Some unlikely things that are true:
- We are composed of stardust, and we breathe it in. 40,000 tonnes of cosmic stardust falls from the sky every year.
- The human nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
- 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.
- Cats are lactose intolerant. This makes sense given that cow’s milk is from a different species.
- 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.
- Sunsets on Mars are blue – the fine dust in the atmosphere on the planet absorbs blue light and scatters the warmer colours.
- The word Jurassic has an etymology from Gaulish *iuris that means ‘wooded mountain’.
- On Saturn and Jupiter, it rains diamonds. But they eventually melt down into a liquid sea in the planets’ cores.
- 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.
- 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.