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PostSubject: Scientific Facts - Part 1   Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:10 am

Humans have 46 chromosomes, peas have 14 and crayfish have 200.

Without its lining of mucus your stomach would digest itself.

There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.
An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.

Utopia is a large, smooth lying area of Mars.

On the day that Alexander Graham Bell was buried the entire ="" w:st="on">="" w:st="on">US telephone system was shut down for 1 minute in tribute.

The low frequency call of the humpback whale is the loudest noise made by a living creature.

The call of the humpback whale is louder than Concorde and can be heard from 500 miles away.

A quarter of the world's plants are threatened with extinction by the year 2010.

Each person sheds 40lbs of skin in his or her lifetime.

At 15 inches the eyes of giant squids are the largest on the planet.

The largest galaxies contain up to 400 billion stars.

The Universe contains over 100 billion galaxies.

Wounds infested with maggots heal quickly and without spread of gangrene or other infection.

More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing.

The longest glacier in ="" w:st="on">Antarctica, the Albert glacier, is 250 miles long and 40 miles wide.

The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you is 18mph.

A healthy person has 6,000 million, million, million hemoglobin molecules.

A salmon-rich, low cholesterol diet means that Inuits rarely suffer from heart disease.

Inbreeding causes 3 out of every 10 Dalmatian dogs to suffer from hearing disability.

At over 2000 kilometers long The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth.

A thimbleful of a neutron star would weigh over 100 million tons.

The risk of being struck by a falling meteorite for a human is one occurrence every 9,300 years.

The driest inhabited place in the world is ="" w:st="on">="" w:st="on">Aswan, ="" w:st="on">Egypt where the annual average rainfall is .02 inches.

The deepest part of any ocean in the world is the Mariana trench in the Pacific with a depth of 35,797 feet.

The largest meteorite craters in the world are in ="" w:st="on">Sudbury, ="" w:st="on">Ontario, ="" w:st="on">Canada and in ="" w:st="on">="" w:st="on">Vredefort, ="" w:st="on">South Africa.

The largest desert in the world, the ="" w:st="on">Sahara, is 3,500,000 square miles.

The largest dinosaur ever discovered was Seismosaurus who was over 100 feet long and weighed up to 80 tonnes.

The African Elephant gestates for 22 months.

The short-nosed Bandicoot has a gestation period of only 12 days.

The mortality rate if bitten by a Black Mamba snake is over 95%.

In the 14th century the Black Death killed 75,000,000 people. It was carried by fleas on the black rat.

A dog's sense of smell is 1,000 times more sensitive than a humans.

A typical hurricane produces the energy equivalent to 8,000 one megaton bombs.

90% of those who die from hurricanes die from drowning.

To escape the Earth's gravity a rocket need to travel at 7 miles a second.


"He who fights monsters should see to it that in the process, he does not become a monster. And when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you." - Nietzche
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