The tallest waterfall on earth is not Angel Falls, but a 2.2 miles high underwater waterfall called Denmark Strait Cataract located in the Atlantic ocean between Greenland and Iceland.
And its not just waterfalls; there are huge secret rivers, complete with rapids and islands that flow down the sea shelves out into the desertic abyssal plains creating river banks and flood plains. These saltier-than-sea-water rivers carry sediments and ingredients much like our terrestrial rivers and could be vital in sustaining life in the deep hostile plains. The world’s sixth largest river (by volume) is below the Black Sea. It is 350 times larger than Thames and 150 feet deep at places. The following is a picture of the river Cenote Angelita under the sea of Mexico.
- NASA says humans can survive in space without equipment for about 30 seconds.
- Astronauts can see cosmic lightning when they close their eyes in space.
- There’s a radio signal known as the ‘space roar’ that no one can explain!
- A neutron star was spotted moving 5 million mph.
- If we put a giant mirror 10 light years away from Earth and looked at it through a telescope, theoretically we’d see 20 years into the past.
- Most of the stars you see in the night sky have already died
- Space smells like seared steak.
- It takes the Solar System about 240 million years to complete one orbit of the Galaxy.
- Earth is the only place in the Solar System where water can be present in its three states: solid, liquid and vapor.
- The density of a Neutron Star is so high that a teaspoon of this matter equals to 900 times the mass of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
- Pluto never made a full orbit around the sun from the time it was discovered to when it was declassified as a planet.
- Summer on Neptune lasts for 40 years.
- A day on Mercury is the equivalent to about 59 days on planet Earth.
- Pluto is smaller than Russia.
- The full moon always rises at sunset. The new moon always rises at sunrise. The first quarter rises at noon. And the last quarter at midnight.
Didier Drogba, an ex-Chelsea forward, who currently plays for Galatasaray and is the team captain and star striker for the Ivory Coast national football team, ended Ivory Coast’s civil war.
For five years (2002-2007) in the Ivory Coast, the northern region was held by the rebels and the southern was held by the government loyals.
Drogba pleaded the warring factions to have a cease-fire. Surprisingly, they heard him and a cease-fire was enacted. Drogba suggested in an interview that the game against Madagascar be played in Bouake, the rebel-north’s capital city. The game brought the whole country together for the first time in five years. Government military were invited to the game to help maintain control during and after the soccer match. It was the first time in five years that they’d been in the north without any violence and fighting involved.
After the game, the rebellion army and the government military worked together to control the crowd. The Ivorian Elephants beat Madagascar 5-0.
However, he did manage to describe his emotions after the ceasefire agreement. “I have won many trophies in my time,” he explained, “but nothing will ever top helping win the battle for peace in my country. I am so proud because today in the Ivory Coast we do not need a piece of silverware to celebrate.”