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17 Strange Facts That Are Worth Sharing With the Whole World

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If you think that our world has already been studied backwards and upside down and there’s nothing left that can surprise you, we’d like to make an attempt to change your mind. Did you know, for example, that you can learn about how long a person will live and how sensitive to pain they are just by looking at them? And you’ll be even more surprised to learn what’s hiding behind a mother’s desire to kiss her baby.

We at Bright Side know that the reality surrounding us is full of incredible facts which is why we’ve compiled another shocking bunch of them for you.

17. Short people are more aggressive.

This doesn’t mean that all short people are angry. The study has shown that they are simply more prone to indirect aggression, especially when it comes to competition for resources between tall and short men. It’s in these situations, the latter can show a more aggression-oriented attitude.

16. People who look younger than their age live longer.

People with young-looking faces have a higher chance to live till old age rather than those who look older than their age. This fact is the result of the work that Danish researchers have conducted. According to one of the scientists, people who’ve had a more complicated life die at a younger age. Moreover, this complexity gets etched on their faces, making them appear older.

15. Some people need only 4 hours to sleep well.

A normal human should have sleep that lasts for 7-8 hours per day. However, it turns out that there can be exceptions to this rule. The presence of a mutation in the hDEC2 gene which regulates the duration of sleep and wakefulness reduces the duration of sleep to 4 hours.

14. Boiling water matters when it comes to ice cubes.

Ice cubes made of tap water look cloudy, while those made of boiled water look transparent. This is all because the process of boiling eliminates air and other impurities from the water, hence making the ice look clearer.

13. A baby can heal its mom during pregnancy.

It’s not only the mother who cares and protects the health of her baby but the baby itself also can help her. While in the womb, the little one can send its own stem cells to the damaged organs of its mom to restore them. The transfer and incorporation of embryonic stem cells into the mother’s organs is called uterine microchimerism.

12. Cosmetic testers are dangerous for our health.

Every girl has tried to choose a lipstick or eyeshadow with the help of testers in a store. Turns out, it’s not that harmless. An analysis has been held among famous cosmetic brand shops and the results were disappointing — free testers are teeming with mold spores (28%) and Staphylococcus bacteria (48%).

11. Bees can recognize faces.

As surprising as it may sound, bees can see just like humans can. Experiments have shown that they can be trained to recognize human faces. A group of zoologists found out that insects do it the same way humans do — they determine a face fully instead of distinguishing each element separately.

10. A mother’s wish to kiss her baby is an instinct.

Any mother is well aware of this irresistible desire to endlessly kiss and hug her baby. It doesn’t happen only because of love. When a mother is kissing her baby, she gets familiar with pathogens on the baby’s skin. They are detected by the mother’s immune system and send signals to her B-lymphocytes. It makes antibodies start to be produced in breast milk, which can neutralize them and protect the baby from various diseases.

9. There are special kosher phones.

Due to the huge competition in the electronics market, manufacturers get very sensitive to the needs of people, including those who are religious. That’s why they came up with phones that don’t have any additional functions — you can’t write a text, surf the internet or make a photo/video with them. Their only function is making calls.

8. Men and women listen differently.

It has been known for a long time that men and women think, make decisions, and look at things totally differently. Moreover, the researchers of the Indiana University School of Medicine found out something even more interesting — we listen differently too. Men process sounds with only one side of the temporal lobe of the brain, while women use both sides for this purpose.

7. A human loses the ability to feel dehydration with age.

The older a person is, the less they feel dehydration. All systems of the body don’t work like they used to work in youth which is why older people want to drink less often. However, water is still as important as it was before. A lack of it can lead to vegetative vascular disorders and hypertension. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to how much water your golden-aged relatives drink.

6. Sellers in shoe stores used X-rays for choosing the right pair in the last century.

It seems that there is nothing extraordinary in choosing shoes. However, at the beginning of the 20th century, people had a different opinion. That’s when the shoe-fitting fluoroscope was patented. The device made it possible to take X-rays of feet and select shoes according to them. However, due to high doses of radiation which harmed people’s health a great deal, all these devices were withdrawn and destroyed.

