Lightning has hit the Empire State Building in New York as frequently as 12 times in 20 minutes. The building is hit by lightning about 500 times a year.areas.
The stegosaurus was a dinosaur with a head so small that the nerve knot in the middle of the back was larger than its brain.
Temperature and crime are correlated. Many more crimes are committed in the hot summer months than in the cold winter months.
Lightning kills more people in the US than any other natural disaster: an average of 400 dead and 1,000 injured yearly.
The study of mountains is called "orology."
Tennessee leads the United States in hazardous material mishaps with 15.4 accidents per 100,000 people, a 1996 federal report showed. The national average is 6.3 accidents per 100,000 people.
Lightning puts 10 million tons of nitrogen into the Earth each year.
The sun's energy production each second is enough to supply the electrical need of the U.S. for 50 million years at the current rate of consumption.
The African boabab tree can have a circumference as large as 100 feet. One such tree in Zimbabwe is so wide that the hollowed-out trunk serves as a shelter at a bus stop, with a capacity to hold as many as 40 people.
Lightning strikes the Earth 1,800 times at any moment.
The system used today of naming clouds according to their shape and height was devised in 1803 by a London druggist and amateur weather-watcher, Luke Howard.
The Agulhas current in the western Indian Ocean is the fastest ocean current in the world. Even so, its speed is only 6 miles per hour.
Lightning travels 90,000 miles a second — almost half the speed of light.
The air is so polluted in Cubato, Brazil, no birds or insects remain, most trees are blackened stumps, and its mayor reportedly refuses to live there.
Living creatures create tiny weather systems called microclimates in their nests and burrows. For instance, bees fan their wings at the hive entrance during hot weather. This makes a cooling draft blow through the hive.
Long before it was used as a "kiss encourager" during the Christmas season, mistletoe had long been considered to have magic powers by Celtic and Teutonic peoples. It was said to have the ability to heal wounds and increase fertility. Celts hung mistletoe in their homes in order to bring themselves good luck and ward off evil spirits.
Every second, a hurricane releases as much energy as the explosion of a Hiroshima-type atomic bomb.
Every three seconds, an area of the South American rain forest the size of a football field is cut down..
Every time a ton of steel is recycled, it means 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,000 pounds of coal, and 40 pounds of limestone will not have to be mined from the Earth.
Every time it erupts, Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park spurts up to 8,000 gallons of 199-degree water about 140 feet into the air.
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