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[Part 2] Weird Facts You Probably Didn't Know

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Want some weird facts? Here is a list of random facts. Some of these facts you’ll know, and others may surprise you. [Check out part 1]

1

Jupiter would shrink if it gained more mass. Gravity would cause it to compress if it gained 3-4 times it’s mass. There isn’t that much material in the Solar system.
 

2

In 1833, Britain used 40% of its national budget to buy freedom for all slaves in the Empire.
 

3

Iceland is full of volcanoes and, over the past 500 years, they have produced a third of the total global lava output.
 

4

Pentagon has something called CONPLAN-8888, a contingency plan for dealing with a Zombie Apocalypse.
 

5

Including humans, all living creatures emit a weak light from their entire body in a process known as “biophoton emission.”
 

6

The Large Hadron Collider Creates Temperatures 100,000 Times Hotter than the Center of the Sun.
 

7

There’s a huge reservoir of water in space that’s 100,000 times the mass of our sun. It contains 140 trillion times the amount of water on Earth.
 

8

Been said before, but that all the other planets in our solar system could fit within the average distance between the Earth and the Moon. This includes Pluto with some room to spare, if you’re feeling nostalgic.

9

The Sun is actually white. It only looks yellow to us because the sky stole its blue.
 

10

There is a space drive concept that is powered by a Black Hole, called a Kugelblitz Drive.
 

11

A gravitational anomaly called The Great Attractor pulls Milky Way and millions of other galaxies towards itself at a breakneck 22 million kilometers (14 million miles) per hour.
 

12

You’re completely blind in a spot near the center of each eye, but totally unaware of it.
 

13

In Venezuela there’s a lightning storm that lasts 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and strikes up to 280 times per hour.
 

14

A working steam engine was designed and constructed in the times of Jesus, but no practical use was found for the concept until the 1600’s.
 

15

There are more slaves today than at any time in history, with an estimated 20 million to 36 million slaves worldwide.
 

16

First stars in the universe were born 100 million years after the big bang, and nearly a billion years passed before galaxies proliferated across the cosmos.

They were most likely quite massive and luminous and their formation was an epochal event in universe’s history. Now, we estimated that there are 100 octillion stars, or 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars, or a “1” with 29 zeros after it.

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  1. Adolfo Domínguez

    Very very nice. Excellet job.

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