Category Archives: Interesting Facts

Earthquake Facts Earthquake Facts


Many major cities are located in earthquake zones, such as Los Angeles, Mexico City and Tokyo. Severe earthquakes can collapse buildings and rip up flyovers. When freeways collapsed in the 1989 San Francisco quake, some cars were crushed to 0.5 m thick. The 1906 earthquake in San Francisco destroyed 400 km of railway track around…
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Facts About Light Facts About Light


Light is the fastest thing in the Universe, traveling at 299,792,458 meters per second. Light rays always travel in straight lines. Light rays change direction as they pass from one material to another. This is called refraction. colors are different wavelengths of light. The longest light waves you can see are red, and the shortest…
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Tiger Facts Tiger Facts


At over 3 m long and weighing up to 360 kg, the rare Siberian tiger is the largest living member of the cat family. Tigers originated in Siberia. Tigers need a very large hunting area, and males in northern India often patrol an area of 130 sq km or more. After feeding, tigers sometimes save…
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Orangutan Facts Orangutan Facts


Orangutans spend much more time in trees than the other great apes, and are the largest tree-dwelling mammals in the world. Insatiable eaters, orangutans can spend an entire day feasting in one heavily laden fruit tree. The name ‘orangutan’ means ‘man of the forest’ in the language of the local tribe’s people of Southeast Asia….
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Laser Facts Laser Facts


Laser light is a bright artificial light. It creates an intense beam that can cause much a hole in steel. A laser beam is so straight and narrow that it can hit a mirror on the Moon. ‘Laser’ stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Laser light is even brighter for its size…
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Facts About Weathering Facts About Weathering


Weathering is the gradual breakdown of rocks when they are exposed to the air. Weathering affects surface rocks the most, but water trickling into the ground can weather rocks 200 m down. The more extreme the climate, the faster weathering takes place, whether the climate is very cold or very hot. In tropical Africa the…
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Fruit Facts Fruit Facts


Scientists say a fruit is the ovary of a plant after the eggs are pollinated and grow into seeds. Corn grains, cucumbers, bean pods and acorns are fruit as well as apples and so on. Some fruits, such as oranges, are soft and juicy. The hard pips are the seeds. With some fruits, such as…
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Bone Facts Bone Facts


Bones get their flexibility from tough, elastic, rope-like fibres of collagen. The hard outside of bones (called compact bone) is reinforced by strong rods called osteons. The inside of bones (called spongy bone) is a light honeycomb, made of thin struts or trabeculae, perfectly angled to take stress. The core of some bones, such as…
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Ant Facts Ant Facts


Ants are a vast group of insects related to bees and wasps. Most ants have a tiny waist and are wingless. Ants are the main insects in tropical forests, living in colonies of anything from 20 to millions. Ant colonies are all female. Most species have one or several queens which lay the eggs. Hundreds…
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Space Facts Space Facts


A flat or plane surface has just two dimensions at right angles to each other. If something is moving, three dimensions are not enough to locate it. You need a fourth dimension – time – to describe where the object is at a length and width. Any point on a flat surface can be pinpointed…
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Baby Facts Baby Facts


A baby’s head is three-quarters of the size it will be as an adult — and a quarter of its total body height. The bones of a baby’s skeleton arc fairly soft, to allow for growth. They harden over time. Baby boys grow faster than baby girls during the first seven months. A baby has…
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Bird of Paradise Facts Bird of Paradise Facts


Birds of paradise, of which there are about 44 species, are found only in New Guinea and northeastern Australia. The King of Saxony bird of paradise has two 50 cm head plumes decorated with small, skyblue squares, so unusual-looking they were first thought to be fake. The magnificent riflebird gets its name from its loud…
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Volcano Facts Volcano Facts


Volcanoes are places where magma (red-hot liquid rock from the Earth’s interior) emerges through the crust and onto the surface. The word ‘volcano’ comes from Vulcano Island in the Mediterranean. Here Vulcan, the ancient Roman god of fire and blacksmith to the gods, was supposed to have forged his weapons in the fire beneath the…
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Rib Facts Rib Facts


The ribs are the thin, flattish bones that curve around your chest. Together, the rib bones make up the rib cage. The rib cage protects the backbone and breastbone, as well as your vital organs – heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach, spleen and so on. You have 12 pairs of ribs altogether. Seven pairs are…
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Cactus Facts Cactus Facts


Cactus are American plants that are covered in sharp spines, have thick, bulbous green stems and no leaves. Most Cactus grow in hot, dry regions but a few grow in rainforests and in cold places such as mountain tops. Cactus in deserts have a thick, waxy skin so as to cut water loss to the…
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North American Facts North American Facts


Eighty-two percent of the population of North America is descendants of immigrants from Europe. Among the smaller groups 13 percent are black, 3 percent Asian and one percent are American Indians. Hispanics are descended from a mix of white, black and American Indian people from Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America such as Mexico, Puerto Rico…
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Astronomy Facts Astronomy Facts


Astronomy is the study of the night sky – from the planets and moons to the stars and galaxies. Astronomy is the most ancient of all the sciences, dating back tens of thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians used their knowledge of astronomy to work out their calendar and to align the pyramids. The word…
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