1. The furthest point away from Earth’s center is NOT Mount Everest.
2. Around 7 percent of all humans who have ever lived are alive today.
3. Time passes faster for your face than your feet.
4. There were still some woolly mammoths chilling up north when Babylonian civilization began.
5. The most distant observed object in our solar system is way further away than Pluto is.
6. Nearly ALL life on Earth went extinct around 250 million years ago.
7. We can't see more than 95% of the stuff in the universe.
8. Harvard University was founded before calculus was a thing.
9. There was a time in 1991 when there were 60,000 jellyfish orbiting Earth.
10. Some snakes can fly.
11. The Eiffel Tower expands and contracts 15 cm from the hottest to the coldest day.
12. The oldest rock on Earth is not actually from Earth.
13. The summit of Mount Everest contains a whole bunch of marine fossils.
14. A medium-sized cumulus cloud weighs about the same as 70 elephants.
15. Every person alive today with any European ancestry is a descendant of King Charlemagne.
16. If you could fold a piece of paper 42 times, it would reach the moon.
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