Science is filled with a bounty of interesting facts and information. And when you try searching for facts about science, you'll find out that a lot of them are truly odd! Of course, scientists and researchers have yet to learn everything there is to know about science. So maybe in the future, these experts will learn even more about these oddities.
In this article, you'll learn some odd but true science facts. These facts may not be very useful in everyday life, but they sure are interesting to know! Read on and be amazed by these facts of science:
- Scallops have up to a hundred eyes
That's right. When these little shellfish are on your plate, they seem simple. But the fact is, scallops may have up to a hundred eyes! Despite having this many eyes, they don't have brains. Odd, isn't it?
- Looking at the moon is literally like looking into the past
Have you ever stopped and gazed at the moon? Just like any other person, you've probably done this at least once in your life. But what you probably didn't know is that when you look at the moon, you're looking at a second into the past!
Although many of us do gaze at the moon, not a lot of people make a habit of gazing at the sun. For obvious reasons, of course. But since sunlight takes more than 8 minutes to reach us, if you do look at the sun, it's like looking 8 minutes into the past. Looking at the sun for this long is dangerous though, so don't try this from anywhere.
- The very first computer launched by IBM was huge
In the year 1956, IBM released the very first commercial computer and it was huge. The computer was housed in a cabinet which was as big as 2 refrigerators combined. It had an immense size and weight. Its weight was 1 ton!
But even though it was big and heavy, this first computer was only able to store more than 4 MB in data on its hard drive. That means that today, you can only store 1 mp3 file on it.
- Even though you have a good sense of smell, you won't be able to smell anything in outer space
This is because space is a vacuum. You won't be able to breathe in space too because there's no oxygen for you to breathe in. Interestingly enough though, astronauts who have done walks in space have reported something strange. They claim that when they come back, their suits smell like fried steak! Weird, isn't it?
- Scientists finally discovered which came first - the chicken or the egg?
Scientists have finally discovered the answer to the famous question. Now we know that the chicken came first. We know this because the proteins in the shell of a chicken egg can only come from a chicken. It's created in the ovaries of a hen. So, this means that the egg has to come from a mother hen, meaning the chicken had to come first.
- Herring communicate in a very odd way
Although the question is typically used metaphorically, literal answers have been formulated for whether the chicken or egg came first.
If the question refers to eggs in general, the egg came first, as the first egg-laying animals evolved millions of years prior to birds. If the question refers to chickeneggs specifically, the answer is still the egg, but the explanation is more complicated. An animal nearly identical to the modern chicken (i.e., a proto-chicken) laid a fertilized egg that had DNA identical to the modern chicken (due to mutations in the mother's ovum, the father's sperm, or the fertilised zygote). Put more simply by Neil deGrasse Tyson: "Which came first: the chicken or the egg? The egg – laid by a bird that was not a chicken. For Richard Dawkins, "The chicken is only an egg's way of making another egg." (wikipedia.org)
- Hardboiled eggs can be un-boiled
In the year 2015, scientists were able to reverse hardboiled eggs. This means that they were able to revert the egg whites into their liquid form. Although no one knows why they did this... maybe it's just to prove that they could?
- Raindrops are tear-shaped
A lot of people believe that raindrops are tear-shaped, but that's not true. Small raindrops are spherical in shape, much like the shape of the Earth. Medium-sized raindrops have a different shape. They're shaped like hamburger buns. While the big raindrops are shaped like headphones. Yup, headphones. So they have 2 round drops on each side and a kind of arch which connects them.
The reason for their differences in shape is that air pressure affects them. As the raindrops fall, air pressure pushes them upward, therefore changing their shape. They're different because of their sizes. The bigger the raindrops are, the more their shape changes.
- Penguins cannot taste sweet flavors
You've probably heard the fact that penguins mate for life. And when penguins find their mate, they give that specific penguin a rock as a symbol of their partnership. At this fact, you may go, "aaaaaw, that's so sweet!" Well, it is.
Ironically though, penguins cannot taste sweet flavors. Scientists have found out that penguins can only taste sour and salty flavors. This probably isn't such a big issue because they don't exactly consume sweets like sugar and candies.
- The fastest man alive can outrun T-Rex!
Usain Bolt, an Olympic runner, is considered to be the fastest man alive. His fastest speed is at 27.44 mph! This means that he was a lot faster than T-Rex. So, if Usain Bolt were alive when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth, he would be a survivor. He would have been the only man on the planet who would have been able to escape this huge predator.
We know this because researchers have tried coming up with computer models of dinosaurs. They did this to be able to understand them better. And according to their calculations, the T-Rex would have a top speed of 25 mph.
Here's a bonus odd fact for you!
Did you know that the livers of polar bears contain huge amounts of vitamin A. So much, in fact, that if a human consumes the liver, it will kill him.
Your head is probably swimming by now because of all these interestingly weird facts you've read. If you enjoyed these facts, then you can keep on searching. The fact is, science can get pretty weird sometimes. And learning all these facts can be both interesting and fun!