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    World of facts...

    Ostriches are often not taken seriously. They can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.

    Seals used for their fur get extremely sick when taken aboard ships.

    Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.

    Guinea pigs and rabbits can't sweat.

    The pet food company Ralston Purina recently introduced, from its subsidiary Purina Philippines, power chicken feed designed to help roosters build muscles for cockfighting, which is popular in many areas of the world.









    According to the Wall Street Journal, the cockfighting market is huge: The Philippines has five million roosters used for exactly that.





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    Sharks and rays are the only animals known to man that don't get cancer. Scientists believe this has something to do with the fact that they don't have bones, but cartilage.

    The porpoise is second to man as the most intelligent animal on the planet.

    Young beavers stay with their parents for the first two years of their lives before going out on their own.

    Skunks can accurately spray their smelly fluid as far as ten feet.

    Deer can't eat hay.

    Gopher snakes in Arizona are not poisonous, but when frightened they may hiss and shake their tails like rattlesnakes.

    On average, dogs have better eyesight than humans, although not as colorful.

    The duckbill platypus can store as many as six hundred worms in the pouches of its cheeks.

    The lifespan of a squirrel is about nine years.

    North American oysters do not make pearls of any value.



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    Human birth control pills work on gorillas.

    Many sharks lay eggs, but hammerheads give birth to live babies that look like very small duplicates of their parents. Young hammerheads are usually born headfirst, with the tip of their hammer-shaped head folded backward to make them more streamlined for birth.

    Gorillas sleep as much as fourteen hours per day.

    A biological reserve has been made for golden toads because they are so rare.

    here are more than fifty different kinds of kangaroos.

    Jellyfish like salt water. A rainy season often reduces the jellyfish population by putting more fresh water into normally salty waters where they live.

    The female lion does ninety percent of the hunting.

    The odds of seeing three albino deer at once are one in seventy-nine billion, yet one man in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, took a picture of three albino deer in the woods.

    A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.

    Cats often rub up against people and furniture to lay their scent and mark their territory. They do it this way, as opposed to the way dogs do it, because they have scent glands in their faces.



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    Cats sleep up to eighteen hours a day, but never quite as deep as humans. Instead, they fall asleep quickly and wake up intermittently to check to see if their environment is still safe.

    Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is an herb with nepetalactone in it. Many think that when cats inhale nepetalactone, it affects hormones that arouse sexual feelings, or at least alter their brain functioning to make them feel "high." Catnip was originally made, using nepetalactone as a natural bug repellant, but roaming cats would rip up the plants before they could be put to their intended task.

    The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans ages the equivalent of five human years for every day they live, so they usually die after about fourteen days. When stressed, though, the worm goes into a comatose state that can last for two or more months. The human equivalent would be to sleep for about two hundred years.

    You can tell the sex of a horse by its teeth. Most males have 40, females have 36.

    The natural diet of Lady Beetles consists of soft bodied insects such as aphids, spider mites, and young caterpillars. Adults can consume up to 100 aphids a day.

    Certain species of male butterflies produce scents that serve in attracting females during courtship.The Giant cricket of Africa enjoys eating human hair.

    A nest in which insects or spiders deposit their eggs is called a "nidus".

    Honeybees have hair on their eyes.

    The only insect that can turn its head 360 degrees is the praying mantis.



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    Scientists have identified more than 300 viruses capable of bringing fatal diseases to insects. The organisms are believed to be entirely different than those that cause disease in humans, and are thus harmless to man.

    The average airspeed of the common housefly is 4 1/2 mph. A housefly beats its wings about 20,000 times per minute.

    Small cockroaches are more likely to die on their backs than large cockroaches.

    There is an average of 50,000 spiders per acre in green areas.

    Fleas can jump more than 200 times their body length.

    Crickets don't chirp by rubbing their legs together, they make the noise by rubbing their wings together.

    The social life in ants and termites has been accompanied by an extraordinary royal perk: a 100-fold increase among queen ants in average maximum lifespan, with some queens surviving for almost 30 years. This longevity can be attributed in part to the sheltered and pampered life of the royal egg layer.

    Between 20,000 and 60,000 bees live in a single hive. The queen bee lays nearly 1,500 eggs a day and lives for up to 2 years. The drone, whose only job is to mate with the queen bee, has a lifespan of around 24 days—he has no sting. Worker bees - all sterile females - usually work themselves to death within 40 days, collecting pollen and nectar. Worker bees will fly p to 9 miles to find pollen and nectar, flying at speeds as fast as 15 mph.

    There are 4,300 known species of ladybugs in the world.

    You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day that in any other weather.



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    The tarantula spends most of its life within its burrow, which is an 18-inch vertical hole with an inch-wide opening. When male tarantulas are between the ages of 5 to 7 years, they leave the burrow in search of a female, usually in the early fall. This migration actually signals the end of their life cycle. The males mate with as many females as they can, and then they die around mid-November.

    Until very recently, no centipede was found that did not have an ODD number of leg pairs. Usually the number varies from 15 to 191 pairs, all odd. No one knows why. However, Chris Kettle, a doctoral student in ecology, recently found a centipede with 48 pairs of legs, an even number. The remarkable discovery was presented to the International Congress of Myriapodology in Poland and featured in the science journal Trends in Genetics. Mr. Kettle suspects a genetic mutation is responsible for the even number of leg pairs.


    62 degrees Fahrenheit is the minimum temperature required for a grasshopper to be able to hop.

    Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blondes to brunettes.

    Spiders have transparent blood.

    There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are humans on the entire earth.

