Wild & Wacky Facts

Wild & Wacky Facts
14 Nov

By Aaiza Saleem & Alina Maniar


– Great white sharks can detect a drop of blood in 25 gallons of water and can even sense tiny amounts of blood from three miles away.
– The blue whale’s tongue weighs as much as an adult elephant.
– Fleas can jump distances 100 times their body length.


– A beaver’s teeth never stop growing. It needs to chew on tree trunks and branches to keep them from getting too long.


– The howler monkey is the loudest land animal. Its call can be heard from three miles away.


– Blue whales are the loudest mammals, producing low-frequency “pulses” that can be heard from more than 500 miles away.


– The name “jaguar” comes from a Native American word meaning “he who kills with one leap.”


– Hippos secrete a red oily substance from their skin that acts as sunblock and a moisturizer.


– The electric eel can deliver jolts of electricity up to 600 volts, enough to knock a fully grown horse off its feet.


– Grizzly bears have been clocked running at up to 30 miles per hour.


– The longest living Galapagos tortoise lived to be 152. Galapagos tortoises sleep for 16 hours a day and can go a year without food or water.


– Peregrine falcons dive-bomb their prey and can reach dive speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.


– A desert locust swarm can be 460 square miles in size and can consume 423 million pounds of plants in a single day.


– The tiger shark is nicknamed “the wastebasket of the sea” and refuses like old license plates and tires have been found in its stomach.


– The flying snake can glide in the air for distances up to 330 feet and can even make turns in the air.


– Scorpions are also incredibly resilient, and are able to live on a single insect per year. Scientists have frozen scorpions overnight, and when thawed, the arthropod walked away unscathed.


– An adult panda typically spends 12 hours a day eating and must consume 28 pounds of bamboo daily to fulfill its dietary needs.


– The largest giant squid on record was 59 feet long, and the creature’s eyes are as big as beach balls.


– Almost all puffer fish contain a toxin called tetrodotoxin, which is up to 1,200 times more lethal to humans than cyanide. Despite this, some puffer fish meat called fugu is a delicacy in Japan, where it must be prepared by a licensed chef.


– Anteaters eat 35,000 ants a day.


– Snow leopards can leap up to 50 feet in one jump.


– The golden eagle can dive at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and has been known to attack fully grown deer, what scorpions!


– A crocodile can’t stick its tongue out.


– If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force when you sneeze, you might pop an eyeball out.


– A shrimp’s heart is in its head.


– In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.


– More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.


– Wearing earphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.


– A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.


– A crocodile can’t move its tongue and cannot chew. Its digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.


– Money notes are not made from paper, they are made mostly from a special blend of cotton and linen. In 1932, when a shortage of cash occurred in Tenino, Washington, USA, notes were made out of wood for a brief period.


– A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water. If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you’ll feel thirsty. If it’s reduced by 10%, you’ll die.


– Camels are called “ships of the desert” because of the way they move, not because of their transport capabilities. A Dromedary camel has one hump and a Bactrian camel two humps. The humps are used as fat storage. Thus, an undernourished camel will not have a hump.


– Bill Gates’ first business was Traff-O-Data, a company that created machines which recorded the number of cars passing a given point on a road.


– Every year about 98% of atoms in your body are replaced.


– If you went out into space, you would explode before you suffocated because there’s no air pressure.


– A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.


– According to security equipment specialists, security systems that utilize motion detectors won’t function properly if walls and floors are too hot. When an infrared beam is used in a motion detector, it will pick up a person’s body temperature of 98.6 degrees compared to the cooler walls and floor.


– Ostriches are often not taken seriously. They can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.


– Sharks and rays are the only animals known to man that don’t get cancer. Scientists believe this has something to do with the fact that they don’t have bones, but cartilage.


– There are more than fifty different kinds of kangaroos.

– Jellyfish like salt water. A rainy season often reduces the jellyfish population by putting more fresh water into normally salty waters where they live.


– Cats often rub up against people and furniture to lay their scent and mark their territory. They do it this way, as opposed to the way dogs do it, because they have scent glands in their faces.

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