a few bad bruises and not kidnapped by big-eyed green people from outer space.

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The Door to Hell

Turkmenistan has a crater that’s been on fire since 1971. Literally known as ‘’The Door to Hell’’, it was created when a natural gas field collapsed. We would’ve made a joke about it being a door to Hell, but we can’t anymore for obvious reasons.

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What is even real anymore?

There is a feeling similar to deja vu called ‘’deja reve’’. Instead of feeling like you’ve previously experienced an event in real life, deja reve makes you feel like you’ve previously experienced an event in a dream. Cue Inception references.

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Fire hot

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as ‘’too spicy’’. Resiniferatoxin, a chemical compound found in a type of spurge native to Morocco, is 500 to 1000 times as spicy as pure capsaicin, aka the active compound in chili peppers. It takes only 10 grams of this bad boy to kill an adult. So, we can say that a dish containing resiniferatoxin is literally to die for.

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Thanks, great-great-great-great-great grandpa…

Apparently, phobias may be caused by memories passed down genetically from ancestors. So if you ever find yourself in public screaming at the sight of a spider, you can blame your great-great-great-great-great grandfather for raising a spider colony.

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Strange Facts about the animal kingdom

Now that we’re through with the weird section of the article, let’s progress to something… well, not really weird in the traditional sense of the word, but close enough.

Now *cracks knuckles in anticipation* let’s dive deep into these weird science facts about animals.

Oh, how we love Mother Nature!

Tactile thief

Raccoons ‘’see’’ with their hands. While other animals use either sight, sound or smell to hunt, raccoons rely more on their sense of touch to locate food. Their front paws contain four time more sensory receptors than their back paws, which means that they are able to differentiate between objects at night, without actually seeing them. They really like to get handsy.

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Seahorse life

Seahorses don’t have a functional jaw or even a real stomach. In order to survive, they have to eat food that is small enough to easily pass through their digestive system. This is also the closest a real-life creature has come to emulating the anatomy of a zombie from the Walking Dead.

Talk about weird science facts…

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They grow up so fast

At birth, a baby blue whale weighs as much as its mother’s tongue. That sounds a bit, over-whale-ming.

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Tone deaf chimps

Great apes, including orangutans and chimpanzees, are totally out of the loop in terms of music. Studies have shown that they are incapable of telling the difference between artists and genres. Kind of like your uncle who can’t tell the difference between the act of rapping and hip-hop.

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Roach resistance

Cockroaches are not resistant to a thermonuclear war but they will survive without a head for a week, only thing bothering them is the absence of a mouth or head to breathe. Rest assured, you can miss the sale on tiny guillotines this holiday season.

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Water storage

Camels store water in their blood vessels, not their humps. Sorry, we’re not going to reference The Black Eyed Peas.

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Camel superpower

Camels are so well adapted to heat and scarce water that their blood can change viscosity without affecting their health. Scientists are still unsure what happens to the camel’s blood after binging for three days on fast food.

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Dragon genetics

Through a process called parthenogenesis, Komodo dragon females can produce babies without contact from male dragons. In some cases, that same female will mate with her male offspring. Pretty neat, but ewwwww.

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Quick and efficient

The Virginia opossum has a gestation period of only 13 days. Sadly, 13 days is not enough time to prepare a gender revealing party and burn an entire forest down.

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Flying cesspool

Due to its love of feces and decomposing organic matter, the most dangerous animal in the world is the common housefly. So flies are not only annoying, they’re FRICKIN’ SLOBS.

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Priorities

Female rodents lose their interest in sex when exposed to the tears of their babies. I mean… wouldn’t we all?

… You’re beginning to wonder if weird science facts is a synonym for just plain, what the fudge, aren’t you?

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*insert childish mocking gesture here*

Dinosaurs were unable to stick out their tongues. At least Jurassic Park got one thing right.

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Wonder Lizards

There is an all-female lizard species that doesn’t need males to reproduce. #pussycatdolls

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Step aside, Dolly

The dojo loach fish don’t reproduce, some females from certain Japan districts… clone themselves.

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The Walking Whales

The first whale to ever roam the earth looked nothing like the modern whale. Yes, you read that right – it roamed, not swam. The whale in question, called Pakicetus, lived over 50 million years ago, and had a long nose and tail and was about the size of a wolf.
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Older than the mountains

Dinosaurs became extinct before the Alps were formed. Only Alpine Orogeny kids will remember this.

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At least they peaked at something

The largest animal native to Antarctica is a flightless species of insects. Measuring half an inch, they are also the only insects on the continent. It’s not that hard to be no 1, when you’re the only one competing.

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Did they seriously ran out of ideas?

