Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Once again, lots of delays in my postings of facts, ill be doing more soon, I'm in my final year at university, so I'm having to concentrate on my final projects at the moment. I might update about them here later. Watch this space!

Monday, March 14, 2011


This is perhaps the most pleasurable video I have seen in a very long time, seeing this kid stand up for himself against the bully is awesome!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Daily(?) Facts 7

Long time no facts. Sorry, lots of problems in the old life atm...

New fact!

What animal has saved the most human lives?
Nope, sorry boy, not you.

It's this little guy. The horseshoe crab. Technically not a crab at all, but whatever. Their blood is used to create LAL which is used as an artificial kidney of sorts, that clots when harmful bacteria like diseases are introduced to it. This allows scientists to test drugs and immunisations on the blood. If the blood clots, its not working, if it doesnt;

This LAL sells for $15,000 a litre and, due to a haemoglobin count of 0 is BLUE. No not just 'blue' like unoxygenated blood 'blue' but full on NEON blue. Not only that but they are the oldest living form of life on earth, their species is 445 MILLION years old. They also have 10 eyes and can go a year without eating.

Crazy crabs :3

Monday, March 07, 2011

Daily fact 6

A few animal facts today!

First, I answer an age-old question. Which one you ask?
This one:
Which came first, the chicken? Or the egg? People always site this as some unanswerable question, but the answer is quite simple when you think about it: Birds evolved from reptiles, so the first bird would have come from an egg, laid by a reptile. Simple right?

Here's another challenge. Name a fish!
Dont bother, it's impossible, simply because theres no such thing as "fish". The world is given out and mislabled across hundreds of species. It's simply a term that is given to aquatic vetebrate that is not a mammal, turtle etc. It'd be like calling bats and flying lizards birds because they fly.

Oh well, they're scientists, not writers or...namers.......Anywho, see you tomorrow.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Daily Facts 5

What is the hardest substance in the world?

No, its not diamond. Not any more! Scientists in Germany, by compressing pure carbon under extreme heat have created hyperdiamond or aggregated diamond.

Not only is it the hardest but it is also the stiffest and densest thing known to man. Also, another sad thing about diamonds, is that they aren't forever as the song, and Mr Bond, would have us believe.
They are all slowly becoming carbon/graphite...but don't worry about your jewel collection just yet, it happens so slowly its imperceptible, and as such, your necklaces wont be made of pencils just yet.

Daily facts 4

Here's a breif couple of facts for today.
1) The universe is beige. Scientists pointed a telescope at the sky for 1000000 seconds and analysed the colours received. What an anti-climax.

2) Water really is blue. its not the sky being reflected in it, it really is genuinely blue...or green...or brown.........well its not clear anyway. :D

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Daily Facts 3

What were cinderellas slippers made from?
Nope, not glass, it's a mistranslation, or rather a mishearing, as the person who wrote our version mistook "vair" for "verre" meaning glass. So what does "Vair" mean? Simple: Squirrel.

That's right. I haven't gone bonkers, it really does mean that.
Squirrel Fur anyway. The Cinderella story has over 300 versions from history, including Chinese ones where the slippers are gold and Scottish ones where they are rushes.

There are plenty of other changes too, like the ugly sisters cutting their toes and bunions off in the original to try and fit the slippers on, or the king making the evil stepmother and daughters dance themselves to death in red hot iron boots.


Wednesday, March 02, 2011

If I could buy this helmet...

I would become an actual crime fighter, the urge would be too strong.

Daily Facts 2

Heres one for you, whats the capital of thailand?

Wrong, not Bangkok. It's Grung Tape. Like Los Angeles in the USA this means 'city of angels'. It hasn't been called Bangkok for 200 years. Or at least its pronounced Grung Tape, but its spelt Krung Thep. And that's still an abbreviation. Thailand in fact, has the longest place name in the world. It's full name is:
Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. And I typed that out by hand too :(

This translates to: Great city of angels, the supreme repository of divine jewels, the great land unconquerable, the grand and prominent realm, the royal and delightful capital city full of nine nobel gems, the highest royal dwelling and grand palace, the divine shelter and living place of the reincarnated spirits.
Very modest with their city names eh? Mind you, they'd have to be, "Bangkok" is thailands only city!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Daily facts!

Here's a new thing I'm starting, every day, a new fact you probably don't know.
Today's one:

Chameleons don't change their colour to match their environment. Thats a complete fallacy, they change due to their emotions and sometimes temperature, but never to camoflage themselves. It might happen by coincidence, but thats all it is.
See you tomorrow!