Sunday, March 25, 2018

Trivia Facts That Take a Minute to Sink In

  • Millennials who have a Bachelors degree earn 20% less than boomers did at the same age with just a HS diploma.
  • We put a man on the moon before we put wheels on luggage.
  • The US is still paying one civil war pension.  
  • If you are 25 years old, about 1/3 of the people that were alive when you were born, have died. 
  • Babies kneecaps are made of squishy cartilage and don't become solid until the age of 2.
  • People knew the earth was round before mammoths went extinct.
  • If you took an apple and expanded it to the size of the planet, every atom of the apple would be expanded to the size an apple.
  • Alaska is so big, if you cut it in half Texas would be the third biggest state.
  • In the 80s, the Medellin Cartel (Pablo Escobar) was spending $2,500 a month on rubber bands just to hold all their cash. He was also just throwing away more than 10% of all he earned because rats and water damage would get to it faster than he could.
  • Oxford university is older than the Aztec Empire.
  • Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  • Your toddler children will likely live to the year 2100.
  • 90s music is as old to us today as the Beatles were in the 90's.
  • There are people who are legally adults who have no concept of what life was like before 9/11.
  • Every other planet in the solar system could fit in the space between the Earth and the moon. 
  • If earth was the size of the apple, and the largest indent in it was the deepest hole every dug by humans, then we wouldn't even break past its skin.
  • Every five seconds nine people die and twenty-two are born. In the time it took you to read this approximately fifteen more people have died. 
  • For any given language, the most common word will occur 2x as often as the second most common word, 3x as often as the third most common word, and so on. It's called Zipf's Law and it works.
  • Harriet Tubman was alive at the same time as John Wayne. 
  • The T. Rex existed closer in history to humans than to the Stegosaurus. 
  • The total accumulated mass (or biomass) of humans (including our the water that makes up our body) is 350 million tonnes. The total accumulated mass of bacteria (not including any water inside the cells) is 450,000 million tonnes. Bacteria outweigh humans by 1000x, and probably closer to 10,000x if we included the water inside of them. Termites also outweigh us. (Although just barely.) Ants weigh about as much as us.

All taken from here if you want to read more

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