5. In the 1980s, they made up contact lenses for chickens.

Have you ever heard about contact lenses for chickens? In the 1980s an American company AnimaLens offered farmers red contact lenses for chickens that made them less aggressive and improved the productivity of egg-laying. The aggression reduced due to the fact that the hens didn’t see well through the red lenses and therefore, didn’t attack each other. However, this novelty didn’t catch on because hens’ eyesight was drastically worsened due to the lenses.

4. Women with red hair require a bigger dose of medicine for anesthesia.

Research published in Anesthesiology Magazine showed that red-haired women require 19% more anesthesia than people with different hair colors. The theory says that a protein mutation that is responsible for red hair and light skin makes people more susceptible to pain.

3. Some banks in Italy give loans secured by cheese.

We’re used to the fact that banks give loans secured by cars or flats. However, things are much more interesting in Italy. Since the ’50s of the last century, some banks in this country started to give loans to cheese makers secured by parmesan cheese. As a rule, it takes 2-3 years for it to ripen; so the bank placed it into special storage for this period and if the loan hadn’t been given back by the necessary time, the bank would simply sell it.

2. Birth order affects weight.

The birth order affects our weight and the risks of becoming overweight. For example, first-born kids are more prone to gaining excess weight than kids born after them. However, scientists haven’t yet completely understood why this tendency appears but they suppose that it’s likely connected with differences in blood supply to the placenta.

1. Paper bags are not more environmentally friendly than plastic ones.

In fact, a huge number of trees are destroyed when producing these bags. The production process itself causes enormous damage to the atmosphere, emitting harmful gasses for all living creatures. Therefore, one should weigh up all the pros and cons before shifting to the popular eco-friendly paper bags.

We were most surprised by points #3 and #8. What about you? Which of these facts amazed you the most? We would be glad to hear from you in the comments!

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20 People Share Secrets From Their Jobs and Now We Can’t Sleep Well

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Almost every job has its own secrets and nuances that very few people know. The people of different professions shared secrets from their jobs on Reddit and on Twitter and some of their stories may seriously change the way you see the world.

We at Bright Side, of course, don’t have any secrets like these, but as it turns out, not all other professions are as transparent as they seem to be.

  • Truck driver: 9 out of 10 truck drivers travel with a smartphone on their windshield watching a TV-series. Stay away from big trucks.
  • Disney World employee: There are secret tunnels underneath both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom (and probably other parks too) that enable the cast members to travel across the park pretty quickly and easily.

Comment from a park-goer: My father suffered a heart attack while visiting Epcot. I have never witnessed a faster medical response with professionals appearing from seemingly nowhere with just as fast transport through underground tunnels. It was a lifesaver. He was transported to a Disney hospital where he received great care after an emergency surgery and our stay was extended by 3 weeks.

  • IT support people: (help desks, computer repair shops, Geek Squad, etc.) are mostly just better at Googling than you are.
  • Employee at a flour factory: Wheat flour is not actually white. We use chlorine to make it look more attractive. This also increases the gluten level in flour, and this is why people are more gluten-sensitive today.
  • Rescue team member: When you are a young lifeguard, you always have a radio with you 24/7. And you always listen to what happens in the city. If you are going, for example, to a birthday party in your own car and then you hear there is a fire on a nearby street, you turn the car and drive there! (I have my own gear in the car). @Moscow_Spasatel
  • Olive oil factory employee: We had only one kind of oil but we put it in 27 different containers and sold it at different prices. Some of them were labeled as imported, some were called the highest quality oil. But it was the same oil in every single bottle.
  • IT-service engineer: When someone is fixing your computer, they also often look through the data on your hard drive searching for something funny or embarrassing. So, before you give your computer to an IT service, clear your browser history, and copy all the important data to an external drive.
  • Candle factory: Paraffin candles are dangerous and poisonous. Because I know what we added in there (even to the candles that say “100% paraffin”), I will never ever use candles again. If you need to use them for some reason, buy candles made of bee’s wax without any scents.
  • Sommelier: Wine isn’t vegan. It’s not even vegetarian in some cases. The filtering (refining) process uses egg whites, and sometimes isinglass (fish parts).

