Thursday, April 28, 2011


In the United States, 800 different brands of bottled water are for sale  (Pictured below a worker at a recycling station looks at a large heap of plastic bottles- plastic bottles are not easy to recycle because of their size, and do not biodegrade - often, plastics end up in landfills where it will take at least 50,000 for them to begin to decompose)

If you could measure the temperature in a deserted region of space, with nothing for light years around, it would be about 2.7 degrees Kelvin (-454 degrees Fahrenheit). Zero degrees Kelvin is 'absolute zero,' the point at which molecules have no kinetic energy and therefore stand dead still. The 2.7 degrees figure arises from the microwave background radiation

Odontophobia: the fear of teeth

Studies have shown that having sex at least once per week can lower a man’s risk of heart disease by 30%, stroke by 50%, and diabetes by 40%

Coca-Cola and Pepsi products are sold in every country in the world, except North Korea 

Iceland is made up almost entirely of volcanic rocks like those found on the ocean floor. It gradually built up above sea level through intense and prolonged eruptions  (Pictured below is a lush, green valley in Iceland with mountaintops partially hidden in the clouds)

In the average adult, the skin covers 12-20 square feet and accounts for 12% of body weight

After sustaining trauma to the brain - such as an injury, stroke, or infection - some people develop “alien hand syndrome,” a condition where the victim can feel sensation in the hand, but has no control over movement and does not sense the hand as a part of the body, as if it belonged to an alien being

Mars’ red color is due to iron oxide, also known as rust, and has the consistency of talcum powder. Literally, the metallic rocks on Mars are rusting

Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States. Approximately 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once, and more than 25 million have smoked it in the last year

According to a national survey on drug use, each day approximately 6,000 Americans try marijuana for the first time
Approximately 1% of people worldwide identify as asexual (having no strong sexual attraction to either sex)

Alcohol dilutes itself in the water volume of the body in order to travel through it, so vital organs that contain a lot of water (such as the brain) are particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol

During the early 1900s, the hamburger was thought to be polluted, unsafe to eat, and food for the poor. Street carts, not restaurants, typically served them

McDonald's is Brazil’s largest employer

Horses that seem wild today (such as Mustangs) are actually feral horses, usually descendants of horses that were imported to America from Spain in the sixteenth century. The only true wild horse is the Asian Wild Horse  (Pictured below is an Asian Wild Horse and her foal)

A human female is four times more likely to contract an sexually transmitted infection (STI) or sexually transmitted disease (STD) than she is to become pregnant

According to Aristotle, wind direction determined whether a baby would be a boy or a girl

The beluga whale is often referred to as the "sea canary" because of the birdlike chirping sounds it makes 

Cooking and freezing do not diminish the heat of a chile pepper in your mouth 

Burying coffins also means that 90,272 tons of steel, 2,700 tons of copper and bronze, and over 30 million feet of hard wood covered in toxic laminates are also buried per year. A British company called “Ecopod” offers coffins made from 100% recycled paper  (Pictured below are some of the styles and colors of the Ecopod coffin)

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