From Ocean Depths to Tap: 61 Intriguing Water Facts

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1Weight loss

Weight loss

If we lose 10kg (22lbs) of fat, 8.4kg (18.5lbs) turns into carbon dioxide which is exhaled when we breathe, while 1.6kg (3.5lbs) turns to water that is excreted through urine, tears, sweat

2. Jose Fernandez's 4th attempt to defect from Cuba to the US, a person fell overboard. Jose jumped into the waters and saved the person. He recalled, "I don't remember much, just diving in the water and swimming towards this woman. As I was getting close, I could see it was my mother"

3. There is a 5000-year-old refrigeration technique using only principles of evaporation and humidity that can be produced with basic pottery, sand, a rag, and water.

4. A Texas man was asked not to swim in a marina due to sightings of an alligator. He responded with "F#$k that alligator" before diving in the water. He was immediately killed by an alligator.

5. It is almost certain that the astronauts survived the initial Challenger explosion, and died on impact with the water. At least three of the crew's emergency oxygen tanks were manually switched on after the crew's capsule broke apart from the rest of the shuttle.

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6Water cylindrical shafts

Water cylindrical shafts

There are 5 enormous cylindrical shafts underneath of Tokyo, Japan which fill with water in case of a flood so that it does not destroy the city.

7. Most American's don't have electric kettles in their kitchens to boil water.

8. In 1854, cholera broke out in London. Using spot maps, it was shown that the majority of cases occurred where the water pump in Broad Street was closest. However, monks within that area didn't get cholera. Investigation showed that this was because they only drank beer, not water.

9. A researcher set up speakers playing the sound of rushing water in a calm pond and Beavers repeatedly covered the speakers until they couldn't hear the sound anymore.

10. Ancient Greek mathematician Hero of Alexandria invented the first vending machine which dispensed holy water after you put in a coin. He also invented the first steam engine and the first wind-powered machine, 2000 years before the industrial revolution.

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11Mushrooms create breeze

Mushrooms create breeze

Mushrooms can create a slight breeze even when the air is calm. They release water vapor, cooling the air and creating a convective current that gets the air moving, carrying spores away from the parent.

12. A captive killer whale at MarineLand discovered it could regurgitate fish onto the surface of the water, attracting sea gulls, and then eat the birds. Four others then learned to copy the behavior.

13. Coke was sued for the "unwarranted health claims" on their product Vitaminwater. Coke's defense was "no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitamin water was a healthy beverage."

14. John Snow who first proposed that cholera outbreaks were happening because people drank water contaminated with feces. His claims were rejected for decades because the were "too disgusting" for the public to contemplate.

15. A man named Rajendra Singh is known as "waterman of India" revived 5 rivers and brought water back to 1000 villages in India using native water preservation techniques.

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16Water bottle expiry date

Water bottle expiry date

Expiration dates on bottled water are for the bottle and not for the water in it.

17. April 16, 2016, will be the 500 year anniversary of Bavaria adopting the Reinheitsgebot. It is a law that said that the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley, and hops. It was later amended to include yeast.

18. A US nuclear submarine that sank in deep water in 1968 is still resting at the bottom of the sea at a known location. Its nuclear reactor and nuclear weapons have never been recovered.

19. Since 1940, 85% of those who have attempted to break the water speed record have died in the attempt

20. Segway inventor Dean Kaman has been working on a water purification machine to bring clean water to the parts of the world without it. He designed the new Coca-Cola fountain dispensers in exchange for Coke's support in distributing his machines.

21Three massive reservoirs

Three massive reservoirs

A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface.

22. In October 2014, General Motors complained that the newly sourced Flint water supply was causing corrosion at a local engine plant. GM switched back to Detroit's Lake Huron supply, meanwhile, residents complained about the smell and taste of their drinking water, which they were assured was safe

23. When hot water freezes faster than cold water, the effect is called "the Mpemba Effect". It's named after Tanzanian Erasto Mpemba who was originally ridiculed for bringing it up in class after noticing his warmer ice cream mix was freezing before the cooler batch

24. The three gorges dam in China holds back so much water it slows the rotation of the earth slightly.

25. China is creating a car-free city from scratch: "Great City will be built around a high-rise core housing 80,000 people, entirely walkable, and surrounded by green space." It is designed to use less water, create less waste and generate less carbon dioxide than a normal city.

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