  • Movie theater: A large bag of popcorn that costs the customer $5.99 (at the time) cost the movie theatre 6 cents to produce, including the butter, the kernels, the bag, the power used by the popper and the time it took the concession employee to fill up the bag and give it to the customer.
  • Internet services: Most “subscription services” will raise their prices over time because they expect you to just live with it. This applies to phone bills, cable packages, internet service, insurance plans… Call up, politely complain about the price. Skip the canned “well the price has gone up because inflation/rising costs/age/end of promotion” and continue to politely say it’s too much, your budget can’t handle all your outgoings and you may need to drop the service. Either you are speaking to someone who can reduce the price, or they can put you through to a person authorized to reduce the price.
  • Mechanic: If you want to go on vacation and you don’t know where to leave your car, get it to a mechanic. Many people do this. It’s ridiculously cheap and you can be away for a month! It is much more expensive to use parking lots. @Neformatws
  • Pharmacist: I’ve worked at several factories that manufacture medications. And the rules were the same everywhere: if you dropped pills on the floor, just put them back into the bottle. So, maybe your medications are not as clean as you think.
  • Librarian: The amount of toilet paper, random items, and bills used as bookmarks that are left in returned library books is unbelievable!
  • Doctor: We spend so much time to be good at what we do, that we know almost nothing about other things.

Is there something about your job that is kept secret?

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The spring equinox is Wednesday, March 20: 7 things to know about the first day of spring.

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The vernal equinox is upon us: On Wednesday, March 20, both the Northern and Southern hemispheres will experience an equal amount of daylight. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of spring, with daylight hours continuing to lengthen until the summer solstice in June. For those south of the equator, it’s the beginning of autumn.

Technically speaking, the equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. This will happen at 5:58 pm Eastern time on Wednesday. (A few hours later, at 9:43 pm, you can look out for the “supermoon”, the last one until 2020.)

Below is a short scientific guide to the most equal night of the year.

1) Why do we have an equinox?

The equinox, the seasons, and the changing length of daylight hours throughout the year are all due to one fact: The Earth spins on a tilted axis.

The tilt — possibly caused by a massive object hitting Earth billions of years ago — means that for half the year, the North Pole is pointed toward the sun (as in the picture below). For the other half of the year, the South Pole gets more light. It’s what gives us seasons.


NASA

Here’s a time-lapse demonstration of the phenomenon shot over the course of a whole year from space. In the video, you can see how the line separating day from night swings back and forth from the poles during the year.



NASA/Meteosat/Robert Simmon

And here’s yet another cool way to visualize the seasons. In 2013, a resident of Alberta, Canada, took this pinhole camera photograph of the sun’s path throughout the year and shared it with the astronomy website EarthSky. You can see the dramatic change in the arc of the sun from December to June.

This is a 6 month pinhole photo taken from solstice to solstice, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. We are one of the sunniest cities in Canada, and this shows it nicely.

Posted by Ian Hennes on Saturday, December 21, 2013

(You can easily make a similar image at home. All you need is a can, photo paper, some tape, and a pin. Instructions here.)

2) How many hours of daylight will I get Wednesday?

Equinox literally means “equal night.” And during the equinox, most places on Earth will see approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

But not every place will experience the exact same amount of daylight. For instance, on Wednesday, Fairbanks, Alaska, will see 12 hours and 15 minutes of daylight. Key West, Florida, will see 12 hours and six minutes. The differences are due to how the sunlight gets refracted (bent) as it enters Earth’s atmosphere at different latitudes.

That daylight is longer than 12 hours on the equinox is also due to how we commonly measure the length of a day: from the first hint of the sun peeking over the horizon in the morning to the very last glimpse of it before it falls below the horizon in the evening. Because the sun takes some time to rise and set, it adds some extra daylight minutes.

Check out TimeAndDate.com to see how many hours of sunlight you’ll get during the equinox.

3) Over the course of the entire year, does every spot on Earth get an equal number of daylight hours?

In the summer months, the northernmost latitudes get a lot of daylight. Above the Arctic Circle, during the summer, there’s 24 hours of daylight. In the winter, the Arctic Circle is plunged into constant darkness.

So does this mean the number of daylight hours — in total, over the course of the year — equal out to places where the seasonal difference is less extreme?

