We challenge you to stop doom-scrolling, sit back and relax to the tune of these three delightful facts about our beautiful planet.

Fact 1 | Need More Time in Your Day? You’re Getting It!

It’s true — the Earth’s days are in fact getting longer. Back when the Earth first formed, a day was roughly six hours long. That was 4.6 billion years ago. Then, by 620 million years ago, the days had lengthened to 21.9 hours. Why did this happen? The moon and the tides it creates cause a twisting force that slows the Earth’s rotation incrementally over time. Here’s the bad news though — this is happening at a rate of about 1.7 milliseconds every century. So if you need more time in your busy schedule to finally learn how to play the guitar or speak Chinese, you’ll have to wait another few million years. SOURCE

Fact 2 | Early Life on Earth Was… Purple?

Most of us will remember from science class that we have chlorophyll to thank for the green appearance of plant life on Earth. But recent scientific findings suggest that earlier stages of Earth’s development favored organisms that generated metabolic energy from a molecule called retinal. Whereas chlorophyll absorbs red and blue light and reflects green, retinal reflects red and blue — a combination that appears purple to our eyes. SOURCE

Fact 3 | Earth’s Name Is a Bit of a Mystery

Mars, Venus, Mercury — they’re all named after ancient gods. So what’s the deal with “Earth?” Why is it called that? The short answer is that we don’t really know. There is no historical data as to any person (or group) who might have given our planet its name. The term “Earth” itself comes from an Anglo-Saxon word that simply means “ground.” Don’t you wish you could go back in time and have a do-over? (Just, let’s not let the internet decide our planet’s new name. We all remember Boaty McBoatface, right?) SOURCE

There, doesn’t that feel better? If you want to feel better about your brand’s marketing strategy too, we can help! Email newbusiness@todaymediacustom.com to start the conversation.