Things You Might Not Know: 9

Diversified Writer
2 min readFeb 22, 2024

Lightning can travel sideways for miles: While primarily striking downwards, lightning can actually branch out horizontally for incredible distances, sometimes exceeding a mile!

“Blood rain” has a scientific explanation: While it sounds unsettling, red rain can occur due to dust storms picking up iron-rich soil, giving the rain a reddish hue.

There’s a “diamond planet” out there: 55 Cancri e, located 40 light-years away, is believed to be composed mainly of carbon, possibly in the form of diamond!

We have a “second” moon: The tiny asteroid 2016 HO3 orbits Earth in a horseshoe-shaped path, earning it the nickname “mini-moon.”

Some sea slugs steal chloroplasts from algae: These bizarre creatures, called kleptoplasts, literally absorb chloroplasts from algae they eat, allowing them to photosynthesize for months!

Our brains generate enough electricity to power a small light bulb: While this electricity isn’t harnessed, it demonstrates the astonishing energy output of our minds.

Tardigrades, also known as “water bears,” are nearly indestructible: These microscopic creatures can survive extreme temperatures, radiation, and even the vacuum of space.

Elephants can mourn their dead: Similar to humans, elephants exhibit grief-like behaviour, visiting…



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Darren is a short story and novella writer. He likes tall tales that have humour and heart. He’ll occasionally bring you poetry, finance and health blog posts.