15 Cool and Weird Science Tidbits

If we haven’t convinced you yet that science is weirdly cool, get ready for us to knock your socks off. So, to start with, you might have read of really weird events in science or hilarious. Here are the top 15 cool science tidbits (not necessarily in this order) we’ve read on.

1)- A flea’s rate of acceleration while jumping is much, much higher than that of the space shuttle. (which tops out around 18.5 m/s^2. Now try comparing that to a flea’s 2250 m/s^2).  However, it is applied over a much shorter distance with fleas.

2)- A cricket’s ears are found below its front knees.

3)- 18 mph is the speed limit for falling raindrops.

4)- Giraffes have the same amount of vertebrae in their necks as humans (7).

5)- Edinburgh University scientists have discovered a way to turn peanut butter into diamonds.

6)- Scientists found out that the chicken came first, and not the egg, since egg shell proteins can only be made by hens.

7)- Blowtorched Pepto-Bismol (do not try this at home) is actually metal.

8)- CAUTION– Do not read this one if you are squeamish:
~Fly larvae help wounds heal faster.

9)- If your stomach didn’t have a mucus lining, it would digest itself!

10)- On average, women speak 3.5 times as many words as men do.

11)- A sneeze has the wind speed of a category 4 hurricane.

12)- NASA’s perfect nap lasts 26 minutes.

13)- Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere in the world, a duck is watching you.

14)- Honey is the only food that contains all of the things needed to sustain life, like water, vitamins, and enzymes. (another reason bees are so cool).

15)- Most people yawn when they read the word “yawn” or “yawning”.

Now, you know how to blow your friends’ minds. Hope you enjoyed our top 15 science facts!

P.S. We would love for to you to share some really weird and cool science facts with us!!

It’s an amazing world of science…Let’s go exploring!!


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87 Comments Add yours

  1. platosgroove says:

    Great post!

  2. BeeHappee says:

    I would like to turn peanut butter into diamonds and pepto-bismol into metal at home. 🙂

  3. Ha! Ha! Likewise. Harmless diamonds would be a dream. What little weird science fact do you know?

  4. BeeHappee says:

    You know what, I am pretty bad about keeping trivia in my brain, I suppose I could cheat and google it. 🙂 But I would recommend the books of Theodore Gray to you guys – “Molecules” and “Elements”, if you had not seen them yet, check them out for sure, I am loving his photos, and his writing style, and his way of presenting science in a fun and easy way. And there are lots of little weird facts there. And great visuals, e.g. my girl liked to see how many days it would take to consume 2 grams of each vitamin at daily recommended dose.

  5. I like 5 the best!!! I’ve got several tubs of peanut butter at home! 😉 Bees are the coolest and chicken-egg finally answered!

    Apparently mosquitoes hv 47 teeth! So said a snapple fact I still remember from a decade ago! 😅

  6. Ha! Ha!….Thanks for the tidbit!

  7. Oh yes! We love Theodore Gray! The book Elements is awesome!! His real table with all the elements is the best!

  8. What a great compilation. I wish I had some tidbit of my own to add but nothing is coming to mind. I’d recently heard that about the chicken and the egg. The flea and space shuttle comparison is nearly unbelievable, definitely amazing!!

  9. Ha! We had to research the tidbits but realize we actually had heard many of them. You know more than you think. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  10. Really interesting post !
    The Science Geek

  11. Wow! So nice to connect with you. Will look more into your blog.

  12. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    So crickets ears are below its knees. I did not know that. They must really like listening to their own songs that also happen with their legs. It’s loud to me. Must really be loud to them!. Water is the heaviest at 39 degrees. As it gets colder, it gets lighter. That’s why ice floats. Also, in cold climates the bottom and the top of lakes change places twice a year- every molecule.

  13. Oh WOW! Thank you so much for all the wonderful tidbits!

  14. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Ok, just to keep the chicken or egg dilemma open….if chickens (all birds) evolved from reptiles, and reptiles lay eggs, wouldn’t the egg have to have come first?

  15. Wow! They actually had to come up with a word for the fear of a duck watching you. Interesting post!

  16. Great fun facts! Another thing about honey is that is never spoils. If I have honey that has crystallized, I just put it in a glass jar and sit it in a pot of very hot water to bring it back to liquid. I found an article that speaks to why honey never spoils and that it was found in Egyptian tombs, and you could still eat it.

  17. Ha, ha! The dilemma will never be answered it seems like.

  18. Isn’t it just amazing. Those little bees sure know what they are doing!

  19. Thank you! There are so many little facts that make science so interesting.

  20. Such interesting facts! Great post!

  21. jabrush1213 says:

    So many interesting facts that are forgotten then remembered. I found this post very interesting and educational.

  22. Thank you so much for stopping by! Do you know any other fun & weird science facts?

  23. Thank you so much. Do you know any other fun & weird science facts you would like to share?

  24. What a fun and interesting post! Hugs all ’round.

  25. Great facts..you just can’t make this stuff up. And as for # 10…we all can testify !! ☺ Van

  26. Well testify….lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  27. Thank you so much for stopping by. Which tidbit did you like the most?

  28. Donna says:

    Love all the things I learn from your blog

  29. 6 was fun, but 7… Pepto is metal?! That is a good one.

  30. Ha! Got to love it!

  31. We feel the same! Which tidbit did you like the most?

  32. LOL. Useless fact, that! 🙂

  33. You never know when it’s needed!

  34. That was great fun! I definitely found some of them quite interesting. Mr. Quantum wants to know how they make diamonds out of peanut butter. I think he’s heading for the store tomorrow.

    Here’s something interesting: If you pour some sugar granules into a cymbal, and draw a violin bow across the edge of the cymbal the sugar granules will form different geometric shapes depending on the angle that the bow is pulled across the edge of the cymbal.

