You're told that it takes eight minutes for the sun's light to reach the earth thanks to the speed of light, but you can't really see how that looks like a human point of view. There's a video that visualizes it, however, and it is a surprisingly slow ride to the human eye. They cut off the 45-minute video at Jupiter because Saturn would take a half hour!
Ads and many of the blog posts you read have very aesthetically pleasing hands holding all kinds of random objects. You would be surprised to see the professionals doing the job - yes, it's actually a paying gig. Some wear huge protective gloves to protect their money makers.
Sometimes it's only the super-fit who think about percentages that know what this looks like. That's probably because this representation of one pound of human fat is really gross. The creepier part was that if you held it, it could be squeezed to be felt like fat as well.
That pouch is the stuff of common knowledge, and the image of a mommy kangaroo holding her joey is iconic. The shot of the interior when the baby, which is barely the size of a bean, is rarely seen. The mother will poke her head it from time to time to lick up the waste.
The golden mask and tomb are on the cover of many a history book. What is rarely seen is what King Tut looked like, and the research on his mummy showed he wasn't as majestic as the sarcophagus advertised. He had a deformed left foot and most likely needed the aid of a cane to walk.
Most of the internet is consider some wireless thing nowadays. The truth is, most internet traffic doesn't come from WiFi but cables deep in the oceans. Far off the side of your local beach, you might see these this cords that are powering your home network.
Dolphins use echolocation, or sound waves sent and received to them, of their way to know the world around them. One organization created a way to use dolphins' echolocation signals and made images of what the mammal would see using echolocation. The result was astounding - the data they gathered made a good image of a human diver.
The Cold War had its image of Soviet spies, nuclear war, and a red phone between Washington D.C. and Moscow. There was a "phone" installed in 1963, but it was actually a teletype machine. It was also not even in the White House but in the Pentagon.
This 13th-century British charter is the blueprint for human rights documents and the Consitution and Bill of Rights. Unlike its legal descendants, the Magna Carta looks like a massive block of text. Pretty unremarkable for something pretty groundbreaking.
A lot of people think of this traditional Scottish dish and feel their stomachs turn. But this is how haggis actually looks like, so there's no excuse to judge anymore. Now chow down, or head to the closest toilet.
We eventually lose our baby teeth and hand them over to an imaginary lady for a buck or two. What's even more bizarre is the image of how the process looks like behind the kid's gums. In the mouth of a child's skull, you can see two rows of teeth fighting for space, resembling something out of an alien movie.
The previous rovers trusted with studying Mars are small, so when the Curiosity landed on 2012 they assumed it was like the others. That was far from the truth - Curiosity's size rivals some minivans. It is 9 feet wide, 10 feet long, and 7 feet tall.
Yes, we're all well aware that we are conscious, but neuroscience is constantly on the hunt for the root of it. For example, 3D reconstruction of a mouse brain showed a long neuron that maybe linked to the seat of consciousness. The jury is still out on human consciousness but this a step in the right direction.