The scientific name of the western lowland gorilla is… Gorilla Gorilla. Ok. Ok…

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There can only be one

Naked mole rats are the only eusocial mammals. Similar to ants, they live in colonies with a single queen who gives birth to all the workers. Obviously, they’re not as easy to squash with the morning newspaper.

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Horses are empathic

Horses can read human emotions. Just don’t ask THEM “why the long face?”

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Science & nature for justice

Modern DNA testing doesn’t necessarily exist due to shrewd scientists but to Yellowstone park. The DNA polymerase chain reaction is made possible by a chemical isolated from Yellowstone park bacteria. Maybe now they’ll discover that Yogi bear was a serial killer.

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Worst next-door neighbor ever

There is a bird called the horned screamer. Unsurprisingly, the name is derived from their unicorn-like horn on top of their heads and unusually loud scream.

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Lovecraft’s inspiration

There is a species of jellyfish whose sting inflicts the victim with an impending sense of doom. The feeling is reportedly so severe that patients beg their doctors to end their misery. Talk about Lovecraftian horror.

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Rats say “no” to drugs

Rats in cages don’t touch drugs if they have something else to do. Meanwhile, we can’t focus on the simplest task if food is on the way.

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Eye on the sky, please

Songbirds are into voyeurism. So no, you’re not alone.

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Winter provisions?

There is a species of insects whose females don’t just sport a penis, they also store sperm to use for … nutritional purposes. Guess that gives a whole new meaning to protein bars.

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Nature’s tracking collar

Gouldian Finch chicks are born with blue beads around their beaks, which glow fabulously in the dark. This is not a mere evolutionary quirk – it helps their parents feed them in the dark. They’re also pretty terrifying, if you ask us.

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Damn nature, you’re gross

Fruit flies attract their mates by pooping. So when nothing else works, you know what to do.

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Treat yo’self

The entire sperm whale population eats as much seafood as all living humans. Yet you never see a whale saying that they’ll totally start going to the gym with the first occasion and never go.

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Give credit where credit’s due

A cat co-authored a physics paper in 1975. Sadly, its name was not Schrodinger.

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Spoils of war

If a beta mandrill wins a fight, the victory will lead to a gradual physical transformation, gaining facial coloration, bigger testicles, and the ability to breed. Meanwhile, humans need shiny belts.

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Pigeons have quite the ear

Pigeons can be trained to differentiate between the music of Bach and Stravinsky. Scientists are still split when it comes to their ability to play music for change in public squares.

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Scientists have a weird sense of humor

There’s a species of fungus which looks like a sponge. Its scientific name is, quite unexpectedly, Spongiforma squarepantsii. sPoNgIfOrMa sQuArEpAnTsIi.

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Weird-looking cats

Surprisingly, hyenas are more closely related to cats than they are to dogs.

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Bubble communication

Herring fish communicate by flatulating. The joke pretty much writes itself.

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Ph’nglui mglw’nafh

The biggest insect in the world is called, fittingly, the Giant Water Bug. There’s nothing else special about them other than the fact that they look like a Lovecraftian nightmare.

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Harvey Two-Face

A small number of Northern Cardinals are born with Bilateral Gynandromorphy, a condition which makes the birds’ body appear half female, half male. Northern Cardinals afflicted with this condition are especially stunning, since half of their bodies appear red, while the other half light brown. Talk about gender fluidity.

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Rats with wings

Bird feces are not actually white. The white stuff that you see on your car every morning is actually uric acid (the bird equivalent of urine), a substance which they excrete along with the feces. And yet another reason to hate pigeons.

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Part of the giraffe mating ritual

Male giraffes taste the pee of females to determine if they are ready to mate. Guess going out for drinks takes a whole new meaning.

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Immortality exists

There are certain animals considered to be immortal (lobsters and jellyfish), at least from a biological perspective. While they can and do die, it is always due to injury and diseases, and not from aging. Think about them as our version of elves.

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Cats, man…

The penis of a cat is equipped with sharp barbs that scratch the female vagina upon withdrawal to stimulate ovulation. Guess there is such a thing as animal kingdom BDSM.

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Ducks can be vicious

More than 60% of ducklings are the product of rape. Male ducks, which are prettier and more colorful, also sport a corkscrew-shaped penis. Maybe duck hunting doesn’t sound so bad after all.

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Life’s rough at the North Pole

Polar bears are cannibals. I wonder if they’re partial to fava beans and a nice Chianti with that.

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Random science facts

Not all weird science facts are created equal. While some of them lack the ‘’wow’’ factor, they’re worth sharing nonetheless.

