1. The largest diamond that was ever found was 3106 carats.
2. A Chinese Scientist discovered that the Earth is round during the Han Dynasty by measuring the sun and moon's path in the sky. He recorded this fact down in the imperial records but went unnoticed until it was unearthed recently but Chinese archaeologists.
3. A cesium atom in an atomic clock that beats over nine billion times a second.
4. A galactic year is 250 million Earth-years. This is the time it takes for our solar system to make one revolution around the Milky Way Galaxy.
5. A jiffy is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. Thus the saying, I will be there in a jiffy.
6. A meteor has only destroyed one satellite, which was the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.
7. Bamboo plants can grow up to 36 inches in a day.
8. By weight, the sun is 70% hydrogen, 28% helium, 1.5% carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen, and 0.5% all other elements.
9. Cubic Zirconia is 55% heavier than real diamonds.
10. Diamonds were first discovered in the riverbeds of the Golconda region of India over 4,000 years ago.
11. Enough paper is recycled in the USA every day, that a 15 mile long train of boxcars could be filled up with paper.
12. Every 25 miles a car produces one pound of pollution.
13. Every day, the Hubble telescope transmits enough data to fit 10,000 standard computer disks.
14. Every second, 630 steel cans are recycled.
15. Google receives more than 200 million search queries a day, more than half of which come from outside the United States. Peak traffic hours to google.com are between 6 a.m. and noon PST, when more than 2,000 search queries are answered a second
16. If all the gold sitting in the oceans and seas were mined, every person on this plant would get about 20 kilograms of gold each.
17. In only eight minutes, the Space Shuttle can accelerate to a speed of 27,000 kilometers per hour.
18. In the Netherlands, there are special traffic lanes for bicycles. There are approximately 17,000 kms of cycle lanes with special bicycle traffic lights.
19. It takes the Hubble telescope about 97 minutes to complete an orbit of the Earth. On average, the Hubble uses the equivilent amount of energy as 30 household light bulbs to complete an orbit.
20. It would take twenty new mid-size cars to generate the same amount of pollution that a mid-size 1960's car did.
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