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Science for non-scientists

compiled by Markus Franke, editor

The Antarctic ice is up to 3,700 meters thick. Pieces that break off can be as large as the country of Belgium.

Big Ben is not the name of the famous London clock, but rather of the 13.5-ton heavy bell hung by Sir Benjamin Hall at the British Parliament building in 1858.

The only non-human animal that can get a suntan is the pig.

Your fingernails grow faster than your toenails. Why? Because when our ancestors started using their hands more, the fingernails got worn down faster, and we evolved faster-growing fingernails.

The thickest newspaper ever produced was the New York Times, Dec. 3, 1961. It was 678 pages and had a circulation of 1,458,558. It took 4,550 tons of paper, 77,000 trees, to produce the issue.

On a dark, clear night, it’s possible to detect roughly 2,500 stars.

American Paul Philippoteaux made the world’s largest painting in 1883. He and 16 assistants painted “The battle at Gettysburg.” It took 2.5 years to complete, and is 21 meters X 125 meters.

Roughly 30 percent of all professional rock-musicians have bad hearing.

A fly flaps its wings 200 times per second. A mosquito 600 times per second.

Is it possible to die of caffeine? Yes. Drink 100 cups of coffee in four hours.

Roughly 20 percent of the earth’s surface is permanently frozen.

If you are to believe the Bible, it must have been very cramped for Noah and his friends. All those cubits translate into 137 meters long, 28 meters wide, and 14 meters high.

Source: Illustrerad Vetenskap

 

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