Summer chatter: hot, steaming facts about heat

  • Abhilasha Gupta, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2014 18:15 IST

GK turns Indians on like nothing on the planet. So we found the sexiest hot facts to keep you company on hot days.

* The hottest planet:

Not Mercury (even though it's the closest to the Sun). Venus is actually the hottest planet in the solar system, thanks to its concentration of carbon dioxide. The average temperature of Venus is a scorching 460 degrees Celsius.* And this one's our favorite:

Hot water can freeze faster than cold water! The 'Mpemba effect' is the name given to this phenomenon when sometimes warm water freezes faster than cold water!
* Are you hot enough for this place?

Death Valley, a desert valley located in California, is the hottest inhabited place in the world (highest recorded temperature: 56.7 degrees Celsius). It's now a national park with only about 300 people.* Up in the air:

A rooster, a duck, and a sheep were the first passengers ever to travel in a hot air balloon in Annonay, France, in 1783. Of course, best representing the kind of people who like getting on the balloon now! #Selfie
Photos: Thinkstock, Shutterstock

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