Bacteria Facts – 95 Surprising Facts About Bacteria

Facts on Bacteria

We purposefully eat bacteria. Foods like yogurt, cheese, bread are made of bacteria.

Some Civil War soldier’s wounds glowed in the dark because of bioluminescent bacteria that was puked up by nematodes. These bacteria killed other pathogens and made the survival rate of soldiers higher.

There are 2,368 species of bacteria living in your belly button.

Bladder cancer can be cured by injecting weakened bovine tuberculosis bacteria up your urethra. The subsequent immune reaction destroys cancer cells. This treatment is actually more effective than chemotherapy.

Tap water has a shelf life of 6 months, after which chlorine dissipates and bacteria starts to grow.

Unwashed eggs still have the protect coating called the bloom, and are safe to store on the counter. Many modern countries wash eggs before sale; this opens the pores and leaves the room for bacterial infection during the storage time, though it looks cleaner and safer.

Human poop, by weight, is mostly bacteria that are both alive and dead.

Millions of people don’t need to use deodorants especially East Asians, because they have a gene (ABCC11) that stops them from producing sweat that attracts body odor causing bacteria.

Bacteria present in clouds make better nucleators to start snow/rain better than dust.

The average office desk is known to have 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.