Random Science Facts and Trivia

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Everyone knows a few fun, yet random facts that they can pull out as a party trick or a conversation ice breaker. Here are a few more to add to your collection -- interesting, cool science facts and trivia. These facts, though some are strange and obscure, are 100% verified so rest assured that you'll be sharing solid information. Pass it on!

Revolution of Earth
Did you know that the Earth really revolves 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 seconds, not really 24 hours?

Sometimes, the crystalline lens of elderly people become milky and cloudy. This is called cataract, and it causes partial or complete loss of vision.

Berry Interesting
Did you know that pineapple, orange, and tomatoes are actually berries?

Amazing Pure Gold
Pure gold is so soft that it can be molded by bare hands.

Real Life Dragon
The Komodo dragon is a renowned giant, with the average male measuring it at around 8 feet long; some exceptional individuals do grow up to 10 feet long. Incidentally, the longest lizard of all is not that Komodo but rather its much slimmer relative the Salvadori monitor from New Guinea, although it must be noted that two-thirds of its 9 feet body length are made up of its tail. The Komodo is the heaviest lizard of all, with an average weight of 130 Ibs. and some reaching nearly 180 Ibs. It’s also one of the most fearsome predators you could ever have the misfortune of encountering anywhere on the planet.

It has large, sharp, serrated teeth for cutting and tearing prey, but its concealed weapon is its bacteria laden saliva. Once bitten, the victim commonly escapes, but within a few days, the effects of the bacteria take hold. All the while, the dragon is tracking it down using its acute sense of smell, a sense that also makes it a very efficient scavenger.

That's So Nuclear
The word ‘nuclear’ is related to the nucleus of an atom, it is often used to describe the energy produced when a nucleus is split (fission) or joined with another (fusion).

He's Lost It
Did you know that a cockroach can live 9 days without its head before it starves to death?

He Said No
Did you know that Albert Einstein refused the job to be the president of Israel? Einstein was asked to be the president when the Israeli president died in 1952.

The Old Guys
The earliest cockroach fossil is about 280 million years old -- 80 million years older than the first dinosaurs.

Newts are Neat
Newts are actually members of the salamander family. They are found in North America, Europe, and also in Asia.

A Little Lithium in Your 7-Up?
The original formula for 7-Up contained lithium citrate, a chemical used today as a treatment for bipolar disorders. The ingredient was ultimately removed by 1950.

Soft as Cashmere
Cashmere comes from the wool of the Kashmir goat from the mountains around the Kashmir region of India.

How Many Lightbulbs...
The tungsten filament inside an incandescent light bulb reaches a temperature of 4,664 degrees Fahrenheit when turned on.

Blue as Turquoise
Traces of copper is what gives turquoise its distinctive blue color.

No Brains
Starfish (as with many radially symmetric animals) do not have brains.

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