14 Questions National Geographic Finally Answered

  • Published: 19 December 2018
  • Humans may know a lot about the world, but there are still many questions that remain unanswered. What do the tops of the pyramids in Egypt look like? Can the Sahara Desert turn into a lush, green forest? Can an avocado kill a horse? Why is penguin poop necessary for survival?

    National Geographic has provided answers to your most burning questions. You can’t even imagine some of the things you don’t know about the world! After watching this video, you’ll be able to impress all your friends with these unbelievable facts.

    What sits atop the ancient Egyptian pyramids? 0:57
    That’s a canary of a different color! 1:49
    The Vatican prohibited copies of a special song 2:26
    Crisscross patterns in the sea 3:25
    Someone broke the beard off an ancient Egyptian mask artifact in a museum 3:51
    Orchids are “Devil’s Plants” 4:35
    A colorless rainbow 5:10
    Is GPS really free? 5:49
    You can move from city to city in Russia without changing homes! 6:15
    Penguin poop is necessary for survival 6:45
    Avocados are toxic to everyone but humans 7:18
    Iceland cooks bread with the help of volcanoes 7:55
    Ice balls aren’t a myth! 8:33
    The Sahara isn’t always a hot desert 9:10

    #nationalgeographic #unbelievablefacts #geographicalfacts

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    - Scientists discovered the Benben stone, which once sat atop the pyramid of Amenemhat III, around 1840 BCE in the Temple of Phoenix. In Egypt, the phoenix was thought to be able to create and resurrect.
    - Thanks to a special pigment in canary wings, they can change shades depending on what they eat.
    - Vatican doesn’t have a theme song, it did have a special piece that was performed once a year, which was kept secret for nearly 150 years.
    - The square shapes that appear in the ocean are known as “cross sea.” It happens when 2 wave systems occur in the ocean at oblique, or slanting, angles.
    - Back in 2014, an employee at the Egyptian Museum knocked off the beard of Tutankhamun’s burial mask! They tried to glue it back on, which did more harm than good to the artifact.
    - The flower from the forests of Colombia got the nickname of “Devil’s Orchid” thanks to its creepy appearance of a face with horns and red eyes in its middle.
    - The fog bow is a rare phenomenon that makes an appearance on foggy days, hence the name.
    - You may not pay to use GPS on your phone when you’re looking for the nearest Starbucks, but the US government spends $750 million a year to maintain the 24 satellites it uses!
    - Something as gross as penguin poop is crucial to maintaining Antarctica’s ecosystem!
    - Dogs and other animals like horses and cows can get very sick and even die from ingesting parts of avocados.
    - While most of us use ovens to cook delicious bread, Iceland uses what’s readily available to them: volcano heat!
    - While incredibly rare, natural ice balls actually exist! They look like perfect balls that only a human could manufacture, but these balls are formed by the wind.
    - According to Robert Korty, a researcher at Texas A&M University, the Sahara was tropical some 6,000 years ago!

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Comments • 1 026

    BRIGHT SIDE   8 months back

    Hey guys! Did you know any of these facts before?

    Btw, here's why avocados are good for your health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cfl-aVbbz0&

    • john whiley
      john whiley  1 months back

      I learned that the Sahara was a rain forest when at school 50 years ago. Late news or what?

    • reefergladness
      reefergladness  3 months back

      just the bit with that bloke layin' on the couch w/the remote control

    • Annette Paulin
      Annette Paulin  3 months back


    • Carmine Bokesch
      Carmine Bokesch  4 months back

      Pharaohs were buried in separate chambers in a place called "THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS" and I'm fairly certain no actual body had ever been found by anyone in a pyramid. And if they were made as tombs, there would definitely be some sort of stelae attached.

  • Alyson Holdsworth
    Alyson Holdsworth  2 days back

    i love the video

    • kkvk100
      kkvk100  5 days back

      this video is cool !

      • Syed Aslam
        Syed Aslam  2 weeks back

        Ya afcorse

        • Alexander Urban
          Alexander Urban  2 weeks back

          national geographic provides low quality science-fastfood. it provides answers to questions, nobody botheres to ask, or everybody else already knows.

