Bits and Bobs

"In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent." I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms."
Stephen Jay Gould

Did You Know?

Did You Know?Credit: Flickr Enokson

Copernicus was not actually the first person with the idea that the sun, not the earth was at the centre of our universe, Aristarchus of Samos in 280 BC suggested the same idea but no one took any notice.
A diamond does not dissolve in acid, it can only be destroyed with extreme heat.
Doctor John Snow used chloroform when Queen Victoria gave birth to her seventh child, before this the pain of childbirth was considered gods will.
The Greek philosopher Chrysippus, died from laughing too much, after he watched a donkey eating a fig.
The phenomena of raining frogs is not so uncommon and has been reported throughout history.  Sometimes the animals are frozen in blocks of ice.
Dinosaur(95392)Credit: Flickr Infomofo
The dinosaur Stegosaurus was around 9 meters long and had a brain about the size of a walnut.
You cannot sneeze with your eyes open.
The speed of light is the speed limit of our universe, nothing can go faster than that.
The hippopotamus (means river horse in Greek) produces pink milk.
Pirates believed that piercing their ears with silver or gold earrings would give them good eyesight.
People with red hair need around 20% more anesthetic during operations.
"Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A dentist from Buffalo invented the first electric chair.
Nintendo was founded as a card company in late 1889 and marketed a playing card game called Hanafuda.
Side-necked turtles breathe through their cloaca (er...bum)
Floccinaucinihilipilification, one of the longest words in the English language, means something is valueless.
Crazy LabCredit: Flickr BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives' photostream
"Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response."
Arthur M. Schlesinger
In 1386 a pig was dressed  in human clothes and underwent a trial for killing a child. The pig was put to death, but at least had legal representation.
In Tibet people greet each other by sticking out their tongues.
The condom was invented in Egypt in 3000 B.C.

Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn'