Sharks existed before trees

Trees are much younger compared to the sharks that rule the sea. Sharks have existed for around 400 million years, while trees became their own official species only 350 million years ago. Other notable animals that outlive trees are the horseshoe crab as well as the jellyfish.

Underrock city

“Live under a rock” as an idiom means “being ignorant to what happens in the outside world”. If you’ve ever been accused of “living under a rock,” you’ll feel right at home in Setenil de Las Bodegas in Spain. Many of this tiny town’s 3,000 residents live and work beneath a huge rock, where homes are built right into the rock. It provides so much shelter that historians think this area has been occupied by human settlements since the Stone Age.

Bob Ross had straight hair

We all watched “The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross” in 80s and 90s. His painting skill was like magic for us. Do you know his hair was straight and why he kept his curly hair even after he was famous? After he was out of US Air Force, he decided travel and have a career as a painter. His hair was naturally straight but he chose to get a perm so he could save money on haircuts when touring the US penniless in his mobile home. Bob actually hated his curly hair but kept it as it was iconic. All in all it is a really big success story. Thank you, Bob Ross. We were all happy little trees thanks to you.

The first Iphone wasn’t Apple

The first mobile device to be called an “iPhone” was made by Cisco, not Apple. It allowed the user to use the voice functions of Skype without a computer. Apple announced its own product just 22 days later, and Cisco sued for trademark infringement. The lawsuit was ultimately settled out of court and both companies were allowed to keep using the name. However, you’ve probably never heard of the Cisco iPhone.

8.7 million species in the world

Human beings may dominate the planet with our enormous cities and far-reaching technology, but we are, in fact, just one species among some 8.7 million that live together on planet Earth. One 2011 study published in the journal PLoS Biology estimated that “the various forms of life on the planet included 7.8 million species of animals, 298,000 species of plants, 611,000 species of mushrooms, 36,400 species of protozoa, and 27,500 species of algae.” And it’s worth noting that the researchers did not put the number of bacteria.

Swedish meatballs are from Turkey

If you’re one of the people going to Ikea store restaurants, having a dish of meatballs and feeling European, you need to know Swedish people would prefer the meatballs which your gandmother cook. Actually they’re originaly from Turkey. The nation’s official Twitter account told followers: “Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century. ” It also looks like meatballs are not the only Swedish dish originally from Turkey. Annie Mattson, a researcher at Sweden’s Uppsala University, claims the King also brought with him coffee beans and stuffed cabbage.

Dogs understand English

Some owners of dogs may have trouble believing this, but dogs can learn to recognize a vocabulary of about 165 words. Unsurprisingly, dogs respond best to short words, as well as words with hard consonants like “t” or “r,” which may explain why they can hear “treat” from three rooms away. If you want to try to expand your dog’s vocabulary, be consistent—for example, always call a meal “dinner” instead of breakfast, lunch, or supper. And don’t believe the myth: Old dogs can learn words just as well as young dogs.

Showers spark creativity

Showers aren’t just good for your hygiene—they’re good for your creativity, too. For a 2012 study published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers gave volunteers creativity problems to solve followed by a period of rest. During that period, some were assigned difficult tasks, while others did simpler tasks which allowed their minds to wander (just like a shower does). Those doing the simpler tasks during the resting time were more likely to solve the original creativity problems.

Enough room island

How about spending your quarantine days on this cute and quiet island. This island is called “Just Enough Room” because there’s just enough room for a tree, a small yard and a house. Located on the Saint Lawrence River, which crosses the Canada-US border, this tiny island is part of the famous Thousand Islands. Many people want to live in a peaceful place, where is no traffic, no annoying neighbors and no disturbing noises at night. The Sizeland family built the house here 1950s, in hopes to get some peace and quiet. However, as soon as people found out about the house, the area was constantly visited by tourists and mass-media by boat. So never judge your life, there’s nothing you can do to live in peace and quiet.

Coronavirus could fit in a can

How did Coronavirus change your life? Did you start having financial or psychological problems? Did you lose all your social life? Here’s a really ineresting fact about the worldwide virus: all the virus that has changed our world would fit in a coke can. U.K. Bath University maths expert Kit Yates worked out there are around two quintillion (two billion billion) SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in the world at any one time. Yates said he used the diameter of the virus at an average of about 100 nanometers (100 billionths of a meter) and then figured out the volume of the gobal virus. Although the coronavirus’ spike proteins and the particles will leave gaps if you put all the virus in the world together, the total is still less than in a single 330 millilitre (ml) cola can, he said.

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