Plutonium is 1000x less toxic than Botox (and other science facts)

Summary:If you love science facts, Richard Muller's cheeky illustrated book, The Instant Physicist, might be for you.

Richard Muller, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, thinks science can be fun.

It's not surprising, then, that his book, The Instant Physicist, was inspired by the raw nature of Ripley's Believe it or Not.

Muller writes:

Whether you are a world leader or just a voting citizen, you’ll improve your judgment by knowing some key facts and numbers. And what better way to learn them than through humor?

Like the fact that alcohol is required by law to be radioactive – it’s something so memorable that you never forget it.

His book includes plenty more bet-you-didn't-know-it's-true facts, such as:

  • You really can get your clothes whiter than white.
  • Earth is traveling through space at a million miles per hour. (Hang on!)

Source: Robert Sanders via Richard Muller. The illustration is from Muller's book, "The Instant Physicist: An Illustrated Guide." (W.W. Norton & Company.)

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Contributing Editor Boonsri Dickinson is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. She has written for Discover, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Nature Biotech,, and AOL. She's currently a reporter for Business Insider. She holds degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Colorado... Full Bio

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