Here we are again, with more Twitter #weirdscifacts!
599. Nov 02: Digits of Pi have inspired a musical sequence and a whole symphony! This comes via a tweet by @para_sight; also, @physicsman points out, “Given that Pi is non-repeating the binary version of the sequence contains every symphony in every codec in every bit rate.”
600. Nov 03: Fossilized red penguins in the Peruvian desert? It is odd enough to note that fossils of penguins have been found in a desert, but it was also determined that these penguins were red! (h/t @kimberly_gerson & @ejwillingham)
601. Nov 04: Via @blakestacey, the “tea leaf paradox“: stirring tea invariably leads to tea in middle bottom of cup! This is a wonderful example of nontrivial science typically sitting unnoticed in plain sight! One would think that the tea leaves would be pulled to the edges of the cup by centrifugal force, but as is often the case the actual physics is more complicated. (Picture via Wikipedia.)
602. Nov 05: Mathematician attempts the world’s ugliest piece of music. While we’re talking about music, it’s worth noting a mathematical attempt to produce genuinely horrible music. (Avoiding obvious Nickelback joke.) (h/t @patrickneville)
603. Nov 06: Urohidrosis: some bird species lower their body temperature by defecating on their own legs.
604. Nov 07: “Mars” “Crew” 520 day experiment ends, but 2000 attempt ended in drunken disaster! The “disaster” is referenced at the bottom of the linked article. Considering that a trip to Mars will take more than a year, experiments such as these are necessary to test human response to prolonged confinement and isolation. As is often the case, the “Twilight Zone” was way ahead of the curve on this one.