25 Surprising Facts About Moons

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The Moon (or Luna) is the Earth’s only natural satellite – a celestial body that orbits a planet and was formed 4.5 billion years ago after the formation of the solar system.

First of all, let’s talk about some basic facts about the moon.

1. The Moon Statistics:

  • Average Orbit Distance: 238,855 mi/384,400 km
  • Equatorial Radius: 1079.6 mi /1737.5 km
  • Equatorial Circumference: 6,783.5 mi/10,917.0 km
  • Diameter: 2,160 miles(3,476 km)
  • Volume: 21,971,669,064 km3
  • Density: 3.344g/cm3
  • Mass: 73,476,730,924,573,500,000,000 kg
  • Surface Area: 14,647,439.75 sq mi/37,936,694.79km2
  • Equatorial Inclination: 6.68 degrees
  • Distance From Moon: 2,38,900 miles(3,84,000 km)
  • Speed: 2,300 miles/hr(3,700 km/hr)

Did you know there’s no such thing as a dark side of a moon? And if you think the moon is causing the wild moods of a certain someone, then read on …

2. The Moon Is The Perfect Size For Solar Eclipses

A rare set of circumstances make total solar eclipses possible. The Moon is just the right size and distance from our planet to appear as the same size as the Sun in the sky. When the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, it covers the Sun perfectly with an impressive corona illuminating its edges. If it were any smaller or farther from Earth, it would look like a patch spot on the Sun during a solar eclipse.

3. A Full Moon Has Different Nicknames

A full moon can have many colorful names, but they don’t always describe a special celestial phenomenon. Some are used to refer to a full moon that appears during a certain time of year. The full moon closest to the autumn equinox is called a harvest moon which is the best-known example, but there are many others, including a wolf moon (first full moon of January), strawberry moon (June), and sturgeon moon (August).

4. It isn’t The Largest Moon In The Solar System

Our Moon(Earth) isn’t the largest in the solar system (that spot goes to Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s 79 moons which is bigger than Mercury or Pluto ), but it is the biggest in relation to the planet it orbits. With a diameter of 2159 miles and a surface area of 14.6 million square miles, the Moon is a little more than quarter the size of Earth. The other bigger ones, in order of size, are Titan (Saturn), Callisto (Jupiter) and Lo (Jupiter).

5. Scientists Thought Moon Dust Would Cause Lunar Landers To Sink

When preparing to send missions to the Moon, some scientists feared that a thick layer of dust on the body’s surface would cause complications. One of the strongest example of the dust theory was Thomas Gold, an astrophysicist at Cornell University. He insisted that the Moon was covered in seas of dust soft and thick enough to swallow a lunar lander. Though the Moon’s surface is dusty, the layer is too thin to cause problems, as the successful landings of the Soviet Luna 9 and the American Surveyor spacecrafts proved in 1966.

6. The Moon Is International Property

Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong may have planted an American flag on the Moon in 1969, but it belongs to the world. Countries like the Soviet Union and the U.S. made sure of that at the height of the space race in 1967 when they signed the Outer Space Treaty, a document declaring that the Moon would be a “global commons” and any resources discovered there would be used for the good of the world overall. In keeping with the spirit of the agreement, NASA shared soil samples taken from the Moon with Soviet scientists upon the Apollo 11 mission’s return.

7. Humans Have Left Strange Things On The Moon

Since the first people landed on the Moon in 1969, its surface has been home to more than just dust. Earth artifacts left on the Moon by astronauts include two golf balls, an obscene Andy Warhol doodle, and a message from Queen Elizabeth II.In fact there’s a rumour that human poop is also there. Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17 commander and one of the last people to walk on the Moon, traced his daughter’s initials into the soil when he visited in 1972. Without any wind or weather on the Moon, the letters TDC could remain there forever.

8. It would take hundreds of thousands of moons to equal the brightness of the sun

The full moon shines with a magnitude of -12.7, but the sun is 14 magnitudes brighter, at -26.7.  The ratio of brightness of the sun versus the moon amounts to a difference of 398,110 to 1.  So that’s how many full moons you would need to equal the brightness of the sun.But this is impossible, because there is no way that you could fit that many full moons in the sky.

9. There are rules for naming the moon’s craters

The lunar craters were formed by asteroids and comets that collided with the moon.  Roughly 300,000 craters wider than 1 km (0.6 miles) are estimated to be on the moon’s near side alone. 

They have got names for scholars, scientists, artists and explorers.  For example, Copernicus Crater has got his name for Nicolaus Copernicus, a Polish astronomer who realized in the 1500s that the planets move about the sun. Archimedes Crater has got his name for the Greek mathematician Archimedes, who made many mathematical discoveries in the third century B.C.

