Dehydration in the Sahara

December 2nd, 2010 — 1:31am

A person can lose a gallon of water per hour just by standing in the Sahara Desert. Two gallons per hour if walking.

Sahara Desert

NASA photo of Sahara desert

Source: Earth’s Natural Wonders

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Record Number of Offspring

December 1st, 2010 — 1:26am

The former King of Morroco, Moulay Ismaïl is alleged to have fathered 889 children.

Moulay Ismail

Source: Wikipedia: Moulay Ismail

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Largest Atomic Bomb

November 30th, 2010 — 1:23am

The largest atomic bomb ever detonated was 1,400 times more powerful than the combined bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Mushroom Cloud

It was tested by the Soviet Union in the Arctic, where it produced a mushroom cloud 40 miles high and 25 miles wide.

Source: Wikipedia: Tsar Bomba

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Chinese and Perfect Pitch

November 29th, 2010 — 1:19am

Chinese students are five times more likely to develop perfect pitch than western students. Their musical aptitude stems from the tonal nature of the Chinese language; the same word can have different meanings depending on its pitch.

Musical Notes

Source: Radiolab: Musical Language

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Flying Snakes

November 28th, 2010 — 1:03am

The tree-dwelling snake, Chrysopelea paradisi, can practically fly from one tree to another. It can launch itself a horizontal distance of 79 feet or more.

Tree Snake

Source: Yahoo News

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World’s Tallest Building

November 27th, 2010 — 1:54am

The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It has 162 floors and is reaches nearly half of a mile in height.

That is more than twice the height of the Empire State Building in New York.

Burj Khalifa of Dubai

Source: Wikipedia: Burj Khalifa

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Ancient Plants

November 26th, 2010 — 1:50am

The Welwitschia Mirabilis plant, found only in the Namib desert, has a lifespan of anywhere from 400 and 1,600 years.

Welwitschia Mirabilis

Source: Science Ray

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Harold Williams

November 25th, 2010 — 1:47am

Harold Williams, a former foreign correspondent for The Times, was fluent in 58 languages.

Source: Nzedge.com

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Saliva Production

November 24th, 2010 — 1:11am

The average healthy person produces 0.75 to 1.5 liters of saliva every day.

Pint Glass

2.1 pints per liter

Source: Wikipedia: Daily Salivary Output

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Number of Languages on Earth

November 23rd, 2010 — 1:03am

A recent study showed there are approximately 6,800 distinct living languages. A quarter of them have fewer than 1,000 speakers.

Page of Hieroglyphics

Source: The Politics of English as a World Language

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