10 Odd Science Facts To Blow Your Mind

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Science is freaking awesome. But sometimes, it could be very strange. Here are the top 10 weirdest science facts you probably didn't know.


1
Leonardo da Vinci was the first person to observe the curvature of the human spine. Until then everyone had assumed it was straight.

2
Early reports of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, were covered in the New York Times by their golfing correspondent.

3
The historic news of the first manned powered flight by the Wright Brothers first appeared in magazine Gleanings in Bee Culture.

4
Dune, by Frank Herbert, the world's bestselling science fiction novel, was rejected more than 20 times before being accepted by a publisher of car manuals.

5
In 1900, all world's mathematicians knowledge could be written in about 80 books; today it would fill more than 100,000.

6
Charles Darwin's editor thought The Origin of Species was too obscure. He suggested a book about pigeons, as "everybody is interested in pigeons."

7
In particle physics, a "barn" is an area that covers a billionth of the cross-section of a silk fiber. It's called a barn because (in subatomic terms) it's so huge.

8
There is no known scientific way of predicting earthquakes. The most reliable method is to count the number of missing cats in the local paper: if it trebles, an earthquake is imminent.

9
Sending a man to the Moon and finding Osama Bin Laden cost the US about the same amount of time and money: ten years and $100 billion.

10
Venus rotates so slowly on its axis that its day is longer than its year.