Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Inane Fact #35

"Neanderthal" is German for "Neander Valley", a famous archaeological site known for a number of neanderthal fossils.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Inane Fact #34

Hammerhead sharks can see 360 degrees in the vertical plane, meaning that they can see both above and below themselves at all times. They also have anterior binocular vision, meaning that they can see straight ahead while swimming and can accurately judge distances.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Inane Fact #33

There are more possible images in a single kaleidoscope than can be seen within a human lifetime.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Inane Fact #32

Primitive pencils were first used by the Ancient Egyptians and the Romans.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Inane Fact #31

For something to burn literally means that it oxidizes. "Rust" is what we call oxidized metal. So when iron rusts, it is technically burning (although without a flame).

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Inane Fact #30

The head width of the winghead shark (Eusphyra blochii) is equal to almost half its body length.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Inane Fact #29

The earliest known hippopotamus fossils, which belong to the genus Kenyapotamus, (found in Kenya), date to roughly 16 million years ago.