Fact of the Week Archive
Week of July 13, 2020
(The last one of the 2019-2020 school year! See you in the fall!)
According to the Central Park Conservancy, in one year, just a single mature tree will absorb more than forty-eight pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into oxygen. There are over 20,000 trees in Central Park, which adds up to roughly one million pounds of carbon dioxide removed from the city's air each year. This is comparable to the amount of greenhouse gas produced by an average passenger car driving 1,109,028 miles, the amount of electricity used by 79.1 homes for one year or 57,838,615 smartphone charges.
Week of July 6, 2020
In 1986, the city of Hamilton, Ohio changed its name to Hamilton! Ohio. Do you think they've all now seen the musical?
Week of June 29, 2020
Not only are there more plastic flamingos in the USA than real flamingos, but there are also more statues of lions in the world than there are real lions.
Week of June 22, 2020
The word "weather" originally just meant "wind."
Week of June 15, 2020
Feeding the way birds do, by passing food mouth to mouth, is called trophallaxis.
Week of June 8, 2020
The beam of light from a laser pointer can travel more than a quarter mile.
Week of June 1, 2020
Crayola crayons soften at 105° F and melt at about 128°.
Week of May 25, 2020
Baby chickens use their right eye to look for food and their left eye to look out for predators.
Week of May 18, 2020
Snails can sleep for three years.
Week of May 11, 2020
The word quarantine originated in the 14th century and describes the "period a ship suspected of carrying disease is kept in isolation." Quarantine is a borrowed word, from the Italian term quaranta giorni. This means literally "space of forty days" -- quaranta (forty), plus giorni (days).
Week of May 4, 2020
The writer-director of Star Wars, George Lucas, came up with the idea for the furry fan favorite Chewbacca based on his dog Indiana, an Alaskan malamute. Lucas said Indiana used to ride in the front seat of his car, which inspired him to give Han Solo a hairy co-pilot.
Week of April 27, 2020
The European Starling was famously introduced in 1890 by Eugene Schieffelin, who, according to legend, thought that America should have every bird mentioned in Shakespeare's plays. So he released two waves of the birds in Central Park and now they've taken over the entire U.S.
Week of April 20, 2020
Ladybugs can fly as fast as racehorses can run.
Week of April 13, 2020
Apples, strawberries, plums and almonds are all types of rose.
Week of April 6, 2020
The melting temperature of bubble gum is 125°F.
Week of March 30, 2020
Humans are the only mammal that can't breathe and swallow at the same time.
Week of March 23, 2020
Only 1 in 10,000 clovers has four leaves.
Week of March 16, 2020
We could all use some good news, so here's some...Spring is coming earlier this year than it has in 124 years (1896). The vernal (spring) equinox -- which marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere -- will take place Thursday, March 19, throughout the entire United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. The equinox usually falls on either March 20 or 21. According to CBS News, "The complicated reasons for 2020's earlier equinox involve leap years, centuries and the length of time it takes Earth to revolve around the sun." Got it?
Week of March 9, 2020
On March 9, the first supermoon of the year will reach peak fullness at 1:48 p.m. EST. A supermoon occurs when the moon is especially close to Earth while full. This one will "only" be about 222,081 miles from Earth (about 16,000 miles closer than average) and is nicknamed the "worm moon." Why? "At this time of the year, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting robins and other birds to feed -- a true sign of spring," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. "Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber."
Week of March 2, 2020
The first bubble gum, made in 1906, was called "Blibber-Blubber."
Week of February 24, 2020
While at first glance, the big red spheres situated outside of Target stores appear to be an aesthetic feature to accompany the big, bold, red bullseye logo of the brand, they actually serve a much more important purpose. The giant concrete balls, called bollards, are designed for safety purposes to protect shoppers by making it harder for cars to accidentally drive onto the curb or through the front door. They each weigh at least 1,200 pounds.
Week of February 17, 2020
By the time they leave high school, American children will have eaten 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Week of February 10, 2020
Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.
Week of February 3, 2020
In 2018, travelers left $960,105 in loose change at security checkpoints in U.S. airports.
Week of January 27, 2020
Between 1912 and 1918, you could take your money to Washington, D.C. to be washed and ironed.
Week of January 20, 2020
Frogfish are the fastest eaters in nature. They swallow their prey in 0.006 seconds.
Week of January 13, 2020
There is more water in the Earth's core than in all of its oceans.
(Bonus Fact!): If the Earth had no clouds, the sea would evaporate.
Week of January 6, 2020
Mohr's Explorers turns 16-years-old on January 7!
Week of December 16, 2019
Hair grows at a rate of .00000001 miles per hour.
See you in 2020 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!"
Week of December 9, 2019
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. Pulling on the ropes tightened the mattress and made it firmer; hence the expression "Goodnight, sleep tight."
Week of December 2, 2019
The OHIO STATE BUCKEYES, once again, defeated the michigan wolverines 56-27 on Saturday, making it a school-record 8 straight wins, as well as 15 wins in the last 16 meetings (and 17 of the last 19) in this storied rivalry. This also marked the 7th time in a row the Buckeyes have scored 30+ points in "The Game." Last, for the first time in its history, Ohio State has won four straight games at michigan stadium and their coach, Jim Harbaugh, dropped to 0-5 as the head coach vs. Ohio State.
Week of November 25, 2019
Only male turkeys gobble. Happy Thanksgiving!
Week of November 18, 2019
At the state's widest point, the distance across Texas is greater than the distance between New York City and Chicago.
Week of November 11, 2019
Corn, avocados, cucumbers, peas, beans and peppers are fruits, not vegetables.
(Bonus Fact!): There is a variety of carrot beginning with every letter of the alphabet except X.
Week of November 4, 2019
Grammar check: The correct term is actually daylight "saving" (not savings) time. The incorrect term "daylight savings time" is commonly used, especially in Australia, Canada and the United States. It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to "The Associated Press Stylebook".
Week of October 28, 2019
The candy corn made each year could circle the Earth just over 4 times.
Week of October 21, 2019
All of the DNA in a human body could fit inside one ice cube. However, the length of a single human DNA molecule, when extended, is 5'5".
Week of October 14, 2019
It's a good thing you are a Mohr's Explorer! On average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors.
Week of October 7, 2019
The average person in the United States drinks about 470 cans of soda in a year. That's about 375 pounds of soda in 365 days.
Week of September 30, 2019
1 in 10 passwords used on the Internet is either "Password," "123456," or "12345678."
Week of September 23, 2019
Today is the first day of Fall! Fall isn't caused by the Earth's distance from the sun. Fall, like all of the seasons, is caused by the Earth's tilt in relation to the sun. It gets warmer in each hemisphere when that hemisphere tilts toward the sun and colder when it leans away.
Week of September 16, 2019
"The Star-Spangled Banner" did not become the U.S. national anthem until 1931.
Week of September 9, 2019
(Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic summer!!!)
The most common eye colors: brown, then blue, then hazel. Green eyes are relatively rare: only about 2 percent of people have them.
(Bonus fact!): 90% of people have a dominant right hand and about 9% prefer their left. Less than 1% of all humans are truly ambidextrous.