Best Facts of the Week - Page 10

This desert spider spins its web in sand and catches its prey by cooking them alive!

It’s incredible how clever some animals are.

When most people think of spiders, they picture a few distinct characteristics: big eyes, eight legs and, above all else, the ability to spin webs.

Often seen strung across windows, doorways, tree branches, and ceiling corners, these webs allow spiders to capture and contain their prey. For most arachnids, slinging webs to capture insects like flies is an essential part of surviving.

But what about spiders found in less hospitable environments?

The spoor spider lives in the arid deserts of Africa. Due to the location’s blazing heat and lack of foliage, spoor spiders can’t string a traditional web and wait for flies to pass by.

In order to eat, they have to get more creative.

The spoor spider uses a clever system of camouflage to capture ants that are twice its size. To do this, they use the desert to their advantage.

In less than 30 seconds, spoor spiders attach their web to sand crystals and string them together to make a net. After doing so, they burrow underground and hide inside the cool Earth, leaving one strand of web at the surface to notify them when an ant passes.

Once the strand vibrates, the spoor spider rockets back to the surface, grabbing the unsuspecting ant with its leg and pressing it down into the hot sand. Unable to withstand the heat, the ant is cooked alive.


This place in Russia is so cold that trees explode, mercury freezes, and your breath turns to ice!

On the positive side, you’ll never have to worry about your ice cream melting.

Siberia isn’t a place many people want to live. Most humans simply aren’t built to withstand its freezing cold, incredibly unpleasant weather, and even those who are often don’t consider themselves fans.

In fact, Siberia is so disliked that, during his reign, Joseph Stalin would banish many of his enemies to the region, seeing it as one of the worst possible punishments he could hand down to them

But that doesn’t mean cool things can’t happen there.

In Yakutia, located within the Siberian far east, temperatures rest at around minus 35 degrees Celsius. At such a low temperature, things don’t always act as you’d expect.

When you breathe in Yakutia, instead of the water vapors evaporating, they condense and turn into small ice crystals. Instead of staying stiff and strong, fallen trees explode and emit blue sparks. Even mercury freezes in such cold weather.

The lowest temperature ever recorded on the Earth’s surface was minus 93.2 degrees celsius in Antarctica. Minus 273.15 degrees celsius, or Absolute Zero, is theoretically the lowest temperature that can be achieved.


Libraries were some of the quickest building to be integrated!

Before the internet, libraries were the beacons of knowledge—like a Wikipedia that you really had to work hard at to find an answer.

They offered imaginations to soar and brains to flex—and were one of the first establishments to end segregation.

Due to their symbol of freedom and right to knowledge, libraries became popular spots to protest during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

African Americans would stage “study-ins” in the South which lead to a lot of hefty fines and suspensions, and in some extreme cases were detained. Libraries that were open to African Americans lacked the same material that “White only” establishments enjoyed, and many students found that unsuitable.

Libraries became integrated much quicker than other public institutions, including schools. The attitude was more relaxed and made for some really unique places for “social imagination.”

And while not all public libraries were ready to take segregation seriously, it ended up being a major first step to civil liberty.


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Using bond money, Chattanooga, Tennessee created Internet speeds 200x faster than the US standard!

And I can't even get my cat videos to play properly.

Thanks to a substantial bond and stimulus initiative in 2008, Chattanooga, Tennessee became one of the first cities in America to offer Gigabit Internet.

Unlike standard forms of broadband Internet, where most users have access to around five megabytes per second (mbps) for downloading content, Gigabit services offer users at least 1000 mbps.

To put that in perspective, Gigabit users can download an HD movie in less than ten seconds, while it will take the average American over 20 minutes. This means that, in Chattanooga, users signed up for Gigabit Internet get speeds that are 200x faster than the national standard.

Thankfully, other cities are following Chattanooga's example. Google Fiber, a competing Gibabit Internet service, is currently available in Kansas City, Austin, and Provo, with plans to expand into Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham.

Currently, though the United States is home to most major Internet corporations, it only has the 26th best Internet speeds in the world. Perhaps that fact will change as Gigabit services become more available.


Chipotle Menu Hacks! Don't Get A Normal Tortilla, Get Your Burrito Wrapped With A Cheese Quesadilla!

We’ve heard a million times about a secret Starbucks menu that turned out to be untrue, but what about a Chipotle secret menu? Have we reached the holy grail?

Courtesy of #HackTheMenu, we have been blessed with a variety of secret menu’s for different yummy restaurants including Chipotle.

If you want to make your burrito explosive in more ways than the usual, then you might want to try your burrito wrapped with a cheese quesadilla.

Chipotle employee’s are trained to make what people ask for, regardless if it’s standard burrito’s or not. While the secret menu isn’t official or sponsored, you can ask for whatever you want, in stock, on your burrito.

All you have to do is be polite and courteous while not letting over confidence get to your head. Don’t be that annoying guy that holds the line up, or the person that goes right before closing.



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