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The Dead Sea is so dense with salt, you can easily float on it without drowning.
The Pistol Star is the most luminous star known - 10 million times the power of the Sun and as big as the size of Earth's entire orbit around the Sun.
A large sunspot can last for about a week.
The human body has enough fat to produce 7 bars of soap.
A dollar can be made into small change in 293 ways.
The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee.
Wolves have two layers of fur, an undercoat and a top coat, which allow them to survive in temperatures as low at minus 40 degrees Celsius! In warmer weather they flatten their fur to keep cool.
Natural gas has no odour. The smell is added artificially so that leaks can be detected.
Rats can swim for half a mile (0.8 km) without rest, and can tread water for three straight days.
Interstellar space is not complete vacuum: there are a few hydrogen atoms per cubic centimeter.
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