Weird and Wonderful Facts

Jack Evans - Reporter

We take a look at some of the strangest facts from around the world, from trees being sent emails to diamond rain on Saturn. 

On Saturn it rains diamonds

Clouds of soot on Saturn fall and stick together to form graphite. Due to the atmospheric pressure on Saturn, the graphite is then converted into diamond. It has also been suggested by scientists that the same phenomenon could be taking place on Jupiter.

A banana is a berry

Berries are defined as having lots of seeds with an  internal flesh layer. As bananas fit this category, they are in fact identified as a berry. More astonishing is that bananas don’t grow on trees, technically they grow on herb plants.

An octopus has three hearts

An octopus has not one, not two but three hearts. Two of the hearts are responsible for pumping blood through the gills, whilst the third heart pumps blood through the body.

Polar bears don’t have white fur

Everyone knows that a polar bear has white fur right? In fact, their fur only appears white due to the reflection of sunlight and each hair is actually clear.

Tree-mail

 In 2015 Melbourne gave email addresses to over 70,000 trees. The idea was for residents in the area to contact the relevant email address if that tree has been vandalised or needed forestry care.

Underwater post-box

In Japan, there is a functioning post-box 10m underwater that divers can purchase waterproof postcards to send people.

No roads in sight

The village of Giethoorn in the Netherlands has no roads around the village, only a series of canals and footpaths. The only modes of transport through the town are bicycles, boats or walking.

Laughter epidemic in Tanzania

In 1962 a laughter epidemic caused the closure of multiple schools and this spread across Tanzania. It is believed today that this outbreak could have be a wide ranging emotional response to stress, that people experienced together.

60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body

It is estimated that there are over 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body, though which blood travels through. This is enough to circle the Earth 2 ½ times!

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