Memorial day weekend is a time to reflect on the brave men and women that gave their lives in the service of our country. A time we should remember sacrifice and honor the gift of freedom we’ve been given.
But Memorial Day is also a milestone in our annual cycle of life, signaling that summer has arrived and it’s time to go out and enjoy the sunshine.
I for one will be headed to the beach to relax with family and fiends this Memorial Day weekend and do what most inventors do – Ponder.
Because relaxing isn’t exactly my strong suit, I thought I would arm myself with a few facts to think about while I drink a cold beer and hide from the sun under my colorful beach umbrella.
Feel free to use these morsels of trivial thought yourself if you find the time to ponder this Memorial Day weekend.
– If a piece of paper were folded 42 times, it would reach to the moon.
– The pyramids were as old to the Romans as the Romans are to us.
– If you dug a hole to the center of the Earth and dropped a book down, it would take 42 minutes to reach the bottom.
– There is 10 times more bacteria in your body than actual body cells and 90% of the cells that make us up of aren’t human but mostly fungi and bacteria.
– Every two minutes, we take more pictures than all of humanity in the 19th century.
– Turtles can breathe out of their butts.
– The dot over an “i” is called a “tittle.”
– There are more atoms in a glass of water than glasses of water in all the oceans on Earth.
– The probability of you drinking a glass of water that contains a molecule of water that also passed through a dinosaur is almost 100%.
– At the time the current oldest person on earth was born, there was a completely different set of human beings on the planet.
– And at the time you were born, you were briefly the youngest person in the entire world.
– There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S.
– For every human on Earth there are approximately 1.6 million ants.
– The total weight of all those ants is approximately the same as the total weight of all the humans on Earth.
– An octopus has three hearts.
– There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth.
– There’s enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of water.
– A thousand seconds is about 16 minutes. A million seconds is about 11 days. A billion seconds is about 32 years. One trillion seconds is about 32,000 years.
– Honey never spoils so you can eat 32,000-year-old honey.
Thanks again to those brave men and women who purchased our freedom with their lives. Their sacrifice, and the ongoing loss of their families will never be forgotten. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, be safe, and if you drink, drink responsibly.