Life isn’t always fair. But sometimes we come to know about some incidents or facts which simply make us cringe. Facts such as “48% of the US soda fountain machines have fecal contamination” can be a great party pooper. Such facts make us wish we could go back in time just so that we could unhear it. If you too know about such party pooper facts then this article is perfect for you. Thanks to Reddit we have brought a list of 10 such a**hole facts that will ruin the fun for everyone.
1. Denis Leary toured with Bill Hicks, stole his material, and launched his career. Later, Bill Hicks died of cancer. Denis Leary’s debut album was called “No Cure for Cancer”.
If you believe in “Karma”, then the story of Denis Leary and Bill Hicks might prove to be a rude shock for you. Bill Hicks and Denis Leary were friends and fellow comedian for many years. However, in 1993, Denis Leary released his album “No Cure for Cancer”. This album angered Hicks as Leary has feature lines and subjects similar to Hick’s routine in his own album. According to American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story by Cynthia True, Leary had practically taken line for line huge chunks of Bill’s act and recorded it. Due to this, their friendship ended abruptly.
2. When you see a dead spider, there’s a good chance that it isn’t actually a dead spider, it’s just an exoskeleton left after molting. The spider is still alive, and it’s bigger than before.
People having arachnophobia might have recurring nightmare knowing the fact that most of the time they see a dead spider, but the spider is not actually dead. They might be witnessing just an exoskeleton. An exoskeleton is the outer shell of a spider. It is made of several layers of cuticle. The structure of cuticle is extremely strong and protects the spider. Yet it can’t grow. Therefore, when spider grows, a new large cuticle exoskeleton forms inside the old one. Then, the spider leaves its old exoskeleton and goes on exploring the world in its new and large body.(1,2)
3. Researchers wanted to get a look at a 507-year-old clam to determine its age. When they opened its shell, it died. Thus, they killed the oldest living thing at the time.
Ming the clam became a celebrity when researchers discovered that its age is 507. It is a bivalve mollusk and was ‘born’ in 1499. Hence, basically, it was swimming in the oceans before Henry VIII took the English throne. It was named after the Chinese Ming dynasty, which was in power when it was alive.
It was picked up from an Icelandic seabed in 2006. At that time, scientists were unaware of its record-breaking age. But unfortunately, Ming was killed by researchers when they opened its shell to find out its age.(source)
4. Every year on the anniversary of its arrival, the Curiosity rover on Mars sings happy birthday to itself, millions of miles away from anyone.
Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars on the evening of August 5, 2012. Since then, it has provided a lot of useful information about the Red planet. Curiosity is the size of a small car. Till date, it is sending information about its surrounding which are being used in planning the future missions to Mars.
However, the unique and probably a bit sad part is that every year on the anniversary of its first landing, Curiosity sings “Happy Birthday” to itself miles and miles into the wilderness. Curiosity’s instrument SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) sings the song by vibrating at different frequencies.(1,2)
5. The Earth is hit by a solar superstorm every 200 years on average, and it’s been 158 years since the last one. The next time it strikes the earth, we’ll only have 30 minutes warning before it knocks out all major communications.
Solar superstorm is a massive burst of electromagnetic solar wind which when hits Earth can induce a geomagnetic storm. The last one occurred in 1859 which hit Earth’s magnetosphere and induced one of the largest geomagnetic storms on record. In the year 2012, there was a solar storm of quite a similar magnitude, but it passed Earth’s orbit without striking the planet.
On an average, the solar storm occurs after every 200 years, and the last one to hit Earth was 1859. Since it is inevitable, the next one will hit Earth just after 42 years. The next solar superstorm will cause widespread problems as it will knock out all major communications. It would trigger blackout, knock down satellites, and disrupt aircraft and shipping navigation. But the most concerning fact is that the next time solar superstorm hits the Earth, we will only have a 30 minute warning time.(1,2)