According to the Neilson ratings, in the first three days of November 15.8 million people watched the first episode of the Netflix original, Stranger Things! Also, 326,000 binge watchers watched the entire second season on the day it was released! Fictional shows are good and well, but the science world has some pretty strange facts to offer as well. What are the Stranger Things in science? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Clearly people like Stranger Things. Well, we like to give the people what they want. With that said, here are some of the stranger things in science to pair well with your Netflix binging.
Wooly Mammoths and The Egyptian Pyramids
Sure, we have learned about some of our earliest ancestors having to hunt and live among the gigantic wooly mammoths, but how long did humans and these creatures share time together on Earth? Most of us were taught about the mammoth and human interactions that date back tens of thousands of years and earlier. These are all true, but there's more to the mammoth and human time on Earth than that. We tend to think of Wooly Mammoths as ancient beasts, but they were still walking the Earth when the pyramids were being built by the Egyptian empire! They were isolated to an island in the arctic, but they were still around well beyond the completion of the great pyramids in Giza
Uranus and Antarctica
It would seem to be a pretty logical guess that we explored the continents of Earth and then went on to discover the distant planets that are only visible by telescope, right? After all, humanity has made it’s way all over the planet, even remote islands and such long before the advent of the telescope in the 1600’s. However, strangely enough, The planet Uranus was discovered before humans found Antarctica! In 1781 Uranus was discovered by astronomer William Herschel. Then almost 40 years later, in 1820, a Russian expedition finally discovered the big land mass at the bottom of our world!
Lobsters, Blood vessels, and Arctic animals
There are many more stranger facts out there. Here’s a quick stroll through some of the other bizarre and stranger things in science.
Lobsters have transparent blood flowing through their bodies, but if you expose it to air, it turns blue! This is because of the chemical reaction involving the copper in the blood once exposed to oxygen. They’re not alone here, some spiders and snails have blue blood as well.
Speaking of blood, our body transports our blood through our blood vessels. The body is an amazingly compact system of pathways for our blood. If you took all the blood vessels in our body and laid them end to end, you could wrap the Earth two and a half times! That is how much you have within you and that does not even account for your potential!
Alligators and tortoise are often considered to be animals found in the warmer parts of the world, right? Interestingly enough, scientists have found fossil remains of tortoise and alligators up in the arctic at Ellesmere Island which allows them to better understand the Earth’s climate from 50 million years ago.
So, while there’s no proof of the upside down or demogorgons, the world of science is full of weird facts. On a scale of 1 to 10, some of these go all the way to 11.