Plus, it’s a combination of weird physics trivia, some biology facts, some chemistry facts, so there you go. Here’s several random science facts that’ll make you go ‘’hmmm…’’and your audience “aaaaahhmm….”.

Ice, ice, baby

There are over 300 types of ice. 301 if you count your ex’s heart. Sorry…

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Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

An ice cube takes up about 9 percent more volume than the water used to make it. We have no witty comment to add here.

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Gotta go fast

The world’s fastest land animal was a cheetah called Sarah. At age 11, she ran a staggering 100m in 5,95 seconds. And before you say ‘’Yeah, but, you know, we got Usain Bolt’’, Sarah actually beat him by a few seconds.

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Honey is better than you think

Honey can’t go bad because it’s made up of 80% sugar, which helps inhibit the growth of fungi and bacteria and prevents fermentation. It also has antibacterial properties. So you can safely ignore the dozens of jars of honey you got from your grandma, but never touched.

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Waste not, want not?

Scientists managed to grow teeth from stem cells prelevated from … urine.

It’s amazing what some people can do with bodily functions.

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Space Landfill

At the end of their lunar mission, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong tossed away more than 100 pieces of individual materials on the moon. Right there, the most advanced race that has ever lived on Earth made a mess. That’s why aliens haven’t contacted us yet!

PS: Did you know it’s hard to even drink water in space?

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Global Warming is a Myth…

Carbon dioxide levels are currently higher than they have been in the past 400,000 years. Just not in the White House.

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Better smell when freshly plucked

Bananas smell better than you think. You just have to smell one that was never refrigerated.

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Imagine how deep the ocean is

The ocean is eleven Eiffel Towers deep stacked on top of each other (3,682.2 meters). When it comes to the deepest part of the ocean, the numbers are even more baffling – 11,030 m, meaning 34 Eiffel Towers. Imagine the awkward elevator ride.

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Science! Or not

The color yellow does not instill feelings of anxiety and agitation. This rumor was started by a guy that hated the color.

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Inconvenient but safe

Natural gas has no odor. Experts add mercaptan to give it its distinctive smell for safety reasons. Because otherwise we would all be inhaling it and dying by the hundreds. I mean, Ross Gellar told us.

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Volcano fest

There is a Volcano in Guatemala, called Santa Maria, that has been erupting every hour for the last century. No need for an alarm clock in Santa Maria.

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Misleading names

Weirdly enough, Strawberries and Raspberries are not berries. Even more bafflingly, bananas, pineapples, eggplants and tomatoes are.

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Australia’s “Australia”

The Earth has an additional continent called Zeelandia. The continent sank some 80 million years ago after breaking away from current-day Australia. Even Australia is afraid of Australia.

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How about them apples?

Apples are made of 23 % air, which is what allows them to float. Look at them apples, floating through life like they have no worry in the world.

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Time traveling is technically possible

There’s a person who managed to actually time travel. His name is Sergei Krikalev, a cosmonaut who has spent 803 days in orbit around Earth. According to Einstein’s theories of relativity, Krikalev has traveled about 0.02 seconds forward in time. Sadly, this is probably the closest humanity will realistically ever get to ‘’inventing’’ time travel.

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Not how you imagined it

Ginger beer is fermented (or brewed), while ginger ale is just carbonated water flavored with ginger. Here’s to doing everything backward!

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Majestic sounds

Violin bows are made from horse hair. Do the horses know?

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The Eternal Two

90% of modern apples can be traced back to just two trees. I guess the apple really does not fall far from the tree.

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Touching another plane

Some of the people who are born deaf think in sign language. When thinking, they picture themselves using sign language in a first or third person view. This is the closest humanity will ever come to an actual out-of-body experience.

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Origins of orange

The word ‘’orange’’ was used as the name of the fruit for around 200 years before being known as a color. You’re free to impress your coworkers with this fact at the next office Christmas party.

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Colorado’s safe

The State of Colorado has a volcano that last erupted around the time when the pyramids were being built in Egypt. Feel old yet?

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A powerful but feeble system

There are 600,000 pounds of space junk that destroy roughly one satellite per year. In response, scientists have proposed the Kessler syndrome, a scenario wherein repeated collisions could cause a chain reaction of collisions, which will render space activities impossible for many generations. This could probably make for the greatest Rube Goldberg machine in the history of space exploration.

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So what did we learn?

This was our round up of the strangest science facts we considered are worth mentioning. Listing so many weird science facts in a single article doesn’t mean we’ll hang our hats and close shop – some of them will be discussed at length. Furthermore, let’s not kid ourselves, most of you read this while pooping, so you needed a fast and concise scroll.

We hope you’ll enjoy these random science facts and rest assured, there’s more where that came from.

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