Can You Identify These Things Under a Microscope?

SCIENCE

Bri O.

6 Min Quiz

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When placed under the harsh light of a microscope, what once looked gorgeous may suddenly look terrifying. Can you make out what these magnified objects are? Play on to find out!

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It could be 100 degrees outside, but it's likely the interior temperature of a cucumber in that heat would be just 80 degrees, a whole 20 degrees cooler than the external temperature. During the summer heat, it would be nice to be as "cool as a cucumber."

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In the Netflix series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the main character, Kimmy, has a phobia of velcro, which quickly becomes a problem because she can't tie shoes. There is no official term for velcro phobia. It took 14 years for the inventor of Velcro to fine-tune his final product.

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In 2004, Xie Qiuping set the world record for having the longest hair length, measuring in at 18.5 feet. She has been growing her hair out since she was 13 years old (1973).

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In an effort to promote health, safety, and sanitation, the Scott Paper Company (of Philadelphia), released paper tissues (toilet paper) in 1879 as a product intended to replace the commonly used cloth tissues in bathrooms. In 1907, a shipment of very thick toilet paper was repurposed as paper towel, becoming the first ever paper towels. They came up with the idea after hearing of a school teacher who gave sick students soft papers to wipe their hands with instead of the communal cloth.

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With more than 40,000 varieties, rice is the main source of food for more half of the global population. Every continent outside of Antarctica produces rice.

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Fingerprint evidence is considered the most dependable form of incriminating proof against a suspect. It's hard to explain your way out of it, and no two fingerprints are alike, not even in cases of identical twins. This method of IDing suspects has been used for more than a 100 years, though the technology behind it has dramatically advanced over time.

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Interestingly enough, in the UK, sandcastles kill more people than sharks. From 1960 to 2012, sharks were responsible for 12 deaths while sandcastles were responsible for 16. Sandcastle fatalities are usually the result of beach-goers falling into the holes created when sand is removed for use in building castles.

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North Carolina produces significantly more yarn than any other state. Around 50% of all yarn produced is made of cotton.

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The guitar is part of the chordophone instrument family. There are two different types of acoustic guitars: classical and steel-stringed.

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Carpets are typically "fixed" to the floor and not intended to be portable, unlike rugs which are usually smaller and easily moved. The first loom-woven carpets are believed to date back to around 500 B.C.

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While those bumps on your tongue are often referred to as taste buds, that's not actually what they are. Taste buds aren't visible to the human eye, but the tongue's papillae are. Each of the papillae has about six taste buds on their surfaces.

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Fluorosis is a condition characterized by the development of white spots on the teeth. It's not harmful and cosmetic, but, it means there's too much fluoride being consumed somehow, whether it's the drinking water, toothpaste, or mouthwashes.

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Traditionally, tires have been made with a pneumatic inner tube with a hard rubber casing around it that attaches to the wheel. Recently, tires have been reinvented so that there is no longer a need for the inner tube because the rubber casing is designed to create a pneumatic seal with the rim.

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Made without the use of artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, Rice Chex also happens to be gluten free. There are 8 varieties of Chex, 7 of which are gluten free. Also, there's no high fructose corn syrup in sight. This is not a Chex advertisement.

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The white base portion of the fingernail is called the lunula, which means little moon. Your hair and nails are both made of keratin, which is a protein.

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The average strawberry contains around 200 seeds. If you consider yourself a strawberry fanatic, then a trip to Belgium may be in order, as it's home to a museum dedicated solely to strawberries.

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Syringes may also be referred to as needles (they are hollow needles). They're used in the process of taking samples from the body as well as injecting fluids into the body,

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While most of the U.S. currency arsenal has received makeovers in the past couple decades, the dollar bill is not one of them. It hasn't been redesigned since 1963. This is likely because the dollar bill is not commonly counterfeited.

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It's commonly held belief that diamonds are virtually indestructible, but this is a myth, considering diamonds are cut into shape. This means they are easily damaged, especially without the right cut. The heaviest diamond ever found was 1.33 pounds.

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Grass is green because of the presence of chlorophyll, a compound used in the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is how plants convert sunlight into energy.

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Chalk is made of a fine limestone powder called calcium carbonate. Chalk can be found naturally throughout the world, but there are also ways to make chalk.

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Sharkskin is made up of millions of dermal denticles, which are essentially small teeth. Female sharkskin can be up to two times thicker and tougher than their male counterparts.

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Because the retina (a part of the eyeball) takes in the world from an upside-down perspective, the brain has to rework things so that your actual perception reflects reality and the right-side-up world.

