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Did You Know? - General Info - Part 22

  • One way to tell seals and sea lions apart is that, sea lions have external ears and testicles.
  • Swahili is a combination of African tribal languages, Arabic and Portuguese.
  • A person from Glasgow, is called a Glaswegian.
  • An enneahedron is solid with nine faces.
  • Most armadillos seen dead on the road did not get hit by the wheels. When an armidillo is frightened it jumps
  • straight into the air.
  • Armadillos can be housebroken.
  • Armadillos have four babies at a time, always all the same sex. They are perfect quadruplets, the fertilized cell split into quarters, resulting in four identical armadillos.
  • Armadillos get an average of 18.5 hours of sleep per day.
  • Armadillos can walk underwater.
  • Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
  • Jet lag was once called boat lag, back before jets existed.
  • Sirimauo Bandranaike of Sri Lanka became the world's first popularly elected female head of state in 1960.
  • There are more beetles than any other kind of creature in the world.
  • Velcro was invented by a Swiss guy who was inspired by the way burrs attached to clothing.
  • The hieroglyph for 100,000 is a tadpole.
  • The Phillips-head screwdriver was invented in Oregon.
  • Tomb robbers believed that knocking Egyptian sarcophagi's noses off would and therefore forstall curses.
  • The allele for six fingers and toes is dominant in humans. (Watch out Inigo Montoya...)
  • Polar bears' fur is not white, it's clear. Polar bear skin is actually black. Their hair is hollow and acts like fiber optics, directing sunlight to warm their skin.
  • Polar bears camouflage themselves more completely during a hunt by covering their black noses with their
  • paws.
  • The amount of tropical rainforest cut down each year is an area the size of Tennessee.
  • The face of a penny can hold about thirty drops of water.
  • Medieval knights put sharkskin on their swordhandles to give them a more secure grip; they would dig the sharp scales into their palms.
  • Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
  • The only planet without a ring is earth.
  • Wayne's World was filmed in two weeks.
  • Cleopatra used pomegranate seeds for lipstick.
  • Cleopatra's last name was Ptolemy, and she was Greek rather than Egyptian.
  • The Red sea in the Bible is a long-perpetuated mistranslation of the Reed sea.
  • If you feed a seagull Alka-Seltzer, its stomach will explode.
  • The raised reflective dots in the middle of highways are called Botts dots.
  • The Amazon rainforest produces half the world's oxygen supply.
  • The concerti on the two Voyager probes' information discs are performed by famed Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.
  • Reindeer like to eat bananas.
  • Chia Pets are only sold in December.
  • Between 1947 and 1959, 42 nuclear devices were detonated in the Marshall Islands.
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