Here is a list of some fun, shocking & weird facts about nature and planet, that we bet you did not know of, up until now!
1. Acacia trees can warn each other of danger.
These trees grow all over the African savannah and have a unique defense system. Whenever animals like antelopes try to feed on its leaves, the tree increases tannin production to levels that are toxic to animals. The tree goes on to emit a cloud of ethylene gas that travels through the air, as a form of communication, reaching other trees so they too can start producing high levels of tannins.
2. Owls do not have eyeballs.
It is a little known fact that owls have eye tubes, instead of eyeballs. This is the reason owls have developed incredible neck flexibility to be able to see the world around them, as they can’t move these tubes back and forth. Owls have a unique blood vessel system in their heads to retain circulation in the brain when a quick head turn cuts off the blood flow.
3. In space, metal can weld on its own.
In space, two pieces of the same kind of metal will merge and melt into each other with only a little pressure. This method is called cold welding, and it occurs because of the lack of atmosphere.
4. There are 28 species of “corpse flowers.”
Apart from Rafflesia, there are 28 distinct species of rootless, leafless plant, with flowers varying in size from about 5 inches to 40 inches. Most of these flowers take six to nine months to grow and will decay within a few days. They attract
5. Baby giraffes use their butts as pillows.
While adult giraffes usually sleep standing up, baby giraffes hunker down on the ground taking advantage of their extra-flexible necks, and twist around to plop their noggins on their own behinds.
6. Heat is the most harmful weather condition.
Tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding can ravage entire towns at once, but the weather condition that proves deadliest to humans is actually extreme heating. Data from the past 30 years indicates that tornadoes have caused an average of 70 deaths a year and flooding an average of 81, but the heat caused an average of 130 deaths a year. If people do not have any access to sufficient water or shelter, extreme heat can be life-threatening.
7. Cows have killed more people than sharks.
It turns out, sharks kill an average of four people per year, while cows kill an average of 22 annually. Even though some of them were due to road accidents, 75% were deliberate attacks. “What’s chilling is that, in five cases, people were killed by multiple cows in group attacks,” one Gizmodo reporter said. “Group attacks can be surprisingly well-coordinated. When they’re feeling defensive, cows will gather in a circle, all facing outwards, lowering their heads and stamping the ground. When they’re feeling offensive, certain cows lead the charge.”
8. An extinct species of penguins was almost 7-feet tall!
The emperor penguins, are the largest penguins on our planet, measuring about 4 feet in height. Nevertheless, 37 million years ago, a species known as Palaeeudyptes Klekowskii, or colossus penguins, were the largest penguins on the Earth. They weighed about 250 pounds and stood about 6 feet, 6 inches tall, which is the height of an average NBA player.
9. Even goats can have accents.
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London found that even though goats do not have their own language, they can1 pick up accents from one another.
10. There is a fungus that bleeds.
Found in the United States, the mushroom Hydnellum Peckii has an unmistakable appearance, especially when it’s young. This fungus secretes a thick, dark red sap over a white cap, earning it numerous nicknames, from “strawberries and cream,” to “devil’s tooth,” to “bleeding tooth fungus.” Luckily, neither the fungus nor its secretion is poisonous, but they sure are inedibly bitter.