Friday 20 December 2013

Fact Hunters: Frisbees & Octopi!

Tommy Lee Floyd
Did you know that the Frisbie Baking Company (1871-1958) of Bridgeport, Connecticut, made pies that were sold to many New England colleges. Hungry college students soon discovered that the empty pie tins could be tossed and caught, providing endless hours of game and sport… and so giving birth to the Frisbee?

Suman Hassan
The Red Planet, as Mars is often called, is the fourth planet from the sun (Earth is the third). In a lot of ways, Mars looks a lot like our home, though instead of blue oceans and green land, Mars is home to an ever present red tint. This is due to a mineral called iron oxide that is very common on the planet’s surface.

Melisa Krasniqi
Where you aware that the mimic octopus can blend in with backgrounds and can mimic the shape of objects, such as coral and rock, and some animals? It is the only known aquatic species that impersonates an array of different sea animals via changes in behaviour, coloration and body posture.

Mr Drakes
East Antarctica has set a new record for 'soul-crushing' cold, recording 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero on the mercury, or minus 93.2 degrees Celsius, according to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Scientists say that is so cold it hurts to breathe!

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