Radioactive bananas, laughing rats & other weird facts


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world is weird, as are people and even animals.

laws about tying up your giraffe in Atlanta to a precious metal
lurking in your blood, there are endless bizarre wonders you may not
know about the world around you – and a few out in the heavens as

Learn about the first mobile historical monument, an elephant
herd in mourning and more with these 75 incredible and weird facts.

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1. Tiny tickles

In what must have been the cutest science experiment of all time,
discovered that rats laugh when tickled. 

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2. Mosquitoes are even worse than you think

In experiments not even remotely as cute as tickling rats, scientists have discovered that mosquitoes urinate on us while feeding on our blood. They’re exploring ways to prevent this, and thereby control the spread of
dengue fever, yellow fever and other diseases.

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3. Bananas are radioactive

Looking to gain radioactive super powers? Try a banana! Bananas are
very slightly
radioactive and are even used to measure doses of radiation. BED
stands for Banana Equivalent Dose.

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4. Brain power

If you had to guess which animal was packing 32 brains, you’d
probably guess wrong. The answer is leeches,
which have a brain in each of their 32 body segments.

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5. Mourning elephants

While elephants may have just one brain, they use theirs in some truly lovely ways. When “elephant
whisperer” Lawrence Anthony died, an entire herd of
elephants arrived at his house, apparently in mourning.

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6. Snow in the Sahara

The Sahara desert is one of the hottest, driest places on Earth, so snowfall is understandably rare. In fact, there are just a handful of recorded snowfalls in living memory – the first on Feb. 18, 1979, another in December, 2016, and the latest on Jan. 9, 2018.

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7. Chicken gender

Researchers found that roughly one in every 10,000 chickens is
meaning they hatch half-male and half-female.

According to scientists at the Roslin Institute and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, bird cells are different to mammal cells in that they don’t need to be programmed by hormones. This means that chicken cells can remain inherently male or female, so a half-and-half chicken could have different plumage on one side than the other based on the gender coding of the cells, along with different body shape, muscle structure and even wattle and spur structures.

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8. Bird brain

Farmer Lloyd Olsen failed to kill a rooster once, resulting in a chicken that lived without the majority of his head being attached to his body. That chicken became
famous,, touring the country as Mike
the Headless Wonder Chicken
from 1945 to 1947.

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9. Apollo 11

Everyone records over their favorite tapes accidentally – even
NASA it turns out. The tapes containing the original footage of the Apollo
11 moonwalk were probably erased and reused to record satellite
data. Oops!

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10. Resetting the biological clock

Scientists performed an
experiment where they shone a bright light on the backs of
people’s knees. Those treated with the light had their biological
clocks “advanced or delayed up to three hours.”

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11. Sleeping with the fishes

Whales and dolphins take being “right-brained” or
“left-brained” to the extreme. Getting a nap in the
ocean requires them to let one
half of their brains sleep at a time, while the other half keeps
them conscious.

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12. Turning air into water

Peru, on the edge of the Atacama desert, is one of the driest places
on earth, leaving hundreds of thousands of people with no access to
clean water. But a team
of engineers
set out to change that – with a billboard. The
billboard changes humidity in the air into clean drinking water.

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13. The school older than Aztec civilization

The Aztecs founded Tenochtitlan in 1325, but there’s a school that
predates them. The University
of Oxford became a full-fledged university in 1249.

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14. Golden boys (and girls)

We all have a little gold in us. The human body contains about 0.2
milligrams of gold, mostly in our blood.

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15. Running low

Speaking of gold, we’re running
low. We’ve probably got less than 15 years of easily mineable
gold left in the world.

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16. Worth its weight in feathers

One option for when gold becomes harder to mine is to take our cue
from the Aztecs, who valued feathers
much more highly.

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17. Sleep shuts down sneezing

You can’t sneeze
while you sleep
. During REM sleep certain neurotransmitters
actually shut down and your brain can’t receive the signal to sneeze.

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18. Can you hear me now?

In 2010, a Nepalese telecom installed eight 3G
base stations along the route up Mount Everest, with the highest
located at 17,000 feet.

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19. Longest pregnancy ever

Most pregnancies last 280 days or so, but back in 1945, Beulah Hunter reportedly shattered
that norm when she gave birth after being pregnant
for 375 days, or about 12.5 months.

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20. It’s raining … glass?

