During a launch, the solid rocket boosters on the Space Shuttle consumed 11,000 pounds of fuel per second.
On the U.S. tone and grade designation scale, the number assigned to pencils (No. 2, No. 3, etc.) refer to the hardness of the graphite “lead” in the pencil; the lower the number, the softer the lead.
According to Pixar, there were a whopping 1,484,437 little toy monkeys spilled out of the Barrel o’ Monkeys in the opening sequence of Toy Story 3.
The evidence for the efficacy of cranberry juice or extract as a treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs) is mixed. A large 2012 review of existing studies concluded that there was no evidence of the benefits, and further studies and meta-analysis has found very inconsistent results both in studies and their methodologies.
The topmost vertebra in the human spine (C1) is called the “atlas” vertebra—a reference to how the skull rests upon it just like the world rests upon the shoulders of Atlas in Greek mythology.
Betteridge’s Law of Headlines states that “Any headline that ends with a question mark can be answered with the word no.”
A polar bear’s fur is so efficient at retaining body heat that the bears are practically invisible when viewed with infrared cameras and night-vision goggles.
The esophagi of Giant Squids pass through a hole in their donut-shaped brains before reaching their stomachs.
In the movie Toy Story, the toolbox used to trap Woody beneath a milk crate is labeled Binford Tools—a nod to the fictional tool company featured in the show Home Improvement, a show headlined by the voice of Buzz Lightyear, Tim Allen.
The national flag of Chile and the state flag of Texas are so similar they are frequently confused; both feature a single white star and large blocks of red, white, and blue with the only difference being the size of the blue background behind the white star.
The voice actors behind Mickey and Minnie Mouse throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and most of the 2000s were real-life husband and wife: Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor.
Thanks to serious conservation efforts and sustainable harvesting programs starting in the 1950s, the United States has enjoyed increasing tree growth ever since.
Not only did astronomer William Herschel discover Uranus, two of its moons, and two of Saturn’s moons, he was also a talented musician who composed 24 symphonies, many concertos, and even some church music.