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January 16, 2004

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Did you Know...?

Some Interesting Facts
All the planets in our solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
Hummingbirds are the only animal that can also fly backwards.
Insects do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosquitoes and other buzzing insects is caused by rapidly moving their wings.
The cockroach is the fastest animal on 6 legs covering a meter a second.
The word "listen" contains the same letters as the word "silent".
The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
The whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.
A hippopotamus can run faster than a man.
India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.
'Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia' is the fear of long words.
Didaskaleinophobia is the fear of going to school.
Phobatrivaphobia is a fear of trivia about phobias!!
It is impossible to lick your elbow. (We know you gonna try this !!! )
A snail can sleep for 3 years. (Wow, lucky chap eh?)
The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which they start
In 1883 the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa put so much dust into the earth's atmosphere that sunsets appeared green and the moon appeared blue around the world for almost two years.
"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
Twenty-Four-Karat Gold is not pure gold since there is a small amount of copper in it.
Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.
Electricity doesn't move through a wire but through a field around the wire.
Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Say no evil ).
55 per cent of people yawn within 5 minutes of seeing someone else yawn. Reading about yawning makes most people yawn. hello, zzzzz zzzz ?
A zebra is white with black stripes.
An elephant's trunk is equivalent to the human nose and upper lip - yet an adult elephant can carry nearly 270 kilograms with it. It can also store about 4 litres of water in it.
A giraffe has the same number of bones in its neck as a human. They can also clean their ears with their half metre long tongue.
Camels have three eyelids - these help protect their eyes from the sun and sand in the desert.
Fish are very good at tasting. They not only have taste buds in their mouths but some species also have them on their skin and sometimes on their fins. Catfish even have taste buds on their whiskers.
Jellyfish are more than 95% water. They have no heart, bones, or brain, and have no real eyes. Yet the largest jellyfish, the Lion's Mane jellyfish, can reach 8 feet across with 200 feet long tentacles.
Orca whales are voluntary breathers. They have to sleep with only half of their brain at one time. The other half remains awake to regulate their breathing.
The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultra-violet light but their sight deteriorates quickly with age and UV vision is soon lost.
Nearly one million earthworms can be found in a single acre of land.
Oysters can change from one gender to another and back again depending on which is best for mating.

Source: Planet Science.com


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