          • Sydney Peppell
            Sydney Peppell  3 weeks back

            Doubters READ! Try any children’s books. Then try Nat Geo for kids. Go to a Pictionary. Graduate to Discovery, or Animal Planet, or History or the grown up Nat Geo. My grand daughter asked how come I knew so much, I answered, reading when I was your age and still reading (listening). Jef

            • Wildlife / supernanny fan 1355848

              How long before the next sahara rainforest??

              • Dr. Officer
                Dr. Officer  1 months back

                Pyramids might have been an attempt to create mountains which would alter the weather creating windward & reward side.

                • Dr. Officer
                  Dr. Officer  1 months back

                  @Riaant Gupta every person knows that. You missed the point here & bent it like an ancient pyramid.

                • Riaant Gupta
                  Riaant Gupta  1 months back

                  nope they contained bodies of mummies

              • OK TV
                OK TV  1 months back


                • the hairdresser harare
                  the hairdresser harare  1 months back

                  But my dogs willingly eat and love avocados ???

                  • anime G
                    anime G  1 months back

                    i know a dog that eats avocado and still walking strong till this day....

                    • ソラノただし
                      ソラノただし  1 months back

                      Miserere mei deus was the song copied by mozart

                      • AKO dutch
                        AKO dutch  1 months back

                        When you speak about the Great Pyramid (pharaoh Cheops) with its original height of 146 meters, you show the pyramid of Chefren (the middle one) which is/was not as tall.

                        • MR JEFF
                          MR JEFF  1 months back

                          Orchids is my country Singapore national plany

                          • Frishy Frishter
                            Frishy Frishter  1 months back

                            Well good redence, because my country use hibiscus 🌺, well you maybe already know my country, right?

                        • the youtubers
                          the youtubers  1 months back

                          And how whas desert made???

                          • the youtubers
                            the youtubers  1 months back

                            Why in the desert doesn't rain

                            • kellibug1970
                              kellibug1970  1 months back

                              I love nat geo !!

                              • Jeredan Surgeon
                                Jeredan Surgeon  1 months back

                                The intro to all your videos sound like sales pitches of why I should watch the entire video, "your friends will think you're smart" "all your most burning questions". Its the only thing stopping me from subscribing.

                                • pennyfish89
                                  pennyfish89  1 months back

                                  how to take picture on the first camera?
                                  because if you built two camera, the 2nd camera which took the first camera's picture will become the 1st camera since it took a photo of another camera.... So, how to take a photo on the first camera when it's invented.

                                  • pennyfish89
                                    pennyfish89  1 months back

                                    hi there, i am a TOP FAN of Bright Side

                                    • john whiley
                                      john whiley  1 months back

                                      Tut Tut. 'Farenheit'????? Typical Yank The rest of the world uses Celsius

                                      • Shiddarth Haodism
                                        Shiddarth Haodism  1 months back

                                        You can find dozens of orchid in North East india

                                        • znogard1
                                          znogard1  2 months back

                                          If there are so many hours in the daytime, and so many hours at nighttime, then why are there 24 hours in a day?

                                        • Nooby51 Studios
                                          Nooby51 Studios  2 months back

                                          Avocados are poisoned to birds to

                                          • Voilturez
                                            Voilturez  2 months back

                                            CLICK BAIIIIT

                                            • spike crew
                                              spike crew  2 months back

                                              Why is you skin colour peach?????

                                              • Derek Matthew
                                                Derek Matthew  2 months back

                                                The pyramids were never tombs

                                                • Chattavorn Sangsuwan
                                                  Chattavorn Sangsuwan  2 months back

                                                  Really? My house has orchids everywhere. Theres litterally a garden of orchids at my garden.

                                                  • Hayden Peters
                                                    Hayden Peters  2 months back

                                                    phoenix's don't live in volcanos even though they have fire feather's.

                                                    • Peter Moygannon
                                                      Peter Moygannon  2 months back

                                                      they were not tombs we all know that by now so why are they still saying it in a new utube clip ..loosing credibility..they are now saying power stations..like a static electricity

                                                      • Your Loneliness
                                                        Your Loneliness  2 months back

                                                        Shout out to my youtube binge travellers, concurring one random video after the next.

                                                        • T13 S
                                                          T13 S  2 months back

                                                          I like it more at 1.25 speed

                                                          • Ben Morris
                                                            Ben Morris  2 months back

                                                            More rubbish about them being tombs, which they are not. Nor were they built by the Egyptians - they are far, far older, built by a previous civilization before the flood.

