The world is full of interesting, fun, and incredible people, places, and things. Here is a list of 25 Amazing facts that will surely fasinate you.
Fact #1 There is no specific time zone at the North Pole and South Pole.
This is because all the longitude lines which are used to define time zones on the planet converge at both the Poles.
The stations on the South Pole use the time zone of the country that owns them, meaning two stations near each other could be using two different time zones
Fact #2 There is a spacecraft graveyard in the South Pacific Ocean
Point Nemo is around 4,000 metres deep and further from land than any point on Earth, making it the ideal spot to crash defunct rockets and satellites.
At least 260 spacecraft – mostly Russian – have been laid to rest thereby Nasa and other space agencies since it was first used in 1971.
By far the largest was Russia’s MIR space lab, a 120-tonne tangle of metal that splashed down at Point Nemo in 2001.
Fact #3 On statues, a horse’s legs tell you how the statue figure died.
If the horse is rearing with both the front legs up in the air, the rider died in the battlefield; one front leg up means the rider was wounded in battle; and if all four hooves are on the ground, the rider died outside battle.
Fact #4 Antarctica is the world’s largest desert.
Antarctica was first spotted in 1820 by a Russian expedition and before that nobody was aware of it. After 20 years it was confirmed to be a continent and not just a group of islands.
It has an area of 5,600,000 sq miles which make it about one and a half times of United States. Antarctica is the fifth-largest continent on earth. It is the coldest, windiest, highest and driest continent on Earth.
Fact #5 Bees can fly higher than Mount Everest!
Scientists have found that Alpine bumblebees have the ability to fly at elevations greater than Mt. Everest.
Bumblebees cannot survive the freezing conditions of Mt. Everest’s peak. But researchers based at the University of California, Berkley simulated the low oxygen and low air density conditions of such high elevations to determine the limits of the bumblebee’s flight capacity and found the bees were capable of staying afloat at remarkably inhospitable elevations
Fact #6 A female Gladiator was called a Gladiatrix
The Gladiatrix (plural gladiatrices) is the female equivalent of the gladiator of ancient Rome. They were much the same as their male counterparts and would fight each other for the glory of their masters and the entertainment of the crowds.
Their existence is known only through a few accounts written by members of Rome’s elite, and a very small number of inscriptions.
Fact #7 NASA’s internet speed is 91 GB per second!
This speed was achieved on a specific connection between SC13 in Denver and the NASA Goddard facility in Maryland during an experiment.
Fact #8 The US has more millionaires than Sweden has people
There are over 10 million millionaires in the US, whilst Sweden has a population of fewer than 10 million people.
Fact #9 Elephants sleep only 2 or 3 hours each day
Elephants are the largest land animals. They can recognize themselves- something a very few animals can do. They make powerful low-frequency rumblings to communicate over a long distance.
One of the world’s most expensive coffee brands is made from the dung of Thai elephants.
Fact #10 Amsterdam has more canals than Venice and more bridges than Paris!
Amsterdam has over 100 kilometres of canals, which surpasses the number of canals in Venice considerably. In addition, Amsterdam has approximately 90 islands, which are linked by more than 1500 bridges.
No wonder the city’s nickname is: ‘Venice of the North‘.
Fact #11 Broccoli is a “man-made” food.
Broccoli only came about after years and years of selective breeding between wild cabbage plants that started around the 6th century BC. It was carefully bred by Italian farmers more than 2,000 years ago, carefully breeding different types of wild cabbage to create it.
In fact, the word “broccoli” comes from the Italian for “the flowering crest of a cabbage”.
Fact #12 Peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios aren’t nuts.
They’re classed as seeds because a nut is defined as “a hard-shelled dry fruit or seed with a separable rind or shell and interior kernel”. Nuts are defined as a simple, dry fruit with one seed (very occasionally two) in which the seed case wall becomes very hard at maturity.
True nuts include pecan, sweet chestnut, beech, acorns, hazel, hornbeam and alder.
