Chameleons change their color by dispersing the concentration of pigment in their skin. This is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Color changes are determined by external factors such as light and temperature as well as emotions. They do not change color to match their background.
Honeybees have a type of hair on their eyes.
Only 23% of New Zealand families have more than two children
A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
Lightning strikes 6,000 times every minute on the entire planet
A chicken will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you change the lighting in such a way as to make them think a day is 28 hours long.
It takes a sperm about 1 hour to swim 6 inches.
The average bank teller loses about $250 every year
On a clear night in the Northern Hemisphere the naked eye can discern some 5000 stars.
To take an oath, ancient Romans put a hand on their testiclesthat s where the word testimony comes from.
Writing in ancient Greece hadnospacebetweenthewords.
The phrase rule of thumb is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
In Natoma, Kansas, it's illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits
There is a cemetery town in California named Colma. Concerns about the public health, crime, and the need for space forced the city of San Francisco to outlaw burials in 1902. The city of Colma, which is five miles south of San Francisco, was established to bury the dead. The ratio of dead to living people is 750 to 1
If a substance is burned and all of the results of its burning (smoke, ash, soot and gas) are captured and weighed, they will be a little heavier than the original substance because they have been combined with oxygen.
In the Netherlands, there are special traffic lanes for bicycles. There are approximately 17,000 kms of cycle lanes with special bicycle traffic lights.
Early Romans used to use porcupine quills as toothpicks.
In 1924, Pope Urban VIII threatened to excommunicate snuff users.
The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive...so much so that they will set of an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.
If the gross for "Gone With the Wind" were to be adjusted to allow for inflation in the period since its release, it would be regarded as the most successful film ever.
Moscow was founded in 1147 by Yury Dolgoruky
The term Y2K was invented by David Eddie in June 1995 through the email.
Bigamy is the act or condition of a person marrying another person while still being lawfully married to a second person.
If the liver ever stops working a person will die within 8 to 24 hours.
In 1976 an LA secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a 50 pound rock in a ceremony witnessed by more than 20 people.
Licking and sucking gently on earlobes is arousing to many people. Also, whispering or breathing softly in one's ear can also be very pleasurable.
On average, we lose 11 oz. of weight while we are asleep at night.
Paul Hornung holds the NFL record for the most points in a single season. He scored 176 points in 1960.
Tasmania has the cleanest air in the inhabited world.
90% of all restaurants fail during their first year of operation.
In Baltimore it is illegal to mistreat oysters.
Mars is the home of Olympus Mons, the largest known volcano in our solar system
The first American astronaut in space was Alan B. Shepard Jr
The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that it breaks the sound barrier. The crack of the whip is actually a tiny sonic boom.
Car accidents rise 10% during the first week of daylight savings time.
Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.
The words volt and voltage are named for a member of the Italian nobility in the 1700s named Count Voltman.
According to Hammurabi's Code, the penalty for medical malpractice was to cut off the doctor's hands.
Fog and a cloud are the same thing, only at different altitudes. Fog is simply a cloud lying on the earth, while clouds are fog floating in the sky.
Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.
For two years, during the 1970s, Mattel marketed a doll called Growing Up Skipper. Her breasts grew when her arm was turned.
Florida law forbids rats to leave the ships docked in Tampa Bay.
Next to man, the porpoise is the most intelligent creature on earth
In order to scare away predators, Giant petrels, a type of seabird, throw up all over the intruder
Contrary to popular belief, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks, and mice do not carry rabies.
Elwood Edwards did the voice for the AOL sound files (i.e. "You've got Mail!"). He is heard about 27 million times a day. The recordings were done before Quantum changed its name to AOL and the program was known as "Q-Link."
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