Bacteria (Part 2)

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40 Amazing Bacteria Facts  (Part 2) | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. It’s amazing that more than 600 strains of bacteria have been identified in dental plaques.
  2. Typically there are between 10,000 and 10 million bacteria on each hand.
  3. Amazing fact is that human bites are one of the most dangerous animal bites in the world due to the bacteria in our mouths as there are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
  4. The fact is damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands.
  5. The number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet.
  6. It’s amazing to know that the average ATM has more germs than public toilets.
  7. As per experts the bathroom is bacterial count wise cleaner then the kitchen in the average house.
  8. Surprisingly, there are more bacteria on the sink than on the floor of kitchen!
  9. Drying your hands with paper towel will reduce the bacterial count by 50% on your hands. Amazingly using a hand dryer will increase the bacteria on your hands by up to 250% because it blows out bacteria already living in the, conveniently, warm moist environment.
  10. It’s amazing that mobile phones have 18 times more bacteria than toilet handles.
  11. Scientists found 1,458 new species of bacteria living just in the bellybutton of human beings. Everyone’s bellybutton ecology is unique like a fingerprint.
  12. Amazing fact is after two weeks of wear a pair of jeans will have grown a 1,000-strong colony of bacteria on the front, 1,500–2,500 on the back and 10,000 on the crotch area.
  13. The amount of bacteria on a pair of jeans doesn’t increase after about 2 weeks of wear. Prolonged wear thereafter doesn’t increase quantity of unhealthy bacteria.
  14. Some Civil War soldiers had wounds that glowed in the dark because of a bioluminescent bacteria that came from nematodes . In fact these bacteria actually killed off other pathogens and made the survival rate higher.
  15. There’s a species of bacteria found so much resistant to radiation that scientists have nicknamed it “Conan the Bacterium”
  16. Earwax has antimicrobial properties that reduce the viability of bacteria and fungus in the human ear.
  17. It’s a proven fact that many of the stomach ulcers are caused by bacteria and not stress.
  18. To prove that bacteria is responsible for ulcers , a scientist drank a beaker of the bacterium. He did indeed in fact develop stomach ulcers and won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for proving it.
  19. To treat bladder cancer, one of the innovative way of treatment is to inject weakened bovine tuberculosis bacteria up your urethra which sets up immune response destroying cancer cells. This treatment may in fact be more effective than chemotherapy.
  20. Honey is in fact a natural reservoir for the Botulism bacteria. Adults can normally process it and infants can’t and this is why you should avoid giving it to baby.
  21. Amazingly Kangaroos barely release any methane. Scientists are therefore trying to harvest the bacteria found in their colons so that they can transfer this “skill” to cattle to control methane generation as cattle belching and farting produce about 20% of the Earth’s methane.
  22. Amazing fact is that human breast milk contains sugars intended to feed intestinal bacteria, rather than the infant itself.
  23. Unwashed eggs still have their protective coating, the bloom, and are safe to store on the counter. Many modern countries wash eggs before sale so they ‘look’ cleaner and safer, but this opens the pores of the shell for bacterial to enter inside during storage time.
  24. Human poop, by weight, is in fact mostly bacteria that are both dead and alive.
  25. Amazingly a group of scientists have transcribed the song “It’s a Small World After All” into the DNA of a bacteria that is resistant to radioactivity, so that in the event of a nuclear catastrophe, we could pass a message on to future intelligent life.
  26. Sweat itself is odorless. In fact it is the bacteria on the skin that mingles with it and produces body odor.
  27. Millions of people don’t actually need to use deodorant (especially East Asians) because they have a gene (ABCC11) that stops them from producing sweat that attracts body odor causing bacteria. People with “dry earwax” also have this particular gene.
  28. Amazing fact is one teaspoon of the bacterium C. botulinum, if properly distributed produces so much toxin that it could kill every single human being in the USA.
  29. Botox is made from a deadly bacterial toxin which is used in very small doses to remove wrinkles.
  30. The “smell” of rain after a storm is in fact produced by the bacteria called actinomycetes that causes water to taste “earthy”. The smell is called petrichor , from Greek petros, ‘stone’ and ichor, ‘the fluid that flows through the veins of the gods’.
  31. Amazing fact is one single teaspoon of soil contains 1 billion bacteria & 120,000 fungi & 25,000 algae.
  32. It’s amazing to know that for promotion of the movie “Contagion”, Warner Bros. Pictures Canada built two giant Petri dishes treated with bacteria and fungi and displayed them in a Toronto storefront window. Over several days, the bacteria and fungi specimens grew to spell out the name of the film and form bio hazard symbols.
  33. Vampirococcus is one of the predatory bacteria which attack and kill other bacteria . It lives in freshwater lakes with a high sulfur content attaching itself to a much larger, purple bacterium called Chromatium absorbing the liquid from its prey killing it just like a vampire sucking blood which gave it it’s name.
  34. Another predatory bacteria is Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus which attaches to another bacterium and then enters the cell of the prey. It produces enzymes to digest the outer covering of its prey and also rotates, allowing it to drill its way into the prey. It reproduces inside its prey and then destroys it.
  35. Bdellovibrio can in fact swim at the amazing rate of 100 cell lengths a second, making it one of the fastest-moving bacteria.
  36. Amazing fact is  that Deinococcus radiodurans, sometimes called “the world’s toughest bacterium”, can survive cold, acid, dehydration, a vacuum and radiation 1000 times stronger than a human can withstand.
  37. A flashlight fish harbors luminescent bacteria in a complimentary way. The fish have a bean-shaped light organ below each eye which turns on and off like a flashlight. The flashlight fish is nocturnal using light to communicate with other fish and to attract prey. The light of the flashlight fish is made by bacteria living in the light organ. The bacteria contain a molecule called luciferin, which releases light when it reacts with oxygen with the help of enzyme luciferase. The bacteria benefit by receiving nutrients and oxygen from the fish’s blood.
  38. Vibrio fischeri , luminescent bacteria lives in the ocean and in the light organ of the Hawaiian bobtail squid, which is active in the dark. At night the squid absorbs bacteria into its light organ from the surrounding seawater. These bacteria produce a signalling molecule known as an autoinducer which activates the luminescence genes of the bacterial population, causing the bacteria to produce light. During the day the squid carries out a process called venting releasing bacteria into the ocean from the light organ and their concentration falls below the level required to produce light. The cycle is repeated every day.
  39. In 1975 scientists discovered Magnetic bacteria. Magnetospirillium magneticum is a free-living bacteria which has the ability to actively take in iron, convert it to magnetic magnetite, a type of magnetic crystal and align it like a backbone along its body, and travel through its environment using magnetic fields.
  40. Amazingly one species called Ralstonia metallidurans can produce solid nuggets from dissolved gold. First they “eat” the gold and then they excrete it as micro nuggets.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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