1. The human brain receives and stores 11 million pieces of information per second but is only consciously aware of 40.
2. In the time it takes to read this sentence, approximately 1 billion neutrinos from the sun passed through your body.
3. Something to remember next time you have a cold, a handshake transfers more germs than a kiss.
4. Russia has a bigger surface area than the former planet Pluto.
5. If you were able to drive your car at an average speed vertically, you would reach outer space in about an hour.
6. Sharks can be long lived – up to 100 years.
7. The oldest known living creature, a clam called Ming, was 507 years old when it was accidentally killed by the scientists studying it. Its age means that it was born when Henry VIII was on the throne of England.