Even Captain Kirk might want to steer clear of this blue
planet. In 2013 astronomers found a deep azure planet where “it
possibly rains liquid glass sideways amid 4,500 mph winds.”

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21. Slow down

Would you like more hours in your day? Wait a mere 140 million years
and the average earth day could be 25
hours long because the planet is very, very slowly decelerating.

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22. Tongue print

Your tongue has a unique “print,”
just like a fingerprint.

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23. Shedding

Don’t blame shedding on the pets. Humans are prolific shedders, with
about 600,000 particles of skin flaking off every hour. By age 70,
humans lose an average of 105
pounds of skin.

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25. Ice cold

Alaska is home to a type of frog that allows itself to freeze every year.
The wood
frog turns two-thirds of its body water into ice then, in spring,
thaws out and keeps on hopping.

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26. Baby daddies

In seahorses,
it’s the male who gets pregnant and gives birth. The female seahorse
deposits her eggs inside the male, who fertilizes and carries them
inside a pouch until they’re ready to be born.

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27. Most prolific mom ever

The most prolific mom of all time was Feodor
Vassilyev, who had 69 children. She gave birth to 16 pairs of
twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.

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28. Hearing hangs on…

has indicated that hearing, if you still have it, is the last sense to go when you die.

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29. …but your bowels don’t …

Your ears may still pick up sound after you die, but every muscle
in your body relaxes at the time of death, including those that control the bowels.
This sometimes results in a final bowel movement post-death.

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31. Got goosebumps yet?

All this talk of death might be giving you goosebumps, but did you know you can get goose bumps when you’re dead?
Rigor mortis is a stiffening of the muscles and it can cause a goose
bump-like appearance on the skin of a corpse.

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32. Peanut butter diamonds

Let’s talk about something more hopeful. Scientists figured out how
to turn peanut butter into diamonds.
All they need is a higher pressure than what you’ll find at the
center of the earth. Easy, right?

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33. Fish farts

suspect that fish communicate through the noise of their farts – just like some teenage boys …

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34. Well, that stinks

In 2008, a 13-year-old boy was arrested for farting
too much in school. The sheriff’s office said he “continually
disrupted his classroom environment” with intentional

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35. Primate depression

can get PTSD and depression. A study confirmed the presence of
anxiety and mood disorders in chimpanzees and raised ethical
questions about using them for experimentation and captivity.

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36. Whale woes

(commonly called killer whales) also show signs of stress when placed
in captivity. This ranges from dorsal fin collapse to attacking and
killing humans, something they don’t do in the wild.

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37. Get salty

 A hotel in Bolivia is made
of salt. That includes the chairs, tables and beds.

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38. Sweet retreat

For something sweeter, look no farther than San Francisco, where an
artist created an entire room out of cake.

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39. Gum ban

In 1992, Singapore banned chewing
gum. This fell in line with the country’s strict laws against
litter, graffiti, jaywalking, spitting and other untidy habits.

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40. Hell freezes over

Hell can freeze over – and does all the time. Hell,
Norway, that is. The town of Hell is a tiny village that reaches
temperatures as low as -13 degrees every winter. There are at least three other towns in the world named Hell, including one in Michigan, one in the Netherlands (both of which also freeze) and another in the Cayman Islands (that doesn’t).

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41. Man’s best…bride?

A man in India married
a dog in order to beat a curse he earned by attacking a pair of
dogs years earlier.

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42. Bread eraser

Before modern erasers, artists and others had to use rolled up white
to remove pencil marks.

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43. Risky Richter

The man behind the Richter scale, Charles
Richter, was quite the character. Along with being a poet,
Trekkie and backpacker, he was an avid nudist. That should shake
things up.

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44. Multi-talented mouthwash

Today, we know Listerine
for keeping our mouths minty fresh. But it has been sold in the past
as a cure for dandruff, a surgical disinfectant, a floor cleaner, a
hair tonic and a deodorant.

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45. A romantic death

honey bees only mate once. As he finishes, the male bee’s
endophallus is ripped from his body, his abdomen tears open and the
bee dies. Ain’t love grand?

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46. Love sick

If that made you want to steer clear of romance, you’re not alone.
is the fear of love or of becoming emotionally connected with another
person. Yep, it’s a real thing. 

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47. Back in the game

Nintendo briefly got into the love game. In the ’60s the
entertainment company owned a love
hotel in Japan, where such hotels are basically rooms for rent by
the hour, complete with fanciful themes, costumes, “toys,”
food and more.

