Zoology More Amazing Facts - S

Discussion in 'Zoology' started by helenheaven, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    Snakes have two sex organs... in case one drops off in their fervent attempt to trick females into mating..

    Scorpions can be killed by pouring vinegar over them. They'll 'snap' and sting themself.

    No piece of dry square paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!

    The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on it's fur

    Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie

    Slugs have 4 noses

    The starfish is one of the only animals who can turn it's stomach inside-out. They also dont have brains. (See the connection?)

    1.7 litres of saliva is produced each day. In Discovery Channel, its a quart.

    Dall's porpoise never sleeps, elephants sleep two hours a day, horses nap standing up, and Sitatunga antelopes can sleep submerged

    In Britain, failed suicides were hanged in the 19th century. (I won't even comment on this one)

    Sting was a high school teacher

    Skin is thickest, 1/5 inch, on the upper back. It is thinnest on the eyelids, which are only 1/50th inch thick

    A young lady named Ellen Church convinced Boeing Air Transport that her nursing skills and love of flying would qualify her to assist with the passengers and emergencies. She became the first known stewardess.
  2. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    More Amazing Facts - S - continued


    On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

    A strand of spider web may be stronger than an equal diameter of steel.

    All the coal, oil, gas, and wood on Earth would only keep the Sun burning for a few days.

    An area of the Sun's surface the size of a postage stamp shines with the power of 1,500,000 candles.

    It is impossible for a solar eclipse to last for more than 7 minutes 58 seconds.

    When you put a seashell to your ear, the sound you hear is not the waves, but actually the echo of the blood pulsing in your own ear.

    The salute of uniform bodies (eg. army, police) originated from knights who lifted their visors to show their face to a royalty.

    When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. First off would be your sight.

    There is a member of the spider family called the demodex folliculorum that lives at the root of people's eye lashes. It's harmless and normal.(so they claim) To look for them, grab a handful of your eyelashes and dunk them in warm water. They'll start swimming out. It is prevalent in nearly 100% of old people in the U.S.

    Each day, there are over 120 million sexual intercourse taking place all over the world.

    Your body releases growth hormones when you sleep.

    Scarecrows frighten birds because of the human odor emitted from the clothes they wear. Come rain and wind, this odor dissapears.

    In the Simpsons series, Homer has said 3267 "Doh!"

    An average secretary's left hand does 56% of the typing.

    The sun's average period of rotation is 27 days.

    The Sea of tranquility is found on the moon.

    Soybean actually has Diadzein and genistein that act like weak estrogen.

    The average person swallows one liter of snot every day. This is from the MN Science Museum.

    Shirley Temple always has 56 curls in her hair. (talk about uptight).Your skin weighs about 3.2kg

    A giant squid has eyes that can grow up to 20 inches in diameter. (Now think of how big your computer screen is..)

    In every episode of TV's Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere in at least one scene. (There's plastic figurine on the shelf in the dining area, and a magnetic Superman on the fridge!)
    Sweden is the largest spender on ketchup. $4 per capita. Australia is second at $2.50

    The sea contains about 1/2 of the world's known animal groups

    Male seagulls have red legs. (From National Geographic)

    A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h. The highest recorded "sneeze speed" is 165 km per hour

    You cannot sneeze with your eyes open.

    A snail can sleep for three years.

    A snail can actually glide over the sharp edge of a knife or razor without harming itself. This has something to do with the mucus it produces.

    There is a flower called the Scarlet Pimpernel that can forecast the weather. If the flower is closed up, rain is coming and if it is opened up, the day will be sunny.It is a.k.a 'the poor man's weatherglass'

    In Shakespeare, Rosalind, the heroine of "As You Like It", has more lines than any of Shakespeare's female characters. Cleopatra comes in second with 670 lines and third place belongs to Imogen ("Cymbeline"), with 591 lines.