Random Science Facts and Trivia

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Everyone knows a few fun random facts that they can pull out as a party trick or a conversation icebreaker. Here are a few more to add to your collection. These facts, though some are strange and obscure, are 100% verified, so rest assured that you'll be sharing solid information.

Rotation of Earth

Did you know that the Earth really rotates a full 360 degrees in 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 seconds, not really 24 hours?

Cataracts

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

Berry Interesting

Did you know that pineapples, oranges, and tomatoes are actually berries?

Amazing Pure Gold

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

Real Life Dragons

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. It is the heaviest lizard of all, with an average weight of 130 Ibs. and some reaching nearly 180 Ibs.

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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