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31 Interesting Facts We Learned In 2020 That Will Never Leave My Brain

31 Interesting Facts We Learned In 2020 That Will Never Leave My Brain

It’s likely that more than 11 species of fish can walk on land.

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An extinct species of monkey crossed the Atlantic on its own.

Monkey eating a banana


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2.

Mars constantly makes a humming noise.

A digitized Mars


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3.

When plants are under attack from insects, they let out aromas that warn other plants and entice the insects’ predators.

A rainforest


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It’s likely that more than 11 species of fish can walk on land.

Cute fish

Cute fish


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Over 1,000 years ago, Puebloans in modern-day New Mexico survived droughts by melting ancient ice in the depths of caves.

A rock formation in New Mexico

A rock formation in New Mexico


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There was a badger-like animal 66 million years ago, and scientists named it Adalatherium, which means “crazy beast.”


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In the past couple decades, supermassive black holes in distant galaxies have launched jets of material.

A computer rendering of a black hole

A computer rendering of a black hole


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Some hummingbirds use colors we can’t see to find food.

A hummingbird at a flower

A hummingbird at a flower


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There is a giant lakebed a mile under northwest Greenland.

An aerial shot of mountains in Greenland

An aerial shot of mountains in Greenland


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A 550-million-year-old fossilized digestive tract was found in Nevada, making it the oldest known digestive tract ever.

A fossil

A fossil


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11.

On average, lightning strikes Earth 100 times each second.

Lightning over a populated area

Lightning over a populated area


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And lightning strikes over 100 million times a year in the tropics.

One strike of lightning

One strike of lightning


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Through sensing electrostatic fields, bumblebees can tell if another bee has visited the flower they’re at in the past couple of minutes.

A bumblebee on a flower

A bumblebee on a flower


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There are four buried lakes on Mars.

A view of Mars from a telescope

A view of Mars from a telescope


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Modern humans reached westernmost Europe 38,000 to 41,000 years ago — 5,000 years earlier than we thought.

An aerial view of Sete Cidades, Portugal

An aerial view of Sete Cidades, Portugal


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The oldest known species of pythons were in Germany.

A python coiled around a branch

A python coiled around a branch


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A gas associated with living organisms is in Venus’s atmosphere.

A computer rendering of Venus

A computer rendering of Venus

20.

Some bats make different kinds of sounds to talk about different subjects, like food or sleep.

A group of bats flying

A group of bats flying


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21.

There’s a blue fruit that gets its color from its fat.

The blue fruit

The blue fruit


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Tectonic plates became a thing over 4 billion years ago — at least a billion years earlier than we thought.


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The New Guinea Singing Dog lying down

The New Guinea Singing Dog lying down

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An animal in Antarctica hibernated over 250 million years ago, which is the oldest evidence of a hibernation-like state.

Northern Antartica

Northern Antartica


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25.

There’s a coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef that’s taller than the Empire State Building.

A colorful area of the Great Barrier Reef

A colorful area of the Great Barrier Reef


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26.

Duckbilled dinosaurs were present in Africa, and they swam from Europe or Asia.

A 3D rendering of dinosaurs on a beach

A 3D rendering of dinosaurs on a beach


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A colorful bird on a branch

A colorful bird on a branch


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28.

There were periods of extreme cold in Ancient Rome, and it was caused by a volcano eruption in Alaska.

A volcano in Alaska

A volcano in Alaska


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29.

Earth’s continents were submerged 3.8 billion years ago.

North America from Space

North America from Space


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After sea turtles lay eggs, they create decoy nests to fool predators.

A sea turtle swimming

A sea turtle swimming


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And lastly, there is water on the moon.

A full moon

A full moon


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