Have you ever been told something that you just couldn’t believe was true? There are some things that are hard to believe that are actual facts. So let’s take a look at The Blind Side List of the interesting facts that might seem fake at first glance.
5. Jupiter and Saturn have diamond rain
On Jupiter and Saturn, half-inch diamonds fall from the atmosphere like rain. Scientists say the pressure inside the giant planets can easily turn carbon into diamonds. Diamond rain on Jupiter and Saturn begins in the upper atmosphere. Lightning strikes methane, turning it into soot, which is carbon. As the soot falls, pressure increases, and turns into graphite.
After falling for another 4,000 miles or so, the pressure is so great that the graphite turns into diamond. The diamonds then continue to fall for another 20,000 miles or so (no one knows how far it is to core of Saturn or Jupiter) almost three times the diameter of Earth, until they reach the core. At this point, the pressure and temperature is probably so high that the diamonds probably turn back into a sea of liquid carbon.
New research by a NASA scientist says that up to 1,000 tonnes (2.2 million pounds) of diamonds are created in Saturn’s atmosphere every year, with Jupiter’s atmosphere being a prodigious producer of diamonds as well.
4. The strawberry is not a berry. Bananas, though, are berries
Despite its name, the strawberry isn’t a true berry. Neither is the raspberry or the blackberry. But the banana, it turns out, is a berry, scientifically speaking, as are eggplants, grapes and oranges. As a matter of fact, the “berry” of the strawberry isn’t at all its fruit.
It’s just an overgrown receptacle that carries the true fruit on it, or the green and white seeds on the outside of the fruit. The banana plant is, in fact, giant grass, and bananas are its berries. According to the definition, a berry is a “soft and juicy fruit containing several seeds.” Well, bananas are just that. You’ll probably need some time to get used to this after having been taught incorrectly your whole life.
3. Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire
This is one thing that will have you shaking your head upon hearing it. But in fact, the first students came to Oxford in 1096, while the Aztec city-state of Tenochtitlan was founded in 1325. That means the university is 200 years older. However, Oxford isn’t the oldest university, not by a long shot.
India’s Nalanda University had already operated for hundreds of years and been burnt down by invaders before Oxford got its act together. But Oxford, as one of the oldest universities in continuous operation, doesn’t feel that old. It’s a product of our time. You can still enroll at Oxford. You can still go to Merton College. The Aztec civilization of central Mexico, on the other hand, feels like ancient history.
Archaeologists dig up Aztec ruins, museums put on Aztec exhibits. But the origination of the Aztec civilization didn’t come until 1325. Tenochtitlán was captured by Spanish conquerors in 1521, just 196 years later.
2. Ann Hodges is the only person to survive a meteorite strike
American Ann Elizabeth Hodges was the first ever woman on Earth to survive an impact of an extraterrestrial object. On a clear afternoon in Sylacauga, Alabama in 1954, Ann was napping on her couch, covered by quilts, when a softball-size hunk of black rock broke through the ceiling, bounced off a radio, and hit her in the thigh, leaving a pineapple-shaped bruise.
Before the meteorite slammed into Ann’s living room, people in tiny Sylacauga and across eastern Alabama had reported seeing a bright reddish light like a Roman candle trailing smoke
1. Dolphins have larger and more complex brains than humans
Dolphins have possessed brains that are larger and more complex than human ones for more than 25 million years. In fact, Dolphins can communicate the same way that humans do and they have been recorded having conversations with each other.
When being studied it was found that Dolphins could create sentences that formed up to five words to speak to each other. Of course, we don’t have any idea what they were saying to each other. It does not mean that they talk like humans, only that they communicate with sound made in the same way. Maybe one day we will be smart enough to figure out what they are saying.