Some of the most revolutionary things we can’t imagine living without today were invented accidentally. For example, Botox was originally used to treat strabismus. And the amazing effect it had on wrinkles was found much later on when scientists found that it smoothed the skin near the eyebrows. But scientists aren’t the only ones making curious discoveries — social media users uncover new things all the time.
We at Bright Side keep on learning more things thanks to observant people that share their discoveries online. And as it turns out, even the most mundane things, like tomatoes and ladybugs, still harbor a few secrets.
1. “Today, I found out that there is a type of tomato called Rebel Starfighter Prime.”
“They don’t look so good, these tomatoes. But with a name like this, they can look any way they want.”
2. “Did you know a deck of cards has a special meaning?”
“52 cards represent 52 weeks in a year. 4 suits represent the 4 seasons. 13 values represent the 13 lunar cycles in a year. If you add up all the values of the cards, including the Joker, you will have a sum of 365 (just like the days in a year).”
3. “Today, I found out that if you can’t open a can for whatever reason, you can just push down the front part to lift up the end to make it easier.”
4. Mona Lisa is not the full name of the woman in the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Mona is short for “ma donna,” which is the Italian variant of “milady.”
5. “How old were you when you found out that this thing at the end of a box cutter is there to break off the blunt blades?”
6. Mules are born from horses and donkeys but are infertile because of the odd number of chromosomes they possess.
7. Bananas are trilaterally symmetrical.
9. The size of a fiber optic wire capable of supplying a home with high-speed internet
10. “A black and white ladybug — they exist!”
11. “Our chemistry teacher thinks that vampires, according to legend, weren’t seen in mirrors because, in the Middle Ages, the frames for mirrors were made of silver, which is poisonous for vampires.”
Have you ever made any small discoveries about ordinary things or the world around you?