Friday, April 25, 2014

A River Runs Through It. (literally aaaaaall of it)

There's a little spot in Wyoming in the Teton Wilderness that might be more fascinating than you think.

At this particular spot the entire United States of America is split in two. And I mean literally split into two parts. It's not a wall, it's not a road, but a creek. This particular creek splits in two and one end runs 1,353 miles, connecting to the Pacific Cree, Snake, and Columbia River, to the Pacific and the other runs into the Atlantic 3,488 miles later via the Atlantic Creek, Yellowstone, Missouri, And Mississippi River.

Might just have to travel there one day and drop two little toy sailboats going each direction.

Friday, April 18, 2014

You're Being Violated 100 Trillion Times Per Second

That's right. This very second you have been penetrated by the deep reaches of space.

Non-charged particles called neutrinos are being fired through the emptiness of space from the sun, supernovas, and remnants of the big bang. These particles are traveling nearly the speed of light and basically unstoppable. They are so small that they travel right through anything in its path. Including your body.

Every single second 65,000,000 of those little buggers travel through every inch of your body tallying up to about 100,000,000,000,000 every single second passing right through you like some late night Taco Bell.

That's a trillion trillion of them passing through you in your life time. If you were to tally up every single one of those and collect them through your life it would weigh about 0.15 grams.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Less Human Than Human.....

A friend of mine posted on facebook something about these ferocious looking creatures called "Demodex Folliculorum" or Lash Mites. They are alien looking creatures that live on your eye lashes and within your pores without you even knowing it because they are so small. It got me thinking about a fact I heard a while back.

You may not realize this but you are only 10% human and 90% bacteria.  Hard to believe but there are over 1,000 strains of bacteria living on or within your body upwards in the 100 trillions. We are more of a symbiotic organism than anything. 

We wouldn't be able to live without these bacteria.   The bacteria in our bodies help digest our food, fight off disease, break down vitamins, and give us x-ray vision (at least it does for me). 

Next time you see some mold growing on that opened yogurt container you forgot about in the back of the fridge just realize that might be some of the same stuff helping you turn food into poop.