10 Random Facts to Pique Your Curiosity
We all need to give our brains a workout once in a while…or else they just end up floating around up there on top of our heads like some useless appendage…
So what do you say we all learn something new right now and use our noggins?!?!
Check out these 10 interesting facts. We think you’ll love them.
1. Reefs for days.
In 2020, researchers discovered a coral reef in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef that is taller than the Empire State Building.
The reef measures more than 500 meters (1,640 feet) and it was the first to be discovered in the Great Barrier Reef in more than 120 years.
2. Beneath the surface.
There have been four buried lakes discovered on Mars…so far.
Researchers found the first one in 2018 and it was a large saltwater lake under ice at the south pole of Mars.
Three more lakes were found in 2020 using the orbiting spacecaft Mars Express.
3. Picture this…
Researchers discovered that duckbilled dinosaurs roamed the land in Africa. Previous duckbilled species had been found on other continents, but the discovery of Ajnabia in Morocco confirmed their existence in Africa.
Researchers believe that these dinosaurs swam to Africa from Europe or Asia.
4. Bat language.
Bats make all kinds of different sounds to communicate about different subjects, including food, sleep, s**, and even about other bats.
5. The Red Planet.
Mars constantly makes a humming noise…and researchers don’t know why…
NASA’s InSight lander made the discovery. The robot landed on Mars in 2018 and has been giving scientists information about the planet since then…but still no word yet on what that serious humming is all about…
6. Ancient volcano.
The Okmok volcano in Alaska erupted in the year 43 BCE and researchers now believe that the eruption led to a period of extreme cold in Ancient Rome.
The volcano actually erupted twice within a short period of time. The first was in 45 BCE and was powerful but the eruption in 43 BCE was much larger and the volcanic fallout lasted for two years.
7. Someone’s been here…
Bumblebees can sense electrostatic fields and can tell if another bee has been on the same flower that they visit within the past couple of minutes.
8. Throw them off.
Sea turtles create decoy nests to throw off potential predators after they lay their eggs.
I guess you can call it motherly instinct…
9. From above.
Researchers say that there are about 100 million lightning strikes in the tropics every year.
This huge number of strikes radically alters ecosystems and forests in the areas between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
10. No sneezing!
Pope Urban VII issued a ban on smoking and snuff worldwide in 1624.
The Pope argued that the tobacco products caused sneezing…which resembled sensual ecstasy. He also threatened excommunication to those who smoked or used snuff in holy places.
The ban was repealed a century later…and the Vatican opened a tobacco factory in 1779. Hmmm…