Thursday, December 16, 2010

Today's Trivia - Animals

This week’s trivia consists of an assortment of useless but interesting information about animals...

- A cat's jaws cannot move sideways.

- Honeybees never sleep.

- Honey bees fly at 15 miles per hour.

- The average cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven is $16,400 US Dollars.

- In Brazil, there's a species of cockroach that eats eyelashes, usually those of young children while they are asleep. (Gives “don’t let the bed bugs bite” a whole new meaning.)

- Cockroaches can live for 9 days after their head has been cut off. (These bugs are evil.)

- The most expensive cow in the world was sold $1.3 million. (I’d love to know the details of this story.)

- If you keep a goldfish in the dark, it will eventually turn white

- The katydid bug hears through holes in its hind legs!

- The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!

- The turkey is one of the most famous birds in North America. In fact, Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey, not the Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States!

- Most domestic turkeys are so heavy they are unable to fly.

- When it comes time to give birth, the female shark loses her appetite so she won't be tempted to eat her own pups.

- Ants began farming about 50 million years before humans thought to raise their own crops.

- A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

- The animal responsible for the most human deaths worldwide is the mosquito.

- A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

- The ant, when intoxicated, will always fall over to its right side.

- Ants make up 1/10 of the total world animal tissue. The total biomass of all the ants on Earth is about equal to the total biomass of all the people.

- Certain frogs can be frozen solid, then thawed, and survive.

- If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die; they need gravity to swallow.

- Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

- The Slave-Maker Ant (Polyergus Rufescens) raids the nests of other ants and steals their pupae. When these new ants hatch, they work as slaves within the colony.

- The abdomen of the ant contains two stomachs. One stomach holds the food for itself and the second stomach is for food to be shared with other ants.

- An ant brain has about 250, 000 brain cells. A human brain has 10,000 million so a colony of 40,000 ants has collectively the same size brain as a human.

- If a man could run as fast for his size as an ant can, he could run as fast as a racehorse.

- The average life expectancy of an ant is 45-60 days.

- Dalmatians are born without spots.

- Snails can live up to 15 years.

- The world's largest amphibian is the giant salamander. It can grow up to 5 ft. in length.

- A slug has four noses.

- A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

- Starfish don't have brains.

- Termites work 24 hours per day and they do not sleep.

- A cow produces 200 times more gas a day than a person.

- You are more likely to get attacked by a cow than a shark.

- World's heaviest primates: morbidly obese humans. After that: gorillas at 485 lbs.

- Woodpecker scalps, porpoise teeth and giraffe tails have all been used as money.

- There are over 58 million dogs in the U.S!

- When a giraffe's baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.

- What do you find when you shave the striped fur off of a tiger? Striped skin.

- Vultures fly without flapping their wings.

- Under extreme stress, some octopuses will eat their own arms.

- Turtles can live for more than 100 years.

- Turkeys can reproduce without having sex.

- Turkey's often look up at the sky during a rainstorm. Unfortunately some have been known to drown as a result.

- To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly. (Unless your hands are in his mouth.)

- There wasn't a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses!

- There is a species of clam that can grow up to four feet long and weigh up to 500 pounds.

- There are some species of snails that are extremely venomous.

2 comments:

  1. I totally tried to move my jaw sideways on reading no. 1... yeah. And I know all about cockroaches, there were lots in Russia when I was growing up, and nothing short of nuclear warfare destroyed those suckers.

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  2. Ha ha...I tried moving my jaw, too, Tatiana, when I was reading over the list. Couldn't help myself. As for cockroaches, they're demons, I swear. They can survive almost anything. Yuck!

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