The names of craters now tend to fall into two groups. Typically, moon craters have been named for deceased scientists, scholars, explorers, and artists who’ve been known for their contributions to their respective fields. The craters around the Apollo crater and the Mare Moscoviense are to be named after deceased American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts.

10. The moon encompasses a huge temperature range

If you survey the Internet for temperature data on the moon, you’re going to run into quite a bit of confusion. But I managed to fetch it for you only.

The temperature on the Moon varies from super hot to super cold! When the Sun hits its surface, temperatures can reach a scorching 127°C. But when the Sun ‘goes down’, temperatures can fall to around -153°C.

During a lunar eclipse, as the moon moves into the Earth’s shadow, the surface temperature can plunge about 500 degrees F (300 degrees C) in less than 90 minutes.  

11. The dark side of the moon is a myth

In reality both sides of the Moon see the same amount of sunlight however only one face of the Moon is ever seen from Earth. This is because the Moon rotates around on its own axis in exactly the same time it takes to orbit the Earth, meaning the same side is always facing the Earth. The human eye from spacecraft has seen the other side of the Moon.

12. The Moon causes the rise and fall of the tides on Earth

There are two bulges in the Earth due to the gravitational pull that the Moon exerts; one on the side facing the Moon, and the other on the opposite side that faces away from the Moon, The bulges move around the oceans as the Earth rotates, causing high and low tides around the globe.

13. The Moon is drifting away from the Earth

As you are reading this, The Moon is moving approximately 3.8 cm away from our planet every year. The estimate is that it will continue to do so for around 50 billion years. By the time that happens, the Moon will be taking around 47 days to orbit the Earth instead of the current 27.3 days.

14. A person would weigh much less on the Moon

The Moon has much weaker gravity than Earth, due to its smaller mass, so you would weigh about one sixth (16.67%) of your weight on Moon.

15. Caution!! The Moon has quakes

They are not earthquakes but moonquakes. They are much weaker than earthquakes though. The gravitational pull of the Earth is one of the major factors for moonquakes. Lunar astronauts used seismographs on their visits to the Moon, and found that small moonquakes occurred several kilometers beneath the surface, causing ruptures and cracks. Scientists think the Moon has a molten core, just like Earth.

16. The Moon is the fifth largest natural satellite in the Solar System

The Moon rotates on its axis in around the same length of time it takes to orbit the Earth. This means that from Earth we only ever see around 60% of its surface (50% at any one time). At 3,475 km in diameter, the Moon is much smaller than the major moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Earth is about 80 times the volume than the Moon, but both are about the same age.

17. The Sun and the Moon are not the same size

From Earth, both the Sun and the Moon look about same size. This is because, the Moon is 400 times smaller than the Sun, but also 400 times closer to Earth.

18. How did the moon form?

According to the “giant impact” theory, the young Earth had no moon. At some point in Earth’s early history, a rogue planet, larger than Mars,named Theia struck the Earth in a gigantic and glancing blow. Instantly, most of the rogue body and a sizable chunk of Earth were vaporized. The cloud rose to above 13,700 miles (22,000 kilometers) altitude, where it condensed into innumerable solid particles that orbited the Earth as they aggregated into ever larger moonlets, which eventually combined to form the moon.

Although the Moon shines bright in the night sky, it doesn’t produce its own light. We see the Moon because it reflects light from the Sun.

19. During the 1950s, the USA considered detonating a nuclear bomb on the Moon

It is true, in the era of 1950, the USA planned to detonate the moon with nuclear bomb. The secret project was during the height cold war was known as “A Study of Lunar Research Flights” or “Project A119” and meant as to show strength at a time when they were lagging behind in the space race.

20. The moon’s shape is like a lemon

Even though the moon always looks perfectly round in the night sky, but it’s actually more of an oval shape. The gravitational forces from Earth have helped to exaggerate the Moon’s oblong appearance over eons.

21. The American flags left on the Moon are completely white

Recent data showed that the American flags are still standing on the moon. One issue? They are probably blank.The radiation from the sun has bleached out the red and blue colors of the Nylon flags that lunar astronauts left on the surface of the Moon 43 years ago.

22. Only American men have walked on Moon till now

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the surface of the moon, July 30, 1969, with seismographic equipment which he just set up.

The Apollo mission have successfully sent 12 people to the Moon including:

  • Apollo 11 – Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
  • Apollo 12 – Pete Conrad and Alan Bean
  • Apollo 14 – Alan B. Shepard and Edgar Mitchell
  • Apollo 15 – David Scott and James Irwin
  • Apollo 16 – John Young and Charles Duke
  • Apollo 17 – Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt

Since then only unmanned vehicles have visited the Moon.

23. Eugene Shoemaker Is The Only Man Buried On Moon

Believe it or not, one man is buried on the Moon. His name is Eugene Shoemaker, and he pioneered planetary science. He trained the astronauts headed to the Moon, and even sat next to Walter Cronkite on air as NASA’s spokesperson on the status of the moon missions. He named many of the craters, valleys, and mountains on the Moon.

