Your body produces approximately two to four pints of saliva every day. Over the course of your lifetime, you will have produced enough saliva to fill up two swimming pools.
If you’ve ever wondered why tissues are prone to tearing when you sneeze, consider the force of your average sneeze will regularly surpass 100 mph.
Hearing others crack their knuckles is a common pet peeve, but people who find it irritating may not know exactly what is responsible for the sound. The knuckle-cracking noise is actually the sound of gas bubbles bursting.
Imagine your great granddad found an iPad on his way to a speakeasy or whatever they did back then—chances are he’d recognize it as a manmade object, even if he had no idea what it was. That, in a nutshell, is intelligent design. Except your great granddad is scientists and the iPad is us. Basically, ID holds that some things are just too complex to have evolved by chance, so instead of assuming we’re just improbable sacks of meat and leaving it at that we should start looking for the celestial equivalent of Steve Jobs. Did I mention the GOP love it? Of the major candidates for the 2012 top-spot, three explicitly endorsed ID, while Mitt Romney somehow managed to agree with both ID and evolution. There are even a handful of scientists who are onboard with the theory, though they’re outnumbered by those against.
If evolution was a celebrity, Rupert Sheldrake would be its number one fan and stalky Twitter follower. While most of the world was arguing about evolution in biology, Sheldrake took one look at Origin of Species and decided to apply it to the Universe. According to his theory of Morphic Resonance, invisible fields give everything a kind of shared memory, including stars and galaxies. Instead of being set in stone, everything from how we look to fundamental laws of physics are just habits we’ve collectively slouched into, like reading popular list-based sites while we’re meant to be working. As time goes on, these habits ‘evolve’ and—before you know it—nature’s given up on dorky stuff like gravity and moved onto something cooler. Sheldrake, by the way, is a former professor of biochemistry at Cambridge University. In other words, he’s not a crank—or at the very least, he’s a crank who knows his stuff.
Most of us probably know Christian Science from the weirdly non-religious news outlet Christian Science Monitor. But while the CSM is generally pro-evolution, the movement it stems from has its whole own take on how we got here: we didn’t.
Christian Science is part of the New Thought movement, which states that God is everywhere and everything is divine. Christian Science took that a step further by proclaiming that nothing exists but the spirit, so everything around you—your Xbox 360, the annoying guy next door, the tablet you’re reading this on—is just an illusion. Since that includes the Earth, the fossil record and all the animals, evolution is kind of a non-argument, like wondering where those talking lions in your dream came from.