5 Things I Learned This Week, Part 6

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Polar Bears start this week’s 5 Things, or more importantly Polar Bear Babies.
Did you know that if a Grizzly Bear and a Polar Bear were to mate and produce a baby, that the baby is scientifically called a Pizzy Bear!

Of course, the idea of watching a Grizzly Bear and a Polar Bear mate would make me want to rub my eyes, which conveniently leads right into the second thing of the week, eye rubbing.
When we rub our eyes we often see bright flashes of coloured light.
These flashes of light have a name for them. They are called Phosphenes.

Now you have finished rubbing your eyes to see if you can reproduce what I am saying, I am going to swiftly skim over the third thing I learned because for many people it's gonna be boring.
Prime Numbers!
Still there? Still reading this?!?
Okay, the longest recorded Prime Number is a total of 17,425,170 digits in length.
Now, don’t go get confused like most of TikTok did when I shared this fact, and think the Prime Number is 17,425,170 because that isn’t it. It is a number that has over 17 million digits in it.
The number is clearly too long to write here, it would cause this article to be a 5 day read time, but if you were to want to know it, you need to take the number 2, multiply it by itself 57,885,161 times and then subtract 1.

We have done Math to death with that, literally bored to death, so for number four on my list of five, we head towards Science.
I will keep this one snappy,…the letter J. That is it. What do you mean you need more information?!? Okay…
The letter J is the only letter of the alphabet that does not appear on the Periodic Table. Lots of H’s and N’s but no J appears.

And last but not least, North Korean hackers.
Three of them managed to steal $1.3bn before finally being identified for their crimes.
The hacking trio first started by hacking into and stealing money from banks in Asia and Africa.
After that, they targeted Sony in 2014 by hacking them, releasing their unreleased movies, hacking the Playstation service, etc.
Finally, before being identified, they created and released the Wannacry virus that infected computers across the world, blocking major systems including the NHS in the UK, demanding a ransom be paid to unlock the vital computers.

Until next time, stay safe and happy.



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