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DID YOU KNOW? – 20 Amazing Facts #4

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From the tallest tree in the world to how many humans have ever lived on Earth, join us as we vomit 20 amazing facts all over your screen!

 

 

20. Discovered in 2006, the tallest tree in the world stands an impressive 115.7 metres (379.7 feet) in height. The giant redwood’s location is kept a secret to prevent vandalism.

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19. The deepest known part of the ocean is the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a staggering depth of 10,994 metres (6.831 miles).

18. The largest species of spider in the world is a type of Tarantula found in South America known as Goliath birdeater. The biggest ever recorded had a leg span of 11 inches as well as one inch fangs!

17. The longest tennis rally in tournament history was in 1984 between Vicky Nelson and Jean Hepner at Richmond, VA. It went for 643 shots!

16. The term ‘mad as a hatter’ derives from 19th century hat makers that would cure felt in mercury. This process often caused early onset dementia.

15. An average NFL game lasts 3 hours and 12 minutes. The amount of time the ball is actually in play is around 11 minutes.

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14. 70% of the world’s snakes lay eggs while the rest are viviparous and actually give birth. All aboard the nope train!

13. In commercial aircraft, the flight data recorders known as ‘black boxes’ are actually orange in colour.

12. A light year equals nearly 10 trillion kilometres or 6 trillion miles.

11. The first ever fast-food chain is thought to be A&W founded in California in 1919.

10. The name eBay was shortened from Echo Bay Technology Group.

9. The first man in space was Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on 12 April 1961.

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8. Fort Knox holds an estimated US$175 billion in gold bullion. That’s 2.3 percent of all the gold mined in human history.

7. It took the Statue of Liberty around 34 years to turn from brown to the iconic green colour it is today.

6. Platypuses and Echidnas are the only two egg-laying mammals left on Earth.

5. A yard was originally the length of a man’s belt until King Henry I fixed it at the length from his nose to the thumb on his outstretched hand.

4. In 1907. Oklahoma was the last US state to officially declare Christmas as a legal holiday.

3. One day on Venus is longer than its year. It completes one rotation in 243 Earth days while it only orbits the sun every 224.65 Earth days.

2. Approximately only 10% of the world’s population is left handed.

1. It is estimated that there has been 90 to 110 billion humans to have ever lived on Earth. #youareasnowflake

So there’s our list of random facts. Did this top 20 listicle raise your eyebrows with slight interest?  If so, let us know on Twitter and Facebook.

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