Ten Interesting Facts, you should know
Following are the ten interesting facts about your daily life and life science. Hopefully, you will like these facts.
1. Fecal Material in your cup:
Twenty percent of office coffee mugs contain fecal matter. Yes it is true and one of interesting facts. The one you use for your coffee or tea, that you maybe wash out at the sink every night? The one you protect because you don’t want anyone to use it and contaminate it with their other-person germs? Well, I have bad news for you: Your coffee mug is crawling with filth.
Professor Charles P. Gerba says that “twenty percent of office mugs carry fecal bacteria.” EW! “And 90 percent are covered in other bacteria”. In an office, most people tend to clean their cups with bacteria-laden sponges or scrub brushes instead of a dishwasher. That bacteria transfers to the mug and can live there for three days.”
2. Otters hold hands when sleeping:
it’s true — often a mother and pup will hold on to each other while sleeping to keep from drifting away from one another. But that isn’t the only strategy sea otters have. They also utilize kelp! Sea otters wrap themselves in long strands of kelp which grow from the sea floor all the way up to the surface of the water. They use the kelp as an anchor so they can sleep without worry of floating out to open ocean.
3. Mimicking Octopus:
The Mimic Octopus can not only change colors, but will mimic the shapes of other animals, like the flounder, lionfish, and sea snakes. They are notable for being able to change their skin color and texture to blend in with their environment, such as algae-encrusted rock and nearby coral through pigment sacs known as chromophores. The mimic octopus possesses chromophores as well as the unique behavior of taking shape of various objects and animals. The mimic octopus is the only currently known marine animal to be able to mimic such a wide variety of animals.
4. Wealthiest People:
World’s eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%. According to The Guardian, world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.
In a report published to coincide with the start of the week-long World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Oxfam said it was “beyond grotesque” that a handful of rich men headed by the Microsoft founder Bill Gates are worth $426bn (£350bn), equivalent to the wealth of 3.6 billion people.
5. Longest Traffic Jam:
A traffic jam lasted for 12 days with 62-Mile-Long, with cars only moving 0.6 miles a day. Back in August 2010, China was crowned the unofficial “host” of the mother of all traffic jams, with a huge car panorama that stretched for more than 62 miles (100 km) and lasted for 12 days. The traffic jam was caused by trucks carrying coal to Beijing and unofficial sources claim that each vehicle moved with the insane speed of 2 miles per day. It all happened on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway near Beijing and, ironically, the cause of the huge traffic jam was the road work on the highway. Trucks carrying construction supplies to Beijing, most of them supposed to be used on the expressway in order to ease traffic, were blocked at the exit, thus causing a traffic jam that lasted over 12 days.
6. Original Corpses as Pathway
There are over 200 corpses on Mount Everest and they are used as way points for climbers. No one knows exactly how many bodies remain on Mount Everest today, but according to BBC, there are certainly more than 200. Climbers and Sherpas lie tucked into crevasses, buried under avalanche snow and exposed on catchment basin slopes – their limbs sun-bleached and distorted. Most are concealed from view, but some are familiar fixtures on the route to Everest’s summit.
Perhaps most well-known of all are the remains of Tsewang Paljor, a young Indian climber who lost his life in the infamous 1996 blizzard. For nearly 20 years, Paljor’s body – popularly known as Green Boots, for the neon footwear he was wearing when he died – has rested near the summit of Everest’s north side. When snow cover is light, climbers have had to step over Paljor’s extended legs on their way to and from the peak. Indeed, the living pass the frozen, preserved dead along Everest’s routes so often that many bodies have earned nicknames and serve as trail markers
7. Stopping a sneeze:
If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. Yes it is also one of the interesting facts that need to research.
One small 2013 study found that a sneeze can propel air out of your nasal canal at close to 10 mph (4.5 meters per second). During a sneeze, all the air pressure that has built up in your lungs will try to escape through your nose. When you block the air’s escape route by pinching your nose or mouth during a sneeze, it forces the air into your ears. This pressurized air will travel back through the ears’ Eustachian tubes and into the middle ear, where it could cause damage, such as a ruptured eardrum. It also could lead to hearing loss or prolonged dizziness.
Holding in a sneeze could affect more than your ears. Stifled sneezes have caused blood vessels to break in the eyes and resulted in spells of incontinence. Other possible effects? You could cause injury to your diaphragm, a horizontal muscle that stretches across the bottom of the rib cage. In addition, a sudden elevation in blood pressure because of a blocked sneeze could cause blood vessels in the brain to rupture. A particularly violent pent-up sneeze could cause injury to the neck or, for someone who’s recently had sinus surgery, force air into the space around the eyes and cause them to bulge out (but not dislocate completely). In the most extreme circumstances, holding back a big sneeze could cause a stroke and lead to death.
8. Height Change day and Night
You are 1% shorter in the evening than in the morning. Is it not interest facts?
Some of the built-in curves of our spine relax a bit allowing us to be a bit taller in the morning. We are taller in the morning than in the evening because during normal activities during the day the cartilage in our knees and other areas slowly compress, but when you go to sleep and rest the cartilage goes back to normal. On average, we are about 1cm taller the morning than in the evening.
The other component to this phenomenon is that the joint capsules lose some of their synovial fluid and the connective tissues around the joints tend to become compressed throughout the day from activity and trying to counter the effects of gravity.
Also, the discs of the spine do the same thing. During the night, they resorb more fluid making them thicker and the person taller. While walking, or being upright during the day, they slowly lose some of this fluid and become thinner.
9. Headless Cockroaches, a Survivor:
It is interesting facts that a cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off. Cockroaches are infamous for their tenacity, and are often cited as the most likely survivors of a nuclear war. Some even claim that they can live without their heads. It turns out that these armchair exterminators (and their professional brethren) are right. Headless roaches are capable of living for weeks.
To understand why cockroaches—and many other insects—can survive decapitation, it helps to understand why humans cannot, explains physiologist and biochemist Joseph Kunkel at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who studies cockroach development. Cockroaches do not have blood pressure the way people do. “They don’t have a huge network of blood vessels like that of humans, or tiny capillaries that you need a lot of pressure to flow blood through,” Kunkel says. “They have an open circulatory system, which there’s much less pressure in.”
“After you cut their heads off, very often their necks would seal off just by clotting,” he adds. “There’s no uncontrolled bleeding.”
The hardy vermin breathe through spiracles, or little holes in each body segment. Plus, the roach brain does not control this breathing and blood does not carry oxygen throughout the body. Rather, the spiracles pipe air directly to tissues through a set of tubes called tracheae.
10. Men in danger:
Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women. From 2006 to 2012, 82 percent of people killed by lightning were male, as per a report written by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Lightning Safety Specialist John Jensenius.
Of the fatalities recorded, 52 percent of the female deaths occurred during daily-routine activities, while male deaths occurred during leisure activities.
“Based on the statistics for gender, the clear majority of lightning victims are male,” Jensenius said. “In short, because of their behavior, males are at a higher risk of being struck and, consequently, are struck and killed by lightning more often than females,” Jensenius said.