    A spiders web is made of two types of silk, one sticky and the other not. The spider begins the web with the non sticky silk and forms the "spokes". After the frame is constructed and secure, the spider goes back with the sticky silk and completes the web design we are so familiar with, connecting spoke to spoke. They will also add rows connecting the spokes to allow them access for web maintenance.
    Spend time watching a spider and you will see that they painstakingly avoid the sticky silk and walk on the spokes. Should the spider be startled and walk in the sticky silk it will affix to the spider the same as it would you or any thing else.
    Spiders recycle their webbing, so a spider that gets stuck in its own web may eat its way out.

    Some crickets burrow megaphone-like tunnels that help transport the sound of their chirps as far as 2,000 feet away.


    A bee could travel 4 million miles (6.5 million km) at 7 mph (11km/h) on the energy it would obtain from 1 gallon (3.785 liters) of nectar.

    A dragonfly flaps its wings 20 to 40 times a second, bees and houseflies 200 times, some mosquitoes 600 times, and a tiny gnat 1,000 times.



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    A fly can react to something it sees and change direction in 30 milliseconds.

    A housefly can transport germs as far as 15 miles away from the original source of contamination.

    A mature, well-established termite colony with as many as 60,000 members will eat only about one-fifth of an ounce of wood a day.

    The silkworm's silk comes out of its mouth as a thread of gooey liquid, so that nice silk blouse you spent a fortune on is really just worm spit.

    At last check, the governor of Arkansas makes $60,000 a year. His salary is the lowest of all 50 states. A dozen or so states pay their governors more than $100,000 year, generally the more populous states. California pays its governor $131,000. Illinois comes in second at $130,000 and change, with New York, a close third at $130,000 even.

    Lyndon B. Johnson was the first president of the United States to wear contact lenses.

    President Teddy Roosevelt died from an "infected tooth."

    Money man Cornelius Vanderbilt was an insomniac and a believer in the occult. He was not able to fall asleep unless each leg of his bed was planted in a dished filled with salt. He felt this kept out the evil spirits. It also kept out the snails, ants, and anyone with high blood pressure.



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    Artist Andy Warhol became famous for his painting of Campbell's Soup cans. Before that - he made his living painting shoes for advertisements.

    Flamenco dancer Jose Greco took out an insurance policy through Lloyd's of London against his pants splitting during a performance.

    President Woodrow Wilson wrote all of his speeches in longhand.

    Television horse Mr. Ed was foaled in 1949 in El Monte, California. Mr. Ed's original name was Bamboo Harvester. Raised as a parade and show horse he was once owned by the president of the California Palomino Society. He died in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on February 28, 1979, at 30 years old. Tahlequah was also the "home office" for "Late Night with David Letterman's Top Ten List" for several years.

    President Theodore Roosevelt was the first to announce to the world that Maxwell House coffee is "Good to the last drop."

    Lloyd Vernet Bridges III is the birth name of actor Beau Bridges. He was given the nickname "Beau" by his family, reportedly after Ashley Wilkes's son in the classic 1939 film "Gone With the Wind."

    On April 14th, 1910, President Howard Taft began a sports tradition by throwing out the first baseball of the season. That happened at an American League game between Washington and Philadelphia. Washington won, 3-0.

    Roosevelt was the most superstitious president—he traveled continually but never left on a Friday. He also would not sit at the same table that held thirteen other people.

    George Washington was deathly afraid of being buried alive. After he died, he wanted to be laid out for three days just to make sure he was dead.

    Richard Nixon's favorite drink was a dry martini.



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    Julius Caesar was self-conscious about his receding hairline.

    James Buchanon is said to have had the neatest handwriting of all the Presidents.

    Richard Nixon left instructions for "California, here I come" to be the last piece of music played (slowly and softly) were he to die in office.

    The only president to be head of a labor union was Ronald Reagan.

    When the Hoovers did not want to be overheard by White House guests, they spoke to each other in Chinese.

    Robert Kennedy was killed in the Ambassador Hotel, the same hotel that housed Marilyn Monroe's first modeling agency.

    Benjamin Franklin lived at 141 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.

    Theodore Roosevelt was the only U.S. president to deliver an inaugural address without using the word "I". Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower tied for second place, using "I" only once in their inaugural addresses.

    A short time before Lincoln's assassination, he dreamed he was going to die, and he related his dream to the Senate.

    When John Wilkes Booth leaped onto the stage after shooting the President, he tripped—on the American flag.



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    Paul Cezanne had a parrot who he taught to say, "Cezanne is a great painter."

    George Washington had to borrow money so he could travel to his inauguration.

    Lyndon Johnson died one mile from the house he was born in.

    Grover Cleveland answered the White House phone, personally

    Calvin Coolidge was sworn into office by his own father.

    Theodore Roosevelt was blind in his left eye.


    In Redondo Beach, Calif., a police officer arrested a driver after a short chase and charged him with drunk driving. Officer Joseph Fonteno's suspicions were aroused when he saw the white Mazda MX-7 rolling down Pacific Coast Highway with half of a traffic-light pole, including the lights, lying across its hood. The driver had hit the pole on a median strip and simply kept driving. According to Fonteno, when the driver was asked about the pole, he said, "It came with the car when I bought it."

    The record for the world’s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, an caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car).

    Richard Milhouse Nixon was the first US President whose name contains all the letters from the word "0." William Jefferson Clinton is the 2nd.

    A Hawaiian stamp of 1851 with a face value of 2 cents was the sole reason Gaston Leroux, a Parisian philatelist, murdered its owner, Hector Giroux.



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