More You Know: 17 Amazing, Unusual, Concerning and Just Plain Facts

Since the Coronavirus has been infecting everyone either physically, mentally, emotionally, all of them, and ones not listed, I will give you some facts.  I call them facts the majority of us don’t think about on a daily basis and probably not even weekly.   Here they are in no particular order.

  1. Koalas sleep more than sloths at around 22 hours a day, but sloths aren’t that far behind at around 20 hours a day.  The rest needing 15 hours of sleep include tree shrews, tigers, human infants, owl monkeys, North American opossums, pythons, giant armadillos, and brown bats. (Source: BBC Science Focus)
  2. There are two shapes of parabaloids: hyperbolic and elliptic.  The shape of a Pringle chip has a hyperbolic parabaloid shape where the elliptical parabaloid is shaped like an oval cup.  (Source: Wikipedia)
  3. 17.7 million people celebrate a birthday on any given day and in the U.S. about 814,000 people celebrate birthdays every day. (Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac)
  4. An income of $32,400 per year allows you be in the top 1% of world income earners, but to be in the top 1% of wealth, you would need to have a net worth of $744,400 based on data from 2019.  (Source: Investopedia)
  5. Red blood cells last around 120 days and the average adult makes 2.5 million new ones every second.  The color difference between red and blue is due to the change in frequency of light absorbed and reflected by the blood cells. (Source: HRF)
  6. Art was an official discipline between 1912 and 1948 in the Olympics.  Medals were awarded for architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture that were inspired by sport and original.  It (Source: Wikipedia)
  7. Denmark had the highest rate of melanoma in women while Australia had the highest number during 2018. (source: World Cancer Research Fun International)
  8. Dogs have more than 220 million olfactory receptors where humans only have 5 million. (source: Animal Planet)
  9. The most deadliest plants are caster bean, oleander, deadly nightshade, rosemary pea, tobacco, white snakeroot, and water hemlock (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)
  10. The wealthiest 1% captured 95% of the growth since 2009 while the bottom 90% became poorer. (Source: Forbes)
  11. While the marriage rate was 6.9 out of 1,000 people, the divorce rate was 2.9 outof 1,000 people based on data from 2017.  (source: CDC)
  12. Shape, size, smell, and, shade are factor you should look for if there is something wrong with your bowel movements.  Constipation usually means insufficient fiber in your diet whereas diarrhea usually means allergies, food intolerance, or underlying medical conditions. (Source: Dr. Oz)
  13. About 65 billion neutrinos will pass through a fingernail in a second.  If you’re wondering what neutrinos are, they are subatomic particles with no electric charge with little mass that travel at near lightspeed. There are three kinds of neutrinos: electron, muon, and tau.  (Source: Stanford News)
  14. A single bolt of lightning has about 5 gigajoules or 5,000 megajoules of energy.  Putting this in perspective, you can electrify your home for about 1.2 months, run two refrigerators for a year, toast about 89,000 pieces of bread, drive 3,600 miles with an electric car, and run a pool pump for five months. (Sources: Wikipedia and Freeing Energy Project)
  15. The brain-eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri lives in fresh water and can kill a human in seven days.  The death rate is 98% with the core treatment being an antifungal drug called amphotercin B. (Source: Wikipedia)
  16. The CIA created a gun that shot darts, poisoning the target, and leaving body before the poison could be detected. (Source: Military)
  17. Ernő Rubik took a month to solve his own creation, the Rubik’s Cube. (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)2020pc2

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