Shoemaker spent much of his later life trekking across the globe to find impact craters that had gone unnoticed. Tragically, one of these trips ended in a fatal car crash. Eventually, Shoemaker’s ashes were sealed in a metal cylinder and sent to the Moon. 

24. A lunar eclipse saved Christopher Columbus

“The Moon even saved the explorer Christopher Columbus from starvation.” After consulting with his crew, Columbus used the lunar eclipse of February 29, 1504, to frighten the native Arawak Indians on the island of Jamaica into giving him and his crew food. According to his son Ferdinand, at the sight of the eclipse the Arawaks “with great howling and lamentation came running from every direction to the ships laden with provisions.”

25. Why Isn’t The Moon a Planet Like Earth?

The Moon is bigger than the dwarf-planet ‘Pluto’, so why isn’t the Moon considered a planet like the Earth?

An organization called the  International Astronomical Union (IAU) governs all these things. According to the IAU, a natural satellite cannot belong to two categories. In other words, the Earth’s Moon cannot be a moon and a planet, too. So the Moon is not a planet.

However, the Moon and Earth share a lot of planet-like qualities.

1. Both the Moon and the Earth have three layers: mantle, crust, core. This means that the Moon is like a planet.

2. Both the Moon and the Earth are still active geologically. This means both still have evolving rock surfaces. Moon rock formations are constantly changing.

3.The Moon has active volcanoes just like Earth still has active volcanoes today. This activity influenced the moon’s evolution just like it influenced Earth’s evolution.

60 Scientific Facts To Make You The Smartest Person In The Room

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So if you’re looking to appear intelligent at your next get-together, do your best to memorize these mind-blowing bits of trivia. You’ll be flying high by flaunting your knowledge in no time.

With this in mind, here are some amazing scientific facts that I hope will inspire you to learn something new every day — they’ve certainly done so for me.

1. Water can boil and freeze at the same time

Seriously, it’s called the ‘triple point’, and it occurs when the temperature and pressure is just right for the three phases (gas, liquid, and solid) of a substance to coexist in thermodynamic equilibrium. 

2. Lasers can get trapped in water

Oh my gosh, yes. Not only is this an incredible example of total internal reflection, it also shows how fiber optic cables work to guide the flow of light.

3. An egg looks like a crazy jellyfish underwater

A cracked egg on land might make a big mess, but 60 feet below the surface of the ocean, the pressure on the egg is 2.8 times atmospheric pressure, and it holds it all together like an invisible egg shell. 

4. This is what happens when a black hole swallows a star

As the star gets sucked up into the black hole, a huge jet of plasma is burped out, spanning hundreds of light-years. “When the star is ripped apart by the gravitational forces of the black hole, some part of the star’s remains falls into the black hole, while the rest is ejected at high speeds.

5. You can see without your glasses

All you need to do is make a pinhole with your hand, which will help you focus the light coming into your retina. Sure, it won’t give you 20/20 vision, but it’s a good start if you’ve left your glasses at home.

6. Popping your knuckles isn’t necessarily bad for you

One researcher popped the knuckles of one hand for 60 years but not the other, and found no difference in the amount of gap between the two of them at the end of his experiment.

7. If you spin a ball as you drop it, it flies

I mean, it really flies. It occurs when the air on the front side of a spinning object is going the same direction as its spin, which means it gets dragged along with the object and deflected back.

8. Babies have around 100 more bones than adults

Babies have about 300 bones at birth, with cartilage between many of them.With age, many of the bones fuse, leaving 206 bones that make up an average adult skeleton.

9. The Eiffel Tower can be 15 cm taller during the summer

When a substance heats, its particles move more and it takes up a larger volume –known as thermal expansion. For this reason, large structures such as bridges are built with expansion joints which allow them some space to expand and contract without causing any damage.

10. Amazon Rainforest produces 20% of Earth’s oxygen

Thankfully, plants continually replenish our planet’s oxygen levels through photosynthesis. During this process, carbon dioxide and water converts into energy, releasing oxygen as a by-product. Covering 5.5 million square kilometers (2.1 million square miles), the Amazon Rainforest cycles a significant proportion of the Earth’s oxygen, absorbing large quantities of carbon dioxide at the same time.

11. Hawaii moves 7.5 cm closer to Alaska every year

The Earth’s crust is split into gigantic pieces called tectonic plates. These plates are in constant motion, propelled by currents in the Earth’s upper mantle. Hawaii is in the middle of the Pacific Plate, which is slowly drifting north-west towards the North American Plate, back to Alaska. The plates’ speed is comparable to the speed at which our fingernails grow.

