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.
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.
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! Unfortunately, we have still plenty to learn about the new coronavirus, but let’s hope humanity will pass this plague with flying colors as well.
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.
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.
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. However, if you feel inclined to go for harder sciences, feel free to check out our guide on weird space facts.
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.
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. We encourage you to study insects more, as their numbers plummet and with them, live on Earth could plummet as well.
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.
Scallops have up to 200 eyes. This later inspired 2Pac to write ‘’All Eyez On Me’’.
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.
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. In fact, in case you did not know, penguins had a blast back in the day after the dinosaurs’ extinction. Vicious they were, we tell ya!
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?
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?
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. We will come back with more exciting science facts about space and about our moon after NASA launches its “most powerful rocket ever built” to go to the moon and back – to quote a famous Savage Garden song. You do remember Savage Garden still, don’t you?
Peanuts are legumes, not nuts. So technically speaking, people that are allergic to peanuts are actually allergic to legumes, not nuts.
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. Well, according to the ESA and NASA, humanity can prevent Armageddon, so being hit by objects falling from the sky seems to be a preventable problem in the near future. Too bad we cannot prevent
stupidi viruses from hitting us on the ground level…
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.
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.
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, and if you are an animal lover and want to show off at parties or ace your next trivia game night with your friends, here are 50 more weird and fun animal facts to blow the minds of the most passionate pet owners you know!
Oh, how we love Mother Nature!
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.
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…
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. While marmosets have their own dialect, great apes know nothing about music. Kind of like your uncle who can’t tell the difference between the act of rapping and hip-hop.
Cockroaches are not resistant to a thermonuclear war but they will survive without a head for a week. The 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. And you can forget that famous quote from Andromeda about Dylan Hunt and cockroaches, it seems Mr. Hunt will not spend more than a week trying so save them.
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.
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. Mysterious are the ways of genetics, we’ll give you that.
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. Now, with thee latest news that six new (different) coronaviruses have been found in bats, we are not sure which animals is the most dangerous one, as we are not sure we can qualify flies as animals, but then again…
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?
There is an all-female lizard species that doesn’t need males to reproduce. #pussycatdolls
Step aside, Dolly
The dojo loach fish don’t reproduce, some females from certain Japan districts… clone themselves.
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. Antarctica is full of
ice mysteries, but this insect casts no shadow of a doubt, it is the largest thing living and breathing out there that we know of. Let’s hope Chtulhu doesn’t wake up soon, although with the global temperature rises you may never know. We’ll exorcise that bridge when we get there…
Horses are empathic
Horses can read human emotions. Just don’t ask THEM “why the long face?” We don’t know if we prefer the horses who can act as lie detectors or dogs who hear and probably understand every word word we say, those four-legged snitches, but we always knew animals see right through us, didn’t we?
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.
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.
Eye on the sky, please
Songbirds are into voyeurism. So no, you’re not alone.
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. You know that discussion earlier about bodily fluids? Yeah, we just lost some appetite right here, right now.
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.
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.
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. We don’t stand a chance, do we?
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. So great apes can’t understand jack when it comes to music, but the rats with wings can… Is that perhaps pigeons spy on us and learn everything there is to know about our behaviors and even tastes?
Surprisingly, hyenas are more closely related to cats than they are to dogs. Well, cats or dogs, they still have some explaining to do for that whole business in Lion King.
Herring fish communicate by flatulating. The joke pretty much writes itself.
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.
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. Now even more since they have an ear for classical music that few humans actually do.
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.
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. Give science a few decades until it makes us all immortal with the help of CRISPR technology, but until then, you can give the finger to lobsters before you eat them, just sayin’.
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.
Life’s rough at the North Pole
Polar bears are cannibals. You know what else is cannibal in the animal kingdom? Some spiders, Sand Tiger sharks, and hippopotamuses, among others. We wonder if they’re partial to fava beans and a nice Chianti with that.
Honeybees are smarter than some humans
We knew bees can share decisions within the hive, engage in a complex symbolic-type of language, solve tasks, and even understand zero, but Australian scientists confirmed honeybees can also understand and perform math problems with their tiny, powerful brains.
And we have one of the researcher’s quotes to clarify matters!
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, and some chemistry facts, so there you go. Here’s several random science facts that’ll make you go ‘’hmmm…’’and your audience “aaaaahhmm….”.
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.
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.
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! Wait to see what littering we are going to do next on Mars!
PS: Did you know it’s hard to even drink water in space?
Better smell when freshly plucked
Bananas smell better than you think. You just have to smell one that was never refrigerated.
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.
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. The color yellow may instill some feelings of rejection and anger from our fellow casual scientist Andreea, but there is a need of more scientific data and experiments on her to understand why she gets crazy at the sight of anything yellow, in particular fashion items.
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.
Weirdly enough, Strawberries and Raspberries are not berries. Even more bafflingly enough, bananas, pineapples, eggplants and tomatoes are.
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. Well, if they keep the doctor away, they can float like Georgie for what we care. Too much? Sorry…
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, although the Avengers did a pretty good job.
Violin bows are made from horse hair. Do the horses know?
The Eternal Two
90% of modern apples can be traced back to just two trees. Wait, wasn’t there one single apple tree back in the day? Where did the second come from? Ah well, we guess the apple really does not fall far from the tree.
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.
The State of Colorado has a volcano that last erupted around the time when the pyramids were being built in Egypt. Feel old yet?
So what did we learn from these weird science facts?
This was our round up of the fun and weird science facts we considered were 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. For even more fun bits of information and weird science facts in several fields that can help you win the dork award of the year, here are other reads we recommend:
- A top about the most fassscinating facts about snakes, because why the fudge not;
- Mind blowing facts about space even NASA doesn’t talk about much because why would it;
- Some pretty amazing fun facts about animals to let your dog know you stepped up your game;
- And finally, a few things you did not know you could not do in space (yes, THAT included), just to know what to expect when you get there.
There. Now you can feel fully educated and ready to take social media by the storm!
We hope you’ll enjoy these random science facts and rest assured, there’s more where that came from!
Now it is your turn! Tell us some of your favorite weird science facts (of old or new days) in any field you enjoy exploring the most! If you have some weird science facts from physics, chemistry, or even astrophysics, let them all out!