10 random facts that will blow your mind
If you believed the world was all dull, gloomy and monotonous, you probably need to come out of your shell and read this up – prove yourself wrong!
10. An average person walks the equivalent of five times around the world in a lifetime
Consider a human being who lives up to the age of 80 and is at least moderately active, takes a minimum of 7,500 step each day. If that daily average is maintained, the person will have years of age, you’ll have walked about 216,262,500 steps up until the age of eighty. Do the maths if you may; the average person with that long a life span will walk a distance of around 1,77,028 kilometres. This figure is the equivalent of walking about 5 times around the Earth, right on the equator.
9. There are over 200 dead bodies, at any given point of time, unattended, on the Mount Everest alone
And this actually, is not even the fact that’s supposed to blow your mind. Hundreds of climbers each year along with Sherpa guides scale the Everest and almost half of them lose to nature up on the way. Their dead bodies, however, are not disposed of; the unattended corpses are used by mountain climbers as indicators for direction.
8. The longest music performance began on 5th September 2001 in a church in Germany and will end in 2640
Called ‘As Slow as Possible,’ the musical piece by John Cage is one of the longest-lasting musical performances yet undertaken. The piece was commissioned for a piano competition by The Friends of the Maryland Summer Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts as a contemporary requirement. An open format is employed, mainly to ensure that no two performances would be the same, providing the judges with a break from the monotony of most compositions. The last time the note changed was in 2013 and it won’t change again before 2020. Sadly so, none of us would live to witness the end.
7. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the first man to pee on the moon
While Neil Amstrong was the first to step on the moon and take the record in his name, Buzz Aldrin found an alternative to becoming a record holder moon-visitor. “Everyone has their firsts on the moon, and that one hasn’t been disputed by anybody,” he said in the 2007 Apollo-program documentary In the Shadow of the Moon.
6. There are more fake flamingos on the Earth than the real ones
Yep, USA houses more fake flamingos than the real ones on the face of our Earth. Designed in 1957 by Don Featherstone while working for Union Products, the pink flamingo has gone from a piece of exotica to a symbol of trash culture. Don sculpted his 3-D flamingos with clay, using photos of the birds from National Geographic. The fake species stopped replicating when the manufacturer, Union Products, went out of business in 2006. Faster-Form Corporations, though, bought the copyright along with the plastic moulds of the original plastic flamingos and resumed the production in order to save the fake flamingos from extinction.
5. Hippopotamus’ milk is pink in colour
You had expected that to be the colour of unicorn’s shit, but it actually is of this animal’s milk. The reason of the colour is that hippo secretes two kinds of unique acids called “Hipposudoric acid” and “Norhipposudoric acid“. The Hipposudoric acid is reddish in colour, better known was “Blood Sweat” although it’s neither blood nor sweat. The Norhipposudoric acid, on the other hand, is bright orange in colour. Both these acids combined are so strong that they reduce the growth of the bacteria on the Hippo’s skin, also acting as a sunscreen for the animal’s skin. When it comes to milking, both the acids get to combine with the white milk and so, a pink coloured milk is delivered.
4. Alaska is simultaneously the most northern, the most western, and the most eastern state in the U.S.
Alaska, on the map, is the northern most state, and Hawaii, at 20º North, southernmost state. Actually, way further south than Florida. As for the western most state, the Aleutian Islands of Alaska stretch right up to the edge of the Western Hemisphere at the 180º line of Longitude, thus becoming the western most state in the country.
Alaska is also the eastern most; because the Aleutian Islands stretch across the 180º line of Longitude, into the Eastern Hemisphere, and up the edge of the Russian Federation.
3. Koalas are now forced to drink water from swimming pools
The people inhabiting the New South Wales region of Australia region are suffering the sixth year of drought. The farmers are facing a great deal, struggling with little or no water to harvest, ultimately resorting to selling their livestock because they cannot feed them in the cruel dry spell. On the other hand, a lot of wildlife, predominantly the Koala bears have been spot desperately sipping from swimming pools, dog bowls, watering cans and any other source of water they can find in and around a town in Australia.
2. Pluto didn’t even get to complete one orbit around the sun
Between the time when the planet Pluto was discovered and the time when it was declassified as a planet, the planet couldn’t even complete an orbit around the Sun. Pluto was discovered in an observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, in the year 1930. In 2006, however, it was removed from the category of a planet altogether. Because of being so far off from the sun, it takes 248 Earth-years to orbit the sun just once by it. So this essentially means that between 1930 and 2006, Pluto didn’t even get halfway around during the time it was being called a planet; let’s not even get to the full orbit.
1. Apollo 11: The computers that put man on the moon, was less advanced than the present day calculator
The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was used as a real time operating system, back in time, which allowed our astronauts to enter simple commands, typing in pairs of nouns and verbs, thereby controlling the spacecraft. Forget the modern calculator, it was more basic than the electronics in the modern toasters of the day that have computer controlled stop/start/defrost buttons!