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Stupid Facts - Life and the Universe

Distilled from A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

  • Due to Plate Tectonics, Europe and North America are drifting apart at the same speed a human finger nail grows.

  • A human finger nail grows approximately 2 yards in a lifetime.

  • The distance from the surface of the Earth to its core is 3,959 miles.

  • Coral reefs constitute less than 1% of the oceans' space, but are home to about 25% of the oceans' fish.

  • DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid.

  • The genes of any two people are 99.9% the same.

  • There is nearly 6 feet of DNA in every human cell.

  • DNA was discovered in 1869 by Johan Friederich Miescher.