12. It takes 8 minutes, 19 seconds for light to travel from the Sun to the Earth

In space, light travels at 300,000 kilometres per second. Even at this breakneck speed, covering the 150 million odd kilometres between us and the Sun, it takes considerable time.

13. Stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve stainless steel

Your stomach digests food thanks to highly corrosive hydrochloric acid with a pH of 2 to 3. This acid also attacks your stomach lining, which protects itself by secreting an alkali bicarbonate solution. The replacement of the lining is necessary continually, and it entirely renews itself every four days.

14. The Earth is a gigantic magnet

Earth’s inner core is a sphere of solid iron and the outer layer is of liquid iron. Variations in temperature and density create currents in this iron, which in turn produce electrical currents. Lined up by the Earth’s spin, these currents combine to create a magnetic field, used by compass needles worldwide.

15. Venus is the only planet to spin clockwise

Because of the common origin, all the planets move around the Sun in the same direction and on roughly the same plane. They also all spin in the same direction (anti-clockwise if observed from ‘above’) – except Venus. Venus defiantly spins in the complete opposite direction. The most likely cause of these planetary oddballs are gigantic asteroids which knocked them off course in the distant past.

16. The Earth appears to have a whole new underground continent called Zealandia

Source: TRT World

The discovery itself isn’t new – some geologists have been arguing for its existence for many years. However, in 2017 a team of scientists concluded Zealandia fulfills all the requirements to be considered a drowned continent.

17. Your appendix might not be a useless organ after all

 Research suggests it might play a role in the immune system as a secondary defensive organ, acting as a “safe house” for helpful gut bacteria.

18. The world’s smallest fidget spinner is 100 microns wide

It is smaller than the width of a human hair and is barely visible to the naked eye.

19. Bird’s Flying Ability

It seems the best fliers lay more “pointy” or elliptical shaped eggs while the others lay rounded or oval-shaped eggs.

20. The blue whale can produce sounds up to 188 decibels

It is the loudest sound produced by a living animal and has been detected as far away as 530 miles.

21. The Missing letter ‘J’

The only letter that doesn’t appear on the periodic table is J. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself. 

22. The Temperature of Lightning

A lightning strike can reach a temperature of 30,000 C or 54,000 F. Lightning hits about 400 people each year. Shocking!

23. What a Butterfly!

The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing is the world’s largest butterfly, with a wingspan of up to 12 inches. It is an endangered specie and found only in Papua New Guinea.

24. Einstein’s Stolen Brain

After Albert Einstein’s death in 1955, pathologist Thomas Harvey removed Albert Einstein’s brain from his body. Rather than putting the brain back in the body, Harvey decided to keep it for study. Harvey did not have permission to keep Einstein’s brain, but days later, he convinced Einstein’s son that it would help science. 

25. Mercury Without Moon

While the planet Mercury may resemble our own moon in many ways, it has no moon of its own. 

26. Unique Tongue

Giraffe tongues are dark blue or purplish and it’s around 20 inches in length. The length of their tongues allows them to browse for very highest, juiciest leaves on their favorite acacia trees, and the melanin in their tongues may protect them from UV rays—that is, getting sunburned.

27. An Extra Heart

Love octopus? They’ll love you more, with their three hearts. Two hearts are used to pump blood to each of the octopus’ lungs, and the third pumps blood throughout the body. 

28. Tortoises more than a Century

Galapagos tortoises can live to be well over 100 years old. They also are the largest of all living tortoises, measuring up to 4 feet (1.2 m) long and weighting of over 350 lbs (158.8 kg). 

29. Heavyweight Ants

Ants are capable of carrying objects 50 times their own body weight. Relative to their size, ant muscles are thicker than those of larger animals or even humans. This ratio enables them to produce more force and carry larger objects. 

30. The Mysterious 95 Percent

Humans can only see about 5 percent of the matter in the universe. The rest is made up of invisible matter (called dark matter) and a mysterious form of energy known as dark energy.

31. Heavyweight Cloud

The average weight of a cloud is equal to that of 80 elephants.The volume of a cloud is higher than the weight of itself. This makes the gases fly. But it is certainly not that light and fluffy as it seems.

32. The human mind thinks in logarithmic calculation

Logarithmic calculation deals with multiplication and division whereas algebraic deals with addition and subtraction. In simple terms, Buy 1 get 2 offer seems more attractive to the human mind than Buy 50 get 51 offer, even though in both the case we receive only one product as free.

33. So mysterious…

It is scientifically proven that a woman will find a man sexier if he wears a pair of sunglasses. This is because sunglasses make your face appear more symmetrical and can make you appear mysterious. Both of which can increase your perceived attractiveness.

34. The Light Moon

If you lived on the moon, you would weigh a lot less than you do now. Gravity on the moon is one-sixth of the gravity on Earth. This is because the moon has only 1% of the mass of Earth. A human’s weight will vary depending on what planet they are on.

