On average the sun is 150 million kilometres from
the earth. At his top speed it would take 2008
Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy over 230 years
to travel that far

A fully-grown Oak in the UK grows – and sheds – around 250,000 leaves every year

The smell of freshly cut grass is mainly produced by the volatile organic compound molecule cis-3-hexenal

The sky is blue because shorter blue wavelengths of light are scattered in all directions by gas molecules while longer red wavelengths are less affected

Sheerness and Portsmouth Dockyards, and Ongar railway station are home to the only main colonies of wild scorpions in the UK

Some species of snail can sleep for up to 6 years

According to Dolbear’s Law, a cricket can be
used as a thermometer: the number of times it chirps in 8 seconds plus the number 5 = approximate temperature in Celcius

Goats have rectangular pupils

A human shares around 50% of the same DNA
as a banana

A collection of ladybirds is called a Loveliness

Most cells in the human body are less than 10 years old, no matter how old you are

Albatrosses can sleep while flying

There are approximately ten times more bacterial cells in your body than human cells

Hummingbirds are the only birds
that can fly backwards

Oxygen can be a poisonous gas,
if you have too much you could go blind

Around 6,200 trees have been planted in this Park

You spent approximately half an hour existing as
a single cell

This bench is made from wood from the Cumaru tree, also known as Dipteryx odorata

Sub atomic particles called neutrinos emitted from the sun, pass through the earth at a rate of 65 billion per square centimetre every second

The Incas based their measurement of time on how long it takes to boil a potato

There are more stars in the Universe than there are grains of sand on the earth

Hair grows at a speed of approximately 0.35 millimetres per day

The sun shines with the equivalent of 386,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 watts

In just one second at room temperature
an air molecule travels approximately 450 metres
and collides with other air molecules
around 7 billion times

Gold is the most malleable of all metals,
a single gram can be beaten into a sheet with an area of 1 square metre

The average pencil can be sharpened seventeen times and can write 45,000 words or a straight line 56 kilometres long

It is approximately 50 metres to the next bench

Every day around 40 tons of space dust
fall on the earth

A femtosecond is to a second,
what a second is to about 31.7 million years

Planet Earth is moving at 67,027 miles per hour around the sun

On average this bench is 93 million miles
from the sun

The lighting mast opposite is 25 metres tall

The furthest man-made object from Earth is the Voyager 1 spacecraft. It is more than 17 billion kilometres away from Earth and continues to travel

In Mongolian there are over 300 different words to describe a horse. Each single word combining features such as colouring, age, lineage, sex, fertility and speed

A woodpecker can peck over 20 times a second

TWELVE PLUS ONE is an anagram of

Pluto takes 240 Earth years to orbit the sun

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Everyone is someone’s favourite

You can get reasonably close to the melody of
‘Happy Birthday to You’ on the buttons of a mobile
phone by pressing
112163, 112196, 11085563, ##6421

In 1949, a flock of starlings landed on the 4.3 metres long minute hand of ‘Big Ben’ stopping the clock for 4.5 minutes

The House Mill, originally built in 1776 at Three Mills on the River Lea, is possibly the largest remaining tidal mill in the world

Alexander Parkes invented the first man-made
plastic called Parkesine in 1856, manufacturing
it in a factory on Wallis Road, now the site of the
Olympic Park

Dry cleaning was first introduced to the UK in 1876 by Achille Serre who opened his factory on the Olympic Park site in 1896

The Yardley’s soap factory near Carpenters Road
(now the Olympic Park) closed in the 1960s.
Thirty years later when it rained you could still
smell the soap

Before the arrival of the Olympic Park this site hosted the largest pile of fridges in Europe, nicknamed ‘Fridge Mountain’

The person you love is approximately 65% water

If you turn some species of shark upside down they will go into a trance-like state called ‘tonic immobility’ lasting approximately fifteen minutes

The single span roof of the Aquatics Centre
is approximately 160 metres long and up to
80 metres wide

In a 100 year period, a water molecule spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about 2 weeks in lakes and rivers and less than a week in
the atmosphere

Cumulonimbus clouds occur at approximately 9.7 kilometres above this bench. These clouds are believed to hold up to half a million tons of water

There are over a dozen hidden rivers flowing beneath London’s streets and buildings

Nowhere in Britain is more than 75 miles from the sea

The London Olympic Games of 1908 were the first
to use a specially constructed pool for swimming –
previously competitions took place in seas,
rivers and lakes

Above temperatures of 4° Celcius, cold water is heavier than hot water