In a world as wide and wild as ours, things are bound to get a little… weird. From the biggest extremes to the strangest comparisons, here are 12 of the most unusual facts you'll learn today!
1. All the electricity powering the internet weighs the same as an apricot.
2. A hippo’s jaw opens wide enough to fit a sports car inside.
3. It would take 19 minutes to fall from the North Pole to Earth’s core.
4. Every 4 minutes and 13 seconds, enough wool is produced around the world to make a jumper big enough for the Statue of Liberty to wear.
5. If an arm span is Earth’s history, humans have existed for only a tiny fingernail tip.
6. Six generations back, you have 64 great-great-great-grandparents.
7. In a group of 23 people, there’s more than a 50 percent chance that two of them share a birthday. With a group of 57 people, there’s a 99.01 percent probability, and for 70 people the probability is 99.92 percent.
8. In 1990, Mayalsian strong man Ramasamy Letchemanah used his hair to pull a Boeing 737 aircraft in Kuala Lumpur 17m (56ft), setting a new world record. His abilities were passed on to his daughter, who pulled a truck with her hair in 2002.
9. The packaging problems of round fruit can be solved by making them square. In Korea, some apples are grown in plastic moulds so they take on a square shape.
10. It’s estimated that the typical pencil has enough graphite to draw a line 56 km (35 miles) long, or 20 times the length of the Golden Gate Bridge.
11. The most forceful rollercoaster in the world is “Tower of Terror” at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the bottom of the ride’s huge drop, people experience a G-force of 6.3g, twice the G-force of a space shuttle launch.
12. Calculations suggest that 136 billion sheets of A4 paper would be needed to print out the entire world wide web. If the printouts were piled up, the stack would be taller than Earth.
After reading It Can't Be True 2! you'll never see a jar of honey the same way again – because you'll know that it took 1,308 honey bees to make it! And that snail in your garden? It'll suddenly remind you of the gargantuan Giant Ghana Snail, with its 30cm long shell. This book's outstanding array of topics and amazing facts will satisfy all readers. Cutting-edge visuals make the most astounding facts digestible, and bring the statistics to life!