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FlipFact of the Day: The insect kingdom is full of all kinds of wonderful animals, and the grasshopper is certainly no exception. A typical grasshopper can jump ten times its length vertically, and about twenty times its length horizontally.

Much like a catapult, grasshoppers use their leg muscles to propel themselves into the air. They do this to escape a predator, to begin flying, or simply to get from one place to another. They extend their back legs and push against the surface they are standing on; the resulting force enables them to perform spectacular jumps.

A human being with the same jumping power could leap over a five-storey building. That’s about the length of nearly three basketball courts!

Today’s Science History Milestone: On August 2, 1939, physicist Leó Szilárd sent a letter (signed by Albert Einstein) to President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggesting that the United States should start a nuclear weapons program, based on intel that Germany may be developing its own. This eventually resulted in the creation of the Manhattan Project.

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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.