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An astronaut’s body shrinks while they’re in space.
Astronauts grow taller in space because of the decompression of disks in the spinal column.
Humans are the only animals that blush.
Blushing happens during the dilation of blood vessels in the facial skin when a person feels embarrassment. Animals don’t get embarrassed, making humans the only animals to blush.
Bees will never sting other bees.
The “guard bee”‘ stays near the entrance of the hive and stings bee intruders to keep them from stealing nectar.
It’s legal to hunt unicorns in Michigan.
Lake Superior State University in Michigan offers an official unicorn hunting license, making it legal to hunt them in the state.
There’s a fungus that turns ants into zombies.
The ophiocordyceps unilateralis fungus uses adaptive parasite manipulation to infect Camponotus Leonardi ants, hijacking its mind to leave the nest, and spread the fungus seed.
A woodpecker’s tongue wraps all the way around its brain.
A woodpecker’s tongue wraps around its brain to protect it from injury during high-speed pecking.
The first computer was invented in the 1970s.
The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) was first built in 1946 at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering.
German chocolate cake originated in Germany.
It was named after Sam German, who invented a type of baking chocolate for Baker’s in 1852.
The Teddy Bear was named after former President Theodore Roosevelt.
President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt refused to kill a trapped bear during a 1902 hunting trip, so a toy maker created a stuffed bear and named it after him.
Egypt has more pyramids than any other country on the globe.
Sudan has the most pyramids than any other country in the world, with 255 pyramids, while Egypt has 138.
Limes sink, but lemons float.
Limes are denser than lemons, so they sink, while lemons float at the top of a glass.
Queen Elizabeth banned the royal family from playing Monopoly at home.
Prince Andrew was gifted the game of Monopoly, but was quoted by the press, saying, “We are not allowed to play Monopoly at home.” He revealed that playing it often caused spats within the family, as “it gets too vicious.”
Selfies cause more deaths than shark attacks per year.
There’s about 28 selfie-related deaths per year as opposed to 13 shark attack-related deaths. The leading cause of selfie deaths is heights.
Hot showers have more health benefits than cold showers.
Cold showers can improve circulation, ease depression, and stimulate weight loss.
Elephants can’t jump.
According to a video by Smithsonian, elephant legs have bones that are all pointed downwards, so they don’t have the “spring” required to jump.
A woman’s hair and fingernails grow faster than usual during pregnancy.
An expectant mom’s hair and nails grow faster because of changes in hormones, increased blood circulation, and metabolism supplying nutrients.
The last Blockbuster Video store closed in 2005.
There is only one Blockbuster Video store left in the world and it is in Deschutes County, Oregon. Locals can have a sleepover in the store for the night as it’s an Airbnb.
The voice of Mickey Mouse and the voice of Minnie Mouse married in real life.
Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor, who voiced Mickey and Minnie Mouse, kept their marriage a secret. They wed in 1991 and were married 20 years before Alwine passed away in 2009.
Snakes can burp fire.
Snakes have the potential to burp fire if an animal they have eaten bursts while being digested. With just the right amount of hydrogen, a spark can make the snake belch flames.
Pigs are known for being the sweatiest animal, hence the saying, “Sweating like a pig.”
Whovever came up with that saying spread fake news! Pigs are actually born without sweat glands, which is why they like to roll around in the mud to cool off.
Pound cake was named after the baker who invented the recipe, Sally Pound.
The original recipe for pound cake required a pound of each of its ingredients: butter, flour, eggs, and sugar.
Dolly Parton lost a Dolly Parton look-alike contest.
Dolly Parton revealed during an interview that she entered drag queen celebrity impersonator contest in Los Angeles without revealing her identity. She ended up losing to a man dressed as her in drag.
Golf is the only sport to be played on the surface of the moon.
Astronaut Alan Shepard was one of three crew members on the Apollo 14 mission. He batted a golf ball that he claimed flew “many miles away”.
A blind chameleon can’t adjust to the colors of its environment.
A chameleon changes colors because it has special cells, so a blind chameleon still changes colors.
Abraham Lincoln was a successful competitive wrestler.
Abraham Lincoln was bestowed the “Outstanding American” honor in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his time as a wrestler as a young man.
There’s an island in Japan only inhabited by bunnies.
Ōkunoshima, also known a Rabbit Island, is a small island in the Inland Sea of Japan where hundreds of wild rabbits roam freely.
There are 50 muscles in one human finger.
There are no muscles in fingers. The muscles that stimulate the finger joints are in the forearms and palms.
Albert Einstein influenced Yoda’s look.
Special effects artist and Star Wars makeup supervisor Stuart Freeborn modeled Yoda after a photo of Einstein that was hanging on an office wall.
Rudolph the Reindeer is actually a girl.
Edinburgh University professors Gerald Lincoln and David Baird say Rudolph isn’t a male because males shed their antlers before mid-December, while female reindeer still have antlers at Christmas.
Doritos are flammable and can be used as kindling.
Doritos are made of flammable hydrocarbons soaked in oil. According to one report, the more powdered flavoring on a chip, the longer the flame will last.
McDonald’s invented bubble gum flavored broccoli to make their menu more nutritious.
McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson revealed that in taste tests, the taste of the bubble gum flavored broccoli confused children and the item never made it onto the menu.
Apple Pie originated in America, which is why the saying goes “As American as apple pie.”
Apples are actually native to Asia and the first recipe for apple pie was written in England.
Elvis Presley never won a Grammy.
Elvis Presley had 14 Grammy nominations and won 3.
Cows produce more milk when they listen to music.
According to a study by a Turkish farmer, cows make 5% more milk when they listen to classical music.
The small pocket in a pair of jeans was invented so teenagers could store folded love notes. It’s called a “note pocket”.
Levi Strauss invented the small pocket in 1879 so that men could put their pocket watches in it.
Dark chocolate can help soothe a sore throat.
According to a study performed by Alyn Morice from the University of Hull, dark chocolate’s stickiness coats the nerve endings that trigger coughing,
Driving a car to space would take 24 hours.
A study revealed that it would take one hour to reach space if you were to drive 60 mph in a straight line up and into the atmosphere.
Flamingos get their pink color from the food they consume.
Flamingos feathers are white when they are born, but their feathers turn pink when their body metabolizes the pigments from eating algae and brine shrimp.
Shaking a Polaroid picture makes it develop faster.
OutKast may have sung “Shake it like a Polaroid picture,” but Polaroid shared a statement saying, “Shaking or waving can actually damage the image.”
China owns all the Pandas in the world.
“Panda diplomacy” is a real thing that means all pandas seen outside of China are on loan by the Chinese government.
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