This post is a part of A-Z Challenge for bloggers, that takes place every year in the month of April. Bloggers take part in this challenge for self improvement and to overcome the “writer’s block”. Each one of us writes one article everyday, starting from the alphabet ‘A’, right up to ‘Z’. My theme for this year’s challenge is – mind-blowing facts and theories.
The human stomach can dissolve razor blades: Yes! Acids are ranked on a scale from 0 to 14, 0 being strongly acidic. While our blood has a pH of around 7.4, our stomach has a pH level of 1 to 2, meaning that it has an impeccably strong pH. Obviously no one was asked to swallow down a razor blade to verify this because it would do a lot of damage just reaching your stomach. In a laboratory, scientists tested the stomach acid and found that the “thickened back of a single-edged blade” dissolved after two hours of immersion in stomach acid. Now isn’t that cool!
A cloud can weigh a million pounds: Which is equivalent to the weight of 100 elephants together! A cloud’s weight depends upon it’s water content. So, if a cloud can weigh up to a million pounds, how are they floating so high up in the sky? Well, their weight isn’t concentrated in small areas like those of the elephants. Instead it’s distributed among trillions of very tiny water droplets spread out over a very large space. Some of these droplets are so small that it would take a million of them to make one raindrop, and hence, gravity’s effect on them is pretty negligible.
Oxygen has a color: As a gas, oxygen is odorless and colorless. But, the liquid and solid forms of oxygen look pale blue!
Only one alphabet doesn’t appear in the periodic table: It’s the alphabet ‘J’. Don’t believe it? Happy searching!
It can rain diamonds on these planets: Studies have examined that Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn have an atmosphere with such extreme pressures that they can crystallize carbon atoms and turn them into diamonds!
Water can exist in three states at once: This is called the Triple Point, and at this temperature(0.0075 °C; 32.0135 °F), under certain pressure conditions, water can exist as a gas, a liquid, and a solid simultaneously!