From the temperature of lightning to how long it would take to read all the information on the Internet, here’s a hand picked smattering of 20 random facts to soothe your curiosity.
20. Lightning is five times hotter than the sun. Lightning can reach temperatures of 29,726 degrees Celsius (53, 540 Fahrenheit).
19. It is estimated that it would take around 57,000 years to read all the info on the Internet. #mindmelt
18. Starbucks is named after a character in Moby-Dick.
17. Elephants are the only land mammals that can’t jump. They don’t have kneecaps so they are unable to propel themselves upward.
16. NBA superstar Kobe Bryant is actually named after the famous Japanese meat, Kobe beef.
15. A ‘moment’ is a medieval unit of time equal to 1.5 minutes.
14. This is the longest word in the English language: PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS. It’s a lung disease.
13. It is estimated that there are around 1.5 billion cows in the world.
12. Hungarian-British conductor Sir Georg Solti has the record for most Grammy Awards won in a lifetime with a total of 31.
11. The first coin-operated vending machine was invented in the early 1880s. It dispensed post cards.
10. The United Nations estimate that there are around 3 million shipwrecks lying abandoned on the ocean floor.
9. Cosmos atrosanguineus is a Mexican flower that smells like chocolate.
8. A group of sea turtles is called a bale.
7. There are 70,000 pieces of art in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
6. The shortest known gestation period for any animal is the Virginian opossum with just 12 days.
5. A circumzenithal arc or ‘upside down rainbow’ is an optical phenomenon that occurs when sunlight refracts through ice crystals.
4. A single strand of human hair can support 100g but a whole head of hair combined could support the weight of two elephants.
3. Just two teaspoons of Botox would be enough to kill everyone in Britain.
2. A Hummingbird’s metabolism is so fast they must eat 1.5 to 3 times their weight in nectar and insects per day.
1. Around 90% of all people on Earth live in the Northern Hemisphere.