Fact #13 Hitler started the first public anti-smoking and tobacco Campaigns
In January 1933, the Nazi Party under Hitler came to power and he passed laws for the protection of animals. He said, “In the new Reich, no more animal cruelty will be allowed.” Another interesting fact about Hitler was that he was a vegetarian.
Fact #14 High heels were originally men’s shoes.
High heels came into circulation on the shoe circuit in roughly 10 BC.
They were worn by men of the Persian Cavalry to help their boots stay in their stirrups when riding horses.
Fact #15 Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue
Standing at a height of 597 feet (182 metres), the statue of unity depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian freedom fighter, social and political leader.
The world’s tallest statue is located at on a small island of Sadhu-Bet in Narmada river, at Kevadia near Rajpipla City, in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Fact #16 Inland Taipan is the most venomous snake in the world.
Inland Taipan is the most venomous snake in the world. Inland Taipan can be found in the Channel country of south-western Queensland and north-eastern South Australia.
A single bite of inland taipai is so lethal that it can kill at least 100 fully grown men. No fatalities have ever been recorded, though it could potentially kill an adult human within 45 minutes.
Fact #17 Americans eat almost half of the world’s yearly supply of chocolate
In fact, chocolate is so liked by Americans that at an average they consume around 12 whole pounds of chocolate every year.
Did You Know? Another amazing fact about your favourite Hershey’s chocolate – Hershey’s Kisses got their name from the kissing sound the machine that deposits the chocolate on the conveyor belt makes
Fact #18 The only thing left on Bill Gates’ bucket list is not to die
Bill Gates doesn’t know any foreign languages and it is his biggest regret in life so far. He earned an honorary degree from Harvard in 2007, thirty-two years after dropping out.
During the first five years of the company, Gates reviewed every single line of code the company shipped.
Fact #19 Tim Berners – Lee Uploaded First-Ever Image to the Internet
A very interesting and amazing fact about the Internet is that First ever image uploaded to the internet was by Tim Berners – Lee, father of the World Wide Web. The ladies in the photo were in the musical band Les Horrible Cernettes, a comedy band in CERN Laboratory.
Photo of these lovely ladies was tweaked in the first version of Photoshop before being uploaded as a gif file.
Fact #20 The Beatles helped end racially segregated concerts
They refused to play at segregated events. They are the only band to twice knock itself off the top of the chart.
The Beatles earned $90,000 in 35 minutes for their Minneapolis show in August 1965
Before performing in Japan, the Beatles received an anonymous message: “Do not go to Tokyo. Your life is in danger”. 35,000 police officers were tasked to protect the group. The Japanese audience was so polite and quiet, they were able to hear how bad the live performance really was.
Fact #21 California produces the most ice cream in America
Americans love ice cream the most, 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any time. Missouri designated the Ice Cream Cone as the Official State Dessert in 2008
Did You Know? The Beatles had an ice cream flavour named after them by Baskin Robbins called Beatle Nut.
Fact #22 Netflix is responsible for 15% of global Internet traffic.
A new report by Sandvine has revealed that Netflix accounts for the most megabytes with 15 per cent. Youtube isn’t too far behind with 11.4 per cent.
Fact #23 Finland has more heavy metal bands per capita than any other country in the world.
Finland is most metallic with 53.5 metal bands per 100,000 people more than any other nation in the world.
Finland is followed by Sweden and Norway. It’s very strange that the US and UK where most of the metal music and bands started fared very low compared to Finland and even Sweden and Norway.
Fact #24 Tim Cook and Steve Jobs share a rare blood type
Cook offered a portion of his liver to Steve Jobs. But, Jobs declined the offer and yelled, “I’ll never let you do that. I’ll never do that.”
Steve Jobs final words were: “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.”
Fact #25 Literacy rate in Sri Lanka is 92% which puts it on the top spot in South Asia.
Sri Lanka is a small island in South Asia with lots of diversities. Sri Lanka has beautiful pristine beaches, wonderful wildlife, ancient ruins and world-famous tea gardens.
A very bizarre and interesting fact about Sri Lanka is that in most of the countries, nodding your head up and down means yes and moving it back and forth means no. It is the complete opposite in Sri Lanka.