                                                            • Blasian Asian
                                                              Blasian Asian  2 months back

                                                              "Why are we here?"

                                                              • Scelus XII
                                                                Scelus XII  2 months back

                                                                The thumbnail is so fake

                                                                • Doug Reimer
                                                                  Doug Reimer  2 months back

                                                                  Don't even tell you the song..bye.bye...boring

                                                                  • Ricardo Branford
                                                                    Ricardo Branford  2 months back

                                                                    I saw a fogbow

                                                                    • Missing sugar
                                                                      Missing sugar  2 months back


                                                                      • dragon boy bill
                                                                        dragon boy bill  2 months back

                                                                        they diddnt bury ant mummys in the pyramids otherwise the vally of the kings wouldnt have a pupouse

                                                                        • Allyson Harris
                                                                          Allyson Harris  2 months back

                                                                          How did the Titanic run into the iceberg by accident no one knows so I want to find the truth I might go online about this before you make a video

                                                                          • stephen carver
                                                                            stephen carver  2 months back

                                                                            Do some proper research. I can’t believe people still think pyramids were tombs. Wake up humanity

                                                                            • American Nobody
                                                                              American Nobody  2 months back

                                                                              Um, I thought you said something about FACTS? Since when is science fiction fact?

                                                                              • Chitra Karki
                                                                                Chitra Karki  2 months back

                                                                                I feel like most of the things they say are fake and the thumb nail was extremly fake no hate just saying cause i did some research of my own and well lets just say...

                                                                                • Sorrowful Dilo
                                                                                  Sorrowful Dilo  2 months back

                                                                                  What I know about big cats (I just want to comment it here)
                                                                                  Starting with: lions
                                                                                  Lions spend about 20 hours a day resting
                                                                                  lions can live up to 10-12 years while lionesses can live up to 16 years.
                                                                                  The largest population of wild lions is in Tanzania, Africa
                                                                                  Male lions have shaggy manes that help them look larger and more intimidating.
                                                                                  The lion is the only big cat that can form a group of lions called a pride (not so sure with this one)
                                                                                  Next we hv the leopards and jaguars
                                                                                  Leopards have a yellowy coat that has dark spots called rosettes on it's back and sides. In leopards, the rosettes' edges are smooth and circular. This color combo helps leopards blend into their surroundings while a jaguar's coat is nearly the same as the leopard but it has a difference, the rosettes on a jaguar's torso have irregularly shaped borders and at least ONE black dot in the center
                                                                                  (That's it for the leopards)
                                                                                  Jaguars are good swimmers
                                                                                  The name "Jaguar" comes from the Native American word Yaguar, which means "he who kills in one leap".
                                                                                  Jaguars have specialized eyes that are nearly twice as powerful at night as during the day to stalk and ambush prey in the dark
                                                                                  Jaguars live to be 12-15 years old in the wild
                                                                                  Most other cats can retract their claws when they're not using them. Cheetahs' claws stick out all the time, like dogs' claws. Cheetahs use these strong blunt claws like a athlete uses cleats on track shoes--- to help push and quickly build up speed. The large center pad on the cheetah's foot is covered with long ridges that act like the treads of a car tire.
                                                                                  The legendary Jamaican runner Usain Bolt is the worlds fastest human. Bolt ran 200 meters in 19.19 seconds, about 23 miles an hour (37 km/h), but that's slow compared with the cheetah. Cheetahs can run about three times faster than Bolt. At top speed a sprinting cheetah can reach 70 miles an hour (113 km/h) Cheetahs are actually slower than the parigret (how to spell it?) Falcon because when the falcon is hunting it let's gravity pull it down for some seconds so the fastest animal is actually the Parigret falcon (how to spell Parigret XD) the cheetah is just the fastest land animal in the world
                                                                                  Edit: it took me more than 1 minute typing this XD

                                                                                  • Sara Thomas
                                                                                    Sara Thomas  2 months back

                                                                                    "I guess that means more guacamole for us!" 😂

                                                                                    • travelling gamer
                                                                                      travelling gamer  2 months back

                                                                                      How is that possible amazing wow

                                                                                      • Just Hobbies
                                                                                        Just Hobbies  2 months back

                                                                                        " facts" hahahhahha

                                                                                        • Jia Kong
                                                                                          Jia Kong  2 months back

                                                                                          According to cording.