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The entire world’s population could fit inside Los Angeles
Yeah, you read that right. The world’s population which is in excess of 7.5 billion can fit inside the city in CA. But it’s not that simple, the entire population would have to stand shoulder to shoulder to fit inside the 500 square mile city.
Four babies are born every second
Every second, we embrace four new babies into our overall population. This translates to 250 births each minute, 15,000 each hour, and 360,000 each day. In a full year, there are about 131.4 million babies born on Earth.
Grapes are toxic to dogs
Grapes can cause fatal kidney failure in both canines and felines. While one grape or raisin isn’t plausible to kill your pet, they can get very ill from a surprisingly small amount. It’s not specifically known what compound in grapes creates this reaction.
The Concept of Sunday as a day of rest was started by a Roman emperor
We trace this practice to the Bible’s creation story where God rested on the seventh day, but in ancient times the seventh day was Saturday, not Sunday. It was Constantine (a Roman Emperor who ruled between AD 306 and 337) who declared Sunday a day of rest in 321 AD.
Muhammad is thought to be the most popular name in the world
Forget Chad, James, Smith, and Mary—the most popular name in the world is considered to be Muhammad. According to the Independent, approximately 150 million males around the world have this name. The fame is thanks to a Muslim culture of naming each first-born son after the Islamic prophet.
A day in Venus is longer than a year
Venus has a slow axis rotation which takes 243 Earth days to achieve its day. The orbit of Venus around the Sun is 225 Earth days, making a day in Venus way longer than a year in venus.
South Sudan is the youngest country in the world
Some nations are hundreds of years old, while others can trace their nation’s history back for thousands of years. But South Sudan in North Africa just got its independence from Sudan in 2011, which as of now makes it the youngest country in the world.
Flamingoes aren’t really pink.
When flamingoes are born, their feathers are gray or white. The pink tone is gained over time from the food they consume. The fish and algae they eat bear chemicals called carotenoids that dye their feathers.
Shampooing is an Indian concept
Shampoo was invented in India, not the commercial liquid ones but the process of using herbs. The word ‘shampoo’ itself has originated from the Sanskrit word champu, which means to massage.