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48. Best hangover cure

Next time you’re suffering from a hangover, look no further than
for the cure. A team of scientists found Sprite relieved hangover
symptoms better than many other drinks and cures.

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49. Ancient beauty masks

In ancient Rome beauty masks had an interesting ingredient
list that included things like placenta, excrement, sulfur, sweat
from sheep’s wool, animal urine, ground oyster shells and bile.

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50. The sound of one hand clapping?

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko outlawed clapping after his
opposition started using it as a form of dissent. People were
actually arrested for clapping, including Konstantin
Kaplin, who has one arm.

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51. The paper house

There is a house in Rockport, Massachusetts, made of newspaper, including paper furniture such as a piano, a desk and a chair.

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52. A sun you could touch

 In 2011, NASA discovered “Y-dwarfs,”
stars that are even cooler than the human body.

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53. The paper house

There is a house in Rockport, Massachusetts, made of newspaper,
including paper furniture such as a piano, a desk and a chair.

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54. Great Belize Blue Hole

A large sinkhole off the coast of Belize called the Great
Belize Blue Hole
is a staggering 410 feet deep. It is the deepest known natural sinkhole of its kind.

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55. Island of Dolls

Just south of Mexico City is the Island
of Dolls, home to hundreds of terrifying dolls with missing eyes,
limbs and heads. It was originally meant as a dedication to a little
girl who died under strange circumstances.

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56. What makes a kangaroo hop?

Turns out it’s the tail. A kangaroo
can’t hop if its tail is off the ground.

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57. Bonus bounce

Here’s a bonus kangaroo
fact: Whether their tail is on the ground or not, they can’t hop

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58. ‘Pure’ science

Newton never married and it’s believed he died a virgin.

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59. Arrested in the buff

A man was arrested for
being naked – in his own home. Police said he was arrested
because someone saw and reported him and “officers believed he
wanted to be seen naked by the public.”

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60. Hippo milk

Hippos nurse their babies with bright
pink milk
. Special acids the hippo secretes account for the
unique color.

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61. Dying of laughter

The stoic philosopher Chrysippus
is one of the few people who have actually died of laughter. The
story goes that he saw a donkey eating figs and yelled, “Now
give the donkey a pure wine to wash down the figs!” He then died
laughing at his own joke.

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62. Quacking up

is the fear that somewhere in the world a duck or goose is watching

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63. Artful dodger

When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, Pablo
was one of the suspects.

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64. Persistent plastics

Just about every piece of plastic
ever made still exists in some form, as the material takes 500-1,000
years to degrade.

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65. Just plain trashy

A lot of that plastic has ended up in the ocean,
unfortunately. About 90% of trash on the ocean’s surface is plastic.
That means about 46,000 pieces of plastic for every square mile of

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66. The humble potato

The Incas held the humble potato
in high esteem. They could preserve them as a mash for up to 10 years
and also used them to treat injuries and aid in childbirth.

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67. An Unholy See of crime

Vatican City,
home of the Catholic church, has the highest crime rate in the world.
This is likely due to its small population and high rate of tourism.

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68. The prostitute pirate lord

was one of the most powerful pirate lords of all time,
rising up from a prostitute to the commander of the Red Flag Fleet, a
coalition of more than 600 ships and 50,000-70,000 pirates.

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69. Bad kitty

Thai police who step out of line are forced to wear a pink Hello

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70. Sharp sheep

are sharper than we give them credit for. A team of researchers found
that they could train sheep to recognize human faces in photographs.

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71. ‘Sex in a box’

When the game Twister
came out it got more than one person’s knickers in a twist.
Milton-Bradley published the game, with trepidation, and one of their
competitors quickly accused them of selling “sex in a box.” 

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72. Just beat it

Every May, indigenous communities in the Bolivian Andes celebrate
a festival of violent fist fights that lasts several days.

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73. Volcano surfing

Just in case regular surfing wasn’t extreme enough, some folks have
started “volcano
surfing,” rocketing down the slopes of volcanoes at speeds
as high as 56 mph.

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74. No laughing matter

It’s illegal to wear a fake
mustache that causes laughter to churches in Alabama. It seems more serious fake mustaches that do not cause laughter are allowed.

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75. Also…giraffes?

Here’s another strange law. In Atlanta, Georgia, it’s illegal to tie
a giraffe
to a telephone pole or street lamp. So, you know, tie up your
giraffes somewhere else, bucko.

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