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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/16 01:21:57 (permalink)
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RHINOS
 
- A group of rhinos is called a crash.


- Both black and white rhinoceroses are actually gray. They are different not in color but in lip shape. The black rhino has a pointed upper lip, while its white relative has a squared lip. 

- Under the hot African sun, white rhinos take cover by lying in the shade. Rhinos are also wallowers. They find a suitable water hole and roll in its mud, coating their skin with a natural bug repellent and sunblock.

-Rhinos have sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell.

-White rhinos have two horns, the foremost more prominent than the other. Rhino has been known to grow up to five feet (1.5 meters) long.

-The prominent horn for which rhinos are so well known has been their downfall. Many animals have been killed for this hard, hair-like growth, which is revered for medicinal use in the orient. The horn is also valued in North Africa and the Middle East as an ornamental dagger handle.

-The white rhino once roamed much of sub-Saharan Africa, but today is on the verge of extinction due to poaching fueled by these commercial uses. Only about 11,000 white rhinos survive in the wild, and many organizations are working to protect this much loved animal.
 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/17 01:57:57 (permalink)
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Yes, poaching  is a terrible occurrence. 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/19 00:27:03 (permalink)
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Telephone Tunes
 
For a clever birthday greeting, call someone and play "Happy Birthday" by pushing the following buttons in the appropriate rhythm:
 
1-1-2-1-#-6; 1-1-1-1-#-3;
1-1-#-#-8-4-1; #-#-6-4-2-1
 
Here are some other telephone tunes you can play:
 
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN:
 
5-5-6-1-5-9; 0-0-9-0-8-4; 8-4-2-4
 
OH! SUSANNA:
 
4-8-6-9-9-#-8-7; 4-8-#-#-8-1-8; 4-8-6-9-9-#-8-7; 4-8-6-6-0-0-4
 
OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM:
 
6-6-6-7-8-8-7; 9-9-0-0-4; 4-6-6-6-7-8-8-7; 9-9-0-0-4
 
OLD FOLKS AT HOME (Swanee River):
 
3-2-1-3-2-1-#-4-5; 6-1-4-2; 3-2-1-3-2-1-#-1-4; 6-5-4-2-2-4
 
 
REMEMBER....ALWAYS DIAL SOMEONE'S NUMBER FIRST!  (or you may find yourself paying for a call to Brazil or Singapore!!)

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/21 11:59:34 (permalink)
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UMBRELLAS
 
 
The Egyptian pharaohs sat under ceremonial umbrellas, which were said to bring them power from heaven.
 
In ancient Greece and China, parasols were used in religious ceremonies.
 
In Japan, the Emperor was followed by an attendant with a red sunshade, symbolizing absolute power.
 
In Europe, however, umbrellas were used only by women until some 300 years ago.  Men wore hats and got drenched.
 
Robert Louis Stevenson felt that an umbrella displayed a lack of character -- too much concern about getting wet.
 
Carrying an umbrella also betrayed a lack of social status; it suggested you did not own a carriage.  Another good reason not to carry one was that the early models weighed some 10 pounds.  Furthermore, the oil-soaked cotton wasn't very waterproof.
 
It wasn't until the 16th century, when the Pope decided that the unable was a symbol of honour, that bumbershoots gained favour in European society.  Even so, the first Englishman to tote a rain shield, one Jonas Hanway, suffered public ridicule.  And coachmen steered through puddles in order to splash him with mud.
 
When the fashionable "Beau" MacDonald began carrying a silk umbrella in 1778, his sister refused to be seen with him.  Nevertheless, he persisted, and others followed suit.  Men had finally figured out that one umbrella cost a lot less than catching a cab every rainy day.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/26 01:52:12 (permalink)
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The Nile crocodile
 
 

The Nile crocodile has a somewhat deserved reputation as a vicious man-eater.
 
With its virtually indiscriminate diet, it means a villager washing clothes by a riverbank might look just as tasty as a migrating wildebeest.
 
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).
 
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, including zebras, small hippos, porcupines, birds, and other crocodiles.
 
