Orange, In Fact
The fruit orange isn’t named after the colour; it’s the other way around. Before the late 15th century, orange was considered a shade of red. That’s right: until the Renaissance, “yellow-red” was the only term the English language had for orange. Whatt!?
During World War II, British intelligence spread the rumour that the Royal Air Force pilots enjoyed superior night vision because they ate copious amounts of carrots. Spoiler: it was a total lie. The truth was the RAF was using their newly invented radar to spot German planes in the dark. It was a massive military secret, and in order to keep German intelligence “in the dark” they made up the carrot fact. They actually do have some sort of strange vitamin to help your eyes
Just to be clear, vitamin A in carrots is good for eye health…it just probably won’t help you detect enemy airplanes in the dark. Yeah probably
The Truth About Chameleons
Chameleons don’t change their colour to blend in with their environment. Colour change is a critical part of chameleon communication: they use colours to signal moods, aggression, territorial behaviour, and intention to mate. Cool
Wild, right? Evolution produces some wild adaptions.
Seconds From Sickness
On average, every adult human body contains two to nine pounds of bacteria.
Not sure if that fact counts as fun, or disgusting… It’s a good piece of trivia, though. Ermm
The Case Of The Curious Mummy
Found in 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, Ötzi “the Iceman” is the earliest natural human mummy ever found in Europe.
Ötzi was alive from sometime between 3400 and 3100 BCE. The most surprising thing about him? He had tattoos! And not just a couple…researchers have identified a total of 61 different tattoos covering his body. That means he’s not only the oldest tattooed person ever found, but also (probably) one of the oldest ancestors to today’s Brooklyn hipsters. The oldest Hipster!
The tattoo ink itself was produced from ash or soot and is believed to have been used as a form of pain relief. What the..
Fun Facts About Dangerous Snacks
Sharks may have a vicious reputation, but it isn’t really deserved. Statistically speaking, 4 times as many people are killed each year by vending machines than are fatally bitten by sharks. Yeah just dont shake the vending machine..
Turns out Jaws would be much scarier if there was a giant Coke machine in the water.