Getting close to a complete & continuous two years of Twitter #weirdscifacts! I don’t think I have the ambition to go for three, so enjoy them while they last! Now that I’m getting close, however, I’m happy to throw in bonus facts for your entertainment.
711. Feb 22: Behold, the bizarre physics of the “Gobbling Drop“. Because of the strong viscoelasticity of the polymers in the water, its cohesive force can overpower the forces that would normally cause it to thin out. Thus, a gobbling drop results! (via @io9)
715. Feb 26: The “Charlie Brown effect“: Why astronauts crave Tabasco sauce. In space, bodily fluids that would normally be drawn downwards instead spread out more uniformly through the body, producing rounder heads and other odd effects. (h/t @stevesilberman)
715a. Whoa. Biological warfare in year 1346: using black death against enemies. The Mongols were laying siege to the city of Caffa when they began to succumb to the black death. In the ultimate act of spite, the Mongols catapulted diseased corpses into the city, infecting the inhabitants and precipitating the spread of the plague to Europe. (by @ptak, h/t @JenLucPiquant)
716. Feb 27: How Eratosthenes measured the Earth’s circumference in 300 B.C.E.! (video)