35. More Powerful Than Sun

A lightning bolt is astonishingly 5 times hotter than the sun’s surface.

To put it in the most delicious way possible: a single lightning bolt has enough energy to cook 100,000 pieces of toast.

36. Too Cool

A fire can be started with ice. The trick? Carve the ice into a lens that focuses the sun’s rays, much like a magnifying glass.

37. Please Don’t Go

The moon is slowly drifting away from our planet, by about 1.48 inches, or 3.78 centimeters every year.

38. Getting Over It

The average human being will walk a distance equivalent to three times around the world, just within their lifetime.

39. More Power

Female sharks have thicker skins than their male counterparts. Scientists think it’s because males like to bite females during mating.

40. How to find that a person likes you?

Although there are no accurate signs that someone is attracted to you, there are many subtle behaviors or activities that have been linked to someone showing attraction which includes:

  • Raising their eyebrows when they first look at you.
  • Parting their lips while you make eye contact.
  • Grooming one’s hair, either fixing it or messing it up.
  • Letting you “check out” their body.
  • Soft touches to your elbows, forearms, and occasionally the small of the back.

41. Rats laugh when being tickled

These creatures are more dynamic then we think. Rats have the ability to “laugh” when tickled. A National Geographic video demonstrated that rats respond positively to tickling. And they even chase after the researcher’s hand in a playful manner..

42. Diamond Rain on other planets

Diamonds are definitely the Milky Way galaxy’s best friends.The atmospheres in all four planets(Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn) have such extreme pressure that they can crystallize carbon atoms and turn them into diamonds.Separately, according to a research, a conclusion came that it may rain as much as 2.2 million pounds of diamonds on parts of Saturn every year.

43. It’s impossible to burp in space

When you burp on Earth, gravity keeps down the solids and liquid from the food you just ate, so only the gas escapes from your mouth. In the absence of gravity, the gas cannot separate from the liquids and solids, so burping essentially turns into puking.

Now let’s talk about some one-line facts:

44. The largest man-made lake in the U.S. is Lake Mead, created by the Hoover Dam.

45. The Stegosaurus dinosaur measured up to 30 feet long but had a brain the size of a walnut.

46. The human eye blinks an average of 4.2 million times a year.

47. The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee.

48. Sound travels about four times faster in water than in the air.

49. House flies have a lifespan of two weeks.

50. Starfishes don’t have brains.

51. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

52. Shrimp’s hearts are in their heads.

53. Porcupines float in water.

54. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

55. Hummingbirds are the only animals able to fly backward.

56. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

57. A crocodile’s tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.

58. Six months in space can make your body seem 20 years older.

59. Each teaspoon of soil contains more bacteria than there are people on the planet.

60. Your blood makes up about eight percent of your body weight.

These strange but true facts proves that the world really is a marvelous and mysterious place!!

Amazing Facts About India Which Will Make You Proud Of Your Nation

So let’s get started!

