Generally we think of clouds as being light, fluffy and nearly weightless, but did you know that the average cumulus cloud (the big fluffy ones we see on nice sunny days) weighs approximately 1.1 million pounds? If this seems strange, think about the fact that clouds are made up of very dense water droplets, which have mass!
This just sounds like something out of a storybook, doesn’t it? Well, it’s actually completely true: in 1919, 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst out of a holding tank in Boston, killing 21 people and injuring 150.
Some reports claim that some waves of the molasses reached 40 feet while destroying buildings and turning over cars.
5. There Is A Tree In India That's Bigger Than The Average Walmart
Using radiocarbon dating, researchers have determined that the Greenland Shark is currently the longest-living vertebrate on earth. The researchers sampled 28 of these sharks and found that one female was around 400 years old.
In other words, that shark has been around since Shakespeare's days!
7. It Is Possible To Randomly Acquire A Foreign Accent After A Brain Injury
Most of the time surgeons will leave your old kidneys in place, even if you need a transplant. The new kidney is placed in the lower abdomen, where it’s easiest to connect it to the bladder and blood vessels.
Most are aware of Russia’s vast size, but you probably didn’t know that it’s actually bigger than Pluto! Russia covers more than 6.6 million square miles, while Pluto a bit less, at 6.4 million square miles.
10. The Mongolian Navy Consists Of A Single Tugboat
It’s kind of silly to think that Mongolia, a landlocked country, even has a navy to begin with, but what’s even sillier is that the navy it does have consists of only one tugboat called the Sukhbaatar III.
It’s stationed in Lake Khovsgol, Mongolia’s largest body of water. The little tugboat is manned by the country’s seven-person navy. And get this: only one of them actually knows how to swim.
11. A War Between Honduras And El Salvador Erupted Over A Soccer Game
That’s right, soccer is more serious than you thought. So serious, in fact, that a war broke out over a game in 1969 between the two Latin American nations.
However, the strife went deeper than sport, as tensions began between classes and over border disputes. After the game, riots between fans broke out which pushed the two nations into a “100-Hours War” that had been a long time coming.
12. Gerald Ford Was A Fashion Model Before He Was President
Looking at photos of former President Gerald Ford, you would probably never guess that he was once a model. While he was in his late 20s, Ford was featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine in 1942 with his then-girlfriend.
Fun fact: Ford met his future wife, Elizabeth Bloomer, while working as a model.
13. Your Brain Contains More Synapses Than The Number Of Stars In The Milky Way
Our galaxy contains a lot of stars, but interestingly enough, there are far more synaptic connections in your brain than there are stars in the Milky Way. Scientists believe that there are around 200 billion stars in our galaxy, whereas the average adult brain contains roughly 500 trillion synapses.
This one definitely sounds too good to be true, but in fact it is! Scientists say that both planets have atmospheres that are abundant with carbon, which gets turned into soot during lightning storms, forms into graphite chunks, and eventually diamond hail stones.
This diamond rain eventually melts into a liquid sea in the planets’ cores.
15. Harvard University Was Founded Before Calculus Was Invented
The prestigious Harvard University is the oldest university in the United States, founded in 1636. What you probably didn’t realize is that Harvard in its earliest years didn’t have any calculus classes, simply because calculus didn’t exist yet! Isaac Newton published Principia in 1687 and later mathematicians made further developments in the subject.