Do you want to be a quizzing wizard who can unleash unbelievable facts at the drop of a hat?
We have just the thing for you!
In our new “Weird But True” series, we will equip you with interesting facts about everyday things that sound unbelievable, but are true! These facts will come in handy if you’re a quizzing enthusiast or if you just want to earn some bragging rights with your friends!
To kick things off, in our first edition, we present to you weird but true facts about our friendly, green companions – plants!
Let’s get started!
85% of plant life is found in the ocean!
Even the Arctic Ocean that is covered with a thick layer of ice has plants in its depths!
Brazil is the only country in the world that is named after a tree!
The country gets its name from the indigenous Brazilwood tree. These trees became popular for their red-coloured dye.
The first medicine for fever and body ache was the bark of a willow tree!
The ancient Egyptians and Greeks used willow tree barks to treat various illnesses.
Apples, pears, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries are all part of the Rose family of plants!
This family of plants is considered very important economically because it produces so many things that humans use.
If you close your eyes and nose, apples, potatoes, and onions taste the same!
This happens because our understanding of taste is largely dependent on our eyes!! Try this as a mini-experiment at home.
Bamboo can grow 35 inches in one day! In comparison, a human baby grows roughly one inch a month!
A bamboo plant in the United Kingdom even has a Guinness World Record for the fastest growing plant.
Cucumbers are fruits and not vegetables!
Since cucumbers grow from the cucumber flower and have seeds, it is considered a fruit and not a vegetable.
Before the 16th century, carrots were purple!
Dutch farmers in the 17th century eventually started growing the mutant orange versions and that’s what we eat today!
In the 1600s, a tulip in Holland cost more than a house!
This craze around the flowers and their excessive price eventually crashed the Dutch economy!
A group of bananas is called a hand!
A single banana in the group is called a finger.
There you have it!
We’re sure you might not have heard about some of these amazing facts about plants. But when you keep learning and keep exploring, even simple topics have something new to offer!
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