The answer to this question is somewhat surprising: Roughly speaking, everywhere on Earth sees a similar number of daylight hours every year. But the equator actually gets slightly fewer daylight hours than the poles.

As astronomer Tony Flanders explained for Sky & Telescope magazine, sunlight at the poles gets refracted more than sunlight at the equator. That refracting results in the visible disc of the sun being slightly stretched out (think of when the full moon is near the horizon and looks huge — it’s being refracted too). And the refracted, stretched-out sun takes slightly longer to rise and set. Flanders estimated that the equator spends around 50.5 percent of its year in sunlight, while the poles spend between 51.5 and 53 percent of their years in sunlight.

And, of course, this is how much sunlight these areas could potentially receive if the weather were always perfectly clear; it’s not how much sunlight they actually see, nor the strength of the sunlight that hits their ground. “Where are the places on Earth that receive the largest amount of solar radiation?” is a slightly different question, the answer to which can be seen on the chart below.



US Energy Information Administration

4) Can I really only balance an egg on its tip during on the equinox?

Perhaps you were told as a child that on the equinox, it’s easier to balance an egg vertically on a flat surface than on other days of the year.

The practice originated in China as a tradition on the first day of spring in the Chinese lunar calendar in early February. According to the South China Morning Post, “The theory goes that at this time of year the moon and earth are in exactly the right alignment, the celestial bodies generating the perfect balance of forces needed to make it possible.”

This is a myth. The amount of sunlight we get during the day has no power over the gravitational pull of the Earth or our abilities to balance things upon it. You can balance an egg on its end any day of the year (if you’re good at balancing things).


This man is very good at balancing eggs.
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5) Is there an ancient monument that does something cool during the equinox?

During the winter and summer solstices, crowds flock to Stonehenge in the United Kingdom. During the solstices, the sun either rises or sets in line with the layout of the 5,000-year-old-monument. And while some visit Stonehenge for the spring equinox too, the real place to be is in Mexico.

That’s because on the equinox, the pyramid at Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula puts on a wondrous show. Built by the Mayans around 1,000 years ago, the pyramid is designed to cast a shadow on the equinox outlining the body of Kukulkan, a feathered snake god. A serpent-head statue is located at the bottom of the pyramid, and as the sun sets on the day of the equinox, the sunlight and shadow show the body of the serpent joining with the head.

This is easier to see in a video. Check it out below.

6) Are there equinoxes on other planets?

Yes! All the planets in the solar system rotate on a tilted axis and therefore have seasons. Some of these tilts are minor (like Mercury, which is tilted at 2.11 degrees). But others are more like the Earth (tilted at 23.5 degrees) or are even more extreme (Uranus is tilted 98 degrees!).

Below, see a beautiful composite image of Saturn on its equinox captured by the Cassini spacecraft (RIP) in 2009. The gas giant is tilted 27 degrees relative to the sun, and equinoxes on the planet are less frequent than on Earth. Saturn only sees an equinox about once every 15 years (because it takes Saturn 29 years to complete one orbit around the sun).


Cassini Imaging Team/NASA

During Saturn’s equinox, its rings become unusually dark. That’s because these rings are only around 30 feet thick. And when light hits them head on, there’s not much surface area to reflect.

7) I clicked this article accidentally and really just want a mind-blowing picture of the sun


The sun blew out a coronal mass ejection along with part of a solar filament over a three-hour period (February 24, 2015). Some of the strands fell back into the sun.
Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA

The image above was taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a spacecraft launched in 2010 to better understand the sun.

This past summer, NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe, a spacecraft that will come within 4 million miles of the surface of the sun (much closer than any spacecraft has been before). The goal is to study the sun’s atmosphere, weather, and magnetism and figure out the mystery of why the sun’s corona (its atmosphere) is much hotter than its surface. Still, even several million miles away, the probe will have to withstand temperatures of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s essential to understand the sun: It’s nothing to mess with. Brad Plumer wrote for Vox about what happens when the sun erupts and sends space weather our way to wreak havoc on Earth.

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Kitten Doesn’t Understand How Tails Work Yet

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Occurred on March 16, 2019 / Hanoi, Vietnam

Info from Licensor: “This kitten still doesn’t understand why the dog’s tail keeps hitting it in the face.”

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