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.