Fact of the Day: Did you know that you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead? – 23 January 2024
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DID YOU KNOW ABOUT WEIGHT UNDER THE MOON?
When the moon is directly overhead, you will weigh slightly less. Yes, this is true; per the calculation, a person will weigh 0.48g lighter than a 100kg person. When the moon is directly overhead, it will weigh 0.5g lighter as the moon attracts you in the same way it attracts water when it makes tides.
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Deaf people are known to use sign language in their sleep. A case study of a 71-year-old man with rapid eye movement disorder and a severe hearing impairment showed him using fluent sign language in his sleep, with researchers able to get an idea of what he was dreaming about thanks to those signs.
Animals can experience time differently from humans. To smaller animals, the world around them moves more slowly than humans. Salamanders and lizards, for example, experience time more slowly than cats and dogs. This is because the perception of time depends on how quickly the brain can process incoming information.
Chocolate can kill dogs, as it contains theobromine, which affects their heart and nervous system. Chocolate consists of an ingredient called theobromine (similar to caffeine) that is toxic to dogs. Dogs are not as capable of breaking it down or metabolizing theobromine as humans can. Theobromine majorly affects a dog’s central nervous system, heart, and kidneys.
Most ginger cats are male. There are roughly three ginger male cats and one ginger female. This is because the ginger gene is found on the X chromosome, meaning female cats would require two copies of the gene to become ginger, while males only need one.
Animals can be allergic to humans. Animals can be allergic to our dead skin cells – dander. These allergic reactions can also be like ours, including breathing difficulties and skin irritation.
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