Archive For The “Science” Category

Do Butterflies Have Taste Buds?

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butterfly

FACT OF THE DAY: Butterflies do not have taste buds. They taste with their feet. They stand on their food to get a sense of it and then decide if they want to eat it or not.

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What’s the Heaviest Animal in the World?

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blue whale

FACT OF THE DAY: The blue whale is the heaviest animal in the world. In addition to reaching lengths of 80 feet long, they also weigh up to 200 tons, or 400,000 lbs.

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Peanuts Are NOT Nuts!

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Peanuts in their shells

FACT OF THE DAY: Peanuts are NOT nuts! If they are not nuts, then what are they? They are legumes. Real nuts (also called drupes) grow on trees while peanuts grow underground.

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Koala Bear Fingerprints

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Koala Bear on a tree

FACT OF THE DAY: What is so unusual about koala bear fingerprints? They are almost identical to human finger prints. Much like chimpanzee finger prints, koala bear fingerprints are the same shape and size and feature similar patters of swirls and lines.

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The Largest Recorded Earthquake

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FACT OF THE DAY: The largest recorded earthquake took place in Valdivia, Chile on May 22, 1960. The earthquake that rocked southern Chile registered a 9.5 on the Richter scale.

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Sharks Never Get Sick

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Shark

FACT OF THE DAY: Everyone’s favorite fish (maybe?), the shark, never gets sick. Their tissue carry antibacterial properties that protect them and keep them healthy.

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Mockingbirds Are Master Impersonators

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Mockingbird

FACT OF THE DAY: Mockingbirds are master impersonators. In addition to singing, they can copy the sounds of other birds and of other animals such as frogs and cats. Apparently they can even mimic a squeaking door.

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Who Suffers From Nyctophobia?

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Dark Park with a small fountain

FACT OF THE DAY: If you have a fear of the nighttime or of darkness, then you suffer from “Nyctophobia”. Freud was said to believe that the fear of darkness comes from a separation anxiety.

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What Is A Fluffle?

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two bunnies

FACT OF THE DAY: A fluffle is what you call a group or collection of bunnies. Also, did you know that a male rabbit is called a buck?

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Which Animal Has Four Kneecaps?

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Ostrich Close-Up

FACT OF THE DAY: Most animals (and humans) have no more than two kneecaps. However, there is one animal that has four kneecaps. The ostrich takes that honor having two kneecaps in each leg.

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