Tired of feeling like you missed the boat when they were handing out the smart genes? Here are some scientific facts that will amaze your friends, family and of course the hot girls looking for a guy that’s as much brain as brawn. Make Einstein look like like a mental cripple – cheek out these tidbits that will make your grey matter sizzle with intelligence.
More Bones Than Adults
Babies start out with about 300 bones at birth. With cartilage between most of the bones, they’re more flexible and able to pass through the birth canal. As they grow, bones begin to fuse till they end up with 206 bones – the average number in most adults.
Taller In The Summer?
We all know that things expand when heated up and contract when they get cooler (You do know that – don’t you?) This is called thermal expansion. In fact, large structures like the Eiffel Tower have expansion joints which help them expand and contract without causing damage. The Eiffel Tower can be up to 15 cm taller in the summer.
Thank The Amazon For Breathing
Oxygen is created when plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. With the Amazon rainforest covering 2.1 million square miles, we benefit from the vast amount of oxygen produced – roughly 20%.
Sodium Can Be Explosive
Some metals are so reactive, they tarnish when exposed to air. Some, like Sodium, can even produce an explosion when coming in contact with water.
Hawaii Moving To Alaska
Huge pieces of Earth’s crust called tectonic plates are in constant motion. As hot rock rises, cools and sinks, circular currents are created shifting the tectonic plates as if they were on a conveyer belt. This action is moving Hawaii 7.5 cm closer to Alaska every year!
Chalk It Up To Fossils
For over 200 million years tiny single-cell algae called coccolithophores that cover themselves with infinitely smaller plates of calcite (coccoliths) have lived in our oceans. As they build up on the ocean floor they eventually fossilize creating chalk deposits.
This Is How Life Will Perish
Over the next millions of years, as the sun grows in brightness and temperature, the earth’s oceans will eventually evaporate making life impossible. The earth will become a desert like mars. Eventually the sun will engulf the earth. But don’t fret, you can still enjoy today.
Infrared Can’t See Polar Bears
Polar Bears are almost undetectable by thermal cameras because they are so proficient at conserving heat. Thermal cameras work by detecting heat given off by a subject. With loads of blubber and a thick coat, polar bears are just about invisible to the infrared camera.
Light Takes Over 8 min.
Even at astounding speeds of 186,000 miles per second, it still takes 8 minutes and 19 seconds for sunlight to reach us.
Stomach Acid Dissolves Blades
Every four days the lining of your stomach renews itself. This is the process the stomach uses to protect itself from the hydrochloric acid it produces to dissolve your food and yes, razor blades.
Only Planet To Spin Clockwise
Our solar system was created from dust and gas, with the Sun at the center. Because of their common source, the planets spin in a counterclockwise motion. Uranus which spins on its side and Venus are the only exceptions. Chances are this happened because of a huge asteroid striking Venus.
Faster Than A Space Shuttle?
Amazing as it seems, the lowly flea can jump three inches in a millisecond. It may not seem much at first glance, but this means fleas experience 100 g while the space shuttle can only attain approximately 5 g. The flea’s secret lies in a rubber-like protein which stores and releases energy like a spring.