Did You Know?
29. The length of a meter is one ten-millionth of the length of the equator.
28. To prevent indigestion, crocodiles invariably carry about 5 lb (2 kg) of pebbles in their stomach.
27. The mouth of a hyena is so tough that it can chew a glass bottle without cutting itself.
26. Most American car horns beep in the key of F.
25. Geckos are able to run upside down on polished glass! They can do this because they have many tiny hairs on their feet that are branched at the end. They are so tiny that they exploit the attractive forces (called “Van der Waals forces”) that exist between all molecules.
24. The Celt warriors were so proud of their strength and height that they went into battle naked. They wore tall helmets to make them look even bigger, and they also painted themselves blue. They believed that the blue paint would magically protect them from swords and arrows.
23. Sweet is the only taste that humans are born desiring.
22. Ghost crabs have 360 degree vision – but cannot see above their heads.
21. Sweating is actually good for you because sweat contains an enzyme that breaks down the cell walls of certain harmful bacteria. Tears and saliva also contain this enzyme.
20. Since viruses cannot reproduce on their own, they are technically not alive. They are simply highly organized mixtures of chemicals that can perform some pretty specific tasks.
19. If all of the DNA from one of your cells were strung together end to end, the string would dangle from your head to your toes, and still some would be on the floor.
18. Dreamt is the only word that ends in mt.
17. Frogs can’t swallow with their eyes open.
16. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21 inch tongue.
15. Reindeer like bananas.
14. Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.
13. The Mongolian empire was the largest land empire in history.
12. Today, the gelatin in Jell-O is most likely to come from pig or cow bones, hides, connective tissues, or from pigskin. A fibrous protein called collagen is found in those items above and that protein is processed to make gelatin.
11. One giant panda is capable of eating five tons of bamboo in a year.
10. There are more than 450 Ladybug species in North America!
9. Because of its geographical position (running northwest to southeast), Panama may be the only place in the world where the sun rises in the “west” (over the Pacific Ocean) and sets in the “east” (over the Atlantic).
8. Neptune takes 165 Earth years to complete a single revolution in its orbit. So if we lived on Neptune, we’d be dead well before we turned one.
7. The Black Torpedo Ray can emit a deadly 220-volt shock – almost as much as a household electric socket.
6. A lot of carbonated beverages have lots of sodium and sugar in them. The sodium makes you thirsty so that you drink more, and the sugar is there to cover up the salty taste. Kind of cheap, huh?
5. The sailfish can cut through the water faster than a cheetah can run on land. A sailfish has been timed at a speed of 68.18 mph! (Cheetahs reach about 60-63 mph.)
4. Banana peels contain a little bit of poison. It is a miniscule amount, but still, it is probably not a good idea to eat them.
3. Many animals such as antelopes cannot see in colors. They see in black and white.
2. Dynamite contains plankton skeletons.
1. When Daniel Boone went squirrel hunting, he didn’t actually shoot the squirrel. He shot the branch it was sitting on, splintering the bark, and the force of the blow killed the squirrel.