The world is full of mysteries and amazing facts thousands of which we still do not know. How on earth have some species evolved, or how are some people gifted and multi-talented. Take Leonardo Da Vinci for instance, he wasn’t just a painter, he was an inventor and scientists and many of his concepts were way before his time. Do you know that you cannot travel faster than light in spite of what the movies tell you? In fact, there is someone’s initials imprinted on the moon and some humans actually dream in black and white. There are thousands of amazing phenomenons that defy our perception of reality and then you have the human body, the most complex and amazing machine in the world. Without further ado, here are 20 mesmerizing facts to blow your mind.
1. It takes a bee two million flowers to produce 1 lb of honey
That’s right, in our quest to look for something amazing, we don’t realize that there is something amazing about humble and little creatures like the busy little bee. The poor little bee needs to work like hell to give us our daily honey. It needs to visit 2 million flowers just to produce 1 pound of it. A hive of bees have to fly 55000 miles just to produce 1 pound of honey and a colony of bees produces about 60 to 100 lbs in one year. For one bee to make 1/12 teaspoon of honey, it would make it an entire lifetime.
2. There was no left and right foot for shoes even till the 16th century
That’s right, till the 16th-century people never bothered about which is the left or right shoe. In fact, till 1850, most people were wearing shoes that were made absolutely straight without any curve for the right or left foot.
3. You cannot hear the sound of the ocean in a seashell
How often have we as children been told by adults that if we put a seashell to our ears, we can hear the sound of the ocean? Well, that’s just wrong. The sound you hear in a seashell has nothing to do with the ocean. It is a reflected sound of the surrounding environment in combination with the flow of blood in your body.
4. How the Milky Way got its name
The name of the Milky Way has its origins in ancient Greece when the Greeks believe the Milky Way was formed by the Goddess Hera who sprayed her breast milk across the sky. Another theory says that the Greeks translated it as a milky circle which they named Galaxias Kylos.
5. There is a disease called prosopagnosia where you can’t even recognize yourself
Heather Sellers is a woman who can’t even recognize her own face. Describing her condition she says “I’ve been in a crowded elevator with mirrors all around, and a woman will move and I’ll go to get out the way and then realize: ‘oh that woman is me’. Prosopagnosia is a neurological disorder also called face blindness that does not allow a person to recognize the human face. As a result, you don’t even recognize other people. The condition affects about 2.5% people in the world. In fact, Brad Pitt is also afflicted with this condition.
6. The haunted island in Mexico covered in dolls
There is a haunted island off Mexico that is covered in hundreds of dolls. People believe that the dolls are possessed by spirits and they become alive at night. Locals say they can hear the voices of the dolls which are carried by the breeze. The island called Isla de las Munecas (island of dolls) is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl who lost her life in strange circumstances. Although it may not be true, the island itself is pretty creepy.
7. The world’s lightest material can withstand 4000 times its own weight
Among amazing facts, the world’s lightest material is called graphene aerogel. It is made up of 99.8% air and yet it is so strong, it can withstand almost 4000 times its own weight. The material was created by the Chinese and is also seven times lighter than air. A cube inch of graphene aerogel can be balanced on a blade of grass.