Useless but Strangely Interesting Facts

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-The first bird domesticated by man was the goose

-The peanut is not a nut. The “pea” nut is actually more closely related to the pea. It is a member of the legumes family and grows in the ground. The peanut is unusual because it flowers above the ground, but fruits below the ground

-There are more chickens in the world than people.

-Chickens absorb vitamin D through their combs from sunshine.

-The average hen will lay 227 eggs a year

-Reindeer milk has more fat than cow’s milk.

– It takes forty minutes to hard boil an ostrich egg.

– Shrimp’s hearts are in their heads.

– The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

– Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard that their hooves fall off.

– An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

– In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

– A baby oyster is called a spat.

– Bees must collect the nectar from two thousand flowers to make one tablespoonful of honey.

– There are more beetles in the world than any other kind of creatures.

– A group of crows is called a murder.

– A group of owls is called a parliament.

– Emus cannot walk backwards.

– Only one in one thousand animals born in the sea survives to maturity.

– The pupil of an octopus’ eye is rectangular. So are the pupils of goats’ eyes.

– Reindeer like to eat bananas.

– Camel’s milk does not curdle.

– In the 17th-century, farmers in New York City built a wall to keep pigs from roaming. The street running along this wall was called Wall Street.

– Two peanut farmers have been elected President of the United States: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.

– A group of geese on the ground is gaggle; a group of geese in the air is a skein.

– Chickens that lay brown eggs have red ear lobes. There is a genetic link between the two.

– The underside of a horse’s hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.

– The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its heads enables it to see all four of its feet at all times.

– It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs, because a cow’s knees can’t bend properly to walk back down.

– Twelve or more cows are known as a flink.

– The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

– It is physically impossible for pigs to lookup into the sky.

– When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny.

– Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.

– Horses cannot vomit.

– A 1,200-pound horse eats about seven times its own weight each year.

– A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

– By feeding hens certain dyes they can be made to lay eggs with varicolored yolks.

– Hens need about 24 to 26 hours to produce one egg. Thirty minutes later they start the process all over again.

– In its entire lifetime, the average worker bee produces 1/12th teaspoon of honey.

– On average, pigs live for about 15 years.

– Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world.

– Heart valves from hogs are used to replace damaged or diseased human heart valves.

– A baby pig, or piglet, weighs about 3 1/2 pounds at birth and will double its weight in just 7 days.

– During the Tang Dynasty (around 900 A.D.) the Chinese were farming fish exclusively for the emperor’s consumption. Some sources date the beginnings of Chinese fish farming as far back as 3,500 years ago. Today China farms more freshwater fish than any other country.

– Worldwide, fish farming accounts for more than 70 million tons of fish each year.

– Norwegian scientists attract young cod to feeding sites by playing recordings of tuba music underwater.

– Honey bees tap 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.

 

Remember these strange facts, we expect you to be the life of the party at your next social function.

 

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