FACTS TO BLOW YOUR MIND: The Nature of Nature

Isaac Newton’s apple tree is still alive and growing today…technically. The tree was blown down in 1820, but remained rooted and re-grew. The now 400-year-old site is a tourist attraction at Woolsthorpe Manor. 

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are 50 years old.

No one knows why, but catnip is ten times more effective as a mosquito repellent than DEET. 

Caffeine—found in tea leaves, guarana berries, kola nuts, and, coffee beans—acts as a natural pesticide. It overloads the nervous systems of insects
before they can do too much damage to the plant. 

There are 8.7 million life forms on Earth. About 7.8 million are animals, and roughly 70 percent of the rest are either mushrooms, mold, or fungi. 

There are about 400,000 different species of plants on Earth. Scientists believe edible ones number as many as 300,000……..we humans eat 200 of them. 

If the oceans dried out, the salt left over would cover the continents to a depth of 5 feet.

Climatologists estimate the snow that compressed and eventually became the glacier… that caved into the iceberg… that hit the Titanic, fell on Greenland when King Tut was ruling Egypt.  (~1300 B.C.)

In terms of rainfall and concentration, a hurricane releases the force of 10,000 atomic bombs.

There were sharks before there were trees. Sharks have survived all five global mass extinctions, which together wiped out 80 percent of the life forms Earth has ever had. 

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