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* Ants don’t sleep.
* Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes.
* A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.
* The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.
* A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.
* A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
* The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae – “Island of Dogs.”
* There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.
* A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.
* Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.
* A baby bat is called a pup.
* German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
* A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.
* It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver – 15; fox – 15 to 25; ermine – 150; chinchilla – 60 to 100.
* The animal responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the mosquito.
* The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain, North Carolina, who was weighed at 1,904 pounds in 1939.
* Cats respond most readily to names that end in an “ee” sound.
* A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
* Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.
* Snakes are immune to their own poison.
* An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
* Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
* The biggest member of the cat family is the male lion, which weighs 528 pounds (240 kilograms).
* Most lipstick contains fish scales.
* Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
* Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats.
* A shrimp’s heart is in their head.
* A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
* A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.
* The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.
* A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.
* It may take longer than two days for a chick to break out of its shell.
* Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.
* Despite man’s fear and hatred of the wolf, it has not ever been proved that a non-rabid wolf ever attacked a human.
* There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the United States.
* Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.
* Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
* The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.
* It is estimated that a single toad may catch and eat as many as 10,000 insects in the course of a summer.
* Amphibians eyes come in a variety shapes and sizes. Some even have square or heart-shaped pupils.
* It would require an average of 18 hummingbirds to weigh in at 1 ounce.
* Dogs that do not tolerate small children well are the St. Bernard, the Old English sheep dog, the Alaskan malamute, the bull terrier, and the toy poodle.
* Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.
* Howler monkeys are the noisiest land animals. Their calls can be heard over 2 miles away.
* A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.
* The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.
* There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard. A capon is a castrated rooster.
* The world’s largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.
* The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.
* The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.
* The poisonous copperhead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers.
* A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.
* Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
* The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
* Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird’s chirp or a dog’s yelp. The sound is so an intense, it can be heard a mile away.
* The underside of a horse’s hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.
* The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court. 98% of brown bears in the United States are in Alaska.
* Before air conditioning was invented, white cotton slipcovers were put on furniture to keep the air cool.
* The Barbie doll has more than 80 careers.
* To make one pound of whole milk cheese, 10 pounds of whole milk is needed.
* 99% of pumpkins that are sold for decoration.
* Every 30 seconds a house fire doubles in size.
* The month of December is the most popular month for weddings in the Philippines.
* A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine.
* Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes.
* The largest ever hailstone weighed over 1kg and fell in Bangladesh in 1986.
* Ants can live up to 16 years.
* In Belgium, there is a museum that is just for strawberries.
* The sense of smell of an ant is just as good as a dog’s.
* Popped popcorn should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator as this way it can stay crunchy for up to three weeks.
* Coca-Cola was originally green.
* The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
* The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
* The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
* TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
* Women blink nearly twice as much as men!!
* You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.
* It is impossible to lick your elbow.
* People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
* It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
* The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
* If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
* Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.
* Spades – King David
* Clubs – Alexander the Great,
* Hearts – Charlemagne
* Diamonds – Julius Caesar.
* 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321
* If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
* What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?
* Ans. – All invented by women.
* Question – This is the only food that doesn’t spoil. What is this?
* Ans. – Honey.
* A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
* A snail can sleep for three years.
* All polar bears are left handed.
* American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
* Butterflies taste with their feet.
* Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.
* In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
* On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
* Shakespeare invented the word ‘assassination’ and ‘bump’.
* Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
* The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
* The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
* The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
* Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
* The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
* Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different

 

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