1. For their first month of living, babies only see in black & white.
Babies are born with a full visual capacity to see objects and colors. However, newborns cannot see very far-only objects that are 8-15 inches away.
Just after birth, a baby sees only in black and white, with shades of gray. This is because their retinal nerve cells aren’t fully established yet and they cannot process visual information.
Over the next ten to 12 weeks, you will notice babies following moving objects and recognizing things, especially toys and mobiles with bold, geometric patterns. As their color vision begins to develop, babies will see red first – then the full spectrum of colors by the time they reach five months of age.
2. NASA’s internet speed is 91 GB per second!
This is about 13,000 times faster than a regular household’s internet speed.
This means on NASA’s internet you could download a high-quality 1080p movie in mere milliseconds!
This information was according to a research paper of NASA’s experiment in line with the speed of their internet connection.
3. Some high-end perfumes use a rare type of whale poop that costs more than silver
Perfumers covet a rare kind of whale poop known as ambergris. Though it develops in the intestine of sperm whales, it produces a prized scent used in high-end fragrances.
Quality pieces of ambergris, which ambergris hunters snatch up as they wash ashore, can cost more than $7,000 a pound.
While ambergris has all the makings for a great perfume, what drives up the price tag is how rare it is. Scientists don’t know exactly why, but only about one percent of sperm whales produce the substance
4. Mike The “Headless Wonder Chicken” lived for 18 months without a head.
Mike the Headless Chicken (April 1945 – March 1947) was owned by farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado.
Lloyd Olsen was beheading chickens for the market on his family farm in Fruita, Colorado when one of the decapitated birds picked itself up and started running around the yard, still very much alive. Olsen put the chicken, which he named Mike, in a box on the porch and was amazed to find it still alive the next morning. Olsen decided to continue to care permanently for Mike, feeding him a mixture of milk and water with an eyedropper.
Olsen realized he had in Mike an attraction that others would pay to see and spent the next 18 months exhibiting the headless rooster at fairs, carnivals, and other public events. He fed Mike by dripping water and liquid food into his esophagus with a dropper and removing mucous from his throat with a syringe. Mike became so famous that even Time and Life magazines wrote about him.
At the height of his popularity, he was earning $4,500 a month. His success resulted in a wave of copycat chicken beheadings, but no other chicken ever lived more than a day or two.
Mike finally succumbed at a motel in the Arizona desert in 1946 during one of his many appearances as a sideshow attraction in the American southwest.
After Mike’s death, it was determined that the ax had missed the carotid artery and a clot had prevented Mike from bleeding to death. Although most of his head was severed, most of his brain stem and one ear were left on his body. Since basic functions (breathing, heart rate, etc.) as well as most of a chicken’s reflex actions are controlled by the brain stem, Mike was able to remain quite healthy.
5. Tom Cruise got divorced from each of his three ex-wives when they reached the age of 33.
Tom Cruise’s first wife was Mimi Rogers, he parted ways with her in 1989. Later he married Nicole Kidman, but they were not meant to be as they divorced in 2001.
Cruise got married once again in 2006 to Katie Holmes but split with her just six years later in 2012.
Fun Fact: Each of Tom Cruise’s ex-wives is successively eleven years younger than the last.
6. It takes a photon up to 40,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to its surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to Earth
A photon travels, on average, a particular distance before being briefly absorbed and released by an atom, which scatters it in a new random direction. To travel from the sun’s core to the sun’s surface (696,000 kilometers) so it can escape into space, a photon needs to make a huge number of drunken jumps.
The calculation is a little tricky, but the conclusion is that a photon takes many thousands and many millions of years to drunkenly wander to the surface of the Sun. In a way, some of the light that reaches us today is energy produced millions of years ago. Amazing!
7. Dogs are as intelligent as two-year-old children
A 2009 study found that dogs have the intelligence of a two-and-a-half-year-old child. They can also understand up to 250 words and gestures. And they’ve had a long time to get it right. We started domesticating dogs 10,000 to 15,000 years ago, and that domestication runs deep. It turns out, even dogs who have never heard a human yell rollover” might still understand basic commands. A new study found that stray dogs can understand human gestures, such as pointing, which suggests that dogs innately understand people.
8. Platypuses are so weird that when scientists first discovered them, they thought it was a hoax.
Platypuses have obviously been well known for thousands of years by Indigenous Australians, but when British scholars first encountered them, they were extremely puzzled.
The confusion came down to the fact that while clearly being mammals, these bizarre creatures lay eggs, have a duckbill, a beaver’s tail, feet like an otter’s, and the males are even venomous!
9. Antarctica isn’t owned by any single nation.
Instead, the continent is governed by many of the world’s countries through the Antarctic Treaty.
The first signatories of the treaty were the seven nations that had some form of territorial claim to Antarctica: The UK, Norway, New Zealand, France, Chile, Argentina, and Australia.