9 Amazing Facts About The Sun

The Sun plays an integral role in the function of our world. We rely on it for warmth, energy, sight etc. Nonetheless, it’s something that most people tend to take for granted, and many important facts about the Sun remain unknown by the general public…until now! Here are 9 fun facts about the Sun that you should keep in mind and share with your friends.

Fun Fact #1

Did you know that the sun itself contains 99.98% of the mass in the entire solar system.

Fun Fact #2

The sun is a good 92.96 million miles from the Earth, and it’s still the closest star to the earth.

Fun Fact #3

The core of the sun is 27 million fahrenheit (good thing it’s so far away right?).

Fun Fact #4

100,000,000,000 tons of dynamite would need to be detonated every second to match the energy produced by the sun. 100 billion.

Fun Fact #5

Human beings can’t survive on the Sun (duh), but a human being would weigh 28 times as much on the sun than they would on Earth.

Fun Fact #6

Nowadays, we know that the Earth revolves around the Sun, but we didn’t always know that. Aristarchus, a prominent Greek philosopher is credited as being the first person to claim that the Earth orbited the sun.

Fun Facts #7

Roughly 109 Earths could fit on the surface of the sun and more than one million Earths would fit inside of the sun.

Fun Facts #8

The Japanese flag depicts the rising Sun.

Fun Facts #9

No one knows exactly how old the sun is, but it’s estimated to be over 4.6 Billion years old. Scientists estimate that the Sun has roughly another 4.6 billion years before it burns out.

Awesome Facts About Recycling

Recycling is one of the most effective ways that you’re average person can help the environment. Let’s face it, as humans we’re wasteful and harmful to our respective environments. While this isn’t likely to change anytime soon, being more conscious about our role in harming the environment will aid in halting its demise. With this being said, here are a few fun facts about recycling.

  1. Plastic bottles can take 500 years to decompose.
  2. There are roughly 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the ocean at any given time.
  3. Companies design less durable products with the goal of encouraging consumers to buy newer products.
  4. Styrofoam can take over 5,000 years to biodegrade.
  5. Glass takes over 1 million years to biodegrade.
  6. 90% of people would recycle if doing so was more convenient.
  7. Over 11 billion in recyclables are thrown away in the US every year.
  8. Recycling creates additional jobs, as recycling facilities require additional workers to help process recyclables
  9. There is an area the size of Texas in the pacific ocean containing over 3.5 million tons of garbage.
  10. Over 1 trillion garbage bags are used all over the world each year.

The average American will produce roughly 90,000 pounds of garbage over the course of their lifetime.  .

Facts About Dolphins

The ocean is a pretty dangerous space, so the human tendency to destroy ecosystems doesn’t exactly bode well for dolphins. In fact, these animals are becoming increasingly endangered due to human interactions ranging from noise pollution, to oil drilling and boat collisions. It’s important to understand more and more about these animals if we want to protect them effectively, so here are some things you should know.

  1. Most dolphins live around 20 years, although it’s not uncommon for some to live into their 40s and 50s.
  2. There are over 30 known dolphin species, including the killer whale.
  3. Dolphins are considered to be mammals. While they don’t have any hair, they breathe air, have live young and are warm blooded.
  4. Dolphins can live in all types of water, from tropical saltwater to freshwater.
  5. Dolphins live in groups, so it’s not uncommon to see several of them swimming together at a time. They are also very playful, so they tend to interact with humans and ships that they see above the surface.
  6. Dolphins also hunt in groups. Several dolphins might work together to catch prey. As a whole, Dolphins are omnivores
  7. There are a variety of diseases and parasites that can shorten the life of a dolphin, including heart diseases, as well as viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
  8. Because Dolphins breathe air, they have to come above water occasionally. They breathe through a blowhole at the top of their heads instead of their mouths, allowing them to hunt prey without getting water into their lungs.
  9. Dolphins use echolocation in order to navigate through water. They emit high frequency clicks and listen for the echoes that bounce off objects in their paths, allowing them to determine distance and trajectory.

Don’t Do These 5 Things After A Meal

After eating, there are a handful of big no-no’s that you should take into consideration. Here’s a list of some of them.

Sleeping

I know I know, after a big meal we all want to just lie down on the couch and take a nap. This isn’t a good idea though, and while you’re definitely feeling lethargic after a heavy meal, you should probably wait a few hours before sleeping. Your stomach needs time to digest the foods that you eat, and that’s something you don’t want to be doing while you’re sleeping.

Smoking

This is something you probably shouldn’t be doing period, but in case you do like to smoke, don’t do it after you eat. You body needs oxygen for the digestive process and smoking essentially taints that oxygen with nicotine. Smoking one cigarette right after a meal can thusly be as harmful as smoking ten.

Eating Fruit

Fruit is best enjoyed on an empty stomach, since it can be properly digested right away. If you wait to enjoy fruit after a meal, it won’t digest properly and will start to rot in your gut.

Showering

Blood is diverted to your extremities during a shower, instead of too your stomach. Your stomach needs this blood flow to help with the digestive process, so you aren’t doing yourself any favors by showering after a meal.

Drinking Tea

Tea contains tannic acid, which prevents our bodies from properly absorbing iron and protein from foods. Your body needs iron and protein, so if you’re drinking tea after every meal, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

The good news is that you can (and should) still shower, sleep, eat fruit, and drink tea, just not directly after a meal. Give yourself a few hours between when you eat and when you do these activities for optimum benefit.  

 

5 Amazing Facts About Your Body

Humans are amazing (and yes, as a human I’m biased). But seriously, the human body is a marvel of creation, and most people will live their entire lives without ever truly understanding just how impressive our bodies are. This list is by no means comprehensive, but here are a few of the bodies wonders to keep in mind.

  1. An adult human’s body contains 7 octillion atoms. If you’ve never heard the word octillion, 7 octillion looks like this: 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeros.
  2. Each of the atoms in our bodies are billions of years old.
  3. You’re actually made up of more bacteria than you are of human. Bacterial cell count in the body compared to human cell count is 10:1, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The enzymes from bacteria in the gut for instance help with food digestion.
  4. You have way more than just five senses. Your skin for instance, can sense heat before it actually touches anything hot due to heat sensors. Furthermore, even without the aid of your sight, you can locate parts of your own body, or even navigate a room that you’re familiar with.
  5. Do you have a cat? If you do have one, or really any other furry mammal, you may notice that when agitated it’s hair tends to stand on end. This can result in your pet looking bigger and more intimidating. This also happens in cold weather, allowing your pet to stay warm. As it turns out, human beings have that same tendency as well. When you get goosebumps, either out of fear or cold, the hairs on your arms become very stiff since the goosebumps are pushing the follicles upright. Of course, the overall effect is less impressive given that while most humans have plenty of hair, the hair itself is too fine and thin to be effective.