Category: facts

The greek letter π is actually pronounced as “pee” in the Greek language, not as “pie”.

Ten Solstice Facts That Everyone Should Know

9.) The solstices are neither the hottest nor coldest days of the year. This one is actually very specific to Earth: the hottest times of the year typically correspond to approximately 6 weeks after the summer solstice, and approximately 6 weeks after the winter solstice. Other planets don’t have this same phenomenon for one very important reason: they don’t have the majority of their surfaces covered in liquid water.

The oceans themselves, being composed of large quantities of water and containing approximately 1,000 times the mass of Earth’s atmospheres, contain a tremendous amount of heat, and are slow to change their temperatures. We might receive more (or less) energy from the Sun on the summer (or winter) solstices, but the oceans require time to heat up or cool down. Global average temperature extremes, therefore, usually occur in early August and February, rather than at the June and December solstices.”

The solstice, Latin for the Sun standing still in the sky, occurs whenever the Earth’s axial tilt reaches a maximum relative to the Earth’s orbital plane around the Sun. With a tilt of 23.5 degrees, but a tilt that’s independent of our elliptical orbit around the Sun, many surprising and counterintuitive facts arise.

Want to know as many of them as possible? Come get this remarkable and fascinating list of educational facts on this year’s solstice: June 21, 2019!

Fun-o-fact #3

The average human has enough skin to cover 1.6-2 square meters.

Fun-o-fact #2

Your chances of surviving an explosion of a grenade underwater are severely lower than on land.

Heartland’s ‘6 Reasons To Be A Climate-Change Skeptic’ Are Six Demonstrable Lies

“At a time where science is critical to the future of humanity, it’s important that we all agree on the facts. We may disagree on policy, on the best course of action for society or the world, or on which concern is most paramount in terms of importance. But we have to agree on the same facts as a starting point. If the only way you can make your argument for your desired policy position is to tell lies or distort what we actually know, then no amount of reasoning will change your mind. You can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into.”

Earlier this week, the executive editor of the Heartland Institute published a declaration that he was a climate change skeptic, and put forth the six major reasons why this was so. These reasons were well-thought-out, specific, and best of all, subject to analysis. So, what better way to test the science than to do that analysis, and to see where the chips fell? That’s exactly what I’ve gone and put together: an in-depth analysis of all six points, to see if there are any good, robust, legitimate reasons to be a climate-change skeptic. This isn’t about scoring points or helping one side win; it’s about sussing out the scientific validity of a position. Is there any?

Come see what the truth behind the claims is, and see if it opens your eyes to what’s going on in this decades-old argument!