We live in a weird and wonderful world, and the way we study, explore, and understand that world (as well as make progress) is called Science. Today we’re going to focus on the weird, the things that make you go “Huh,” and if it doesn’t at least stir a sense of wonder in you, maybe it’ll get you through a round of trivia at the local pub. Please enjoy 25 Weird Science Facts You May Not Know.
At least half of Earth's Oxygen comes from the ocean, not trees. Tiny aquatic plants called phytoplankton live near the surface of the water, drift with the currents, and generally do what plants do - make oxygen as a byproduct of taking in sunlight and carbon dioxide.
You fart after you die. Any gasses being held inside by clenched muscles get released. Gases also build up from bacteria and decomposition, so there's more where that came from.
Microbiologists at the University of Idaho say that there are about ten times the number of bacterial cells in your body as there are human cells. However, this is a good thing as we need most of those bacteria; the overwhelming majority of them are beneficial.
10% of Europeans are naturally immune to the HIV virus due to a genetic mutation. Scientists believe this mutation was a result of all the plagues in the middle ages. So your ancestors survived the time of The Black Death and The Pox, and today you're immune to HIV. Genetics are weird, man.
Conifer oils (think pine trees) actually contain an anti-inflammatory compound called Alpha-Pinene. This has been used to treat bronchial issues such as asthma and is being studied for other inflammatory diseases.
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