WHY CAN’T Animals Talk?

Language and speech require a large range of phonetic sounds when we communicate. Our voice box sits lower in the throat than it does in other primates. This gives us a unique and substantial resonating system. The human voice box doesn’t drop until about 9 months. This allows babies to nurse since humans can’t breathe and swallow at the same time.

Does the Sun Have an Atmosphere?

Yes. The innermost part is known as its photosphere. This is the only part people can see with the naked eye, and it’s the closest thing the Sun has to a surface. The chromosphere sits above the photosphere and reaches temperatures up to about 10,000 degrees Kelvin. The corona is the Sun’s outermost layer.

Poison Pencil?

Contrary to what you may have been told, a shard of pencil lead in your hand won’t cause poisoning.

There is no lead in pencils. Invented by a German chemist named A.G. Werner in the mid-16th century, the pencil was made with graphite. Logically, Werner named his invention from the Greek graphein, which means to write.  Today’s work pencil comes from the Latin pencilius which means little tail.

That’s Nuts!

Pistachios create a high quantity of heat generating fat when they decompose. Spontaneous combustion — bursting into flames — is a real side effect of this type of rotting or decomposing organic matter. For this reason, The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code has ruled the pistachio as dangerous.