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Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Four!

May 19, 2017

Today’s fun fact(s) revolve around camels.  Did you know that . . .

  • camels have three eyelids? (Real Fact #5)
  • camels’ milk does not curdle? (Real Fact #14)
  • despite its hump, a camel has a straight spine? (Real Fact #49)
  •  a camel can drink 25 gallons of water in less than three minutes? (Real Fact #714)
  • wild camels once roamed Arizona’s wild deserts? (Real Fact #848)


Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty!

April 21, 2017

The “heart” of the matter.  Today’s facts will center on unique facts about the heart.  Were you aware that . . .

  • a hummingbird’s heart beats 1,400 times per minute? (Real Fact #127)
  • the blue whale’s heart is the size of a small car? (Real Fact #232)
  • ancient Egyptians believed the “vein of love” ran from the third finger on the left hand to the heart?  (Real Fact #309)
  • the common garden worm has five pairs of hearts (Real Fact #750)
  • women’s hearts typically beat faster than men’s hearts?  (Real Fact #829)
  • the King of Hearts is the only king without a mustache? (Real Fact #1012)
  • an octopus has three hearts?  (Real Fact #1031)


Fun Fact Friday, Number Eighteen!

April 7, 2017

The facts for today deal with snails and slugs (they’re similar, right?).  Both are considered gastropods and a majority of both live in the water; the big difference: snails have shells, slugs do not.  But did you know that  . . .

  • a snail breathes through its foot? (Real Fact #37)
  • a snail can sleep for up to three years? (Real Fact #439)
  • a slug has four noses? (Real Fact #4)


Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixteen!

March 24, 2017

Well that’s just peachy!  Today’s unique facts will center on peaches.  Were you aware that peaches were . . .

  • members of the almond family (Real Fact #21)? — hmm, their pits do look a bit like almonds?
  • also members of the rose family, along with apples and raspberries (Real Fact #422)?
  • the first fruit to be eaten on the moon (Real Fact #722)?

In addition, did you know that . . .

  • the game of basketball (as we enter NCAA March Madness) was first played using a soccer ball and two peach baskets (Real Fact #221)?
  • the phrase “you’re a real peach” originated from the tradition of giving peaches to loved ones (Real Fact #1017)?
  • George Washington was a successful liquor distributor, making rye whiskey, apple brandy, and peach brandy in his Mount Vernon distillery (Real Fact #1140)?


Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirteen!

March 3, 2017

Are you ready for the weekend?  Well before we get there, here are a few fun facts concerning beavers.  Did you know that

  • a beaver can hold its breath for 45 minutes under water?  (Real fact #3)
  • beavers were once the size of bears?  (Real fact #123)
  • beavers have orange teeth?  (Real fact #436)

Who knew?  Happy Friday!


Fun Fact Friday, Number Eleven!

February 17, 2017

It may be winter, but the country’s national parks are still open.  Here are the best National Parks to visit during the winter:

  • Everglades National Park (Florida)
  • Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)
  • Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho)
  • Acadia National Park (Maine)
  • Saguaro National Park (Arizona)
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Colorado)
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (California)

Did you know that the National Park Service manages over 350 parks on 80 million acres of public land? (Real Fact #695)

Did you know that over half of the world’s geyser’s can be found in the Yellowstone National Park? (Real Fact #742)

Did you know that Manhattan Island was once home to as many different species as Yellowstone National Park? (Real Fact #684)


Fun Fact Friday, Number Ten!

February 10, 2017

Today’s fun fact(s) concern your taste buds.

  • Did you know that there are approximately 9,000 taste buds on your tongue?  (Real Fact #452)  [Note: Encyclopedia Britannica  estimates that the average human tongue has between 2,000 and 8,000 taste buds.]
  • Did you know that children have more taste buds than adults?  (Real Fact #833)
  • Did you know that the life span of a taste bud is about ten days?  (Real Fact #62)

Taste buds are sensory organs that allow you to experience and differentiate between  sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.

Happy tasting!


Fun Fact(s) Friday, Number Six!

January 27, 2017

Can these fact possibly “bee” true?  According to the “Real Facts” (courtesy of, yes.  Were you aware of the following truths about honeybees?

  • a honey bee can fly at 15 miles per hour (Real Fact #6)
  • a queen bee can lay between 800 and 1,500 eggs per day (Real Fact #7)
  • a bee has five eyelids  (Real Fact #8)
  • a honeybee is the only insect that creates a form of food for humans (Real Fact #118)
  • honeybees navigate by using the sun as a compass (Real Fact #133)
  • bees’ wings beat about 11,400 times per minute (Real Fact #442)
  • honeybees have hair on their eyes (Real Fact #767)
  • bees are born fully grown (Real Fact #775)
  •  to make one pound of honey, a honeybee must tap about two million flowers (Real Fact #989)


Fun Fact Friday, Number Seven!

January 20, 2017

Okay, we are about three weeks into our New Year’s resolutions and I thought this would be the perfect time to “weigh in” on the subject of weight (yes, pun intended, of course). Since losing weight is always one of the top resolutions that people make, here are some fun facts concerning weight (courtesy of  Enjoy!

  • the world’s termites outweigh the worlds humans about 10 to 1 (#16)
  • a hummingbird weighs less than a penny (#17)
  • the average smell weighs 760 nanograms (#54)
  • the human brain weighs about three pounds (#55)
  • when the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less (#98)
  • you would weigh less on the top of a mountain than at sea level (#106)
  • smelling apples and/or bananas can help you lose weight (#109)
  • the largest fish is the whale shark, it can be over fifty (50) feet long and weigh over two (2) tons (#116)
  • an ant can lift fifty (50) times its own weight (#134)
  • the largest ball of twine in the U.S. weighs over 17,000 pounds (#213)
  • the biggest pig in recorded history weighed almost one (1) ton (#235)
  • the legs of bats are too weak to support their weight, so they hang upside down (#324)
  • cold water weighs less than hot water (#351)
  • the weight of the moon is 81 billion tons (#353)
  • the smallest mammal in the world is the bumblebee bat, which weighs less than a penny (#418)
  • in the U.S. a pig has to weigh more than 180 pounds to be called a hog (#434)
  • a gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds (#447)
  • 454 U.S. dollar bills weigh exactly one (1) pound (#469)
  • the human brain takes up 2% of human body weight but uses 20% of its energy (#737)
  • most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale (#768)
  • President William Taft weighed more than 300 pounds and once got stuck in the White House bathtub (#872)
  • just a sugar cube of neutron star matter would weigh about one hundred million tons on Earth (#1004)


Fun Fact Friday, Number Six!

January 13, 2017

Happy Friday!    And, Happy Friday the 13th!  What is your favorite horror movie?  The original Halloween (1978), starring Jamie Lee Curtis, remains my favorite.  On a somewhat related note, horror films have long used the telephone (or a telephone call) to terrify the audience so I thought I would check out some interesting, but totally unrelated to horror, telephone facts (courtesy of “Real Facts”):

  • the first telephone book ever issues (1878) contained just fifty (50) names (Real Fact #170)
  • there are more telephones in Washington, D.C. than there are people (Real Fact #91)