  • The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name ‘Hindustan’ combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.
  • Chess was invented in India.
  • In 100 B.C. , India introduced the ‘Place Value System’ and the ‘Decimal System’.
  • The 13th century poet saint ‘Gyandev’ created the game of Snakes & Ladders. In time, the game underwent several modifications, but its meaning remained the same, i.e. good deeds take people to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.
  • The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level.
  • The largest employer in India is the Indian Railways, employing over a million people.
  • Takshila was the world’s first university which was established in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects.
  • India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by India’s wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India.
  • Until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds in the world.
  • More than 25% of the world’s population follows the four religions born in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.
  • Islam is India’s and the world’s second largest religion.
  • The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century,larger than either Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 million (US) to the temple everyday.
  • Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
  • Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years
  • Once British rule was over, India was split into the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Later, an area between India and Pakistan became the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
  • India has the largest postal system in the world with more than 150,000 post offices, which is thrice the size of that of China.
  • The second largest pool of engineers and scientists is from India.
  • India has the world’s largest Hindu population with nearly 81% of its population. India is one of the three countries (other are Nepal and Mauritius) in the world where Hinduism is the majority.
  • Bollywood is the largest movie industry in terms of output, followed by Nollywood – the movie industry of Nigeria.
  • Jyoti Kisange Amge is the world’s shortest living woman. She was born on 16 December 1993 in Nagpur. She is 62.8 centimeters tall (2 ft 0.6 in.).
  • With 37 teeth in his mouth, Vijay Kumar V.A. from India has the most teeth in the world.
  • The City Montessori School, in Lucknow, is the world’s largest school in terms of students with over 39437 pupils and 2500 teachers.
  • India is the world’s largest milk producer, with 16 percent of global production, followed by the United States of America, China, Pakistan, and Brazil.
  • The largest wholesale spice market of Asia is in India – Khari Baoli, New Delhi.
  • Vava Suresh, popularly known as “The Snake Man” of Kerala, is a wildlife conservationist from India. He has rescued/captured more than 52,000 snakes.
  • India is house to the world’s biggest family: A man named Ziona Chana has 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren. The family lives in a 100-room, four-story house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village,Mizoram.
  •  The Human Calculator, Shakuntala Devi is a math prodigy from India. She could calculate 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 and provided the correct answer in mere 28 seconds.
  • 90 countries from all over the world buy software from India.
  • The impact of the meteor was so strong that it created a lake. It is the ‘Lonar Lake’ in Maharashtra.
  • India is the world’s largest importer of arms but it has never invaded or attacked any country.
  • Kerela is the highest liquor consuming State in India.
  • There is only 3% of Indians who pay their income tax.
  • After the United States and the UK, India is the third in terms of records claimed in Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Langar at the Golden Temple Amritsar feeds up to 100,000 people a day for free.
  • A huge scaffold covered Taj Mahal during World War 2 to make it look like a stockpile of Bamboo and misguide any enemy bombers.
  • The Bailey Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh Valley, India.
  • India produces 70% of the world’s spices.
  • The world’s second largest airport is the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi.
  • The number of births in India every year is more than the total population of Australia and many other nations.
  • It’s illegal for foreigners to take Indian currency (rupees) out of India.
  • Shiv Nagar village in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh is named ‘Snapdeal.com Nagar’ because snapdeal.com, the e-commerce company, has installed 15 hand-pumps in the village.
  • Half of the population is under the age of 25 which makes them one of the youngest populations in the world.
  • There are around 51 births each minute, 3,060 births each hour and 73,440 births per day.
  • India exports over $415 million worth of hair a year.
  • There are more mobile phones than toilets.
  • The Indian Railways have more than 1 million employees.
  • India’s road network is long enough to loop around Earth over 117 times.
  • More than a million Indians are millionaires, yet most Indians live on less than two dollars a day. An estimated 35% of India’s population lives below the poverty line.

KUMBH MELA –

  • The Kumbh Mela is a huge Hindu religious festival.In 2001, 60 million people attended, breaking the record for the world’s biggest gathering. The mass of people was photographed from space by a satellite.
  • London has more Indian restaurants than Mumbai or Delhi. Britain also has the largest Indian restaurant in the world, The Aakash, which can seat up to 750 people in one sitting.
  • One person died on the road in India every three minutes in 2012.
  • India consumes about half of the world’s whiskey.
  • In 2012, India saw 371 suicides a day.
  • India was the fourth most dangerous country for journalists last year.
  • Medical tourism industry(India) is going to be equal to $2 billion by next year – that’s about the gdp of greenland.
  • The Ice Hockey team of India are even member of International Ice Hockey Federation.
  • All captive dolphins are banned in India, stating that it is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose. Surely PETA would be proud.
  • India is the only country to have an entire ocean named after it, i.e. Indian Ocean. #incredibleIndia
  • The number of people travelling in Indian Railways is roughly 25 million per day which is like shifting the entire population of Australia. Wow!
  • Did you know? Pizza Hut, KFC and McDonalds introduced vegetarian menu just to cater to the Indian population. That’s the power of the Indians.
  • Indian housewives hold 11% of the World’s Gold. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland and Germany put together. OH MY GOLD!
  • True to the cultural norm of sticking together, only about 1 in 100 marriages in India end in divorce, one of the lowest rates in the world.
  • India sold 3.2 billion tickets last year. This makes India a bigger movie market than America and Canada combined.
  • Staying true to the ideals of secularism mentioned in its one-of-a-kind constitution, there are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
  • For every proud Indian GOT fan, A subsidiary of Prana Studios in Mumbai is responsible for modelling Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons. “Make in India” seems to be working well.
  • In 1928, India was so good at Hockey that the British withdrew from Olympics to avoid a possible embarrassing defeat by its own colony.
  • India has won all 5 men’s Kabaddi World Cups held till now andThe Indian women’s team has also won all Kabaddi World Cups held till date. #undefeatedindia.
  • One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes.
  • Sex toys Are Illegal in India.
  • To earn enough to buy a Big Mac, the average person in India has to work almost 6 hours.
  • India’s “Go Air” airline only hires female flight attendants because they are lighter, saving up to US$500,000 a year in fuel.
  • A con man in India repeatedly “sold” the Taj Mahal, the Indian parliament and other heritage sites. He managed to escape prison 9 times.
  • India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, built a US$1 billion 27-story house with 3 helipads, a 6-floor car park, a staff of 600, a hanging garden and a cinema.
  • There’s a gypsy tribe in India that celebrates death as one of the happiest events in life, while treating births with great grief.
  • In 2009, a doctor in India removed 172,155 stones from a patient’s left kidney during a three-hour surgery.
  • 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in world are just in India.
  • The village of Shani Shingnapur, India, had no doors, locks or crime for over 400 years until 2010.
  • A statue of Jesus in India had water mysteriously dripping from its toes. Worshipers would collect and sometimes drink it. But on finding, a clogged toilet was the source of that water.
  • In 2016, India planted nearly 50 million trees in 24 hours, a new Guinness World Record.
  • India’s Chennai airport ceiling has fallen down 66 times in the past few years.
  • The Number of People Travelling in the Indian Railways Every Day is Equal to the Population of Australia.
  • Awarded by the World Book of Records, the Golden Temple of Amritsar is the most visited place in the world with over one lakh devotees flocking at the shrine every single day.
  • The Karni Mata Temple in Rajasthan is home to thousands of rats, making it one of the strangest attractions of India and also one of the strangest facts about India as well.
  • Locally known as the mystery lake or the skeleton lake, Roopkund (Uttarakhand) is infamous for hundreds of human skeletons lying at the bottom of the lake and in the surrounding areas.
  • The world’s highest road greets you at Ladakh at an elevation of over 19,300 feet. Bike enthusiasts, take note because little fact about India could bring about a new adrenaline filled adventure for you.
  • Living true to its name, The Lifeline Express a.k.a the Jeevan Rekha Express is the world’s first hospital train taking its services ranging from surgeries to cancer treatment to remote villages.
  • With over 40 Indian attractions in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site list is one of India’s 2 most beautiful cities – Ahmedabad and The Pink City, Jaipur!

