Some unlikely things that are true:

  1. We are composed of stardust, and we breathe it in. 40,000 tonnes of cosmic stardust falls from the sky every year.
  2. The human nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
  3. Apparently Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. No two patterns are the same, exactly like a fingerprint. This helps them to identify each other.
  4. Cats are lactose intolerant. This makes sense given that cow’s milk is from a different species.
  5. A poet will write a poem for you and recite it at your funeral if you die in Amsterdam with no next of kin or family to arrange the funeral or mourn.
  6. Sunsets on Mars are blue – the fine dust in the atmosphere on the planet absorbs blue light and scatters the warmer colours.
  7. The word Jurassic has an etymology from Gaulish *iuris that means ‘wooded mountain’.
  8. On Saturn and Jupiter, it rains diamonds. But they eventually melt down into a liquid sea in the planets’ cores.
  9. Cats domesticated themselves. There were two lineages of domestic cats – one that came from southwest Asia and into Europe into farming communities, and a second from Africa, mostly colonising Egypt, spreading into the Mediterranean and Old World.
  10. The word ‘typewriter’ is made using keys on only one row of a Qwerty keyboard or on a typewriter itself.

From Grayson Queen’s Somethingist prompts.

* For Nano Poblano 2018.

7 thoughts on “Unlikely

  1. ❤ I want to tell all the people these random facts now! 🙂 (And I love that it was from one of Grayson's prompts. ❤ )

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  2. All of these were fascinating! I want to read more about all these things now! 🙂

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  3. This list is oddly reassuring, thanks for sharing

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  4. the human nose can recognise 50,000 different scents? Blimey, I never realised we could distinguish between that many! I imagine this tails off quite sharply later in life when all of your bits and pieces start getting wear and tear. I was touched by the Amsterdam poetry thing, that truly is a wonderful gesture. I van really appreciate that. These are all very interesting facts, especially considering one of my favourite films is Stardust, which makes the first face even more awesome 🙂

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  5. I wonder if cats’ skins are also coordinated with their fur. I’m surprised that they’re lactose intolerant, since I’ve often given cats milk to drink. And I never knew that about typewriter. Do you think it was intentional? Now I want to see what other words I can type by using the same row of keys. Well, there’s TWERP … and PEWTER … and QUERTY!

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    1. Well, we had to give our childhood cats a ‘lion cut’ once or twice and they generally have pink skin! Adorable but not co-ordinated sadly. Yeah, it’s the same with dogs, they can’t digest cow’s milk properly. There is special ‘cat milk’ in pet stores though!

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