Taking a trip to the farm, forest, or even staring at the night’s sky? You can catch a glimpse of the weirdness of our planet. From the trees, animals, stars, rivers, to the water bodies? They are countless of ways nature can seem strange.
Below are 10 Strange But Awesome Facts About Nature
1. There Are More Trees On Earth Than Stars In The Galaxy
You may be surprised about this,but scientists estimate that there are between 200 – 400 billion stars in our galaxy. But that’s not all, there are an estimated 1 trillion trees on earth surpassing the number of stars in the milky way that were thought to be infinite.
(Photo : ESA/Hubble)
2. Evolutionary Coincidence: There Was A Time In History When 4 Human Species Co-existed
This revelation by a German scientist can be mind-boggling.
After the German had carefully studied hominin fossils found in Kenya, Chad, and carefully studying hominin fossils found in Kenya. The man claimed that at a point in time, four different human species coexisted at the same time about 3 million years ago.
(Photo : Gunner Cruetx)
3. Cows Kill More People Than Sharks
In interacting with animals, people have fallen victim to both cows and shark attacks. You may think since cows are domestic animals they are likely not to harm or even kill humans.
While sharks are fiercely dangerous, they kill an average of 5 people per year, but cows kill an average of 22 people per year. You may be surprised to hear that humans are more deadly to sharks than vice versa.
(Photo : Kim Hansen )
4. Quick Sands Are Only a Few Inches Deep and Unlikely To Swallow You
Quicksand sand’s ability to swallow you whole is unlikely. Movies tend to make the scenario more dramatic than reality because a typical quicksand is just a few inches deep. Death may only occur only during a tidal basin.
(Photo : Sergy Pesterev)
5. All The Planets In The Milky Way Can Fit Between The Moon and Earth
The planet has a lot to offer in terms of fascinating details. All the planets in the milky way galaxy, if aligned properly can fit between the moon and earth.
(Photo : ESA, NASA and L.Calcada)
6. Lobsters Don’t Die of Old Age
Lobsters don’t die of old age. Can this statement be true? It might just be a myth because lobsters are living creatures. Both natural and man-made causes may lead to their demise.
There are some strong disagreement on this fact but they can all be linked to semantics.
(Photo : Pixabay)
7. Bacterias That Decomposed Trees Didn’t Always Exist
History has it that the trees that existed over 300 million years ago do not resemble the ones in existence today. The trees were said to grow very tall with tiny stems that don’t support them firmly on the ground.
When they eventually fall they don’t decompose. Because there were no microbes to get them decomposed readily. So, when they fall, they pile up on each other and ultimately turn to coal.
(Photo : Picography)
8. Pineapples Take Two Years To Grow
Pineapples can grow to produce a yield in two ways. If you plant it from a sucker, it will take about 18 months to produce. While if you plant the top of the pineapple, it will take two and a half years to produce.
(Photo : Pineapple Supply )
9. About a Million People Die Every Year From Mosquito Bites
The mosquito is a small insect but also dangerous. The deadly insect adds up to 2,700 deaths per day, or 100 every hour. It’s responsible for most deaths recorded daily worldwide.
Mosquitos carry the virus that causes Malaria. When they pierce and suck the blood of their host, they transfer the virus into the victim’s body.
Eventually, the victim who has been bitten by the mosquitoes is infected with the virus. We lose one child every half a minute to malaria.
(Photo : Jimmy Chan)
10. Since The Discovery Of Pluto, It Is Yet To Make A Full Orbit Round The Sun
Pluto was discovered on February 18, 1930. it might surprise you that since its discovery, pluto has yet to complete one orbit around the sun.
The reason is that it is a planetary body that moves too slow on its orbit. It takes pluto 248.09 years to make one orbit around the sun. If this is the case, it means Pluto will make one complete orbit from 1930 on March 23, 2178.
(Photo : NASA, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Southwest Research Institute)
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