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Fun Facts

Animal Facts

  • Starfish don’t have brains.
  • The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.
  • The pupil of an octopus’ eye is rectangular.
  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
  • Shrimp’s hearts are in their heads.
  • Armadillos, opossums and sloths spend about 80% of their lives sleeping.
  • The Stegosaurus dinosaur measured up to 30 feet long but had a brain the size of a walnut.
  • Gorillas and potatoes have more chromosomes than humans do.
  • The heart of giraffe is two feet long, and can weigh as much as 24 pounds.
  • Hummingbirds can’t walk.

Chemistry Facts

  • Hydrofluoric acid will dissolve glass.
  • The only letter not appearing on the Periodic Table is the letter “J”.

Human Body Facts

  • The brain uses more than 25% of the oxygen used by the human body.
  • Everyone’s tongue print is different.
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  • The longest living cells in the body are brain cells which can live an entire lifetime.
  • It takes approximately 12 hours for food to entirely digest.
  • The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.
  • A red blood cell can make a complete circuit of your body in 20 seconds.
  • In an average lifetime, human skin completely replaces itself 900 times.
  • There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.
  • The first synthetic human chromosome was constructed by US scientists in 1997.

Insect Facts

  • The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee.
  • The earliest cockroach fossils are about 280 million years old.
  • When a flea jumps, the rate of acceleration is 20 times that of the space shuttle during launch.
  • The average housefly only lives for 2 or 3 weeks.

McWane Facts

  • McWane’s existing exterior Art Deco design was built after a massive fire in 1934.
  • McWane’s building façade is made of Alabama Limestone.
  • McWane Science Center’s current building foot print has existed since 1899.
  • The building that is home to McWane Science Center used to be known as Loveman’s department store.

People Facts

  • Every year in the U.S., 625 people are struck by lightning.
  • The average person falls asleep in 7 minutes.
  • If you stretch a standard slinky out flat, it measures 87 feet long.
  • 10% of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment.
  • The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.

Physics Facts

  • By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand.
  • No matter its thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
  • Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air.
  • The air in an average sized room weighs about 100 pounds.

Space Facts

  • If you could drive to the sun—at 55 miles per hour—it would take 193 years.
  • Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead.
  • The cosmos contains approximately 50,000,000,000 galaxies.
  • Astronauts cannot belch – there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.
  • If you could drive your car straight up you would arrive in space in just over an hour.
  • It takes 8 minutes and 17 seconds for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to the Earth.
  • In 5 billion years the Sun will run out of fuel and turn into a Red Giant.
  • Every hour the Universe expands by a billion miles in all directions.
  • Humans get a little taller in space because there is no gravity pulling them down.

Technology Facts

  • The wingspan of a Boeing 747 is longer than the Wright brothers’ first flight.
  • The thermometer was invented in 1607 by Galileo.

Weather and Nature Facts

  • Sunlight can penetrate clean ocean water to a depth of 240 feet.
  • It takes 70% less energy to produce a ton of paper from recycled paper than from trees.
  • If you threw a snowball fast enough, it would totally vaporize when it hit a brick wall.
  • Lava can flow as fast as a sprinting greyhound.
  • A medium sized cumulus cloud weighs about the same as 80 elephants.
  • A single bolt of lightning contains enough energy to cook 100,000 pieces of toast.
  • The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you is 18mph.
  • In October 1999, an Iceberg the size of London broke free from the Antarctic ice shelf.
  • Every second around 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth.