The electrical discharge of a lightning strike can leave a tattoo-like marking or scar known as a Lichtenberg figure. The patterns created are known to be examples of fractals.
Lobsters, of course, die due to external causes; they get fished by humans, eaten by seals or depleted by parasites, but they dont seem to die from within. On their own, they show no loss of appetite, no change in metabolism, no loss of reproductive urge or ability, and no decline in strength or health over time.
1. In 1988, a 15-year-old girl living in the small southern African nation of Lesotho came to local doctors with all the symptoms of a woman in labor. But the doctors were quickly puzzled because, upon examination, she didnt have a vagina due to a birth defect.
The girl had been in the same hospital 280 days (approximately nine months) earlier, after she was stabbed in the abdomen. She had practiced fellatio with her new boyfriend and was caught in the act by her former lover. A knife fight ensued. Doctors concluded that spermatozoa had gained access to the reproductive organs via her injured gastrointestinal tract.
2. In 1999, Sharon Irons, a married doctor who was having an affair, saved the semen of her lover in her mouth after an episode of fellatio and used it to inseminate herself, resulting in a pregnancy. Her paramour (a fellow doctor) sued her for fraud and emotional distress, but the court sided with Dr. Irons and ordered him to pay child support for the baby.
Figs (the fruit we all love to eat) are pollinated by wasps that enter them, lay their eggs, and subsequently die inside. There, theyre digested by special enzymes within the fig.
Also: Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have 69.63 KB of memory each. For comparison, an iPhone 5 with 16 GB of memory has about 240,000 times the memory of a Voyager spacecraft.
Elvis famous locks were blond until his early teens. By the time he had his hair cut for the army at age 22, it had turned dark chestnut.
Warner/Chappell Music acquired Birch Tree Group Limited, the company that owns the copyright, in 1988 for $25 million. The company continues to insist that one cannot sing the Happy Birthday to You lyrics for profit without paying royalties. In 2008, Warner collected about $5,000 per day ($2 million per year) in royalties for the song.
Twenty-one people died in the 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster. Only two fatal coyote-on-human attacks have been confirmed.
This can really eff with people who have cockroach allergies, apparently.
I just tried it. Whoa.
Synapses in your brain: trillions and trillions. Galaxies in the universe: about 500 billion.
The Darvaza gas crater measures 60 meters wide and 20 meters deep in the heart of the hot, expansive Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan. Its been on on fire for the last 38 years as the result of a Soviet gas exploration accident that occurred in 1971.
On a dark night, the glow of the burning hole can be seen from miles away, and the smell of burning sulfur can be detected from a distance and becomes quite strong as you near the hot edge of the crater.
President James Garfield said that he could simultaneously write Latin with his right hand and Greek with his left. For more, see this Wikipedia page on Handedness of Presidents of the United States.