Thursday, August 11, 2011

Today's Trivia – Animals

This week’s useless but interesting information is, once again, all about animals...

- The origin of birds is a controversial topic within evolutionary biology, but most researchers, to date, support the view that birds are descendants of dinosaurs.

- Some artists and writers have penguins based at the North Pole, but this is incorrect since there are almost no wild penguins in the northern hemisphere.

- There are no ants in Antarctica.

- The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur.

- The quills of a porcupine are soft when they are born.

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

- The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.

- The position of a donkey's eyes enables the animal to see all four feet at all times.

- The penguin is the only bird that can swim but not fly.

- The original name for the butterfly is 'flutterby'.

- The only food that cockroaches won’t eat is cucumbers. (I don’t believe it. I think they’d eat anything...including nuclear waste.)

The oldest pig in the world lived to the age of 68.

- The most powerful electric eel is found in the rivers of Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela, and Peru, and produces a shock of 400-650 volts.

- The male platypus has poisonous spurs on its legs.

- The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.

- The lungfish can live out of water for three years in a state of suspended animation.

- The lifespan of the common goldfish is over 20 years. (Not in my house...)

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

- The heart of a mouse beats 650 times per minute. (Yours would, too, if you were in constant fear of being preyed on...)

- The flea can jump 350 times its body length; that’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.

- The first two years of a dog's life are equal to 24 human years.

- The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.

- The female pigeon cannot lay eggs if she is alone. In order for her ovaries to function, she must be able to see another pigeon.

- The faster a kangaroo hops the less energy it burns.

- The energy discharged from an electric eel could start 50 cars.

- The Chow and the Chinese Shar-Pei are the only dogs that have black tongues.

- The Blue Whale's tongue weighs more than an adult elephant!

- The blesbok, a South African antelope, is almost the same color as grapejuice.

- The bagpipe was first made from the liver of a sheep. (Bleh...)

- Some Hermit crabs (Coenobita clypeatus species) can live as long as 23 years if treated properly.

- The average housefly weighs 10 to 15 millionths of a pound.

- The average housefly lives only two weeks. (An even shorter lifespan would be great...)

- The average city dog lives three years longer than the average country dog.

- Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food. (Ack...)

- Snails breathe through their feet.

- Sheep outnumber humans in New Zealand 15 to 1.

- Salmon can jump as high as 6 feet.

- Roosters can't crow if they can't fully extend their necks.

- Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

- Rats can't vomit.

- Racehorses can wear out new horse shoes in one race.

- Polar Bears can eat more than 50 lbs. of meat in one setting.

- Only female mosquitoes bite and drink blood; they need to obtain nutrients from a “blood meal” before they can produce eggs. Males typically feed on nectar and plant juices.

Female Mosquito
- Polar bear fur is not white, it's clear.

- Parrots have 500 pounds per square inch of pressure in their beaks.

- Owls are one of the only birds that can see the color blue.

- Over 90% of all fish caught are caught in the northern hemisphere.

- Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows. (Very sad...)

- Only male fireflies can fly.

- One million people each year are bitten by animals in the United States.

- On some Caribbean islands, the oysters can climb trees.

- If a large fraction of a rat population is exterminated, the remaining rats will increase their reproductive rate, and quickly restore the old population level.

- On average, it takes 660 days from conception for an elephant to give birth.

- Most of a hog's sweat glands are in its snout.

- Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, blondes to brunettes. (I’m not sure about this. I’m a brunette and they love me!)

- Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as any other color.

- More than 90% of shark attack victims survive.

- Minnows have teeth in their throat.

- Mexican Jumping Beans jump because of moth larvae inside them.

- Male monkeys lose the hair on their heads in the same way men do.

- Maggots will only eat flesh if it is dead. For this reason, they are often used to remove the burnt skin from severely burnt patients.

- Large kangaroos can cover more than 30 feet with each jump!

- Lake Nicaragua in Nicaragua is the only fresh water lake in the world that has sharks.

- Koala Bears are not bears.

- Kittens are born both blind and deaf.

- It's possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.

- It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up.

- In Pakistan, goats are often sacrificed to improve the performance of the stock market.

- In just about every species of mammal, the female lives longer than the male.

- If it isn't moving a frog can't see it. If the frog can't see it, he won't eat it.

- Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.

- Female canaries cannot sing.

- Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.

- Elephants, lions, and camels roamed Alaska 12,000 years ago.

- Cats cannot taste sweet things.

- Catgut comes from sheep not cats.

- Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand!

- By feeding hens certain dyes they can be made to lay eggs with multi-colored yolks. (And why would you do this?)

- Butterflies taste with their feet.

- Bulls are colorblind; therefore, they will usually charge at a matador's waving cape no matter what color it is -- be it red or neon yellow!

- Beavers can swim half a mile underwater on one gulp of air.

- Bats always turn left when exiting a cave. (Is this really true?)

- Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.

- At one 'feeding', a mosquito can absorb one and a half times its own weight in blood.


  1. My cat used to eat bananas... I don't know about that sweet thing.

  2. I don't know either. I don't verify all the trivia I collect around the web, so although I find it interesting, and sometimes entertaining, I do take a lot of it with a grain of salt.

  3. I was surpised by the fact that city dogs live longer than country dogs. So much for clean air and excersize!

  4. I was surprised by that as well, WebDebris. I would have guessed that dogs in the city live shorter lives.