10. Science Rules
You can fit every planet in the solar system between the Earth and the Moon in a straight line with room to spare.
11. It’s a Cake!
German Chocolate Cake isn’t named after being from Germany, it’s actually named after Sam German, an American baker. Which explains the coconut.
12. You May Say I’m A Dreamer
Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were born the same year.
13. What’s up, Doc?
Carrots don’t actually improve your vision — the reason so many people think they do is because the British invented the rumor during World War II in order to hide the existence of a new airborne-radar system they’d developed. They wanted the Germans to think the reason they suddenly got so much better at shooting planes down was because they’d found carrots dramatically improved their gunners’ vision. The propaganda campaign worked so well that people still believe this.
14. Not Just a Rock Star
Brian May, the guitarist from Queen, has a PhD in astrophysics, which explains a lot about the song “39”.
15. Two of My Favorite Things!
Betty White is actually older than sliced bread.
14 years before the Titanic sank Morgan Robertson wrote a book about a huge ship called the Titan hitting an iceberg and sinking, with many dying due to lack of life rafts.
17. There Must Be Some Toros in the Atmosphere
The coldest known place in the universe is not in outer space, but is actually on Earth. Even the deepest, darkest dust clouds in outer space aren’t estimated to get colder than a few degrees Kelvin, but we can get to temperatures just a fraction of a degree above absolute zero routinely in labs on Earth.
18. Don’t Drink and Fly
In 1956, for a bet and while drunk, a man stole a small plane from New Jersey and then landed it perfectly on the narrow street in front of the bar he had been drinking at. Then, two years later, he did it again after a man didn’t believe he had done it the first time.
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