Giraffes can’t swim.
The real name of television’s Mister Ed was Bamboo Harvester.
Jim Hogg, the governor of Texas from 1891 to 1895, named his only daughter “Ima.”
In 1930, Fred Newton became the only man to swim the Mississippi River – lengthwise (1,826 miles over a six-month period).
France’s King Louis XIV bathed only once a year.
The sea hedgehog owes its name to the unusual composition of its skin. Similar to its landlubber cousin’s, the sea hedgehog’s fur is studded with sharp quills. Thanks to these quills, this sea creature, which measures less than a foot in length, is capable of killing a much larger enemy: the shark.
The sea hedgehog is often attacked and swallowed by sharks. Once it is in the belly of the shark, though, the sea hedgehog inflates its prickly body as if it were a balloon. The spearlike points penetrate the stomach of the shark and rip a hole through the shark’s body. The sea hedgehog then calmly swims through the gap, leaving a fatally-wounded shark behind.
In Portland, Oregon, a priest or a minister is not allowed to perform a wedding ceremony at a skating rink.
Barbers are not allowed to eat onions between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Waterloo, Nebraska.
It is against the law to sing out of tune in North Carolina.
The least-liked vegetable of all time is the turnip. Personally, I can’t stand them either!
A two-year test by the American Heart Association found that only 7 percent of nudist camp residents suffered from high blood pressure compared to a national average of 17 percent. I just want to know who in the world funds – and dreams up – these kind of studies?
Most snakes can go without eating for an entire year.
Most monkeys are nearsighted.
Hockey is called “shinney” in Scotland.
There are 88 keys on a piano – 52 white and 36 black.
The Manhattan cocktail, a mixture of whiskey and sweet vermouth, was invented by WInston Churchill’s mother.
Albert Einstein’s last words were spoken in German. As the nurse attending him didn’t speak the language, we’ll never know what he said.
Teddy Roosevelt had four sons. Three of them died in war.
A giraffe can kill a lion with one swift (and damned hard) kick.
Pablo Diego Jose Francisco do Paula Juan Nepomuceno Cipriano de la Santissima Trinidad was Picasso’s real name. Try to memorize that one.
An electric eel will short-circuit itself if put into salt water.
A termite can live 30 years. Better go see the Orkin Man soon.
Kilts originated in France, not Scotland.
It takes the average snail 115 days to travel a mile.
According to ancient Hindu law, the penalty for adultery was the removal of a person’s nose.
Over 40 million Ritz crackers are purchased every day.
There isn’t a sane person alive who would relish the thought of placing a hand into a crocodile’s open mouth as the jaws of this animal are powerful enough to crush a cow’s bones with a single bite. However, the daring Egyptian plover (a bird) regularly places its entire body inside the crocodile’s jaws – not only for a brief instant, but long enough for a whole meal.
The plover and the crocodile have worked out a mutually satisfactory arrangement; the bird gets food, and the crocodile gets service. When the crocodile has finished a meal, he opens his mouth so that the small bird can hop inside and pick the reptile’s teeth clean of uneaten food. The grateful crocodile never shuts his jaws on his welcome guest.
This natural “toothbrush” also serves as the crocodile’s lookout, riding on the reptile’s back and giving a shrill cry of warning of any approaching danger. Additionally, the plover digs out tiny parasites from the crocodile’s tough hide.