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25 Amazing and fascinating Facts About Glass | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. The first glass was formed from molten volcanic rock that cooled down extremely quickly.
  2. A glass is an amorphous (non-crystalline) solid material. Molten glass solidifies so quickly that its molecules don’t have time to settle into a regular crystalline lattice.
  3. Amazingly it is glass’s chaotic structure that makes it smooth and transparent. The rather random and loosely spaced molecules in glass allow much of the visible and ultra-violet spectrum of light to pass through.
  4. The greater the randomness of the molecular structure, the easier it is for the light to pass through. This is why you can see through most liquids and gases.
  5. As early as 4000 BC, the very first glass was used in the Middle East as a glaze to decorate beads.
  6. Around 1500 BC, the Egyptians made the first glass containers.
  7. Glass is made from a mixture of all natural ingredients i.e. sand, soda ash and limestone.
  8. Fact is that glass is one of the best containers of product. This is because glass is pure, and does not affect or change the properties of the contents.
  9. Hydrofluoric acid will dissolve glass.
  10. Amazingly until the 18th and 19th centuries, glass was extremely expensive and had limited applications such as stained glass windows for churches.
  11. In 1887  a machine capable of producing 200 bottles per hour was designed in England.
  12. Large scale manufacture began with the mass production of glass containers beginning at the onset of the 20th century and glass light bulb production in 1926.
  13. Amazing fact is glass is 100% infinitely recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without losing its quality, purity and clarity.
  14. About 80% of glass containers are recycled, compared with less than 25% of plastic containers.
  15. Recycled glass, also called cullet, requires a lower heating temperature than glass from raw materials, thus requiring 40 percent less energy.
  16. Amazing fact is bulletproof glass manufacturer 3M Security Glass placed $3 million in cash inside behind bulletproof glass at a bus stop. If you could break it, money was yours.
  17. Amazingly one Way bullet proof glass has been invented. It stops bullets from one side only, allowing return fire.
  18. Liquid Glass has been invented which combines silicon dioxide with water or ethanol to make a spray that dries to form a layer of “flexible, super-durable glass“. The layer is invisible (amazing 500 times thinner than a human hair), non-toxic and repels liquids.
  19. Amazingly liquid Glass would eliminate the need for scrubbing, and make most cleaning products unnecessary because it also renders surfaces anti-bacterial. Medical instruments treated with it can be cleaned with only hot water, with no need for chemical disinfectants.
  20. When you recycle one single glass bottle, enough energy is saved to illuminate a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or power a computer or television for close to half an hour.
  21. When glass breaks, the cracks move amazingly fast at 3,000 miles per hour. A camera would have to shoot at a millionth of a second to catch it.
  22. Amazing fact is glass practically never decomposes. It takes glass 1 million years to decompose.
  23. It’s amazing that a ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball made of rubber.
  24. If hot water is suddenly poured into a glass that glass is more apt to break if it is thick than if it is thin. This is why test tubes are made of thin glass.
  25. Despite the fact they are commonly known as “Glasses”, most spectacle lenses today are actually made of plastic. This is to prevent them breaking, and make them lighter in weight.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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