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National Geographic Answer Book Winner!

On Friday, we asked readers to submit amazing demographic facts. The submissions were all fascinating, but we could only pick one… The Winning Entry: A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia found that 96% of test subjects used for experiments are WEIRD—members of societies that are Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic. Additionally, they found [...]

Win a Copy of the National Geographic Answer Book!

Every day, more than 20,000 Chinese people leave the countryside to settle in urban areas. Related Link: For the past two weeks, we’ve been pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fascinating National Geographic Answer Book, which hit stores last Tuesday. You can order your copy from the National Geographic Store. Want to Win a [...]

Win a Copy of National Geographic Answer Book!

Every day, more than 20,000 Chinese people leave the countryside to settle in urban areas. Related Link: For the past two weeks, we’ve been pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fascinating National Geographic Answer Book, which hit stores last Tuesday. You can order your copy from the National Geographic Store. Want to Win a [...]

The Number of the Day: 20,000

Every day, more than 20,000 Chinese people leave the countryside to settle in urban areas. Related Link: For the past two weeks, we’ve been pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fascinating National Geographic Answer Book, which hit stores last Tuesday. You can order your copy from the National Geographic Store. Want to Win a [...]

The Number of the Day: 54,000°

Lightning can reach temperatures of around 54,000°F. Related Link: For the past two weeks, we’ve been pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fascinating National Geographic Answer Book, which hit stores last Tuesday. You can order your copy from the National Geographic Store. Come back tomorrow for a chance to win a copy! [See previous [...]

The Number of the Day: 40,000

Of the 600,000 troops who invaded Russia under Napoleon in 1812, fewer than 40,000 made it back to France. Related Link: This week we’re pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fascinating National Geographic Answer Book, which hit stores last Tuesday. You can order your copy from the National Geographic Store. [See previous Numbers of [...]

Another Contest Winner!

On Friday, we asked readers to submit fascinating insect facts. You sent in some pretty cool facts about everything from butterflies to cockroaches, but we had to pick just one… The Winning Entry: “Bees must collect the nectar from two thousand flowers to make one tablespoonful of honey.” - submitted by Amy Amy will receive a copy of the [...]

The Number of the Day: 3,000,000

One human being’s network of neurons, laid end to end, might extend as far as 3,000,000 miles. Related Link: This week we’re pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fascinating National Geographic Answer Book, which hit stores last Tuesday. You can order your copy from the National Geographic Store. [See previous Numbers of the Day [...]

The Number of the Day: 700

Giant clams embed themselves in the seafloor and never move. They can weigh up to 700 pounds. Related Link: This week we’re pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fascinating National Geographic Answer Book, which hit stores last Tuesday. You can order your copy from the National Geographic Store. [See previous Numbers of the Day [...]

The Number of the Day: 2,000

Trap-jaw ants shut their mandibles 2,000 times faster than the blink of an eye. Related Link: For the next week, we’ll be pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fascinating National Geographic Answer Book. You can order your copy from the National Geographic Store. Want to Win a Copy? Leave a comment with a fascinating [...]