It can eat up to half its 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.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/27 00:14:35 (permalink)
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WARTS & ALL
 
Contrary to folklore, warts are NOT caused by frogs, toads, or the water used to boil eggs; the ugly lumps come from viruses that are passed on from person to person.
 
 
Perhaps because many warts simply disappear in time, an air of mystery has always surrounded them.
 
People have tried to make them vanish by covering them with spiderwebs, raw potatoes, or dandelion sap.
 
Some have believed that they cold give their warts to am n enemy by rubbung the blemishes with a pebble, wrapping the pebble in a piece of paper with the persons name on it, and then throwing it away.
 
Others have thought that their parents or friends could "buy" warts for a penny, yet not be afflicted.
 
 
One early wart remedy called for dousing a door hinge with vinegar after seeing a shooting star.
 
Another was to rub the wart with an apple and then bury it; as the fruit rotted into the earth, the wart would disappear.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/27 01:21:56 (permalink)
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Thanks!  I'll try all those remedies.
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/03/31 01:56:57 (permalink)
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The Chinese moccasin snake is a snake that is known locally as the "hundred pacer" because its venom is so poisonous that people believe a victim can only walk 100 paces after being bitten.
 
This may be a slightly exaggerated claim, but none-the-less, this viper is dangerous.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/03 01:02:51 (permalink)
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BAT-EARED FOXES

Bat-Eared Foxes have a body length between 46 and 66 cm (18 - 26 inches), a tail length between 23 and 34 cm (9 - 13.5 inches) and they weigh between 2 and 4.5 kgs (4.5 - 10 lbs).

As their name suggests they have huge, wide ears that can be up to 12 cm (4.7 inches) in length. Their face is small and they have a short, pointed muzzle. Their coat is tawny to grey in colour with dark legs, ears, muzzle and mask around their eyes.

Up to 80% of their diet consists of insects and their teeth have adapted to suit this lifestyle. Their teeth are small and they have up to 8 extra molars to grind the hard casings of the insects which they eat. This brings their total number of teeth to 48, which is more than any other non marsupial mammal. 

Bat-Eared Foxes are mainly nocturnal but sometimes they are diurnal. This varies depending on their location and the season.

Bat-Eared Foxes are found in the grasslands and savannah's of east and southern Africa. They live in pairs or small family groups and they inhabit dens that have several entrances, chambers and several metres of tunnels. 
 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/06 02:48:48 (permalink)
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The African wild dog, also called Cape hunting dog or painted dog, typically roams the open plains and sparse woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.

-These long-legged canines have only four toes per foot, unlike other dogs, which have five toes on their forefeet. 

-African wild dogs live and hunt in large packs that usually consist of 6 to 20 members. Strength of the pack depends on its size. Larger packs are more successful in hunt and in raising of the young animals

-Of the large carnivores, wild dogs are the most efficient hunters – targeted prey rarely escapes. They tear the flesh until the animal falls, consuming even if it is still alive. This behaviour may prejudice people against them, although in reality it may be no worse than the prolonged kills of other carnivores. 

-They have elaborate greeting rituals, accompanied by twittering and whining. Their large range of vocalizations includes a short bark of alarm, a rallying howl and a bell-like contact call that can be heard over long distances.

-No two wild dogs are marked exactly the same, making it easy to identify different individuals. Why such a pattern should develop, and how it serves the hunting dog, has long intrigued scientists.

-Wild dogs are usually on the move over a very large range, covering for example, some 900 square miles in the Serengeti. After a litter is born, however, they will limit their travelling and hunting to areas closer to the den.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/07 15:59:47 (permalink)
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A unique geological formation of rocks, called inselbergs, can be found in South Australia.
 
Known as "Murphy's Hay Stacks", they consist of weathered pink granite and reasonable rounded haystacks when viewed from a distance.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/10 15:23:43 (permalink)
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English actress and singer Julie Andrews may be known for her starring role as Maria in the 1965 movie, "The sound of Music", but she first made it big in 1956 when she played the role of Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway musical "My Fair Lady".

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/12 17:44:04 (permalink)
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ELEPHANTS
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
Most mammals have a set of baby teeth that eventually fall out and are replaced by adult teeth, which they keep for their entire lives. 
 
Elephants are different, however.
 
