Sunday, August 19, 2007

More on Brains - The Woodpecker Factor

Question: How is it possible for woodpeckers to peck so hard without getting brain damage?

Answer: This has been the subject of neurological research more than 20 years ago (The Lancet, 28 February 1976, p 454, Archives of Neurology, 1979, vol 36, p 370).

Shock waves are transmitted less readily in the woodpecker's head than in a human's because the former has a narrow space between the skull and the brain, with very little fluid, and the woodpecker's brain is packed tightly by dense yet spongy bone which buffers the force to the brain. Additionally, some of the muscles in the woodpecker's head contract, which helps to absorb and distribute the shock. Structures from the base of the tongue extend round the brain and may also absorb shocks.

Source: New Scientist

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Newsflash: Humans are NOT the brainiest mammals!

Really. The human brain occupies only 1.93% of the total body weight, but the brain of the marmoset monkey occupies 5.55% of it's total body weight. That makes the marmoset three times as brainy as a human!

Who said that humans evolved from monkeys....?

Saturday, July 14, 2007

If the earth were the size of a marble...

Did you know....
If the Earth were the size of a marble then:
The Moon would be a tiny pebble grazing the surface of the marble;
The Sun would be 200 meters away (the length of two football pitches);
The nearest star would be 86,000 km away, or one-fifth the distance between the real earth and the real moon!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

A pretty big flag!

The biggest flag ever made is an American flag measuring 78 meters by 154 meters, and weighs 1.38 tonnes.

Opening shop again

Okay, this time it's for real. I have decided to scrap thebigbyte for now and work solely on useless facts (as well as davids-pics of course.) I should be able to get more regular posts up now. I'd really like some feedback on what sort of topics people want covered, so fire away with your comments. Send your feedback to

Now the first useless fact for you: This blog has had 14 visits in the past month - the average visit length is .01 seconds.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Welcome Back!

Hi all,

I have decided to temporarily re-open this site, due to a few visitors who have come here lately. Expect to see more useless facts soon! If you have any suggestions or requests, just leave a comment and I'll get back to you.


Monday, February 5, 2007

Going, going, going......

Hi All,

I'm sorry to say this, but I am planning to shut down this site soon. Believe it or not, I have only had 1 visit to this site in it's whole life! I simply don't think that it is worth spending time on this site if no one is visiting it!

If you want to see this site continue, please leave a comment on this post or email me to tell me. Otherwise, I'll be shutting down this site sometime in the next few weeks.


P.S. You might want to visit my new blog: