20 Astonishing Facts That Will Give You A New Sense of Wonder

1. If you were to fold a piece of paper 42 times, it would be thick enough to reach the moon.

Using the formula, we get: 0.1 * 2^(42) = 439,804,651,110 mm

Which is 440 billion millimeters, or 439,804 kilometers. The moon on average is 384,400 kilometers from Earth, so the it is theoretically possible.

2. Space smells like seared steak

3. At a rate of 8 to 10 beats per minute, the blue whale’s heartbeat can be heard from over 2 miles away.

4. Barcode readers read the white parts, not the black.

5. Real diamonds don’t show up on an x-ray machine.

6. There is a reservoir of water in space that holds 140 trillion times the amount of water in Earth’s oceans

Credit: NASA

7. Australia has over 10,000 beaches. You could visit a new beach everyday for over 27 years.

8. Nobody knows who named our planet “Earth”.

9. The creature that kills the most people every year isn’t snakes, sharks, or even other humans — it’s the mosquito.

10. For a short time, the planet Uranus was named…George.

11. If 23 people are in the same room, there’s a 50/50 chance that at least two people will have the same birthday. In a room of 75, there’s a 99.9% chance.

12. Nobody born after 1935 has walked on the moon.

13. You’d need more than 700 floppy disks to equal one gigabyte of storage.

14. Every odd number has an “e” in it

15. Your mouth produces about 1 liter of saliva every day.

16. Clouds turn grey because they get thicker.

17. Ketchup was sold as medicine in the 1830s.

18. The longest hiccups lasted for approximately 68 years

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups non-stop from 1922 to June 5th, 1990.

19. Fire doesn’t have a shadow.

20. Every two minutes we take more pictures than all of humanity took in the 19th century.

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