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There is a tiny island with 825 unique species on it! Where is it?

Socotra is a small cluster of four island in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Yemen. In this cluster of islands, the largest island is also called Socotra, and this island contains 825 species of plants that don’t exist anywhere else in the world! The explanation as to how this happened is actually very simple. Around 250 million years ago, whenever all major landmasses were joined, most life forms were able to roam freely from one region to another!

However, Socotra was already an island by itself at that point. This isolation from the other land masses meant that for the existing life forms on Scootra, the evolutionary process that would happen to these species wouldn’t spread anywhere else!


Next time you want to repel mosquitoes, drink Green Tea. This is why that helps.

Mosquitoes are so pesky. We spend so much on citronella candles and sprays to keep the things away from us.

To keep them out of your house, make sure all sugary items are sealed well. Open cans of pop and fruit lying around are havens for mosquitoes and other pests like gnats.

Bounce dryer sheets repel a number of pests from mosquitoes to wasps and even mice. Place them around the house and by windows and the chemicals in the dryer sheets repel them.

Well brewed and unsweetened green tea repels mosquitoes from your skin. Drinking green tea instead of pop or juice is a much better option.

The chemicals in the green tea are excreted through your pores. It acts as a natural mosquito repellent.

The less sugar in your system, the better, because mosquitoes are attracted to sugar. So, there you have it. Cut out the sugar and drink green tea. It's healthier, anyways.


Real scientists published a paper called 'The Effects of Peanut Butter on the Rotation of the Earth.' Want to know the result?

While one or two people work on things like perfecting male birth control or creating date rape combatting tools, it took hundreds of people to author a study on just how peanut butter affects Earth’s rotation. Even sillier than this notion? The list of co-authors is longer than the result of the study. 

There are literally hundreds of authors on the study all working together to come up with a result. And what is that result? “So far as we can determine, peanut butter has no effect on the rotation of the earth.” That’s the entire result of the study that took more than 250 people to come up with and research. Perhaps George Washington Carver would be proud. Who said scientists don't have a sense of humor?


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There's a Lightning storm in Venezuela that's been going on since at least the 16th century!

Relámpago del Catatumbo (Catatumbo Lightning) is an atmospheric phenomenon that occurs where the Catatumbo River meets the Lake Maracaibo, in Venezuela.

How do they happen? The winds blowing accross the Maracaibo lake and other swampy plains around the area meet with the Andes mountain ridges. These winds carry a lot of heat and moisture, which are perfect for creating electric charges. The result? Lightning for 280 times an hour, 10 hours a day for 160 nights a year!

It is believed that the phenomenon has been going around since at least the 16th century (and most likely, even more than that). The first time this storm was reported in writing was an epic poem called "la Dragontea," by Lope de Vega in 1597, which told of the defeat of Sir Francis Drake at this site. Drake tried to attack the city of Maracaibo, but the lightning gave away his position and the city was able to respond in time.

All the electric activity makes the Catatumbo Lightning the largest single generator of Ozone in the planet. The lightning is visible up to 400 km away! Because of this, it's also called as the Maracaibo Beacon.


Dogs will follow your gaze if you address them first!

When a murderer is on the loose in your home and you're trying to communicate with someone else without talking, you can easily direct their attention anywhere by intently looking at them and then looking somewhere else—their gaze will soon follow. Turns out a dog will understand the exact same thing.

A study was done with infants' gazes and how they react and look at things depending on the adult's expression. They used a similar tactic with dogs, who watched video presentations of a human looking at one of two objects. The dogs' eyes and head were tracked with a tracker, and it turns out they have a much higher tendency to look at the same object a human did.

This is significant in the study of studying dogs' social skills and the study of inter-species communication.



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