A roman scholar predicted microbiology over 2000 years ago, writing "there are bred certain minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, but which float in the air and enter the body through the mouth and nose and cause serious diseases." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A novice lensmaker was the first person to directly observe human sperm cells, by looking at his own under a microscope. He is now considered the father of microbiology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
The Father of Microbiology was a cloth merchant who decided to use microscopes in order to better examine the quality of his wares. humanurehandbook.com/down…
Antonie Leeuwenhoek improved upon the microscope in 1670 so he could look at fabric but began looking at microorganisms instead becoming the father of microbiology. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology published an article stating that crocodile blood can rejuvenate skin and heal wounds advancedtissue.com/2016/0…
The original flavour for Cap'n Crunch cereal was created in 1963, by Pamela Low, a flavorist at Arthur D. Little, and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a microbiology degree. The flavour was inspired by her grandmother, who used to serve brown sugar and butter over rice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
The guy who played the giant werewolf with the incredibly deep voice in the movie "Underworld" has a degree in microbiology and... he wrote the movie. imdb.com/name/nm0340485/b…
The basic reproduction rate in microbiology, or the number of people a sick person will infect on average, for ebola is 2. Measles is estimated to be as high as 18. npr.org/sections/health-s…
Dexter Holland (Lead singer for the Offspring) is a candidate for a PhD in microbiology en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dex…
Your bellybutton is a surprise bag of microbiology almost as unique as fingerprints en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
Sister Noella Marcellino, a Benedictine nun, holds a PhD in microbiology for the microbial ecology of cheese ripening. wgbh.org/articles/Sister-…
The lead singer of The Offspring is an apparent genius with a bachelors in Biology, a masters in Microbiology and even gave up a Ph.D to focus on his band en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dex…
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (the "father of Microbiology" and first scientist to observe bacteria) also recorded his observations of sperm cells - insects, dogs, humans, arthropods and more - under the microscope whonamedit.com/doctor.cfm…
β€œSymposium” is the Greek term for a drinking-party. So, next time you have to go to a symposium on phage therapy in industrial microbiology and the role of phage in the biosphere, you know what to do! iep.utm.edu/symposiu/
The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NYC is so polluted that unidentifiable new forms of microbiological life have arisen in its sludge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gow…
WHO barred the US-based International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) from taking part in β€˜WHO activities setting microbiological or chemical standards for food and water’ because 60 per cent of ILSI’s budget comes from β€˜hundreds of chemical, food and drug companies’ newint.org/columns/curren…
By filling microbiologically contaminated water into a plastic bottle and placing it in the sun for six hours, drinking water is produced. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…
Pitch Lake is the largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world. Asphalt from the lake was used to pave some areas in NYC. Evidence of an active microbiological ecosystem have been reported, including novel fungal & bacterial species. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit…
Ginkgo trees are an ancient species, effectively identical to the ones that grew 270 milion years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin…
Haystacks can spontaneously combust en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
The incredible evolutionary association between squid and bacteria.

Ok, I lied, I learned this a few years ago. However I wanted to start a thread where everyone shared one incredible fact they learned from school, something that they will never forget, but also something that has no real practical value in your career. Let me explain mine, and maybe it will make better sense.

Squid travel in packs (schools?) and at night, when the moon is bright this creates a dark patch or shadow in the water. Sharks and whales looking up at the surface see this dark patch and know that means a big meal of squid. So the squid evolved special organs to help prevent this problem. Before night falls, a special species of bacteria fill these organs. These bacteria are Vibrio fischeri and have the ability to produce light. So at night, these squid glow brightly and the predators below can't tell the difference between moonlight and squidlight. In the morning, the squids expel these bacteria as they are no longer needed.

Another interesting fact is that the b

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