It rains diamonds on Saturn and Jupiter.
Uranus and Neptune are long known to be diamond treasure troves. Not only does their atmosphere comprise of 15% methane, but also, the temperature does not get to over 6,416°F, the melting point of diamonds. Diamond “hailstones” form on Saturn and Jupiter when “lightning storms turn methane into soot (carbon) which as it falls hardens into chunks of graphite and then diamond,” according to the BBC. The largest diamonds are purportedly about one centimeter in diameter.
A shamanic group in Mexico worships Coca-Cola as a healing drug.
Shamans in San Juan Chamula, Mexico, believe Coke heals worshipers. Cola induces burping, which shamans believe releases evil from the soul. Every group involved in ritual practice had glass bottles of Coke with them. Generally people drink it in shot glasses, almost as if they were taking a medicine.
Humans have the genetic capability to hibernate.
All mammals are equipped with the genetic mechanisms for hibernation, which can be used as an extreme survival tactic. In recent years, many scientists have come to believe that outlandish survival stories are not mere flukes or media exaggerations, but rather manifestations of a latent ability to hibernate that all humans possess.
Bob Marley’s father was white.
Marley’s father Norval Marley, born in the U.K. in 1885, was a European-Jamaican of British heritage. At the age of 50, Norval married an 19-year old gospel singer of African descent named Cedella Malcolm, who gave birth to their son Robert Nesta Marley. Bob Marley was only 10 when his father died.
The moon is moving farther and farther away from the Earth all the time.
Just as the moon’s gravity pulls on the Earth, the Earth’s gravity pulls on the moon, making it slightly egg-shaped. It’s also causing the moon to recede farther away from the Earth. We won’t feel any tidal effects from this for millions of years.
Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia and Africa.
Many of these end up on dinner tables, as camel meat is a popular foodstuff there. Lately, camel exports from Somalia have resulted in the spread of the harmful MERS virus.
There was a chicken that lived for 18 months with its head cut off.
Mike the Headless Chicken (April 20, 1945 – March 17, 1947), also known as Miracle Mike, was a Wyandotte chicken that lived for 18 months after his head had been cut off. After a farmer failed to properly behead a chicken because he missed the jugular vein, the bird lived for 18 months. Christened Mike the Headless Chicken, it survived on a mixture of milk and water, fed into his exposed esophagus via an eyedropper. The farmer turned Mike into a sideshow attraction, charging 25 cents admission. For a while, Mike earned $4,500 per month, or $47,500 today.