WOTD: Grainy

Did you know you can still hear and see the reminents of the Big Bang.

First you have to get your hands on an analog TV. When you turn it on you will be met with grainy static and garbled noise. 

The image you see is a visual representation of the radiation caused by the Big Bang, and the noise is an audible one.

You can also test this out on an fm radio by running it to any non used frequency. You will hear “white noise” which is the same thing.

Now you know.
Grainy
Reference:

Universe

Sleeping ants.

Did you know that ants┬ádon’t really sleep.

Reasearch has shown that ants tend to follow a pattern of taking 8 minute naps roughly every 12 hours. They do this as an entire group.

Other research shows that some ants sleep up to 5 hours a day in short 1 minute power naps. While an ant queen can sleep 8 plus hours a day.

Now you know.

References:

TheGuardian

BBC

WOTD: Willy-nilly

Did you know that this phrase dates back to the year 1000.

The text was Aelfric’s lives of Saints.

The phrase also pops up time and time again in the works of Shakespeare, such as Hamlet.

Now you know.

Willy-nilly

WOTD: Prickle

Did you know a group of Hedgehogs are known as a prickle.

They can also be known as an array. Porcupines can also use the collective noun prickle.

Now you know.

Prickle

WOTD: Jiffy

Did you know that a jiffy is 33.3564 picoseconds.

This amount of time was labeled as such by an American chemist, Gilbert Newton Lewis. More recently the word has been used to describe the time between one computer animation frame and the next.

The oldest speculated use of jiffy coins it as a slang term for lightning, from around 1785.

Now you know.

Jiffy

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Jiffy

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