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.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Inane Fact #28

Limnonectes megastomias, a species of fanged frog from the Mekong region, eat not only insects; they eat birds, as well.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Inane Fact #26

Stationery mushroom coral have been observed eating moon jellyfish, although it is yet unknown how the coral catch their prey.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Inane Fact #25

Humpback whales have never been seen mating.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Inane Fact #24

Salmon are more likely to shy away from dark objects than light objects, so if you're fishing for salmon, try wearing white.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Inane Fact #23

Despite the fact that they dwell in the depths of the ocean, M. andamanica, a species of crab, live entirely off the nutrients provided by their ingestion of trees (and the occasional shipwreck) that have sunk to the ocean floor.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Inane Fact #22

The ancient Egyptians used honey as an embalming fluid.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Inane Fact #21

The first people to make glass windows were the Romans in Alexandria around 100 AD.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Inane Fact #20

Pipe smoking originated in the Americas.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Inane Fact #19

The earliest known seahorse fossils found to date were discovered in Slovenia and are 13,000,000 years old.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Inane Fact #18

When AIDS was first discovered in LA in 1981, it was found only in homosexuals, and so was named GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) by the press.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Inane Fact #17

Beer was first prepared circa 9,000 BC. It is one of the oldest prepared drinks in the world.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Inane Fact #16

In 1625, the Dutch established a trading post in what is now the US; they named it Fort Amsterdam. Later, as Fort Amsterdam developed into larger town, it became known as New Amsterdam. Today, what was once New Amsterdam is now known as New York City.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Inane Fact #15

Hippos kill more humans per year than any other species of animal in Africa.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Inane Fact #14

Humans are born without wrist bones.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Inane Fact #13

Germany exports more goods than any other country, including China.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Inane Fact #12

While most primates avoid water, macaques in Japan bathe in hot springs throughout the year.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Inane Fact #11

Toilet paper was first invented in China in the sixth century AD.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Inane Fact #10

Capybaras are the largest living species of rodent. An adult capybara can be up to four feet long and weigh 140 pounds.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Inane Fact #9

Jousting is the official sport of the state of Maryland.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Inane Fact #8

The Japanese name for Japan, Nihon, is spelled with two kanji characters (Kanji is a one-character writing system derived from Chinese.) meaning "sun" and "source". Since the sun rises in the East, and Japan is East of China, from China is looks as though the sun comes from Japan; thus China gave the name meaning "Land of the Rising Sun" to Japan.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Inane Fact #7

Honey can help to prevent (and cure) radiation poisoning.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inane Fact #6

The word for bread, pan, is the same in Spanish, French, and Japanese.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Inane Fact #5

"Oklahoma" means "red people" (literally "people red", if you want to be technical) in the language of the Choctaw, a Native American tribe.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Inane Fact #4

Flat worms' mouths are in the center of their body, not in their heads.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Inane Fact #3

"Orangutan" is Malay for "man of the forest".

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Inane Fact #2

Terrestrial insects do not have lungs. Instead, they have tracheae, which are fine tubes that convey air directly to the tissue.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Inane Fact #1

Sea anemones have only one orifice; it serves as both a mouth and an anus.