Alas! That’s a lot of interesting facts about India. Go on, Refer it to your friends if you want to blow their minds away!!

Fascinating Ice cream facts no one will tell you

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Do you love ice cream as much as we do? If you can’t go a day, a week, or even a month without the delicious flavors of ice cream, then we know how you feel. While you may be a pro at eating ice cream, did you know that there are some really interesting facts about ice cream?

We have found some cool tidbits about ice cream that you may not have heard before. If you want to impress your friends and family with your knowledge about this infamous sweet treat, take a look at some of the fun facts below.

1. It takes 12 pounds of milk to produce just 1 gallon of ice cream.

2. The country that consumes the most ice cream is USA, followed by Australia then Norway.

3. The majority of Americans – around 90% have ice cream in their freezers.

4. Some of the strangest flavors found are: avocado, garlic, chili, licorice, Stilton cheese, and bacon.

5. The tallest ice cream cone is 3.08 m high in Norway.

6. The largest worldwide consumption of ice cream is in United States. There, one average person consumes 48 pints of ice cream per year.

7. 90% of American households eat ice cream.

8. Biggest ice cream sundae was created in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1988. It weighted 24 tons.

9. The most popular flavor of ice cream is vanilla. After it come chocolates, strawberry, cookies n’ cream, and others.

10. One of the most unusual ice cream flavors is hot dog flavored ice-cream that was created in Arizona, US.

11. Larges ice cream cake weighed 12,096 pounds.

12. Hawaii is a home to an “ice cream bean”, fruit that tastes like vanilla ice cream.

13. In United States, July is deemed to be “National Ice Cream Month”.

14. Market analysts confirmed that ice cream sales increase many times during times of recession or wars.

15. Most favorite ice cream topping is chocolate syrup.

16. Standard ice cream machines have 3 levers. Two for flavors and one for twisting.

17. Over $21 billion dollars is moved by Ice cream industry in United States alone.

18. Ice cream “Brain Freeze” effect is triggered when cold ice touches the roof of your mouth, which causes blood vessels in the head to dilate.

19. There is 273 calories in one cup of vanilla ice cream.

20. Ice cream can be made in many types – ordinary ice cream, frozen custard, frozen yogurt, reduced-fat ice cream, sherbet, gelato, and others.

21. “Edible inventor” Charlie Harry Francis has created a champagne-flavored ice cream that is laced with 25 mg of Viagra.

22. Around 50% of the volume in ice cream is air, which gives the dessert its light texture.

23. In 1945, the US military built the first floating ice cream parlor for the sailors serving in the Pacific during WWII.

24. In Tokyo, Japan, you can find ice cream flavored with octopus, shrimp, horseflesh, and cow tongue.

25. Philadelphia’s Little Baby’s Ice Cream serves a pizza-flavored ice cream.

26. American President George Washington apparently loved ice cream so much that in the summer of 1790 alone he spent $200 on ice cream, around $5000 dollars by today’s standards.

27. Ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s annually sells $500 million worth of ice cream, with customers on every continent except Antarctica.

