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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/04/08 15:11:23 (permalink)
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That Elvis was never circumcised?
 

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That Elvis was never circumcised?
 


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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/04/08 17:01:12 (permalink)
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/04/11 15:23:18 (permalink)
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THE CANADIAN LYNX
 
 

 
The Canadian Lynx, a wild feline that lives in the forest in Canada and in the Northwestern Part of the United States, has feet that act like snowshoes because they are round and long in shape.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/04/15 16:57:02 (permalink)
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Debundscha, located in the country of Camaroon, is the wettest place in Africa.
Art receives over 400 inches of rainfall a year!

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/05/12 15:00:14 (permalink)
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NILE CROCODILES 

 
 

 
Nile crocodiles are ferocious killers. They attack with terrifying speed, launching themselves out of the water to snare prey, which they drag under water and spin repeatedly in a death roll until the victim is drowned. Africa's largest crocodilian, these primordial brutes reach a maximum size of about 20 feet (6 meters) and can weigh up to 1,650 pounds (730 kilograms). Average sizes, though, are more in the range of 16 feet (5 meters) and 500 pounds (225 kilograms). They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin, and Madagascar in rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps.
 
The diet of the Nile crocodile is mainly fish, but it will attack almost anything unfortunate enough to cross its path, especially during the wildebeest migration where they lie in wait at the river crossings. Their diet also includes zebras, small hippos, porcupines, birds, and other crocodiles.  Nile crocodiles can eat up to half their body weight at a feeding.
 
One unusual characteristic of this fearsome predator is its caring nature as a parent. Where most reptiles lay their eggs and move on, mother and father Nile crocs ferociously guard their nests until the eggs hatch, and they will often roll the eggs gently in their mouths to help hatching babies emerge. Hunted close to extinction in the 1940s through to the 1960s, local and international protections have helped the Nile crocodile rebound in most areas. In some regions though, hunting, pollution, and habitat loss have severely depleted their numbers.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/05/17 13:39:41 (permalink)
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Many wealthy people were interested in the belongings of famous American film and stage legend, Lauren Bacall (1924 - 2014).
 
Her possessions, including artwork and jewelry, recently sold for $3.6 Million at auction in New York City.
 

 

 

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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/05/18 11:42:05 (permalink)
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The term "cool as a cucumber" isn't far from the truth.
 
The interior temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than its exterior.
 
Cucumbers stay cool due to their high water content.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/05/21 07:05:26 (permalink)
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Lots of children have Guinea Pigs as pets.
 
When a guinea pig is hungry, it might squeal like a pig,
 
However, guinea pigs aren't pigs, they are rodents
 
Guinea pigs are tail-less rodents that are native to the west coast of South America and since the mid-1800’s, laboratories have used them for research.
 
The correct name for guinea pigs is Cavy, pronounced “kay-vee”. 
 
Guinea pigs usually weigh around 3 ounces at birth, around 1-2 pounds full grown, and live for 5-6 years.
 
An adult will measure 8-10 inches from the tip of its nose to the end of its rump.
 
Their hair comes in a wide range of colors and the hair may be long, short or short and curly.
 
Cavies have a very good sense of smell and sensitive hearing.
 
They love to vocalize with squeals, chirps, squeaks, and whistles.
 
Although not known for their intelligence, they do recognize their owners and will seek them out and return affection.
 
 
Guinea Pigs as Pets
 
Guinea pigs are cuddly, comical, and clever.
 
They make wonderful pets for children and can be very social animals.
 
The animals do better in pairs as they prefer company, so unless you have a lot of time to devote to your pet getting at least two is often a good idea.
 
They are not expensive to own and the biggest expense is the initial setting up of housing.
 
Guinea pigs are hardy pets so veterinarian expenses are minimal.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/05/31 15:12:21 (permalink)
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The cartoon character Bugs Bunny is known for always having a carrot in his mouth or hand.
 
The ironic thing is that Mel Blanc, the voice actor of Bugs Bunny, did not like eating carrots.
 
 
 

 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/06/05 18:30:01 (permalink)
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Warthogs

 
Warthogs are not currently endangered but they are prey of lions, leopards, spotted hyena, cheetah and wild dogs.
 
Although they look fierce,warthogs would rather run than fight.
 
