Fifteen More Random Facts for Your Reading Pleasure
I'm a huge fan of random facts. So much so, that I have a small notebook compiled with fascination tidbits I have either read or heard.
I have shared a few of those fascinating tidbits in the past with hubs entitled: Twenty Cool, Yet Absolutely Random Facts for Your Reading Pleasure, and Fifteen Cool, Yet Absolutely Random Facts For Your Reading Pleasure, as well as several hubs that have shared random doses of interesting and informative facts.
If you are a fan of random facts like myself, then here are fifteen more for your reading pleasure:
- Camels have been known to "spit" when they feel threatened. Did you know however, that when a camel "spits", it is actually regurgitating (throwing up)?
- Want to know when the Queen of England is home? Simple - look for the British flag. When the Queen is home, the British flag is flying outside.
- Though the Kensington Garden is open to the public today, at one point it was only open to the King of London and his family.
- The curds and whey mentioned in the famous children's poem Little Miss Muffet, is referred to as cottage cheese in today's modern language.
- Are you a muffin fan? Well, it is interesting to note that blueberry muffins are the official state muffins of Minnesota and apple muffins are the state muffins of New York.
- While it is advisable for adults to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night; giraffes sleep only about 30 minutes a day. In addition, their sleep patterns are broken into six minute naps! (source: kidshealth.com)
- Old suspicions have led many to believe that people who suffer from seizures may accidentally swallow their own tongues. However, located underneath the tongue is a membrane called the frenulum. This membrane connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth and firmly anchors the entire base of it to said mouth. It is this thin membrane that makes it entirely impossible to swallow your tongue. (source:kidshealth.com)
- The kookaburra - a bird indigenous to Australia - does not chirp like most birds; it laughs!
- Native Americans used every part of the buffalo they hunted and killed. They used the meat for food; they used the skin for clothing, ti-pi covers, and shoes; they carved the buffalo horns into spoons, cups, and toys and the bones into tools and weapons. They even used the buffalo's tails as a - wait for it - fly swatter!
- We've all heard the expression; "It's raining cats and dogs." Have you ever heard "it's raining fish and frog?" Realistically though, animals such as fish and frogs have been known to fall from the sky during storms! According to the book DK Guide To Weather, by Michael Allaby, "These small creatures can be sucked up from ponds or lakes by tornadoes and carried some distance, before falling to the ground later with the rain."
- Contrary to its massive size, the whale shark possesses a throat the size of a quarter!
- According to the book Life in a Coral Reef, by Wendy Pfeffer, "organisms found in coral reef environments have been used to help treat many diseases, including cancer, HIV, ulcers and cardiovascular diseases!
- In 1888, a hailstorm pummeled the town of Moradabad in India with hailstones the size of grapefruits! This hailstorm killed 246 people and over 1,000 sheep and goats.
- An octopus has three hearts! One heart pumps blood through the body and the other two hearts pump blood through the gills.
- A clown-fish is immune only to its own anemone. In the event it swims into another anemone - even one of the same kind - it will be killed! In addition, a clown fish is susceptible to its anemone's poison if it leaves it for more than 45 minutes. In order to build up its immunity to the anemone's toxin, the clown-fish will have to star over, once again exposing itself gradually to its anemone's stings. (source: How to Clean a Hippopotamus - A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships, by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page).
Well there you go folks, fifteen more random facts for your reading pleasure. Stay tuned for more!
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