28. Charles I – the King of England, paid his chef £500 to keep his ice cream recipe a secret.

29. In 2017 Miki Sudo broke the world record for ice cream eating. In 6  minutes, she had eaten 16.5 pints of ice cream.

30. Kulfi is an Indian popular frozen dairy dessert which is also known as “traditional Indian ice cream.” It is originated in the sixteenth century by the Mughal Empire.

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31. The perfect temperature for scooping ice cream is between 6 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

32. In 2008, Missouri selected the Ice Cream Cone as the Official State Dessert.

33. “Raw Horse Flesh” is one of the ice cream flavors that is sold in Japan.

34. 9% of milk produced in the entire US is used to prepare ice cream.

35. Ice cream was served to the US soldiers during World War II to keep moral high and the end of World War II was also celebrated with ice cream.

36. Ice cream waffle cones were accidentally made when a vendor ran out of ice cream cups and turned to a waffle seller to meet the demands of customers.

37. 10% people around the world lick the bowl clean after finishing ice cream

38. As part of their “Welcome to America” meal, immigrants on Ellis Island were served vanilla ice cream.

39. About 40% of the world’s frozen dairy desserts—about 5.6 billion liters per year—are manufactured at more than 450 U.S. ice cream plants.

40. Kids from 2-12 and adults over 45 eat the most ice cream!

41. You would have a hard time finding a paper ice cream cup around the world without chocolate syrup in it — this topping has been voted the world’s favorite addition to this dessert.

42. Humans aren’t the only species that enjoy ice cream, as one in every five Americans shares ice cream with their pet!

43. Products that do not meet the criteria to be called ice cream are labelled “frozen dairy dessert” instead.

44. According to Nasa, ice-cream is among the top three items most missed by astronauts on space missions. The others are pizza and fizzy drinks.

45. Some weird flavors of ice cream include buckwheat ice cream, beer flavored ice cream, and Parmesan gelato. Don’t worry these are some additions to point no. 4.

46. The Beatles had an ice cream flavor named after them by Baskin Robbins called Beatle Nut.

30 Amazing Psychological Facts that will leave you in shock

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There is reel world and there is the real world. And then comes the world of psychology which always leave us in a state of amazement. Learning something new about yourself is always interesting and entertaining. The answers to all your questions about how and why human function, psychology is certainly a blessing. So here specially for you, I have gathered 30 amazing psychological facts –

1. People who lose their virginity late(older than 19) have a higher income,education and a healthier relationship later in life than those who lost their virginity earlier.

2. Your brain does more creative work when you’re tired.

3. Holding hands with someone you love can alleviate physical pain as well as stress and fear.

4. People who view TV crime shows consistently overestimate the frequency of crime in the real world.

5. People with low self-esteem tend to “try” and humiliate others.

6. Opposites don’t attract. You’re more likely to be attracted someone who looks and thinks the same as you do.

7. Convincing yourself you slept well tricks your brain into thinking it did.

8. When you remember a past event, you are remembering the last time you remembered it.

9. Researchers are debating on adding Internet addiction to the list of mental disorders.

10. 68% of the people suffer from Phantom Vibration Syndrome, the feeling that one’s phone is vibrating when it’s not.

11. Human behavioral studies suggest that a person who loses their cell phone experiences a panic similar to a near death experience.

12. A hug longer than twenty seconds will release chemicals into your body that make you trust the person you’re hugging.

13. People are more honest when physically tired. This is why people confess things during late night conversations.

14. The left side of your face is more expressive than the right.

15. When a person turns 60, it’s safe to say they’ve spent about 20 years sleeping.

16. It is a myth that we use only 10% of our brains. In fact, we use almost all parts of our brains almost all of the time. Even during sleep, all parts of the brain show some level of activity.

17. The parts of the brain controlling aggression are larger in women than in men.

18. The happiness we feel when our team wins lasts longer than our sadness when we lose.

19. Cotard’s syndrome is a psychological disorder in which people feel like they are decomposing or dead.

20. Over 82% of people feel more confident approaching an attractive person if that person has a dog with them.

21. According to the first name letter effect, people are more likely to be attracted to someone who shares their initials. For example, a man named Justin will tend to be attracted someone named Jon or Julia.

22. Wrap rage is the anger you feel when you are unable to open a package right away.

23. Any friendship that was born in the period between 16 and 28 years of age is more likely to be robust and long lasting.

24. Women have twice as many pain receptors on their bodies than men, but they have a much higher pain tolerance.

25. Listening to high-frequency music makes you feel calm, relaxed, and happy.

26. If you can’t stop your stream of thoughts at night, get up and write them down. This will set your mind at ease so you can sleep.

27. Good morning and good night text messages activate the part of the brain responsible for happiness..

28. The average amount of time a woman can keep a secret is 47 hours and 15 minutes.

29. People who speak two languages may unconsciously shift their personalities when they switch from one language to another.

30. People look more attractive when they speak about the things they are really interested in.