But they can be fierce opponents if forced.
 
Their bodies are covered with sparse coarse bristly hair with a long face, fleshy warts and protruding tusks.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/06/27 14:46:06 (permalink)
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Aardvarks

Aardvarks made odd noises.
 
They grunt softly when foraging for food.
 
If they become frightened, they make a bleating sound as they dash back to one of their burrows.
 
 
 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/06/29 11:18:22 (permalink)
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Dung Beetles Navigate Poop-Pile Getaways Using Celestial 'Snapshots'


 

Scientists at the University of Lund in Sweden have shown that dung beetles use mental "snapshots" of the Milky Way to navigate.



It's not easy being a dung beetle.
 
Besides the obvious fact that they eat, well, dung, the act of just getting a meal is an involved process.
 
In the most elaborate carry-out scenario, the dung beetles must first stake claim to their piece of poop at the main dung pile, then shape it into a sphere for easy transport, fend off other dung beetles trying to steal it, and then — using the stars to navigate — determine the fastest way to roll their prize away to a safe spot for consumption.
 
But now, researchers from Lund University in Sweden say one part of this process might not be as taxing for the dung beetles as previously thought: The celestial navigation.
 
In a study published in the scientific journal Current Biology, researchers say dung beetles take "snapshots" of the stars and store the images in their brains.
 
Instead of using the stars — specifically the Milky Way — as a map that the beetles intermittently reference for directions, the researchers say dung beetles take one snapshot of the constellation, which is sufficient for navigation.
 
One of the researchers, Basil el Jundi, explains in a press release that the snapshot method for orientation allows the beetles to be more efficient because they don't have to rely on long processes to retrieve information.
 
"We are the first to have shown that dung beetles are taking these snapshots. We are also the first to show how they store and use the images inside their tiny brains," el Jundi says in the statement.
 
Researchers say the beetles make the snapshot while "dancing" atop their ball of dung. As the Two-Way previously reported, this poop-pile jig helps the beetles determine which path away from the dung is the best route.

 

 
After the dancing and the picture-taking, the beetle is ready to roll. It uses the mental snapshot to help navigate its way through its present environment, the researchers said, explaining their scientific process:

"The experiments were performed in South Africa at a facility where the dung beetles only had access to an artificial firmament to orient themselves. Because the sky was artificial, the researchers were able to regulate the amount of light, as well as change the positions of the celestial bodies. Put simply, this allowed them to compare how the beetles changed direction depending on the placement of the artificial sun or moon, etc."

 
Researchers in Lund first discovered in 2013 that the dung beetles were using the heavens to guide their hasty dung-heap getaways. As NPR reported at the time, getting the balls to safety as quickly as possible is paramount to survival.
 
"They have to get away from the pile of dung as fast as they can and as efficiently as they can because the dung pile is a very, very competitive place with lots and lots of beetles all competing for the same dung," zoologist Eric Warrant from Lund told All Things Considered three years ago.
 
"And there's very many lazy beetles that are just waiting around to steal the balls of other industrious beetles and often there are big fights in the dung piles," he said.
 
After conducting an experiment in which some beetles wore cardboard hats that blocked their views of the stars, the researchers determined that "dung beetles can roll their balls of dung in straight lines by using the Milky Way as a compass queue," Warrant said.
 
He added that the tiny waste harvester wearing the cardboard hats just "rolled around and around and around in circles.
 
They couldn't keep a straight path."
 
The new findings about dung beetles' ability to take snapshots of the night sky could be significant for humans as well, el Jundi says in the statement.
 
According to him, it could help in the "development of navigation systems in driverless vehicles."