They go through six sets of large, brick-like teeth that grow in at the back of their mouths and slowly move to the front as they are worn down.
 
The teeth then fall out and are replaced by fresh ones.
 
Each set of elephant teeth that grows in is larger than the last.
 
The final teeth are over eight inches long (21 cm) from front to back and weigh more than eight pounds (4 kg). 
 
When an elephant's final set of teeth falls out, the elephant slowly dies of malnutrition or starvation. 
 
Old elephants will seek out wet, marshy areas where the plants are softer, so they can more easily eat them. 
 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/12 21:00:26 (permalink)
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Very, very interesting.
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/14 02:03:11 (permalink)
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BROWN WATER
 
Brown-colured water is a common complaint of householders.
 
Elevated levels of manganese are the major cause of the significant increase in the reports of brown water.
 
Manganese levels have risen over the years in many a city's water source.
 
Another common cause of brown-coloured water is a rusty pipe.
 
Pressure fluctuations inside a water pipe tend to loosen the rust that has been clinging to the inner walls .
 
Rusty water is a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria.
 
Also, a build-up of rust tends to corrode and crack pipes that in turn, exposes your water supply to contaminants in the air and also increases the chances of leaks.
 
Leaky pipes are the most common causes of old and mildew infestations.
 
 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/17 12:12:19 (permalink)
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Quote{Leaky pipes are the most common causes of old and mildew infestations.}Quote
 
Well dam, if I had known that years ago I woulda quit drinkin the stuff. But it's too late now cause it has done it dastardly job on me and here I am "OLD"!!!  

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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/17 12:29:04 (permalink)
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Quote{Leaky pipes are the most common causes of old and mildew infestations.}Quote
 
Well dam, if I had known that years ago I woulda quit drinkin the stuff. But it's too late now cause it has done it dastardly job on me and here I am "OLD"!!!  


interesting name for a cocktail "leaky pipes " so I have to ask , whats in it ?
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/18 02:57:13 (permalink)
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I'll take an "M", Alex.  
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/18 02:58:20 (permalink)
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Hey, My African Wild Dogs made it into this week's segment of The Amazing Race.
 

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/20 01:51:58 (permalink)
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The Tuba is relatively new to the music world.
 
This large bass instrument was first introduced in the mid-1800s and is now common in concert bands, marching bands, and some jazz bands.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/23 03:28:44 (permalink)
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Most people think that an almond is a nut.
 
It is actually the seed inside the fruit of an almond tree.
 
Called a "DRUPE", this small fruit has an outer shell that must be removed to get to the seed.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/04/28 23:07:27 (permalink)
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More on Elephants.
 

 
"Musth"(pronounced- Must)
 
Bull elephants annually cycle between a state of heightened aggressiveness, called musth, and non-musth.
 
A musth elephant is primed to mate, and fights other bull elephants, attacks other animals, and may destroy inanimate objects in its way.
 
Musth bulls produce a distinctive low-frequency vocalization, the musth rumble, have thick secretions from their temporal glands (the duct from the temporal gland opens between the eye and the ear), and continuously dribble urine.
 
Testosterone levels are at a peak in musth males and probably regulate this extreme form of reproductive behavior. 
 
Legendary "rogue" elephants were probably musth bulls, redirecting their aggression at random objects, including villages and the people in the villages.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/05/01 13:09:10 (permalink)
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The CHEETAH
 
The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world.
 
In a mere 2.5 seconds, it can accelerate to a speed of 45 miles per hour (72 kilometres per hour).
 
It can reach a speed of 64 mph (104 kmh), but cannot sustain this speed for long.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/05/06 16:53:23 (permalink)
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ok, time to break away from my animal/wildlife friends for a while.  
 
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The lowest female singing voice is called a contralto, and the highest is a soprano.
 
For males, the lowest voice is bass, and the highest is countertenor.

 
 
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Re: Did You Know?? (some trivia for you...) 2015/05/11 16:02:08 (permalink)
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There is a dish common in South Africa called "bunny chow".
 
It is a hollowed out loaf of bread that the cook fills with an Indian curry of lamb, chicken, or beans (no bunny ).

 
 
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