11 Facts We Didn’t Know Last Week

Did you know…

  • There are 8 1/4 teaspoons of sugar (33g) in one can of 330ml coke! Source
  • You may have seen our post on sand magnified 300 times last month, well about 70% of these white sandy beach’s are made up from Parrot fish poo! The Parrot fish nibbles away at large algae, ingesting coral and rocks in the process which they poo out. This washes up over many years, making a beach! Source

Parrot fish poo

  • The UK is the 14 largest consumer of oil in the world, using 1.6 million barrels of the stuff a day. North Sea oil production has dropped dramatically since it’s peak in 1999 to only 115,000 barrels. Leaving a shortfall of 1.485 million barrels per day! Source
  • Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world estimated to be 513 billion barrels, although most of this is heavy crude oil which is difficult to extract and more expensive to refine than light crude oil, predominantly used today. Source
  • Yorkshire tea is not from Yorkshire, it’s farmed in Assam, Sri Lanka and Kenya! Source
  • The Swastika is a symbol that’s been used in many ancient civilizations and is still widely used in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. It represents wealth, prosperity and auspiciousness. Hitler’s adoption of the Swastika in 1920 led to the symbol being associated with antisemitism, hatred, violence, death, and murder in many western countries. Source 
  • The grandson of the woman that designed Hitler’s bunker designed Sadam Hussein’s bunker! Source
  • From around 2000 BC until 1992 AD astronomers had discovered a grand total of three planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Now in a single data release scientists have discovered 715 new planets bringing the total number of known planets to 1750! Source

New planet discoveries chart

  •  A ‘caldera’ is a large basin-like depression resulting from the collapse of the center of a volcano. Source
  • The city of London (zone 1) is only 1.12 square miles with a population of just 7343 people. However, over 300,000 people commute to and from the city for work each day. Source
  • Blond and Blonde are one of the few adjectives in the English language that uses masculine and feminine forms. Blonde being female. Can you list any others? Source

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