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Remember my last post about some of the Amazing Facts? If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you can find it here

I thought you might be interested in learning more. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of more interesting facts you won’t want to miss.

Did You Know That…..

Australia is wider than the Moon.

The Moon is only about 3400 km in diameter, while Australia stretches almost 4000 km from east to west. Although the Moon has a larger surface area as a sphere, Australia’s size is still quite impressive.

A Pope can’t donate organs.

Pope Francis

When a pope dies, his body belongs to the whole Church and must be buried without any organs removed. If the pope’s organs were donated, they could become relics in other bodies if he were made a saint.

The world’s longest concert lasted 453 hours.

crowd facing lighted stage

The longest concert lasted 437 hours, 54 minutes, and 40 seconds. It was achieved by multiple artists, Kevin Ker, Shaen Armstrong, and the Epidemic Music Group in Ontario, Canada, from March 17 to April 5, 2017.

You can’t hum while holding your nose.

When you hum, you breathe out, so if your mouth and nose are shut, the air can’t get out. You can hum for a short time, but then you have to open your mouth to breathe in.

Don’t believe me? Try it!

Snails have teeth.

brown snail on green fruit

Snails and slugs have thousands of tiny teeth on a flexible band called a radula, which they use to scrape food. They also have a jaw that cuts off larger pieces of food for the radula to rasp. A garden snail has around 14,000 teeth, while other species can have over 20,000.

The record for holding breath underwater is 24 minutes and 37 seconds.

On March 27, 2021, Budimir Šobat from Croatia set the world record for holding his breath underwater, managing to do so for 24 minutes and 37 seconds. However, he took in pure oxygen before going underwater.

On average, a person can only hold their breath for 30 to 90 seconds.

Buzz Lightyear’s original name was Lunar Larry.

Buzz Lightyear was originally named Lunar Larry, but Disney and Pixar thought that Lunar Larry sounded too “wacky” or silly. They decided to change it to Buzz Lightyear to pay tribute to astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon. 

Bees can fly higher than Mount Everest.

Scientists have found that alpine bumblebees, a species of bees living in high mountain areas, can fly at heights over 9000 meters, higher than Mount Everest.

The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

white and gold ceramic unicorn figurine near coins

The unicorn is Scotland’s national animal because people have connected unicorns to Scotland for centuries. The unicorn is also featured in Scotland’s royal coat of arms, symbolizing purity, masculinity, power, and dominance. 

The unicorn also has a long history in Scottish folklore and mythology, which is why it’s the country’s national animal.

Sea otters sleep while holding hands.

When sea otters sleep, they hold hands to stay together and avoid drifting apart. This cute behavior is called “rafting.” They also use rocks to crack open shells and keep their favorite rocks under their armpits. 

LEGO bricks withstand compression better than concrete.

yellow red blue and green lego blocks

A regular plastic LEGO brick can resist compression forces up to 950 lbs, which is more than concrete. It can also hold the weight of 375,000 other bricks before breaking. This means you could potentially build a tower almost 3.5km tall.

A lightning bolt is five times hotter than the surface of the Sun.

lightning graphic wallpaper

Lightning can heat the air it travels through to a temperature of 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 5 times hotter than the sun’s surface (10,340 degrees Fahrenheit).

When lightning hits a tree, it can get so hot that it vaporizes the water inside, making the tree explode or causing its bark to blow off. 

Pine trees can likely tell if it’s about to rain.

green pine trees

When pine cones are closed up, it means the weather is humid, and it could rain soon because they react to humidity just like leaves do.

The brain burns 400-500 calories a day.

human brain toy

The brain uses 400-500 calories daily, which is about 20% of the human body’s total energy needs. However, only about 160-260 calories are used for actual brain thought work, like thinking. Most of the energy is used to control muscles and process sensory input, which happens automatically.

Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt.

Sudan has around 200 to 250 pyramids, more than the roughly 138 pyramids in Egypt. The Nubian people built about 240 pyramids in three Sudan locations as tombs for the kings and queens of Napata and Meroë.

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