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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.