Astonishing Facts You Won’t Find In An Encyclopedia

 

According to scientists, every day each individual processes 74 gigabytes of data which equates to watching approximately sixteen movies. In addition, it may at times appear as if each of us knows everything there is to know. Unfortunately, it is here that we will destroy this assumption by providing some unbelievable facts relating to life and the entire planet. You might be amazed at some of this information.

The Majority Of The Bones Are Located In The Hands

There is a total of 206 bones in the human body and twenty-five percent of them are located in the hands. There are actually 54 bones found in the hands. Also to note is that the feet only have two fewer bones than the hands do, as there are 52 of them. Therefore, when added together, the hands and feet make up for a total of half the bones in the human body.

Due To Their Tongue, Woodpeckers Do Not Suffer From Head Injuries

The woodpecker would peck at a tree for an extremely long time in search of food. However, they have never once suffered from a headache or head injury from this persistent pecking. The reason for this is their tongue, which apparently wraps around their skull during this process. It acts as a spring of sorts, cushioning the blows and safeguarding the woodpecker from suffering from a concussion.

A Storm Cloud Weighs Billions Of Pounds

As it turns out the storm clouds that hover way above the earth weigh a ton due to all the droplets of water that they consist of. A normal cloud weighs in at about 1.1 million pounds. However, a storm cloud is way bigger in size and as it relates to the quantity of water it contains, weighs in at 2.4 billion pounds. The reason that they do not come crashing to the surface is due to the air beneath them, holding them up.

Otters Have Pockets

Sea otters have skin that is loosely located under their front paws which creates something that seriously resembles a pocket. The animals are able to use these pockets to store food. It is also a well-known fact that otters use these pockets to hide stones. The stones are used as tools in the cracking of mussels.

The Heaviest Organism In The World Is An Aspen Grove

Pando is a well-known grove of aspen that has developed simply by cloning itself. The grove weighs in at roughly 6,600 tons and it blankets an area that measures 108 acres. This is the reason that it is referred to as the heaviest known organism on the planet. The belief is that the colony of aspen is many thousand years old.

Sharks Are Millions Of Years Older Than Trees

Trees, as we know them today in their modern form, are said to appear on the earth 360 million years ago. Discoveries of items with shark scales in them suggest that sharks would have existed for close to 420 million years. This would mean that the age difference between sharks and trees could be anywhere around 60 million years.

Babies Are Born Without Kneecaps

Rather than kneecaps, babies are born with pieces of cartilage. This aids the baby in crawling without any discomfort or pain and allows them to adjust faster and easier to walk. The cartilage then forms the kneecaps as the baby grows, so that by the age of twelve years old the entire kneecap turns into bone.

Moths Can Remember When They Were Caterpillars

Researchers have discovered that moths can recall memories and some experiences from when they were still caterpillars. This recollection plays a vital role in the way they behave as adults. The reason for this phenomenon is probably due to some brain cells and sections not transforming with the metamorphosis process of the caterpillar transforming into a moth.

Saudi Arabia Purchases Sand & Camels From Australia

This might appear to be a bit weird due to the vast amounts of sand and camels that are in Saudi Arabia. However, as a matter of fact, every camel in Saudi Arabia is domesticated; therefore they purchase wild camels from Australia to be used as meat. The government in Saudi Arabia gets sand from Australia to be used in construction due to its very unique attributes as well.

Metal Door Knobs Can Disinfect Themselves

Copper and brass doorknobs slow down the development of bacteria because of the metal ions. The main difference is that the brass disinfects itself within eight hours as compared to copper that does it in four hours. The reason being is that brass is an alloy that consists of copper and requires additional time in order to impact the bacteria.

Sloths Can Hold Their Breath Longer Than Dolphins

Both dolphins and sloths have the ability to hold their breath by a process of slowing down their heart rate and digestion. However, sloths have the capacity to survive underwater without air for up to forty minutes. Dolphins on the other hand can typically hold their breath underwater for a maximum of fifteen minutes.