Often, we do not notice the things that are around us every day. We do not give them much thought as we walk by. But when you look more closely, these everyday things can be very interesting. In this piece, we have put together some of the most surprising facts about the things we use every day.
1. There is a reason why crackers have holes.
When you look more closely, it seems odd that most crackers have holes in them. But the answer can be found in the science of baking, especially in how steam works. Because these holes are there, the steam can escape while the crackers are baking. This keeps air bubbles from forming, which could hurt the crackers.
2. Cucumbers are a kind of fruit.
Even though most people think of cucumbers as vegetables, they are actually berries, which are part of the fruit family. This is because they only have one ovum in each flower from which they grow. Raspberries, on the other hand, are not real berries because they are made up of more than one flower. Each flower produces its own set of seeds.
3. The first camera was made so that a coffee pot could be watched.
In 1993, workers in the computer science department at the University of Cambridge were tired of getting up from their desks to check the coffee pot, only to find that it was empty. To solve this problem, they made a system that could send three pictures per minute from the Trojan Room, where the coffee pot was, to the internal computer network. By the end of the year, the stream was on the Internet, and the Trojan Room coffee pot became an overnight hit, even if only for a short time.
4. The only animal that cannot jump is the elephant.
Elephants are the only animals we know of that cannot jump. Because of the way their legs are built, they do not have the “spring” they need to get off the ground…
5. There is a reason you can smell rain.
The smell of rain is very distinct, and even though it may be hard to figure out what scents make up this smell, we can easily recognize it when we smell it. The word “petrichor” is used to describe this fresh smell, which comes from a mix of things like bugs, plants, and lightning. Scientists have been interested in the lasting draw of petrichor for a long time.
6. Coffee beans are not beans at all.
Coffee beans are actually the seeds of the coffee fruit, which is a red or black berry that grows on trees. The coffee bean, which is the plant’s seed, is inside the “coffee cherry,” which is the fruit that is red meat when it is ripe and juicy.
7. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
She was first shown at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. She was made by Ruth Handler, who based her on a German doll that her daughter Barbara liked to play with. Barbie’s first outfit was a black-and-white striped swimsuit with a popular ponytail for her hair. Since then, artists and fashion designers all over the world have been inspired by Barbie.
8. There is a reason why we feel cold when we wake up.
When we wake up, there is often a small chill in the room, which we might not notice right away. Our core body temperature drops a little while we sleep, and it takes a few hours after we wake up to get back to normal. Because of this, we may still feel a little cold and shiver even though we are fully awake.
9. Bananas have radiation in them.
Potassium is an important nutrient for human health, but too much of it can be bad for you. Also, since it is a radioactive element, bananas are often mentioned as a way to get exposed to radiation.
It is amazing how much we can learn about the world when we look at it more closely. But have you ever thought about traveling outside of your country? There are many countries with unique benefits that might make you want to pack your bags and go right away.