    Are you familiar with Professor Julius Sumner Miller? He has a series of experiments you can do at home, as shown on Youtube. (this tidbit is courtesy of my niece). 🙂

  35. Love love this awesome comment! Will look into it tomorrow and please thank the niece! We have been looking into the peanut butter to diamond experiment…lol.

  36. Aquileana says:

    “A cricket’s ears are found below its front knees”…. What? … Well, that odd …even to picture it… We’d better not get deep into number 10! 😂🙆 …
    Very interesting post!…Have a wonderful friday and weekend ahead!…
    All my best wishes. Aquileana 😀

  37. Donna says:

    I think 7 and 8 I already knew about honey.

  38. curtisbausse says:

    Brilliant! I love number 13.

  39. Prajakta says:

    Peanut butter anyday! 😀 Niceand Interesting read!

  40. Ha! That one is a fav.

  41. Peanut butter anytime!

  42. Figure that!!
    Thank you so much for stopping by & enjoy the weekend ahead!

  43. Aquileana says:

    We like to talk, don’t we o_O ?… Have a good one!. Aquileana <3

  44. desleyjane says:

    I knew some of these but the peanut butter and the chicken egg?!?! Wow. What a great post.
    Here’s one I learnt recently – most kangaroos are left handed.

  45. Love that on the kangaroos. Americans are obsessed with koala bears and kangaroos. Carrying your baby in a pouch! Natures genius!

  46. desleyjane says:

    LOL I wrote about those today! They’re so cute.

  47. Yes! It was a great article.

  48. desleyjane says:

    Oh thank you – fun to photograph!

  49. The progress in your photography is amazing!
    Enjoy the weekend.

  50. desleyjane says:

    Thank you. Happy weekend to you too.

  51. Let me think about it! 🙂

  52. curtisbausse says:

    Them ducks, eh? Can’t they just mind their own business?

  53. No, they mentally follow you!

  54. curtisbausse says:

    Yes, I went to the doctor about it but he was just a quack.

  55. Lol! Now that is a good one!

  56. Always happy to share! one of our favorite too.

  57. olganm says:

    Fantastic list! Being a psychiatrist, I must say I found the Anatidaephobia one hilarious. Not a real scientific thing but yesterday whilst editing my book I realised that in British English, it’s ‘titbits’ and not ‘tidbits’. I usually write in British English but a proofreader had corrected that in my manuscript and I had to check.

  58. Ha, ha! The “titbits” is a hilarious…thanks for sharing. It must be so exciting being a psychiatrist!! Following you on twitter because of great posts, so nice meeting you.

  59. Mama says:

    That duck fear is fantastic.

  60. Ha,ha! The girls thought so too.

  61. Nice!! #6 was my favorite. News to me😆

  62. Ha,ha! It was news to us too. Thanks for stopping by.

  63. We liked that one too.

  64. These are great! I will definitely be repeating many of them.

  65. Such a perfect Summertime blog post!
    13. That is so hilarious!
    14. Honey fact my favorite. But it raises the question dear girls of why then is it recommended that honey not be given to infants?

  66. nicolerigets says:

    Loved this Post… a ‘must be read!’ 👍😃

  67. Thank you so very much!

  68. What an awesome idea for a post! Will answer in future post. So nice to hear from you.

  69. Barb Knowles says:

    What a cool post! I’m a high school teacher and teach English as a New Language. In addition to learning English, they have to pass all the state graduation exams, including living environment and earth science. This list makes for great reading in my classes. Thanks!

  70. Thank you so much. The girls are science fanatics and the oldest writes constantly. Loves it.

  71. Hargun Wahi says:

    Those facts were really cool, some being so hilarious and others just blew my socks off!
    Loved the one which said hens came first..it solved the riddle I have been hearing all my life!
    Also the one about flea’s speed of acceleration was awesome 😉

  72. Thank you! So nice to hear from you!

  73. Is it really true with fact number 6, that hens came first?? wow! Thought it was still a mystery. and fact about yawn was like ‘he he’. 😀

  74. So many quirks! Thanks for stopping by.

  75. bbnewsab says:

    I think I suffer from anatidaephobia (the fear that somewhere in the world, a duck is watching you).

    I even know the name of that curious duck.

    He’s called Donald.

    Do you know how I can get rid of that phobia?

  76. Faraday's Candle says:

    Ha, ha, ha!!

  77. Jacqueline says:

    Such fascinating facts 🙂

  78. Faraday's Candle says:

    Jacqueline! Thank you so much for stopping by! Which fact did you consider the most fascinating. Did you see our latest post. it is quite fun.
    Thank you again for commenting!

  79. Anonymous says:

    Very cool. I would love a diamond made from peanut butter. I suppose you could make one from any carbon-based substance with enough pressure.
    I would also love to try blow torching Pepto Bismal despite the warning. : )

  80. Faraday's Candle says:

    “I would also love to try blow torching Pepto Bismal despite the warning. : )” Wouldn’t any kid…lol

    Thanks for stopping by.

  81. clanton1934 says:

    “Women speak 3.5 times as much as men” Its even more exaggerated over the phone. In the days when we used to inspect our phone bills to see who was racking up the charges, the gender of the caller was always obvious with males shorted more like a factor of ten. I was wondering if the sisters can explain this very striking and apparently differences. Even my mother joked that means of communication included: 1. Telegraph and 2. Tele-woman. My father and his best friend would go camping for the weekend and they would take pictures, walk, and read but were mostly silent. My mother and her best friend never “let the ball hit the ground.”

  82. Faraday's Candle says:

    Ha! This is the world of texting.
    But they do talk constantly with their friends & to tell you the truth they seem to speak as much.

    Interesting subject to look into.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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