Octopus can change its color in seconds
The octopus can change its color in seconds as it moves across different backgrounds. Most can turn red, yellow and black or mixture of these colors. Some can even make their smooth skin bumpy.
Just one part oil per million parts water will make drinking water smell and taste funny. One gallon of petrol can contaminate 750,000 gallons of water.
Oldest living thing on earth
The oldest living thing on earth is 12,000 years old. It is the flowering shrubs called creosote bushes in the Mojave Desert.
Oldest piece of chewing gum
The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!
Oldest rocks in the world
The oldest rocks in the world are in Western Australia. They date from 4,300 million years ago, only 300 million years after the earth was formed.
On the edge of extinction
The Sumatran rhinoceros is smaller than other rhino and has two horns. Only about 150 remain, but even these are in serious danger from hunters.
On the hop
Kangaroos hop across the grassy plains of Australia at high speed. They cruise at 40 kph and reach 60kph for short bursts, using their long tail to help them balance. One red kangaroo made a record breaking long-jump of almost 13 metres.
On your next seaside holiday why not watch the sea gulls?
They are remarkable long distance flying machines, capable of covering 700 miles in a day at speeds of up to 50 miles an hour.
One Million Days / Weeks / Years! How many?
One million days means 744BC. Christ had not been born and Roman Empire had scarcely begun.
A million weeks means 17000 BC. Britain and Northern Europe were covered with ice. Elsewhere people lived in caves and hunted for food.
A million years means there were people only in Africa. Prehistoric animals such as Sabre-toothed tiger roamed, but no dinosaurs. They had already died out 64 million years before.
One Million Seconds / Minutes / Hours! Calculate them?
One million seconds is equal to 11 days, 20 hours, 4 minutes and 4 seconds.
One million-minute is equal to 1 year, 345 days, 4 hours, 4 minutes precisely.
One million-hours is equal to 114 years, 28 days and 16 hours i.e. Victorian age.
There were steam trains and car was just about to be invented, but there was no television, no computers and no schools.