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Unlike with many other types of bread, you do not add yeast to sourdough. Instead, the yeast develops and grows naturally on its own over a matter of days or shorter, depending on preference. All that's required to start is water and flour mixed together. After that, there's a bit of maintenance and tending required, but not much.

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If you ever find yourself needing to write underwater or in zero gravity conditions, a pressurized ink cartridge found in "Space" pens might come in handy. The oldest known ink is called India or China ink, and it's still used in Japan and China for writing with a special brush.

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Soap is made using two main ingredients: fat and alkali. The form of alkali most commonly used is sodium hydroxide, but a potassium hydroxide is also an option. When potassium hydroxide is used, it creates "soft soap," which is more water-soluble.

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Designed in 1909, the Lincoln penny was created to honor the fallen president's 100th birthday. The designer's initials can be seen right under Lincoln's shoulder.

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When it comes to strength-to-weight ratios, no other material (not even steel) compares to the raw power and flexibility of wood. Annually, the world uses up around four billion cubic meters of wood.

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90% of American-produced Broccoli is grown in California. The average American eats upwards of 4 pounds of broccoli every year.

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Maine is the largest producer of blueberries in the world. These tiny berries are jam-packed with antioxidants that protect the brain against free radical damage and neurodegeneration.

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LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. The liquefied crystals are activated by the device's electric current, which causes the crystals to change from transparent to cloudy.

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It's theorized that meteors brought gold to earth nearly four billion years ago. Scientists believe gold was likely formed by the colliding of dead stars.

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Most people don't think about it, but honey serves more purposes than just human consumption. Bees produce and store honey to use as a food source to help them make it through the winter. Fortunately, bees usually produce an excess of 2-3 times more than they need, so sharing some of it with us shouldn't hurt.

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Sugar is the only taste that babies crave immediately after birth, and they continue to crave it throughout childhood. In every tablespoon of Heinz ketchup, there is a teaspoon worth of sugar.

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Interestingly enough, snow is considered a mineral, like salt and even diamonds. Fresh snow is around 95% air, making it an effective thermal insulator.

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The mixed waste between Utah's cardboard and paper consumption makes up 41% of the state's solid waste. For every 2,000 pounds of that cardboard waste that get recycled, 46 gallons of oil and 6.6 million BTUs of energy are conserved.

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Paper can be made of wood pulp or plant fibers. The earliest known instance of papermaking dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used reeds to make what was called papyrus.

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Aside from birds, certain dinosaur species grew feathers. One of those dinosaurs, Yutyrannus huali, could grow to be more than 30 feet long. So, those feathers were not used for flight.

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While the common housefly might seem harmless enough, think again! It's a silent killer capable of spreading deadly and serious diseases, like cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. Flies eat everything from garbage to fresh foods, and their hairy legs and sticky feet pick up bacteria and protozoans from their food sources. Each time a fly feeds, it spits out a digestive liquid on its food, which leaves trace amounts behind that can carry what was picked up from earlier feedings.

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Household dust is full of potentially harmful chemicals and allergens. Scientists have found that small amounts of the chemicals we rarely use or use daily stick around for awhile, settling on shelves and collecting with the dust. This dust may be inhaled, which is no good for your health.

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The average American will eat upwards of two tons (2,000+ pound) of cheese over the course of a lifetime. This averages out to around 34 pounds of cheese consumed per American each year. In France, this number is quite a bit higher at 57 pounds a person per year.

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There are a variety of different types of leather. Patent leather is treated with chemicals in order to achieve a glossy, smooth finish. Most of the time, leather is made from the hides of cattle.

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Canvas can be made of cotton, linen, hemp, or synthetic ingredients. Of the choices, hemp is one of the strongest, as it's a natural insect repellent and is less susceptible to problems with mildew, rot, and light deficiencies. Hemp can also withstand higher temperatures and is quite elastic, making it one of the ideal textiles around.

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Coming in right after bananas, apples are America's second favorite fruit. Did you know that apples float when placed in water? (bobbing for apples anyone?). This is because they're made of 25% air.

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Chocolate is poisonous to dogs because it contains the compound theobromine. The compound can also be poisonous to humans, but only in extremely excessive amount of chocolate. We're talking thousands of mini Hershey's chocolate bars.

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While it my seem okay to put the perfectly shaped Q-tip into the depths of your ear, it isn't. In fact, each Q-tip container explicitly advises not to insert the tip into the ear canal. but most people do. It's one of the main reasons people end up with ear, nose, throat, and sinus complications.

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Gum is among some of the oldest known candies in the world. Chicle is a natural gum resin produced by the sapodilla tree. It was the first natural gum to popularize the candy in the states.

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