1/ The speed
of light is generally rounded down to 186,000 miles per second.
In exact terms it is 299,792,458 m/s (metres per second -
that is equal to 186,287.49 miles per second).
2/ It takes 8 minutes 17 seconds
for light to travel from the Sun's surface to the Earth.
3/ October 12th, 1999 was
declared "The Day of Six Billion" based on United
4/ 10 percent of all human
beings ever born are alive at this very moment.
5/ The Earth spins at 1,000
mph but it travels through space at an incredible 67,000 mph.
6/ Every year over one million
earthquakes shake the Earth.
7/ When Krakatoa erupted in
1883, its force was so great it could be heard 4,800 kilometres
away in Australia.
8/ The largest ever hailstone
weighed over 1kg and fell in Bangladesh in 1986.
9/ Every second around 100
lightning bolts strike the Earth.
10/ Every year lightning kills
11/ In October 1999 an Iceberg
the size of London broke free from the Antarctic ice shelf
12/ If you could drive your
car straight up you would arrive in space in just over an
13/ Human tapeworms can grow
up to 22.9m.
14/ The Earth is 4.56 billion
years old...the same age as the Moon and the Sun.
15/ The dinosaurs became extinct
before the Rockies or the Alps were formed.
16/ Female black widow spiders
eat their males after mating.
17/ When a flea jumps, the
rate of acceleration is 20 times that of the space shuttle
18/ Webhosting.info have estimated
that the United States has over 22,000 web
hosting companies and over 25 million domain
19/ If our Sun were just inch
in diameter, the nearest star would be 445 miles away.
20/ The Australian billygoat
plum contains 100 times more vitamin C than an orange.