We learn something new about the world every day. Our planet is such a vast and amazing one that you can never know enough of it. In fact, there are several amazing facts about the world that will astonish you such as rainbows at night, glowing fungi and diving spiders. Here are 15 amazing facts that will give you incredible insight abut the world you live in.
Rainbows can appear at night and are made by the moon, not the sun.
That’s right, have you ever seen a rainbow in the night? Not likely but it turns out that rainbows can also appear at night. Known also as a moonbow, it is a lunar rainbow made by the moon and is caused by the refraction of light in water droplets. It will always be found in the position of the sky opposite to the moon.
The number of dots on the back of a ladybug
The number of dots on the back of a lady bug depends on the kind and not on the age of the bug. Some have 2 spots while others have 7, 14 or 22.
The Gates of Hell
In Turkmenistan, there is a fiery gas emitting crater called the Gates of Hell. Known also as the Darvaza by locals, it exists in the Karakum Desert and has been burning nonstop since 1971. It is a hole 231 feet wide and has been on fire for 40 years.
The male brown antechinus mates to the point of disintegrating
In Australia, there is a small mouse like creature called the Antechinus that is so horny and mates so much that he goes on nonstop for two to three weeks till he will succumb to exhaustion. A single encounter can go on for almost 14 hours.
Fitzroy River turtles can breathe through their butts.
Well, you know that living beings fart through their butts but can you believe this? Fitzroy River turtles breathe through their butts. These are freshwater turtles found in Southeastern Queensland, Australia. They have gills on their cloaca that is located at the rear end of the turtle. Each adult can easily breathe at the rate of 15-60 breaths a minute from these backside gills.
Jellyfish don’t have a brain or heart.
Yet these creatures have existed for at least 500 million years. In fact, the species jellyfish Turritopsis dorhnii are the only biological creature in the world regarded as immortal because they can turn back time by reverting to an earlier stage in their growth cycle.
Some spiders can dive and catch fish.
Among the most amazing facts, there are spiders in the world that do more than spin webs to catch prey. There are some spiders who reside next to water and catch fish by waiting just a couple of feet from the water incredibly still. As soon as a small fish appears, they will instantly snatch it up from the water.
Around 80 species of fungi glow in the dark
There are 80 species of fungi that are bioluminescent and glow in the dark. They can be found in various forests in shapes of mushrooms and toadstools and can really make the surrounding look spectacular especially at night.
The Stromboli volcano in Italy has been slowly erupting for the last 2,000 to 5,000 years.
In case you didn’t know, the Stromboli volcano in Italy is quite active and has been so for the last 5000 years. The most recent eruption and lava flow began in December 2002 and didn’t stop till July 2003. How about that?
Chameleons don’t change color to blend into their surroundings.
One of the most amazing facts is that many of us think that chameleons change color to camouflage themselves and blend into their surroundings, but that is not so. They change their color because of their emotional and physiological state and is also a unique way of communicating with their own kind.
Goldfish should never be kept in a round bowl
We often make the cardinal mistake of keeping goldfish in a bowl when we shouldn’t. In reality bowls are harmful for fish because they don’t have a room for a filter that can clean and produce oxygen. Goldfish especially need clean water and a good supply of oxygen in the water to survive. Bowls get dirty faster and moreover, you cannot even place a heater vital for the fish in winter.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
That’s right in contrast to many who thought that butterflies may be tasting with tentacles. Butterflies have sensors on their feet to help them taste the food for their caterpillars. They will make a decision if the food is suitable and then lay eggs on the spot.
Some lizards can walk on water.
Yes, as incredible as that sounds. The common basilisk is a creature that can not only walk on water, it can even run like a shaolin monk. They are mostly found in the rainforests and use the ability to escape from predators.
A donkey can defeat a pack of coyotes.
Among amazing facts, this may sound bizarre right but farmers usually keep donkeys as protectors of their herds and chase coyotes away. If a donkey encounters a pack of coyotes, it will bray loudly as much as possible to scare them away. They may also attack the coyotes with their long teeth and hard hooves which sometimes can be fatal for the coyotes.