In October 1999 an Iceberg the size of London broke free from the Antarctic ice shelf.
The Earth spins at 1,000 mph but it travels through space at an incredible 67,000 mph.
October 12th, 1999 was declared “The Day of Six Billion” based on United Nations projections.
It takes 8 minutes 17 seconds for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to the Earth.
10 percent of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment.
The speed of light is generally rounded down to 186,000 miles per second. In exact terms it is 299,792,458 m/s (metres per second – that is equal to 186,287.49 miles per second).
One million, million, million, million, millionth of a second after the Big Bang the Universe was the size of a pea.
DNA was first discovered in 1869 by Swiss Friedrich Mieschler.
The molecular structure of DNA was first determined by Watson and Crick in 1953.
The first synthetic human chromosome was constructed by US scientists in 1997.
The thermometer was invented in 1607 by Galileo.
Englishman Roger Bacon invented the magnifying glass in 1250.
Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in 1866.
Wilhelm Rontgen won the first Nobel Prize for physics for discovering X-rays in 1895.
Utopia is a large, smooth lying area of Mars.
On the day that Alexander Graham Bell was buried the entire US telephone system was shut down for 1 minute in tribute.
The low frequency call of the humpback whale is the loudest noise made by a living creature.
The call of the humpback whale is louder than Concorde and can be heard from 500 miles away.
A quarter of the worlds plants are threatened with extinction by the year 2010.
Each person sheds 40lbs of skin in his or her lifetime.
At 15 inches the eyes of giant squids are the largest on the planet.
The largest galaxies contain a million, million stars.
The Universe contains over 100 billion galaxies.
Wounds infested with maggots heal quickly and without spread of gangrene or other infection.
More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing.
The longest glacier in Antarctica, the Almbert glacier, is 250 miles long and 40 miles wide.
The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you is 18mph.
A healthy person has 6,000 million, million, million hemoglobin molecules.
A salmon-rich, low cholesterol diet means that Inuits rarely suffer from heart disease.
Inbreeding causes 3 out of every 10 Dalmatian dogs to suffer from hearing disability.
The worlds smallest winged insect, the Tanzanian parasitic wasp, is smaller than the eye of a housefly.
If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and the Earth would be as small as a pea.
The tallest tree ever was an Australian eucalyptus – In 1872 it was measured at 435 feet tall.
Christian Barnard performed the first heart transplant in 1967 – the patient lived for 18 days.
The wingspan of a Boeing 747 is longer than the Wright brothers first flight.
Without its lining of mucus your stomach would digest itself.
Humans have 46 chromosomes, peas have 14 and crayfish have 200.
There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.
An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.
It would take over an hour for a heavy object to sink 6.7 miles down to the deepest part of the ocean.
There are more living organisms on the skin of each human than there are humans on the surface of the earth.