Trivia of the Day for Friday

Elephants vs. Chimpanzees: Elephants win the battle of wits. Bigger than most, and smarter than most, too: Elephants back up their brawn with surprising prowess in numerical abilities, among other skills. Faced with experiments testing their ability to differentiate numerical amounts, like recognizing the difference between one and two items compared with the difference between five and six, elephants performed better than primates—and even human children. “Their abilities don’t seem to be limited in quite the same way as monkeys, apes, and children would be,” said the experiment’s lead researcher. Still not impressed? Elephants have been shown to tell the difference between various human languages, too.

In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.

Odontophobia is the fear of teeth.

The word “lethologica” describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

The numbers ‘172’ can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.


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