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/06/29 11:23:03 (permalink)
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GIRAFFE

  • A group of giraffe is called a "Tower"! 
  • Giraffe are already extinct in at least seven countries in Africa.
  • Just like human fingerprints, no two giraffe have the same coat pattern.
  • Giraffe feet are the size of a dinner place with a diameter of 30cm.
  • Giraffe tongues are bluish-purple and between 45 - 50cm long.
  • Both male and female giraffe have ‘horns’ already at birth. These ossicones lie flat and are not attached to the skull to avoid injury at birth. They only fuse with the skull later in life.
  • The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world. Even newborn giraffe are taller than most humans.
  • Female giraffe give birth standing up. Their young fall about 2m to the ground and can stand up within an hour of birth.
  • About 50% of all giraffe calves do not survive their first year.
  • A giraffe's neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to awkwardly spread its front -legs or kneel to reach the ground for a drink of water.
  • Giraffe only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.
  • To protect the giraffe’s brain from sudden changes in blood pressure when it lowers its head to drink, it has valves to stop the back-flow of blood and elastic-walled vessels that dilate and constrict to manage flow. NASA has done research on the blood vessels in giraffe legs to get inspiration for human space suits.
  • A giraffe heart weighs approx. 11kg and is the biggest of any land mammal. It is used to pump 60 litres of blood around its body every minute at a blood pressure twice that of an average human.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/07/02 14:23:21 (permalink)
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In 1871, in Dayton Ohio, James Ritty opened his first saloon.
 
However, he son discouvedered that some of his employees were pocketing their customers money.
 
That prompted Ritty and his brother John, who was a mechanic, to design and build the first cash register.
 

 
 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/07/04 15:53:42 (permalink)
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Board games can bring people lots of un and enjoyment.
 
However, some people take them very seriously, such as players involved in the longest Monopoly game ever recorded.
 
It lasted 1,680 Hours.
 


 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/07/06 13:51:40 (permalink)
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Rice can be used for more than just food.
 
Centuries ago, builders of The Great Wall of China used mortar from rice flour.
 
The Wall remains one of China's most popular tourist attractions.
 
 


 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/07/07 16:29:41 (permalink)
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MOTHER's DAY
 
Mother's Day traces back to the ancient Greeks in honour of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.
 
In the 1600's the early Christians in England celebrated a day to honour Mary, the Mother of Christ.
 
In the 1870's Julia Ward Howe began a one-woman peace crusade to unite women against war where she would create what is considered to be the original 'Mother's Day Proclamation'>
 
In 1873 woman in 18 American cities held a Mother's Day for peace gathering.
 
By 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared "Mother's Day" as an officially recognized holiday, to honour those mothers whose sons had died in war.
 
 
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I love you MOM !!
 

 
 
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Cochineal Dye
 
A common red food Dye, is derived from parasitic insects.   EWWWW!

 
 
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In England in the 1880's, children would be spanked and adults frowned upon for using the word "Pants" as it was considered a dirty word.

 
 
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As far back as 1000 years ago, people in China were keeping goldfish in their homes.
 
Over many centuries, goldfish have been bred to produce the colour variations that are available today.
 


 
 
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There are many different types of phobias out there, but the sone is oddly specific.
 
If you are afraid of being tickled by feathers, you have....
 
PTERNOOPHOBIA
 

 

 
 
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Most of us have the urge to yawn after seeing a friend do it.
 
That's because yawns are contagious.
 
Some people may yawn after reading this because just seeing the word YAWN makes us want to di it!
 

 

 
 
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Tad Dorgan was an American cartoonist who died in 1929.
 
He came up with these well-known expressions:
 
  • "bee's knees"
  • "the cat's pyjamas"

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2016/08/23 16:53:19 (permalink)
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VULTURES

 
For many years vultures have been characterized as crotchety looking birds, not only because of their hunched appearance but also because of the conspicuous baldness. Those big, bare patches of skin make it difficult to be glamorous.

The exposed skin on a vulture’s head – and, if you look closely, on its legs and chest too – does, however, serve a purpose. First of all, a vulture is not entirely bald: light down covers the skin that seems at a glance to be featherless.

For a long time ornithologists assumed the relative absence of feathers around vultures’ heads made their dietary habits less problematic – if you dig around in bloody carcasses for lunch, a feathery head will be much harder to keep clean.

New research has suggested another purpose for bald patches: Thermo-regulation. Infrared photography of the griffon vulture has shown its bald patches to be much warmer than the rest of the bird. This is what you would expect: not insulated by thick feathers, they can serve to radiate away heat as needed.

When the bird gets particularly hot it can take flight and lose heat faster by virtue of the cold air rushing by that exposed skin. When it needs to keep the heat in, the vulture can reduce its exposed areas by drawing itself in tightly, with the head pulled back and the warm feathers circling around.
 


 
 
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