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10 Amazing Facts About the World You Probably Didn't Know

Amazing Facts About the World
 10 Amazing Facts About the World You Probably Didn't Know


Facts - One of the first places people go when they are planning to travel is to Google, and although it’s usually to find information about their destination, it’s also a great way to find out fun facts about the world around us that we wouldn’t normally know. There are plenty of amazing facts about the world you probably didn’t know; here are just 10 of them.


1) The earth is 4.5 billion years old

The earth is 4.5 billion years old and we are still working on it today. Scientists have been around for a few hundred years which means they've had the opportunity to dig up some interesting facts about our planet. Even more astounding is how much we have yet to learn! There's still plenty of time before this project has been finished and even though there will always be things to explore, these are some amazing facts about the world you probably didn't know.


2) Over 600 million people live in slums

Living in slums comes with more than a few amazing facts about the world. Did you know that there are more slum dwellers than people who have plumbing in their homes? Or that 60% of the population on earth lives in urban centers? It's even been predicted that by 2050, 86% of the world's population will live in cities.


3) Only 14% of Americans own guns

Did you know that there are more than 42,000 gun stores in America and only 14% of Americans own guns? We found these facts out after researching this amazing fact of the world. And if that's not enough to impress you here are nine more awesome facts. Number eight: four percent of all households with children have a gun and ninety-eight percent don't. Number seven: in 2011, forty-nine million people (1/3) were victims of robbery or break-in crimes, and three hundred thousand (1/2) were murdered. Number six: there are 1,433 deaths from unintentional gunshot wounds every year which is an average of 30 per day for ten years or 21⁄2 each hour of every day for twenty years!


4) One in four people live on less than $1 a day

-Due to globalization, over half of those living on less than $1 a day are in developing countries. The other half live in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. One billion people live in extreme poverty with some 70% of them in India alone. 

-Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 25% of the global population and yet only holds 3% of all income, making it the poorest region in the world on a per capita basis. Despite these overwhelming odds, one-third of African countries are growing by more than 5%. At this rate, many believe that most African countries will be developed by 2030. 

-Africa is home to 14% of the world's millionaires despite having a population that makes up only 1% of all millionaires worldwide.


5) People are living longer than ever before

Due to advancements in medicine and new technology, people are living longer than ever before. Today, the average life expectancy is 82 years old for women and 79 years old for men. Those numbers are up from only 39 years old in 1900! Thankfully, this trend shows no signs of slowing down with the US Census Bureau projecting that by 2100, life expectancy will be 98 years old. Amazing facts of the world right there!


6) The world's religions are shrinking, and Christianity is growing rapidly

Christianity is spreading rapidly, with 2.2 billion Christians on Earth as of 2010. Islam has 1.8 billion followers, and Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism also all have more than 100 million followers each. With 78% of the world's population now living in a Christian-majority country or region, Christianity has shrunk by less than a percentage point since 1910 when it was close to 80%. Meanwhile, most other world religions are shrinking.


7) Children die from preventable causes every 2 minutes

Amazing facts of the world show that in 2017 there were an estimated 1,700 children younger than 5 years old who died every day. These deaths are mainly caused by preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Globally, these conditions account for about one-third of all child deaths from age 1 month to 59 months.


8) Wars have killed more people than diseases have in recorded history

Amazing Facts of the World is a great topic to blog about and has a lot of potential for interesting and exciting content. Here are some statistics that might start your blog post off: More people have died in war than from any other cause in recorded history. Most estimates say more than 150 million people have died as a result of wars. 90% of infectious disease deaths come from just five diseases: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Diarrhea, TB, and SIDS.


9) There are only 54 countries left on Earth that have no TV service at all.

One of the most amazing facts about the world is that not everyone in our world has TV service. These 54 countries are trying to protect their culture and values but it's very hard. In these countries, only one way of life is being portrayed. These people could never watch anything besides this programming because they have no choice but to consume everything that's on TV. It might seem like a privilege for us who live in the United States, which has more than 180 TV channels because we're exposed to various cultures and beliefs from around the world by turning on any given channel. Even though many of us can't relate to these values that different cultures possess, there is still something valuable about them that we as citizens should cherish.


10) Humans share 50% of genetic material with bananas.

Humans share 50% genetic material with bananas. I'm not kidding, it's true! Here are some other amazing facts about the world you probably didn't know: 

-There are 88 naturally found elements on Earth and 117 synthetic ones. 

-The next time you get a checkup at your doctor's office, they might have to make sure that you're not an old metal statue or a shipwreck with modern-day barnacles encrusted onto it. 

-Dr. Seuss was able to speak in different voices because he developed part of his brain - The Wernicke's Area - that controls language skills better than most people do (perhaps by using it). When we read, our brains develop Wernicke's Areas for each voice we encounter. When we hear someone speaking in a voice that we don't like, the feeling is often described as 'unreal.' It may be so unreal that you won't remember what they said if they talk while you are trying to sleep.

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