1. Queen Elizabeth has a stand-in so her eyes won’t get hurt by the sun
Ella Slack, the Royal Not-So-Highness, is Queen Elizabeth’s royal stand-in. Having similar height and stature to the queen, she goes to rehearsals before certain events to avoid any royal pains like the sun getting in Her Majesty’s eyes.
2. You cannot hum while holding your nose/breath
You just tested it, didn’t you? When you hum, the air escapes from your nose to create the sound. Holding your nose shut won’t let you hum.
3. At least one of the colors of the Olympic flag appears on all national flags
This was intentional. The French aristocrat, Baron de Coubertin, designed the flag in the 1900s.
A white background, with five interlaced rings in the center: blue, yellow, black, green and red… is symbolic.Baron de Coubertin
Each of the colors appears on the flags of every nation that competed in the games.
4. A human can swim through a blue whale’s veins
The blue whale is the largest living creature — even larger than dinosaurs. It can be over 100 feet in length and weigh over a hundred tons. A blue whale’s heart can weigh 1,300 pounds and is the size of a small car. With huge arteries, a human could swim through them.
5. Sunglasses were originally designed for the 12th century Chinese judges
Large aviator sunglasses became a hit because of Tom Cruise’s character on Top Gun as Maverick. However, before sunglasses became a trend, these were used by the judges in China to mask their facial expressions in court when they were questioning their witnesses. Now, we use them as fashion accessories to prevent causing discomfort or damage to our eyes when exposed to sunlight.
6. A cloud can weigh more than a million pounds
As light and fluffy clouds appear, researches found that a single cloud weighs about 1.1 million pounds. The calculation was based on the water density of a cloud multiplied by its volume.
Now the question is, how do they float? Simple. The cloud can still float at that weight because their air below is heavier.
7. Children of identical twins are genetically siblings, not cousins
Cousins whose parents are identical twins share 25% of their DNA instead of 12.5%. Full siblings share 50% of their DNA, half-siblings share 25% of their DNA. Thus, children of identical siblings are legally siblings, but they’re genetically equal to half-siblings.
8. Bumblebees can fly higher that Mount Everest
Humans who reach the top of the Mount Everest are pretty impressive. However, bumblebees can actually get past that and fly higher than Mount Everest.
9. Majority of the people in Iceland believe in elves
A survey from the University of Iceland found that 62% of Icelanders believe in real-life elves. In 2014, protesters claimed that a proposed highway would destroy an “elf church”, which was just a gigantic rock to many. Eventually, the rock was moved to a safer place ensuring that the construction won’t harm the “church”. The moving required the use of a crane for the rock weighed around 70 pounds.
10. A giant tortoise thought to be extinct for 100 years showed up in Galápagos
There hasn’t been a sighting of a Fernandina giant tortoise in more than a hundred years. However, in February 2019, an adult female was spotted in the Galápagos.
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