Here's Some Mind Blowing Facts That Will Change How You See The World. Especially The Last One!

November 7, 2013

There are 44 lightning strikes happening every second

lightning

Just think about lightning for a second. A giant "electric bolt" comes out of the sky and crashes down onto us! Well it's technically a massive electrostatic discharge between the electrically charged regions within clouds or between a cloud and the Earth's surface. Oh, and it's accompanied by thunder, giant rumblings in the sky that can scare you half to death when you're not ready for it...

Metamorphosis

caterpillar becomes butterfly

So this chubby worm looking creature we named a "caterpillar" craws around at an extremely slow pace most of it's life, eating off the surface before finding a distant safe spot to transform into an entirely new creature. Oh... and it can fly now.

Wound Healing

When you injure yourself, your body, all on it's own, FIXES you. Just really think about that for a second... it's insane!! It happens in 4 stages: hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling.

You think you have a tough life? Here's the Emperor Penguin's

emperor penguins

These guys live in sub zero freezing temperatures only surviving the winters by huddling together in giant groups. The ones in the center slowly rotate to the outside so that everyone gets a turn at being warm. Now that is taking care of each other! Then there's breeding, where the female leaves a single egg with the father for 2 MONTHS so they can travel 30-50 miles away and hunt. The male does not eat the ENTIRE time while balancing the egg on top of his feet to keep it off the frozen ground...because if the egg touches the ground it will instantly die. Incredible.

Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon

beetles taste like apples

Oh no, you could not pay me to eat a wasp, let alone get close enough to one to even think about it. But this guy, Matthew Green, did and wrote about it here. He ate a bunch of weird things, but these three were the most interesting...

There's no talking on the moon!

no talking on the moon

Sound waves need a medium to travel, and with no atmosphere, you have no medium. Therefore in space...no one can hear you scream!

The Human heart pumps enough blood in one year to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool

pool

Now that's efficient!

25,000,000 of your cells die just reading this sentence

facts about cells

I guess it's good that your body created 300 billion new ones today! Thank you body.

Sleeping

heart monitor

You may be napping, but your brain is still working hard pumping your heart, digesting your food, maintaining your blood pressure and much more to make sure you don't wake up dead!

And Finally...

perspective quotes on life

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