From Football to the Moon! Monday Fun Facts.

Cheers to another week! Here are your Monday Fun Facts to read and share!

Quench that thirst.

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“In early summer of 1965, a University of Florida assistant coach sat down with a team of university physicians and asked them to determine why so many of his players were being affected by heat and heat related illnesses.

The researchers…soon discovered two key factors that were causing the Gator players to ‘wilt’: the fluids and electrolytes the players lost through sweat were not being replaced, and the large amounts of carbohydrates the players’ bodies used for energy were not being replenished.

The researchers then took their findings into the lab, and scientifically formulated a new, precisely balanced carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage that would adequately replace the key components lost by Gator players through sweating and exercise. They called their concoction ‘Gatorade’.” LINK

Let it Rrrrrip!

“MLB umpires are required by rule to wear only black underwear in the event that they split their pants.”


How many?

“The tomato, whose genome has…been decoded, turns out to be one well-endowed vegetable, possessing 31,760 genes. This rich legacy…is some 7,000 more than that of a person, and presents a complex puzzle to scientists who hope to understand its secrets.”


Don’t be nosey.

“You are always looking at your nose, your brain just chooses to ignore it. Our brain ignoring our own nose is a part of binocular vision, and peripheral vision may also play a role in why our brain is able to ignore the sight of your nose all day.” LINK

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Fly me to the moon!

“Orville and Wilbur had promised their father, who feared losing both sons in an airplane accident, they would never fly together. The father made a single exception, however, on May 25, 1910, and allowed the brothers to share a six-minute flight…with Orville piloting and Wilbur the passenger. After landing, Orville took his 82-year-old father on his first and only flight.” LINK

image from Wikimedia Commons

AND, “When another aeronautical pioneer from Ohio, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to step foot on the moon in 1969, inside his [space suit] pocket was a piece of muslin fabric from the left wing of the original 1903 Wright Flyer along with a piece of wood from the airplane’s left propeller.”

Have a great week, and stay tuned for next Monday’s five!

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