101 spectacular science specifics

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Spectacular Science Specifics

There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
A fear of worms is called scoleciphobia.

A man who experimented with feeding a Venus flytrap a type of flesh-eating plant with bits of his own flesh found the plant could digest it easily. He used bits of his toes that had rotted and dropped off as a result of athlete's foot.

A medieval cure for meningitis involved splitting a pigeon in two and laying the two halves, cut side down, on the patient's head.

A medieval cure for stammering was scalding the tongue with a red-hot iron. It didn't work...

A person would need to weigh around 650 kilograms (1,433 pounds) to have enough fat to stop a bullet. Although their body would be bullet-proof, they could still be killed by a shot to the head.

A Roman cure for epilepsy (having fits) was to bathe in the blood of a gladiator.

A small animal such as a mouse can be dropped 1,000 metres (3,280 feet) down a mineshaft and suffer no harm because the fastest speed it can fall it is not enough to crush its body.The larger an animal or object, the shorter the distance it can safely fall.

A stinging tree in Australia can cause intense pain and even death.Tiny hairs full of poison break off the leaves and stick to the skin, which can then heal over the injury, trapping the poison inside. Even standing near the tree can cause painful nosebleeds!

A toxin in the nectar of laurels and rhododendrons makes honey made from these plants poisonous. In 66 BCE, Roman troops were lured by their enemies into a grove where bees made honey from these flowers. The soldiers ate it and were slaughtered while sick.

A treatment for the skin disease psoriasis available in Turkey involves sitting in a bath full of live fish, which eat away all the flaking skin.

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