50 Interesting, fun, and weird real-life Chemistry Facts

Nov 23, 2017

Chemistry is a fascinating subject full of unusual trivia, facts, and stats. Here are a few of the amazing ones handpicked for your reference.

FACT 1

You cannot taste anything without saliva.

FACT 2

Yes, it is possible to die from drinking too much water.

FACT 3

Blue is the color of liquid oxygen.

FACT 4

Chalk is made of trillions of microscopic skeleton fossils of plankton.

FACT 5

Fish scales are commonly used as an integral part of lipstick ingredients.

FACT 6

Coca-Cola initially contained cocaine and hence, the name.

FACT 7

Lemons have more sugar than strawberries.

FACT 8

Air becomes liquid at -190 degrees centigrade.

FACT 9

Gallium has a melting point of 29.76 degrees centigrade and can melt on the palm of your hand.

[Source- Wiki]

FACT 10

Dynamite contains peanuts as a part of its ingredient.

FACT 11

Graphene (AKA the miracle metal) is the best conductor of electricity and heat.

FACT 12

Lobster blood is colorless until it’s exposed to air. The blood then appears to be blue.

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FACT 13

Goldfish eyes perceive the visible spectrum, infrared, as well as the ultraviolet light.

FACT 14

When you freeze seawater or saltwater, you get freshwater ice.

FACT 15

If you expose a glass of water to space, it won’t freeze; rather it will boil. The water vapor would, however, turn into ice soon afterward.

FACT 16

Stale eggs will float in water. Fresh eggs will sink.

FACT 17

Sound travels 4.3 times faster in comparison to air. It doesn’t travel through the vacuum at all.

FACT 18

The solid form of carbon dioxide is known as the dry ice.

FACT 19

Tabletop volcanoes (ones found commonly in school exhibitions and projects) can be created using ammonium dichromate.

FACT 20

The softest known substance known to humankind is talc.

FACT 21

The lighter was invented way before the match.

FACT 22

More than 78% of human brain consists of water.

FACT 23

Macadamia nuts are harmful to dogs and must be avoided at all possible cost.

FACT 24

A lightning strike may sometimes reach a staggering temperature of 30,000 degrees Celsius (i.e., 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit).

FACT 25

Helium is lighter than air. Hence, it floats.

FACT 26

DNA doesn’t catch fire.

FACT 27

Ununoctium is the heaviest metal found so far.

FACT 28

Hydrogen is the first element in the periodic table. It is highly inflammable.

FACT 29

Bromine and mercury are the only elements that can stay liquid at room temperature.

FACT 30

Unlike many other substances, water expands during freezing. An ice cube takes up almost 9% more volume than the water used to make it.

FACT 31

Fire spreads uphill quicker than downhill. That is because temperature considerably affects the rate of combustion.

FACT 32

If you add a handful of salt in a glass of water, the level of water would actually go down.

FACT 33

Many radioactive elements do glow in the dark.

FACT 34

There is about 250 g of table salt (NaCl) in an average adult human body.

[Source- Wiki]

FACT 35

Frogs don’t drink water because they can absorb it through their skin.

FACT 36

Your tooth enamel is the hardest chemical substance in your body.

FACT 37

Gold and copper are the only two metals devoid of having a silvery appearance.

FACT 38

The chemical elements are organized in order of their increasing atomic numbers.

FACT 39

Carbon comes in many forms like graphite, diamond, etc.

FACT 40

J is the only letter that doesn’t appear on the periodic table.

FACT 41

The most abundant element in the universe is hydrogen.

The most abundant element on the Earth is Oxygen.

FACT 42

Bones, teeth, and pearl will dissolve in vinegar because it contains weak acetic acid.

FACT 43

You have taste buds on your cheek as well as on your tongue.

FACT 44

Hot water freezes quicker than cold water.

FACT 45

Hydrofluoric acid is so corrosive that it can dissolve glass.

FACT 46

The Amazon rainforest produces approximately 20% of the oxygen in the atmosphere.

[Source- Wiki]

FACT 47

Wasp stings are alkaline whereas bee stings are acidic.

FACT 48

Helium can be frozen only through pressure; not by cooling.

FACT 49

The surface of Mars is red because of the presence of iron oxide.

FACT 50

A pure element can take many forms.

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