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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 Nations projections.

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 1000 people.

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 hour.

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 during launch.

18/ Webhosting.info have estimated that the United States has over 22,000 web hosting companies and over 25 million domain names!

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.

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