1. Strange but true – there are 12 times more trees on Earth than stars in the Milky Way!
Scientists estimate there are between 200 – 400 billion stars in our galaxy while there are an estimated 1 trillion trees on Earth! Like the stars, trees live a long time and are truly important for life. Check out a related blog you might like here.
2. There was a time when 4 distinct human species lived at the same time
After carefully studying hominin fossils found in Kenya, Ethiopia and Chad, German scientists have concluded that 4 distinct human species coexisted at the same time about 3 million years ago. What isn’t known is how or if they are related and whether they interacted with one another.
3. Cows kill more people than sharks
Hard to believe, but true. Sharks kill an average of 5 people per year while cows kill an average of 22 people per year. In fact, humans are more deadly to sharks than they are to humans. Humans kill about 100 million sharks per year!
4. It’s unlikely that anyone could die in quicksand
You know all those movies and TV shows where someone very dramatically gets swallowed up by quicksand. It’s just that…dramatic, but not true. This is because most quicksand is only a few inches deep. If someone does die in quicksand it usually occurs in tidal basins. The person gets stuck, then drowns when the tide comes in.
5. You can fit all of the planets in the Milky way between the Earth and Moon with a little space left over.
Mind. Blown. If you don’t believe me, there’s a nifty graphic in this article that shows how they all fit